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Recuperando-se em meio às Sábias, Egwene deseja prosseguir por conta própria em seus estudos sobre o Mundo dos Sonhos, mas ainda precisa aprender uma dura lição sobre o código de honra Aiel. Em Salidar, a lealdade de Elayne e Nynaeve às dissidentes da Torre Branca as coloca em uma posição difícil: elas devem tentar proteger as Aes Sedai de si mesmas.Mat e Perrin, por sua v Recuperando-se em meio às Sábias, Egwene deseja prosseguir por conta própria em seus estudos sobre o Mundo dos Sonhos, mas ainda precisa aprender uma dura lição sobre o código de honra Aiel. Em Salidar, a lealdade de Elayne e Nynaeve às dissidentes da Torre Branca as coloca em uma posição difícil: elas devem tentar proteger as Aes Sedai de si mesmas.Mat e Perrin, por sua vez, precisam arriscar a própria vida para seguir Rand. Enquanto isso, o Dragão se divide entre governar Cairhien e Caemlyn, sem jamais encontrar refúgio das decisões difíceis e da voz de Lews Therin, que ameaça fazê-lo sucumbir à loucura.Em O senhor do Caos, as intrincadas tramas continuam a se desenrolar e Jordan demonstra maestria em resolver os conflitos dos volumes anteriores criando novos suspenses. A ordem e as antigas instituições desmoronam para abrir caminho para o senhor do caos no novo volume de A Roda do Tempo, uma das mais extraordinárias séries já escritas.


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Recuperando-se em meio às Sábias, Egwene deseja prosseguir por conta própria em seus estudos sobre o Mundo dos Sonhos, mas ainda precisa aprender uma dura lição sobre o código de honra Aiel. Em Salidar, a lealdade de Elayne e Nynaeve às dissidentes da Torre Branca as coloca em uma posição difícil: elas devem tentar proteger as Aes Sedai de si mesmas.Mat e Perrin, por sua v Recuperando-se em meio às Sábias, Egwene deseja prosseguir por conta própria em seus estudos sobre o Mundo dos Sonhos, mas ainda precisa aprender uma dura lição sobre o código de honra Aiel. Em Salidar, a lealdade de Elayne e Nynaeve às dissidentes da Torre Branca as coloca em uma posição difícil: elas devem tentar proteger as Aes Sedai de si mesmas.Mat e Perrin, por sua vez, precisam arriscar a própria vida para seguir Rand. Enquanto isso, o Dragão se divide entre governar Cairhien e Caemlyn, sem jamais encontrar refúgio das decisões difíceis e da voz de Lews Therin, que ameaça fazê-lo sucumbir à loucura.Em O senhor do Caos, as intrincadas tramas continuam a se desenrolar e Jordan demonstra maestria em resolver os conflitos dos volumes anteriores criando novos suspenses. A ordem e as antigas instituições desmoronam para abrir caminho para o senhor do caos no novo volume de A Roda do Tempo, uma das mais extraordinárias séries já escritas.

30 review for O senhor do caos

  1. 4 out of 5

    Kaora

    Guide: How to Female in Wheel of Time: -Learn something new. Assume you then know everything and make sure everyone who also knows how to do it is aware that you know more. Establish dominance by making something up and insisting on it. -When first seeing another female be sure to judge her neckline first, followed by face, clothing and finally where she comes from. -If a woman flirts with your man, get angry at him for being present while that occurred. -If your man attempts to keep you safe or giv Guide: How to Female in Wheel of Time: -Learn something new. Assume you then know everything and make sure everyone who also knows how to do it is aware that you know more. Establish dominance by making something up and insisting on it. -When first seeing another female be sure to judge her neckline first, followed by face, clothing and finally where she comes from. -If a woman flirts with your man, get angry at him for being present while that occurred. -If your man attempts to keep you safe or gives you advice, go galavanting head first into trouble regardless. -When the man comes to rescue him, chew him out for thinking you needed rescuing in the first place and/or not being there to save you in the first place. -Find fault with anything a man says. They are wool headed and clearly can't form a coherent thought, so ensure they know it. If you cannot speak to him at that time sniff loudly so he is still aware of how idiotic he is. -Use violence often to show that violence will not be tolerated. -When in close quarters with a friend for long periods of time make snide comments to let her know how much you care. -Berate the man you like until he realizes he is in love with you. -Worry more about what your companions are wearing than about the dark lord escaping. -If you are with another woman let your disdain be obvious if there are no men present. If men are present, be sure to take her side and team up against the men. Seriously though, while I can't stand the women in this series, I still keep picking these up. I was a little disappointed in this one in that in 1000 pages very little happened that wasn't the above, and it ended on a cliffhanger. Aggravating.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin

    What a damn idiot! I accidentally put both audios of book 5 and 6 on hold at the library. This one came through before the 5th book! I was thinking I missed something! Oh well, I loved it anyway. This effing cancer shit has me all messed up!!! And I feel like shit on top of it and apparently don't know what I'm doing 😡

  3. 5 out of 5

    Hannah Greendale

    Lord of Chaos is 900+ pages of people posturing for power by standing (or sitting) around talking. Painfully slow pacing with very little tension that ultimately arrives at a limp ending. It's quite possible this book could be removed from the series altogether and none would be the wiser.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Markus

    "The lions sing and the hills take flight. The moon by day, and the sun by night. Blind woman, deaf man, jackdaw fool. Let the Lord of Chaos rule." There is no going back. The Wheel of Time is now officially one of my favourite series of all time. At times while reading I got this weird, amazing feeling that only two other works of fantasy have given me before. There was something this sixth book had that took me over the edge and far down the other side. Or more specifically, something this book "The lions sing and the hills take flight. The moon by day, and the sun by night. Blind woman, deaf man, jackdaw fool. Let the Lord of Chaos rule." There is no going back. The Wheel of Time is now officially one of my favourite series of all time. At times while reading I got this weird, amazing feeling that only two other works of fantasy have given me before. There was something this sixth book had that took me over the edge and far down the other side. Or more specifically, something this book did not have. This series has in my eyes had two huge problems barring it from a place among the very best fantasy epics out there. First, that the plot development is so slow it sometimes feels like watching the grass grow. Second, that the protagonists are the most frustrating, stupid, stubborn, arrogant idiots you’ll ever find in any series. And thanks be to some miracle, that second issue seems to have evaporated into thin air. While reading this book I found myself loving Mat and Egwene, feeling positively indifferent towards most of the others, and actually starting to like even Rand himself. And when you have an absodamnlutely amazing series and take away its single biggest problem, you’re left with… well, an absodamnlutely amazing series. Slow plot development or no, without the horrible characters that sometimes made me want to throw these books in the closest wall, I am truly able to appreciate the epic work of a man whom I would now describe as the best fantasy writer and world-builder since Tolkien himself. This was not the best Wheel of Time book so far, but it deserves all the stars simply for turning me into an adoring fan. And sure… tons of political intrigue, Forsaken point-of-view chapters, a Whitecloak actually being bloody awesome, and a return to the eerily wonderful Shadar Logoth; it all did help. Damn, I love this. Wheel of Time reviews: #1 The Eye of the World #2 The Great Hunt #3 The Dragon Reborn #4 The Shadow Rising #5 The Fires of Heaven #6 Lord of Chaos #7 A Crown of Swords #8 The Path of Daggers #9 Winter's Heart #10 Crossroads of Twilight #11 Knife of Dreams #12 The Gathering Storm #13 Towers of Midnight #14 A Memory of Light

  5. 4 out of 5

    Kat Hooper

    ORIGINALLY POSTED AT Fantasy Literature. I could almost copy and paste my review for Fires of Heaven right here and it would be mostly suitable because Lord of Chaos is more of the same. This is another metropolitan-city-phonebook-sized novel with a potentially interesting story that is bogged down by its excruciatingly slow pace, regular insertions of backstory, constant descriptions of the garb of every major and minor character (garb which keeps getting smoothed, straightened, or otherwise adj ORIGINALLY POSTED AT Fantasy Literature. I could almost copy and paste my review for Fires of Heaven right here and it would be mostly suitable because Lord of Chaos is more of the same. This is another metropolitan-city-phonebook-sized novel with a potentially interesting story that is bogged down by its excruciatingly slow pace, regular insertions of backstory, constant descriptions of the garb of every major and minor character (garb which keeps getting smoothed, straightened, or otherwise adjusted), and too many mentions of expanses of bosoms, spankings, sitting on knees, sniffing, snorting, and braid yanking. (I swear, if I have to read "good stout Two-Rivers woolens" one more time...) In Lord of Chaos some of the most interesting WOT characters are absent (e.g., Egeanin and Lan), some of the formerly interesting characters have become almost intolerable (e.g., Siuan and Aviendha), and some who should have grown up by now just won't (Nynaeve and Faile). At least we get to visit a new city -- Ebou Dar .... in which everyone looks and acts the same and all the women are looking for fights (with knives). The only really entertaining parts of Lord of Chaos were Lews Therin's mumblings in Rand's head -- I thought this was clever and amusing: "Where are all the dead?" Lews Therin whispered. "Why will they not be silent?" Rand chuckled grimly. Surely that had to be a joke. There is a climax at the end of the book that truly changes the course of the story (and I hope will serve to pick up the pace in the next novel), but it took entirely too long to get there and involved a sudden change in some of the characters' normal behavior. Rand's got a horde of Aiel maidens and wise ones around him everywhere he goes and then they suddenly decide to take a coffee break when a group of Aes Sedai come to visit? Huh? Well, I was puzzled, but at least there was finally some action, even if the events around it seemed contrived. Robert Jordan is a smooth writer who's got an interesting story to tell (thus, three stars), but he dilutes its power by drawing it out. This book's plot should have been combined with the previous two books' plots and then 75% of the words should have been removed. (There was so much repetition that we probably wouldn't have missed anything!). Then, instead of three slow and repetitive novels, we'd have one great novel. Read more Robert Jordan book reviews at Fantasy literature.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Sean Barrs the Bookdragon

