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Корона от мечове (The Wheel of Time #7)

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Елейн, Авиенда и Мат вече са много близо до тер-ангреала, който може да спре безкрайно продължаващата гореща вълна по света и да възстанови нормалното време. Егвийн започва да събира всякакви жени, които могат да преливат - от Морския народ, Ветроловки, Мъдри и от още смайващо неочаквани места. А наред с всичко това Ранд се озовава лице в лице със смъртно опасния Отстъпник ...more
Paperback, 718 pages
Published 2000 by Бард (first published May 15th 1996)
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Barbara Yes and no. You can't take it seriously like LotR or GoT. My top piece of advice, go in with LOW expectations, then you'll enjoy it! If you aren't…moreYes and no. You can't take it seriously like LotR or GoT. My top piece of advice, go in with LOW expectations, then you'll enjoy it! If you aren't enjoying it by Book 3 I say set it aside in favour of Erikson or Sanderson.

Here are things that will irritate you:

> lack of originality - especially in Book 1, it's easy to see how he took Frodo's journey and adapted to his world and his characters

> world-building was more important to Jordan than the narrative, which is always a red flag when reading fantasy.

> flat characters - who only develop some depth around book 4/5, and then only the male characters. When the develop as well, they develop implausibly, you've got three village boys who suddenly become king of the world, and army generals. You have two village girls who become top members of their magical order without any training because, well, they're just awesome that way. And a princess who doesn't give a rat's fart for her crown or country, but claims to.

> awful female characters - Jordan either hated women, adored them and never got any, or simply had zero understanding for women. All his female characters are the same as one another - arrogant, useless, petty and even physically abusive towards men, though he portrays this as completely acceptable and humorous.

> ENDLESS comparisons between men and women - you really need to prepare yourself for this one, there are going to be about 3 on every page of every book and there will be times when you just want to scream, "get over it!" It's jarring because all the characters think in these terms and so it's extremely clear that Jordan is speaking through his characters and portraying his own personality instead of letting his characters be unique individuals.

> Extensive description given to clothing and fondling clothing, to the point where a good 50-100 pages could have been cut out without losing anything really.

> Slow pace and extremely predictable plot. In fact, see it this way: In most fantasy there's the big, bad, dark lord. In Jordan, the big bad dark lord has 13 or so big, bad helpers. Each book is about destroying the next one of these, so basically it's a repeat plot in every book with a different play-out.

> No real sense of danger - no one ever dies except the baddies, so you don't ever really worry about your characters... the books really lack suspense for this reason.

> An obvious disdain for anything non-hetero - Jordan's entire magic system is built on the physical differences between men and women, which of course means the absolute non-existence of gay characters.

> A million and one extra pointless, useless characters. When reading, don't try to keep track of these people, think of it like hyper-realism in art. You really don't need to see the veins on every leaf on every tree that makes up the background of the painting. Jordan became obsessed with making his world seem real and forgot that too much detail actually detracts from works of art.

BUUUUUT,

> Jordan stages scenes really well, I find it easy to imagine the settings and action.
> Jordan is great with battle tactics, I really enjoy that stuff.
> Jordan is also really good at writing fight scenes, which is an art.
> The endings are always quite exciting and can be unpredictable (when they don't involve killing the big bad helpers)
> And he's also pretty good at portraying world politics

So, I'm still reading... At this point, I'm invested in seeing it through. Jordan is also so big in fantasy that if you want to be able to have a conversation with people about fantasy, you should know some things about WoT and Jordan.(less)
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Markus
One fact, though, turned up again and again in those tales. The Laurel Crown of Illian had been given a new name. The Crown of Swords.
And for some reason, men and women who told the tales often found a need to add almost identical words. The storm is coming, they said, staring southward in worry. The storm is coming.


Whooooooosh.

That’s just the sound of the plot development being blown out the window.

A Crown of Swords is the slowest Wheel of Time book so far, by a clear mile. If you think any of
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Ryan
Sep 06, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
If someone ever wanted to make the case against men writing women, they would probably find Robert Jordan's "The Wheel of Time" a treasure trove.*

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
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Robin (Bridge Four)
Jul 06, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Epic Fantasy Buffs, Sanderson lovers
Month 7 means book 7 of the Wheel of Time series with the Hard Core Fantasy buffs at Buddies Books and Baubles

The Wheel of Time and I have an interesting relationship. Almost all of the characters totally infuriate me but I love the writing, cultures, world building and overall plots so even when in this book everything moves at a snail’s pace and almost nothing really happens plot wise I’m still thoroughly entertained and enjoy most of the story. But seriously the plot is moving along like this
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David - proud Gleeman in Branwen's adventuring party
Full review to come, but for now, one quick observation. Even though many Wheel of Time fans cite this book as when the series really starts to slow down, I actually enjoyed this one more than the last two books! I'm kind of surprised I liked this book more, when the two preceding ones tend to be very popular amongst most fans. Either I'm getting used to the slower pace, or maybe, I'm just not quite... normal?!?
(Nah, that can't be it!)


