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Winter's Heart

(The Wheel of Time #9)

3.94  ·  Rating details ·  107,945 ratings  ·  2,165 reviews
Rand is on the run with Min, and in Cairhein, Cadsuane is trying to figure out where he is headed. Rand's destination is, in fact, one she has never considered.

Mazrim Taim, leader of the Black Tower, is revealed to be a liar. But what is he up to?

Faile, with the Aiel Maidens, Bain and Chiad, and her companions, Queen Alliandre and Morgase, is prisoner of Savanna's sept.

Mass Market Paperback, First Mass Market Edition, 780 pages
Published January 7th 2002 by Tor Fantasy (first published November 7th 2000)
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Jimmy You can check out the Wheel of Time Wiki site:

Just be careful as it does include unmarked spoilers about charact…more
You can check out the Wheel of Time Wiki site:

Just be careful as it does include unmarked spoilers about characters and the story in general.(less)
Andy Zach Great question! I assume you're in Fires of Heaven. That certainly stalls in the middle, probably during the circus plot thread.

Realize these slow sce…more
Great question! I assume you're in Fires of Heaven. That certainly stalls in the middle, probably during the circus plot thread.

Realize these slow scenes are character development. Not much is happening, but people are changing. it's slow, realistic, and annoying, like real life.

I powered through these scenes speedreading or skimming. Later, when I re-read the book, they were more interesting. Robert Jordan has an insane amount of foreshadowing and irony and you'll find plenty in these scenes, once you know what happens.

My daughter, who reads over two hundred books a year, is more ruthless. She simply skips scenes she doesn't like.

Robert Jordan's great scenes (and there are great scenes in Fires of Heaven) make plowing through the detailed, boring scenes worthwhile, in my opinion. If that's your opinion too, plow away!(less)

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Jul 31, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
This is one of the hardest books to rate; I thought long and hard whether to give this book 3 or 4 stars. I also could not take an easy path and give this book 3.5 stars; more on this later.

Perrin's subplot takes up the first quarter of the book. Perrin spends his time brooding and being miserable. To be fair, he comes to his senses from time to time; when he does he makes pointless talk. He also snaps at the people who really try to help him. It is really sad to see a pathetic human being which
Em Lost In Books
Rough at times with so many characters and everyone eager to put their two bits about Al'Thor but this story has two events that I was looking forward to since book 5. Not a great addition but not bad either. ...more
Lindsey Rey
Jan 13, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy, 2015
Dec 18, 2013 rated it liked it
Winter's Heart gets three stars since it's the weakest Wheel of Time book I've read so far, alongside The Path of Daggers. However, that doesn't mean it really deserves three stars. This put me in a difficult situation, because this rating is in comparison with the other WoT books. On the other hand, it is quite a lot better than several books I've rated four stars.

The problem with this one is one you probably know about. The plot development is gone. Still, I absodamnlutely love this world, thi
Oct 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
*** 5 - ***

A buddy read with the Fantasy Addicts at BB&B! We are going to prevail over the Dark Lord!!!

I am out of words! It feels like I have said everything, used -up all my vocabulary of superlatives and have became redundant with my praises of the genius of Robert Jordan and this series. This is the 9th book and I found it to be just as compelling as all the ones before it. I read some reviews saying it was slow and nothing really happened until the last several chapters. I very respectful
Robin (Bridge Four)
The September Buddy r=Read with all my buddy reading fantasy addicts at Buddies Books & Baubles

As my good friend Choko says This is a book of thousands small details….that might be a little off. I think this is a book of A MILLION SMALL DETAILS.

Look totally props to Jordan for creating such and interesting and diverse world. The number of lands, cultures, diversity, magic and just small things that make each character different are really staggering. I have no idea how the man kept track of it a
How many more ways can I find to say the same things about this series? A series whose problems I identified as early as book three, and which has continued to embrace those problems rather than fix them. Presumably because Jordan didn't see them as problems but rather as features. Which is one of the problems. It's a whole problematical circle of problems, and ouroboroses eating their tails and such (a fitting image since the Wheel of Time is basically an ouroboros sailing some sort of invisibl ...more
Apr 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
This was another Wheel of Time instalment that passed with very little advancement in the majority of the ongoing story arcs. Despite that I still thoroughly enjoyed this 9th book in the series. I think I'm just so sucked into the story by this point that I'm happy and entertained by the happenings even when the characters are doing little more than chit chatting with each other.

