A Crown of Swords (Wheel of Time #7)
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 so...more
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...more
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...more
So many damn stops.
I wish there was an express lane...
Anyway, if you've read the ones up to this point, you'll know what you're in for here. Repetitive, over wordy, over written, over detailed writing. Sloggy pacing. Stupid battle-of-the-sexes bullshit. Meandering storytelling. Decent to badass fights which are few and far between.
Min! Love her. Feisty and Fierce.
Mat! The rogue. The badass. The reluctant hero.
what I didn't like in this book was the last chapter, First I didn't see the great plan they devised against Sammual, the plan only three people in the world know, the plan we've been hearing about for tw...more
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...more
April 9-20, 2010
The english version has been translated into finnish as 2 parts: Keulakuva (16) and Miekkakruunu (17)
I don't know why but all books from Wheel of time has been translated into 2 or 3 different books, of which usually the first book has the same name as the "motherbook" of those few separate books.
Wheel of time has been my favorite past time reading ever since I did read the first book (translated "Journey of Dangers") at around age of 10 and ever since I have been w...more
Somehow, even though I haven’t been a fan of the Bowl of Winds plotline and Rand...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
Robert Jordan has created a rich and intricate tapestry of characters in hisFrom Publishers Weekly
The seventh volume of Jordan's bestselling high fantasy series carries on the tradition of colossal, dauntingly complex storytelling established by the previous entries (Lord of Chaos, 1994, etc.). In a richly woven post-holocaust world where magic is normally a woman's monopoly and a man who can use it is a menace, Rand al'Thor, a sheepherder, discovered that he could "channel...more
Aside from the horrible characters (both ma...more
At this point, after reading sometimes until my sight blurs over, I’m starting to get a touch frustrated with the story. For starters, I don’t like being made to want characters t...more
He does follow the story formula, which probably is what adds to the simplicity and readability of the storyline. However, t...more
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...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
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...more
Sure enough, things happen in this (eventually) the Seanchan turn up, Mat gets some action and Lan and Nynaeve get it on and Rand has another end of level boss to battle. But really in the overarching plot of the series, you can hear the...more
I kept reading, hoping he would redeem himself. Sadly, he didn't. There's a message there for all of us. If something's worth doing, do it. Don't draw it out just for the fun (and profit) of drawing it out. I hope--but don't expect--his literary successors to tie this all together at the end.
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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'Reily.
Jordan was born in Charleston, South Carolina. He served two tours in Vietnam (from 1968 to...more