    I am done!!!! That's it. I'm out. I will not be reading anymore of this series because it is so annoyingly repetitive. The story has not moved forward for three books and the chapters and monologues all feel the same. The paragraphs feel the same, the sentences feel the same. It's almost like Robert Jordan is more interested in hitting a massive word count rather than writing a good story. I was still curious to see how the series ended so I googled it and read the spoilers. A solid ending, if I am done!!!! That's it. I'm out. I will not be reading anymore of this series because it is so annoyingly repetitive. The story has not moved forward for three books and the chapters and monologues all feel the same. The paragraphs feel the same, the sentences feel the same. It's almost like Robert Jordan is more interested in hitting a massive word count rather than writing a good story. I was still curious to see how the series ended so I googled it and read the spoilers. A solid ending, if a little a-typical. I don't feel like I needed to read it to see it. This way is much better because I can actually go off now and read a good book. With this I found myself skimming huge sections and skipping chapters in their entirety because they were so boring. A book should not make you feel this way. I want to enjoy what I'm reading, not feel like it is a massive soul destroying chore that I don't want to partake in. The Wheel of Time 1. Eye of the World- An unoriginal five stars 2. The Great Hunt- A reluctant three stars 3. The Dragon Reborn- A well-developed four stars 4. The Shadow Rising- A strong four stars 5. The Fires of Heaven- A slow two stars 6. Lords of Chaos- I am done!!!!

  7. 4 out of 5

    David - proud Gleeman in Branwen's adventuring party

    I've completed Book 6 of the epic Wheel of Time buddy read with my amazing friend Branwen! While the awesome parts of this book made it all worth reading (particularly that exciting battle at the end) I must confess this was my least favorite novel in the series so far. Still, the Wheel of Time books just get better from here on out...right? Right?! (Umm...why did all the Wheel of Time fans start snickering at me just now???) FULL REVIEW TO COME Wheel of Time ranking photo from favorite novel to le I've completed Book 6 of the epic Wheel of Time buddy read with my amazing friend Branwen! While the awesome parts of this book made it all worth reading (particularly that exciting battle at the end) I must confess this was my least favorite novel in the series so far. Still, the Wheel of Time books just get better from here on out...right? Right?! (Umm...why did all the Wheel of Time fans start snickering at me just now???) FULL REVIEW TO COME Wheel of Time ranking photo from favorite novel to least favorite: Wow, that's a lot of pages read photo: Just think, Branwen...only about 7,000 more pages to go in the series! ;)

  8. 4 out of 5

    Jessica ❁ ➳ Silverbow ➳ ❁ Rabid Reads-no-more

    Reviewed by: Rabid Reads NOTICE: this reread is in preparation for finally biting the bullet and reading book 14. That means I HAVE NOT read book 14 yet. Please be mindful of this in the comments, both for me and for others who may or may not have progressed past this point in the series. Thank you. SO . . . I'm not gonna sugar-coat it, shit goes DOWN in this book. There's the Morgase situation, which is one unfortunate event after another. We've watched the Pattern rearrange itself for Rand, Mat, a Reviewed by: Rabid Reads NOTICE: this reread is in preparation for finally biting the bullet and reading book 14. That means I HAVE NOT read book 14 yet. Please be mindful of this in the comments, both for me and for others who may or may not have progressed past this point in the series. Thank you. SO . . . I'm not gonna sugar-coat it, shit goes DOWN in this book. There's the Morgase situation, which is one unfortunate event after another. We've watched the Pattern rearrange itself for Rand, Mat, and Perrin. To their benefit. This almost seems like the opposite. And FYI, if you don't already know, I have NOT read WoT #14 yet (that's the purpose behind this reread), so if there is a reason, and you know it, you had better keep it to yourself. *brandishes fists* Misinformation, coincidence, pessimism, logic, you name it, and somehow it's a contributing factor to the mess that is Morgase-on-the-run. Also, you can't throw a rock without hitting a Forsaken. This is the installment where you learn what "Bal'azamon" meant when he went on and on about having power over the dead. I'm torn between just accepting how realistically petty and squabbling these Big Bads are amongst themselves, and being . . . disgusted. You want reasons for why these powerful weilders-of-the-One-Power joined the Dark Side? Nine times out of ten it boils down to jealousy. If not jealousy, then resentment over some perceived slight. The notable exception is a Mad Scientist-type who was forbidden from continuing his bizarre genetic engineering experiments, but even that could be attributed back to resentment (for not adequately appreciating his "genius"). So yeah, there's a surplus of scheming and machinations happening. And that is not limited to the Forsaken, no, it is NOT. The Aes Sedai on both sides are behaving abominably. Salidar Aes Sedai: the "Little Tower" decides the best way to legitimize their claim is raise their own Amyrlin. And that's a good idea. It makes sense. BUT. Even with the Tower broken and Tarmon Gai'don on the horizon, they can't lay their own goals and ambitions down long enough to come to an agreement, so what do they do? (view spoiler)[Twist Tower law into raising an Accepted that ALL factions believe they can manipulate to their own ends. (hide spoiler)] Despicable. Tower Aes Sedai: a delegation of Sisters--including Reds--arrives in Cairhien under the guise of honoring the Dragon Reborn and negotiating some kind of mutually beneficial "arrangement" that ultimately hinges on Rand's agreement to go (and presumably stay) in Tar Valon. BUT. The second they arrive they begin preparations for his refusal, in which case the new plan is to (view spoiler)[transfer delegation leadership to a Red (whose sole purpose is to find men who can channel and destroy that ability), forcibly abduct Rand, beat him into submission on the way to Aes Sedai HQ, and bring someone he cares about along as well, for motivation purposes. (hide spoiler)] SERIOUSLY. Oh, and Alanna--currently unaffiliated with either group of Aes Sedai--takes it upon herself to (view spoiler)[bond Rand as her Warder. And just in case you didn't pick up on it, "takes it upon herself" means SHE DID NOT ASK. (hide spoiler)] And while we're on the subject of Aes Sedai, poor judgement, and superiority complexes, let's talk about their hierarchy. What's it based on? Age? Experience? Education? NOPE. It's based on STRENGTH in the Power. As in the arbitrary amount of the True Source a woman can safely handle. True story. As Egwene observes: Sorilea would have been put out of the Tower without ever being tested for Accepted. And Sorilea is by all accounts the most respected Wise One in the Aiel nation. SO. It's no surprise that after their dealings with the Salidar Aes Sedai (who are by far the lesser of evils), any intimidation they originally felt has been replaced by scorn. Just as concerning is the "Black Tower," run by Mazrim Taim . . . All I'm going to say about him is that if you're suspicious . . . you should go with that. As disheartening as ALL of that sounds, it's not all bad. There's Olver, the nine-year-old Cairhien orphan adopted by the Band. His story is heart-breaking, but he is resilient. And with an army of indulgent "uncles" he's infinitely better off then he was among the refugees. Sulin-in-livery is also pretty great. *snickers* As is Davram Bashere, and Loial's reaction to learning that his mother has--as he's always feared--come after him with a bride in tow. So yeah, good stuff to help break-up all the awfulness, but overall, this is not a happy installment. Be prepared to watch Rand slip further and further behind his wall of stone. How will the Wise Ones teach him to bend like a willow so he does not shatter? I do not know. But I'm going to find out. My other reviews for this series: The Eye of the World (Wheel of Time, #1) by Robert Jordan The Great Hunt (Wheel of Time, #2) by Robert Jordan The Dragon Reborn (Wheel of Time, #3) by Robert Jordan The Shadow Rising (Wheel of Time, #4) by Robert Jordan The Fires of Heaven (Wheel of Time, #5) by Robert Jordan A Crown of Swords (Wheel of Time, #7) by Robert Jordan The Path of Daggers (Wheel of Time, #8) by Robert Jordan Winter's Heart (Wheel of Time, #9) by Robert Jordan Crossroads of Twilight (Wheel of Time, #10) by Robert Jordan New Spring (Wheel of Time, #0) by Robert Jordan

  9. 4 out of 5

    Robin (Bridge Four)

