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The Shadow Rising

(The Wheel of Time #4)

4.23  ·  Rating details ·  152,554 ratings  ·  2,796 reviews
The seals of Shayol Ghul are weak now, and the Dark One reaches out. The Shadow is rising to cover humankind.

In Tar Valon, Min sees portents of hideous doom. Will the White Tower itself be broken?

In the Two Rivers, the Whitecloaks ride in pursuit of a man with golden eyes, and in pursuit of the Dragon Reborn.

In Cantorin, among the Sea Folk, High Lady Suroth plans the retur
Mass Market Paperback, 1007 pages
Published October 15th 1993 by Tom Doherty Tor Fantasy (first published September 15th 1992)
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Patrick Stevens Min also played a role in the first chapters of the Dragon Reborn, and she was also together with Elayne, Nynaeve and Egwene during the whole Seanchan…moreMin also played a role in the first chapters of the Dragon Reborn, and she was also together with Elayne, Nynaeve and Egwene during the whole Seanchan affair in "the great hunt".(less)
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May 15, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I give up. Here’s where I say goodbye to The Wheel of Time.

The Shadow Rising is the fourth book in The Wheel of Time series, it’s been claimed by many fans of the series that installment is one of the better books—some even said it’s THE best–written by Robert Jordan before Brandon Sanderson takes over. I personally found this book to be the worst in the series so far.

Just like the extremely repetitive nature of the series, the only way I can explain why I found myself incredibly disappointed is
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
Fantastic!! ❤ ...more
Sean Barrs the Bookdragon
The best thing about reading this series is the constant reminder of how long it is. As I read this I frequently looked up at my Wheel of Time shelf, at the nine books I have yet to read in the series, which serve as a reminder that I’ve barely scratched the surface of this totally epic fantasy world. I have so much left to see.

And this really did get epic this time round. Rand decided to go and visit the vast Aiel waste and through the process discovered much about himself. I’ve criticised his
Em Lost In Books
“If you plan for the worst, all surprises are pleasant.”

fourth book in WoT and I learned few things from last three book, 1) pack your bags to embark on a journey as one set of the character or the other is always on the move, and we hit the jackpot here with everyone on a journey of their own, 2) close your eyes if you don't want them in your brain because the girls would make you eye-roll in every time you meet them, 3) be ready for the dragging middle chapters. And if you somehow still end
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.

I'd forgotten how much happens in this book . . . Holy WOW.

This is the first (but not the last) book that begins with a several seemingly non-related POVs, and as impatient as I always am to "
Kat  Hooper
Mar 31, 2009 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars
ORIGINALLY POSTED AT Fantasy Literature.

In The Shadow Rising, things start to slow down. In fact, it often feel like the reading of the story must take longer than it took for the events to actually occur.

Part of the problem is that Mr Jordan tells us nearly everything except when the characters make a bowel movement. Also, he regularly launches into pre-set spiels in which he re-describes something or someone who we've encountered numerous times before or re-explains something we've be
Dec 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
“The Shadow shall rise across the world, and darken every land, even to the smallest corner, and there shall be neither Light nor safety. And he who shall be born of the Dawn, born of the Maiden, according to Prophecy, he shall stretch forth his hands to catch the Shadow, and the world shall scream in the pain of salvation. All Glory be to the Creator, and to the Light, and to he who shall be born again. May the Light save us from him.

The People of the Dragon hold the Stone of Tear, and mighty C
Jul 31, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Before I start my review, there is something I really need to get off my chest. GAWYN TRAKAND IS A COMPLETE IDIOT WHO HAS A DUBIOUS DISTINCTION OF BEING THE MOST IDIOTIC GOOD GUY IN THE HISTORY OF FANTASY, OR LITERATURE IN GENERAL. Sorry, I had to do it; now back to the review.

It is hard to say anything about the fourth book in a series without giving huge spoilers. I will just give my thoughts about the major characters, their development, and plot-lines.

Mat slowly becomes the most interesting
*** 5 ***

A push to catch up with the BB&B read of the full series by August!

WOW!!! What an amazing book!!! Everything that happens here could fill ten regular books and make all of them burst with content! Once again, only superlatives come to me when writing about this series and objective review is impossible... Thus, I am only going to note that Rand is making strides toward establishing himself as The Dragon Reborn and havoc follows wherever any of our three Tav'eren step foot. The fiv
Dana Ilie
Sep 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
The Shadow Rising did everything right when it comes to continuing a series by continuing to flush out the characters and their relationships in addition to moving the plot forward. There was a well done balance between character and plot development which moved the overall story arc along in a way that remained engaging and exciting for the reader.

