Again, a book that does nothing and goes nowhere. Good thing Jordan makes interesting characters or even the faithful fans would duck out of the series after this book. This is the 10th book in The Wheel of Time series and they should be read in order. If you haven't read the previous nine in the series you need to turn around and start from the beginning.
This book actually starts before the
events at the end of the last book took place. So it's going back in
time a little bit. It mainly deals with what everyone else was doing
while Rand and Nynaeve were cleansing Saidin. Mat is struggling to get
out of Ebou Dar. A task made more complicated by his kidnapping of the
Seanchan heir to the throne. Egwene is still leading her army to the
White Tower to take back the Aes Sedai seat of power. And Elayne is
still trying to gain her own seat of power on the throne of Andor.
isn't really in this book, which was disappointing to me. And Rand
really wasn't in it that much either. Perrin was, but he was deadset on
one task and didn't have a lot of growth or development to his
character. Mat was really the one redeeming character of the book.
He's always interesting and has a lot of adventure even when he isn't
doing something. He's also probably the most relatable character, at
least to me. And he travels with interesting companions.
being one of the shortest books in the series (but still well over six
hundred pages) you would think maybe the pace would be faster in this
book. But it's not. There's still a lot of detail, and the characters
don't do anything of any importance in this book. But there's a lot of
backstory and world building done and that counts for something. Even
Jordan's bad writing is still better compared to some fantasy authors
out there. So while I'm whining now I still ultimately enjoy the
series. I just wish his editor had held the reins a bit better on him.
And the time line, because it did go back in time a bit was confusing.
It's the only book at this point to really do that.
moving into the end of the series, or at least the home stretch. It
should be interesting (hopefully) from here on out.
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