Book Seven of The Wheel of Time
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Rarely have we seen the kind of response The Wheel of Time series elicits in our colleagues. When this book arrived in our offices, folks who've been faithfully following the series fairly jumped on it! Luckily, we were able to snatch it away and devour it ourselves before it disappeared.
What? You don't know about The Wheel of Time? Allow us to give you some facts.
First, you should know that Book Six: Lord of Chaos won the SFBC Book of the Year Award for 1995, and that ought to tell you something about how our members—some of the most discriminating readers in the universe—value this exceptional series. Second, that the aforementioned title rose to New York Times best-sellerdom. And, third, that Robert Jordan has done it again with A Crown of Swords.
Now for a brief series synopsis.
The Dark One, convinced that his age-old enemy had been reborn as a villager named Rand al'Thor, meant to destroy the young man--or seduce him away from the Light. But as Rand took up the battle against the Shadow, he was not alone. With him were both the Aes Sedai, women who could channel the One Power, and Rand's own life-long friends, who, it turned out, had their own strands of the Pattern to weave.
Now, in Book Seven, Elayne, Aviendha and Mat come ever closer to the Bowl of Winds, an ancient and immensely powerful device that may reverse the world's endless heat wave and restore natural weather. Egwene begins to gather all manner of women who can channel—Sea Folk, Windfinders, Wise Ones and some surprising others. And above all, Rand faces the dread Forsaken Sammael in the shadows of a ruined city, where the blood-hungry mist, Mashadar, waits for prey.
Dark powers and light, magic and madness, odyssey and destiny--this is fantasy at its best. New members, take note--for maximum enjoyment, you may want to start at the very beginning of the series, with The Eye of the World. Take it from us—it is well worth it! (684 pp.)
Hardcover Book : 688 pages
Publisher: Tor Books ( June 01, 1996 )
Item #: 10-008424
Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 8.25 x 1.125inches
Product Weight: 27.0 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
Not the greatest book of the Wheel of Time series, but it still kept my interest going for the next book in the series. Have patience WOT fans, it does get better :)
Reviewer: Fran S
In light of Robert Jordan's recent death, his wife Harriet and Tor will be completing The Wheel of Time series. It was slated to be finished in 2008 and published in 2009. It may take a bit longer now. See, Kent L., there was an end in sight. The milking is done.
Reviewer: Erin F
Don't let hime suck you in to buying any more of his Wheel of Time series -- He's NEVER going to finish it! He's playing us all for the "Fools of Time"
Reviewer: Kent L
this installment of the Wheel of Time series is, in my opinion, the best book of the series so far. the search for the bowl of winds is riveting and the conclusion to this installment was a suprise. could not put it down. a must read for fantasy readers, but start with the eye of the world of course.
Reviewer: Aaron S