    A new month a new Wheel of Time book with the fantasy fanatics of Buddies Books and Baubles. This book is both engaging and infuriating. If I were to write 30 words or less that sum up my feelings about the series so far they would go something like this. Never have I read a series that I like so much based mostly on worldbuilding, plot and cultures while disliking or struggling with most of the characters. The continuing fight against The Dark One or Lord of Chaos and his chosen is really wel A new month a new Wheel of Time book with the fantasy fanatics of Buddies Books and Baubles. This book is both engaging and infuriating. If I were to write 30 words or less that sum up my feelings about the series so far they would go something like this. Never have I read a series that I like so much based mostly on worldbuilding, plot and cultures while disliking or struggling with most of the characters. The continuing fight against The Dark One or Lord of Chaos and his chosen is really well done. I love all the details of the different cultures and the histories of how they were shaped that way. I think some of the reveals that are doled out here and there are masterfully in how they are planned and played out. The surprises that come in ever book again and again surprise me like they are supposed to and yet I can see the hints along the way. Overall the story and world building are great and yet the characters infuriate me 73.89% of the time. Let’s just hit on the female characters first. There were a few that started off really good in the first few books and I thought they had a ton of potential but in this book I only like Min, Avienda and the Maidens the rest of the women spend their time hiding, making ridiculous statements, infighting and a plethora of other eyerolling actions that just make me cringe. Nynaeve who I adored in the first few books spent the majority of this one either pulling her braid, avoiding facing ANYTHING or just saying ridiculous things. *sadface* I loved her and now she is just a shadow of what she could have been. The same goes for Elayne, Egwene and Faile for that matter. Rand has the worst friends ever. I think the only people truly on his side all the time are the Maidens. I get that they don’t understand and are not sure how to deal with a man who can channel but Perrin and Mat were his best friends growing up and knew him before he was The Dragon Reborn. You would at least think that they would throw a little trust his way. As is it almost seems like each is ready to bolt the first chance they get and neither seems to have much trust for him. Poor Rand he is really mostly alone. But let’s get to my favorite moments in this one. ღ Loial finding out his mother and Erith are searching for him. Since he needs a wife to take him into hand and get him settled. ღ - Perrin finally meeting his in laws and finding they are just as hard and manipulative as his wife can be. They were funny though and it might have been my favorite happier moment this book ღ - Min getting her shot at Rand. It is about time and I love the way she has decided to go about it. ღ - Avienda and Elayne meeting up again after the Avienda spent some time with Rand….Man you would think that guy was Casanova instead of a woolhead that has no clue what to do with women. ღ - The big battle at the end and why Perrin had to take the fight to them. It was intense the the buildup was supurb. ღ - Egwene getting pulled into a very handsome mans dreams about her and *cough* getting her groove on *cough* Honestly it is a good thing that the story is really good or else the stubbornness and obstinacy of characters would really deter from everything else. There is some set up for some things to go either really right (doubtfully) or horribly wrong (more likely) in the next book and I’m really looking forward to that. I was a little sad that we didn’t get to see Lan in this book except for a moment. The Warder was one of the characters that I really loved in the beginning but he is getting less and less page time and I almost forgot about him completely except Nynaeve is also wondering what has become of him. All and all these while long are pretty entertaining stories and I have really enjoyed taking on one book a month of this fantasy series.

  10. 5 out of 5

    seak

    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. It was in the great year of ought 7 (2007) when I was first reading Lord of Chaos, 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), bu 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. It was in the great year of ought 7 (2007) when I was first reading Lord of Chaos, 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 early 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. I 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 prologue. Some spoiler-ish things I'd like to talk about follow, so you may want to have read the book first. Just a warning. 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 Time, promise. 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 Jordan created. 4.5/5 Stars 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.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Choko

    *** 5 *** A buddy read with my Fantasy Addicts at BB&B! May the Wheel weave as the Wheel wills!!! Amazing! More than amazing! Have I covered it all?... Yes, I have! I have run out of superlatives for this series and I do not care! The pacing of the story is very deceptively slow, but it builds on itself, fiber by fiber, and by the end of each book you find yourself holding your breath, barely able to take in air, because it is an energy outward transmutation of a million plot lines coming tog *** 5 *** A buddy read with my Fantasy Addicts at BB&B! May the Wheel weave as the Wheel wills!!! Amazing! More than amazing! Have I covered it all?... Yes, I have! I have run out of superlatives for this series and I do not care! The pacing of the story is very deceptively slow, but it builds on itself, fiber by fiber, and by the end of each book you find yourself holding your breath, barely able to take in air, because it is an energy outward transmutation of a million plot lines coming together and creating an explosion!!! And you would think there is nothing left to write about after this, but the series is barely getting to its middle... I am in Awe of Robert Jordan! How he weaves all those settings, cultures, characters, plot lines, and creates a world so real it is palpable, I can not even imagine! Little details, which seem negligible, characters you might have noticed mentioned in the first book showing up now or at times you least expect it, every pebble on the path to every following book is there with a purpose and you truly get the schizophrenic sense that you live in the Real World at the same time as you live in the world created by Robert Jordan... And despite the feeling of a split, you enjoy every moment of it and want more, and more, and more... Now, don't get me wrong, Robert Jordan's world is not perfect, nor are the people and other creatures inhabiting it. We still follow mostly our five youths of The Two Rivers with the added from the first book constant companions, and they realy need to go to school on "How to communicate with the people I am closest to!", because they ALL SUCK AT COMMUNICATION!!! If they only stopped feeling sorry for themselves and start looking more on the big picture, things would be movie perfect. But, as most of us, they get stuck on the chicks or dudes they like-like, who is jealous of whom, power struggles, showing or not showing favors, love, guilt, shame, and fear... They feel real, flesh and blood, and are lovable, hated, or as annoying as anyone in our everyday life... The annoying thing does prevail at times, but it does give character to the books:):):) As always, I will not get into the plots of the books, since it is both impossible and it would be so much more fun to find it on your own... I will say that it starts slow and ends with a sprint. I can not wait to see what happens in the next one, which I am about to start ASAP. I wish you all Happy Reading and may reading expend your world and help you fly!!!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Eric Lin

    Took you long enough to stop your main characters from sucking, RJ. Truthfully this was 3.5 stars, but I gave 3 stars to all the other books (and somehow am still reading them), so I gave this one the benefit of the doubt (and 4 stars). But this book was over 900 pages! A few things RJ could have stopped repeating: - The men/women dynamic - How much the maidens think Rand is either their son, or brother - How much Warders look like wolves - How much Aiel look like wolves - How complex names of actual w Took you long enough to stop your main characters from sucking, RJ. Truthfully this was 3.5 stars, but I gave 3 stars to all the other books (and somehow am still reading them), so I gave this one the benefit of the doubt (and 4 stars). But this book was over 900 pages! A few things RJ could have stopped repeating: - The men/women dynamic - How much the maidens think Rand is either their son, or brother - How much Warders look like wolves - How much Aiel look like wolves - How complex names of actual wolves are - Descriptions of Rand's coat - How much Mat hates Aes Sedai - How good Mat's luck is - How much Mat/Rand/Perrin each think the other 2 are total pimps - How annoying Perrin's wife is - How much Aviendha wants to bang Rand, but also doesn't - Much more

  13. 4 out of 5

    Evgeny

    This book contains much more different point of views than the first five; we even get to see the inner thoughts of some of the Forsaken. Each POV usually contributes to a different plot, subplot, or thread which makes a really complex overall story, so if you thought the one in the first five books was way too simple (I am kidding), this book really makes matters much more complex. This is also the point where the number of named characters became too great for all of them to be in the glossary This book contains much more different point of views than the first five; we even get to see the inner thoughts of some of the Forsaken. Each POV usually contributes to a different plot, subplot, or thread which makes a really complex overall story, so if you thought the one in the first five books was way too simple (I am kidding), this book really makes matters much more complex. This is also the point where the number of named characters became too great for all of them to be in the glossary at the end. As usual to avoid the spoilers I will give the analysis of the character development and my thoughts about them. Any mention of the plot at this time would be a spoiler. The Dragon Reborn himself is an interesting study about his true identity. Is he really reborn, reincarnated or his own person completely independent from Lews Therin? Do not expect an easy answer to this question. Rand spends most of his time jumping between Caemlin and Caerhien while trying to hold the throne of the first until Elaine comes back, but she is not a big hurry to do it; I will comment on her later. Perrin finally shows up, but I am sorry to say he is reduced from a person to a rug by Faile who firmly guides him. He has his brief moment of glory by the end of the book, but even then the scene is stolen by other characters. Mat is interesting, as usual. His plot line makes an interesting and unexpected turn by the middle of the book. The way he gets treated by Wonder Girls (Nynaeve, Elaine, and Egwene) is inexcusable. Rand uses him as well, but at least he realizes it and feels regret doing this; most of the time he really does not have a choice. The Wonder Girls (ab)use his without a second thought. Nynaeve at least has decency to avoid Mat most of the time. She also begins to shine as a healer who can hold on her own even compared to the great healers from the Age of Legends. She is directly responsible for one of the most emotional part of the book. Anybody with the last name Trankand should be shot with belfire - simple as that with Galad being one possible exception: his is not in this book. Morgaise betrayed her kingdom - yes, what she did was a betrayal regardless of what her motivations were. Elaine does not care about her kingdom much as well: she prefers Aes Sedai intrigues to going back to her throne which Rand has real troubles holding for her. Do not even let me start on Gawyn, he moved to bad guys' camp in my book and firmly rooted in there. The book is interesting and good enough to warrant easy 4 stars. The reason for 5 star rating? Two words: Dumai's Wells. This has got to be one of the most memorable battles in fantasy literature with even more exciting and interesting aftermath. This also happens to be the last book of the series which deserves five stars before the infamous slowdown; a must-read. This review is a copy/paste of my BoolLikes one: http://gene.booklikes.com/post/753100...

