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A Crown of Swords (The Wheel of Time #7)

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In this volume, Elayne, Aviendha, and Mat come ever closer to the bowl ter'angreal that may reverse the world's endless heat wave and restore natural weather. Egwene begins to gather all manner of women who can channel--Sea Folk, Windfinders, Wise Ones, and some surprising others. And above all, Rand faces the dread Forsaken Sammael, in the shadows of Shadar Logoth, where ...more
Kindle Edition, 902 pages
Published April 20th 2010 by Tor Books (first published May 15th 1996)
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Barbara Yes and no. You can't take it seriously like LotR or GoT. My top piece of advice, go in with LOW expectations, then you'll enjoy it! If you aren't…moreYes and no. You can't take it seriously like LotR or GoT. My top piece of advice, go in with LOW expectations, then you'll enjoy it! If you aren't enjoying it by Book 3 I say set it aside in favour of Erikson or Sanderson.

Here are things that will irritate you:

> lack of originality - especially in Book 1, it's easy to see how he took Frodo's journey and adapted to his world and his characters

> world-building was more important to Jordan than the narrative, which is always a red flag when reading fantasy.

> flat characters - who only develop some depth around book 4/5, and then only the male characters. When the develop as well, they develop implausibly, you've got three village boys who suddenly become king of the world, and army generals. You have two village girls who become top members of their magical order without any training because, well, they're just awesome that way. And a princess who doesn't give a rat's fart for her crown or country, but claims to.

> awful female characters - Jordan either hated women, adored them and never got any, or simply had zero understanding for women. All his female characters are the same as one another - arrogant, useless, petty and even physically abusive towards men, though he portrays this as completely acceptable and humorous.

> ENDLESS comparisons between men and women - you really need to prepare yourself for this one, there are going to be about 3 on every page of every book and there will be times when you just want to scream, "get over it!" It's jarring because all the characters think in these terms and so it's extremely clear that Jordan is speaking through his characters and portraying his own personality instead of letting his characters be unique individuals.

> Extensive description given to clothing and fondling clothing, to the point where a good 50-100 pages could have been cut out without losing anything really.

> Slow pace and extremely predictable plot. In fact, see it this way: In most fantasy there's the big, bad, dark lord. In Jordan, the big bad dark lord has 13 or so big, bad helpers. Each book is about destroying the next one of these, so basically it's a repeat plot in every book with a different play-out.

> No real sense of danger - no one ever dies except the baddies, so you don't ever really worry about your characters... the books really lack suspense for this reason.

> An obvious disdain for anything non-hetero - Jordan's entire magic system is built on the physical differences between men and women, which of course means the absolute non-existence of gay characters.

> A million and one extra pointless, useless characters. When reading, don't try to keep track of these people, think of it like hyper-realism in art. You really don't need to see the veins on every leaf on every tree that makes up the background of the painting. Jordan became obsessed with making his world seem real and forgot that too much detail actually detracts from works of art.


> Jordan stages scenes really well, I find it easy to imagine the settings and action.
> Jordan is great with battle tactics, I really enjoy that stuff.
> Jordan is also really good at writing fight scenes, which is an art.
> The endings are always quite exciting and can be unpredictable (when they don't involve killing the big bad helpers)
> And he's also pretty good at portraying world politics

So, I'm still reading... At this point, I'm invested in seeing it through. Jordan is also so big in fantasy that if you want to be able to have a conversation with people about fantasy, you should know some things about WoT and Jordan.(less)
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One fact, though, turned up again and again in those tales. The Laurel Crown of Illian had been given a new name. The Crown of Swords.
And for some reason, men and women who told the tales often found a need to add almost identical words. The storm is coming, they said, staring southward in worry. The storm is coming.


That’s just the sound of the plot development being blown out the window.

A Crown of Swords is the slowest Wheel of Time book so far, by a clear mile. If you think any of
Oct 29, 2010 Ryan rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
If someone ever wanted to make the case against men writing women, they would probably find Robert Jordan's "The Wheel of Time" a treasure trove.*

In fact, perhaps one of the biggest problems in this series is the way that Jordan writes his "strong female characters."

To be honest, I think we're supposed to find all this description of temptation and modesty initially cute and amusing -- if nothing else, it's a balance for all that high level world-building suspense. Yes, Rand and the Aes Sedai ar
Kat  Hooper
ORIGINALLY POSTED AT Fantasy Literature.

My reviews of The Wheel of Time novels are getting just as repetitive as the actual books. There's really not much more to say. A Crown of Swords is another long slow installment in which there are too many detailed descriptions of clothing, references to spanking, concerns about bosoms, and people blushing. There are pages and pages which chronicle secondary characters' extensive internal thoughts. But what bugs me most, though, are the constant depiction
Mar 28, 2016 John rated it really liked it
I read a lot of comments about Jordan's epic which mention (or outright complain about) its pace and staging. As far as I'm concerned, its deliberate pace and intricate staging are pluses. It's not often that one finds such thoroughly realized visions of epic stories. This series is a genuine throw-back in story-telling style. Instead of going the route of non-stop, breathless action, Jordan spends a good deal of time taking his readers through the sometimes withering grind of day-to-day existen ...more
Jan 06, 2009 Terran rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Is there a rating below 1 star I can give?

