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)
While some people found this particular book to be lacking, I personally found it otherwise, with a huge focus on character development and growth. What strikes me about how Robert Jordan has developed the main characters in this story is that they truly grow and change with their worldly experiences. I have found this to be an oversight in other epic fantasy authors where characters seem to maintain the same expressions, attitudes, and habits throughout their journey, seemingly being unaffected by events unfolding around them. Here, however, they are portrayed as complex beings, truly human, with a plethora of emotions and conflicting decisions all intertwined and balanced within the overall arching story. I look forward to seeing how things continue to develop in Book 6!
Yes to both. I need to know how WoT ends. Reading and Kramer are a great team and I also enjoy them in The Stormlight Archives by Brandon Sanderson.
The circus was great. The battle at the end has a little twist to it that I didn't like, cheapening the series for me. Consequences folks, they can make a story great.
Yes, and they did great.
It would have to be a quality TV show, like by Starz or HBO. And I haven't kept up with today's younger actors, so someone else will have to pick them.
In this installment, Rand is still trying to sway the Aiel to unite under him, hence the trip to their holy city of Rhuidean. Mat is with him, and rash Mat makes some questionable choices (much to my amusement). But out of this we have Rand showing leadership skills, and Mat just beginning to realize his potential.
Additionally, we have Elayne and Nynaeve traveling around. One of them gets a Warder! But I won’t spoil it and say who. There is also a circus involved.
Alas, this book has no Perrin and no Loial, so that makes me a little sad. And there are some lengthy scenes that focus on clothing. Sigh…..But Nynaeve turns one of those scenes around with her defiant chat with the person who founded the fanatical religious order that flies a flag in Rand’s name (without his consent).
If you’ve been following the series, then you know Lanfear. Lanfear makes some crucial decisions, and they have lasting, detrimental affects. I won’t spoil it, but one of the best scenes of the series so far lies at Lanfear’s feet.
Near the end, there is a little plot twist that didn’t sit well with me. It’s probably a minor thing in the bigger scheme of things, but it still rubbed me the wrong way. There’s a bit of a battle at the end and we are lead to believe 2-3 characters die, but then they don’t. I definitely become more invested in a series when characters can be, will be hurt, even killed. Not nearly hurt or nearly killed. Not reversed by some previously unknown mystical mechanics. Anyway, just my 2 cents on that one.
Overall, a fun installment in the series even if I did miss Perrin, wondering how things turned out in Emond’s Field.
The Narration: As always, Kate Reading and Michael Kramer did an excellent job. I really like how they attempt to do the Seanchan accent.
There was a lot of movement in the story, finally! To me, it seemed that there was a lot happening but in a short period of time. But this one helps to give you a sense of how much time has progressed and you see the characters, especially Matt and Rand grow.Great installment to this series. It resolved some conflicts and situations while leaving you wondering about some new events and the future of the characters and their world. It is truly an epic saga and I am looking forward reading the sixth book in the series next! The narration in this series is top-notch too. Kudos to Michael Kramer and Kate Reading!
The ones before are more exciting
The book is ok, but compared to the ones before, it falls short.
I like how Kate and Michael work together. There parts help to keep characters alive and they are very enjoyable to listen to.
I am up to book eight and I have enjoyed them all so far.
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.
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