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The Fires of Heaven: Book Five of The Wheel of Time | [Robert Jordan]

The Fires of Heaven: Book Five of The Wheel of Time

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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.

©1993 The Bandersnatch Group, Inc. (P)1997 Books on Tape; Published by Audio Renaissance, a division of Holtzbrinck Publishers, LLC

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    Colleen 03-27-15
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    "Bizarre battle of the sexes."

    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.

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    Amazon Customer 03-18-15
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    "Love this series!"

    Great story. Depth of characters and story.

    The narrators are spot on. Couldn't be happier with this version.

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    Douglas Whitman 03-11-15 Member Since 2014
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    "10/10 would listen again"

    the story itself is complicated and intricate yet well told with fantastic voices with wide ranges of ability

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    "Too much petty bickering"

    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.

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    matt 03-02-15
    matt 03-02-15 Member Since 2013
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    This is one of my favorite series it's only my second time listening to it

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    WEP 02-15-15
    WEP 02-15-15

    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.

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    "Epic Series"
    Any additional comments?

    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....

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    Stephanie Vogel Stockholm, Sweden 02-03-15
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    "Ends on strong note, but tough to get there"

    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

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    Adam J. Lewis 01-29-15 Member Since 2013
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    "An excellent story very well performed"

    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.

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    "things are heating up!"

    I have always loved this series. happy to find on audio to be able to revisit.

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    Connie Lamborn Martinsburg, PA USA 01-16-15
    Connie Lamborn Martinsburg, PA USA 01-16-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Pedantic"
    Would you try another book from Robert Jordan and/or Kate Reading and Michael Kramer ?

    No


    What was most disappointing about Robert Jordan’s story?

    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.


    Did Kate Reading and Michael Kramer do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Yes


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Fires of Heaven?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    Truly disappointing.

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