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Winter's Heart (The Wheel of Time #9)

3.90  ·  Rating Details  ·  69,254 Ratings  ·  1,155 Reviews
"La Ruota del Tempo gira e le Epoche si succedono, lasciando ricordi che divengono leggenda. La leggenda sfuma nel mito, ma anche il mito è ormai dimenticato quando ritorna l'Epoca che lo vide nascere. In un'Epoca chiamata da alcuni Epoca Terza, un'Epoca ancora a venire, un'Epoca da gran tempo trascorsa, il vento si alzò sopra l'Oceano Aryth. Il vento non era l'inizio. Non ...more
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Published June 22nd 2010 by Tor (first published November 7th 2000)
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Winter's Heart gets three stars since it's the weakest Wheel of Time book I've read so far, alongside The Path of Daggers. However, that doesn't mean it really deserves three stars. This put me in a difficult situation, because this rating is in comparison with the other WoT books. On the other hand, it is quite a lot better than several books I've rated four stars.

The problem with this one is one you probably know about. The plot development is gone. Still, I absodamnlutely love this world, thi
Lindsey Rey
Mar 30, 2015 Lindsey Rey rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Jun 15, 2016 Evgeny rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This is one of the hardest books to rate; I thought long and hard whether to give this book 3 or 4 stars. I also could not take an easy path and give this book 3.5 stars; more on this later.

Perrin's subplot takes up the first quarter of the book. Perrin spends his time brooding and being miserable. To be fair, he comes to his senses from time to time; when he does he makes pointless talk. He also snaps at the people who really try to help him. It is really sad to see a pathetic human being which
Jan 05, 2015 Kaitlin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5*s for this book and that's mostly due to the ending of it which is rather epic in proportion. I really enjoyed listening to this instalment of WoT and I felt that there were a few things we really gained knowledge of in this volume. As I have mentioned in previous reviews this series has recently made the transition form a cast of teens into a cast of adults and this is clear from the vast array of choices made by some of our major players and the way that their previous experiences are now ...more
Feb 14, 2009 Foomy rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Pedro António
Dec 20, 2012 Pedro António rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Worried that the series is slowing down to a crawl after the first two thirds of The Path of Daggers and wondering if Winter's Heart is worth it? Let me start with a resounding YES.

Like most people I too was a bit sceptical after The Path of Daggers since frankly until the last third of the book not very much happens and we're given the two most annoying POVs quite a lot of the time (Faile and Nynaeve). Fortunately Winter's Heart completely breaks away from that and I didn't feel like there was
Nov 01, 2010 Ryan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I try to resist looking at the relationship between books and movies in absolute terms.

For example, I think the film can be better than the book (Fight Club). Some adaptations seem to stand on their own (Lord of the Rings). And I'm pleased to read books that don't seem to be easily converted to film (William Gibson and Neal Stephenson come to mind).

To be honest, I doubt that "The Wheel of Time" will be converted for film.* The intrigues and internal conflicts that distinguish the early novels st
Jul 19, 2014 Phrynne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Book 9 in my long slow read of this epic series. Slow because I only listen to the audio when I am walking my dog. Long because these are very long books. This one finished on a tremendous 5 star worthy high with Rand at last achieving something really worthwhile in a very exciting way. However the book loses a full star for the awfulness of the tedious section about Perrin. I get that he really loves Faile and he is going to pieces without her, but non stop whining for however many pages it was ...more
Sep 03, 2011 Adam rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well, that was...intense. Seriously, the last 60 pages of the book are breathless, world class fantasy. The rest is...

...well to be frank, the rest is not actually that bad. The biggest sin committed by this book is that Mat's storyline is downright dull until its very last pages. C'mon guys, Mat is supposed to be the fun one! Other than that though, the story moves along pretty well. We get lots of Rand, and his story continues to be the most compelling by far; Elayne's political wrangling is e
Doğan Sakarya
Kitap elimde süründü. 25 gün sürdü kitabı okumam. Neden mi bu kadar sürdü? 3 ana nedenim var:
-Biraz benim üşengeçliğim.
-Çok çok fazla yazım hatası yapıldığı için İthaki Yayınlarının kalitesi! Hayır yani kitap 2.baskı hatta şu sıralar 3.baskı yapıyor/yapmış olmaları lazım. Yazıktır günahtır. Bu kitapları tek tek alanlar kitap başı 60-65 lira para veriyor bu mu yani verilen paranın karşılığı? Ayıp ayıp...
-Birazda Zaman Çarkı kitaplarının Türk dizilerine benzemesi; karakterler bir yerlerden bir yer

The Wheel of Time is a long and epic story. Long and epic narratives, for whatever reason (perhaps its the way in which they hint at reality) tend to be my personal favourite types of tales. However, as with book 8, Winter's Heart meanders on slowly and I maintain my stance that the content of books 8,9 and 10 could have been better delivered as one novel. That said this book interests me enough to like it for the most part.

The novel has some very apparent negatives such as the (again) plodding
May 11, 2016 Al rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's a very good thing that these books are subjective because I was supposed to not like this one very much. Instead, I thought it was most excellent! I would have given it 5 stars if it had wrapped up Perrin's story arc, but I guess that happens in the next one. Some awesome things happened in this book that I'm eager to read more about in Crossroads of Twilight. On to the next!
Aug 13, 2015 Dux rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Recently when I write reviews, I have been using bolded quotes. I am quite fond of bolding quotes because i love illustrating the writing of the author. However, in this specific review, I will not do so. Why? Because most of the words and writing in this book is bullshit

Commence Rant

Wow, I cannot believe I am doing this. Even though I hated the Dragon Reborn to a certain degree, I actually look back on it a slight bit fondly because it was not terrible . In fact, I did say as such, it was
Rebecca ♥ Matrim, Kishan, Magnus ♥
This review can also be found on my blog: A Match Made in Heaven

This book was very eventful. Several major events that I knew were coming finally happened in this book. And I was so happy to see Mat again. He was not in the last book at all, and it took half of this book before he showed up. But once he did, a lot happened. The story in Ebou Dar ended up being my favourite, from anyone's POV.

