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Lord of Chaos (The Wheel of Time #6)

4.07 of 5 stars 4.07  ·  rating details  ·  74,884 ratings  ·  1,291 reviews
The Wheel of Time turns, and Ages come and go. What was, what will be, what is, may yet fall under the Shadow. Let the Dragon ride again on the winds of time.
Mass Market Paperback, 1011 pages
Published November 15th 1995 by Tor Fantasy (first published 1994)
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"The lions sing and the hills take flight. The moon by day, and the sun by night. Blind woman, deaf man, jackdaw fool. Let the Lord of Chaos rule."

There is no going back. The Wheel of Time is now officially one of my favourite series of all time. At times while reading I got this weird, amazing feeling that only two other works of fantasy have given me before. There was something this sixth book had that took me over the edge and far down the other side. Or more specifically, something this book
Kat  Hooper
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I could almost copy and paste my review for Fires of Heaven right here and it would be mostly suitable because Lord of Chaos is more of the same. This is another metropolitan-city-phonebook-sized novel with a potentially interesting story that is bogged down by its excruciatingly slow pace, regular insertions of backstory, constant descriptions of the garb of every major and minor character (garb which keeps getting smoothed, straightened, or otherwise adj
This book contains much more different point of views than the first five; we even get to see the inner thoughts of some of the Forsaken. Each POV usually contributes to a different plot, subplot, or thread which makes a really complex overall story, so if you thought the one in the first five books was way too simple (I am kidding), this book really makes matters much more complex. This is also the point where the number of named characters became too great for all of them to be in the glossary ...more
Eric Lin
Took you long enough to stop your main characters from sucking, RJ. Truthfully this was 3.5 stars, but I gave 3 stars to all the other books (and somehow am still reading them), so I gave this one the benefit of the doubt (and 4 stars).

But this book was over 900 pages!

A few things RJ could have stopped repeating:

- The men/women dynamic
- How much the maidens think Rand is either their son, or brother
- How much Warders look like wolves
- How much Aiel look like wolves
- How complex names of actual w
Feb 21, 2012 seak rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2012
To review this book, I have to start by telling a little story about my history with this series, and more specifically with this book.

It was in the great year of ought 7 (2007) when I was first reading Lord of Chaos, the sixth book of The Wheel of Time. It was also the same year that Harry Potter was finishing up and sadly when the author himself, Robert Jordan, died of a rare disease.

I decided, not only did I want to make sure there was an ending (sorry, I know that was insensitive of me), bu
Eric Allen
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Christie Skipper Ritchotte
On my future grave, I swear, the following is true.

Once upon a time there was a book series called The Wheel of Time, which, when piled each volume upon the other, could reach past an elephant's rheumy eye. Once upon a time, after searching for a good new fantasy series, I began tWoT with a healthy gleam in my eye. What a blithe fool. What a tWoT.

I turned pulped wood pages by thousands, read a very-many lot-of words, until one day an annoying pattern manifested. Though I pressed on, it had beco
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So you made it to book 6! Now that you're here, that means you finished book 5. Have this not really spoiler-y lolCat based off the second to last page of The Fires of Heaven!

Stolen from this comedy goldmine thread. It is hilarious but beware spoilers.

Rand finally has some real chapters in this book. Since book 2, The Great Hunt, he hasn't figured much as a point of view. Sure he had some chapters in the Aiel Waste, and the climax of book 5, but he was all caught up i
Matt Brady
Part 7 - Canned Rand

This is a reread of the entire Wheel of Time so there’ll be spoilers for the whole series ahead.

Well that was a real slog. If Fires of Heaven was brightened by the warm glow of nostalgia and affection I’d retained all these long years, Lord of Chaos increased the glow to a harsh and grating fluorescent flicker. Sure, Dumai Wells is a great sequence, possibly the high point of the series itself and I’ll go into more pointless detail on that later, but there is a TON of bullshi
4 Stars

This was the start of the tougher side to the Wheel of Time series. There are some real high’s in this book, but there are also quite a few long and drawn out lows. The wiki page states that there are 47 freaking pov’s in this book and it sure felt like it at times. I hate when authors pile on more and more characters, it does not actually correlate to a better story most times. This was my third time through this book, and it is the last of the books that I actually read cover to cover m

