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Submitted by email@example.com
(Nov 30, 2003)
****PLEASE NOTE - SPOILERS CONTAINED HEREIN****
I have read a number of reviews on book ten in the WOT series. I don't mean to comment on or copy anybody's review, but I can understand how there seems to be two general opinions.
I was a little disappointed and was hoping for a little bit more action in COT. But I had a better opinion of the book after I read it a second time.
In my opinion it was better than book eight, mainly because of the ending. There is plenty that happens if you look for it. Alviarin really got what was coming to her from Elaida. Perrin and Elayne are preparing for upcoming battles. So is Egwene, though she has been captured. Mat is on the run with the company and Rand is planning an alliance with the Seanchan. (This is a spoiler but if you read other reviews you may already know this). Egwene managed to turn the harbor chain into cuendillar right before she was captured. I did not understand exacty what happened in the last chapter until I read some other reviews.
All in all while COT is not the best book in the series it is a good enough book for me. Indeed the WOT is the bestselling fantasy series I have ever read. I do not recommend skipping any pages or chapters because you do not know when you may miss sometning good. I hope that book eleven will have some things resolved.
But I have to remember that Jordan does the writing; not his readers. I love the WOT series and would recommend it to anyone who loves fantasy. Keep up the great work, RJ.
Submitted by firstname.lastname@example.org
(Nov 30, 2003)
I can't give a Jordan book less than a three rating. Compared to almost any other author he is still head and shoulders above. This book is no exception. I am a truly loyal fan. I have been reading this series from the beginning and was totally mesmerised. I am almost ashamed to admit I really did not care for this book. I don't know if it is because I am spoiled by the other books in the series or ....?
It needed to be done, in all fairness. I just think he could have spread out some of the filler in later books and included a little more action. I was also disappointed by some of the characters. It's almost like someone else wrote them, someone who concentrated on one trait and developed it into their whole being.
A must read for WOT fans but please, please , PLEASE make something happen in the next one.
Submitted by Trisha
(Nov 30, 2003)
I think that this book was pretty good. It didn't have a lot of action like a lot of the others, but it was still there. The politics bored me some, but the rest was good. The undercurrents of action were there, preparing you for something big.
The book was definitely a book to build you up, and I can't wait until the next one is out so we can see the next stage of the tale. CoT was a great book, and I think everyone should stop criticising the creator.
Submitted by Anonymous
(Nov 30, 2003)
I know this must be terrible repetition... So I'll try not to ramble about how the books started out great etc etc..:) Instead I would like to present a theory...I don't think Robert Jordan is even writing this story any more...I think someone else took over! I feel betrayed. I'm sick to death of all the dithering. I don't care for 1500 main characters, 98% paranoid women with the exact same personality. It seems impossible to me that a brilliant author can go from amazing work to Crossroads of Monkey $%@!. I read it all and the greatest most exciting thing that happened (other than me making a hole in the wall when I threw the book at it) was the hint of a meeting between two characters in a future novel..a thousand pages, a paragraph of plot.
Submitted by Cory
(Oct 19, 2003)
It started out as such a great series but has sadely fallen into utter nonsensicul garbage. The latest installment to one of the greatest series ever written is an insult to readers everywhere. How one man can fill up six hundred pages with nothing is beyond me. The characters have become shadows of their formal selves and are put in to one sterotype or another. All the men seem to be stupid idiots who need to be controlled by the vastly superior women, even though the women seem to spend all their time washing silk (fail) or talking about dresses or talking about how stupid men are. It literaly took sixty pages discribing Elayne taking a bath. That's redicoulous! The interesting characters need to be brought back, (Rand) the ashaman kneed to be talked about again and the black tower needs to just rip the white tower down and shut up the always prateling women. At this pace the series will never end and if it does it will probably be six hundred pages of nothing then Rand will somehow seal the dark one away.