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)
After getting used to listen to two different narrators I have become to appreciate it.
I can't really say what I think is best about the story since I appreciate everything in it. Robert Jordan was in my view a master when it came to writing fantasy. You can see the lands and characters before your eyes when reading/listening to his books.
I'm sure I will listen to more books narrated by them, atleast in this serie.
I would like to listen at it in one sitting but it's not really possible because of the lenght of it.
The Wheel of Times is a masterpiece that I would recommend to anyone that fancies fatasy. This is one of the best series out there in my opinion
Yes, this book is a great extention of the last book. I have listened to this series now 3 times and love it every time
The whole series keeps you on your seat and wanting more.
I love the way they read the book bringing different voices and life to each person.
This is my first review in the Wheel Of Time series. The first 4 books were procured from another source, and Audible doesn't let you review books you didn't buy here.
I have been a reader of books for a long time now, but only a fan of epic fantasy for maybe five years or so. I have to admit that I have eyed the Wheel Of Time series on several occasions, but the number of books in the series scared me off. I wasn't sure I wanted to make a 14 to 15 book commitment, and not sure that any story could be interesting for that long. But while stuck in that place between the several series waiting for the next installment, and unsuccessful looking for a new one, I decided I would finally give this series a try.
I am very glad I did. If you are like me, and wondering if you should take on this gargantuan series, I would say take the leap. I was engrossed in this story from the start, and have listened to the first five books now quickly. The story has never become boring to me so far, and I enjoy getting to really know the characters involved. Spending so much time with them, you begin to feel as if you really know them, and you can't wait to find out what happens to them next. I have read some reviews about how some of the characters are immature or annoying, but I think they are are real, and seem to grow as events happen around them. Much more enjoyable than in some books where the hero's never have any faults.
If you are considering this series, but not sure if you should, I say go for it. You will not regret it.
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 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.
Yes, great narrators and awesome story.
I really am starting to like Matt. His is the dark hero of the story.
They bring life to the book.
Felt the pain that Rand has due to his destiny getting in the way of what he wants.
This series is awesome.
You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.” ― C.S. Lewis
No, I think they are pretty well matched. I did read this book before listening to it.
Matt is always my favorite character when he is in the book.
Reading is a more intense experience, at least for me. In an excellent book I find that at best a good narration can only be on par with the reading experience. Where good narrations excell is in a story not so well written. Not to take anything away from their excellent narrations (I own them all) but i don't think they bring anything to the story that can't be had by a person with a great imagination. The audio's do free you up so you can listen to the story while driving or other non brain activities. And this excellent narration allows you to experience the book as it should be. The narrotors become invisable and the characters come alive.
The first time I read it, I really got into all the battle scenes.
Onward to the Lord of Chaos
I love reading and I love Audible. Their fantasy and Sci-Fi selection is excellent!
I'm re-reading all the Wheel of Time books before the final one is released. I love this fantasy series!
"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 :)
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