|Submitted by Martin Bridges |
(Nov 09, 2006)
It took me about as long to read this book as it took Robert Jordon to write it. It was agonizing, too much emphasis on clothes, on who thought what about someone else, how embarrassed they were etc. I found myself skipping paragraphs just to get to some meat in the story. Rand, Mat, Perrin and the Aiel are strong characters with the potential to kick some Seanchan or Darkspawn booty. Rand can travel anywhere in a nanosecond and so can the Ashamen and all the enlightened Aes Sedai, why don't they get together and collaborate, Rand seems to be playing things way too cagey, why doesn't Rand wipe out more of his enemies instead of mooning around wondering what Min thinks of him and battling crazy men in his head?
The Aes Sedai don't seem to co-operate at all and are busy spying on each other and mis-understanding what it is that anybody does. They are easily killed by any-one with a knife despite their abilities with the power.
Please Mr. Jordan, get it together, stop all the minutiae, details of a Taraboner's Sunday best or lack thereof is positively boring.
The details of past battles and adventures of reincarnated heroes is exciting, the progression of the plot to tie together all the Countries, Kings, Queens, and the myriad of Forsaken fiends and their minions need to be brought together.
I don't remember half of the plot lines anymore, but I know that I enjoyed books one through eight, and only parts of 9 and 10.
I could never recommend that you don't buy and read this book, as it would be next to impossible to understand the next one, but it was very exasperating for most of the time.