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)
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.
Kate Reading does a good job but I find Michael Kramer a difficult listen. He doesn't have the characters right. His general speaking is almost monotone. I like Robert Jordan but this book may not make it past the first section in this series. At least until I find I've run out of books on my ipod. And, that may take a while.
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.
The continuing development of the story line is remarkable for a work of this size. There are anomalies (such as stating that the Lord of the Dark was imprisoned during the age of legends instead of at the creation of the world - this in the prologue), but characters are so rich and truly human in their anxieties and misinformed beliefs. I believe that any author would benefit from having his work read aloud to him to get the flavor of what he has produced.
The place where this book leads has me diving straight into the next. Not that this book isn't great in it's own right, but it is truly leading up to something much more. There are characters that are completely left out of this piece in the series that I wished had some sort of part in the whole of things, which was a bit disappointing. Yet, is a testament to the fact that I've grown to love most all of these creations of Jordan's.
While I have been enjoying the series so far, I have to agree with some of the other reviewers regarding the battle of the sexes. Get over it already, Mr. Jordan. We got the point eons ago. This book has been the most boring so far. Rand bounces between hard taskmasker and childish pawn of the women in his life. Strong women are great characters but both sexes come across as bipolar from time to time. Matt's parts have been pretty good. Moraine's character does grow well in her relatively brief appearance.
A friend of mine got me into the series by praising the character development, but this iteration has failed in that regard. By the end of the book I began rooting for the Chosen. I would have easily given the book 4 stars if the author would have cut the by now incredibly repetitive sexual and gender confusion.
I love this Unabridged versions. But wanted more about Perrin and the two rivers. I'll have to wait till Kate Reading and Micheal Kreamer finish book six, hurry up!
Fantastic story and so well read. Wonderful to hear the intended pronunciations.
Mat Cauthon as his character really begins to take shape from this book on.
Kate does an excellent job with Egwene al Vere and my favourite in this book with Michael is Matt Cauthon. He really captures his spirit I think.
Not possible as it is way too long. But having read the paperback, listening to it as I travel has been a delight.
"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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