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The Fires of Heaven bored me to tears Nothing happened My favourite character wasn t even present I feel like the story hasn t progressed since The Shadow Rising. It s 900 pages of nothingness The problem with epic fantasy is that is can easily become too long It s usually filled with big descriptive passages, history and lore with a huge cast of characters in order to fully illustrate the world And I usually love it, as I have done with books in this series, but the story needs to move forward for these elements not to feel superfluous Unfortunately, this remains very much stationary and stuck deep in the mud the mud of one of Rand s endless campsites This is the worse book in the series so far for me The first third is loaded with recap material and repetitive storytelling Some parts felt eerily similar to what I ve read before If I had the time, and the patience, I could find paragraphs and passages from the first four books that were almost identical to those printed here I found myself skimming sections that added nothing to the story and just rambled on about things that have already been established and are growing tiresome This book needed some energy It needed a direction rather than the movement of an army and camp across the map The good bits such as they are The only real interesting parts were some of the character interactions I liked the tension created by having a Forsaken very close to Rand Asmodean would have been killed by Rand s allies if they knew of his identity Moraine is rigid and unflinching and is unable to understand that there is a space in between darkness and light, the moral grey area Asmodean is a survivalist, nothing , and Rand is his best opportunity at escaping annihilation Though, that being said, Jordan could have done a lot with this story thread Moraine and Rand continued to clash, and eventually she begged him to let her stay with him She s sacrificed her own dignity just so she can be there to help him Although toward the end of this book something has clearly changed to alter their relationship forever, I still found myself growing bored of their repetitive interactions and conversations It follows a very similar pattern Moraine advises Rand Rand ignores her Rand gets hurt Moraine saves him repeat I just want it to hurry up and be over with At this point, I m seriously considering skipping the next eight books and just reading the last one to see how it all ends I d read plot summaries to fill me in on the ones I d miss I will give Lord of Chaos a go first but if doesn t move quickly I will not waste my time reading the entire thing That won t be until next summer though, this one took me almost four months to get through and it was a slog I m in hope that it gets better and moves forward The Wheel of Time1 Eye of the World An unoriginal five stars2 The Great Hunt A reluctant three stars3 The Dragon Reborn A well developed four stars4 The Shadow Rising A strong four stars5 The Fires of Heaven A slow two stars Storms rumble beyond the horizon, and the fires of heaven purge the earth There is no salvation without destruction, no hope this side of death The White Tower is shattered by a brutal struggle for power The remaining Forsaken enter the fray, as kings and queens dance to their tunes in secret And the greatest army the Westlands have seen in thousands of years emerge from the Waste, as the clans of the Aiel cross the Spine of the World at the command of He Who Comes With The Dawn The Fires of Heaven is unfortunately not as interesting as previous instalments in the Wheel of Time series To briefly summarise, there were three hundred pages of following a travelling circus, chapter upon chapter of nothing happening in the Aiel Waste, very little action at all, and quite a lot of talking And precious little interesting talking, mind you.Still, reading this book was like taking a break after a long and tedious workout session Its most important strength was that the main characters, previously dubbed the worst characters in fantasy by this particular reviewer, seems to have improved immensely Rand al Thor, while further exploring the depths of madness, behaves rather civilly for once both Egwene and Mat turn into characters I can respect, perhaps even like Aviendha and Nynaeve have become almost tolerable and Perrin and Faile don t even appear So in one way at least, this was a series highlight so far.Min s early POV chapters were great, and so were Rand s late ones Watching Siuan Sanche race across the countryside with a gentled false Dragon in tow and encountering a bunch of interesting characters was perfectly enjoyable As was reading about the Aiel and their second crossing of the Spine of the World So there were certainly great parts included in this book as well.The ending was definitely not as good as the one in The Shadow Rising, but neither would anyone expect it to be The book as a whole was unremarkable and not particularly impressive, but the almost complete lack of negative qualities made me able to appreciate the insane worldbuilding skills of Robert Jordan even And for the first time in a while, I m very much looking forward to reading the next book in this series 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 Fifth book in the series and I must say Jordan is still keeping things interesting True, at some it felt like story is stagnant but soon he threw in some action and I was hooked again.This book marks the absence of Perrin I was expecting him to do great things in this book especially after that heroic performance in book 4 but sadly his name was mentioned here and there only, and not a single glimpse I was very sad throughout