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Robert Jordan , Kate Reading , Michael Kramer
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24 Oct 2000 Wheel of Time

Rand is on the run with Min, but his destination is a mystery to Cadsuane. Mazrim Taim, leader of the Black Tower, is revealed to be a liar, but his purpose remains shrouded in mystery...and in Tar Valon the Aes Sedai are shaken to the core when Egwene and her rebel army suddenly appear outside the walls.

The Wheel of Time has proved to be the most significant and biggest-selling fantasy series of recent years, its popularity and importance growing with each new novel. The ninth book takes the story on to greater heights.

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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Books on Tape; Unabridged edition (24 Oct 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0736656103
  • ISBN-13: 978-0736656108
  • Product Dimensions: 14.6 x 12.8 x 5.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (129 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,053,090 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's "The Wheel of Time" sequence is one of the more ambitious current fantasy epics; its ninth volume Winter's Heart advances a conclusion by fundamentally changing the rules of its war between overwhelming evil and deeply crippled good. Rand Al-Thor, in some sense a doomed hero born again, continues to travel the world seeking allies--as before, he finds himself caught up disastrously in the local politics of small city states and has to sort them out at some cost to himself. His fellow villagers--now the paladins of his crusade--deal with their own local problems; the agents of evil are abroad everywhere and have started to take this coterie of magically gifted youths seriously as a threat to their power and the return of their Dark master. The well-intentioned but over-reaching Aes Sedai nuns have started at last to deal with the infiltrators in their midst, and the invading Seanchan start to pursue goals beyond their strange cultural games of dominance and submission. And now Rand finally does something drastic--he attempts to cleanse male magic of the taint of madness that has crippled his world. Jordan's many fans will be enthralled by this latest volume. --Roz Kaveney --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Robert Jordan's "The Wheel of Time" sequence is one of the more ambitious current fantasy epics; its ninth volume Winter's Heart advances a conclusion by fundamentally changing the rules of its war between overwhelming evil and deeply crippled good. Rand Al-Thor, in some sense a doomed hero born again, continues to travel the world seeking allies--as before, he finds himself caught up disastrously in the local politics of small city states and has to sort them out at some cost to himself. His fellow villagers--now the paladins of his crusade--deal with their own local problems; the agents of evil are abroad everywhere and have started to take this coterie of magically gifted youths seriously as a threat to their power and the return of their Dark master. The well-intentioned but over-reaching Aes Sedai nuns have started at last to deal with the infiltrators in their midst, and the invading Seanchan start to pursue goals beyond their strange cultural games of dominance and submission. And now Rand finally does something drastic--he attempts to cleanse male magic of the taint of madness that has crippled his world. Jordan's many fans will be enthralled by this latest volume. --Roz Kaveney --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title. (Amazon.co.uk Review)

