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The Shadow Rising (The Wheel of Time #4)

4.18 of 5 stars 4.18  ·  rating details  ·  90,497 ratings  ·  1,415 reviews
The seals of Shayol Ghul are weak now, and the Dark One reaches out. The Shadow is rising to cover humankind.

In Tar Valon, Min sees portents of hideous doom. Will the White Tower itself be broken?

In the Two Rivers, the Whitecloaks ride in pursuit of a man with golden eyes, and in pursuit of the Dragon Reborn.

In Cantorin, among the Sea Folk, High Lady Suroth plans the retur
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Mass Market Paperback, 1007 pages
Published October 15th 1993 by Tom Doherty Tor Fantasy (first published January 1st 1992)
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The Eye of the World by Robert JordanThe Great Hunt by Robert JordanThe Shadow Rising by Robert JordanThe Dragon Reborn by Robert JordanA Memory of Light by Robert Jordan
Best Wheel of Time Book
3rd out of 15 books — 103 voters
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Best Fantasy of the 90s
13th out of 187 books — 369 voters


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Markus
“The Shadow shall rise across the world, and darken every land, even to the smallest corner, and there shall be neither Light nor safety. And he who shall be born of the Dawn, born of the Maiden, according to Prophecy, he shall stretch forth his hands to catch the Shadow, and the world shall scream in the pain of salvation. All Glory be to the Creator, and to the Light, and to he who shall be born again. May the Light save us from him.

The People of the Dragon hold the Stone of Tear, and mighty C
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Kat  Hooper
3.5 stars
ORIGINALLY POSTED AT Fantasy Literature.


In The Shadow Rising, things start to slow down. In fact, it often feel like the reading of the story must take longer than it took for the events to actually occur.

Part of the problem is that Mr Jordan tells us nearly everything except when the characters make a bowel movement. Also, he regularly launches into pre-set spiels in which he re-describes something or someone who we've encountered numerous times before or re-explains something we've be
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Evgeny
Before I start my review, there is something I really need to get off my chest. GAWYN TRAKAND IS A COMPLETE IDIOT WHO HAS A DUBIOUS DISTINCTION OF BEING THE MOST IDIOTIC GOOD GUY IN THE HISTORY OF FANTASY, OR LITERATURE IN GENERAL. Sorry, I had to do it; now back to the review.

It is hard to say anything about the fourth book in a series without giving huge spoilers. I will just give my thoughts about the major characters, their development, and plot-lines.

Mat slowly becomes the most interesting
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Matt Brady
Part 5 - Shaido or Shaidon’t, There Is No Try

This is a reread of the entire Wheel of Time so spoilers ahead for the whole series.

Now we are getting somewhere. This is the book where Wheel of Time really starts to take shape and become the series I remember. Thousands of characters! Hundreds of prophecies, visions, and hints! Dozens of storylines! And a subtle but noticeable shift in focus. After being largely absent in Dragon Reborn, Rand returns to find he must now share the stage as Main Prota
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Jeannette Nikolova
Back on track! Or should I say, this escalated unexpectedly?
The last book for me was so far the least engaging, but this one not only gained the previous pace of the series, but took the whole story on an entire new level.

Approved:
- The parallel stories in Two Rivers and Aiel: I ABSOLUTELY LOVED reading about Aiel. I already had some suspicions about their culture, but seeing it all, and especially the part in Rhuidean! Hell to the yeah! And since Perrin is my favourite ta'veren, I couldn't ge
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Jude John
The last few pages of this book was what catapulted it to one of the best books i have read in recent times..... The ending without a doubt is so compelling that is paints an unforgettable experience in your mind..... Yes an experience as it is described with such clarity that you find yourself tumbling through the rubble as the world crumbles in a haze of stones and the one power...... Once the dust settles you are left with a feeling of profound satisfaction..... to have witnessed such an epic ...more
Melina
Until this book, I really enjoyed this series. But at #4, it starts to take a harried, complicated turn and I started losing interest in the characters because so few of them act realistically at all as far as emotions go. And the attitudes toward female characters finally wore thin. At least in George RR Martin's books, even though the women were treated like crap, raped, beaten, etc, they still maintain dignity, bravery, and are overall very well-developed characters. Almost all of the females ...more
Igor Ljubuncic
Let's review the fourth book. I read it back in 1997, so I don't remember all the details too clearly. But I remember I enjoyed it quite a lot, especially the battle in Two Rivers. It's also the last of Jordan's good books. After this one, it's getting progressively slower and just worse. Maybe he ran out of steam, or he got so big, he decided to see how much he can get away with before the world screams in protest.