Even with all this action the question whether The Shadow Rising is too long remains. I don’t really think so, or not by much anyway. Jordan manages
Robin (Bridge Four)
I'm buddy reading this entire series a book a month with the great fantasy loving peeps at Buddies Books and Baubles

The great thing about that is that I know I have so many great people to discuss all the happenings in this book with. The bad part is that after taking a month to read a single book a few chapters at a time it feels like some of it happened so long ago and perhaps an entire season on one of your favorite shows has gone by and how do you sum that up without a review that is ten pa
Liam Degnan
Oct 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Epic Fantasy Fans
Shelves: fantasy
“The Shadow shall rise across the world, and darken every land, even to the smallest corner, and there shall be neither Light nor safety. And he who shall be born of the Dawn, born of the Maiden, according to Prophecy, he shall stretch forth his hands to catch the Shadow, and the world shall scream in the pain of salvation."

4.5 Stars: ✰✰✰✰

In terms of overall content, this was the best book so far. Book Four of the Wheel of Time continued in the same vein as The Great Hunt, making huge deve
David - proud Gleeman in Branwen's adventuring party
I'll write a full review when I have time (not to mention finally getting around to writing proper reviews for the last two books), but for now, here were some random thoughts I had after finishing "The Shadow Rising":

- Fourth book in the series, and this was my favorite one yet!

- Loved that we learned so much more about the Aiel culture in this one. More Aiel = more awesome!

- Jordan really raised the emotional impact this time around. Just that tender moment alone when Rand was so exhausted
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."

I absolutely love this book Alhamdulillah!

I feel so great to come back read 'The Wheel of Time'.

I love the relationship between Perrin and Falie. I am curious about Aiel culture.

'The Wheel of Time' is definitely one of my favourite book series!
Aug 17, 2009 rated it it was ok
Until this book, I really enjoyed this series. But at #4, it starts to take a harried, complicated turn and I started losing interest in the characters because so few of them act realistically at all as far as emotions go. And the attitudes toward female characters finally wore thin. At least in George RR Martin's books, even though the women were treated like crap, raped, beaten, etc, they still maintain dignity, bravery, and are overall very well-developed characters. Almost all of the females ...more
Apr 19, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019, wheel-of-time
At 393,000 words this is the biggest chapter in the grandiosely epic Wheel of Time. I consider books 1-3 an introduction into the fantasy world Robert Jordan created. The history of the world and its environs are slowly revealed to the reader to increase the familiarity of the various cultures, feuds, politics and who’s sided with who. Everybody is searching for purpose and spends the majority of the first three parts running toward something but ultimately aren’t sure where it lies. In The Shad ...more
Matt Brady
Part 5 - Shaido or Shaidon’t, There Is No Try

This is a reread of the entire Wheel of Time so spoilers ahead for the whole series.

Now we are getting somewhere. This is the book where Wheel of Time really starts to take shape and become the series I remember. Thousands of characters! Hundreds of prophecies, visions, and hints! Dozens of storylines! And a subtle but noticeable shift in focus. After being largely absent in Dragon Reborn, Rand returns to find he must now share the stage as Main Prota
Eon ♒Windrunner♒
At this point it already feels like there is not much left to say but to pay homage every time to this incredible series.

This one is a real mover/shaker with all-around interesting POV’s, an abundance of important events unfolding and very exciting worldbuilding taking place. It starts off with a sprint out of the blocks and never really lets up much until the finale. Just WOW.


Highlights include: (view spoiler)
Is it weird that I pretty much only love this for Lan and Nynaeve? Oh, and Loial. Perrin is pretty awesome too.


OR YOU EGWENE. You're still the worst.

Sigh. Lan. This series need so much more Lan.

Great story, though there is so much story now I'm getting to a point where it's becoming hard to keep track. Thank God for the WOT Wiki.
This is the 300th book that I’ve read for my Science Fiction & Fantasy Reading Project!

Go me!

I can’t believe the number of different sources that Jordan drew on while he was writing The Wheel of Time. I mean, Tolkien is obvious. You’ve got the small town lad drawn into the problems of a larger world, sent on perilous adventures with his friends with uncertain outcome. You’ve also got a looming, dark, powerful enemy that no one truly expects him to be able to do anything about. Even things li
Sep 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I have reached a point of no return with this series. Time to see it through till the end.
Well, another great installment. Considered by many to be one of the best books in the initial half of the series, it might just be.
Rand finally grew a pair, so there's that. That Rhuidean shit was epic.
And burn me! Mat is getting more and more awesome with every book!
About Perrin, well, I don't know what to say. He is all cool and respectable but Faile got on my nerves at times. Heh, the whole banner thing
Executive Summary: This is a pretty good book, but it could have been a really good book if the first 20% of this book wasn't so slow. Nothing happened. For like 8 hours of audio. A sign of things to come. 3.5 stars rounded up for the much stronger 80%.