As always, here is my stacking of the Wheel of Time books, i
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Kat  Hooper
ORIGINALLY POSTED AT Fantasy Literature.

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
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Gavin
Apr 16, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
This was another enjoyable instalment in Robert Jordan's epic Wheel of Time series. Anyone who has reached this stage of the series knows exactly what to expect from Jordan's writing and the story. The guy is an excellent storyteller and it is easy to get caught up in the stories of the various characters we have grown to like in the earlier books.

Not that it was a book without flaws. I did enjoy reading this one but it is fair to say that in terms of overall plot advancement very little actual
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John
Jan 04, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read a lot of comments about Jordan's epic which mention (or outright complain about) its pace and staging. As far as I'm concerned, its deliberate pace and intricate staging are pluses. It's not often that one finds such thoroughly realized visions of epic stories. This series is a genuine throw-back in story-telling style. Instead of going the route of non-stop, breathless action, Jordan spends a good deal of time taking his readers through the sometimes withering grind of day-to-day existen ...more
Terran
Jan 06, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Is there a rating below 1 star I can give?

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
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Evgeny
Jul 31, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Every person who has even a passing interest in fantasy knows The Wheel of Time series gets slow in the middle. So are we there yet? No, but things do slow down somewhat. Is it still a good read? Most definitely, yes!

The book starts with Perrin being a lovesick puppy for about one fourth of the book. Exciting events happen around him which is no wonder considering what happened in the end of the previous book and the fact that this one starts right where the former left, but Perrin's POV makes t
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Igor Ljubuncic
This is where it all went downhill.

I think it was our friend William "Bill" Shakespeare who wrote a play called "Much Ado About Nothing" but he might as well called it A Crown of Swords or the subsequent three or four books before the series' eventual redemption by Brandon Sanderson.

Anyhow, I really don't remember much what happened. I do remember that a lot did not happen. And there were a million descriptions of dresses and how women like to stand akimbo and such, and it was all real time.

If y
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Kaora
Feb 28, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Nothing happens until the last 10% as usual.
Sarah
The more I think about this book the more annoyed I am so I'm dropping my rating from 3 to 2 stars. That's purely because of Tylin, it would probably have been much higher without her!

I've fallen so far behind our group buddy read of this series thanks to this book. I read it back in
July and I've spent the last couple of months trying to pretend it never existed. I was so in love with this series, yes there were problems with it but I was still completely hooked on the story and eager to find ou
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Sumant
Feb 11, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Re-read update
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Re-Read Groups :

Not a book club

Buddies,Books & Baubles

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I am going to repeat myself in this review due to the fact that I am really enjoying this series in audio rather than on paper. The credit of which must be given to the narrators of these audio books who are Michael Kramer and Kate Reading. I especially like how they are able to enact so many different characters in this book.

In this book we have major pov's from Mat &
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Antonio
Apr 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

So the book seven is over. 7 which is the lucky number, this is ironic because apparently the luck of someone finally came to an end…

Full review to come.
Rob
Executive Summary: This is another book I enjoyed more the second time around. It's still not as strong as the early or later books in this series, but it was better than I remembered.

Audiobook: Another fantastic job by Micheal Kramer and Kate Reading. Both are great as usual and add that little something extra to the book with their narration.

Full Review
The middle books of this series are slow. We get a lot of unnecessary subplots and meandering (not to mention braid tugging and skirt straigh
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Eon ♒Windrunner♒
Another reread done & dusted at BBB as we reach the halfway mark in this truly epic series. This one was slow. But still oh so good. Robert Jordan clearly had a talent for storytelling. I know there are people who HATE these middle books, but I am still enjoying them immensely and cannot find much fault.

Right. Spoiler filled remark time.

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JAIME
Well, well. This one was quick. Some shit went down that I both loved and hated (view spoiler) and some shit that I'm not sure about. (view spoiler)

But really. I'm just all about Mat. Edgware had a fk
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Branwen Sedai *of the White Ajah*
Master of the lightnings, rider on the storm,
wearer of a crown of swords, spinner-out of fate.
Who thinks he turns the Wheel of Time,
may learn the truth too late...


It's really really hard to summarize a book like this due to its length and how far along it is in the series. Much like the previous book in the series, not a lot of action takes place until the last two hundred pages. There are countless conversations. Much travel. More characters are introduced. Loyalties tested. Friendships called
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Maria Dimitrova


I'm finally past the midpoint of this series. And I can't be more excited!

