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- Audible.co.uk Release Date: 1 Mar. 2011
- Language: English
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Furthermore there are now so many Aes Sedai, Wise Ones & Windfinders going around that I've completely lost track of them. Far too many names, and they're all exactly the same anyway: stubborn and annoying old women, cardboard figures who can be forgotten as soon as you've finished the chapter they appear in.
The witches are also the main reason this story fails to get to the point. If they managed to listen to each other and the men for a change the whole of Randland would have been ready for Tarmon Gaidon by now. Instead they all 'look like steel & talk like stone' and achieve nothing. But maybe that's the point RJ is trying to make: A world run by scheming women is a mess. The thing is, that's not what I want to read. I started on this series because I expected good fantasy fiction, and for six volumes I wasn't disappointed. Now it's all become long descriptions of petty politics. But if I'd wanted to learn about politics I would have bought Macchiavelli.
RJ is capable of five-star writing, we've seen that at the start of the series, if this is his first step on the way back to that level of writing, let's hope book ten will be a bigger step.
If however, you read the first 6 books in this series and loved the truly superb stories of believable characters in difficult situations who demanded your attention then this book is not only a waste of money but also a waste of time. A 20 page synopsis would provide you with as much as you need to understand what will happen next. Apart from the last chapter, which is one of the strongest chapters in terms of storyline advancement in all the books, this book is blatant padding.
I can’t help but get the feeling that the author planned to write 12 books irrespective on whether the story deserved it. So this book became a spacer.
After reading the first 6 books, I would have thrust one in your hand if you hadn’t read it before, absolutely sure that you were missing out. Now, I wouldn’t give it to anyone unless I wanted them to stop reading altogether.
Because of this, I recommend that you borrow this book instead of buying it, or only buy it if you want to complete the set.
I cannot remember when exactly I began reading this epic, it was certainly not in this millennia (ok, that's harsh). So far, with the exception of Path of Daggers I have enjoyed every word, every chapter but even now the whirl of new characters appear and disappear as quickly as my hopes of ever finding an end to this saga. It confuses me to the point where I have to read each book twice before I can move on to the next. The plot has become so convoluted that it truly will be a work of genius for Mr. Jordan to extricate himself from the levels of complexity he has built up over 10 years of writing to finally bring our heroes and heroines to their final glory. Even if poor old Rand will ever survives the final encounter with the Dark Lord, he will surely be up in court for bigamy.
Hurry up Robert, they are never going to make a film of it so we readers are all you've got !!
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Firstly I have to say that I love this series, but this book continues the slowness of the previous 2 or 3 books. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
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No need for a review, if you're here looking to buy this you've already read the previous eight, so I doubt anything I say could prevent you from buy this. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Ptron
Apart from the last chapter nothing happens. Is it worth continuing to read this series I am not at all sure, I have almost lost the will to live.Published 11 months ago by Kindle Customer