I think this is about where I gave up on this bloody series. (And I only got this far because I was on a long road trip/camping trip, and I picked them up cheap at a used book store in Anchorage, IIRC.) But I have to admit that I can't tell them apart. I honestly have no idea what happened where after about book 1. Which is, in large part, why I gave up on this atrocious pile of overwritten, paid-by-the-word crap.

A friend of mine said, at the time, of Bo
Jan 20, 2014 Evgeny rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Every person who has even a passing interest in fantasy knows The Wheel of Time series gets slow in the middle. So are we there yet? No, but things do slow down somewhat. Is it still a good read? Most definitely, yes!

The book starts with Perrin being a lovesick puppy for about one fourth of the book. Exciting events happen around him which is no wonder considering what happened in the end of the previous book and the fact that this one starts right where the former left, but Perrin's POV makes t
Igor Ljubuncic
This is where it all went downhill.

I think it was our friend William "Bill" Shakespeare who wrote a play called "Much Ado About Nothing" but he might as well called it A Crown of Swords or the subsequent three or four books before the series' eventual redemption by Brandon Sanderson.

Anyhow, I really don't remember much what happened. I do remember that a lot did not happen. And there were a million descriptions of dresses and how women like to stand akimbo and such, and it was all real time.

If y
Well, well. This one was quick. Some shit went down that I both loved and hated (view spoiler) and some shit that I'm not sure about. (view spoiler)

But really. I'm just all about Mat. Edgware had a fk
Nov 17, 2014 Kaitlin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Yes, another one down!

Okay, so this is book number 7 in the WoT series. It picks up straight after the ending of book 6 but that ends on a big high for the whole series and that is hard to beat. I don't think that this instalment could really top book 6 being shorter and slower as it was, but there are still some highly interesting new developments in this book.

The first thing I noticed was that in this story Elayne and Nynaeve really take centre stage on their mission whilst Mat also features
Shobhit Sharad
May 28, 2016 Shobhit Sharad rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: robert-jordan
"As the plow breaks the earth shall he break the lives of men, and all that was shall be consumed in the fire of his eyes. The trumpets of war shall sound at his footsteps, the ravens feed at his voice, and he shall wear a crown of swords."

By the time something started happening, half the book was already over, I realised. But I didn't mind that at all, because I like spending time with these characters. The end, though, was quite thrilling, and had me hooked to the book.

As with every book, ther
Crown of swords was a mixed bag book for me, because although the book dragged a lot in the middle but the ending of the book was superb. Also Rand finally doing something was itself refreshing to read. But I have to admit the series has really started bogging down from the last book, and although sometimes I really got frustrated while reading the book but I am going to continue with the series as Sanderson has ended it.

Some of the strong points of the book were

Rand's pov.
Rand taking strong dec
It is often difficult to reconcile how much I love the adventure of this series with the blatant sexism that pervades nearly every chapter involving a woman interacting with a man. In the first four books, it wasn't as much of an issue, because I saw it mostly as an in-world problem rather than something inherently problematic with Jordan's perspective that was interfering with his ability to tell a good and believable story. This changed in book five, where the ridiculousness exploded to such a ...more
Jan 20, 2015 Arminion rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Alex Ristea
Feb 17, 2013 Alex Ristea rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Okay, this series has officially blended together.

Yes, I love it.

Jordan has an extraordinary imagination, and I don't care how slow these books go, because I enjoy spending time with the characters in this world.

This book was almost entirely character development, but that's OK with me, because I can go on to the next one right away. I'm sure if I would have waiting a few years for this book, and then had to wait a few more before the next, I'd be pissed off. But in reading the completed series
Branwen Sedai *of the White Ajah*
Master of the lightnings, rider on the storm,
wearer of a crown of swords, spinner-out of fate.
Who thinks he turns the Wheel of Time,
may learn the truth too late...

It's really really hard to summarize a book like this due to its length and how far along it is in the series. Much like the previous book in the series, not a lot of action takes place until the last two hundred pages. There are countless conversations. Much travel. More characters are introduced. Loyalties tested. Friendships called
Matt Brady
This is a reread of the entire Wheel of Time so there’ll be spoilers for the whole series, both books before this and maybe books after it, ahead.

So I needed a bit of a break after Lord of Chaos turned out to be more disappointing and boring than I had remembered. I'm not the kind of guy who can tear through a big series, reading each book back to back, anyway - I get antsy if I read two books by the same author back to back, even - and that is doubly true for something as massive and, particula
Aug 25, 2012 Scarlet rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think this book is better than the last, perhaps not so much but defiantly more action in less pages, and since I'm a huge fan of Mat, I enjoyed the fact that the book follows him (view spoiler) ...more
Mar 20, 2014 Lilyan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Brilliant! Absolutely loved it this time around. I'm giving this a 5 stars. By no means is this book slow. Yes book 6 has a slow pace and yes books 8-10 drag. But book 7 is fantabulous.

