WINTER'S HEART by Robert Jordan - FIRST EDITION BOOK
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In Robert Jordan's Winter's Heart -- the ninth volume in
his blockbuster Wheel of Time saga -- the prophesied Last Battle
(Tarmon Gai'don) between the Light and the Shadow is imminent. But Rand
al'Thor, the Dragon Reborn, stands in the Shadow's way. Conflict greets
him on all sides, from both foes and allies. Darkfriends, Shadowspawn,
and the Forsaken will try to kill Rand to prevent his participation in
the Last Battle. Others, on the side of the Light, are afraid that Rand
will go mad and cause another Breaking of the World, so they attempt to
The world of Wheel of Time is one of queens and kings, nations and
wars, and the One Power. Aes Sedai (women who can tap into the female
half of the One Power, called saider)
rule from the White Tower located in the city of Tar Valon. Even kings
and queens are wary of Aes Sedai manipulations. Men who can channel the
male half of the One Power (saiden) are feared because of the taint on saiden
by the Dark One. They are hunted down by Aes Sedai and cut off from the
power to prevent madness and destruction. However, the prophecies say
that the seals on the Dark One's prison will weaken, letting him into
the world, and a male Aes Sedai, the Dragon Reborn, will face the Dark
Although Winter's Heart does add a few
major plotlines, it mostly enhances the universe of the Wheel of Time.
The unnatural summer has ended, bringing winter with its fresh set of
problems, plus plenty of fresh activity. Elayne continues her quest for
the throne of Andor. Perrin's wife, Faile, is captured by rebel Aiel.
After an attempt is made on his life, Rand decides to go on the run to
deal with rebel Asha'men. Later, Rand addresses the taint on saiden.
Cadsuane tries to help Rand understand his humanity. Mat schemes to get
out of Ebou Dar and away from Queen Tylin, receiving help from an
unexpected source. A Seanchan princess -- known as Daughter of the Nine
Moons -- arrives in Ebou Dar, while the Seanchan capture and
consolidate more lands in the west. The Forsaken gather to plot against
Jordan has created a world of characters and places as diverse and
complicated as those in real life. He weaves many stories, tales, and
legends to create a colorful tapestry. However, the complex and
numerous plots, plus the development of various characters, border on
overwhelming at times. And remembering all the pertinent details from
preceding volumes is next to impossible: what the characters have
previously done, what they know, what they don't. The first few Wheel
of Time books are among the finest fantasy writing ever, with tight
story lines and fast-moving action. The most recent volumes in the
series, including Winter's Heart, have featured less action and fewer grand plot arcs but have developed more character histories and shadings.
Reading the previous eight Wheel of Time books is essential to appreciate the many characters and plot subtleties of Winter's Heart, adding welcome textures -- and pleasant diversions -- to the Wheel of Time series.