With The Wheel of Time, Jordan has come to dominate the world Tolkien began to reveal (New York Times) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Picking up and (finally) moving on 15 Nov 2000
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
Well, here it is - I've been waiting for it since mid May and I was not disappointed. After the hard time I had with PoD, (i.e. I had to read it three times for it to stick in my head - Jordan's books usually go in the first time) I was hoping for something to keep my attention, and I was rewarded with a book that kept me saying "I'll just read a bit more... Maybe another chapter... or two..." It really was a book almost equal to his earlier offerings. We had many loose ends tied up, including the identity of one of the characters that I am sure will soon become a major feature, and the true identity of Corlan Dashiva, although I thought that this could have been fleshed out a little more. Having started reading the morning I got it, I finally finished at about 7pm that evening, and am re-reading it again to make sure I got everything I could out of the book. I would heartily recommend it to any WoT fan.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars This is better than the last few 6 Mar 2001
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
This book is just what Jordan needed I was really starting to get board with the last couple of books. I think that the problem Jordan had made is that he has now to many characters. I like to read about Rand, Perrin, Mat, the black tower and the battles but now I seem to reading about every person who is remotely connected to the story line. I think this why his first books where so good because he was concentrating all his efforts on 6 or 5 people now it is spread out to about 30. I mean do we really want read about emotions of all the women in the book, chapters and chapters like this drives me insane. I begin to feel that it is a romance and not a fantasy if Jordan was not so good at putting so much detail into battles I would have long ago given up. I find this new book very addictive. I really enjoyed the parts about mat and rand. At the end I just really needed to read more i was so hooked I just wish he could hurry up and release the new one. This is a huge improvement on the last 2-3 books and i just hope he can keep it up.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Things starting to look up...? 12 Dec 2000
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
After the misery of the last book maybe we are going to see a return to form which made the first 5 books so very good. All in all an enjoyable read and i sincerely hope the author can maintain the momentum now to finish the series on the high with which he started.
My only problems i guess are ones of taste - didn't the Forsaken seem a lot more dangerous at the start of the series? :) In some ways the scale of the series has suffered but maybe this is simply due to it's size.
Now the long wait begins for the next in the series, after all this time i begin to take his comment about writing until they nail the coffin shut seriously:)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Should I drop it here? 4 Dec 2000
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
What can I say that has not already been said? i began reading this series by pure chance, the first book wasn't brilliant but had enough scope to make me buy the next. As the series went on however, the plots got thinner, the charachters more elusive and the descriptive text longer. I think that the charachters are excellent and each acts as you would expect them too, having gotten to know them. My main gripe about this series is, like has been said many times, that there is simply no action or real suspense to the novels which is a shame because so many oppertunities pop up to make this a true classic. I have also begun to absolutely detest the lengthy meanderings as Mr Jordan goes into great detail describing every colour, sound, smell and thought of every step or action at any given time, one character asks a question and it is answered two pages further on when you have forgotten what the question was. It is unfortunate that I am one of those people who has to finish a series once I have started it *sigh* but I doubt that Robert Jordan will be top of my christmas wish list in the future. I have certainly read much better, for example, Marc Alexanders Wells of Ythan series which only contains four books but more than makes up for it in gripping content. I could not put them down.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Much better than the last three 25 Nov 2001
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
In this book things really do get better. I mean, what was Jordan playing at leaving Mat stuck under a building-dead for all we know-for an entire book! But really, it does get better, things start to happen again like they used to in the early books. Robert Jordan's back on track with the ninth book and i'm going to get the tenth as soon as its out(whenever that is).
One criticism i do have however is that there is too much waffle. If you cut half the descriptive jargon-that no one really understands anyway- the same story is still told, and in a lot fewer words. I'm not really complaining though-it's a good read and i'd recommend it any day.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A return to form...almost 11 May 2001
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
After the slog of the last two books, I was fearful for Book Nine of the Wheel of Time. And 250 pages in, I was tempted to speed-read through the remaining 400 pages, so laboured and ponderous the book had become. Then one shocking development took place, followed by another, followed by another...it was as if RJ realised he could only string us along for so long. I devoured the remainder of the book, relishing every revelation and I am now eagerly awaiting Book Ten. But when I think of the awful opening third of Winter's Heart, and marvel at the fact that I was so close to abandoning ten year's worth of reading, this book is probably only worth three stars in itself. But as part of this fantastic series, let's give it four stars. Just about.
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4.0 out of 5 stars series still going strong
Overall, this was a pretty good book. While the action is slowing doing considerably at this point, that's to be expected in a series this length. Read more
Published 15 days ago by Stephen Doyle
5.0 out of 5 stars Unbelievable. Best of the series.
It all comes together in this book. Those moments you've been waiting for since beginning the series. Enjoy this read people
Published 2 months ago by JonnyBooth
4.0 out of 5 stars Good pace right through
After reading the last 2 books I was a bit weary, but the pace changed up 2 gears and kept constant. Thoroughly enjoyed this one and am of straight away to start book 10.
Published 3 months ago by Lindon Mackenzie
5.0 out of 5 stars great book
great book fab story I am reading all 15 of these books the are good action and just what I wanted.
Published 3 months ago by David Howard
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't say about the story
I can't really talk about the story it's self as I got this book for my boyfriend but he loved the series and has finished it now
Published 4 months ago by Erin
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
Fantastic series, read the entire thing at least 3 times now. You'll struggle to put it down like it did! Read more
Published 5 months ago by M. Reghenzani
5.0 out of 5 stars Keeps getting better
Another great addition to this epic series, the story lines are all starting to pick up a little bit more pace now and like all previous books Jordan spends a long time building up... Read more
Published 6 months ago by P. Larcombe
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent series
i absolutely love this series.

it's long and complicated, but totally rewarding.

everyone should buy all the books - they're brilliant
Published 8 months ago by Stephanie Jenner
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
An awesome finish, it gives hope for Rand and the last battle yet. I love this series. Can't wait for the continuation
Published 8 months ago by JL
5.0 out of 5 stars Back to form!!!
Another great addition to the epic fantasy chronicle after a couple of "slow" episodes, though if I'm honest after 're-reading the series without having to wait ages for them to... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Stephen Okoro
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