|Submitted by Robert Loughney |
(Nov 30, 2003)
It is a good book, no doubt, though the plot does not live up to the first two. The entire book was essentially Jordan making excuses why everyone ended up in Tear for the last six chapters. The absence of Rand is disappointing, though understandable, since the other characters were very much in the backround in the first two books. The women's complaining doesn't bother me, It's not what I would call funny, but it gives the book a slightly lighter texture.
Does he really have to use the word 'pretty' to describe EVERY single girl in the book?! I mean, attractive, good looking, sensuous, seductive, beautiful, gorgeous, the list goes on! BUY A THESAURUS!!
Anyway, my main complaint about the book is that the movement of the plot is so glacial. It takes him about sixteen chapters to tell, essentially, Egwene, Nynaeve, Elayne and Mat arriving at the White Tower, then leaving. Not a lot happens at all! It's something I would have wrote in about five, leaving more time for Rand.
On the positive side, the characterisation is good and the world the book occurs in is virtually flawless in all respects. Thematically the book is deep and thought provoking.
In conclusion, I think Jordan could learn from the other masters of the Genre, that being 'concise' and 'deep' at the same time IS possible. But in all other respects, he puts in the effort of invention and skill that fantasy novels require, and deserves the name he has made for himself.