  14. 4 out of 5

    Em Lost In Books

    This was a slooooow book and took almost 50-55% to actually get started. So you can imagine how frustrated I was while reading this at snail's pace, kept thinking when will things start happening. And even after all my grumbling, this was a necessary book because here we see characters coming out of their shells. I will keep this review short. About the boys - Rand just keep improving his game of politics. getting stronger at making people obey and follow him. He is so much different from the bo This was a slooooow book and took almost 50-55% to actually get started. So you can imagine how frustrated I was while reading this at snail's pace, kept thinking when will things start happening. And even after all my grumbling, this was a necessary book because here we see characters coming out of their shells. I will keep this review short. About the boys - Rand just keep improving his game of politics. getting stronger at making people obey and follow him. He is so much different from the boy that we first met in Eye of the World. The best thing I like about him is that he's accepted what he is and knows what he has to do. Future of the world depends on him. There is no softness about him, even though he feel sad whenever someone sacrifice his or her life for him but there is no time to be sappy and cry. And he is excelling at this with each book. I was so happy that Perrin's back and I was thinking of all the ways in which he could help Rand but too bad that Perrin drowned himself in worry over his wife, Faile. Mat was so much fun. He made this book bearable for first half with his jokes and what would he do if any of the girl disobeyed him. Of course, girls proved to be a tougher opponents than he was expecting. About the girls - this book belongs to Egwene. So much power at her dispense and I am eager to see how she would use it or she would be just a puppet of other Aes Sedais. Nynaeve and Elyane should be best friends as they are together since book 4. Sadly they are not. I am disappointed in Nynaeve in this book. What happened to the fierce girl that I love? She was so meek here. Min and Aviendha, felt like secondary characters. I am not a fan of Aviendha, so am just happy that she was not here much. Min finally made her way back to Rand and it was good to see them together and Min always keep things interested with her prophecies. As usual I loved the final battle and the slow pace of the book was forgotten/forgiven. So much happened in the last few chapters that I was constantly on the edge. The way things ended here I am so eager to start A Crown of Swords. Hoping against hope that it would be better than this book.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Dirk Grobbelaar

    Was the whole world really burning up? Thank goodness for the Wheel of Time Wikia page. At this point in the series I can’t really differentiate too clearly between books; everything is just blurring together. I suppose it would help if I read the books back to back, but that is not a realistic option. I honestly need a break between instalments. That said, I do believe I enjoyed this book more than The Fires of Heaven. It felt, to me, like a return to form, but all of this is pretty relative giv Was the whole world really burning up? Thank goodness for the Wheel of Time Wikia page. At this point in the series I can’t really differentiate too clearly between books; everything is just blurring together. I suppose it would help if I read the books back to back, but that is not a realistic option. I honestly need a break between instalments. That said, I do believe I enjoyed this book more than The Fires of Heaven. It felt, to me, like a return to form, but all of this is pretty relative given my comment above. This time the story is actually moved forward. In fact, there are some pretty significant events that take place; let’s just say the deck is being shuffled. As per usual there is a lot of conniving, backstabbing and all kinds of political shenanigans between several factions, each of which with their own shady agenda. The Wheel of Time saga is a fantastic story but it is stupendously ambitious and intimidating. And, let’s be honest, more than a little bloated. Jordan’s vision, however, is singular in its scope and execution, and that is what pulls it through time and again. Where are all the dead? Why will they not be silent? As has been the trend so far, things are still getting darker and darker with each outing. It’s difficult to wrap my mind around the fact that this is only book six of fourteen. A lot has happened already and I’m not halfway yet. No more running. He would do what he had to do, but no more running. Pros 1. The Dragon Reborn – this is the part of the story I enjoy the most. I love how everybody keeps underestimating Rand and his allies, and his sequences always have the most epic showdowns. 2. World building – say what you will about Robert Jordan but he know how to create a living, breathing, fully realised setting, complete with its own histories and legends, cultures and peoples, and whatever else you can think of. 3. Wolves! Cons 1. Sexism, or whatever the hell this is – it seems to be a point of contention among readers, but it is detracting if (just about) every serious situation devolves into a pissing contest between men and women. 2. The sheer length of this book – if a book has a prologue of 72 pages it had better be paced pretty damned fast… The wolves. Let’s not forget the wolves… Ground covered with brown grass, seemingly empty, suddenly gave birth to a thousand wolves. …which leads me to the Battle of Dumai’s Wells. They will pay, [he] growled. I am the Lord of the Morning. See, here’s the clincher. It’s true that you could argue that this book has about 900 pages of build-up…. BUT it culminates in what is probably one of the most spectacular and satisfying showdowns in all of fantasy fiction. The Battle of Dumai’s Wells features almost 50,000 participants and just about blew my socks off, especially given the fact that it's over so quickly. "Kneel and swear to the Lord Dragon, or you will be knelt." So, in summary: this is a long hard read, but it is ultimately rewarding. I am going with 4 stars.

  16. 4 out of 5

    JAIME

    HOLY HELL. Some shit went down in this one! Rand - FINALLY feels like he finished with his whining and getting on with stuff - his stuff being manwhoring. And, I LOVE IT. Egwene - WHAT IN THE HOLY HELL?! Loial - LOVE YOU Elayne - I just like you less and less every book. Shut up. You have basically switched places with that other idiot, Egwene. Aviendah - is growing on me. Still kind of a weirdo, but I like it. Mat - I can't remember when I started liking you. Don't ever change Perrin - Your wife su HOLY HELL. Some shit went down in this one! Rand - FINALLY feels like he finished with his whining and getting on with stuff - his stuff being manwhoring. And, I LOVE IT. Egwene - WHAT IN THE HOLY HELL?! Loial - LOVE YOU Elayne - I just like you less and less every book. Shut up. You have basically switched places with that other idiot, Egwene. Aviendah - is growing on me. Still kind of a weirdo, but I like it. Mat - I can't remember when I started liking you. Don't ever change Perrin - Your wife sucks. Faile - You suck. Lan - WHERE ARE YOU, BOYFRIEND OF MY HEART? Nynaeve - Is my spirit animal. Min - Glad to see you are getting some good story time. But, stop with the crying. I'm pretty sure you are cooler than that. All the good guy Aiel - You guys are the best. All the 'tricky' people - fuck you.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Gavin

    This was another enjoyable instalment in the Wheel of Time series. It was an improvement on The Fires of Heaven, but did not reach the heights of The Shadow Rising( the best WoT book so far ). It though Jordan did OK when it came to advancing the plot in this instalment. Not a ton happened, but it felt like a lot of stuff got set into motion. This meant a lot of focus on politics and scheming, but I've always been happy enough with such story arcs. The characters proved a mixed bag: Rand: I thou This was another enjoyable instalment in the Wheel of Time series. It was an improvement on The Fires of Heaven, but did not reach the heights of The Shadow Rising( the best WoT book so far ). It though Jordan did OK when it came to advancing the plot in this instalment. Not a ton happened, but it felt like a lot of stuff got set into motion. This meant a lot of focus on politics and scheming, but I've always been happy enough with such story arcs. The characters proved a mixed bag: Rand: I though the guy was the star of this instalment. I liked him a lot. He has really grown into the role of Dragon Reborn and does not baulk at the responsibilities or expectations. His dithering over his harem of women bounces between being amusing and annoying, but luckily was mostly amusing in this one. Perrin: I was happy he was back in the mix. Well, I was to start with. What is it with Rand's friends turning into asses the moment they get near him? We finally met Faile's family. They were as disturbing and crazy as you might expect given how she turned out. Mat: This was a good book for Mat. I still find him a bit whiny and annoying at times, but getting away from Rand and leading the Band of the Red Hand is helping him grow as a character. Egwene: Her best book so far. Like Mat she is beginning to show real maturity and positive growth. Her story arc was a little unbelievable and sudden, but it should be fun to see where it goes. Nynaeve: WTF has happened to the tough, brave, kick-ass Nynaeve of the first four books? She has totally morphed into a cringing, annoying, comedy character. And that is despite her still managing to do some pretty cool stuff! Jordan has totally ruined her character:( Elayne: Still stuck at the hip to Nynaeve, but she at least has fared better. Aviendha: She had a quiet book. At this stage she is little more than a romantic interest for Rand, and one that Jordan has on the back burner. Min: She had another good outing. I liked that she finally got to spend some time with Rand. The Aes Sedai: We got a whole batch of Aes Sedai POV's which I actually enjoyed. It definitely enhanced the story. The Forsaken: They are crazy and evil, but always fun to follow. It was great to meet the likes of Demondred and Semirhage in this one. Plus the introduction of the villainous Shadar Haroth was cool. All in all I found this to be an engaging and enjoyable read despite a few of the flaws I've just moaned about:) Rating: 4 stars. Audio Note: Another fantastic performance from Krammer and Reading.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Olivier Delaye

