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The Shadow Rising: Book Four of 'The Wheel of Time' (Wheel of Time, 4) Mass Market Paperback – December 31, 2019
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In The Shadow Rising, the fourth novel in Robert Jordan’s #1 New York Times bestselling epic fantasy series, The Wheel of Time®, Rand al’Thor now wields the sword Callandor. He is both the Champion of Light and the Dragon Reborn. Now, he seeks answers to another prophecy that lies with the warrior people known as the Aiel to put him on the path of learning how to wield the One Power.
Accompanied by Moiraine Damodred, Rand arrives at the Aiel Waste and is granted permission by the Wise Ones to enter the sacred city of Rhuidean. After passing through a doorframe ter'angreal, Moiraine gains foresight while the Aiel await Rand's return, either with both arms marked by dragon symbols, validating his identity as He Who Comes With the Dawn, the Chief of Chiefs of all the Aiel―or to never emerge at all.
Since its debut in 1990, The Wheel of Time® has captivated millions of readers around the globe with its scope, originality, and compelling characters. The last six books in series were all instant #1 New York Times bestsellers, and The Eye of the World was named one of America's best-loved novels by PBS's The Great American Read.
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About the Author
- Publisher : Tor Fantasy; Media tie-in edition (December 31, 2019)
- Language : English
- Mass Market Paperback : 1056 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1250251923
- ISBN-13 : 978-1250251923
- Reading age : 12 years and up
- Item Weight : 1.15 pounds
- Dimensions : 4.28 x 1.59 x 7.35 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #30,084 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Reviewed in the United States on August 13, 2020
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This book was truly outstanding. Finally the pacing was not an issue. The story is told from multiple perspectives across a large geographical area and this is one of the few books that pulls that off without boring you with some of the less interesting plot threads. There were only 1 or 2 lulls in this 900+ page novel and that's not easy to accomplish.
The story is really going places now and the world that has been built here keeps getting more and more interesting. The history and lore that Robert Jordan has imagined here is beyond and fantasy series I can think of. There is a depth to it that is palpable.
The book isn't perfect. There are still issues with the way some of the characters make decisions and I was a bit annoyed with a few sequences but this book is a classic. Hopefully future novels int eh series can maintain this standard.
There was a particularly satisfying amount of worldbuilding in this one, still Jordan's greatest strength I'd say. We especially learned a lot about the Fremen- er, the Aiel, in this one, through some really excellent Rand scenes. I've always said that Brandon Sanderson is very accomplished at answering reader questions through his books, while at the same time using those answers to raise greater, and even more complex, questions. I now see that this was a tactic he'd had some inspiration for in the form of Robert Jordan. Jordan does exactly that in this book, showing the reader a glimpse, giving us a taste, of the vast, deep mysteries surrounding certain elements of this story. He gives us some answers. And I have a whole lot more questions. I'm also consistently pleased with just how.. cosmic, and mystical, this series can be. For a traditional Fantasy story, the Wheel of Time has some truly trippy moments brought about through the One Power. To the point of me wondering how multiverse theory could fit in with the Power and the True Source. Exciting stuff.
Beyond that, there was some very solid character development in this installment, and unfortunately some areas where I'd like to see improvement. Perrin's plot line took center stage for me in this one. Perrin is a character in turmoil. A man struggling between the life he'd choose and the life duty has seen fit to give him. Ta'veren can only stray so far from the Pattern.. And as he wrestles with this internal battle, Perrin is growing. I won't give anything away, but the events surrounding him in this book are really fun, and I'm looking forward to seeing him progress. Now, the other side of the coin. I'm a little put out at some of the female characters. Specifically Nynaeve and Elayne's plot line. Don't mistake me, I really enjoyed it. It was a worthwhile segment of the story. But at times Jordan's female characters do feel a little underdeveloped. Not all of them mind you, but some. Many of them seem to be driven by nothing more than either unending desire for men, or hatred of the same. Aspects of Nynaeve's character for example are really well done, and very interesting. And then there's the part of her that seems to be perpetually spiteful to everything moving. It's a little.. stale. So as I said, it isn't that I didn't enjoy it, but I'd like to see improvement there. As for our 'main' character.. Rand's chapters were some of the most interesting in the book. It's hard to review these and mention specifics, because the characters and their situations have changed so much from the first book. Rand has come a long way from sheepherder in the Two Rivers. Watching him do so has been exciting, and I'm eager to see what he'll do next.
Hell, I'm eager to see what all of them will do next. I am loving this story, and the journey so far. Book five up next.
The only sections that dragged for me were those with Elayne and Nyneave. Up until now, I haven't minded their attitude that turns off so many readers but I was put off by their condescension and general know-it-all vibe, especially when they really didn't know what they were doing. It was a sharp contrast to how Perrin and Faile work together or how Rand makes decisions. Hopefully, they'll learn and adjust their attitudes in future books.
