Winter's Heart



The Wheel Of Time Turns And Ages Come And Go, Leaving Memories That Become Legend Legend Fades To Myth, And Even Myth Is Long Forgotten When The Age That Gave It Birth Returns Again In The Third Age, An Age Of Prophecy, The World And Time Themselves Hang In The Balance What Was, What Will Be, And What Is, May Yet Fall Under The ShadowRand Is On The Run With Min, And In Cairhein, Cadsuane Is Trying To Figure Out Where He Is Headed Rand S Destination Is, In Fact, One She Has Never ConsideredMazrim Taim, Leader Of The Black Tower, Is Revealed To Be A Liar But What Is He Up To Faile, With The Aiel Maidens, Bain And Chiad, And Her Companions, Queen Alliandre And Morgase, Is Prisoner Of Savanna S SeptPerrin Is Desperately Searching For Faile With Elyas Machera, Berelain, The Prophet And A Very Mixed Army Of Disparate Forces, He Is Moving Through Country Rife With Bandits And Roving Seanchan The Forsaken Are Ever Present, And United, And The Man Called Slayer Stalks Tel Aran Rhiod And The WolfdreamIn Ebou Dar, The Seanchan Princess Known As Daughter Of The Nine Moons Arrives And Mat, Who Had Been Recuperating In The Tarasin Palace, Is Introduced To Her Will The Marriage That Has Been Foretold Come AboutWinter's Heart

Librarian Note There isthan one author in the Goodreads database with this name.Robert Jordan was the pen name of James Oliver Rigney, Jr., under which he was best known as the author of the bestselling The Wheel of Time fantasy series He also wrote under the names Reagan O Neal and Jackson O Reilly.Jordan was born in Charleston, South Carolina He served two tours in Vietnam from 1968 to 1970 with the United States Army as a helicopter gunner He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross with bronze oak leaf cluster, the Bronze Star with V and bronze oak leaf cluster, and two Vietnamese Gallantry Crosses with palm After returning from Vietnam he attended The Citadel where he received an undergraduate degree in physics After graduating he was employed by the United States Navy as a nuclear engineer He began writing in 1977 He was a history buff and enjoyed hunting, fishing, sailing, poker, chess, pool, and pipe collecting He described himself as a High Church Episcopalian and received communionthan once a week He lived with his wife Harriet McDougal, who works as a book editor currently with Tor Books she was also Jordan s editor in a house built in 1797 Responding to queries on the similarity of some of the concepts in his Wheel of Time books with Freemasonry concepts, Jordan admitted that he was a Freemason However, like his father and grandfather, he preferred not to advertise, possibly because of the negative propaganda against Freemasonry In his own words, no man in this country should feel in danger because of his beliefs On March 23, 2006, Jordan disclosed in a statement that he had been diagnosed with cardiac amyloidosis, and that with treatment, his median life expectancy was four years, though he said he intended to beat the statistics He later posted on his Dragonmount blog to encourage his fans not to worry about him and that he intended to have a long and fully creative life.He began chemotherapy treatment at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, in early April 2006 Jordan was enrolled in a study using the drug Revlimid just approved for multiple myeloma but not yet tested on primary amyloidosis.Jordan died at approximately 2 45 p.m EDT on September 16, 2007, and a funeral service was held for him on Wednesday, September 19, 2007 Jordan was cremated and his ashes buried in the churchyard of St James Church in Goose Creek, outside Charleston.

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10 thoughts on “Winter's Heart

  1. says:

    Rough at times with so many characters and everyone eager to put their two bits about Al Thor but this story has two events that I was looking forward to since book 5 Not a great addition but not bad either.

  2. says:

    This is one of the hardest books to rate I thought long and hard whether to give this book 3 or 4 stars I also could not take an easy path and give this book 3.5 starson this later.Perrin s subplot takes up the first quarter of the book Perrin spends his time brooding and being miserable To be fair, he comes to his senses from time to time when he does he makes pointless talk He also snaps at the people who really try to help him It is really sad to see a pathetic human being which This is one of the hardest books to rate I thought long and hard whether to give this book 3 or 4 stars I also could not take an easy path and give this book 3.5 starson this later.Perrin s subplot takes up the first quarter of the book Perrin spends his time brooding and being miserable To be fair, he comes to his senses from time to time when he does he makes pointless talk He also snaps at the people who really try to help him It is really sad to see a pathetic human being which Faile made out of him In her absence he runs around like a headless chicken somehow forgetting he has a ragtag army which entirely depends on him Well, tough luck guys and girls you commander is too preoccupied with his personal problems to care about you any To make a long story short, this part is painful to read.To be completely fair, that first quarter of the book I mentioned also contained a prolog which was relatively short by the series standards It contains among other things an interesting announcement by Rand.Elayne s plotline comes next Despite the fact that her plot moves in exactly the same direction as Perrin s nowhere, her part is really refreshing to read after his These two occupy first half of the book One thing of note in here Nynaeve finally becomes very useful she is forced into this, but she really does her best Basically, this is the book where she grows from the most annoying character into one of the most awesome.The second half of the book finally gets back to Mat it took Jordan long enough considering the fact that the guy was not in the previous book Mat s subplot is uneven very interesting and exciting parts follow by complete screeching halt and vice versa At least the slow parts in his case are justifiable as he is currently in situation where he cannot do much if anything at all his frustration is clearly shown.Rand s part comes last and while it has its occasional boring parts, on the whole this last part of the book gives adrenaline rush to its readers The end of the book is up there with Dumai s Wells from book 6 it moves the overall plot forward by a long stretch and really make big power shift, especially among the Forsaken.As I mentioned Mat s parts really save this book from 2 star rating Rand s grand finale gives it at least very strong 3 stars As to 4 stars, it really depends on whether you think the excitement of Rand s part overcomes Perrin s non stop brooding If so, the final rating is 4 stars otherwise it is 3 I still think Rand s actions and resulting power shift warrants higher rating This review is a copy paste of my BookLikes one

  3. says:

    I DID IT I DID IT I DID IT WOOOOOOOOOO

  4. says:

    Winter s Heart gets three stars since it s the weakest Wheel of Time book I ve read so far, alongside The Path of Daggers However, that doesn t mean it really deserves three stars This put me in a difficult situation, because this rating is in comparison with the other WoT books On the other hand, it is quite a lot better than several books I ve rated four stars.The problem with this one is one you probably know about The plot development is gone Still, I absodamnlutely love this world, thi Winter s Heart gets three stars since it s the weakest Wheel of Time book I ve read so far, alongside The Path of Daggers However, that doesn t mean it really deserves three stars This put me in a difficult situation, because this rating is in comparison with the other WoT books On the other hand, it is quite a lot better than several books I ve rated four stars.The problem with this one is one you probably know about The plot development is gone Still, I absodamnlutely love this world, this writing and some of these characters.I don t think there is anyfor me to say This is book 9 after all 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

  5. says:

    5 A buddy read with the Fantasy Addicts at BB B We are going to prevail over the Dark Lord I am out of words It feels like I have said everything, used up all my vocabulary of superlatives and have became redundant with my praises of the genius of Robert Jordan and this series This is the 9th book and I found it to be just as compelling as all the ones before it I read some reviews saying it was slow and nothing really happened until the last several chapters I very respectful 5 A buddy read with the Fantasy Addicts at BBB We are going to prevail over the Dark Lord I am out of words It feels like I have said everything, used up all my vocabulary of superlatives and have became redundant with my praises of the genius of Robert Jordan and this series This is the 9th book and I found it to be just as compelling as all the ones before it I read some reviews saying it was slow and nothing really happened until the last several chapters I very respectfully disagree Although there was very little action, the information contained in this volume was enormous This is a book of thousands small details, each connecting with each other and the thousands of others from the beginning of the series to the end It is a tapestry, a whole world coming alive through hundreds of characters, tens of plots, and several cultures and traditions clashing, intersecting, changing and evolving through the time we are involved with them It is a fluid, pulsing and compelling complex creation which can best be appreciated by letting the story lead us with its flows, instead of us fighting for control over it Trust the author this one has never disappointed me before I know this was a non review, but the whole point is, give this magical, whimsical and smart story a chance, if you are a fan of Traditional Fantasy, Epic or High it is a MUST READ HAPPY READING, Y ALL

  6. says:

    The September Buddy r Read with all my buddy reading fantasy addicts at Buddies Books BaublesAs my good friend Choko says This is a book of thousands small details.that might be a little off I think this is a book of A MILLION SMALL DETAILS.Look totally props to Jordan for creating such and interesting and diverse world The number of lands, cultures, diversity, magic and just small things that make each character different are really staggering I have no idea how the man kept track of it a The September Buddy r Read with all my buddy reading fantasy addicts at Buddies Books BaublesAs my good friend Choko says This is a book of thousands small details.that might be a little off I think this is a book of A MILLION SMALL DETAILS.Look totally props to Jordan for creating such and interesting and diverse world The number of lands, cultures, diversity, magic and just small things that make each character different are really staggering I have no idea how the man kept track of it all I assume his library was full of self created encyclopedias featuring nothing but random tid bits from this world he created.This was probably my least favorite book of the series though because there isn t much action, but there is a whole lot of minutia that if this was my 2nd or 3rd read through the series I would probably appreciate itbut as is I really wantedmeat to the story and plot lines.Best parts of this book for me some of it might be mild spoilers.you ve been warned Elayne and Avienda becoming first sisters This was much cooler than I thought it would be Mat FINALLY being back in the story I had to wait until half way through the book to see him but yay he is finally here again and the dice are rolling in his head Rand s quest when he finally got to it and his interactions with Min She is my favorite of the three women he is in love with We finally get a decision on how that whole situation is going to work Lets just say that was the most awkward I have felt reading a book in a long time.and I read straight up smut but that entire situation is just uncomfortable I could not share.at all Cadsuane Melaidhrin.well she might be one of the few Aes Sedia that I actually like I love how she puts people into their place and is such a strong character I m not sure what her plan for the Dragon Reborn is but she is one of the few characters I like The ending was this crazy mess of everything jumbled together It was intense, it was confusing, it was a bit epic and it seems like every one of the 602 characters in this book showed up in 30 pages Thanks a href for the character count in this book. Matt met the Daughter of the Nine Moons.FINALLY Let s just say that his courting method is a bit unconventional and maybe a bit Neanderthal like giggles Still all of that probably only took up about 200 pages of this massive book So there is a lot of time that is just down time waiting forthings to happen Worst Parts for me Looking up character names because I didn t remember so and so that I haven t seen since book 5 The long time between events happening So the plot still feels like it is moving at a snail s pace until the rush at the end Since there are so many story lines going on it seemed like we got them to a critical point and then they moved off of that line never to return again cough Faile cough So I m still in it so win it since Buddies Books Baubles is doing one of these a month and I need these to get to Sanderson s finish of the series But I m hoping that we can pick up the pace a little going forward

  7. says:

    This was another Wheel of Time instalment that passed with very little advancement in the majority of the ongoing story arcs Despite that I still thoroughly enjoyed this 9th book in the series I think I m just so sucked into the story by this point that I m happy and entertained by the happenings even when the characters are doing littlethan chit chatting with each other Spoilers ahoy So what did actually happen for our favourite characters I hear you ask Rand He actually had a produ This was another Wheel of Time instalment that passed with very little advancement in the majority of the ongoing story arcs Despite that I still thoroughly enjoyed this 9th book in the series I think I m just so sucked into the story by this point that I m happy and entertained by the happenings even when the characters are doing littlethan chit chatting with each other Spoilers ahoy So what did actually happen for our favourite characters I hear you ask Rand He actually had a productive book and hogged most of the actual plot advancements He spent most of the book sightseeing and holidaying in places like Camelyn and Far Madding before showing us what it really meant to be the Dragon Reborn in an epic scene at the end of the book The guy also had time for real developments in his personal relationship with his harem of women Perrin Someone told him Faile had been abducted That is it Presumably he is still thinking of a way to rescue her Maybe he will get to that in the next book Mat He spent the book in Ebou Dar thinking about how to escape the place He might even manage it in the next instalment Despite that lack of progress his chapters were probably the most entertaining of the whole book I loved most of his interactions with his wife to be Egwene If she appeared in this one that appearance was so brief I ve forgotten it Nynaeve She was mostly a secondary character in Rand s tale but I did think she continued to improve as a character and she got involved in a bit of the action towards the end Rand s Harem Aviendha and Min have been reduced to the role of love interests for Rand Elayne had a bitto do as she finally remembered that she was supposed to be running Andor Elayne finally got separated from Nynaeve in this book but responded by firmly latching onto Aviendha The good news for Rand is that the women have worked out a rota for his time Min warms his bed when he is on the go and Elayne does when he visits Camelyn The list still needs a bit of tweaking as they forgot to find time for Aviendha but all was not lost for her as Elayne devised an ingenious way for the whole group to share those fun bedtimes Random Secondary Characters We got quite a few new POV s from minor characters in this instalment and while none of those characters really stood out I felt like their POV segments still added to the story All in all I enjoyed Winter s Heart and since it finished with a bang I m quite eager to press on with the next Wheel of Time book Rating 4.5 stars.Audio Note Krammer and Reading were as fantastic as ever

  8. says:

