Lord of Chaos (Wheel of Time #6)
On the slopes of Shayol Ghul, the Myrddraal swords are forged, and the sky is not the sky of this world;
In Salidar the White Tower in exile prepares an embassy to Caemlyn, where Rand Al'Thor, the Dragon Rebor...more
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...more
Book 6 of The Wheel of Time
By Robert Jordan
A Wheel of Time Retrospective by Eric Allen
Ladies and Gentlemen, whether you like it or not, allow me to present...
Ok, well, actually, this book is not all that bad compared to later volumes of the series when it comes to boringness. I do think of it as the beginning of a long stretch in this series where nothing really seems to happen. When you look at this book and the two or three that follow it as a whole, you can see how a bun...more
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...more
But this book was over 900 pages!
A few things RJ could have stopped repeating:
- 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 wolves ar...more
Here we are at stop number 6 on the old Wheel Express.
If you've read the other books so far in the series, this one is just more of the same. Just somehow... more.
The books themselves are getting longer, the pacing is getting slower, the storytelling far more meandering, the characters(some at least) even more godawful, and the battles... well, the battles are actually pretty badass.
And that ending?
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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...more
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...more
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...more
Even when I first read Lord of Chaos, the sixth book in "The Wheel of Time," as a teenager obsessed with the series, I found my eyes glazing over at times.
Unfortunately, if "The Wheel of Time" was a game of Risk, Lord of Chaos would be the bathroom break. Or the friendship-breaking argument over the rules. In short, no new territories are conquered and no Forsaken are beaten in a climactic battle.
If The Fires of Heaven illustrates the dangers of a strict formu...more
Whatever. I'm sorry. This ought to be a review of the book, not the book cover. I just had to get that off my chest.
Right. Robert Jordan. LORD OF CHAOS. I enjoyed it. Lots of good character moments. The plot, lam...more
First the downsides; there are two lengthy sections given over to the Morgase/Children arc. I don't know why Jordan decided to devote as much ink to those characters as he did; in my opinion they are not interesting and the arc doesn't advance the story at all. Second, Perrin, Faile, and Loial are still absent for most of the book, though they show up later and do their part.
What I liked was the developm...more
First of all, Jordan tried to shift gears too quickly. Two books ago, I thought I was in for some interesting character development in the three main characters. Boy, was I wrong! In order to convey that NOW these boyz have grown into m...more
The first part of the Lord of Chaos was incredibly boring and uneventful, but fortunately the last half of this book was decent. I only continued on in the series because I had already purchased this audiobook. Finally, Rand undergoes some character development, its something else that it took six (1000...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
While Jordan's prose is sometimes bloated, he rises above his Tolkien-influenced contemporaries (Brooks, Eddings, et al.) with his skill at narrative pacing and his ability to create fully realized characters (though his treatment of sexuality will appeal primarily to adolescents). In this sixth volume in the immensely popular The Wheel of Time series (The Fires of Heaven), Rand al'Thor consolidates his power base and attempts to come to a rapprochement with the Aes Sedai...more
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...more
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...more
I suppose if the...more
It is time to officially say that Jordan cannot write romance: I am getting so sick of love occurring because "I just know it." This is ridiculous, especially after the third (fourth?) time. It's so lame, that I could hardly stop myself from throwing up. At first, I thought Perrin and Faile had the best relationship, but it turns out that they're even rockier than I could have imagined. Faile needs to wake up...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
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|Fantasy Book Club...: LORD of CHAOS - Planning to Read? First Impressions? **NO SPOILERS**||13||81||Nov 28, 2012 06:02pm|
|The Best So Far||41||123||Nov 21, 2012 05:57pm|
|Fantasy Book Club...: LORD of CHAOS - Chapters 28 through 41 **SPOILERS**||8||35||Oct 30, 2012 09:50pm|
|Fantasy Book Club...: LORD of CHAOS - Chapters 14 through 27 **SPOILERS**||5||65||Oct 23, 2012 09:09pm|
|Fantasy Book Club...: LORD of CHAOS - Chapters 42 through Epilogue **SPOILERS**||1||24||Sep 27, 2012 10:26am|
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