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The Fires of Heaven

(The Wheel of Time #5)

4.16  ·  Rating details ·  130,034 ratings  ·  2,637 reviews
The fifth book in Robert Jordan's internationally bestselling epic fantasy series, THE WHEEL OF TIME, now reissued with a stunning new cover design.

The bonds and wards that hold the Great Lord of the Dark are slowly failing, but still his fragile prison holds. The Forsaken, immortal servants of the shadow, weave their snares and tighten their grip upon the realms of men,
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Paperback, 912 pages
Published July 4th 1994 by Orbit (first published 1993)
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Tejasvi (Parchment Magic) Good question. The ring is described as having only one side, implying that it is shaped like a Möbius strip, though it has not been explicitly…moreGood question. The ring is described as having only one side, implying that it is shaped like a Möbius strip, though it has not been explicitly mentioned anywhere that I have seen. (less)
David Rosen The quote appears on the bottom of page 617, in the October 1994 First U.S. Mass Market Edition. ISBN 0812550306

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Kat  Hooper
Mar 31, 2009 rated it liked it
ORIGINALLY POSTED AT Fantasy Literature.

For being such a long book (nearly 1000 pages in my trade paperback copy), amazingly little happens in The Fires of Heaven, and this is why so many readers have abandoned this otherwise interesting story. Approximately the first third of the novel contains so much recap and repetition that, if I'd had "my hair in a proper braid," I would have been yanking it as often as Nynaeve does.

The formula for the first 100 pages or so goes something like this: One or
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Sean Barrs The Ultra Vegan
May 14, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those with patience
Shelves: fantasy, 2-star-reads
The Fires of Heaven bored me to tears. Nothing happened. My favourite character wasnt even present. I feel like the story hasnt progressed since The Shadow Rising.

It's 900+ pages of nothingness!

The problem with epic fantasy is that is can easily become too long. Its usually filled with big descriptive passages, history and lore with a huge cast of characters in order to fully illustrate the world. And I usually love it, as I have done with books in this series, but the story needs to move
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Em Lost In Books
Fifth book in the series and I must say Jordan is still keeping things interesting. True, at some it felt like story is stagnant but soon he threw in some action and I was hooked again.

This book marks the absence of Perrin. I was expecting him to do great things in this book especially after that heroic performance in book 4 but sadly his name was mentioned here and there only, and not a single glimpse. I was very sad throughout the book because of it.

Elayne, Nynaeve, Aviendha and Rand, more
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Foomy
Feb 14, 2009 rated it it was ok
What I like to call Volume 1 in the "Women Hating Men" trilogy. At almost no point in these three books did women interacting with men consist of anything beyond: insulting men, assaulting men, sniffing at men, or thinking about how stupid men are compared to all the omniscient women. I almost didn't finish this book because of all the negative energy towards men.

Lessons I learned from this trilogy.

1) It is always a man's fault. Always.
2) Women are always smarter than men.
3) It is okay to break
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Markus
Dec 18, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Storms rumble beyond the horizon, and the fires of heaven purge the earth. There is no salvation without destruction, no hope this side of death.

The White Tower is shattered by a brutal struggle for power. The remaining Forsaken enter the fray, as kings and queens dance to their tunes in secret. And the greatest army the Westlands have seen in thousands of years emerge from the Waste, as the clans of the Aiel cross the Spine of the World at the command of He Who Comes With The Dawn.

The Fires of
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Robin (Bridge Four)
Another month and another Wheel of Time book down.

This is epic high fantasy at its best. Rich engaging world with a lot of different PoVs and exciting happenings everywhere.

A few points of interest:

Rand - gets his groove on with a special lady and Lanfear looses her mind over it. But he also becomes more of a strong leader everyday.

Nynaeve - Unfortunately almost all the female characters in this get a personality change and spend most their time bickering and postering with each other enough to
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Choko
*** 4.5 ***

A sprint to catch up with the buddy read at BB&B WoT crowd!


This is an amazing Epic Fantasy full of excitement, drama, wonderful as well as ridiculous situations, very flawed main characters, and a feeling of enchantment which is almost unattainable for most authors... Robert Jordan has made us already fall in love with all our thick headed leading boys, creatures, and girls, but in this book he tests our patience with them as readers, because he shows how VERY FLAWED they can
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Hasham Rasool
"The Wheel of Time turns, and Ages come and pass, leaving memories that become 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."

