In this sequel to the phenomenal New York Times best seller The Shadow Rising, Robert Jordan again plunges us into his extraordinarily rich, totally unforgettable world:
...Into the forbidden city of Rhuidean, where Rand al'Thor, now the Dragon Reborn, must conceal his present endeavor from all about him, even Egwene and Moiraine.
...Into the Amyrlin's study in the White Tower, where Amyrlin, Flaida do Avriny a 'Roihan, is weaving new plans.
...Into the luxurious hidden chamber where the Forsaken Rahvin is meeting with three of his fellows to ensure their ultimate victory over the Dragon.
...Into the Queen's court in Caemlyn, where Morgase is curiously in thrall to the handsome Lord Gaebril.
For once the Dragon walks the land, the fires of Heaven fall where they will, until all men's lives are ablaze. And in Shayol Ghul, the Dark One stirs.
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"Jordan deftly weaves details from previous books into this narrative." (Publishers Weekly)
"Fires of Heaven upholds the very high standards of this major fantasy epic, with battle scenes, comic interludes, and character development all reaching perhaps the highest point in a work that has lacked for none of these." (Booklist)
"Jordan's epic saga of a world threatened by evil incarnate builds steadily as separate strands of a complex plot begin to come together. Fans of this richly detailed and vividly imagined series will not be disappointed." (Library Journal)
Possibly the best so far if your following the series. The "Great Hunt" a close second. No matter how they review you cannot pick up this book in the middle. If you've finished 1 thru 4 you should read "New Spring" before you do this one. Much insight and a real good story. In this one people are gone you would never have expected to be gone. Rand is slowly becoming someone you'd never recoginize from the first book. I just wish audible would not offer 9 out of 10 books in a series and leave out #5 for so long. The average member is not looking that far ahead when he/she starts out.
I've been waiting for this book a long time.
To be honest this book was exhausting to indulge. The beginning was gradual in its development of characters and scenarios, which don't improve with some sustainable interest until about halfway through. Whit that said, I would still read this book since significant events transpire and at least one meaningful clue is given.
I've enjoyed listening to the series so far. Sometimes the names get confusing (like "domaunie" the land and the girl that can channel but is on a leash) but the readers are great. Yes readerS... 2 of them. A woman for the mostly women parts and a man for the mostly men parts of the book. Its quite cleaver and is very enjoyable after you get used to it.
Sometimes Robert gets a little repetitive with the whole "smoothing a skirt" or other traits of a character but then that?s his style.
The story line is great and somewhat original.
I'd recommend this book to those that like Fantasy Books.
Oh I'm sure that I will finish the series.
Experience and emotion.
Please don't take this review the wrong way because I do think that the story is great. I just have a few issues with it.
I am about halfway through this book so far and I have to tell you that I am getting pretty tired of the gender wars. Each gender thinks that the other is COMPLETELY stupid. It was funny in the first book or two, but I'm pretty fed up with it now. The book would be half as long if they just kept to the story and stopped babbling about how they don't understand each other...ever try talking!!?? Just a little miffed about it, sorry for the rant.
The other thing that is starting to get on my nerves is the characters’ inner monologues. I try and think about things in real time. There is no way that somebody can have an inner though that would be 1000 words long when the sentence they are actually saying is 6 words. I just picture in my head a person talking and then, mid-sentence, starring at you with a blank face while they are thinking in their head. Just another pet peeve of mine. Too much inner monologue, just get on with the story. Besides, we know what the characters are thinking because they have had the same inner monologue the whole story; it’s not until the end of each book that it changes so I could do without the author repeating it every few pages.
As I am listening to the book rather than reading it (there is no way I could sit there long enough to read this series) the names are bit hard to remember. There are A LOT of names in the story that sound very similar and it can be hard to keep track of whom the story is referring to. That and the fact that the story jumps from character to character.
The books could have been half as long and still great. I’m not a huge fan of unnecessary writing.
I read the books way back when and the filler got old. The second time threw got so bad wanted to just rip pages out. I did really enjoy the story line of the books and the build to action. However when it takes a char. 1/2 to a full page just to enter a room because of all the needless descriptions of clothing and hair. Sorry but we know what the braid looks like it was covered in the first 4 books and the first 40 chapters of this book. Im sure every1 who is honest will admit to eyes glazing over and just scanning threw those parts, 1/2 the book, looking for some meat. The first 3 books were page burners with less filler and the story moved along twice as fast. I have not made up my mind if the audio version made the filler easer or harder to deal with yet.
Love reading, hard to find the time! audible member since 2006
Lots of intrigue and character development (though I could have predicted what happened in the last hour with three of the characters). A few really great cliffhangers for the next book. I miss Perrin and Fayile from the last book - on to book 6 to see if they show up!
Man...these books are great! Michael and Kate need to hurry up and read FASTER! :) I have to agree that the unabridged versions are SOOOOOOOOOOOO much better than the abridged versions...don't even waste your time with them.
I've really been enjoying this series, and was overjoyed to see that Audible got the unabridged version of the Fires of Heaven. I enjoyed this book immensely, and look forward to Audible getting the UNABRIDGED versions of the next 3 books (hint hint).
