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The Shadow Rising (The Wheel of Time #4)

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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
Mass Market Paperback, 1007 pages
Published October 15th 1993 by Tom Doherty Tor Fantasy (first published September 15th 1992)
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Courtney It's interesting that you didn't remember her! I knew her immediately, but when I read each book I also do it almost non-stop until the end...probably…moreIt's interesting that you didn't remember her! I knew her immediately, but when I read each book I also do it almost non-stop until the end...probably gives me less time to forget? But yeah...try to be aware of all the characters you meet, because apparently this happens a lot in this series (Ta'veren, amirite?).(less)
Jessica I'm about 2/3 of the way through so far and everyone started out the beginning of the book together, but after about 300 pages they all split up…moreI'm about 2/3 of the way through so far and everyone started out the beginning of the book together, but after about 300 pages they all split up again. In this installment the story got so much better after they split up, and as of now I'm not sure this one will end with them all together again. As always, some of the POVs are more interesting than others, but overall this is one of the better WoT books I have read yet. (less)
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Jessica ❁ Far Dareis Mai ❁ Rabid Reads
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4.5 stars

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.

I'd forgotten how much happens in this book . . . Holy WOW.

This is the first (but not the last) book that begins with a several seemingly non-related POVs, and as impatient as I always am to "
“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
Kat  Hooper
Mar 31, 2009 Kat Hooper rated it really liked it
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
Robin (Bridge Four)
I'm buddy reading this entire series a book a month with the great fantasy loving peeps at Buddies Books and Baubles

The great thing about that is that I know I have so many great people to discuss all the happenings in this book with. The bad part is that after taking a month to read a single book a few chapters at a time it feels like some of it happened so long ago and perhaps an entire season on one of your favorite shows has gone by and how do you sum that up without a review that is ten pa
Nov 25, 2013 Evgeny rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
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
Apr 29, 2016 Gavin rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
This might have been a gigantic book (around 40 hours for the audio), but my review will be a tiny one as by this stage of things pretty much everyone knows what they are getting from the WoT series.

I think The Shadow Rising was the best instalment of the series so far. It did not suffer from the slow starts that plagued the early books and it kept the pace and intensity up all the way through to the exciting finale.

Rand, Elayne, and Perrin all had great storylines and showed up well in this in
Eon ♒Windrunner♒ & part-time Warder ☯
At this point it already feels like there is not much left to say but to pay homage every time to this incredible series.

This one is a real mover/shaker with all-around interesting POV’s, an abundance of important events unfolding and very exciting worldbuilding taking place. It starts off with a sprint out of the blocks and never really lets up much until the finale. Just WOW.


Highlights include: (view spoiler)
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
Is it weird that I pretty much only love this for Lan and Nynaeve? Oh, and Loial. Perrin is pretty awesome too.


OR YOU EGWENE. You're still the worst.

Sigh. Lan. This series need so much more Lan.

Great story, though there is so much story now I'm getting to a point where it's becoming hard to keep track. Thank God for the WOT Wiki.
How am I even supposed to write a review for this book? I honestly have no idea where to start because there was just so much going on and all of it was fantastic! This is the longest instalment in the Wheel of Time series so far (coming in at just over 1000 pages) but I never once felt bored and that's a testament to how brilliant Robert Jordan's writing is. I am so totally pulled into this world and so invested in all of the characters (even the ones I don't always like that much!) that I neve ...more
Jeannette Nikolova
Nov 18, 2014 Jeannette Nikolova rated it it was amazing
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.

- 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
Executive Summary: This is a pretty good book, but it could have been a really good book if the first 20% of this book wasn't so slow. Nothing happened. For like 8 hours of audio. A sign of things to come. 3.5 stars rounded up for the much stronger 80%.

Audiobook: Another fantastic audio book by Micheal Kramer and Kate Reading. I doubt I could have gotten through the first 20% again if not for doing it in audio.

Full Review
My original review from my first read complained about a slow start. It w
Aug 17, 2009 Melina rated it it was ok
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
Feb 05, 2014 Brandi rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, male-lead
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).

Dirk Grobbelaar
Apr 09, 2012 Dirk Grobbelaar rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, books-i-own
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
*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
Jude John
Oct 03, 2011 Jude John rated it really liked it
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
May 29, 2011 Michael rated it it was amazing
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
Maria Dimitrova
Buddy read at BB&B

We've finally reached the point where things have picked up. This book starts with a bang and ends with a bang. There were no slow parts where I wanted to gut myself like with the previous three books. I just hope it remains like this for the next ten instalments.

Maybe the writing got better or I finally got used to it but I'm no longer annoyed by the long descriptions. And I'm pretty invested in the characters. Who wouldn't be after more than 3000 pages? During the last
Aug 26, 2015 Tanner rated it liked it
The Shadow Rising is the forth book in Robert Jordan high fantasy series. That has 14 books total. For me this one was a big step backwards from the previous three books. Especially from book number three The Dragon Rising. Which to me was the best book in the series.

My number one problem in the book was the length. Almost none of it felt important and having a book that's 980 and the glossary making it over 1000 pages it needed to be more interesting. The only parts that really seemed to matte

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
Igor Ljubuncic
Jun 20, 2014 Igor Ljubuncic rated it it was amazing
Shelves: robert-jordan
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
Future-Jess ✮ The Book Eating Dinosaur ✮ Nynaeve ♥
The Wheel weaves as the Wheel wills.... Let the quest continue....
Oct 14, 2015 Kathleen rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy-scifi
This is the longest novel I've ever read, at +1000 pages. I'd give it more stars for sheer character growth in the guys, but Jordan has NOT created strong and savvy females — which I believe was the goal — he's created a bunch of shrill controlling shrews. Yuck. Still, the book is an overall success. I liked Perrin, Loiel, etc. taking on the Whitecloaks, Trollocs and Slayer / Luc / Isam in Two Rivers. I still don't know if I can trust Verin Sedai, who observed Perrin at work. As for Rand, I love ...more
Mar 06, 2016 Antonio rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
El mejor de la saga hasta ahora...
Roberta Jayne
I probably don't understand everything that I should about the Aiel, but I want to understand everything. In this book we finally got to travel to the Aiel Waste/Three Fold Land, where our favourite shepherd Rand Al'Thor quickly became the centre of attention. He Who Comes With The Dawn! It was great to have him back as the obvious main character in the story, after the unforgivable lack-of-Rand in the previous book.

Despite really liking learning more about the Aiel - Rhuidean was fascinating a
Aug 04, 2015 Dux rated it really liked it
Shelves: epic-fantasy

“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 sho shall be born again. May the Light save us from him.

-from Commentaries on the Karaethon Cycle
Jan 14, 2011 rmunk rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 03, 2013 Jason rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-books, read-2013

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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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.

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