the book because of it.Elayne, Nynaeve, Aviendha and Rand, than made up for Perrin s absence here though I must say I only liked Rand here As for the girls, they kept bickering throughout the book Sometimes they fought among themselves and sometimes it was others who bore the tantrum thrown by these silly oafs Surprise of the book for me was Mat He really came out of Rand s shadow in this book Though he was not prominently featured but whenever he was present in a scene, he was owned it And he totally stole the show in final chapters He is slowly paving his way into my list of favorites.I simply loved how Rand has behaving from the last book No one can order him around and he will make people do his bidding even if they are dead set against it He knows what he has to do and he won t let anyone do him otherwise With each installment he has become calmer perhaps except the parts where Aviendha and Elayne drives him mad and strong Last but certainly not the least, Nynaeve She has been my favorite since book 1 And I will admit graciously that she drives me mad sometimes but she is one of the strongest characters in the series so far What she did in Shadow Rising and here, I don t think can be outdone Overall it was a satisfactory addition to the series Slow most of the time but it sure has its moments. What I like to call Volume 1 in the Women Hating Men trilogy At almost no point in these three books did women interacting with men consist of anything beyond insulting men, assaulting men, sniffing at men, or thinking about how stupid men are compared to all the omniscient women I almost didn t finish this book because of all the negative energy towards men.Lessons I learned from this trilogy.1 It is always a man s fault Always.2 Women are always smarter than men.3 It is okay to break your promises as long as they were to a man.4 Hitting a man is a perfectly acceptable response to anything he says.5 If a man proves you wrong, it is okay to lie about it and also hit him.6 A man raping a woman is a horrible crime.7 A woman raping a man is funny.8 A man of his word is easy to manipulate.The best part of this whole trilogy was the end of book 6 Lord of Chaos because we finally saw some turnabout in the men vs women thing.Seriously, what kind of women did Robert Jordan have in his life He was utterly incapable of creating a strong female character without also making her a hateful, spiteful harpy They are either spineless doormats or unbearable battleaxes The only reason this one has a second star in its rating is because he actually moves the plot along in interesting ways. 4.5 A sprint to catch up with the buddy read at BBB WoT crowd This is an amazing Epic Fantasy full of excitement, drama, wonderful as well as ridiculous situations, very flawed main characters, and a feeling of enchantment which is almost unattainable for most authors Robert Jordan has made us already fall in love with all our thick headed leading boys, creatures, and girls, but in this book he tests our patience with them as readers, because he shows how VERY FLAWED they can get At times I thought all of them needed to get taken down a peg or hundred, or at least they needed a good switching Some of them got exactly that, some steel need some direction with a firm hand But despite the infuriating cat fighting and frustrating stubbornness they all exhibited at times, this is still an amazing, BRILLIANT, and addictive read which should be read by EVERY Fantasy fan I wish you all Happy Reading and may you find the books which make you feel the way this series makes me feel Another month and another Wheel of Time book down.This is epic high fantasy at its best Rich engaging world with a lot of different PoVs and exciting happenings everywhere.A few points of interest Rand gets his groove on with a special lady and Lanfear looses her mind over it But he also becomes of a strong leader everyday.Nynaeve Unfortunately almost all the female characters in this get a personality change and spend most their time bickering and postering with each other enough to drive me crazy But she does get to have a battle with Mogadine and that is pretty awesome.Birgetta The one female character that I loved through this entire book is in the fight than I ever thought she d be.Mat FINALLY DOES SOMETHING.I feel like I ve been waiting forever for him to become than a man that only gambles and chases skirts around He might try to be hiding from his destiny but it looks like it is going to find him no matter what.Eylane Tap danced on my very last nerve with her actions towards Thom and some of the other petty crap she pulled But she has learned to do something that has been lost for millennia so good for her.The White Tower Divided WOW this seems pretty troublesome overall All I know is that Moiraine is pretty much the only Aes Sedae I like and the light burn all the others It is amazing how dense they all are in themselves and their greatness Hubris will kill them all eventually I think.Min Was one of the few female characters that didn t turn into a total ninny this book I enjoyed her chapters traveling with a deposed Suane the most and I hope she makes it to Rand to have her shot soon.There are some great surprises in this book but I liked the last one just a little I think that has a lot to do with all the women in the book becoming silly, whiny and a little stupid for the most part.But the Wheel weaves as the Wheel Wills and I am so caught up in knowing how this cycle will play out. 