Audiobook: Another fantastic audio book by Micheal Kramer and Kate Reading. I doubt I could have gotten through the first 20% again if not for doing it in audio.

Full Review
My original review from my first read complained about a slow start. It w
Dirk Grobbelaar
Jan 25, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, books-i-own
OK, my book reading schedule for the rest of the year is officially knackered. All thanks to this novel. It took me incredibly long to finish this, mainly because I got seriously stuck in the first third of the book.

It’s interesting to note that whenever the characters get bogged down, the story gets bogged down with them. In this case: Tear. The cast spends the first 350-odd pages of the novel hanging around in the same location. It’s not quite pointless, there is some intrigue and at least one
How am I even supposed to write a review for this book? I honestly have no idea where to start because there was just so much going on and all of it was fantastic! This is the longest instalment in the Wheel of Time series so far (coming in at just over 1000 pages) but I never once felt bored and that's a testament to how brilliant Robert Jordan's writing is. I am so totally pulled into this world and so invested in all of the characters (even the ones I don't always like that much!) that I neve ...more
Jeannette Nikolova
Nov 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Back on track! Or should I say, this escalated unexpectedly?
The last book for me was so far the least engaging, but this one not only gained the previous pace of the series, but took the whole story on an entire new level.

- The parallel stories in Two Rivers and Aiel: I ABSOLUTELY LOVED reading about Aiel. I already had some suspicions about their culture, but seeing it all, and especially the part in Rhuidean! Hell to the yeah! And since Perrin is my favourite ta'veren, I couldn't ge
Apr 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
This might have been a gigantic book (around 40 hours for the audio), but my review will be a tiny one as by this stage of things pretty much everyone knows what they are getting from the WoT series.

I think The Shadow Rising was the best instalment of the series so far. It did not suffer from the slow starts that plagued the early books and it kept the pace and intensity up all the way through to the exciting finale.

Rand, Elayne, and Perrin all had great storylines and showed up well in this in
Jan 26, 2018 rated it liked it
This book was a huge improvement when compared to the previous one. The plot advanced with a good pace and the world building was impressive. However, this is where I will stop reading the books written by Jordan. While I admire the world he created, his writing isn't to my taste. His female point of views are extremely annoying, as the only way he knew how to depicts strong women was to make them bullies.

For my Goodreads friends that will continue the journey, I wish you lots of fun. It is tim
Wow, it only took me eight days to read this. I feel like I was reading it forever. Actually, that's not always a bad thing to say, though it certainly sounds bad. Sometimes I feel that way about a book if it's a slog, but sometimes I feel that way if I was really sucked into the world and I'm having trouble pulling my head out of it again. I think this may be more of the latter than the former, here, though the book definitely could have done with some fat trimming (and sexism-trimming).

I don'
Josh (Beards & Books)
Jul 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019-tbr
“Never think I have abandoned you. When the sun shines on you, it is my smile. When you hear the breeze stir through the apple blossoms, it is my whisper that I love you. My love is yours forever.”

This series is so underrated it's criminal!
The character arc from book one to the end of book four is insane but it works so well! I won't go into the story to avoid any of the dreaded spoilers but I will say the action really came through for me in the Shadow Rising especially through Perrin. Diving
The Nerd Book Review
Oct 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I’m going to say 4.5 because it had a couple of chapters I don’t love but it is also the first point that I’ve enjoyed Perrin’s POV chapters this round. Nynyave is starting to show the braid tugging and anger that causes her to make stupid decisions that she is infamous for but is otherwise still a far more fun character than I remember from my youth. I also love how powerful she is in the power even if I don’t particularly care for her block and needing anger to overcome it right now. Rand is o ...more
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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 (The Wheel of Time, #1)
  • The Great Hunt (The Wheel of Time, #2)
  • The Dragon Reborn (Wheel of Time, #3)
  • The Fires of Heaven (Wheel of Time, #5)
  • Lord of Chaos (Wheel of Time, #6)
  • A Crown of Swords (Wheel of Time, #7)
  • The Path of Daggers (Wheel of Time, #8)
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  • Crossroads of Twilight (Wheel of Time, #10)
  • Knife of Dreams (Wheel of Time, #11)
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