This book was published in 1993. I was born in the same year as 'The Fires of Heaven' released. It took me 24 years later to read 'The Fires of Heaven'.

I am so please to come back reading 'The Wheel of Time'.

I love this book a lot same as I love
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David - proud Gleeman in Branwen's adventuring party
Full review to come, but for now, here are some random observations:

The book started out strong, with those tricky Forsaken up to their shenanigans, which is always fun to watch.

But as Rand and company traveled without getting anywhere, things got slower...

...and slower...

...and sllllllllloooooooowwwwwwwer!

But then Nynaeve and Elayne met a circus menagerie, which was really cool!

And the Forsaken started causing trouble again, so my interest was once again piqued.

But then a battle that had been
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Evgeny
Jul 31, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
The Wheel weaves as The Wheel wills - this is Moiraine's favorite saying. In this book all of the Forsaken plot against The Dragon Reborn practically in broad daylight, high lords and ladies in different kingdoms pursue their own interests - the Dark One be damned, and the troubles in the White Tower split the Aes Sedai into two fractions. The interesting part about the latter is that I counted exactly two (arguably three) full Aes Sedai who try to support The Dragon Reborn with only one of them ...more
Richard Bray
Oct 19, 2012 rated it it was ok
To this point, Ive enjoyed my re-read of THE WHEEL OF TIME, but I struggled at times to wade through this one. The length nearing 1,000 pages in the mass-market paperback edition wasnt so much the problem as the character Nynaeve.

To this point in the series Ive been mostly positive about Jordans use of women. Theres no disguising the fact that WHEEL OF TIME is heavily inspired by LORD OF THE RINGS, and seeing Jordan correct one of Tolkiens weaknesses the role of women in his stories seemed
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Gavin
Apr 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Like all the rest of the Wheel of Time books this was an enjoyable and engaging read. It was not quite as well paced as the 4th book in the series, but Jordan has a knack for keeping my attention even when not a lot is actually happening. A sure sign of a master storyteller.

The biggest shock was that this book did not feature Perrin at all! That left Rand and the pairing of Nynaeve and Elayne as the main POV characters. Luckily that worked out well enough as both story arcs were good. Rand and
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Adam
Dec 31, 2007 rated it really liked it
It's funny, because if you read other's reviews of this book, you'll notice that folks start to split into two camps. They're either ridiculously addicted and love it, or they're getting frustrated. They don't want a 400 plus page book in a series that should have been a trilogy. They don't like the fact that Jordan is "getting all epic on your ass" in this continuing study of the adventures of our characters. They don't like the fact that there are 1239724897923489084 more books after this one ...more
Dee
Mar 06, 2008 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy-classic
I'm sorry, but by this point, if I had to read once more about "smoothed faced" ageless women (and insert many other repeated phrases of your choice here), I was going to lose my mind. I kept reading the books for the sake of completion, but by book 5, I was rapidly losing patience and interest. I think these books suffered from the syndrome of many long-running book (and TV) series--the lack of an overall cohesive plotline and the presence of far too many characters to keep active in an ...more
Jonathan Terrington

In a series as long as The Wheel of Time you get a lot of ups and downs. And my reaction to reading a series changes each time I read it. Where the previous book, number four of fourteen, is one of the greatest in the series, this follow up drops in pace and all around quality.

The way I would consider this book is like this:

Start (first 200 pages) : slow, very dry and missing that touch of magic
Middle (200-400 pages): picked up the pace but a lot of filler content focusing on politicising
End
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Niki Hawkes - The Obsessive Bookseller
On hold at 55%. I got sick of seeing it on my currently reading shelf lol.
Kyle
Nov 11, 2012 rated it liked it
The Wheel of Time series represents, for me, the perfect example of a guilty pleasure in the world of fantasy.

This series is not actually written very well. Robert Jordan was not a very good wordsmith, and he really only knew how to say and describe things one way. His characters are generally unbelievable, and have ridiculous dialogue. The plot is tremendously predictable, and is heavily influenced (close to the point of being unoriginal) by the fantasy works that came before. The whole story
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Rob
Executive Summary: I liked this a lot more on a second read than I did on my first.

Audiobook: Another fantastic job by Michael Kramer and Kate Reading.

Full Review
I really liked Wheel of Time as a whole on my first read through, but I felt like things slow down a lot during the middle books. On my first read Perrin was my favorite character and Nynaeve annoyed me for much of the series.

