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The Seals Of Shayol Ghul Are Weak Now, And The Dark One Reaches Out The Shadow Is Rising To Cover HumankindIn Tar Valon, Min Sees Portents Of Hideous Doom Will The White Tower Itself Be Broken In The Two Rivers, The Whitecloaks Ride In Pursuit Of A Man With Golden Eyes, And In Pursuit Of The Dragon RebornIn Cantorin, Among The Sea Folk, High Lady Suroth Plans The Return Of The Seanchan Armies To The MainlandIn The Stone Of Tear, The Lord Dragon Considers His Next Move It Will Be Something No One Expects, Not The Black Ajah, Not Tairen Nobles, Not Aes Sedai, Not Egwene Or Elayne Or NynaeveAgainst The Shadow Rising Stands The Dragon Reborn


10 thoughts on “The Shadow Rising

  1. says:

    I give up Here s where I say goodbye to The Wheel of Time The Shadow Rising is the fourth book in The Wheel of Time series, it s been claimed by many fans of the series that installment is one of the better books some even said it s THE best written by Robert Jordan before Brandon Sanderson takes over I personally found this book to be the worst in the series so far.Just like the extremely repetitive nature of the series, the only way I can explain why I found myself incredibly disappointed is, again, by repeating the cons that I ve mentioned in my review of the previous three books What I mean by this is that the story starts awesome, became extremely boring, and then a great conclusion again Seriously, I read through the first 25% in a day, then it took me six days with skimming Perrin s story to finish the remaining content I won t lie that a ridiculous amount of determination was self forced on me in order for me to able to finish this.A huge factor of why this series doesn t work for me is that to me, it contained some of the most infuriating and annoying set of characters I ve ever read in my entire life at this moment if a bird comes over and peck them to death I ll at least laugh and enjoy it The I read Jordan s prose, the I realize just how easy the writing serves to push me out of my immersion For a few days, there were moments where I literally stared at the blue sky and look at the cloud moves slowly for 15 minutes it was exciting than reading this If this IS the best work, I can t even imagine reading through the infamous book 7 10.Honestly, I have not much else to say From what I ve read so far, there s nothing in this series except the fact that Sanderson finished the last three books that makes me want to continue reading it I know my reading preference, and I know I CAN push myself if I want to, but I have zero doubt that it will put me into a reading slump I m very close to one now because of this installment or at least makes me hate reading fantasy for a while Sanderson, one of my favorite authors of all time, finishing the series brilliantly isn t enough of a reason for me to risk that I m truly glad that a lot of people loved The Wheel of Time It s also a series that has sparked a lot of incredible modern fantasy work and I won t deny that achievement However, I seriously believe that this is a series that would ve worked so much better if I were at least a decade younger and haven t read through in my opinion tons of other superior fantasy work For me, this series sounds better when someone else described what they loved about it rather than the reading experience itself that s not a good thing at all.Trust me when I say that I m genuinely saddened that I can t love this series I own two first edition hardcover of A Memory of Light, and I WANT to read and love through the series but I simply can t The Shadow Rising will be where I stop reading The Wheel of Time I don t know whether I ll ever return to this series, maybe when there are no interesting books in my TBR But for now, this is it The wheel weaves as the wheel wills, and it s telling the man who calls himself Petrik to go Marie Kondo on this series now In her words, this doesn t spark any joy for me Goodbye The Wheel of Time, other worlds suitable for me awaits me.You can order the book from Book Depository Free shipping You can find this and the rest of my reviews at Novel Notions


  2. says:

    Fantastic


  3. says:

    The best thing about reading this series is the constant reminder of how long it is As I read this I frequently looked up at my Wheel of Time shelf, at the nine books I have yet to read in the series, which serve as a reminder that I ve barely scratched the surface of this totally epic fantasy world I have so much left to see And this really did get epic this time round Rand decided to go and visit the vast Aiel waste and through the process discovered much about himself I ve criticised his character quite harshly in past reviews, but it s good to see that he s finally getting his shit together He has grown up and discovered that destiny cannot, in fact, be avoided, so he grits his teeth and gets with the pattern He knows what he must do he knows that he must defeat the darkness and fulfil the prophecy to bind his true people to him the people of the dragon I surrender to it, and by surrendering, I control it As always, this isn t just Rand s story This does have the pretty standard fantasy trope of the light verses the dark, but the world is much complex than that It is full of factions that attempt to do good, namely The White Cloaks, though they are completely misguided and tend to do very stupid things They are noble hearted men, for the most part, and they remain true to their cause but they cannot identify evil These fools deserve pity than anything The same is true for the Aes Sedai they attempt a controlling approach, and whist their cations are benevolent, they do lean towards tyranny Sometimes they need to guide mankind, give him a gentle push, rather than try to control him directly The Mighty Wolf and the Absent Raven So the world is rather complex, and one character that has remained absolutely true so far, to himself, and his friends, is Perrin This book was his first taste of real heroism He has gone past denying what he is capable of and just accepts the label men assign to him To the people of the Two Rivers he is a hero and to his friends he is also a hero He is a character I look forward to seeing him stand beside Rand in the Last Battle He is very loyal, though a little flat I don t think he can develop much Mat is much better rounded and less constant.And unfortunately this wasn t Mat s finest hour There is little of him in this book He follows Rand, and he gets a new weapon, though the significance of it is yet to be explained He felt rather absent for most of the plot, but I suppose that s what comes with being the travelling companion of the protagonist for a large part of the book I hope in the next book to see a little of him, a shift away from Perrin is in order I think to keep things a little evener I miss his roguish adventures The future looks bright The plot has progressed a great deal I love the friendship between the three girls they have a mutual respect and fondness for each other Their relationships are much stronger than the three boys Their individual character arcs are also very storng These girls rely on each other rather than striving out on thier own Nynervea is becoming my favourite of the three Egwner s dreams are growing in potency, and Elayne, the daughter hier, feels much less like a spare wheel this time round This was another strong instalment I m looking forward to finishing the series one day, though after 1007 pages I m going to wait another year until I pick this up again Here s how I ve found the series so far The Wheel of Time1 Eye of the World An unoriginal five stars2 The Great Hunt A reluctant three stars3 The Dragon Reborn A well developed four stars4 The Shadow Rising A strong four stars5 The Fires of Heaven A slow two stars The Wheel of Time turns, and Ages come and pass, leaving memories that become legend Legend fades to myth, and even myth is long forgotten when the Age that gave it birth comes again In one Age, called the Third Age by some, an Age yet to come, an Age long past, a wind rose in the Mountains of Mist The wind was not the beginning There are neither beginnings nor endings to the turning of the Wheel of Time But it was a beginning


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    If you plan for the worst, all surprises are pleasant fourth book in WoT and I learned few things from last three book, 1 pack your bags to embark on a journey as one set of the character or the other is always on the move, and we hit the jackpot here with everyone on a journey of their own, 2 close your eyes if you don t want them in your brain because the girls would make you eye roll in every time you meet them, 3 be ready for the dragging middle chapters And if you somehow still end up liking the characters, world, and magic like me , then you would be rewarded in end.This book mainly has three plot lines Rand Mat going into Aiel Waste, Nynaeve Elyane going to Tanchico to find Black Ajah, Perrin Faile going back to Two Rivers to save from the Whitecloaks While all the three plot lines were great, I loved Perrin s the best He really came out of Rand s shadow and hold his own against Whitecloaks and Trollorcs He was simply superb in his leadership and how he dealt with the whole situation Rand s journey was marvelous too, though it took almost whole book to see him in action but the build up to that final scene was amazing He also got to know about his past, parentage, and got himself a bodyguard Yup, it was funny to see his bodyguard shadowing his every move and in the end, few words for my favorite lady from the book, Nynaeve She can drive me mad with her antics, and be stubborn like a mule at times but she has a heart of gold and always delivers when it matters the most That s what she did here Almost a novice and still she held her own against an old power You are simply amazing, girl So if you have patience and don t feel too bad for slow burns, this series is definitely for you.


