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Robert Jordan , Kate Reading , Michael Kramer
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17 Oct 2006 Wheel of Time (Book 7)
In this volume, Elayne, Aviendha, and Mat come ever closer to the bowl ter'angreal that may reverse the world's endless heat wave and restore natural weather. Egwene begins to gather all manner of women who can channel--Sea Folk, Windfinders, Wise Ones, and some surprising others. And above all, Rand faces the dread Forsaken Sammael, in the shadows of Shadar Logoth, where the blood-hungry mist, Mashadar, waits for prey.
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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: MacMillan Audio; Unabridged edition (17 Oct 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1415935319
  • ISBN-13: 978-1415935316
  • ASIN: 1593979762
  • Product Dimensions: 12.5 x 14.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,381,902 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Robert Jordan was born in 1948 in Charleston. He was a graduate of the Citadel, the Military College of South Carolina, with a degree in physics, and served two tours in Vietnam. His hobbies include hunting, fishing, sailing, poker, chess, pool and pipe collecting. He died in September 2007.

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Robert Jordan has created a rich and intricate tapestry of characters in his Wheel of Time series. In this seventh volume, Rand al'Thor--the Dragon Reborn--draws ever closer to the Last Battle as a stifling heat grips the world. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Epic in every sense (THE TIMES)

On very rare occasions, very talented storytellers create worlds that are beyond fantasy; worlds that become realities. Robert Jordan has (Morgan Llewellyn)

A powerful vision of good and evil (Orson Scott Card)

Splendidly characterised and cleverly plotted. (INTERZONE) --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.

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4.6 out of 5 stars
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Continually excellent! 7 Aug 2001
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
...This book, in my opinion, mantains Jordans high standards and is an improvement on the last book. Once more the pace is slow and you need to be prepared for this. It won't suit all people no matter how detailed a world he is building up this way. Personally I love this. It makes a marvellous contrast to other books such as the Malazan Book of the Fallen series by Steven Erikson. Both are different but excellent in their own ways. Its good to read books of variety in pacing.
However, Jordan did get a little bogged down occasionally in the last book which I would give 4 stars for this reason. Crown of swords is different. I never once felt that a passage was unneccessary and all the detail simply added up to paint a wonderful picture of another world.
Some would say tht nothing happens in much of this book. I disagree, we see a subtle developments in character interaction particualrly between Mat, Elayne and Nynaeve, the intruduction of new elements to the world (true source for example) as well as a cliff-hanger of an ending. This all serves to set us up nicely for not only the next book but the rest of the series.
The aforementioned character development helps to negate the fact that Jordan still uses descriptions of Nynaeve tugging her braid, thinking all men are dumb etc. This is because you can see that these developments are leading us away from this. Hence me saying earlier that there are no wasted words. Without this, I would have begun to have become fed up with this but Jordan, skilled writer that he is has advanced things at just the right time.
So basically if you love the series then you will love this. It has many classic Jordan moments that stir the soul (a'la dumai wells!). If you are beginning to tire of things then please give it a chance as hopefully you will see the advancements that take place to make this one of the great achievments of fantasy literature. And he hasn't even finished yet!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
By A. Whitehead TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Mass Market Paperback
The seventh volume of The Wheel of Time carries us over the halfway point of the series (with the final book now being split into two volumes, bringing the series total to thirteen) in terms of wordcount. However, in terms of the actual story we're much closer to the end. Robert Jordan made a decision in the latter part of the series to reduce forward story momentum in favour of developing subplots and character interactions, a rather controversial choice that has resulted in the series' overall mixed reviews across SF&F fandom. By this seventh volume, we are starting to see the impact of this decision.

