The Seanchan invasion force is in possession of Ebou Dar. Nynaeve, Elayne, and Aviendha head for Caemlyn and Elayne's rightful throne, but on the way they discover an enemy much worse than the Seanchan.
In Illian, Rand vows to throw the Seanchan back as he did once before. But signs of madness are appearing among the Asha'man.
In Ghealdan, Perrin faces the intrigues of Whitecloaks, Seanchan invaders, the scattered Shaido Aiel, and the Prophet himself. Perrin's beloved wife, Faile, may pay with her life, and Perrin himself may have to destroy his soul to save her.
Meanwhile, the rebel Aes Sedai under their young Amyrlin, Egwene al'Vere, face an army that intends to keep them away from the White Tower. But Egwene is determined to unseat the usurper Elaida and reunite the Aes Sedai. She does not yet understand the price that others - and she herself - will pay.
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You are reading the best epic fantasy series there is. period. It may take a while to get into it but you will. There are 2600 plus characters but don't get scared teenagers read this every day. You will know these peoples as "friends" and "enemies" and like your own family. Read by the dynamic duo of recitation kate reading and michael kramer... they pull it all together .. I switch genres just to listen to them... It [the series] is really one huge wonderful story broken into 14 too short books that nobody wants to see ended..I can not express how good these books are. I have started 16 different friends reading TWoT and they are all addicted. You think that maybe the books are enchanted some how???
If fantasy is your genre you have arrived....... paul t.
If you have read the whole series to this point, the depth of the character development is paying off in spades!
Master (or Lord) Matt Cauthen has grown into this exciting and legendary warrior/leader/horn blower!
yes, and this is another GREAT performance
this is a dumb question
keep reading this WOT series... it just keeps getting better!
I'm a Cardiac Anesthesiologist with two college aged children. I used 2 check my kid's books for appropriateness & now enjoy those books 2.
I have loved this book series for many years. It is a cult classic and a great sci fi fantasy series. I read everyday and I am now listening to the whole series again. I love this series and even the new book written by another author after Robert Jordan died.
I very much enjoyed the first 6 books, but since the 7th this series has started to get bogged down. This particular book to my mind is the worst of the lot. Jordan is having difficult tying together somewhat disjointed plot lines and is losing the plot in giving us a clearer description of what is happening in some situations. Rand barely gets a look in and the main episode with him against the Seanchan is probably the worst piece of writing he has done to date. There are way too many characters (and dresses) and descriptions into details of almost minute proportions serve to distract the listener and do nothing to advance the story line. Frankly the books could be easily half the length without all the dross.
Having said that, if you have already gone through the first 7 books, then continue, although this is sometimes punishment that the Mistress of Novices might be handing out. I trust the rest of the series picks up and gets to the point a little quicker and with less distraction.
As usual the readers have delivered an excellent vocalisation of the content. Full marks the Michael and Kate.
I've given this a 4 only because of the benefit of the previous material, otherwise it would score 3.5
From book 5 on the women are depicted as becoming more and more selfish, deceitful and basically intolerable. The men are mechanical, boring and insane. To applaud a hero they must have some redeeming qualities like respect for honor , loyality, sensitivity to the suffering of the the weak. I think with Jordan gone the purpose of character has been lost. I don't care who wins out there are no worthy choices
I would overall because the series is good, but be warned he has fallen off a cliff describing
He needs to focus less time on describing every detail of women mannerisms "Boxing ears, fits on hips, a look that will melt steel" they are just so exhausting and I wonder at times if the majority of the book is just woman on woman glares and mannerisms.
Yes, they are epic in the way they read although they change names of one of the forsaken mid-stream.
"Eight down, five to go"
one of the greatest fantasy series I have ever read. In this book there is more storyline and slightly less politics than in the last few, and it has rekindled my enjoyment of the series.
"fast but good"
Th3 story gets quite involved with all the different characters but its still a great book.
"One of the top ten fantasy series ever !"
Jordan's foresight in composing this series is incredible, so much so that this epic series outlasted the author, luckily Sanderson completed the final three books.
The characters are excellent and balanced, while the depth of description can baffle at times it only serves to illustrate and soon draws you deeper.
Simple put, listening or reading this series is hard to beat.
"Too much padding"
The basic concepts are good and the story is pretty good but there's so much unnecessary padding as if the author is trying to get as many books as possible from the series. Basically twice as long as it needs to be.
The previous book in the series.
I would recommend this series for anyone looking to make a BIG commitment to a single fantasy world
the huge expansive arc over the series
Michael Kramer has also done the mist born series. very good
"The end is not in sight"
Having read the books dozens of times, the different stress in speech puts new facets onto the tale. Unfortunately, now starts the Plotline Of Doom ...
Done it! Listened while working through the whole 14 books. Not bad - not brilliant either. Too much describing of what are people wearing, limited dictionary of dialogues and male-female relationships/interactions painfully similar, predictable -boring (Mr Freud would find it certainly interesting though :)
Maybe because English isn't my first language, maybe I'm spoiled by other writers or maybe Robert Jordan just isn't my type of author but haven't I been working at the time of listening I would considered it time wasted.
"Excellent, a compelling and addictive epic."
This is one of the best fantasy epics ever written, a series right up there with the work of J. R. R. Tolkien but be warned it is not one to be taken up lightly, this series is Huge!
The books have been kept together so one audio book will get you one book and many hours of happy listening.
Sadly Robert Jordan died in 2007 after publishing book 11, but with the help of Jordan’s wife/editor Harriet McDougal, Brandon Sanderson has taken up the torch, using Jordan’s plentiful notes he is finishing off the series brilliantly, with book 14 being the final volume.
The series is voiced by Michael Kramer and Kate Reading throughout and their performances are exemplary, their narration brings the world to life in a way that simply reading it never had for me, they bring a unique voice and feeling to each of the characters that brings them to life and firmly embeds them in your heart.
The only negative I have to put in is that the audiobooks chapter division bears no relation to where the chapters start and end in the books making the chapter search and snooze modes on the app all but useless.
All in all a five star read. An absolute must for any fantasy epic fan.
I haven't been driven to write a review of the series before this book, having read all of them up to book 12 years ago my memories of them were good, but oh...this one was just hard work. I am sick of the 'bulging' eyes, and worst of all, 'gaping' expressions. I have committed to listening to all the books, mainly because it's a good tale, and I like the central characters, but there's another reason...this was Robert Jordan's life work and I was so upset that he died before it was completed, I found that poignant, however, were he still alive and writing, I would be sending him a Thesaurus, and an editor to cut out all the stuff that isn't gripping. So glad I've finished this book.
"Odd words clash."
Continuation of a great epic.
"Game of Thrones" for obvious reasons.
There are several words in the text which are badly mispronounced. Most Americans will not agree with me when I say that "HERBS" has an 'H' and it is pronounced.
An arrow is NOTCHED to a bow and not KNOCKED.
The word LEAPED is pronounced LEPT.
There are others but one would not want to be called pedantic. Overall I am enjoying the Series and particularly the performances of Michael and Kate. It's just that once in a while a mispronunciation has me jumping around and screaming at my Kindle.
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