Lord of Chaos is my sixth stop in the thirteen book re-read before January 8th's release of A Memory of Light. I really have little to say about the book at the moment because let's be honest, if you're up to this book and need a review to figure out if you should continue, you either don't have the heart to continue (it doesn't appeal to you) or you want to know whether you should skip this and move onto book seven. Because each of the books is more of the same, only when you've read one Wheel
If you read through the reviews of the Wheel of Time books on Goodreads, you'll find a lot of people complaining about the same things. Foremost among the complaints are that there are too many characters and plot lines to keep track of, and Robert Jordan has a tendency to be over-descriptive, which leads to loooong books where not much happens.

I can appreciate these complaints. Six books into the series, I think the story has been told from the perspective of 25 to 30 different characters so f
Jake Kern
What was meant to be a glorious trilogy turned into a bloated, never-ending story. As I read the 4th and 5th books, I became quickly disappointed with Jordan's obvious decision to start stretching the series and winging it to bring in a bunch of cash. The breaking point was when I was reading this book, and I got to page 600 realizing that nothing had happened in the book yet! I closed the book and cut my losses. My friends on Book 11 wish they had done the same.... ...more
Alex Ristea
This is a late review, since it's been a hectic few weeks with work and moving.

Anyway, here are some of the scattered thoughts I wrote down while I was reading:

- More Perrin! After a noted absence, it's good to have one of my favourite characters back

- I can't really tell a lot of the Forsaken apart. You'll forgive me, but Wheel of Time has a lot of names.

- Hate to compare this to Game of Thrones, but WoT doesn't seem as memorable. I'm not sure if the TV show has skewed my perceptions, but there
Pedro António
(4.5 stars rounded up)

As per usual my review will have very minor spoilers assuming you've read up The Fires of Heaven and is directed at people who are going through the series for the first time as I am.

The first 100-200 pages in Wheel of Time (WoT) books are always the hardest to go through, so I went in with that in mind. I was pleasantly surprised that the first couple hundred pages in Lord of Chaos didn't drag at all and were actually some of the most engaging in the series prior to this b
Igor Ljubuncic
This is the book where epicness becomes mired in diplomacy and pseudo-politics, something that Jordan isn't very good with. The only somewhat redeeming piece is that Rand gets trapped, placed in a box, tortured a little, and then saved at the last minute. But even so, there isn't much happening. The world undergoes global warming. The boring stuff at Tar Valon and such. Overall, Lord of Chaos marks the end of the good part of the series, and it goes downhill from here until Brandon Sanderson pic ...more
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Robert Hawke
Lord of Chaos is still quite similar to it's preceding entries in The Wheel of Time, yet I found vast improvements in this novel that made this one my favourite so far.
Yes, the pace is still too slow. Yes, there is a lot of extensive detail. Yes, there are too many secondary characters that pop up and you wonder if you should remember their names but forget almost a page later and then when a similar name pops up later in the book you suddenly stress if you've already met them and then you flick
Wow! What an ending... Dumai's Wells! Wow! The events after that! Wow!

An interesting Prologue with Demandred visiting Shayol Ghul. The pace slows down after that with a lot of intrigue and Tel'aran'rhiod. The fate of the Two Rivers women take a sort of out-of-the-blue shift, which I thought was odd and lacking explanation. We see more of Perrin and, IMHO, he still the spotlight from Matt after being somewhat absent in the previous book. What I liked is that, in spite of the slow pace, you can't
Jessica ❁ Elsecaller ❁ at Rabid Reads
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 . . . I'm not gonna sugar-coat it, shit goes DOWN in this book.

There's the Morgase situation, which is one unfortunate event after another.

We've watched the Pattern rearrange itself for Rand, Mat, and Perrin. To their bene
This series is something more than just epic, but I can't think of what else to call it to convey the enormity contained in each book. I have a hard time keeping everyone straight (this time more than most) because there's just so. many. people.

The books have all followed multiple POVs, but in this one there were a few transitions that were clunky, and a couple that didn't even have a break to show the change- I just had to be confused for a minute. That sort of thing really annoys me, and even
People have often remarked on my, ahem, remarkable patience whether it's dealing with difficult people, difficult books, or with those annoyances that most simply don't want to put up with anymore. One of those annoyances has been over the past month rereading the first six books of the Wheel of Time Series. This will be my third time.