    THIS IS MEANT AS A LIGHT, NOT-TOO-SERIOUS BUT HOPEFULLY FUNNY REVIEW, SO PLEASE TAKE IT FOR WHAT IT IS. AND NOW, ON TO THE SLAUGHTER!!! Nyneave tugged her braid as hard as she could bear it. Any harder and she would surely rip her scalp off. “How am I supposed to review this book?” she muttered, holding a copy of Robert Jordan’s Lord of Chaos in her left hand. Her right was busy pulling at her braid. “The author’s first three books were really good––well, if one turns a blind eye on the fact that THIS IS MEANT AS A LIGHT, NOT-TOO-SERIOUS BUT HOPEFULLY FUNNY REVIEW, SO PLEASE TAKE IT FOR WHAT IT IS. AND NOW, ON TO THE SLAUGHTER!!! Nyneave tugged her braid as hard as she could bear it. Any harder and she would surely rip her scalp off. “How am I supposed to review this book?” she muttered, holding a copy of Robert Jordan’s Lord of Chaos in her left hand. Her right was busy pulling at her braid. “The author’s first three books were really good––well, if one turns a blind eye on the fact that they are LOTR ripoffs, which, don’t get me wrong, is fine by me, just as long as the story is revisited in a captivating way and makes you turn the pages faster than it takes for my right hand to reach up and tug my braid; speaking of which…––but book 4 and 5 were pretty hard to slog through and I’m afraid the same can be said about book 6. The ending is pretty good, though. Quite unexpected, you might say. Ah, men!” Elayne listened to her friend, the faintest ghost of the beginning of a smile slightly spiced up by the undeniable tinge of mockery embodied in the ever so feeble and elusive yet very much there glint in her left eye which, much like her right eye, was the color of the sea and the sky when it is not yet noon although the eleventh hour of the day is well nigh passed and gone. “My dear sweet good friend Nyneave, what troubles you so, pray tell your dear sweet good friend Elayne?” Nyneave glared at Elayne, a pearly thread of saliva dangling from the left corner of her mouth whose full lips were the color of the sky when it is not yet dawn although dusk is long passed and gone. She had never been so angry in her life! Well, not since five minutes ago, anyway. “Are you deaf, woman? Woolheaded perhaps?” She gave her braid another tug, this time hard enough to make her scream in pain. It felt good, though. Indeed, it felt quite pleasurable. Like, pleasing. The opposite of unpleasant. Or that of disagreeable. You know, like, good. For the pain reminded her she was alive and had hair to tug at. And so she tugged at it one more time for good measure. “I just said out loud that I didn’t know what to make of book 6 in the Wheel of Time series. I warned you time and again not to listen to your iPod so often, woman. And what did her Highness do? You kept on listening to that woolheaded contraption of a thing and made yourself deaf. Ah, women!” Elayne chose not to answer to that ill-founded accusation. She put both her bejeweled hands palm up on her lap, smoothing backhandedly the delicate fabric of her dress which was made of a multitude of silk and damask and cotton and acrylic and elastane cloth leaves, each perfectly and masterfully and skillfully sewn together and each having its own particular hue which very often reminded the onlooker––or for that matter the bearer, for dresses were meant to be worn in this part of Randland and not only admired and wrote about for thousands and thousands and thousands of pages––of the color of an autumn sky when summer is definitely passed and gone but winter is not yet there and bides its time dozing patiently at the corner of November and December, and said, “I think you should know by now that the author––the Gods rest his soul––only wrote books 6 through 11 of his series because his editor, who also happened to be his wife, had thrown in the towel well before the Breaking of the World. So he basically wrote whatever he wanted for as many pages as he wanted, not giving a rat’s ass about moving the plot along or shutting it up about what this and that Aes Sedai is wearing in this and that scene. Image how fun it must have been for him! Quite a treat, really. Not so much for us readers, though… So here’s what you should do, sweet beautiful Nyneave: don’t bother reading book 6 through 11––I know I won’t; just Google the plot summaries (ah, ah, ah, the plot! That’s a good one!) and then move on to book 12 The Gathering Storm by Brandon Sanderson. Here, you can even use my iPod. That way you’ll have your hands free to do as much braid pulling as you want while listening to the audiobook. Aren’t I a great friend, sweet beautiful gorgeous Nyneave?” “Burn you, woman, burn you and your fancy gadgets to the hundred hells below!” In her rage, Nyneave went on tugging at her braid like a demented Quasimodo pulling at the bell rope of Notre-Dame on a wedding day. She tugged hard. Oh boy, did she. Really, really hard. A little too hard perhaps. For in the end she broke her cervical spine, leaving her paralyzed from the neck down.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Eon ♒Windrunner♒

    Review: Reread done! Lord of Chaos is one of my favorite books in this series so far, purely on the amount of things happening. Sure, the story does not move much in any direction, (nothing much resolved) but there is quite a bit of stirring and simmering until the pressure builds up to a boiling point and BAM! The lid is blown at Dumai Wells! Spoiler-filled notes: (view spoiler)[ - Aes Sedai make MANY VERY WRONG decisions and want ALL the respect (TIP: It has to be earned) *Glares at Alanna & Review: Reread done! Lord of Chaos is one of my favorite books in this series so far, purely on the amount of things happening. Sure, the story does not move much in any direction, (nothing much resolved) but there is quite a bit of stirring and simmering until the pressure builds up to a boiling point and BAM! The lid is blown at Dumai Wells! Spoiler-filled notes: (view spoiler)[ - Aes Sedai make MANY VERY WRONG decisions and want ALL the respect (TIP: It has to be earned) *Glares at Alanna & White Tower - Oh, that reminds me. Alanna! W!T!F! - Back to the white tower Aes Sedai – I would not have minded if Rand KILLED THEM ALL. - Nynaeve gets her skill on and Suian & Leane get their groove back! And Logaine too. - Mazrim Taim. I don't trust him one bit. - Some VERY interesting Forsaken chapters - The battle of Dumai Wells aka - don’t f#%* with Asha’man (♪ I fell in to a burning ♫ ring of fire ♪) - Perrin is back! - WOLVES! HUNDREDS OF WOLVES! (hide spoiler)] That cover art.... Seriously GR - these image limitations are frustrating. Link to embiggen Ooh, ooh! Apart from the Asha'man and Aiel - I only just now spotted Perrin (duh Eon there are wolves) and Loial!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Christie Skipper Ritchotte

    On my future grave, I swear, the following is true. Once upon a time there was a book series called The Wheel of Time, which, when piled each volume upon the other, could reach past an elephant's rheumy eye. Once upon a time, after searching for a good new fantasy series, I began tWoT with a healthy gleam in my eye. What a blithe fool. What a tWoT. I turned pulped wood pages by thousands, read a very-many lot-of words, until one day an annoying pattern manifested. Though I pressed on, it had beco On my future grave, I swear, the following is true. Once upon a time there was a book series called The Wheel of Time, which, when piled each volume upon the other, could reach past an elephant's rheumy eye. Once upon a time, after searching for a good new fantasy series, I began tWoT with a healthy gleam in my eye. What a blithe fool. What a tWoT. I turned pulped wood pages by thousands, read a very-many lot-of words, until one day an annoying pattern manifested. Though I pressed on, it had become impossible to ignore the characters' skimpy appeal. The volume of unmanicured words kept drowning out the righteous words. Meandering plotlines had doubled back on each other, and I found they spelled out a mystic code to rival Davinci's own: Nyah, nyah, nyah-nyah, nyah. Dizzied and dismayed, I knew I had entered one of the circles of Hell, voluntarily; had been there months, perhaps even years. I peered woefully ahead to the four ponderous volumes (now seven) that waited with an infinite, mad patience, and realized my own hands had helped build this hell. I knew the only way to end the madness was to shot put Lord of Chaos across the room. With a vast effort and aching, calloused hands, I pushed the book away. The volume slammed the wall, leaving a great gash that flared alight and gaped like a page burning from the inside out. The gash in the wall became glass; a window (open!), revealing the glorious world beyond. I stumbled to the window, fell through the gap onto dewy, crisp grass. I walked into the reward of raucous birdsong and a biting wind that said, "You are alive." Alive! That day I left The Wheel of Time far behind me. Last week, I found the stash of nine volumes in a dusty basement box. Years had passed, and still tWoT waited. Shakily, I taped the cardboard flaps, triple taped them. I placed a long-distance call to my younger brother, a fantasy novice, who had just finished reading The Lord of the Rings for the first time. "Have you been introduced to The Wheel of Time books?" I inquired. He hadn't been. Of course he hadn't. Whenever I start to feel guilty, I remind myself: I didn't like my brother much anyway.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Hasham Rasool

    "The Wheel of Time turns, and Ages come and pass, leaving memories that become legend. Legend fades to myth and even myth is long forgotten when the Age that gave it birth returns again. What was, what will be, and what is, may yet fall under the Shadow." I am so glad to read this series again. When I read it I always feel like I am on the journey. I am glad to see Perrin again in the book! He is one of my favourite characters. I find the society in the book really intriguing. I feel I have learned R "The Wheel of Time turns, and Ages come and pass, leaving memories that become legend. Legend fades to myth and even myth is long forgotten when the Age that gave it birth returns again. What was, what will be, and what is, may yet fall under the Shadow." I am so glad to read this series again. When I read it I always feel like I am on the journey. I am glad to see Perrin again in the book! He is one of my favourite characters. I find the society in the book really intriguing. I feel I have learned Robert Jordan's writing style a lot. Hopefully it will improve my writing style when I write the story in the future. Inshallah. The phrase 'Jak o' the Mists.' in the book. and the number of the page is 131 remind me of 'Mistborn'. Alhamdulillah, this book is awesome! This book has an incredibly strong ending!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Kaila

    So you made it to book 6! Now that you're here, that means you finished book 5. Have this not really spoiler-y lolCat based off the second to last page of The Fires of Heaven! Stolen from this comedy goldmine thread. It is hilarious but beware spoilers. Rand finally has some real chapters in this book. Since book 2, The Great Hunt, he hasn't figured much as a point of view. Sure he had some chapters in the Aiel Waste, and the climax of book 5, but he was all caught up in becoming a man out of le So you made it to book 6! Now that you're here, that means you finished book 5. Have this not really spoiler-y lolCat based off the second to last page of The Fires of Heaven! Stolen from this comedy goldmine thread. It is hilarious but beware spoilers. Rand finally has some real chapters in this book. Since book 2, The Great Hunt, he hasn't figured much as a point of view. Sure he had some chapters in the Aiel Waste, and the climax of book 5, but he was all caught up in becoming a man out of legend and stopped being interesting. He shows us how wrong that feeling was in Lord of Chaos. He is BATSHIT CRAZY in this book and it is awesome. Anytime you're in the middle of a Rand scene and voices in his head start talking to him, I highly recommend trying to picture it from an outsider's view point. He is insane. No wonder all these people tiptoe around his rooms; he mumbles and yells at some dude who has been dead for a very long time. All of the Rand scenes make this book memorable, and I can see why I had it in my head that this was my favorite of the series. (For the record, my favorite of the series is definitely book 4) For the first time, you feel bad for him. The climactic battle of book 6 is one of the most well known and iconic scenes of the series. After how long the book took in getting there, I was hoping it would be longer. Like a lot of Wheel of Time, there's a lot of build up to a very quick pay off. I understand now why I have read books 1-6 of this series so many times, but 7-9 only once. Though I was just halfway through this book, I wanted to start the series completely over again. I was actually nostalgic for the characters; I just wanted them to go back to Emond's Field and be happy and simplistic. I wanted to watch them grow into their power all over again, instead of having these crazy complicated lives that involve constant fear and death around every corner. Unfortunately, for many readers, this is why book 6 sounded the death knell of the series. At this point, it feels more satisfying to go back than it is to go on. I still resoundingly argue that this is a great series. It is definitely not for everyone, but if you can find it in you to enjoy it, it is one of the most addicting fantasies out there.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Eric Allen