I have liked all of Jordan's book including this 5th book. The only complaint I have is constant reference that Men think Women are stupid and Women think Men are stupid. I think it is safe to say the there are times when we all share the this viewpoint but he uses it ALL the time in this 5th book. I also had some trouble following all the various path the many characters take. On the whole I have enjoyed Jordan's books and I will buy all the rest if they show up. It so involved a story you can't stop at Book 5. He makes the characters so real you can't help but want to know what happens.
I have really tried to like these books, I had a hard time with the first one, but after plowing through it I was pleasantly surprised by books 2, 3 and 4 actually being pretty good. This 5th book unfortunately stalls and when not boring me to sleep it annoyed me back to listening to the radio for a while.
OK, WE GET IT, the men think the women are stubborn and the women think the men are stubborn and stupid. Lay off it already and get back to the plot perhaps? Books 2-4 still had some of this pointless, childish, annoying and now extremely tiring battle of the sexes stuff, but at least it didn't detract from the main storyline. Every time this book switches to the female reader I groan because all Nineveh al'Meara does is annoy me. Jordan should take a lesson from George R.R. Martin and the Song of Fire and Ice series - make the good characters likeable, make the evil characters the annoying ones. This book does the exact opposite for most of the time. Considering that 98% of the point of view is from the good characters perspective it makes for a long read. Nineveh al'Meara finally gets served some humble pie in this book, but even that just makes her more frustrating to read about.
My rating is a 3 instead of a 1 or 2 because there are a couple good, but short chapters from Matt's perspective. He's evolved into the most interesting character.
One other complaint with the series as a whole - do you think it would have been too hard for the narrators to sit down for a coffee and agree on a set of pronunciations for such minor details as character names and geographic locations?
I'll continue to read this series, assuming the rest come out unabridged. But I think a break and a few beers will be needed before reading 5 more books about how stubborn/stupid/arrogant/self-centered men/women are.
"Return to the Wetlands"
First of all I must ask forgiveness for my review of Book 6, which I wrote before writing this review. I stated therein that the battle at the end of Book 6 at Dumai's Wells was the first real battle since the taking of Tear at the end of Book 3. However, clearly this is not the case as in book 5 there is a major battle for Cairhien with the Shaido. Not to play this battle down, either as it is when Mat begins to command his own troops through loyalty and strategy gained through his forrays into the Aiel Waste in Book 4.
There are several key battles, however, through the book which just take your breath away, and the battle for Cairhien was not one of them, though it is well presented and exciting enough to move the story along. The battle at Dumai's Wells was the next key battle in my opinion.
However, the rest of the book far exceeds expectations as characters really develop, Elaine and Nynaeve running from Tanchico, trying to find the rebel Aes Sedai, and avoid Elaidas attempts to capture them. Egwene, learning the crafts of the wise women Aiel and developing as a dream-walker. One wonders if maybe Egwene is Taveren as well as Mat, Perrin and Rand!
Rand finally finds a teacher of Saidin, though in the most unlikely of places, and he starts to really develop as Aes Sedai in his own right. And it is here that Lews Therrin starts to coalesce in Rand's mind.
"Best narrators well done"
love the way the narrators encapture each personality, even without description you can imagine each character of the book. well read with an even flow - before you realise just how long youve actually been listening youre half way thru :)
"Best book so far !"
This book was nicely told by Kate (Reading) and Michael (Kramer). While the chapters with a male point of view was told by Michael, the female perspective was narrated by Kate. This is very enjoyable.
This book follows the narrative and style of the previous books in the wheel of time. If you like the previous books, you will love this one.
They tend to give the characters a unique "twist". By giving them accents or "real" reactions to what is happening in the book.
The book ends with an interview with Robert Jordan (the author of the book). Unfortunaly, this is exactly the same interview as with the previous books. It would be nice if every book would be concluded with another interview or "extra".
"didnt grab me as i had hoped"
I had expected much more with all the rave reviews ,,,,but sadly I found the first five books totally uninspiring wish I had given up earlier but I had been hoping for an upturn .....loads of great reviews are not necessarily a guarantee ....this is not a bad review of the book as so many good reviews prove the book has appeal.... just not for me I am afraid ...
93, victor hugo.
narration was fine
all characterisation for me was fairly weak
I am a big fan of Robert Jordan, and began reading this book A few years ago. After several attempts, I couldn't seem to finish so I turned to the audio format and I am glad I did.
Robert Jordan's books are perfectly suited for audiobooks allowing you to indulge in his descriptive narrative, which can be a bit much to read. I was concerned that the narrators would grate on me, but was pleasantly surprised by the end to be enjoying their style.
Although not the most action packed of the series, the drama occurs right at the end, but continues the fantastic character development.
I would definitely recommend this book, especially if you enjoy listening while doing other things. It may be a bit much to only listen as is a fair length.
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.
"Transported to another world"
I have read all the Wheel of Time novels before (more than once), but with the last book on its way, it was time to update myself on the story. This was made so much easier by plugging into audible. My family found it quite annoying as I spent so much time listening, but not to them.
I loved the double narration which divided the story into its male and female halves. And Robert Jordan's story, which I have been following since 1996, is an absolute winner. Love it!
"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.
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