This is probably one of the longest Wheel of Time books, with a lot of parts where nothing really happens other than character development (i.e., Neve...moreThis is probably one of the longest Wheel of Time books, with a lot of parts where nothing really happens other than character development (i.e., Neveah begins the gradual humbling of her character that I assume will make her stronger in the end, and Egwene the gradual strengthening of hers that leads to awesomeness in the next book). There are a few events that I do love in this fifth book in the series, including (view spoiler)[Rand finally getting it on with a lady--Aviendha; Morgaise's storyline begins; and Nynaeve and Elayne join a travelling menagerie for a time (hide spoiler)]. I also do love (view spoiler)[Nynaeve's battles with Moghedien, the second of which occurs near the end of this book (hide spoiler)]. Other than that, though, The Fires of Heaven is perhaps one of the fattest of the early books, with a lot of space for trimming. Still enjoyed this reread, though--my third if not fourth.(less)
Wonderful, as always. This fourth book in the Wheel of Time series takes the reader to two new lands and one old, following three parties of character...moreWonderful, as always. This fourth book in the Wheel of Time series takes the reader to two new lands and one old, following three parties of characters: Elayne and Neveah, Aes sedai in training, head off to distant Tanchico still on the scent of the Black Ajah; Perrin-- with Loial the Ogier, the fiery and baffling love-interest Faile, and several Aiel in tow--breaks away from Rand's ta'veren pull to stop the Whitecloaks from laying waste to their homeland in the Two Rivers; and Rand, his existence as the Dragon Reborn only recently made known to the world, travels with the rest to the Aiel Waste to discover that hard and deadly people's forgotten history as well as his own.(less)
In The Dragon Reborn, Rand Al'thor (the supposed Dragon Reborn and a main who can channel the tainted power of saidin) is determined to find out, inde...moreIn The Dragon Reborn, Rand Al'thor (the supposed Dragon Reborn and a main who can channel the tainted power of saidin) is determined to find out, indefinitely, if he truly is the prophesied Dragon or just another False Dragon by bringing one of the events of the prophecies to pass. This third book in the series sees very few chapters from Rand's point of view but many from the other characters including, for the first time in the series, Matt--the humorous and troublesome youth (view spoiler)[just recently recovered from the wasting illness of the Shadar Logoth dagger (hide spoiler)]. The Two Rivers women, Nynaeve and Egwene (with Elaine, the daughter heir of Andor, in tow) find themselves once again leaving the White Tower, this time on the tail of the Black Ajah. And Perrin finds himself saddled with an unexpected new traveling companion (view spoiler)[Faile, the falcon of Min's visions (hide spoiler)].
I burned through this book, on this re-read, more quickly than the previous two. But I felt like I was always in anticipation of things happening but very little was actually happening at any moment except at the end of the book. It's not that the book is boring. Far from. It's just that you can't say, "Oh, I love when [this] happens in Book 3." or "Remember when [that] happens in the third book? That was awesome!" Rather, this book is very much a journey where each group ends up following separate paths only to converge on the very same location. Yet even the end was a bit less climatic than what I remembered.
Very excited to re-read the fourth book, though. Which, if my recollections aren't failing me, does have lots of exciting and interesting happenings throughout.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
The Horn of Valere has been found. But it is as quickly stolen away by Trollocs, and Myrddaal, Darkfriends, and worse. The...moreAnd so the saga continues...
The Horn of Valere has been found. But it is as quickly stolen away by Trollocs, and Myrddaal, Darkfriends, and worse. The Darkfriends have stolen Matt's dagger, too, a thing he will not live long without. Despite his fears of becoming a False Dragon dancing on the puppet strings of the Aes sedai, Rand sticks around to help his friend hunt down the stolen dagger. But the journey brings him much more than he bargained for--from alternate realities, giant three-eyed frog-monsters, a stutter-worthy maiden in need of rescue, the Foresaken, and heroes called back from the grave, The Great Hunt is an enjoyable second installment to Robert Jordan's epic Wheel of Time fantasy series. A must read for any fantasy enthusiast.(less)