To review this book, I have to start by telling a little story about my
history with this series, and more specifically with this book.
was in the great year of ought 7 (2007) when I was first reading Lord
of Chaos [US] [UK], the sixth book of The Wheel of Time. It was also the same year
that Harry Potter was finishing up and sadly when the author himself,
Robert Jordan, died of a rare disease.
I decided, not only did I
want to make sure there was an ending (sorry, I know that was
insensitive of me), but I was really excited to catch up and finish the
Harry Potter series.
So, 4 years ago or so (since it's
2012) I stopped reading Lord of Chaos just about 260 pages in. For me,
for the last 4 years, Nynaeve, Elayne, and Moghedien were in Salidar for
that entire time. Rand was still waiting for Elayne to come back and
reclaim the Lion Throne in Caemlyn. Mat hanging with the Red Hand Band
(they're touring in a town near you) and Perrin in the Two Rivers (which
still felt like he was there forever when I picked up again). And I
can't really say things change all that much by the end of Lord of Chaos
either, but I'll get to that in the spoiler below.
When I picked
it up again last year, it was great to be back. I didn't realize how
much I missed this series. I started by rereading (well, listening on
audio) books 1-5 and then jumping into this book this year.
have to say, Lord of Chaos is where you can really see the slow-down
take place. I love this series as much as the next guy, but there's a
definite slow-down that happens, especially when you have a 70 page
Warning: Some spoiler-ish things I'd like to talk about follow, so you may want to have read the book first, which you most likely already have. I'll
start with the ending. As epic as it is with the battle of Dumai's
Wells, with the Aiel meeting Aiel meeting Aes Sedai meeting with Aes
Sedai meeting with Mayeners meeting with asha'man meeting with..okay
I'll stop there. Okay, awesome battle, I loved it, but it was extremely
short. It was really only the last 30 pages or so. But the main part is
that it really didn't do a whole lot to move the story forward like I
thought the ending of the book would do.
No Forsaken is killed
like in all the others up to this point. Okay, it shows the power and
threat that is the Asha'man as well as the Shaido who've been pretty
worthless for a while now. Otherwise, it just resolves problems that
were just introduced in this book and then adds more. Am I gonna have to
make another Lost comparison?
Next, what's the deal with the
bowl that controls weather (that's not yet found)? I figured the way to
solve the problem with the rising heat being due to the Dark One's
influence was to...mmmm...defeat the Dark One. We don't need another
random track to go down.
End Spoiler Discussion
So, if you
read the spoiler, I really did enjoy this installment in The Wheel of
If you didn't read the spoiler, I really did enjoy this
installment in The Wheel of Time. Not my favorite in the series, but I
really enjoyed all the intricacies and additions to the incredible world
Ps. This is a cool video of
the making of the new ebook cover. I don't recommend watching it until
you've read the book though. It combines the artwork with passages from
the audiobook read by Michael Kramer including some of the very last
lines of the book.