I first read them my Freshman year of high school, the second run-through was a refresher for Knife of Dreams my Fresman year of college. Most of the criticism of
*Spoilers for books 1-5*

Lord of Chaos is another solid installment in the Wheel of Time saga. Definitely solid, at roughly 1000 pages! I'm happy to report that the women are not at each others' throats throughout the entire book. Now that Elayne and Nynaeve are back as Accepted in Salidar - no longer in charge of themselves - they actually begin to train and learn again. Nynaeve works on her block (reluctantly) and continues her healing studies (we find she has another goal besides revenge in be
Greg Strandberg
One thing I don't like about these books is the huge openings, which are 1/3 the size of regular fantasy books.

That said, this book isn't that bad. You get some cool battles at the end, and some good buildup. We're still suffering through a bad case of the slows, something Jordan decided to put in around Book 4 and 5 (in my opinion).

We get a lot more on Bashere in this book, a character that's interesting. There's more with Min, not one of my favorite characters. Lots of politics, which is inter
Ivana Azap
This book was terrifying, for White Tower Aes Sedai mistreating the Rand.
But, there is always Mat BLOODY Cauthon for making my day better!!! :D

Dance with her, and she will forgive much; dance well, and she will forgive anything. -Mat Cauthon, Lord of Chaos, Chapter 5: A Different Dance

Dance well with a woman and she's halfway yours. -Mat Cauthon, Lord of Chaos, Chapter 5: A Different Dance

He was going to start having 'I am not a bloody lord' embroidered on his coat. -Mat Cauthon, Lord of C
Wow...this book took such a long time for me to finish up and get though (or rather listen to) because it's an epic book through and through. I'm very happy that I got back into this series recently and am especially happy that I now have more time to listen to the audiobook whilst drawing and designing for my degree (I feel super productive).

In this book we get to see a lot of cool new stuff which the first 5 books didn't show us for example there are a ton more POV characters (some of whom are
This book made me so angry at one point I stopped reading it for 3 months. I could have finished the series by now.
I cannot stand the way Jordan writes women. He is awful. Every single one of these women is stuck up, preachy, and know-it-all bitch. There are moments when I like some of them, but then they turn around and say the bitchiest shit and I want to slap the hell out of them.
I liked Faile in the early books and now I do not. Egwene was my most hated character and now it is Elayne, don'
Done! 6 down, 7 to go! At this rate, it would take me 2 years to finish my re-read, it's just that those books are such hefty reads, they're really slow going, especially when reading them for the 3rd time. That's not to say I'm not enjoying them though, on the contrary, I've become so emotionally invested in the world of WOT that I can't bear the fact of finishing my re-read and getting on with the last book. It's too heart breaking.

As for this installment, the series starts to slow down in thi
I really do love these books from a plot perspective. A lot happens in Lord of Chaos and there's enough excitement happening with all of the groupings that I didn't mind the point of view changes.

Okay, rant time. One thing I'm going to like less and less as it goes along is the way that Jordan depicts women. UGH. I hate the way he makes them all out to be petty, vindictive, crazy jerks. It's like he refuses to let one woman have any sense! I especially hated how Elayne treated Mat while on their
Blodeuedd Finland
Another long one, 1000 pages, book 6, well you get the general idea. So for this re-read review I will look at the characters.

Rand, honestly I always thought I had a crush on him, but so far nothing has stirred at this front. He is just crazy, laughing by himself and talking with Lews in his head. He is rather pompous too.

Mat, was this the book where I suddenly did not heart Mat anymore? I think so. He was rather pompous too.

Egwene, do I like her yet *laughs* No, and this is the book where she s
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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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Other Books in the Series

The Wheel of Time (1 - 10 of 17 books)
  • The Eye of the World (Wheel of Time, #1)
  • The Great Hunt (Wheel of Time, #2)
  • The Dragon Reborn (Wheel of Time, #3)
  • The Shadow Rising (Wheel of Time, #4)
  • The Fires of Heaven (Wheel of Time, #5)
  • 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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