The book opens in the aftermath of the massive Battle of Dumai's Wells, when the Dragon Reborn, imprisoned by the Aes Sedai loyal to Elaida, was rescued by his supporters and both sides had to fend off an attack by the Shaido Aiel. During this battle nine of the rebel Aes Sedai swore fealty to Rand to prove their loyalty and the Asha'man, a society of male channellers created by Rand to use in the Last Battle, proved their worth. Resisting the urge to revenge himself upon Elaida, Rand prepares for his much-foreshadowed confrontation with Sammael, whilst at the same time trying to finally win over the Sea Folk and the Cairhienin rebels to his cause. Meanwhile, in Ebou Dar, Mat, Nynaeve, Elayne and several other characters are trying to find the Bowl of Winds, an important artifact that will restore normal weather to the world. In Amador, stronghold of the Children of the Light, a shift in the balance of power puts Morgase's life in danger, and from the south and from the west an even greater threat is emerging to challenge the alliance Rand is hoping to assemble against the Shadow.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars One of the best in the series 1 Jun 2010
By Mr. G. Battle VINE VOICE
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Jordan, uncharacteristically one might say, produces a Wheel of Time novel which starts off with action, has plenty of exciting sequences in the middle and offers a grand finale to boot. There is none of the spirituality of the previous two entries and the action centres around the original Two Rivers 'heroes', as their stories continue on a collision-course with the Dark One. Although Jordan is still verbose and frequently uses five hundred words when fifty would suffice, there is less redundant prose here, although anyone looking for brief and concise fiction would have escaped from the Wheel of Time some volumes back. The story is worth the content and and Crown of Swords offers the propellant this ailing series needed offering various entertaining aspects of fantasy fiction from tavern brawls to field warfare, mysterious quests to assassinations. Entertaining from the first page to the last, although a little wordy on the way, this is a reminder of why the series is so popular.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Another superb Robert Jordan WoT installment! 8 Nov 2004
By Liam
Format:Mass Market Paperback
A Crown of Swords picks up where Lord of Chaos left off. Rand al'Thor, The Dragon Reborn has been worrying about Forsaken Sammael for some time. It is in this story that he finally decides to confront him. Meanwhile, Nynaeve, Elayne, Mat, Thom, Juilin, Aviendha and Birgitte head to Ebou Dar to find the Bowl of the Winds and make the weather right again. A number of new characters are introduced - the sultry Queen Tylin of Altara and the mysterious and bossy Cadsuane Melaidhrin. We get to hear more of Sevanna and the Shaido Aiel, mostly from Sevanna's point of view, and Sammael and Graendal both make numerous appearences. Despite being slow in some places (Perrin is STILL the most boring wheel of time character, and Faile the most annoying), A Crown of Swords is an able successor to the great lord of chaos. But don't get it until you have read the 6 preceding books!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great epic series!
Great book, provoked online via Kindle to rate before I was able to read anything of book 8.
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Published 2 days ago by Brian Cudlipp
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
Must read, would recommend to anyone who likes fantasy and books such as game of thrones and lord of the rings,
Published 4 months ago by James Paker
5.0 out of 5 stars As good as other books
You need to have read the other books in the series as things start to get more in depth. good
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5.0 out of 5 stars Page turner
reading the whole series for the third time and they are as fresh as the first time of reading - great
Published 6 months ago by Rev. P. A. Edwards
4.0 out of 5 stars A Bit Slow
The series really starts to lag with this installment. Shame its too far in to quit.Heres hoping it picks up the pace again.
Published 8 months ago by THErorylynch
5.0 out of 5 stars as with all these stories great.
brilliant book. all the wheel of time books are great. fantastic stories. and a great price. I am sure you'll agree.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
This is my second reading of this series of books and I'm enjoying it as much as the first time. Excellently written by one of the better fantasy writers (will be very sadly... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Pat McGuirk
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
Robert Jordan is an excellent writer!! This series of books really draws you into the story and keeps you there until the last page. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Siobhan
5.0 out of 5 stars Read it at once!
Found the book enthralling. I liked the introduction and the gradual interweaving of characters and plot to make it into a serious mystical thriller.
Published 10 months ago by spyder02
5.0 out of 5 stars Book 7 of the wheel of time
You need to read the whole 13 books in the series to make sense of it all. But it is a good read if you are taken by this type of book.
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