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The Fires of Heaven (The Wheel of Time #5)

4.11  ·  Rating Details  ·  92,294 Ratings  ·  1,586 Reviews
The fifth book in Robert Jordan's internationally bestselling epic fantasy series, THE WHEEL OF TIME, now reissued with a stunning new cover design.

The bonds and wards that hold the Great Lord of the Dark are slowly failing, but still his fragile prison holds. The Forsaken, immortal servants of the shadow, weave their snares and tighten their grip upon the realms of men,
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Paperback, 912 pages
Published November 1st 1994 by Little Brown and Co. (UK) (first published 1993)
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Kat  Hooper
Mar 31, 2009 Kat Hooper rated it liked it
ORIGINALLY POSTED AT Fantasy Literature.

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. Approximately the first third of the novel contains so much recap and repetition that, if I'd had "my hair in a proper braid," I would have been yanking it as often as Nynaeve does.

The formula for the first 100 pages or so goes something like this: One or
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Markus
“Storms rumble beyond the horizon, and the fires of heaven purge the earth. There is no salvation without destruction, no hope this side of death.”

The White Tower is shattered by a brutal struggle for power. The remaining Forsaken enter the fray, as kings and queens dance to their tunes in secret. And the greatest army the Westlands have seen in thousands of years emerge from the Waste, as the clans of the Aiel cross the Spine of the World at the command of He Who Comes With The Dawn.

The Fires o
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Foomy
Feb 14, 2009 Foomy rated it it was ok
What I like to call Volume 1 in the "Women Hating Men" trilogy. 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. I almost didn't finish this book because of all the negative energy towards men.

Lessons I learned from this trilogy.

1) It is always a man's fault. Always.
2) Women are always smarter than men.
3) It is okay to break
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Robin (Bridge Four)
Another month and another Wheel of Time book down.

This is epic high fantasy at its best. Rich engaging world with a lot of different PoVs and exciting happenings everywhere.

A few points of interest:

Rand - gets his groove on with a special lady and Lanfear looses her mind over it. But he also becomes more of a strong leader everyday.

Nynaeve - Unfortunately almost all the female characters in this get a personality change and spend most their time bickering and postering with each other enough to
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Evgeny
Feb 12, 2016 Evgeny rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
The Wheel weaves as The Wheel wills - this is Moiraine's favorite saying. In this book all of the Forsaken plot against The Dragon Reborn practically in broad daylight, high lords and ladies in different kingdoms pursue their own interests - the Dark One be damned, and the troubles in the White Tower split the Aes Sedai into two fractions. 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 ...more
Gavin
May 31, 2016 Gavin rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Like all the rest of the Wheel of Time books this was an enjoyable and engaging read. It was not quite as well paced as the 4th book in the series, but Jordan has a knack for keeping my attention even when not a lot is actually happening. A sure sign of a master storyteller.

The biggest shock was that this book did not feature Perrin at all! That left Rand and the pairing of Nynaeve and Elayne as the main POV characters. Luckily that worked out well enough as both story arcs were good. Rand and
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Adam
Dec 31, 2007 Adam rated it really liked it
It's funny, because if you read other's reviews of this book, you'll notice that folks start to split into two camps. They're either ridiculously addicted and love it, or they're getting frustrated. They don't want a 400 plus page book in a series that should have been a trilogy. They don't like the fact that Jordan is "getting all epic on your ass" in this continuing study of the adventures of our characters. They don't like the fact that there are 1239724897923489084 more books after this one ...more
Jonathan

In a series as long as The Wheel of Time you get a lot of ups and downs. And my reaction to reading a series changes each time I read it. 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.

The way I would consider this book is like this:

Start (first 200 pages) : slow, very dry and missing that touch of magic
Middle (200-400 pages): picked up the pace but a lot of filler content focusing on politicising
End (4
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Dee
Mar 06, 2008 Dee rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy-classic
I'm sorry, but by this point, if I had to read once more about "smoothed faced" ageless women (and insert many other repeated phrases of your choice here), I was going to lose my mind. I kept reading the books for the sake of completion, but by book 5, I was rapidly losing patience and interest. I think these books suffered from the syndrome of many long-running book (and TV) series--the lack of an overall cohesive plotline and the presence of far too many characters to keep active in an otherwi ...more
Jessica ❁ Far Dareis Mai ❁ Rabid Reads
Reviewed by: Rabid Reads

4.5 stars

NOTICE: this reread is in preparation for finally biting the bullet and reading book 14. That means I HAVE NOT read book 14 yet. Please be mindful of this in the comments, both for me and for others who may or may not have progressed past this point in the series. Thank you.

SO. Most of my favorite things in this series are in play now. I'm particularly fond of the time spent in Ebou Dar and a couple of other things that are still in development, but, yeah, we are
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Eon ♒Windrunner♒ & part-time Warder ☯
Another solid entry in the WoT series. Minor quibbles here and there, but otherwise highly enjoyable fantasy.

