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Publisher's Summary

The seals of Shayol Ghul are weak now, and the Dark One reaches out in The Shadow Rising, book four of The Wheel of Time, as The Shadow is rising to cover humankind. In the Stone of Tear, the Lord Dragon considers his next move. It will be something no one expects, not the Black Ajah, not Tairen nobles, not Aes Sedai, not Egwene or Elayne or Nynaeve. Against the Shadow rising stands the Dragon Reborn.
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Critic Reviews

"Jordan's multivolume epic continues to live up to its high ambitions. Complex plotting, an array of strong characters, lavish detail, and a panoramic scope make this series a feast for fantasy aficionados." (Library Journal)
"The fourth volume of the most ambitious American fantasy saga continues to suggest that The Wheel of Time will also be the finest." (Booklist)

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  • Mica
  • New York, NY, United States
  • 04-27-08

The BEST of the Wheel of Time

Great development of Perrin and a decent amount of Mat, this novel stands out as the most emotional and most ecstatic novel in the series. This turn in the series is the most engaging and enjoyable. I have listened to it 4 times now and each time experience a tightening in my throat when...well better not spoil it. You will not regret this one!

15 of 17 people found this review helpful

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  • David
  • SEATTLE, WA, United States
  • 09-22-07

Best Book So Far

Now totally addicted to the pattern that Jordan has woven, I have to admit this last installment was by far my favorite. YES, critics of Jordan are right in that he can describe every detail in the most mundane scenes...and YES, his characters are a bit one dimensional in their personas...BUT with a story this complex I have to admit I appreciate characters that I know won't change on me from chapter to chapter or book to book. What I think most critics miss is that this book is about the storyline and the pattern, not just about the characters that play within it.

This past week I learned that Jordon has died and that he didn't finish his last book in the series (and rumor has it the last installment is a mammoth!). I am committed to finishing this out and seeing Rand through as the Dragon reborn, finding out what Lord Perin Golden Eyes does, and discover what's up with Matt and his flair for luck and history. 4 books down, 8 more to go!

10 of 12 people found this review helpful

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lances say

Through out the Wheel of Time different threads of each part continue to get more and more intriguing. The changes/challenges each character undergoe never fail to leave you wanting more.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • Jiana
  • MILFORD BAY, ON, Canada
  • 11-13-16

I'm still listening...

I am struggling with continuing this series. The overall concept is intriguing but the writing is difficult sometimes. Things happen to characters that after four books we still have no explanation for, the girls are airheads at the best of times, oh Rand this and oh Rand that and all of the sudden he and Egwayne have no feelings for each other with no lead up, Elaine writes two letters that we have no insight into, Minh is supposed to be street savvy yet she sounds like an idiot when it comes to the opposite sex and someone please shoot me when Nineavh speaks. She's mean and grouchy and how are we supposed to like her or how do the others like her? Anyways I'm still listening because it is entertaining but im hoping Mr. Jordan connects the dots and smartens up the characters in the rest of the books.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Excellent Book

I believe this is one of the best in the series. I can't wait for the Fires of Heaven to come out. I really pray it is the unabridged version!

10 of 13 people found this review helpful

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Best in the series yet

This series has been fantastic, and this book is the best so far. Can't wait to get the next one...

7 of 9 people found this review helpful

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the best of the best

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.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Great series + Great narration = must read.

Great series + Great narration = must read

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Marie
  • Alexandia, VA, United States
  • 03-14-12

Slow and sometimes boring

Is there anything you would change about this book?

Repetitious. I wish the author would just get on and tell the story. Sometimes he picked up the pace and it was interesting. At other times he just retold what I had heard in the previous book. Pointless and boring. And the characters are mulishly stubborn and argumentative. .

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

Keep it going...stop retelling

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Still do not like the voice of the female narrator - she makes the female characters sound shrewish and graceless...the author seems to think this equates to strength. They are mostly just plain unlikeable.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

No

Any additional comments?

I have an ongoing love - hate relationship with this series. I will listen to the bitter end.

10 of 14 people found this review helpful

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Better than its predecessors

I have been lukewarm at best about most of the series so far, as Jordan's penchant for exhaustive repetition is nothing short of maddening, but in this book he manages to drop it (along with the omnipresent adolescent angst that manages to overshadow every significant event by burying it under a mountain of triviality) long enough to achieve a few moments with some genuine emotional resonance. To avoid posting any spoilers, I will refrain from specifics, but the most poignant are the moments of history that Rand views, and they succeed where so many other efforts by Jordan fail because he--probably unintentionally--drops his usual writing devices and gets out of the way to simply narrate the events for us. The contrast between this part and most of the rest of the series is really amazing, and shows just how strongly we can feel the emotions of the moment without having to have it spelled out repeatedly for us both before and afterward. It's unfortunate that Jordan seems to trust the intelligence of his readers so little.

