Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Lord of Chaos (Wheel of Time, #6)” as Want to Read:
Lord of Chaos (Wheel of Time, #6)
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Lord of Chaos (The Wheel of Time #6)

4.1  ·  Rating Details ·  94,394 Ratings  ·  1,702 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 October 15th 1994)
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Lord of Chaos, please sign up.

Popular Answered Questions

Patriciaenola The language from which you get / derive - Cairhien is probably Celtic in its essence - it is is the weird looking way of Celtic spelling that lends…moreThe language from which you get / derive - Cairhien is probably Celtic in its essence - it is is the weird looking way of Celtic spelling that lends its words well to fantasy fiction - since Matthew is splitting his word into syllables - excellent - hope he remembers to aspirate the rhi bit - same as the Greek rho(less)

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  Rating Details
Markus
Dec 18, 2013 Markus rated it it was amazing
"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
...more
Kat  Hooper
Mar 31, 2009 Kat Hooper rated it liked it
ORIGINALLY POSTED AT Fantasy Literature.

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
Kaora
Feb 28, 2016 Kaora rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Guide: How to Female in Wheel of Time:

-Learn something new. Assume you then know everything and make sure everyone who also knows how to do it is aware that you know more. Establish dominance by making something up and insisting on it.


-When first seeing another female be sure to judge her neckline first, followed by face, clothing and finally where she comes from.
-If a woman flirts with your man, get angry at him for being present while that occurred.


-If your man attempts to keep you safe or giv
...more
Robin (Bridge Four)
A new month a new Wheel of Time book with the fantasy fanatics of Buddies Books and Baubles.

This book is both engaging and infuriating. If I were to write 30 words or less that sum up my feelings about the series so far they would go something like this.
Never have I read a series that I like so much based mostly on worldbuilding, plot and cultures while disliking or struggling with most of the characters.

The continuing fight against The Dark One or Lord of Chaos and his chosen is really wel
...more
Jessica ❁ ➳ Silverbow ➳ ❁ Rabid Reads
Reviewed by: 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, a
...more
Choko
Jul 19, 2016 Choko rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
*** 5 ***

A buddy read with my Fantasy Addicts at BB&B! May the Wheel weave as the Wheel wills!!!


Amazing! More than amazing! Have I covered it all?... Yes, I have! I have run out of superlatives for this series and I do not care! The pacing of the story is very deceptively slow, but it builds on itself, fiber by fiber, and by the end of each book you find yourself holding your breath, barely able to take in air, because it is an energy outward transmutation of a million plot lines coming tog
...more
Evgeny
Jul 31, 2012 Evgeny rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
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
Apr 22, 2011 Eric Lin rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
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
...more
Eon ♒Windrunner♒
Review: Reread done!

Lord of Chaos is one of my favorite books in this series so far, purely on the amount of things happening. Sure, the story does not move much in any direction, (nothing much resolved) but there is quite a bit of stirring and simmering until the pressure builds up to a boiling point and BAM! The lid is blown at Dumai Wells!

Spoiler-filled notes:
(view spoiler)
...more
JAIME
Feb 27, 2016 JAIME rated it it was amazing
HOLY HELL. Some shit went down in this one!

Rand - FINALLY feels like he finished with his whining and getting on with stuff - his stuff being manwhoring. And, I LOVE IT.

Egwene - WHAT IN THE HOLY HELL?!

Loial - LOVE YOU

Elayne - I just like you less and less every book. Shut up. You have basically switched places with that other idiot, Egwene.

Aviendah - is growing on me. Still kind of a weirdo, but I like it.

Mat - I can't remember when I started liking you. Don't ever change

Perrin - Your wife su
...more
Hannah Greendale
Dec 31, 2016 Hannah Greendale rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy
Lord of Chaos is 900+ pages of people posturing for power by standing (or sitting) around talking. Painfully slow pacing with very little tension that ultimately arrives at limp ending. It's quite possible this book could be removed from the series altogether and none would be the wiser.
seak
Apr 05, 2011 seak rated it it was amazing
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
...more
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
...more
Dirk Grobbelaar

Was the whole world really burning up?

Thank goodness for the Wheel of Time Wikia page. At this point in the series I can’t really differentiate too clearly between books; everything is just blurring together. I suppose it would help if I read the books back to back, but that is not a realistic option. I honestly need a break between instalments.

That said, I do believe I enjoyed this book more than The Fires of Heaven. It felt, to me, like a return to form, but all of this is pretty relative giv
...more
Gavin
Apr 16, 2012 Gavin rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
This was another enjoyable instalment in the Wheel of Time series. It was an improvement on The Fires of Heaven, but did not reach the heights of The Shadow Rising( the best WoT book so far ).

It though Jordan did OK when it came to advancing the plot in this instalment. Not a ton happened, but it felt like a lot of stuff got set into motion. This meant a lot of focus on politics and scheming, but I've always been happy enough with such story arcs.

The characters proved a mixed bag:

Rand: I thou
...more
Olivier Delaye
THIS IS MEANT AS A LIGHT, NOT-TOO-SERIOUS BUT HOPEFULLY FUNNY REVIEW, SO PLEASE TAKE IT FOR WHAT IT IS. AND NOW, ON TO THE SLAUGHTER!!!