SPOILERS PEOPLE.

Highlights: (view spoiler)
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Dirk Grobbelaar
Tricksy review!

This is my second attempt at trying to review The Fires of Heaven. I've got some pretty mixed feelings about the book. First of all, this is obviously a massive story, and most of what happens here underlines that fact. However, something that detracted from the epic sweep of the proceedings is the way the women are portrayed. For one thing, grown women going around strapping other grown women on the backside? Considering that about half, if not more, of this tome is dedicated to
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Ryan
Oct 23, 2010 Ryan rated it really liked it
At my gym, we treadmill drones watch several television screens. We used to have ESPN, but it's been cut in favor of another Faux ... I mean Fox ... News screen. There are also several CNNs. It's quite frustrating because neither CNN nor Fox reports the news.

It's all theater.

Both stations have an obvious formula to grind. Fox's spin will always involve a plot on the left to overtake and corrupt America, followed by an impotent but self-righteous two minutes hate session against NPR or the New Yo
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Kyle
Nov 11, 2012 Kyle rated it liked it
The Wheel of Time series represents, for me, the perfect example of a guilty pleasure in the world of fantasy.

This series is not actually written very well. Robert Jordan was not a very good wordsmith, and he really only knew how to say and describe things one way. His characters are generally unbelievable, and have ridiculous dialogue. The plot is tremendously predictable, and is heavily influenced (close to the point of being unoriginal) by the fantasy works that came before. The whole story i
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Richard Bray
Oct 19, 2012 Richard Bray rated it it was ok
To this point, I’ve enjoyed my re-read of THE WHEEL OF TIME, but I struggled at times to wade through this one. The length — nearing 1,000 pages in the mass-market paperback edition — wasn’t so much the problem as the character Nynaeve.

To this point in the series I’ve been mostly positive about Jordan’s use of women. There’s no disguising the fact that WHEEL OF TIME is heavily inspired by LORD OF THE RINGS, and seeing Jordan correct one of Tolkien’s weaknesses — the role of women in his stories
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Brian
Feb 29, 2016 Brian rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, 2016, tragedy
The Wheel of Time weaves complex plots in each book, but the main plot centers on a young country boy named Rand Al’Thor. His friends become intricately involved in the plot, and new characters come to them by attractions of fate, called the Wheel of Time. The Wheel centers on Rand, The Dragon Reborn, a reincarnation of an ancient hero reborn to save the destiny of all things, the eternal wheel of birth and rebirth. Thirteen Forsaken (like gods) break out of enslavement, and a Last Battle will e ...more
Mary-Ann
Apr 11, 2009 Mary-Ann rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Kaitlin
Jul 23, 2014 Kaitlin rated it really liked it
I read the majority of this book for the 2014 Booktubeathon and ended up giving this 4.5*s despite the fact that I haven't read any wheel of time books for a while so took some time becoming re-immersed, and that the beginning of this book was a little on the 'slow-dragging-on-forever' side. Why, therefore, did I give this a 4.5* rating? Because I enjoyed being back in this world and once I had remembered where all the characters were and what had been happening to them and so on, I really found ...more
Matt Brady
Part 6 - Why Does A World With A System Of Cyclical Reincarnation Have A Word For Heaven?

This is a reread of the entire Wheel of Time, and there may be spoilers ahead for the whole series. It’s also pretty long and disjointed, in what I’m going to pretend is a clever meta-commentary on the series itself.

Aw yeah. That’s the good shit. That’s the Wheel of Time I remember. Or ..... is it??!?

Well, kinda.

First off I need to tell a little story. This was the first Wheel of Time book I ever read. You s
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Ivana Azap
Dec 22, 2014 Ivana Azap rated it it was amazing
Shelves: epic-fantasy
"Blood and bloody ashes." -Mat (I actually say this on a regular basis.)

I know that some of them will find me boring for always putting the Met's sentences in my reviews of the books of the Wheel of Time series, but.... :P

I’m no lord. I’ve more respect for myself than that. ~Mat

Classic Mat!

Luck is a horse to ride like any other. -Mat Cauthon, The Fires of Heaven, Chapter 3: Pale Shadows

Does 'Daughter of the Nine Moons' mean anything to you? -Mat Cauthon, The Fires of Heaven, Chapter 3: Pale Shad
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Alex Ristea
Some say that this is where the series begins to slow down, but to be honest, this book was incredibly important for me because of that, and how it fleshed out the world and connected me to the Wheel of Time.