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Lord of Chaos Book 6 of The Wheel of Time By Robert Jordan A Wheel of Time Retrospective by Eric Allen Ladies and Gentlemen, whether you like it or not, allow me to present... THE BORING Ok, well, actually, this book is not all that bad compared to later volumes of the series when it comes to boringness. I do think of it as the beginning of a long stretch in this series where nothing really seems to happen. When you look at this book and the two or three that follow it as a whole, you can see how a bun Lord of Chaos Book 6 of The Wheel of Time By Robert Jordan A Wheel of Time Retrospective by Eric Allen Ladies and Gentlemen, whether you like it or not, allow me to present... THE BORING Ok, well, actually, this book is not all that bad compared to later volumes of the series when it comes to boringness. I do think of it as the beginning of a long stretch in this series where nothing really seems to happen. When you look at this book and the two or three that follow it as a whole, you can see how a bunch of things happened that were very important to the overall story, but when you're eagerly awaiting them as they're coming out, and the wait between books is getting longer and longer, and what you get when you finally get your book is not as fast paced or exciting as earlier volumes in the series, you can see why some people had some problems staying attached to The Wheel of Time. There's a lot of people who hit this point in the series and just couldn't take it. I, for one, was first in line on the reserve list for this book at the library when it first came out, and was rather disappointed in it when I first read it. Previously, this series had been very fast paced, with the characters running for their lives, being chased by the hoardes of the Dark One, and barely ever having time to catch their breaths between horrors. This book is very different from those first five volumes. And at the time, I was in my early teens and bored to death by the lack of action. I even had to set the book down for a week during a scene about Morgase being an utterly stupid retard without the brain power to breathe on her own to take a break from it and read The Eye of the World again to remind myself why I loved this series so much. Maybe it's because I'm older now and have an appreciation for the intrigues and politics that go on in this book, or maybe it's because I've read most of everything that happens after it and can see the payoff for all of the things that happen in this book that were not quite apparent at the time I first read it, but looking back on it now, I really enjoy this book. Lord of Chaos is something of a transitionary book. It's a part of the story that's sort of a lull in the action where the characters are basically repositioning themselves for events that happen later in the series. And yes, taken out of the context of the series as a whole, this can be seen as torturously boring, but when you look at this as a part of a larger picture rather than solitarily, it can be pretty exciting in its own way. It's somewhat hard to give a summary of Lord of Chaos. There is a lot of things that go on in this book, but at the same time, not much happens. So this summary will be very brief. The Forsaken are plotting, as always, against Rand and company as well as each other. They've been given the orders from the Dark One to "Let the Lord of Chaos rule" meaning to leave Rand be, because look at all the chaos he's brought to the world without us. Rand has three nations under his control now, and spends most of the book trying to hold them together. Both sets of Aes Sedai have sent embasies to him, in different cities, and he allows them to try and court him, as it were, without really meaning to ally with either. Moiraine told him not to trust any Aes Sedai, and he does not. This is compounded by the fact that Alanna bonded him as her warder against his will. This is the book where Rand really begins to descend into madness. The voice of Lews Therin in his head really starts to come out, talking to him and raving insanely though his mind. I've always thought of the voice in Rand's head as a measure of how insane he's become. The more the voice raves, and the more Rand comes to accept it as normal, and actually begins to take its input and grows angry when he doesn't get it, shows a really cool progression of how crazy he's getting. Also, Jordan has done some very clever things with Rand's madness here. Rand appears to be completely sane from his own point of view. Jordan makes all of these crazy things seem perfectly normal. Then when we see them from the eyes of other characters we can see how Rand is really quite insane. Mazrim Taim begins building the Black Tower near Caemlyn under Rand's direction, gathering men who can channel from all over the world and teaching them. He aims to match the White Tower for numbers in a year. The Salidar Aes Sedai build their army, and raise Egwene as their Amyrlin. She struggles under the leash that the Hall of the Tower in Exile thinks to put on her, manipulating them to her will with the help of her friends. Elayne and Nyneave are raised to Aes Sedai, though without proper testing or the Oaths, so most Aes Sedai do not think of them as such. They discover a Ter'Angreal that may help put the weather right and head to Ebou Dar to find it, accompanied by Mat and some of his soldiers. Perrin feels that Rand will need him and sets off to find him with a few hundred Two Rivers men, finding him in Andor. But when the number of rebel Aes Sedai in Caemlyn grows to the dangerous number of thirteen, Rand thinks it best to relocate to Cairhein where the White Tower embasy is, telling the rebels that they can bring an equal number of Aes Sedai to join him there. The Tower Aes Sedai capture Rand when they realize that he has no intention of coming with them, and start on their way back to Tar Valon. Perrin finds that Rand is missing and raises an army to take him back, but the Shaido have plans of their own for Rand and bring 40,000 men against the Aes Sedai to take him when Perrin and his much smaller force arrive. Taim and his Asha'man join the fight for one of the biggest and most bloody climaxes in the entire series. Okay, that wasn't so brief as I thought it would be. The Good? As I said before, Rand's descent into madness is very well done. He goes through a huge amount of character development in this book. Moiraine's death, the voice in his head, being bonded against his will, trying to hold things together on his own, and his treatment by the Tower Aes Sedai at the end all combine to really set him falling into darkness and insanity. And honestly, it's a bit hard to watch. This guy goes through so many horrible, horrible things, and by the end of it I can only ask, "is it any wonder he went insane along the way?" However, the lower he falls, it only makes the point when he eventually overcomes it all that more powerful. There are a great many subplots that begin in this book, and knowing most of the eventual payoffs for them now, they are very well done. Jordan had to have been a genius to have kept all of this straight in his head. All these hundreds of characters, all these numerous plots that they're all involved in, etc. I certainly could not have kept track of it all. The Bad? When you take this book down to its bare bones, nothing really happens in it. Sure things "happen" and a lot of them are pretty important to the story, but nothing really HAPPENS in it. The only real action in the book is in the climax. The rest of the book is just a whole lot of characters repositioning themselves for later books. There is a huge amount of character developement, and not just for Rand, but there's not much else going on here. Most people can only take so much political maneuvering and such before they need something more exciting to break up the monotony. Jordan does pretty well keeping the boringness to a minimum by spreading the things that actually do happen amongst the things that are not exactly interesting, but you can only do so much to break up monotony when there's no external action going on. This book is nowhere near as boring as its reputation would lead someone to believe, however, it is the first of the slower books in the series and it's really like running into a brick wall. The story basically switches gears from fast paced to slower maneuvering and plotting so fast it can give some people whiplash. The Ugly? Before this point Morgase was something of a sympatheitc character. I mean, she was under compulsion by one of the Forsaken. The stupid things that she did were not her fault. Until this book, I could look at her character and say, yeah, she was being used. She isn't to blame for the completely retarded things that she is doing. Rahvin is making her do them and she doesn't even realize what's happening. BUT that changes in this book. Aparently she actually IS as stupid as the things she was doing on Rahvin's behalf. She proves that she has absolutely no brains whatsoever in this book numerous times. And then proceeds to do so for the next seven books. She is, quite possibly, the STUPIDEST character in all of fiction. Followed closely by her two children, who are only a hair less stupid than she is. The utter stupidity that she displays in this book leads me to wonder how she ever secured the throne of Andor in the first place. Someone this dumb could never have done so, therefore she really becomes a rather large plot hole. How could someone with so little intelligence out maneuver so many other people vying for the throne? She couldn't. She barely has enough sense to breathe on her own, much less subjugate the nobility of an entire nation and take the throne for herself. People this dumb are not capable of that. People this dumb are incapable of ruling a nation. Look where we got with George Dubya Bush. Stupid people cannot claim thrones and lead nations, and Morgase proves that she does not have a brain of which to speak multiple times in this book, and in probably hundreds of further instances later on in the series. She really is too stupid to live, and the fact that she did take the throne and lead a country for decades before this series began doesn't hold up to the extreme lack of intelligence that she shows. This is one of the biggest plot holes in the series in my opinion. Let me give you an example. She flees Gaebril (a.k.a. Rahvin). That was actually smart and speaks to the strength of her will that she was able to break his compulsion over her. So what does she do? She goes to the ONE place in all the world where she is sure to be arrested immediately and forced to allow Whitecloaks into Andor with the power and authority of the crown. For those not familliar with the series this is akin to basically allowing the KKK government sanction to do whatever the hell they please, and making her entire country merely a puppet state dancing on the strings of the one leading them. Really? In what universe would that EVER seem like a viable option to ANYONE? Think of ALL of the other places she could have gone from there. Think of ALL of the other people who would gladly have helped her. And where does she go? To Amadicia, where even having simply enrolled in the White Tower for any amount of time is illegal and punishable by death. A place where a man who has been itching for DECADES to get a foothold in Andor rules and is just waiting to get his hands on you. Good job there dumbass. Morgase, you are too stupid to live, please die at your earliest possible convenience and save me 8 more books of your utter stupidity. To compound matters she actually SIGNS the treaty allowing the Whitecloaks power in Andor WILLINGLY later in the book for god knows what reason. WHY? WHAT THE FRICK IS WRONG WITH YOU!!! Her behavior in this book alone is enough for me to lose any and all respect for her character, and she only gets worse from here. Honestly, if she was this bad a ruler, I'm on the side of the people wanting to take the throne away from Elayne. House Trakand does not deserve it. Especially since Elayne is only slightly less stupid than her mother. In conclusion, yes, this book is much slower than the previous five books, and not much really happens in it. Does that make it any less entertaining? For me, when I looked at it as the latest book in the series, yes, it was quite boring and I didn't like it much. HOWEVER, now that I can look back on it having read seven more books in the series, and being eighteen years older than I was at the time, I can see that there really is much more going on here than there first appeared to be. The character development is spectacular, I only wish there had been a little more action to break up all of the relocating of characters and political maneuvering. If you asked me to rate this book when I first read it I'd probably have given it two stars, but looking back on it now, knowing how all of the stuff in this book pays off I'm giving it four. I actually rated this book as three stars before I reread it this last time, but I enjoyed it much more than I remembered. Check out my other reviews.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Ashley