However, this is not the reason why you're here.

You want a limerick!

When Jordan w
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Dirk Grobbelaar
OK, my book reading schedule for the rest of the year is officially knackered. All thanks to this novel. It took me incredibly long to finish this, mainly because I got seriously stuck in the first third of the book.

It’s interesting to note that whenever the characters get bogged down, the story gets bogged down with them. In this case: Tear. The cast spends the first 350-odd pages of the novel hanging around in the same location. It’s not quite pointless, there is some intrigue and at least one
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Jonathan

The fourth part of fourteen books in the Wheel of Time is one of the best. This is a general opinion, not simply my own. However I tend to think that the last three so far have perhaps been my favourites in the series.

What works?

1. Storytelling - Robert Jordan knows how to tell a story and he is at the peak of his power in this novel. There are multiple perspectives involved which include all the main characters off on their individual tasks. Robert Jordan knows when to introduce certain plot p
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Allison
*Possible spoilers on the previous books*

The Shadow Rising is one of my favorites of the series - and one of my all-time personal favorites. It's almost 1000 pages long, but it doesn't feel like it. Actually, it feels more like three separate books once the group splits up again. The introduction to these 'three books' takes place in Tear as Rand tries to figure out how to rule a nation and deal with political intrigue. I enjoy the machinations and details of court just as much as I do fast-pace
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Brandi
I can't even with these books. This one made me cry for the first time in the series (Perrin ;__;) and I'm just in shock that I'm still so in love with the series at this point. They're taking me forever to read though since they're so huge and I only read at night, lol; I've been reading this series since last year (ha! I made a funny).

rmunk
I have really enjoyed reading "The Wheel of Time" series. The amount of detail Robert Jordan has put into his fantasy world is phenomenal. The characters are well thought out, diverse, and develop gradually as the story progresses. One of my favorite things about the books is the diversity of the peoples that populate Jordan's world. Jordan has taken elements from almost every different (mainstream) religion on the planet. He has elements from Islam, Hinduism, Shinto, Buddhism, Judaism...moreI h ...more
Michael
Wow...All I can say is wow. 1000 pages of pure awesome. The beginning of The Shadow Rising is a bit slow, but soon picks up pace. Throughout the entire read I was enthralled. This book finally starts giving us in-depth looks at other characters besides Rand al'Thor. We are able to witness much maturity and growth of Egwene, Perrin, and Nynaeve. Faile plays a much bigger role in this book and the romances that Jordan hinted toward in previous books actually come to fruition - and he does it well. ...more
Jason

5 Stars

Shadow Rising, book 4 in the Wheel of Time series is the best thus far. It is a major detailed action novel where the pieces finally start coming in to place. I loved that the plot moved forward in such a way that we the reader were finally get some payoff after more than 3000 pages of reading.


This book is different than the first in that all our cast, especially Rand, behave as we are told that they should be and as they clearly will be. Prophecies begin to unfold, events come to pass,
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Jocelyn
I've decided not to lay out all the reasons this book sucked, because I'd just be repeating myself. The flaws are really nothing new, they just overrode Jordan's usual strengths too much for me. Though I will go as far as to say that the most annoying thing about it was how stupidly the characters behaved for no reason but to move the plot forward. (view spoiler) ...more
Gunner McGrath
This book had some of the coolest stuff in the series so far, and I was sure I would give it a five star rating. Unfortunately its long-windedness really worked against it -- whole chapters where nothing of value happened. I went from reading it for enjoyment to reading it to get it over with and move on to something else for a while. I still enjoyed quite a lot of it, though.