See, I'm a fan of slow world-building and character development, and I recognize this series for what it is. Sure, for smaller trilogies and stand-alone novels, you need a faster plot—don't get me wrong, I quite enjoy that, but I also understand and enjoy this book's pace. Yes, parts of it c
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Lilyan
Dec 04, 2013 Lilyan rated it really liked it
I am so emotionally invested in this series. I find myself thinking about the characters often and their situations, as if they were my friends. Yesterday I got myself in a little emo state thinking about how much everyone has sacrificed by book 13 and that no matter how things are resolved in AMoL, things will never be the same as they had been that first Beltine Night so long ago.

This book wasn't one of the super slow ones. It did start dragging around page 500 but until then it was fine. I t
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Allison
The first few times I read The Fires of Heaven, it was one of my favorites of this series. Somehow I was able to gloss over the annoying, bickering women that dominate an entire section of it and focus on the rest, which is still really great. Maybe it's just all the Fantasy I've read since then that is forcing me to look at this with more discerning eyes, but my opinion has shifted a little - sadly.

I would like to give this 5 stars for all but the Nynaeve/Elayne portions, which are unbearable.
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Emerson
Apr 10, 2016 Emerson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Storms rumble beyond the horizon, and the fires of heaven purge the earth. There is no salvation without destruction, no hope this side of death."

WoW! que baita final!!

Gostei muito desse livro. A narrativa segue lenta da mesma forma que o livro anterior. Passa a ter mais ação depois da metade.
A Trama evolui bastante. Percebe-se que Rand está evoluindo cada vez mais. Nem me parece o pastor que deixou Dois Rios. Ele passa cada vez mais ter autonomia e confiança em si mesmo. Não se deixando manipu
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JAIME
Feb 25, 2016 JAIME rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
BEST. YET.


Also, pull your fkn head in, Lan. Ugh.
Maria Dimitrova
Buddy read over at BB&B

With each passing book this series gets better and better! I can't believe that at the beginning I was contemplating giving up and now I have to pace myself so I can stretch the reading for a full month. Sure I can read an instalment in three-four sitting (these books are huge) but then I'll have to wait too long between books. And reading them without the wonderful people at BB&B will be a lot less fun. Not to mention that I'll miss too many things. My fellow bud
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Devin
May 23, 2013 Devin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am determined to finish this series. This is quite a long book and at times is frustrating to get through, but I can say I've enjoyed the ride the whole time. It's not perfect. In fact, the more experience I have in writing, the more I want to change things. But I still enjoy it. I'm already emotionally involved, and that's what Jordan is doing. Every event takes so long to accomplish because he wants you to feel everything the character feels along the way. Yes, he overdoes it, but it's still ...more
Jennifer
i'm of a couple of minds about this book.

first, no perrin. this made me sad and a little nervous. i like perrin, but perrin is now married to a woman i can't stand and want to push off a cliff, so i hope he's still the same sort of perrin he was before when he shows up again.

second, the women in these books need some serious therapy. i'm looking at you, nynaeve, elayne, egwene, siuan (i liked her better as the amyrlin seat - she didn't seem so shrill) and to an extent, all the Aiel women. so mu
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OhWell
Jun 01, 2016 OhWell rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy-world
Great pacing and story arcs. One character annoyed me on a regular basis and only improved at the end, but the rest offered mostly pleasant surprises.

Some notable absences: Perrin and Faile – I didn’t miss Faile, don’t get me wrong, but I didn’t expect the pair of them to be completely out of the picture. And no word on Egeanin and Bayle Domon.

And now for some random thoughts/notes/observations:

(view spoiler)
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Dux
Aug 04, 2015 Dux rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: epic-fantasy
*SPOILERS PRESENT*

"With his coming are the dread fires born again. The hills burn, and the land turns sere. The tides of men run out, and the hours dwindle. The wall is pierced, and the veil of parting raised. Storms rumble beyond the horizon, and the fires of heaven purge the earth. There is no salvation without destruction, no hope this side of death."
— fragment from The Prophecies of the Dragon


The Fires of Heaven. For christ's sake, this was amazing. It has become my second favorite in the
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Librarian Note: There is more than one author in the Goodreads database with this name.

Robert Jordan was the pen name of James Oliver Rigney, Jr., under which he was best known as the author of the bestselling The Wheel of Time fantasy series. He also wrote under the names Reagan O'Neal and Jackson O'Reilly.

Jordan was born in Charleston, South Carolina. He served two tours in Vietnam (from 1968 to
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The Wheel of Time (1 - 10 of 14 books)
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  • The Great Hunt (Wheel of Time, #2)
  • The Dragon Reborn (Wheel of Time, #3)
  • The Shadow Rising (Wheel of Time, #4)
  • Lord of Chaos (Wheel of Time, #6)
  • A Crown of Swords (Wheel of Time, #7)
  • The Path of Daggers (Wheel of Time, #8)
  • Winter's Heart (Wheel of Time, #9)
  • Crossroads of Twilight (Wheel of Time, #10)
  • Knife of Dreams (Wheel of Time, #11)

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