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Il cuore dell'inverno (The Wheel of Time #9)

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Rand al'Thor, il Drago Rinato, non sembra in grado di compiere il proprio destino, quello di riunire tutti i popoli sotto il suo potere per combattere contro il Tenebroso. I bellicosi Seanchan si stanno riversando in Ebou Dar, e le Aes Sedai si dividono tra Elaida, pretendente al titolo di Amyrlin Seat, ed Egwene al'Vere, alleata di Elayne, regina di Andor. Quest'ultima, a ...more
Paperback, 790 pages
Published August 1st 2008 by Fanucci (first published November 7th 2000)
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Kevin J.J. Carpenter Encyclopaedia WOT is also a good reference, as it lists a character's history in chronological order, so it's far easier to avoid spoilers.

Encyclopaedia WOT is also a good reference, as it lists a character's history in chronological order, so it's far easier to avoid spoilers.
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…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  ·  review of another edition
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
Lindsey Rey
Jan 13, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, 2015
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 respec
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
Apr 16, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 charact
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.

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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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
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.

Full Review
After nearly 1.5 books, Mat returns! There is also a bunch of borin
Feb 14, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Aug 09, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: epic-fantasy
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
Nikola Pavlovic
Jun 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Knjiga realno za tri zvezdice. Elem posto je deo serijala te moram gledati siru sliku dao sam joj cetiri. Da ne bih spojlovao ostacu samo na oceni. To jest dodacu i to da Ovaj serijal treba da je upola kraci. Dzordan je voleo da pise i svaka mu cast na tome, to je zaista fino ali nekada je manje vise :)
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
Pedro António
Oct 25, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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
Aug 30, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
May 15, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars really, because of the amazing ending.
Feb 15, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 06, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I try to resist looking at the relationship between books and movies in absolute terms.

For example, I think the film can be better than the book (Fight Club). Some adaptations seem to stand on their own (Lord of the Rings). And I'm pleased to read books that don't seem to be easily converted to film (William Gibson and Neal Stephenson come to mind).

To be honest, I doubt that "The Wheel of Time" will be converted for film.* The intrigues and internal conflicts that distinguish the early novels st
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
**Contains spoilers for previous books! Possible mild spoilers for this one as well.

As is becoming a pattern in this series, Winter's Heart advances two major plot-points (Rand, Mat) while the others move into the background and stall for a while (Perrin, Elayne) or are completely absent (Egwene this time). There is more action in this book than the last, though, and it's not too full of brooding and self-doubt, making it a significant improvement on the last book.

Mat is back, trying to escape
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
Igor Ljubuncic
OCD compels me to write yet another review in a book of the only multilogy that I can claim to have finished. So here we are.

Like books 7 and 8, this is another space filler, with nothing interesting happening. Mat meets Tuon, and that's about it. More or less. The fact I don't remember much is remarkable by itself. Perrin fights some, and Rand fights some, and such like. Awesome.

Anyhow, here's what you all came for.

When I read Winter's Heart,
Compelling action failed to start,
A girl named Tuon,
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."
Rebecca ♥ Warner, Kishan, Magnus ♥
This review can also be found on my blog: A Match Made in Heaven

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 ot
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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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