This book had no Perrin in it whatsoever. Probably because much of the last book focused on him. It also had a
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SAM
Feb 08, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: wheel-of-time, 2020
There isn't much to add to my four previous WOT book reviews. Robert Jordan isn't the greatest writer, some of his dialogue is a bit cringe and he doesn't have the philosophical insights of Steven Erikson but what he lacks in talent he more than makes up for with story and character building. Rand continues to be a badass, Mat finally finds purpose and the Forsaken are formidable antagonists.

Book 5 is a slow burner. There are a couple of battles, which are decently written and easy to keep
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Vikas
Jun 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nbtr
Coming to the fifth book in this massive series I am happy to report that things are still fine in this saga and the story is still interesting. Like many people have commented already Perrin is absent from this book but Elayne, Nynaeve, Aviendha, Mat and Rand were fun to read about and to read about the different adventures they had together or separately. Now as might have already guess I shall be now moving onto the next story in the series and let's see what Shai'tan has in the plan now. I ...more
Claudia
Oct 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Rand has indeed become the Dragon Reborn; he is such a powerful character, far from the boy who could be easily manipulated by Aes Sedai. Most of the Aiel clans follow He Who Comes With The Dawn and together they cross the Spine of the World into the Westlands, trying to gather all nations under his flag in preparation for Tarmon Gaidon which is approaching fast.

Mat is finally achieving his long-awaited fame. He makes use of the knowledge gained so painfully in Rhuidean and turns over the result
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Dirk Grobbelaar
Tricksy review!

This is my second attempt at trying to review The Fires of Heaven. I've got some pretty mixed feelings about the book. First of all, this is obviously a massive story, and most of what happens here underlines that fact. However, something that detracted from the epic sweep of the proceedings is the way the women are portrayed. For one thing, grown women going around strapping other grown women on the backside? Considering that about half, if not more, of this tome is dedicated to
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Branwen Sedai *of the Brown Ajah*
Feb 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of epic fantasy
I cannot speak highly enough of this series. Its sweeping epic storytelling just blows so many other fantasy series out of the water. This is the fifth book in the Wheel of Time series. We don't see any of Perrin and Faile in this book, it mostly goes back and forth between Elayne and Nyneave fighting to get to Salidar unseen by Moghedian so they can seek the aid of the Aes Sedai, and Matt, Rand, Moiraine, Egwene, and Aviendha leading the Aiel from the Three Fold Land into cities like Cairhen ...more
Ashley
This is the first Wheel of Time book I haven't enjoyed more than the last. I was hoping the loss of narrative control I'd been warned about would start later for me than book five. It varies from person to person, from all the reviews I've read; some people note a decline starting with this one, others as late as eight, some never (though those are rare, at least in my friends' GR reviews). Even though I ended up enjoying this book more than I enjoyed the first book in the series (which I ...more
Eon ♒Windrunner♒
Another solid entry in the WoT series. Minor quibbles here and there, but otherwise highly enjoyable fantasy.

SPOILERS PEOPLE.

Highlights: (view spoiler)
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Steffan
Jun 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
4.5/5 stars
Avanti Mukhopadhaya
Feb 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy-epic
So, another WoT book down!
These books are soo massive, and unnecessarily long at times that I just want to DNF them, give a 2 star and a trashy review and be done with the series!!!😑

Before you get cognitive dissonance with the 4 star rating and the above rant,let me say that I enjoy this world and the characters and their journeys so much that I just become stupidly generous with my stars.

There is *something* about this world that pulls me in, calls me at a very deep level... I cannot let go of
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Mary-Ann
Apr 03, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Jessica ❁ ➳ Silverbow ➳ ❁ Rabid Reads-no-more
Reviewed by: Rabid Reads

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.

SO. Most of my favorite things in this series are in play now. I'm particularly fond of the time spent in Ebou Dar and a couple of other things that are still in development, but, yeah, we are
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Ryan
Sep 06, 2008 rated it really liked it
At my gym, we treadmill drones watch several television screens. We used to have ESPN, but it's been cut in favor of another Faux ... I mean Fox ... News screen. There are also several CNNs. It's quite frustrating because neither CNN nor Fox reports the news.

It's all theater.

Both stations have an obvious formula to grind. Fox's spin will always involve a plot on the left to overtake and corrupt America, followed by an impotent but self-righteous two minutes hate session against NPR or the New
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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.

Jordan was born in Charleston, South Carolina. He served two tours in Vietnam (from 1968 to
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