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
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 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
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
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
Jordan continues the story with Rand leaving the Aiel Waste and...more
Unlike the previous books, fewer new characters are introduced to keep track of in this book. Also, by this point the world Jordan created is fai...more
On the other hand, I’m constantly amazed at Jordan’s worldbuilding. He doesn’t miss a note—the characters think...more
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...more
The Wheel of Time appears to be in good hands with Brandon Sanderson penning the last Book (in three parts) of Robert Jordan's epic.
Although I have been reading these books for as long as I have been reading Katherine Kerr's Deverry novels, and will be reading them at least until 2012 when the final book is due out, I have enjoyed them so much that I am willing to ignore the length of time it has taken. It must be almost 20 years from first...more
I enjoyed this book, and kept up with all of the detail by simply reading it quickly. Luckily I had an overseas business trip to go on, so after a whole day...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'Reily.
Jordan was born in Charleston, South Carolina. He served two tours in Vietnam (from 1968 to...more