The Fires of Heaven (Wheel of Time #5)
"Let the Dragon ride again on the winds of time."
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
Just about every fantasy book I've read has a section in it where it's pretty boring, but there's plenty of stuff that you're absolutely sure will pop up later in the story. In which case, it gets read, no matter how boring it is, because you're sure it will be worth it later. I think this entire book was like that.
Yes, there were some sections that had me reading until I had a hard time keeping my eyes open, but the whole...more
I would like to give this 5 stars for all but the Nynaeve/Elayne portions, which are unbearable....more
It's around here that the series transforms. Save for a few key scenes like the climax of Lord of Chaos, the action becomes subdued, the scope broadens significantly and a drawn out political back and forth with numerous asides ensues.
Most readers don't care for such a turn (itself slow and laboured) and this is where most drop out, but I think this is also exactly where The Wheel of Time distinguish...more
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...more
But shortly after that, this book hooked me and kept me reading. I saw some reviews where people didn't like this book, but I found a lot of the plot threads intriguing. I found myself wanting to know what happened...more
The middle third of this book might have been my favorite section of the series so far. Jordan is at his best when describing the complicated relationships between the characters, and the middle section is full of these interactions. Well, that, and finally there was a large scale battle!
The shifting alliances of the main characters intrigues me. At times women stand up for other women based on gender alone. Then the Emond’s Field group might stand up for each other solely based on t...more
Man: Women! (shakes head, throws up hands)
There, I have just saved you reading several hundred pages of The Fires of Heaven. Basically all the scenes featuring Nyneave and/or Elayne, and some of Rand and Mat's too. I'm sure Perrin and Faile were busy repeating this exchange while building their new manor house, but thankfully we don't have to read about it.
The biggest problem of this book is that a good part of it is given over to Not Ver...more
The only negative (not enough to drop it down to 4 stars) is that the ending seems to follow the same formula. An epic battle with Rand and one of the forsaken, sometimes he wins and sometimes they get away. If this happens for the next 10 books, it is going to get a little irritating. The reason why such an epic battle is so boring is because Rand is just...more
The Perrin, Loial, et.al. arc is completely dropped for this book; apparently they had way too much to do in book 4 and were put on the bench. In their place is a lot of bloating with Elayne and Nyaneve trying to find the Aes Sedai and Min doing the same. The Min arc resolves by 2/3 of the way through the book and in my opinion does not...more
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...more
The story of a young man discovering that he is destined to either save the world and kill everyone he loves or let the world fall into darkness has a lot of fans and a lot of detractors. And both groups are...more
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...more
Rand al'Thor, the Dragon Reborn, continues his effort to unify the diverse people of a discordant world against the Dark One in this fifth tome of the Wheel of Time series (begun with The Eye of the World ). While the Aes Sedai, women who channel the One Power, and the Forsaken, ancient disciples of the Dark One, strive to bend him to their purposes, Rand leads the clans of the Aiel in a war of unification. Rand must try to master his powers as a man who can channel, whil...more
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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...more