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 This book was published in 1993 I was born in the same year as The Fires of Heaven released It took me 24 years later to read The Fires of Heaven.I am so please to come back reading The Wheel of Time.I love this book a lot same as I love the first four books of The Wheel of Time Alhamdulillah.It is a very engaged world to live in and there is a lot of different viewpoints in the book and there is a full of excitement in the book too I love the world building a lot I would recommend these people who are fans of fantasy to read The Wheel of Time series.I only read five books of The Wheel of Time this year I hope I will complete The Wheel of Time in 2018 Let just wait and see if I will complete it in 2018.I can t believe what has happened in the end It is a fantastic twist Full review to come, but for now, here are some random observations The book started out strong, with those tricky Forsaken up to their shenanigans, which is always fun to watch.But as Rand and company traveled without getting anywhere, things got slowerand slowerand sllllllllloooooooowwwwwwwer But then Nynaeve and Elayne met a circus menagerie, which was really cool And the Forsaken started causing trouble again, so my interest was once again piqued But then a battle that had been built up for hundreds of pages wound up mostly happening off camera, so then I was annoyed again But even if I found some parts dull, the last few chapters than made up for it, with the most exciting climax since The Great Hunt So, overall, this was my least favorite of the Wheel of Time books so far, but ultimately still a good read especially the last quarter of the book.If I were to stack Wheel of Time books in order of favorite to least favorite, this is how it would look so far I was a little disappointed in myself that it s taken me so long to read through this series so far, but then I noticed something when I turned the books around Light That s a lot of pages I expect the table will collapse by the time I get to Book 10 o The Fifth Book In Robert Jordan S Internationally Bestselling Epic Fantasy Series, THE WHEEL OF TIME, Now Reissued With A Stunning New Cover Design The Bonds And Wards That Hold The Great Lord Of The Dark Are Slowly Failing, But Still His Fragile Prison Holds The Forsaken, Immortal Servants Of The Shadow, Weave Their Snares And Tighten Their Grip Upon The Realms Of Men, Sure In The Knowledge That Their Master Will Soon Break FreeRand Al Thor, The Dragon Reborn, Knows That He Must Strike At The Enemy, But His Forces Are Divided By Treachery And By Ambition Even The Aes Sedai, Ancient Guardians Of The Light, Are Riven By Civil War Betrayed By His Allies, Pursued By His Enemies And Beset By The Madness That Comes To The Male Wielders Of The One Power, Rand Rides Out To Meet The Foe The Wheel weaves as The Wheel wills this is Moiraine s favorite saying In this book all of the Forsaken plot against The Dragon Reborn practically in broad daylight, high lords and ladies in different kingdoms pursue their own interests the Dark One be damned, and the troubles in the White Tower split the Aes Sedai into two fractions The interesting part about the latter is that I counted exactly two arguably three full Aes Sedai who try to support The Dragon Reborn with only one of them Moiraine being able to actively do it I will talk about her later.So, what are the major players doing in this book Mat is the most interesting character in this book, period Mat is the most interesting character in the series for that matter as well as one of the most interesting characters in fantasy in general He tries to escape his ta veren pull only to end up as one of the best generals of the realm with a devoted army Rand still tries to understand Aiel culture, be independent from both Aes Sedai and Wise Ones, and learn something useful from his Forsaken pet while keeping him on a leash He also has to play the Game of Houses extremely intricate political maneuvering with the best of em.Perrin is not in the book at all in fact his name was only briefly mentioned twice Egwene does not have a POV, but she quickly becomes one of the most arrogant characters in the series, being able to outmatch any Aes Sedai of the Wise One in that department and this says a lot.Moiraine on the other hand suddenly learned humility probably the first Aes Sedai who really knows the meaning of the word and I found that I can really sympathize with her in the book sadly she does not have a POV either.Nynaeve and Elaine try to escape first from a country torn by a civil war and then from Whitecloaks stronghold They try to reach the White Tower unaware of the changes in there and the fact that they would be treated like prisoners instead of heroes as the pair hope To make their life exciting, they are hunted by remaining known Black Ajah lead by an extremely pissed off Forsaken Elaine acts sensible and normal for a change she also does not have a lot of POV in the book Nynaeve is the reason why some people complain about this book being a little slow at times I need to explain some things Nynaeve in the world of dreams shines and nothing she does in there is boring and some things are outright heroic but in the real world she still tries to bully everybody into obedience while doing this with a grace of an elephant in a china shop It works fine as a comic relief, but seems like complete waste of pages if you take it seriously I also need to point out the she is the only Aes Sedai I am talking about a very broad definition of this term who actually helped The Dragon Reborn, and she did it without any hidden agenda In fact, she mentioned several times that the only two reasons she became Aes Sedai are to help him and to learn healing I can support and understand both All in all, this is a solid 5 star book with some very occasional slow but not boring pages Expect major power shifts by the end of it.