Tel'aran'rhiod is an incredibly cool place and every part of the story that took place there excited me. Perrin's story,
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Mary-Ann
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Dawn
Still loving my Wheel of Time re-read. True, this one was a little long and a little slow in parts.. But still so good. This really is the only series where I can read the books back to back and not get tired of them. On to The Fires of Heaven!
Ivana Azap
Some characters in the series have no shortage of great lines. Mat’s one-liners stack up right alongside iconic statements like “Time to toss the dice” and genuine emotional outbursts like, “Almost dead yesterday, maybe dead tomorrow, but alive, gloriously alive, today.”

I love Matrim Cauthon :D

"Blood and bloody ashes." -Mat (I actually say this on a regular basis.)

I’m no lord. I've more respect for myself than that. ~Mat

Thus is our treaty written; thus is agreement made. Thought is the arrow of
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Angie
Apr 18, 2011 Angie rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: WOT fans
Shelves: fantasy
I remember this book being my favorite in the series after Eye of the World, mainly because of Perrin's adventures. What can I say--I love the small villageness of the Two Rivers, and watching someone return home is something I long to see in all the Emond's Fielders.

This book is so long though that I'm not entirely sure what I'm supposed to talk about. Did this book really start after the fall of the Stone? Did Elayne and Rand's "courtship" really just start, and was it this book that Lan kisse
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Jeffrey Grant
Spoilers if you haven't read any other books in the series; the plot builds 100% on stuff from the previous books by now.
A lot of people point to this book as where the series starts to go off the rails and I can see the argument to a point; there is a lot of time spent at Tear where it seems that everyone's just hanging around but I think it's one of the examples of where comparing this series to Tolkien gets you into trouble. A lot of this book and the next book are spent on character develop
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Lilyan
I know I said I wasn't going to continue with the re-read but I lost book 4 during our house move in August and I couldn't possibly buy a new one without reading it! Furthermore, it was a sign. My 4th, 5th and 6th books have different covers than the rest of the series and this has been weighing down on my heart and soul for the past 6 years. Now, I can buy the correct covers and continue with my re-read :D. Win-Win situation.

IMO this was the best book so far. The 3 books before it were world b
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Justin Kemppainen
I did not finish this book, which is something I seldom do. Even with a couple of months of distance from the series, I don't know if I'll ever pick it up again. I might see in a while, but who knows?

I felt like nothing was accomplished in almost 700 pages of text. All of the characters continued to repeat irritating behaviors, and I just felt no longer invested in anything happening to them. The fact that I was less than a quarter finished with the series which felt like it was already dragging
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Joy
This is by far the best WoT book up to this point. The others are diverting, to be sure, but this one has some real depth to it. Jordan's interesting descriptions of Aiel culture, especially Rand and his companions' attempt to navigate their cultural norms, are very engaging. I mean, Jordan definitely draws on an amalgam of "other" tropes that we're all used to from a Western/European history point of view, but at least he does so sympathetically...? We begin to see that the final battle will re ...more
Scott
After surviving The Stone, Rand and the others only sit still for a short time before a new dimension is added to the story. The world explands as they all have to travel to the barren desert wastelands to the east, where Rand must undergo trials to see if he is the prophesied savior of the desert peoples (Dune, anyone?). This is the book where some of the most interesting facts about Jordan's world are revealed, as Rand is subjected to the trials of Rhuidean and time jumps to witness the histor ...more
Greg Markwardt
Just finished this massive book in this massive series and it still does not wow me.

The story is well written and the characters interesting but you find yourself favoring a character group and being bored or uninterested in the rest just waiting for the others to be reintroduced. The story and pacing shines during scenes of action but the novel on the whole is constantly bogged down for long stretches where you just have to force yourself through it.

There is still a lot of intrigue to the stor
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Alex Ristea
I thought this book felt really long while reading it, and well, I was right. It's the longest WoT book of them all.

The beginning didn't grab me--I'm not a big fan of when the action stays just in one place with a lot of talking. Once it switched to more POVs and more travels, I loved the ride again.

Perrin's story was great, as always.

I wasn't too excited about Elayne and Nynaeve before, but they rocked in this book.

This was also perhaps Jordan's best use of the third-person limited viewpoint, h
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GSJ
Jordan definitely pulls you into his world to be next to, nay, BE the characters as their adventure unfolds!
Peter
This is one of the greatest books I have ever read.
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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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