The Shadow Rising is the fourth book in Jordan's Wheel of Time series. Do not pass this point if you haven't read the previous books, this is a series that is meant to be read in order. Otherwise you'll be hopelessly lost.
So we all know by now that
the Dragon Reborn has returned and holds the Tower of Tear. And in
doing so he has fulfilled one of the prophecies. But there are others
that he must accomplish, and one will send him off to the waste where
the Aiel people have lived for hundreds of years in a harsh and
unforgiving land. But the Aiel aren't like the other people he's come
across, and what he has to do may take more power than he thought he
had. Meanwhile, Nynaeve and Elayne have to hunt down the dark Aes Sedai
that mean to capture a tool that can be used against Rand, even if it
means putting themselves in great danger as well.
Rand again is
pretty unapproachable in this book. I'm not sure if it's because he's
the Dragon Reborn and supposed to be, or because Jordan just didn't put
as much time into him in this book. Nyneave and Elayne actually got
quite a bit of time in this book though and I'm glad of that. Even if
Nynaeve does sniff and pull on her braid too much and act scatterbrained
once in awhile, she's still one of my favorite character and I like
when Jordan actually uses her strengths and gets her in the mix of
things. Egwene takes a back role in this book though and is lost among
the shuffle of the Aiel for a good part of the book, as is Moiraine.
Mat has a small part in the book and as usual, he is entertaining to
read about. But Perrin, Perrin was strong in this book and a good
portion of it was devoted to him, and he's one of the most logical (and
therefore a pleasure to read about) characters in the book.
kind of thought of this book as filler again. It's not that nothing
happens in it. Quite a lot does actually. But most of the book is
detail and Rand being in the Aiel Waste with a lot of talking and
planning going on. So even though there are battles (especially on
Perrin's part) it just seemed as if we were getting more of the story
and world building instead of the action. And if you're not fond of
detail you might have trouble really sinking into this book. I even got
a little tired of the different veils in Tarabon being described.
After awhile you just don't care how sheer they are. But still, it was
as captivating as usual and made me want to start the next book right
An excellent series if you can stand the length. Lots of
detail and different "cultures" built by Jordan in his world. It's one
of those series I can read time and time again.
The Shadow Rising