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The Fires of Heaven

(The Wheel of Time #5)

4.17  ·  Rating details ·  156,023 ratings  ·  3,800 reviews
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, sure in the knowledge that their master will soon break free . . .

Rand al'Thor, the Dragon Reborn, knows that he must strike at the Enemy, but his fo
Paperback, 909 pages
Published September 18th 2014 by Orbit (first published October 15th 1993)
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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
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
Sean Barrs
May 14, 2018 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: those with patience
Shelves: fantasy, 2-star-reads
The Fires of Heaven bored me to tears. Nothing happened. My favourite character wasn’t even present. I feel like the story hasn’t progressed since The Shadow Rising.

It's 900+ pages of nothingness!

The problem with epic fantasy is that is can easily become too long. It’s 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
Feb 14, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
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 tha
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 o
Ahmad Sharabiani
The Fires of Heaven (The Wheel of Time #5), Robert Jordan

The Fires of Heaven is a fantasy novel by American writer Robert Jordan, the fifth book in his series The Wheel of Time. It was published by Tor Books and released on October 15, 1993.

Devastated by Rand al'Thor's revelation of their true history, the Shaido Aiel attack Cairhien, with the aid of the Forsaken Sammael.

Rand prepares to attack the Shaido but first spends time in the Aiel Waste, learning from the former Forsaken Asmodean and be
Sep 06, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another great installment with some major surprises. I thoroughly enjoyed this book especially the last part, it was crazy! I also didn’t want the book to end because I love the characters and this tale very much. I honestly don't have the time to review it but I'd like to mention a few points.

This book had a strange format. I assumed the climax was around p 750 and wondered what’s gonna happen in the last 100 pages.. but after that was "resolved", a completely different set of events took place
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
*** 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 get. At
Mayim de Vries
Nov 16, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Despite The Fires of Heavens being slightly weaker compared to its brilliant predecessor, it is still an outstanding novel, once again confirming how well-thought-out and consistent the Wheel of Time world is. At this point, it is blatant that the whole series is beyond interesting and intriguing, and becomes outright addictive.

The momentum of the presented world is overwhelming and shocking, and yet I can’t get enough of it. While the multi-level main plots in their meticulousness and fastidio
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
To this point, I’ve 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 — wasn’t so much the problem as the character Nynaeve.

To this point in the series I’ve been mostly positive about Jordan’s use of women. There’s no disguising the fact that WHEEL OF TIME is heavily inspired by LORD OF THE RINGS, and seeing Jordan correct one of Tolkien’s weaknesses — the role of women in his stories
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
Valliya Rennell
4 stars
**Although this is a spoiler-free review (spoilers are hidden), there may be spoilers for previous books (scroll down)**

Guys!! Based on pure enjoyment, this is my favorite Wheel of Time book so far. Where the previous book focused more on Rand and Perrin, this one treats all the side quests (Min, Rand, Mat, Egwene, and Elayne/Nynaeve) fairly equally... but excludes Perrin. As Couladin declared himself the 'real' Car’a’carn and promises vengeance on the treekiller Cairhienin, he sets out o
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
Apr 16, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
"Who would rule a nation when he could have easier work, such as carrying water uphill in a sieve?" ...more
Zitong Ren
It’s interesting rereading Wheel of Time and really seeing how great of a series it is, in terms of being simply such great fantasy, but also recognising where some areas do happen to lack slightly, and I think that this was fairly prevalent in this novel. Now, whereas there were some truly epic scenes, especially towards the second half of the novel, which were so, my god, so good, there were also some fairly long travelogues where nothing really happened for dozens of pages at a time, and it w ...more
Marc *Dark Reader of the Woods*
The one where Nynaeve runs off to join the circus.

I am not joking. It felt like 400 of 700 pages were Nynaeve fretting about neckline depth, while following a character arc that took her from being scared to being slightly less scared, kind of but not really learning some humility, sitting still with Master Luca's circus for pages and pages and pages until she finally remembered where the rebel Aes Sedai were gathering, and in total leaving me wondering why Lan should ever continue their stated
Nov 11, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 i
Rachel Reads Ravenously
3.5 stars

Okay, this PAINS me to give this book less than a 4 star rating. BUT, this book did not hold up to my memories from when I read it when I was a teenager. I have to agree with what I saw a lot of other reviewers have already stated, there was a lot of repetitiveness in this book. Lots of Nynaeve pulling her braid, lots of Mat saying “blood and ashes” that got old really fast for me.

But there’s a lot of good to this book as well. We see Mat beginning to act on the memories obtained in
Dec 31, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Niki Hawkes - The Obsessive Bookseller
On hold at 55%. I got sick of seeing it on my currently reading shelf lol.
Mar 06, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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 otherwi ...more
Jessica ❁ ➳ Silverbow ➳ ❁
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
Oct 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Rating: Excellent

Genre: Epic Fantasy

When I finished reading the fourth book in the series, The Shadow Rising I liked it but I didn’t love it as much as I loved the first three books. This actually made me worry that the books that follow will be the same but I was wrong! This fifth book, The Fires of Heaven is AMAZING! It is as wonderful as the first three ones. Of course, it is a long and descriptive as the rest but this is nothing new when it comes to Robert Jordan. I am sure that by the time
Nimrod Daniel
Aug 05, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Another enjoyable ride with great characters. and finally we see the Forsaken coming to the front. It was good but not as good as The Shadow Rising, which was great all the way.

While the book was very enjoyable, the first 2/3 has a slow pacing, with not much to happen. There were a few interesting events, but it dragged more than it should have.
Keep in mind that 2/3 of such a mammoth is a length of a full book (and not a short one), so I did expect for more interesting stuff to happen.
Having sa
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 (4
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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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)
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  • The Great Hunt (The Wheel of Time, #2)
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  • Lord of Chaos (The Wheel of Time, #6)
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