Spoilers ahoy!

So what did actually happen for our favourite characters I hear you ask?

Rand: He actually had a produ
Eon ♒Windrunner♒
The official BB&B read of Book IX of the epic WoT series just got Mission Accomplished like a BOSS!

Ok, ok. It was a reread for me, but still. This series aint for for the fainthearted in the page count department. Also, with close to a 1000 pages a book there is a lot of meandering and only a little sprinting. I have paperbacks. Actual count is 11916 pages. Or 4,410,036 words. And the characters… You REALLY have to keep track. Piece of cake you say? Hmmm. This book alone mentions 602 character n
Sep 29, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book was easily a one star until the last chapter, where there was enough action to make me look forward to the next, but unfortunately 90% of this book was a struggle. I had to force myself to get through several of the chapters namely those involving Elayne/Nynaeve. Unfortunately those 30 pages of action was not enough for me to raise my rating.

The following sums up my major issues with this book and contains some spoilers. You have been warned!
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Dec 04, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5*s for this book and that's mostly due to the ending of it which is rather epic in proportion. I really enjoyed listening to this instalment of WoT and I felt that there were a few things we really gained knowledge of in this volume. As I have mentioned in previous reviews this series has recently made the transition form a cast of teens into a cast of adults and this is clear from the vast array of choices made by some of our major players and the way that their previous experiences are now ...more
Maria Dimitrova
Buddy read with the Dragon Sworn over at BB&B

Nine books in and this series is still going strong. There are just no words to describe this experience so I'll just say this: if you like high fantasy you MUST read The Wheel of Time.

Feb 14, 2009 rated it did not like it
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Executive Summary: Much like some of the other "middle books" of this series, I enjoyed it more on my reread than I did the first time. That said, it's still one of the weaker books of the series.

Audiobook: Another fantastic job by Kate Reading and Micheal Kramer. I suspect part of the reason why I enjoyed this more the second time was that I was listening to it instead of reading it, and they make it so much better.

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After nearly 1.5 books, Mat returns! There is also a bunch of bor
Sotiris Karaiskos
In the heart of winter, our story has already taken a bad turn as the wolf is going through his toughest moments, while the other protagonists are plunged into uncertainty, having very important things to do, without being sure if their skills are sufficient to lift the weights they have on their shoulders. But this situation, rather than intimidate our beloved heroes, fills them with determination to implement some bold designs that if successful will offer significant advantages in the battle ...more
Hasham Rasool
"The Wheel of Time turns, and Ages come and pass, leaving memories that beccome legend. Legend fades to myth and even myth is long forgotten when the Age that gave it birth returns again.

What was, what will be, and what is, may yet fall under the Shadow."

I think this book is much better than 'The Path of Daggers'.

Alhamdulillah, I am really enjoyed this book a lot.

I do understand why the readers who don't enjoy this book.
Dana Ilie
Mar 03, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
4.5 stars

I'll write a review soon
Aug 09, 2015 rated it did not like it
Recently when I write reviews, I have been using bolded quotes. I am quite fond of bolding quotes because i love illustrating the writing of the author. However, in this specific review, I will not do so. Why? Because most of the words and writing in this book is bullshit

Commence Rant

Wow, I cannot believe I am doing this. Even though I hated the Dragon Reborn to a certain degree, I actually look back on it a slight bit fondly because it was not terrible . In fact, I did say as such, it was
I'm really starting to run out of things to say about the Wheel of Time series. To be honest there are so many things about these books that irritate me that it's a miracle I'm still reading them but here I am nine books in and not only still reading but also thoroughly enjoying myself in spite of the issues I have. I think I've just invested so much time and effort into reading this massive series that I'm determined to stick it out to the bitter end and I just have to know how things turn out ...more
Susan Kennedy
Aug 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy-epic
This is a really great series and this was a really good book in the series. I loved that Matt was brought back into the story; I missed him in the last book. This book also brings more action back into the story, more battles and excitement. I really enjoyed this book and the story as it continues and brings new characters along in the wave. I do love Jordan's characters; they are well rounded and they evolve as their lives move on.

