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Why? Why? Why?
on 30 October 2017
This book is not as bad as I first feared from all of the reviews, it's not great though! Definitely the least enjoyable in the series.
There is very little progress on any of the main (or minor) treads of the story and I find myself wondering what was the actual point of this book, and if I'd skipped straight from Winter's Heart (book 9) to Knife of Dreams (book 11) would I really have missed anything significant? I don't actually think I would have.
I would say that Robert Jordon is a very good writer and if this book had been written by a lesser man it probably would have struggled to the bang average 3 stars I rated it. One thing that does irk me a bit about Jordon's style is the chapter after chapter after chapter from the same character view point, especially when it is a not particularly exciting character (Egwene, Elaine, Nyneave, you know the ones!). I much prefer a new character view point with each new chapter, so I'm really hoping Brandon Sanderson changes this with The Gathering Storm (book 12) and the final 2 books in the series.
Love the entire WoT series though. I've invested a lot of time in the series I'm getting excited now I'm just about onto the last 4 books and a conclusion to this monster epic is in sight, but I'll also be a bit sad when it's done. I doubt the next series I move onto will be as grand or epic! I mean, WoT make Lord the Rings look small!