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)
My Opinion of the Book: A+
I understand that I am starting to sound like a broken record. I promise that will change, but this book is just too good to give it anything less than a top rating. It's about books 6, 7, or 8 where things slow down (and many readers give up on the series because of that slow down). However, the rewards are wonderful if you stick it through. Speaking of which, I talk about character development throughout this review, but the best part is the last paragraph of this section.
Looking back on The Fires of Heaven, I have to say that I cannot believe all the content this book has. As usual, I don't want to give anything away so I will tip-toe around topics here. First, developments go full tilt at the White Tower. While this book does not contain the most political intrigue in the series, you start to see foreshadowing of how political things get in the White Tower.
Egwene's character development is somewhat stunted in this book, but there is more to come for her. On the other hand, Nynaeve and Elayne are developed quite nicely. You really get to see the difference between the two and Nynaeve starts to suffer the results of her own bullying. Aviendha takes on a more important role and becomes a much more personable character. Finally, many of the other female characters are "fleshed out" a bit more. All-in-all, the development of the female characters is pretty nice.
As far as the male characters go, Perrin is left completely out of this story, so Perrin fans will be disappointed. That means no Faile or Loial either. Matt continues to be developed as a loyal, albeit grudgingly, friend. Most readers will tell you that Matt is their favorite character in the series, and Jordan does a wonderful job integrating his newly found memories with his unwillingness to be a hero in this book. Many of the secondary male characters are also developed a bit more (including Sheinerans from the past).
I think Jordan got the hint that he was making Rand too tough too quickly, so he showed some more human traits for the character in this book. You see his love, hope, humor, and desperation.
There is so much that happens throughout this book, it's difficult to summarize without giving out spoilers; however, the last 20% of the book is nothing but action packed. Several Foresaken die and many of the main characters are slain as well. The excitement levels are off the chart at the end.
My Opinion of the Production: B+
(Most of this is pasted from my previous reviews, but there is a small complaint.)
Michael Kramer (the main narrator) and Kate Reading (Kramer's wife and co-narrator) do a wonderful job; however, this book suffers the most from mispronunciations and misreads. There are a few moments when Kramer says "Rand" when he should have said "Matt" or vice versa. Moreover, it sometimes seems as if Kramer and Reading do not cooperate with how they pronounce some of the more difficult names. This is nowhere near a deal breaker. It's just a flaw.
The audiobook is recorded by Macmillan Audio (formerly Audio Renaissance) and is of the highest quality audio you can hear in today's market. There are no bells and whistles (other than some light music at the beginning and ending of the book).
I would only recommend this book to people who have already read all of the previous Wheel of time books. If this was how the beginning of the series started I doubt that I would have even made it through the first book.
He could make the female characters at least bearable. Well maybe not all of the female characters are as dreadful as Nineve, Egwene and Elaine but none of them are really likable. I don't know what women have done to Mr. Jordan in the past but he sure has something against them. And seriously where the hell is Perrin. Mr. Jordan couldn't have thought of anything for him to do in this book.
Both are awesome performers whom I have listened to in many different books. I felt bad for Mrs. Reading however because every time that I heard her voice I groaned because I knew that I was going to have to listen to the women complaining over and over and over again about everything and everyone.
It is a great Story and the stories involving Mat and Rand are really good. The narrators are very good but as I said earlier Mrs. Reading doesn't have much to work with. This was by far the hardest book so far in the serious for me to get through. I really just wish that he would have written the three main girls in this story differently.
Where the hell is Perrin!!!!!!!!!
I am new to discovering the WoT books. Lord knows I have seen it in every bookstore, but I took a chance. I have loved the story as it has unraveled in books 1-4. But, I had to push myself to finish book 5. I am a feminist, and even I had to say that the slow parts where with the women! I groaned every time the "Men" or "Sniff"comment was made. However, whats done is done, The Wheel Weaves..., you know the rest. All in all, if I have gotten this far, I have to finish the series. I cannot wait to see what happens next.
There is not much you can do. The book is written
The performers are very good. I started out disliking Mr. Kramer's performance, but now it is like an old friend. Kate Reading performance is good also. I only wish that they pronounced the names the same. Possibly get together to decide on correct pronunciation.
I liked Matt"s parts of the book. But Moraine...
The Wheel of time belongs to grind against too many characters and to many plot threads, at this stage in the tale the fanning out is still happening, although there are some highlights it tends to drag.
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.
"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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