There is always so much going on and the characters are never
Pedro António
Oct 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, 2012-read
Worried that the series is slowing down to a crawl after the first two thirds of The Path of Daggers and wondering if Winter's Heart is worth it? Let me start with a resounding YES.

Like most people I too was a bit sceptical after The Path of Daggers since frankly until the last third of the book not very much happens and we're given the two most annoying POVs quite a lot of the time (Faile and Nynaeve). Fortunately Winter's Heart completely breaks away from that and I didn't feel like there was
 ♥ Rebecca ♥
This book was very eventful. Several major events that I knew were coming finally happened in this book. And I was so happy to see Mat again. He was not in the last book at all, and it took half of this book before he showed up. But once he did, a lot happened. The story in Ebou Dar ended up being my favourite, from anyone's POV.

I was happy to finally meet Tuon and she was not what I expected. She is a strong woman, like all the others in this series, but she is so young. I am curious how that
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Well, what can I say about this book that you haven't been warned about previously? Yes, we are waist deep in the slog and sinking. Once again, any chapter from the POV of Elayne, Faile, and Periin make you let out a deep sigh any time you turn the page to that. Thankfully, while it's the first 200 pages of the book, they disappear into the background for the rest of the way.

Mat's story is still suffering from being stuck in Ebou Dar with Rapey
You can never know everything, and part of what you know is always wrong. Perhaps even the most important part. A portion of wisdom lies in knowing that. A portion of courage lies in going on anyway
Jan 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Winter’s Heart is the 9th book in The Wheel of Time. I really enjoyed this. As before, some storylines are left hanging and previously-hanging storylines are picked back up, but I enjoyed all the storylines we were given. I especially enjoyed the end. There’s usually some sort of major climatic battle near the end of each book that I find moderately interesting, but I liked the end of this book much better than the previous ones. So, based on all that, I decided to finally stop being stingy and ...more
Jonathan Terrington

The Wheel of Time is a long and epic story. Long and epic narratives, for whatever reason (perhaps its the way in which they hint at reality) tend to be my personal favourite types of tales. However, as with book 8, Winter's Heart meanders on slowly and I maintain my stance that the content of books 8,9 and 10 could have been better delivered as one novel. That said this book interests me enough to like it for the most part.

The novel has some very apparent negatives such as the (again) plodding
May 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
Book 9 in my long slow read of this epic series. Slow because I only listen to the audio when I am walking my dog. Long because these are very long books. This one finished on a tremendous 5 star worthy high with Rand at last achieving something really worthwhile in a very exciting way. However the book loses a full star for the awfulness of the tedious section about Perrin. I get that he really loves Faile and he is going to pieces without her, but non stop whining for however many pages it was ...more
Shobhit Sharad
Jun 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars really, because of the amazing ending.
Aug 30, 2011 rated it really liked it
Well, that was...intense. Seriously, the last 60 pages of the book are breathless, world class fantasy. The rest is...

...well to be frank, the rest is not actually that bad. The biggest sin committed by this book is that Mat's storyline is downright dull until its very last pages. C'mon guys, Mat is supposed to be the fun one! Other than that though, the story moves along pretty well. We get lots of Rand, and his story continues to be the most compelling by far; Elayne's political wrangling is e
Feb 15, 2017 rated it it was ok
The last few books in Wheel of time series have been a test of patience for me, I have managed to endure these books as I am a part of below groups.

Buddies Books and Baubles

The Not a Book Club Club

I have read the last two books sleeping half the time, and have managed to stay in touch with the books due to some awesome chapterwise summaries in both these groups.

This book ends with a bang but most things which I remember from this book are

1.Low neck lines
2.Stripping the bottoms
3.Folding arms unde
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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

Other books in the series

The Wheel of Time (1 - 10 of 14 books)
  • The Eye of the World (The Wheel of Time, #1)
  • The Great Hunt (The Wheel of Time, #2)
  • The Dragon Reborn (The Wheel of Time, #3)
  • The Shadow Rising (The Wheel of Time, #4)
  • The Fires of Heaven (The Wheel of Time, #5)
  • Lord of Chaos (The Wheel of Time, #6)
  • A Crown of Swords (The Wheel of Time, #7)
  • The Path of Daggers (The Wheel of Time, #8)
  • Crossroads of Twilight (The Wheel of Time, #10)
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