This time around I enjoyed Mat's POV best. From the character I most wanted to strangle he has become one of my favourites. I was warned that it would happen but he was so unbelievably stupid, selfish and annoying for most of the books so far that I couldn't see that happening. But he has grown a lot and is now someone that I not only like but also respect. And feel a bit sorry for. There was a situation when he was (view
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Kaitlin
Nov 03, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Yes, another one down!

Okay, so this is book number 7 in the WoT series. It picks up straight after the ending of book 6 but that ends on a big high for the whole series and that is hard to beat. I don't think that this instalment could really top book 6 being shorter and slower as it was, but there are still some highly interesting new developments in this book.

The first thing I noticed was that in this story Elayne and Nynaeve really take centre stage on their mission whilst Mat also features
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Matt Brady
This is a reread of the entire Wheel of Time so there’ll be spoilers for the whole series, both books before this and maybe books after it, ahead.

So I needed a bit of a break after Lord of Chaos turned out to be more disappointing and boring than I had remembered. I'm not the kind of guy who can tear through a big series, reading each book back to back, anyway - I get antsy if I read two books by the same author back to back, even - and that is doubly true for something as massive and, particula
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Tea
Nov 19, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
It is often difficult to reconcile how much I love the adventure of this series with the blatant sexism that pervades nearly every chapter involving a woman interacting with a man. In the first four books, it wasn't as much of an issue, because I saw it mostly as an in-world problem rather than something inherently problematic with Jordan's perspective that was interfering with his ability to tell a good and believable story. This changed in book five, where the ridiculousness exploded to such a ...more
Arminion
Sep 01, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Nacho Iribarnegaray
Muuuuucho más lento que los demás. Aún así sigue estando chachi, es más un ver la evolución de los personajes que lo que pasa en la trama. A por el 8!
Nikola Pavlovic
May 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jedan od boljih delova Tocka Vremena! Dobro je napisan, ne obiluje dosadnim - filler stranicama da tako kazem u kojima se Ais Sedai prenemazu sto je cest slucaj sa predhodnim delovima ovog serijala. Zaplet je dobar, radnja tece malo brze i neke stvari dolaze na svoje mesto dok opet sa druge strane Dzordan uvodi nove manje ili vise tajnovite i bitne likove.
Jessica ❁ ➳ Silverbow ➳ ❁ Rabid Reads
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.

Reviewed by: Rabid Reads

SO. A CROWN OF SWORDS was nowhere near a bleak as LORD OF CHAOS, but good times are still in the waaaaaay distant future.

Morgase escapes the Fortress of light, but only after enduring numerous . . . in
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James Schmidt
Nov 09, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My review today is for A Crown of Swords by Robert Jordan

I find it hard to review these books. How do you review books that are Fantasy classics? These are books that everybody already knows are good. I find it difficult to express how great these books are. I mean besides Lord of the Rings this has to be considered the best classic Epic Fantasy right? Well I guess I will just take it book by book and see what happens. This is yet another great book in this series. What a wonderful story. Awesom
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Emerson
Feb 21, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lidos-em-2016
"Master of the lightnings, rider on the storm, wearer of a crown of swords, spinnet-out of fate. Who thinks he turns the Wheel of Time, may learn the truth too late."

A Crown of Swords segue os acontecimentos de Lord of Chaos. Logo no prólogo temos o final da batalha de Dumai's Wells no ponto de vista dois Aiel Shaido, o que foi bem legal diga-se de passagem.

Mat e Rand tem maior destaque no livro. Ambos mostrando o poder de ser ta'veren. Rand continua ficando cada vez mais arrogante e frio, algo
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Alex Ristea
Mar 27, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Okay, this series has officially blended together.

Yes, I love it.

Jordan has an extraordinary imagination, and I don't care how slow these books go, because I enjoy spending time with the characters in this world.

This book was almost entirely character development, but that's OK with me, because I can go on to the next one right away. I'm sure if I would have waiting a few years for this book, and then had to wait a few more before the next, I'd be pissed off. But in reading the completed series
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Kerry *Soulcaster*
May 27, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: epic-fantasy, adult
Frantically catching up to my friends who are reading/rereading WoT!

First read way back when
Latest read August 2016




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Librarian Note: There is more than one author in the Goodreads database with this name.

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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The Wheel of Time (1 - 10 of 14 books)
  • The Eye of the World (Wheel of Time, #1)
  • The Great Hunt (Wheel of Time, #2)
  • The Dragon Reborn (Wheel of Time, #3)
  • The Shadow Rising (Wheel of Time, #4)
  • The Fires of Heaven (Wheel of Time, #5)
  • Lord of Chaos (Wheel of Time, #6)
  • The Path of Daggers (Wheel of Time, #8)
  • Winter's Heart (Wheel of Time, #9)
  • Crossroads of Twilight (Wheel of Time, #10)
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