I've always enjoyed how Mat's battle against Couladin was recalled rather than described live, an approach that trusts my imagination to put the battle together. Mat was an ass for the majority of the book, but had a few good moments towards the end. The men proclaim friendship, but you rarely see any evidence of it. I think audiobooks encoded above a bitrate of 64 is simply overkill. So point of view I suppose? It also had a Executive Summary: I liked this a lot more on a second read than I did on my first.
Its most important strength was that the main characters, previously dubbed the worst characters in fantasy by this particular reviewer, seems to have improved immensely. The Aiel are firmly in play, and they're my favorite people group. To this point, Nynaeve has mostly been a side character. At almost no point in these three books did women interacting with men consist of anything beyond: insulting men, assaulting men, sniffing at men, or thinking about how stupid men are compared to all the omniscient women. The remaining Forsaken enter the fray, as kings and queens dance to their tunes in secret.
She has been my favorite since book 1. Some moved back toward the stools, but not with any haste. I don't understand why Jordan can't just have his fucking male and female characters talk to each other first as individual people and not representatives of some foreign nation with different naughty bits. I really don't know what else I should say about this book. Nynaeve and Elaine try to escape first from a country torn by a civil war and then from Whitecloaks stronghold. Mostly to save Cairhien from Couladin and his renegade Aiel. The spells range from awesome to pedestrian, and the lighting seems very good while balefire makes for quite a show as well.
Talmanes, Daerid, Nalesean and the others to come are all solid and entertaining minor characters. If his bonds to the Dark One had shielded him from the taint on saidin, there had to be another way to do it. Perrin, lounging with Faile on his lap, kissing her while she played with the short-cut beard that he wore in the dream. I keep getting frustrated with how it is not so clearly obvious to all the characters in the story that, the few men who can channel, and women who can, are going to have to work together very closely against the Shadow. Where the previous book, number four of fourteen, is one of the greatest in the series, this follow up drops in pace and all around quality. First off I need to tell a little story.
Twenty years later, I can report that it mostly holds up. There is a noise whenever something is being spoken. In a series of fourteen novels when you've got up to this point as a reader you probably have an idea about whether you want to stop or continue. I think it will ultimately progress to something born out of necessity , re-establishing the institutions that were in place of the age of legends. Rand also has to deal with attacks from a few of the Forsaken.
Nothing after Artur Paendrag Tanreall, and nothing before Maecine of Eharon. I would argue that The Wheel of Time and what I've read of The Malazan Book of The Fallen series are better works overall and the books that have fuelled interest in fantasy to a greater extent. It was quite an eye-opening experience for 14 year old Brady and made a huge impression on me. Is it just me, or do basically all of the male Forsaken suck? The constant bickering and petty squabbles amount the protagonists, could potentially be as damaging to the side of the Light, as the power struggle between the forsaken could be to the Dark. She meddles and manipulates, she thinks she knows better than 99. This describes the basic plot, but the subplots introduce and maintain exciting and captivating spiritual and fantastic ideas. The group finally makes their way into the cursed northern land known as The Blight - a place fouled by evil in all possible ways - as they continue on their way to the Eye! Thom and Juilin were staring at the strange animals almost as hard as the horses were.
I personally love the fact that I'm not finished with this book and done with the series. So, overall, this was my least favorite of the Wheel of Time books so far, but ultimately still a good read especially the last quarter of the book. I don't fancy listening to the whole book again so I can find it. Events toward the end of the novel moved the plot along nicely, even though they created a whole new bag of loose ends. Many stories I love have sections I don't enjoy.
I hope I will complete 'The Wheel of Time' in 2018. His other flaws include writing secondary characters which are too numerous, one dimensional and similar to each other as well as his occasionally poor sentence phrasing. This occurred in previous books, including an entire people of topless and tough women on ships. It is a very engaged world to live in and there is a lot of different viewpoints in the book and there is a full of excitement in the book too. With the mono, there is only one channel, therefore, that one channel takes up the total size by itself. Or a dream of a storm, great dark clouds rolling without wind or rain while forked lightning bolts, every one identical, rent the earth. This is the worse book in the series so far for me.
Taking place both in our past and our future, the saga tells the story of a man destined to face the Evil One and save the world—or destroy it in the process. I simply loved how Rand has behaving from the last book. Speaking of Mat, I really like the Band of the Red Hand. This is my second attempt at trying to review The Fires of Heaven. After that, even though it's only the beginning of what will probably be a verrrrry slow process of character evolution, she's much more bearable as she wrestles with her faults. Another solid entry in the WoT series. And that's the least of it.
Full review to come, but for now, here are some random observations: The book started out strong, with those tricky Forsaken up to their shenanigans, which is always fun to watch. For being such a long book nearly 1000 pages in my trade paperback copy , amazingly little happens in The Fires of Heaven, and this is why so many readers have abandoned this otherwise interesting story. The interesting part about the latter is that I counted exactly two arguably three full Aes Sedai who try to support The Dragon Reborn with only one of them - Moiraine - being able to actively do it. In The Fires of Heaven, we leave the Waste to return to previously explored territories. To be honest, if I didn't know that these problems with pacing will only grow with each book, they would have been completely bearable, perhaps even ignorable. After returning from Vietnam he attended The Citadel where he received an undergraduate degree in physics.