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    Reviewed by Rabid Reads4.5 starsNOTICE this reread is in preparation for finally biting the bullet and reading book 14 That means I HAVE NOT read book 14 yet Please be mindful of this in the comments, both for me and for others who may or may not have progressed past this point in the series Thank you.I d forgotten how much happens in this book Holy WOW.This is the first but not the last book that begins with a several seemingly non related POVs, and as impatient as I always am to get to the good stuff, I always appreciate these early updates reminders of what s going on with maybe less important subplots that maybe aren t a main focus of the installment at hand.B c really even though you re just starting 4, SO MUCH has already transpired Sometimes it s hard to keep track.SO Min whispers , in disguise, returns to the White Tower, and everywhere she looks, she sees future violence and death But when or why No clue.Which, Siuan, of course, uses as an excuse to keep her in the Tower Not that she needs an excuse b c Amyrlin She also decides that it would be best for Min to remain disguised b c sneaky Aes Sedai , so poor Min, who prefers to keep her hair short and dress in men s clothing, is forced to play a silly, simpering young miss while keeping her eyes peeled for anything that might be useful.Meanwhile, somewhere not on the main landmass, the Seanchan are regrouping, but the High Lady Suroth is distracted by the new information she has in regards to sul dam and damane What s an enslaving empire to do when it finds a flaw in its plan for world domination whispers Suppress the new information and ignore it, of course.And last but not least, a fatal character flaw is revealed in a certain usurping Aes Sedai I won t be able to say for certain until much further into my reread, but I m pretty sure I could directly connect every, single crack in her foundation to this singular flaw unsuccessfully attempts to suppresses rage OHMYGAWD, I HATE her After all of that is out of the way, one of the coolest and creepiest things that happens in the whole series goes down As the seals holding the Dark One s prison weaken, she said after a time, it may be inevitable that a miasma will escape even while he is still held Like bubbles rising from the things rotting on the bottom of a pond But these bubbles will drift through the Pattern until they attach to a thread and burst Bubbles of Evil So frickin cool Other ridiculously awesome things I can only vaguely reference 1 Snakes and Foxes.Everything about this rocks my socks off The idea of wholly alien worlds touching our own, a child s game for remembrance in dealing with the inhabitants of those worlds, Slayer disappearing into an entrance to one of those worlds view spoiler when we know that Slayer is some weird Luc Isam mashup person, AND that Cyndine is some alternate, depleted version of Lanfear hide spoiler


  6. says:

    3.5 starsORIGINALLY POSTED AT Fantasy Literature.In The Shadow Rising, things start to slow down In fact, it often feel like the reading of the story must take longer than it took for the events to actually occur.Part of the problem is that Mr Jordan tells us nearly everything except when the characters make a bowel movement Also, he regularly launches into pre set spiels in which he re describes something or someone who we ve encountered numerous times before or re explains something we ve been told dozens of times e.g., Loial sounds like a bumblebee, Perrin likes to think things through, wet bowstrings are bad, trollocs eat anything as long as it s meat, Aes Sedai never lie but Every time a Tinker shows up, you may as well skip the next two paragraphs because they invariably describe first the eye jarring wagons and then the even gaudier clothes The format is nearly the same each time This is especially noticeable when reading the novels one after the other, of course.A similar problem is that although Mr Jordan s world is large, diverse, and interesting, there is not much realistic diversity within a culture or group Every Aes Sedai of the red ajah hates men, all the greens love men, the whites are arrogant without exception, the browns love books and don t notice the ink on their noses All Domani women are seductive, and people from Tear use fishing metaphors It gets to the point of ridiculousness when, even though they ve nearly been destroyed by enemies, Tinkers are still cringing at the swords of the people protecting them And the Aiel, who use spears and knives and are the fiercest fighters on the planet look disapprovingly at another culture s choice of weapon the sword and transportation the horse Oh, come on get over it.Another device that s getting annoying is the technique of giving the reader and other characters information by having a character say something out loud that they didn t realize they d said Or stop in the middle of a sentence that they realize they shouldn t be saying Or stupidly have an important and potentially damning conversation in front of someone who they just met.In addition, some of the writing is overdone We occasionally hear of measureless steps, heartbeats that take centuries, moments that last forever, infinite slowness, bottomless drops, razor edges of something or other.Okay, that s a lot of complaining, but that s what happens when you read these books contiguously You start to notice this stuff and it grates on the nerves But, even so, the slowly advancing plot is still unpredictable and compelling and the characters are mostly enjoyable The best parts of The Shadow Rising actually focus on the secondary characters of Siuan Sanche and Egeanin I truly enjoyed their stories and look forward to hearing what happens to them.So, even with all my gripes, The Shadow Rising is still keeping me entertained Read Robert Jordan book reviews at Fantasy literature