I was surprised at how much I liked Perrin and Faile's romance. I didn't remember it much and I've gone along with the general view that Jordan didn't write romance well, but I was wrong. It's a sweet slow burn and Perrin's letter to Faile...well, that and the rush off the battlefield moment just sealed them as a couple.
I'm very much enjoying this reread; I read these originally as they came out and didn't finish, but on to the next book.
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One thing I love about the WoT is that you discover something new with each read through. The series is worth every hour spent reading.
With all of this going on, Jordan seems to have thought the audience would get bored without a little action, so he inserts a random encounter with 'bubbles of evil' and a trolloc attack. Neither of which seem to have any bearing on the plot. The 'bubbles of evil' more so; it seems to be just another thing for the characters to worry about. And by the time of the trolloc attack (an event that is becoming increasingly tired and predictable at the beginning of these books) everyone is well on their way to their separate paths. The only important scenes within this attack are Lanfear encouraging Rand to use Callandor, leading to an excellent scene where he tries and fails to resurrect a dead girl.
After the first third, the novel branches out into three separate stories in three man locations: The Two Rivers, Tanchico, and The Aiel Waste. With a shorter but no less significant, plot set in the Tower. Once the characters go their paths, they never intersect, so I shall review them separately.
The Two Rivers
Probably my favourite part of the novel. Perrin, Faile, Loial, Gaul, Bain and Chiad travel through the Ways to get to Manetheren. Despite the many warnings before about the dangers, and Loial's insistence that he never travel them again, the biggest danger they face is from Faile's and Perrin's arguments. However, when they actually get to Emond's Field, things start picking up. Perrin learns that Trollocs have been invading the district and discovers the terrible fate of his entire family leading to an emotional scene between him and Faile. He begins to rally the villagers to arms and most of the rest of the novel is him doing just this, including the fulfilment of Min's viewing of a Tuatha'an with a sword. This last is very well handled showing the weakness of the Way of the Leaf, lamenting its honourable concept that can never be. The final attack is climactic, exciting and uplifting, leaving you to wonder if The Two Rivers will ever be the same again.
This is the weak point of the novel. Not much goes on here, it's basically Elayne and Nynaeve sitting back while Thom, Juilin and a re-re-re-introduced Domon Bayle do all the investigating off page. While it's great to have recurring characters like Bayle, it is starting to become a stretch to believe that he appears everywhere, and aside from lending an army of bodyguards, he doesn't do much for the plot. Neither does another reintroduction; that of Egeanin. However, she does give an example of a Seanchan who is beginning to have her faith shaken.
I really would have liked to read more about the investigations rather than hearing it second hand, however, this is balanced by a fantastic introduction of Moghedian. She comes out of nowhere, with no announcement or previous foreshadowing, just like her character. The climax for this story ends at the Panarch's palace with Nynaeve fully realising the extent of her power (when she CAN channel).
I can't really say much here without spoiling it, but this story marks a monumental change and even when you expect it, you really desire for things to go differently. However, the best part of this story is a small scene between Min, Siuan and Gawyn, leaving you to wonder about the Andoran noble's loyalty.
The Aiel Waste
Here, we get a look into the warrior culture of the Aiel. I'm not a huge fan of Warrior Societies as they are often an overused concept in fantasy and science fiction. The Aiel aren't really any different, they have a huge obligation to honour and a complex system of strict customs. However, they aren't as badly realised as they could be.
It is in this storyline that we have, probably, the most interesting part of the book: a glimpse of the Age of Legends. It is told through flashback in a reverse chronology (similar to the film 'Memento') so it is difficult to understand fully and may be a good idea to read it in the proper order afterwards to get the best out of it. Once this flashback is over, the story leads on to more travelling as they make their way to Alcair Dal to inform the clan chiefs that He who Comes With The Dawn has arrived. Again, this is riddled with Trolloc attacks and side plots which feel like filler. By the time we get to the climax, we're used to things going a certain way, which makes the surprising ending more so, setting things up for the next novel.
All in all, a very decent addition with many surprises and wonderful character moments, though pointless skirmishes needlessly break up the quieter moments.
Overall I like the story and will continue to the end but there are huge flaws for me.
The women are doing my head in. Elayne and Nyneave - so far, could do without them. Got tired of them very quickly. Well, by book 3 anyway. Min so far in my view is the only woman character I have much time for.
Love Perrin, Mat, Loial, Rand, Gaul - actually the male characters are far more preferable to the women, the women let the story down I think, too much about fool men, yanking braids, chins up in the air in haughty manners, getting one over on each other, putting each other in their places - seriously - get over it already..wish they would mature and get a serious sense of humour. It's just too much of the same rehashed without moving on. Maybe I don't get them, but so far I don't want to.
Hunt for the Black Ajah was somewhat disappointing. Big build up and then over and done with and out of there..
Overall Perrins story and Mat kept me interested in this book.
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