    I can already tell that this series is going to eat my brain, and not in the super special fun way, but like in the way where some things about it annoy the hoobedy-boobedy out of me, but other parts of it compel me to persevere. I will spend the next five books (before Brandon Sanderson takes over) being yo-yoed back and forth between moments of "yes, give me more of that!" and "NO MAKE IT STOP." I know this because that was what started happening to me while reading Lord of Chaos. I can only i I can already tell that this series is going to eat my brain, and not in the super special fun way, but like in the way where some things about it annoy the hoobedy-boobedy out of me, but other parts of it compel me to persevere. I will spend the next five books (before Brandon Sanderson takes over) being yo-yoed back and forth between moments of "yes, give me more of that!" and "NO MAKE IT STOP." I know this because that was what started happening to me while reading Lord of Chaos. I can only imagine it will get worse. I'm going to hold off on writing a full treatise on my very complex feelings regarding the way gender is portrayed in this series until I have a fuller picture of the story, which may mean waiting until the last book, but may be as early as book eleven (the last one Jordan wrote--worth noting I have had zero issues in any of Sanderson's books regarding the portrayal of gender, and sexism). I am holding off because one of y'all tried to convince me all this sexist nonsense going on was done by Jordan on purpose. I reaaaaally do not get that feeling, but I'm willing to be open to it for now. What I will not hold off on judging at this point is how tired I am of 99% of all the characters in these books being so combative and untrusting with each other, and when trying to win arguments or positions of respect or power, making unilateral moves that in no way consider their opponents or people they are against/with as actual human beings with skills and valid ideas and viewpoints. A classic move for a character in Wheel of Time who wants to seen as powerful and respected (read: wants everyone to do what they say at all times no matter the situation) is to get in the faces of the person they want to respect and obey them and completely dismiss them as a human being. YOU WILL RESPECT ME BECAUSE I AM BEING VERY BELLIGERENT. THE MOST BELLIGERENT NON-LISTENER OR THINKER IN THIS ROOM!!!!!!! Mat's behavior in this regard was the worst in this particular book. He completely dismisses Nynaeve and Elayne and Egwene as capable people, insists on treating them like "women" and "Aes Sedai" (at the same time dismissing them as "not real Aes Sedai") rather than individuals. He spends the last quarter of this book acting like an asshole, insisting he needs to protect the "girls" from themselves, when those "girls" know WAY more about practically everything than he does, and they could LITERALLY hand him his own ass. (He also spends that time mistrusting them and thinking they are dangerous to him, even as he thinks they are incompetent. He needs to open his damn eyes. He's so good at battle and strategy, but he can't spot a trustworthy, capable ally when they're a foot away from him.) MOST of these characters need to pull their heads out of their butts and look around at reality for a change, rather than the scenery from inside their own intestines. I could probably name at least five instances of similar behavior from other characters in about ten seconds, but I should move on. I could easily write about 1,000 words on this, and that seems like effort I could better spend elsewhere. Really, though, the main problem with this book, and why it's the first since The Eye of the World to get less than four stars from me, is that a great deal of the events that happen in this book could have been cut entirely and nobody but the most die-hard worldbuilding fans would even notice. This is a 986 page book with about 450 pages of plot-relevant prose. And that might be on the generous side. There is mostly no DOING in this book, only characters talking about doing, or planning it, or going about tasks that we don't need to read about. Rand spends the entire book Traveling from place to place, checking in with his various territories. It's basically an entire book of status updates from Rand. Here is a list of most of the actual important things that happen in this book: (view spoiler)[1. We get some insight into the plans of the Forsaken, but it's nothing concrete, because not only are the Forsaken being cagey with each other, the narrative doesn't let us in on what's actually going on with them. 2. Nynaeve learns how to heal someone who's been stilled. She STILL has her block. She heals Logain, Siuane, and Leane. 3. Egwene is made Amyrlin Seat by stupid Aes Sedai who think they can use her as a puppet. She in turn raises Nynaeve and Elayne to full Aes Sedai. Egwene also learns how to Travel. Egwene also commits to Gawyn as her Warder, and they make out a lot. 4. Rand finally decides to stop running away from his romantical emotions. 5. Mazrim Taim and Rand build up an army of men who can channel, and call them the Asha'man. 6. Rand is kidnapped by the White Tower Aes Sedai, and the resulting battle codifies some power structures in Rand's new, er "army"? The first Aes Sedai kneel to Rand. 7. Winter isn't coming, and Elayne and Nynaeve discover a cache of angreal hidden in Ebou Dar. They set out with Mat to retrieve it. (hide spoiler)] And that's really it. Anyway, this trend towards treading water doesn't bode well for future installments, but I will try to remain optimistic. Good news is I actually like Nynaeve now! I will always like a character or person who learns to admit their faults. [3.5 stars]

  25. 5 out of 5

    Jason

    4 Stars This was the start of the tougher side to the Wheel of Time series. There are some real high’s in this book, but there are also quite a few long and drawn out lows. The wiki page states that there are 47 freaking pov’s in this book and it sure felt like it at times. I hate when authors pile on more and more characters, it does not actually correlate to a better story most times. This was my third time through this book, and it is the last of the books that I actually read cover to cover m 4 Stars This was the start of the tougher side to the Wheel of Time series. There are some real high’s in this book, but there are also quite a few long and drawn out lows. The wiki page states that there are 47 freaking pov’s in this book and it sure felt like it at times. I hate when authors pile on more and more characters, it does not actually correlate to a better story most times. This was my third time through this book, and it is the last of the books that I actually read cover to cover more than one time… What I liked: - Taim---the Black Tower---the Asha’man - Logain - Nynaeve healing Logain, Siuan, and Leane - 13 Aes Sedai - The rise of the Forsaken - More Ogier - Pissed off Rand - Scary Asha’man - Min - Perrin and the wolves - Matt and the Band What I didn’t like: - Long periods of nothing - Lots of wasted chapters - Way too many pov’s most of which I could give two shits about… - Too many freaking people - Long book I found that thanks to a satisfying ending that I probably felt that the book was really better than it actually was. I love the series. On to book 7 for only the second time…

  26. 4 out of 5

    Daniel Hattan

    I can’t stop giving these books ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Although I’m on a re-read I still can’t get enough!! I can’t stop giving these books ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Although I’m on a re-read I still can’t get enough!!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Matt Brady