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    The Shadow shall rise across the world, and darken every land, even to the smallest corner, and there shall be neither Light nor safety And he who shall be born of the Dawn, born of the Maiden, according to Prophecy, he shall stretch forth his hands to catch the Shadow, and the world shall scream in the pain of salvation All Glory be to the Creator, and to the Light, and to he who shall be born again May the Light save us from him.The People of the Dragon hold the Stone of Tear, and mighty Callandor lies in the hands of the Dragon Reborn The prophecies are being fulfilled one by one But in the tombs of Shayol Ghul, the seals are being broken The Black Ajah grows stronger by each passing day And the Forsaken return to the world of men, heralding the coming of the Dark One And a group of ordinary men and women from the village of Emond s Field are left to combat the Shadow Rising The Shadow Rising is in many ways the best book in The Wheel of Time series so far But unfortunately there are a few negative parts too For the first three hundred pages or so, our heroes do not take a single step away from Tear, though some of them try The storyline is put completely on hold as Rand and his companions take a break in the Stone, which is rather unfortunate in a fantasy series that s already this long Still, the politics of Tear and the mysteries of its great fortress are interesting enough to keep the reader entranced even through the dreary chapters.My main issues with this book lie with certain characters The first of those is Faile, Perrin s exotic love interest As a knife wielding rogue who ran away from her family to become a Hunter of the Horn of Valere, Faile could have been no, should have been a very interesting character However, that is not the case, as she spends the entirety of the book acting like a spoiled child whose stubbornness makes Rand seem rather normal in comparison The second character is Aviendha, a Maiden of the Spear whose only purpose in this book is to yell at Rand and whine about him supposedly having mistreated Elayne And the third is Dain Bornhald, a Whitecloak captain who has decided to blame Perrin for his father s death and devotes his life to see him hang as a Darkfriend Perrin s innocence is completely irrelevant to Bornhald s hatred.On the positive side, the book is almost flawless otherwise It has some of the best scenes in the series so far in Rhuidean, the holy place of the Aiel, and in the White Tower Characters like Rand, Nynaeve, Perrin and Egwene, who frustrated me immensely in book two and three, seem to have grown up a little We also get to see of the Forsaken reveal themselves, learn about the history of the Aiel and visit new places It is difficult to say any about the book without revealing details about the plot, so I ll leave you to figure the rest out for yourselves But in the end, I would say that I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and that it was probably my favourite Wheel of Time book so far Wheel of Time reviews 1 The Eye of the World 2 The Great Hunt 3 The Dragon Reborn 4 The Shadow Rising 5 The Fires of Heaven 6 Lord of Chaos 7 A Crown of Swords 8 The Path of Daggers 9 Winter s Heart 10 Crossroads of Twilight 11 Knife of Dreams 12 The Gathering Storm 13 Towers of Midnight 14 A Memory of Light


  8. says:

    Before I start my review, there is something I really need to get off my chest GAWYN TRAKAND IS A COMPLETE IDIOT WHO HAS A DUBIOUS DISTINCTION OF BEING THE MOST IDIOTIC GOOD GUY IN THE HISTORY OF FANTASY, OR LITERATURE IN GENERAL Sorry, I had to do it now back to the review.It is hard to say anything about the fourth book in a series without giving huge spoilers I will just give my thoughts about the major characters, their development, and plot lines Mat slowly becomes the most interesting character in the series and will stay that way until the last book written by Jordan The events in this book shaped his further development and personality.Perrin has the most tragic and heroic plot line in the book His love to Faile is full of touching moments I am also very sorry to say that this is the last book where he is not boring and Faile is not extremely annoying Nynaeve while being Nynaeve, still has her moment of glory in the book which made me feel a lot of respect for her she alone went view spoiler head to head with one of the Forsaken Moghedein and lived to tell the tale hide spoiler


  9. says:

    5 A push to catch up with the BBB read of the full series by August WOW What an amazing book Everything that happens here could fill ten regular books and make all of them burst with content Once again, only superlatives come to me when writing about this series and objective review is impossible Thus, I am only going to note that Rand is making strides toward establishing himself as The Dragon Reborn and havoc follows wherever any of our three Tav eren step foot The five kids from The Two Rivers are all learning and slowly but surely are establishing their influence on the web which The Wheel of Time weaves There were battles and evil everything trying to corrupt the Light, and our heroes are doing the best they can, still stumbling and fumbling but determined as ever I have no words to express how much I wish everyone would give this enormous, but very readable work of Epic Fantasy a chance it is than worth it Happy reading to all and may you always expand your mind with books of the fantastic


  10. says:

    The Shadow Rising did everything right when it comes to continuing a series by continuing to flush out the characters and their relationships in addition to moving the plot forward There was a well done balance between character and plot development which moved the overall story arc along in a way that remained engaging and exciting for the reader Even with all this action the question whether The Shadow Rising is too long remains I don t really think so, or not by much anyway Jordan manages to weave the four main story lines into a good novel as far as I am concerned Although not as fast paced as the earlier book he makes good progress in each of them Jordan has shown himself quite capable of handling the four main story lines in this book The beginning of the novel is a bit slow, Rand hesitates too long But then, that was Jordan s point This book is a change in direction for Jordan If you do not like where he is taking it, there really is no point in continuing with the series, if anything, the story becomes even sprawling than it already is Still, I think this book shows Jordan is capable of than he has shown us in the previous entries in the series Maybe the series, and Jordan s world building in particular, is becoming too ambitious If it is, it doesn t show in The Shadow Risings All things considered, it is a very satisfying read for people who enjoy epic and yes, that implies it is long fantasy.