We happily do not see much of Egwene and the slow moving rebels. It's nice to see Egwene establishing herself but the Aes Sedai's cool/calm stares and passive aggressiveness just pisses me off. The less the better.

We also don't see much of Faile/Perrin/Berelaine. Thank God. We'll be seeing too much of them in the
Jun 28, 2010 James rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wait, what's going on here? I'll tell you what's going on: sex, and lots of it. Never directly mentioned, but then, that's not Jordan's style. But the amount of obliquely referenced hanky-panky in book 7 of the Wheel of Time is quite an increase from previous books. It's not really relevant to anything, but it was something I couldn't help but notice.

That said, this isn't some sappy book about relationships or anything. This is a book about getting things done. Assuming all goes well, the end of
**Spoilers for previous books!**

The pace has definitely slowed on this massive epic by the time we get to A Crown of Swords. Plenty still happens in this installment, but a lot of time is spent on details of politics and jockeying for strength, especially between the women - only a sign of things to come, I'm afraid. I still really enjoy it in this book - for me, there's a good combination of world-building (I love Ebou Dar), intrigue and the plot moving forward.

Egwene is scheming to become a t
aPriL does feral sometimes
Awesome. I want a Mat. Just saying.

In the first book, 'The Eye of the World', I hoped small-town farmboy Mat would be killed off. He showed himself to be an irresponsible disobedient shallow troublemaking youth. Now, in book 7, 'Crown of Swords', he has progressed to being turned into a boy toy. But he is also now a hero, despite himself, and he has saved his friends again and again.

By a series of strange, funny, 'lucky' coincidences and mistaken ideas and reluctant accidental successes, he has
Dec 14, 2014 GSJ rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
one of the quickest reads of the series for me, but definitely had some of the funniest parts! must. finish. series!
May 15, 2016 Zayne rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Master of the lightnings, rider of the storm,
wearer of a crown of swords, spinner-out of fate.
Who thinks he turns the Wheel of Time,
may learn the truth too late."

Pretty epic quote. Too bad the rest of the book wasn't as epic. Not much happened in this book. For the most part, it was slow and focused on the characters I don't like. Yeah I'm looking at you, Nyneave and Elayne. Although their mission was cool, their attitude towards everything and everybody made what would have been a cool plot
For the first, I don't know, two-thirds of the book or so I vacillated between two feelings: wanting something to happen, and confusion - there are so many story lines, so many people, so many new people I spent a fair portion of the time not really knowing who was who and just figuring out that if they were important or had done something important it would become obvious.

Then the book hit its stride and really got going. There is some pretty amazing stuff going on in the last couple hundred pa
Nov 11, 2012 Kyle rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Wheel of Time series represents, for me, the perfect example of a guilty pleasure in the world of fantasy.

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
I don't see how this is the beginning of the series going downhill. This book was great. I was more engaged for this one compared to the last one. People are crazy. Onward and upward!

Also, I heart Nynaeve "The Hulk" al'Meara (You wouldn't like her when she's angry!) and Elayne "Don't make me go queen on your ass" Trakand.

I totally get how people say these books have a ton of gender issues. The interaction women have with each other are a bit comical. The male characters do seem to have more dept
Richard Bray
To this point in the Wheel of Time series, I’ve primarily been a fan of Perrin Aybarra, enjoying the books in which he has a larger role and generally finding the books that don’t feature him to be ultimately forgettable. A CROWN OF SWORDS doesn’t include much Perrin at all, as the two major plots focus on Elayne, Nynaeve and Mat searching for the Bowl of Winds and Rand preparing for and ultimately attacking Sammael.
Somehow, even though I haven’t been a fan of the Bowl of Winds plotline and Rand
i stand by the comment i made during the reading of the book. the wheel of time series is turning into 8000 page morality play badly written by a misogynist. i'm sure it's some subtle way to show that if anyone gets the least bit of power at any time, in any level, at any point in their lift, they automatically know everything and will be proud to tell anyone else how smart/wise they are. power apparently corrupts, and also makes people stupid.

there have been two women in these books that i had
Feb 23, 2013 Jason rated it liked it
2.5 Stars

This was the beginning of the long end of The Wheel of Time for me. I only read this book once through when it was first published and now with the help of chapter and book summaries. This book suffers from what is all to common these days, the Author becomes too big for the stories he pens.

Why do I need 47 points of view in a story???Do I care about more than 10 of them???Probably not!I also do not need every piece of clothing detailed out to me when the books are already obese and s
Aug 04, 2015 Dux rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: epic-fantasy

So, A Crown of Swords. Part of me is unbelievably surprised that I have arrived at this point in the series already, halfway through the journey. Indeed, after having heard so much negativity composing these middle books, it wasn't so terrible. Of course, I haven't read further yet so who knows how that might turn out, I might end up taking it back. But anyways, at least I can say that I greatly enjoyed this book.

Master of the Lightnings, rider on the storm, wearer of a c
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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
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  • The Shadow Rising (Wheel of Time, #4)
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