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)
I hope the next book is an improvement. All the characters have become squabbling, self absorbed adolescents. The women argue and glare at each other and treat men like little children. I fast forwarded through half the book. I should have believed the many reviews I read and just skipped this book. If book six isn't any better I will have to give up on The Wheel of Time.
The story ends up taking a backseat to the continuous squabbling between characters over small matters. It's a shame because the series had been a lot better up to this point and I hear that it gets better again before the end. I'm not sure how much more braid pulling and neckline swooping I can take if I decide to keep going. Kind of want to get to the Sanderson books since I really like his writing.
I LOVE audio books. I drive 20 hours per week on average and use that time to listen to books. I love long books, and multi book series.
The Robert Jordan 14 book epic fantasy series is a magnificent story that is complex, creative, exciting, and addictive. The early books seemed to me to have been written for a "young reader" audience but the writing matured as the series progressed. Epic....
The story is pretty interesting in this book slot stronger than the last book was. However there were several things that made this book drag for me. The first would be a complaint I have had with all of the wheel of time books so far and that is the never ending battle of men vs women. I would not bother me as much if the women weren't ALWAYS the ones being irrational, nagging and just seeming hateful for no reason (Is Nyaneve coming to mind?). The second complaint is charecter development, to me Egwene was was of the more interesting characters in the first two books, well it's safe to say that ship has sailed. I don't think she did or said anything interesting in two books! Thankfully we do finally see some development with Rand, his "woe is me act" was getting a bit old especially when every women he meets desires him with a passion of ten burning hot suns. However the story really started to get interesting towards the end. I won't spoil it but there is more than a few unexpected events that should leave you surprised. So I'd say if you've made it this far in the series you will probably enjoy this book at least to a degree as long as you don't expect a nonstop thriller
I enjoyed reading the wheel of time series and am enjoying listening to it possibly even more. The voice actors have done an excellent job and I highly recommend this audio book.
The characters & conversations were so repetitive that I started cringing at 'stubborn/wool-headed men', his default and every thought of all women characters for all interactions with any man in the story, which ended up being way too often and way too much. I stopped reading the series - I don't care how good the story *might* be in other books after this one, I am so fed up with that phrase, I don't want to take the chance of hearing it again.
From my comment above, I think it's obvious what I would cut. If I would have been editor, I would have insisted that the interactions between characters to have been real, reflecting learning, adaptation, and growth like what really occurs with live human beings and not flat characters.
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