Book Six of The Wheel of Time
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Questions burned in his mind.
Rand al'Thor, the Dragon Reborn, had found that it was one thing to know he was destined to face the Dark One in the Last Battle; it was another thing entirely to prepare for such a fate. He consulted scholars whenever possible, hoping their research might yield useful information about the prophecies and what the future held. But most of them simply spouted words that told him nothing, or worse, became obsequious, trying to find out what he wanted to hear so they could echo it.
The nobility were worse with their tangled loyalties and suspicions, outwardly eager to serve and advise him...desperately hiding their fear.
Fear had become one of Rand's most reliable weapons. Normally unflappable Aes Sedai-women trained to channel the One Power-feared the madness that invariably claimed men who channeled. And in truth, no one was certain of Rand's strength or his sanity.
His friends Mat and Perrin commanded armies in his name-a force to give most enemies pause. Rand himself was gathering yet another army to pit against Shadowspawn-an army of men who could channel. Aes Sedai support would be welcome, but they'd promised nothing, and though Rand believed that the three he knew best-Egwene, Nynaeve and Elayne-would help him all they could, he did not trust their Sisters.
Sometimes, hearing the voice of long-dead Lews Therin Telamon, the Dragon, in his head, he wondered if he could trust himself.
In the end, perhaps, it wouldn't matter. The Wheel of Time was turning, the Pattern was being shaped, and he would complete the weave...one way or another.
Hardcover Book : 720 pages
Publisher: Tor Books ( November 01, 1994 )
Item #: 10-067496
Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 8.25 x 1.25inches
Product Weight: 25.0 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
This book was a little harder to "get into" than the first 5. Part of this may come from the large collection of "side Issues" detailed in this volume. No overriding focal point.
I have heard that there is a slowing down in Mr. Jordan's books, not so with this one. This is some plodding with the story line...but its worth going through it :)
Reviewer: Fran S
This book is slow in the beginning -- laying the framework, but by the end you'll be tearing through the pages. I've read this book twice. I'd highly recommend reading the WOT series.
Reviewer: Robert D
His first 3 books in the Wheel of Time were great. He seems to have lost his direction. So many words, so little content. Wandering, wandering, wandering. Much better authors out there: George Martin, Terry Goodkind, R A Salvatore. Skip Jordan.
Reviewer: Kent L
This book started out to be very very boring and tedious. However, the end had my adrenaline pumping so much I couldn't stand it. If you can get through the first half of the book I think you'll be rewarded.
Reviewer: Drew M