So kudos to the author for some really great moments in this book (there are one or two more, but I cannot describe them without giving things away). I wish there were more like them throughout the rest of the series.

10 of 14 people found this review helpful

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  • William Clements
  • 01-11-12

Where do we go from Here?

So Rand has taken Callandor. Forsaken are falling, and Lanfear has staked a claim on Lews Therin in his sheppard costume of this age. In book 3 we were introduced to Aiel, and suddenly they are a key component to Rand's victory at Tear and at what cost? Rand must find answers, and although Tear outlaws channeling and anything to do with channelling, oddly it is their store of angreal that provides answers (albeit cryptic for now), and Mat Cauthon starts to come into his own here too.
Had book 1's journey been written with such focus and intent as this book, it would easily have been five stars and a brilliant novel in its own right. The story is clearly, firmly lodged in Jordan's mind and one can't help but imagine him over a computer or typewriter furiously churning out this brilliant continuation as it develops in his mind.
This book answers such questions as Who is Rand? What do the Aiel have to do with anything? Who are the forsaken, really? What roles do Mat and Perrin play in Rand's journey? And on Kate Redding's side, Nynaeve al'Meara, Elaine Trakand, and Egwene al'Vere really start to develop as they head to Tanchico opening up the world to the reader from the Aiel waste in the east right across to the west, in search of the black sisters that Siuan Sanche set them to hunt.
Just for the history presented in this book alone as exposition makes it 5 stars! Brilliant in every way, and the beginning of the development of Mat as a battle leader is handled beautifully!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Shaun Wolfe
  • 11-19-17

Damn fine!

They painted the pictures in me head nearly as well as when i read the books :) Cant fault the book or the readers, keep it moving along nicely. The only drawback, they dont pronounce some of the names as i did :)

keep it up!

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  • Ruan
  • 08-30-17

one of the best so far

it was great. i feel like the characters finally get somewhere and the development is great in this book. it feels like a lot gets set in motion in this book

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-01-17

brilliant best fantasy series iv ever read

Great series
Great author
Brilliant narrator's that make the story and scenes immersive.
cant wait to read the other 11 now.

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  • Shaun H.
  • 07-09-17

differing pronunciations

only thing that frustrates me in this audiobook is the narrators not pronouncing names and places the same, it makes me unsure how it should actually be said.

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  • CandleCake
  • 06-13-17

Complex and intriguing

I have loved it so far but it's taking me a while as it's pretty long. Sometimes I mix the characters up as there is quite a lot. Rich in storyline and ideas.

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  • S.J
  • 02-17-17

loved it

A great part of the series! thoroughly enjoyed the audio book. This series got me hooked, and managed to keep me interested through the whole series

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  • G. P. Brown
  • 04-30-16

The best WoT book so far!

This might have been a gigantic book( around 40 hours for the audio ), but my review will be a tiny one as by this stage of things pretty much everyone knows what they are getting from the WoT series!

I think The Shadow Rising was the best instalment of the series so far. It did not suffer from the slow starts that plagued the early books and it kept the pace and intensity up all the way through to the exciting finale.

Rand, Elayne, and Perrin all had great story arcs and showed up well in this instalment while Mat, Min, and Egwene's own POV scenes were also quite engaging. Mat can still be a bit of an ass at times, but at least he is better than he was in the early books and he had some cool stuff happening to him in this one.

One of the things I like about WoT is the large cast and this one continued to deliver some interesting lesser POV's from some of the villains and other minor characters which helped enhance the story.

This was easily a 5 star read for me.

Fantastic narration again from Kate Reading and Michael Kramer. They might be the best pairing in the audio world!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-21-16

amazing

Great book. I love it. would definitely recommend. I cant wait to listen to the others.

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  • IJC
  • 01-22-16

Totally engrossed

Just couldn't stop listening I loved these books first time round & always intended re-reading them the audible platform just adds a new dimension to a great story.

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  • Mark
  • 08-01-15

Growing Characters and Stroy

The story continues to grow. captivating and amazing. You will not regret this book series