    Part 7 - Canned Rand This is a reread of the entire Wheel of Time so there’ll be spoilers for the whole series ahead. Well that was a real slog. If Fires of Heaven was brightened by the warm glow of nostalgia and affection I’d retained all these long years, Lord of Chaos increased the glow to a harsh and grating fluorescent flicker. Sure, Dumai Wells is a great sequence, possibly the high point of the series itself and I’ll go into more pointless detail on that later, but there is a TON of bullshi Part 7 - Canned Rand This is a reread of the entire Wheel of Time so there’ll be spoilers for the whole series ahead. Well that was a real slog. If Fires of Heaven was brightened by the warm glow of nostalgia and affection I’d retained all these long years, Lord of Chaos increased the glow to a harsh and grating fluorescent flicker. Sure, Dumai Wells is a great sequence, possibly the high point of the series itself and I’ll go into more pointless detail on that later, but there is a TON of bullshit before that. Rereading this, as opposed to reading it for the first time, feels like several hundred pages of characters kicking their heels and wasting time before the Awesome Stuff starts happening in the last quarter. At least three quarters of this book feels like filler and silly nonsense. It starts off badly with a longass prologue. I actually lost my place about halfway through it. I was trying to remember where I was, chapter 2 or chapter 3, then I turned the page (or clicked the ‘next’ arrow anyway) and it said ‘Chapter One’ and I’m not going to lie, my heart sank a little bit. But, this is the life I chose. Then a lot of stuff happens without much actually happening. In my review for Fires of Heaven I said that the bloat was a part of Wheel of Time’s charm in a weird way, but man did that sentiment didn’t come back to bite me on the ass. Rand flits back and forth between Caemlyn and Cairhien about a dozen times for no discernible reason. Elayne and Nynaeve are keeping Moghedien as a prisoner - well, a slave, to be more accurate - for reasons that are unconvincing at best, and then get dispatched to Ebou Dar to search for a bowl - a storyline that will take multiple books to resolve. Strap yourselves in for that.. Mat is marching, involved in some intricate plan against Sammael that gets aborted on the flimsiest of pretexts, thereby ensuring that all the buildup to it is a complete waste of time. Mazrim Taim shows up and commences trying so hard to convince the reader that he is Demandred in disguise that there is absolutely no way he is actually Demandred in disguise. Egwene’s storyline is pretty cool - both her coming clean to the Wise Ones finally, and her rise to the Amyrlin Seat - but she also hooks up with Gawyn, who I remember liking back in the day, but this time around find extremely dumb and tiresome. Perrin and Faile reappear because, taveren I guess, and launch the absolute nonsense that is the Perrin-Faile-Berelain love triangle, a sub-plot that achieves the impossible in that it actually makes Faile WORSE. The Forsaken continue to hold their Bad Guy meetings where they snark back and forth at each other and don’t achieve a hell of a lot. Oh, and some of the dead Forsaken get resurrected. Because why wouldn’t you want to give Balthamel, who got killed by a TREE, another chance? I’m finding all the major characters borderline unlikeable at this point. They’re all just so petty and childish. The Perrin-Faile-Berelain “love triangle” (I don’t want to call it that because it isn’t a love triangle - Perrin shows absolutely zero interest in Berelain whatsoever) is the prime example of this, but all the other characters engage in similarly silly behaviour that usually doesn’t even come close to how actual human beings would behave. Some of this is a cumulative effect, I know, but I’m not trying to rate these books objectively and individually, and Lord of Chaos can’t really be looked at on it’s own anyway, as the majority of the storylines and subplots simple end arbitrarily, to be continued in the next instalment. It wasn’t all bad though. I always enjoy Pedron Niall, for example. Between him, the Shaido, the Elaida-led White Tower and the Seanchan, I wonder if the series might have been better served if the whole Shadow aspect was removed. The Forsaken are one dimensional, though entertaining in a Bond villain way, and the Trollocs, Myrdraal and so on very quickly ceased to be any sort of credible threat. The ‘normal’ human opponents that Rand faces are so much more interesting to me. I don’t know if Wheel of Time really would have worked without the looming threat of Tarmon Gaidon, but I’m weary enough of the Dark One and his cronies at this point to wonder. And to his credit, Jordan does abandon his tried-and-tested formula in Lord of Chaos. Not only are there no random Trolloc attacks, the book also doesn’t end with Rand smacking around one of the Forsaken. Instead, we get Dumai Wells, which is easily the best climax of the series to date, and almost saves the entire novel. Ashaman, Kill still sends a bit of a shiver down my spine. I just wish I didn’t have to wade through 800 pages of crap to get there.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Maria Dimitrova

    Monthly buddy read with the lovely people over at BB&B Almost halfway through the series. And I can't be more exited! I should have read this ages ago. Finally I can see why all the old timers say that Mat's awesome. Don't get me wrong he still gets on my nerves but he's no longer that spoiled little brat that though only about gambling, wine and women. And he knows how to lead an army. Even if he tries to convince himself he's not cut for the whole hero/warrior thing. Part of it are the memo Monthly buddy read with the lovely people over at BB&B Almost halfway through the series. And I can't be more exited! I should have read this ages ago. Finally I can see why all the old timers say that Mat's awesome. Don't get me wrong he still gets on my nerves but he's no longer that spoiled little brat that though only about gambling, wine and women. And he knows how to lead an army. Even if he tries to convince himself he's not cut for the whole hero/warrior thing. Part of it are the memories he got from his encounter with Eelfinn. But a bigger part is Mat himself. He always had the potential but it was buried under that annoying attitude combined with his utter selfishness that made me want to strangle him for the better part of 6 books. And now he's in an even bigger mess running after Elayne and Nynaeve and trying to protect them from their own stupidity. Mat being the reasonable one is a totally new experience. Such a big difference from the beginning of the series when I could always count on Nynaeve to be the voice of reason. Lately Nynaeve, as well as the other main female protagonists, is acting really strange. It's as if the old Nynaeve has been replaced by a whining, cowering and brainless doppelganger. The same goes for Elayne who is progressively getting more and more irritating. Elayne claims to love Rand but also plans to (view spoiler)[ bond him as her Warder without asking and making him obey her. (hide spoiler)] Good luck with that! And instead of helping him by assuming the Lion Throne she runs off to do whatever she wants. I honestly don't know what Rand sees in her. And feel sorry for him. This instalment was both good and bad for Rand. He's growing into his role as The Dragon Reborn and as a leader. He gains confidence with each passing book as well as knowledge about the use of saidin and his own strength in it. But he's also suffering from the effects of the taint. More and more he argues with the voice of Lews Therin in his head and it seems that Lews Therin is growing stronger and might displace Rand's personality from his own body. Lews Therin's knowledge is incredible and extremely useful but it comes at a greater price each time. And with the events at the end of the book I'm worried that that displacement is inevitable. Personally I think that Rand's biggest mistake so far was trusting his school for male channelers to Mazrim Taim. That guy spells trouble. Way too ambitious and ruthless I think that he's either a darkfriend (even maybe one of the Forsaken in disguise) or he'll become one. Either way he'll betray Rand sooner rather than later and considering the army of men channelling at his disposal that Rand gave him things will go down badly for our heroes. I'm hoping that Logain will help balancing the situation. I like him and really, really want him to be one of the good guys. But I'll have to wait to see which side he will choose. Perrin and Faile are awesome as always. Except when Faile is jealous of Berelain. Poor Perrin is stuck between a rock and a hard place. It's not his fault that Berelain has fixated on him but for some reason Faile blames him instead of the real perpetrator. *sigh* In the last few books the women act like idiots all the time. I loved their meeting with Faile's parents. That was priceless and I laughed so hard that tears ran down my face. The Aes Sedai are becoming my number one people to hate. More than the White Cloaks and the Seanchan. With their constant meddling, manipulation and outright bullying of everyone they meet they make me want to kill the all. Even the ones that are supposedly on Rand's side. And with their latest bullsh*t move they killed any chance of Rand ever trusting them. They're so deep in their own scheming that they're going to ruin any chance of victory at Tarmon Gai'don if they're not brought to heel. Rand needs to teach them a lesson and soon! Even though there was almost no progress on the overall plot of the series this instalment was a great addition to the series. It sets the stage for the next few books and gives us a greater understanding of the complexities of the world and the characters inhabiting it.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Jake Kern

    What was meant to be a glorious trilogy turned into a bloated, never-ending story. As I read the 4th and 5th books, I became quickly disappointed with Jordan's obvious decision to start stretching the series and winging it to bring in a bunch of cash. The breaking point was when I was reading this book, and I got to page 600 realizing that nothing had happened in the book yet! I closed the book and cut my losses. My friends on Book 11 wish they had done the same....

  30. 5 out of 5

    Jonathan Terrington

    Lord of Chaos is my sixth stop in the thirteen book re-read before January 8th's release of A Memory of Light. I really have little to say about the book at the moment because let's be honest, if you're up to this book and need a review to figure out if you should continue, you either don't have the heart to continue (it doesn't appeal to you) or you want to know whether you should skip this and move onto book seven. Because each of the books is more of the same, only when you've read one Wheel Lord of Chaos is my sixth stop in the thirteen book re-read before January 8th's release of A Memory of Light. I really have little to say about the book at the moment because let's be honest, if you're up to this book and need a review to figure out if you should continue, you either don't have the heart to continue (it doesn't appeal to you) or you want to know whether you should skip this and move onto book seven. Because each of the books is more of the same, only when you've read one Wheel of Time book you haven't read them all, with each book varying slightly in readability, pacing and plotlines. However each book does have similar characters, tone and ideas so if you appreciate one book you should find yourself wanting to read through the series at least. What I will say is that Lord of Chaos is one of my preferred books in The Wheel of Time. A lot of ideas of great importance are introduced in the previous Fires of Heaven however that book has a lot less happening within it, proving to be more patchy. This novel takes the ideas in Fires of Heaven and does something crucial with them. Not only that but the pacing is perfect for the novel. I don't know many 1000 page novels that I've read in 24 hours (even if it was due to necessity that I finished this so quickly). If you've been reading up to here and liking it this is my encouragement to continue for more good things. Only be prepared that books 8,9 and 10 are around the corner... Two things about the World of the Wheel of Time that I find interesting: 1. It really is a very matriarchal society in many ways. Yes there are patriarchal lands but most of the power seems to lie in the hands of women. Which I find interesting indeed. It's not your typical fantasy novel which are set in mostly patriarchal worlds (think Tolkien or G.R.R Martin). The hint exists that the world was once very much balanced between men and women but since the male power became tainted women gained the upper hand in terms of power. And in this novel in particular you see a lot of associated themes rise to the surface. Particularly the struggle for men to gain power in this world and for women to maintain power. I see this series as Jordan subtly suggesting that the ideal world would be one of balance and I certainly agree. I hear a lot of people suggesting (implied suggesting at least) that patriarchy should revert to matriarchy. I don't agree. I think we need a society which is more in equality for perfection. And I don't think we can gain it in this solid mortal environment since equality cannot be really grasped easily. 2. The theme of reincarnation. I don't believe in reincarnation, however I find the use of it in fiction fascinating. I particularly like how it's tied to the concept of a wheel of time which goes round and round. This series suggests to me through its use of such concepts an idea I do believe in. That things which 'die' never truly die. Of course I believe human spirits pass on to an afterlife but what I'm talking about here is ideas. I believe old ideas and old concepts rise again and go in a kind of circle. I think many Roman civilisation concepts which we believe died have risen again within our current society. The idea of living lives of gluttony and excess for instance...

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