I was happy to finally meet Tuon and she was not what I expected. She is a strong woman, like all the ot
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
Igor Ljubuncic
OCD compels me to write yet another review in a book of the only multilogy that I can claim to have finished. So here we are.

Like books 7 and 8, this is another space filler, with nothing interesting happening. Mat meets Tuon, and that's about it. More or less. The fact I don't remember much is remarkable by itself. Perrin fights some, and Rand fights some, and such like. Awesome.

Anyhow, here's what you all came for.

When I read Winter's Heart,
Compelling action failed to start,
A girl named Tuon,
aPriL does feral sometimes
Well. Um. Ahem.


Sex has finally fully unfurled its flags and waves openly for all to see in 'Winter's Heart' (sex has been lurking in dark corners in every previous book), joining the hundreds of invented military banners (and magical battle action) already flapping around in every book in 'The Wheel of Time' series.

(Sideways comment: Robert Jordan must have spent many hours annoying his friends and family by asking for ideas or sources in creating imaginary sigils and flags. I discove
Aug 02, 2016 Allison rated it really liked it
**Contains spoilers for previous books! Possible mild spoilers for this one as well.

As is becoming a pattern in this series, Winter's Heart advances two major plot-points (Rand, Mat) while the others move into the background and stall for a while (Perrin, Elayne) or are completely absent (Egwene this time). There is more action in this book than the last, though, and it's not too full of brooding and self-doubt, making it a significant improvement on the last book.

Mat is back, trying to escape
Jul 14, 2016 Eduarda rated it it was amazing
Um dos ápices da série, com certeza.
Nov 19, 2011 Dougao06 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the first book in WoT that I review, and the reason is simple, I just didn't feel I had anything to add to the reviews here on any previous book: I think the general agreement is that books 1-6 are very good, and I definitely agree, and most people think book 7 is where things start to go wrong and book 8 an almost mediocre endeavour; I started skimming large parts of book 7, and book 8 I would recommend most to just skip it (not that it is unreadable, it is not that bad - I gave it 3 st ...more
Aug 23, 2009 Melina rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Shobhit Sharad
Jun 15, 2016 Shobhit Sharad rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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4.5 stars really, because of the amazing ending.
Mar 16, 2016 Marcos rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Another great chapter on this fantastic series. Jordan resumes Matt's arch and most of the book focuses on him and Rand. There's a couple of shocking moments and a great battle at the end. Great writing with some remarkable phrases.
Fina-Fucking-Lly. Wow. This installment really dragged. I think it took me forever to plow through it the first and second time around as well.

Nothing happens.

I felt relief once I realized that Perrin's plot only encompassed the first couple of chapters. It was short lived though as I instead had to read about Elayne and her posse of bickering women. What the hell is wrong with WOT females? I can't decide who is worse, the sea folk, the kin, the Aes Sedai, the Wise Ones, or the noble women. Aug
Jun 19, 2008 Skip rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Paul Williams
May 12, 2012 Paul Williams rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book...was really good. Not the best in the series, and certainly one with a good many flaws, but overall, this was one of the better installments in the series of late.

The worst part was definitely the wasn't necessarily too long, but certain viewpoints had two major plots they tried to convey, when we only should have received one each. Beyond that, there were a couple Elayne chapters that were too detailed (though her thread was overall decent and added some interesting th
Leon Aldrich
I agree with many reviewers about the excessive mentioning of braid tugging, skirt smoothing, and birching (i.e. a training tool to make Aes Sedai into leaders & role models).

And while I read every word, not skipping pages, sometimes it was like a second job to stay with it.

My challenge is that while this series was still being written, I had read Wheel of Time eight or nine times; book two seven times; book three six times...and so on. I wasn't about to reread books one through eight again
Cori Reed
Okay, I've done my best guys, but at this point I just can't ignore how awfully women are portrayed in this series. What the hell? That scene where women are stripped naked in the snow, thrown over a man's should, and spanked haunts me. Not to mention the fact that it seems all women are incredibly catty and spiteful.

I'm giving this a two stars because that aspect was too much for me. I actually liked the story of this book far better than A Path of Daggers, but I cringed so much I couldn't give
Apr 15, 2014 John rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Book 9 in my re-read. Only three more to read before I get to the ones I haven't. This series has been a favorite of mine for a long time and that opinion hasn't changed with the 2nd reading. I'm looking forward to reading the final books by Brandon Sanderson.
Ivana Azap
Jul 28, 2015 Ivana Azap rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Well, I am back, and back with the Matrim Cauthon :D

"He knew what it took to get into the histories. A man could get killed doing that sort of thing." -Mat Cauthon, Winter’s Heart, Chapter 17: Pink Ribbons

"She is my wife. Your bloody Daughter of the Nine Moons is my wife!" -Mat Cauthon, Winter’s Heart, Chapter 31: What the Aelfinn Said

And that is all - for the rest you must read the book i find out why is Matrim bloody Cauthon the best bloody character in the world!!! Thank you Robert Jordan for
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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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  • The Shadow Rising (Wheel of Time, #4)
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“The seals that hold back night shall weaken, and in the heart of winter shall winter's heart be born amid the wailing of lamentations and the gnashing of teeth, for winter's heart shall ride a black horse, and the name of it is Death.

-from The Karaethon Cycle: The Prophecies of the Dragon”
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