This is such a hit-and-miss volume of the series. My memories from reading it last time are apparently of about 20 pages of awesome midway, and then the last 40 explosive pages. I'd somehow forgotten the other 900 pages of "let's sit down and have a chat and nothing will happen for 100 more pages!" that the rest of the book is.
Lord of Chaos really, really suffers from some pacing issues, for me. Even with how long this is, it's pretty abnormal for me to crawl through a book over a month, but between not nearly enough time to read and the plot itself crawling...it was hard to get into the mindset for this.
The biggest fix for this would have been to extend the events of the ending. While most of this book spends its time at a crawl, the (view spoiler)[capture of rand followed by the battle in which he frees himself could have been given so much more time! It felt way rushed, and seriously one of the neatest portions of the series really didn't deserve that. Reading him go completely supernova at the end is a thrill, especially after so much of the book being endless conversations. It really felt like a lost opportunity! (hide spoiler)]
This is one of those rare situations where I'd probably go for a half-star and set this at a 3.5, but rounding down because it certainly isn't a 4.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>