Nyneave tugged her braid as hard as she could bear it. Any harder and she would surely rip her scalp off. “How am I supposed to review this book?” she muttered, holding a copy of Robert Jordan’s Lord of Chaos in her left hand. Her right was busy pulling at her braid. “The author’s first three books were really good––well, if one turns a blind eye on the fact that
...more
Kaila
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 in becoming a man out of leg
...more
Eric Allen
Sep 23, 2011 Eric Allen rated it really liked it
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Ashley
I can already tell that this series is going to eat my brain, and not in the super special fun way, but like in the way where some things about it annoy the hoobedy-boobedy out of me, but other parts of it compel me to persevere. I will spend the next five books (before Brandon Sanderson takes over) being yo-yoed back and forth between moments of "yes, give me more of that!" and "NO MAKE IT STOP." I know this because that was what started happening to me while reading Lord of Chaos. I can only i ...more
Antonio
Dec 03, 2016 Antonio rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Este es uno de esos libros que te sorprenden, donde lo importante no es el camino sino el final, y es que el camino se me hizo largo y tedioso, hay muchas paginas de mas, pero el final fue...

Asombroso, sensacional, espectacular, por fin se puso en su lugar a una serie de personajes odiosos... (view spoiler)
A parte de eso regresa a la trama mi personaje favorito, que tenia algunos libros sin salir, y Rand apr
...more
Jason
Aug 10, 2009 Jason rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-books, read-2013
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
...more
Jake Kern
Jan 29, 2008 Jake Kern rated it did not like it
Shelves: fantasy
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....
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
...more
Maria Dimitrova
Feb 15, 2016 Maria Dimitrova rated it it was amazing
Monthly buddy read with the lovely people over at BB&B

Almost halfway through the series. And I can't be more exited! I should have read this ages ago.

Finally I can see why all the old timers say that Mat's awesome. Don't get me wrong he still gets on my nerves but he's no longer that spoiled little brat that though only about gambling, wine and women. And he knows how to lead an army. Even if he tries to convince himself he's not cut for the whole hero/warrior thing. Part of it are the memo
...more
Shobhit Sharad
Feb 24, 2016 Shobhit Sharad rated it it was amazing
HOLY MOTHER OF JORDAN!

How I get high with this series; the amazing drama, action, and the high fanatasy element was at its best in this book. Aiel and Aes Sedai and Forsaken and whatnot. A thousand pages, and what an end! It was a well-worth read.

For me, a lot of things changed with this book. I started loving Aiel (even the Wise Ones); began to admire Egwene (this book was important to her), and since they gave me a lot of reasons, I was annoyed by many Aes Sedai ventures. But I'll give them th
...more
Sarah
After being a bit disappointed with The Fires of Heaven I have to admit I was nervous about picking up Lord of Chaos, especially when I realised it was the largest book in the series so far (a whopping 1040 pages!). I actually put it off for a long time (& fell way behind all my buddy readers) because I was so nervous but apart from a kind of slow start (which, let's face it, most of these books have suffered from) this was much better than the last book. The last third was completely grippi ...more
Jonathan

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
...more
OhWell
Jun 13, 2016 OhWell rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy-world, magic, wot
I don’t think I can call this a review, but rather a list of the most important things that happened, and my likes and dislikes at this point. Spoilers ahead, so be warned.

Nynaeve Healing Logain, Siuan and Leane: very cool. The same goes for Elayne, who figured out how to make ter’angreal, and an a’dam among them. Elayne and Nynaeve’s behaviour made them highly unlikable though. I particularly hated the way they treated Mat, who is the most improved character and my favourite at this point!

Egwen
...more
Emerson
Feb 21, 2016 Emerson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"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.”

Wow! que final fantástico! Wow!
Esse livro foi o melhor da série até agora. O prólogo em Shayol Ghul foi sensacional. Houveram muitas reviravoltas da segunda metade até o final.
Mas, esse final... QUE FINAL!
Cito novamente que o Rand amadureceu muito até agora, não só ele, todos os outros personagens também, mas os capítulos do Rand são os que mais me agrad
...more
 Adriana ♩♪
Jun 09, 2016 Adriana ♩♪ rated it really liked it
Nice end to another good instalment of the Wheel of Time series!

« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next »
topics  posts  views  last activity   
The Not a Book Cl...: LOC: Part 10 (Chapter 51-Epilogue) 6 7 Nov 11, 2016 07:03AM  
The Not a Book Cl...: LOC: Part 9(Chapters 45-50) 5 6 Nov 07, 2016 09:45PM  
The Not a Book Cl...: LOC: Part 8(Chapters 37-44) 8 4 Nov 03, 2016 09:48PM  
The Not a Book Cl...: LOC: Part 7(Chapters 30-36) 9 7 Oct 28, 2016 05:34PM  
The Not a Book Cl...: LOC: Part 6(Chapters 24-29) 6 7 Oct 25, 2016 10:34AM  
The Not a Book Cl...: LOC: Part 5(Chapters 17-23) 6 6 Oct 20, 2016 08:18PM  
The Not a Book Cl...: LOC: Part 4(Chapters 12-16) 7 5 Oct 18, 2016 08:13PM  
  • Faith of the Fallen (Sword of Truth, #6)
  • Toll the Hounds (The Malazan Book of the Fallen, #8)
  • The Magic Engineer (The Saga of Recluce #3)
  • Prince of the Blood (Krondor's Sons, #1)
  • Sons of the Oak (Runelords, #5)
  • The Hand of Chaos (The Death Gate Cycle, #5)
  • Demon Lord of Karanda (The Malloreon, #3)
  • Morgawr (The Voyage of the Jerle Shannara, #3)
6252
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
...more
More about Robert Jordan...

Other Books in the Series

The Wheel of Time (1 - 10 of 14 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)

Share This Book



“Often you don't know whether a woman is friend, enemy or lover until it is too late. Sometimes, she is all three.” 193 likes
“One more dance along the razor's edge finished. Almost dead yesterday, maybe dead tomorrow, but alive, gloriously alive, today.” 164 likes
More quotes…