    The official BB B read of Book IX of the epic WoT series just got Mission Accomplished like a BOSS Ok, ok It was a reread for me, but still This series aint for for the fainthearted in the page count department Also, with close to a 1000 pages a book there is a lot of meandering and only a little sprinting I have paperbacks Actual count is 11916 pages Or 4,410,036 words And the characters You REALLY have to keep track Piece of cake you say Hmmm This book alone mentions 602 character n The official BBB read of Book IX of the epic WoT series just got Mission Accomplished like a BOSS Ok, ok It was a reread for me, but still This series aint for for the fainthearted in the page count department Also, with close to a 1000 pages a book there is a lot of meandering and only a little sprinting I have paperbacks Actual count is 11916 pages Or 4,410,036 words And the characters You REALLY have to keep track Piece of cake you say Hmmm This book alone mentions 602 character names SIX HUNDRED AND TWO No they are not all main characters, but with a large and complex story such as this one, many of them matter One might be mentioned once in the first book, and then again in the sixth book and still have an important role to play in the tenth book So yeah You really have to be into it This is book numero nueve though, and luckily I am into it Well, I guess I would have given up long since if I wasn t Anyway Moving on.Even though this is a BIG book, there were only a few major things that happened in this one But some of them have been a loooooooong time coming We have actual movement people The plot, she goeth in the right direction And in a big way More on that shortly As I mentioned twice already, this is book nine and reviews are a bit hectic in such a big series So without further adieu, I give you, drum roll The spoilery highlight summary view spoiler Rand settles most of the questions regarding his threesome of ladies and gets his groove on with Elayne At last, now stop moaning and he also bonds all three AT LASTYou re all mad, he said finally. Rand s words, not mine MAT IS BACK In retrospect this should have been on the top of this list as Mat freaking disappeared for an ENTIRE book UNACCEPTABLE Mat meets his future wife At Last And promptly kidnaps her Rand Nynaeve cleanse the Source YES MAJOR plot development and major assist for ALL the male Aes Sedai Also, all the male Forsaken are now singingWe can t go on, together, with suspicious mindssssssss to the Dark Lord because they do not need his special protection in order to touch the source without taint hide spoiler And that s that as far as I am concerned.It was great overall It did drag in some parts, but the highlights mentioned did the job Four and a quarter stars

  9. says:

    How manyways can I find to say the same things about this series A series whose problems I identified as early as book three, and which has continued to embrace those problems rather than fix them Presumably because Jordan didn t see them as problems but rather as features Which is one of the problems It s a whole problematical circle of problems, and ouroboroses eating their tails and such a fitting image since the Wheel of Time is basically an ouroboros sailing some sort of invisibl How manyways can I find to say the same things about this series A series whose problems I identified as early as book three, and which has continued to embrace those problems rather than fix them Presumably because Jordan didn t see them as problems but rather as features Which is one of the problems It s a whole problematical circle of problems, and ouroboroses eating their tails and such a fitting image since the Wheel of Time is basically an ouroboros sailing some sort of invisible ship.Let s go through the checklist for Winter s Heart An inability to write women characters that betrays Jordan s sexist notion that women and men seem to be different species of human CHECK Characters who constantly bicker with one another, and a distinct lack of recognizable human friendship CHECK Belligerence passing for leadership and competence CHECK Authorial indulgence in worldbuilding and logistics that has no ultimate bearing on the plot, which results in a lack of control over the narrative, and endless pages of pointless conversations, check ins, brooding, and repetitive actions, so barely anything of note happens in the span of hundreds of pages CHECK An ever expanding cast of characters that is impossible to keep track of, largely due to aforementioned lack of control over the narrative CHECK Rand as some sort of weird hero anti hero jerkface with a harem of women who fall over themselves with love for him, for some unknown reason I cannot fathom, because he is a jerk CHECK CHECK CHECK.I think what makes me the most frustrated about this whole situation is that underneath all of that nonsense is the bones of a compelling story It hurts to see Jordan take those bones and dress them up in sexist, pointless, frustrating nonsense.So what DID happen in this book A few things of significance did occur, but they are surrounded by a buffer of irrelevant things that are mostly not crucial to the story The kinds of things you put in an WOT Encyclopedia after you publish the last book in the series, not the stuff that makes up the meat of your books If we re going to go with food metaphors here, Winter s Heart is a sub sandwich that is filled up almost entirely with iceberg lettuce, except for one bit in the middle and the bit at the end that has some meat and cheese and mustard on We re talking like 600 pages of lettuce, folks Maybe 150 pages of meat, if we re lucky.So when I say significance, I mean stuff that has relevance for future plot, which will affect character or plot action in future books We re talking MOVEMENT, here DEVELOPMENT view spoiler Faile is kidnapped by the Shaido, along with Morgase in disguise and Alliandre Mat meets Tuon while trapped in Ebou Dar Rand is bonded as a Warder to Elayne, Aviendha and Min Elayne becomes pregnant, after retaking the throne Rand and Nynaeve cleanse the male half of the power from the Dark One s taint Which is a phrase that should not exist I m just picturing evil buttholes now hide spoiler And that s it I think that s some sort of record for non happenings in a book More stuff happens in most 250 page books I ve read.Also I do want to talk for a bit about how Perrin is the worst in this book, and almost everything to do with his storyline, and fucking Berelain, is also the worst What the eff is the point of that stupid, horrible plotline It makes Perrin look stupid for putting up with it It makes Berelain look stupid for going so hard after a married man who OBVIOUSLY does not want her He literally could not make itobvious if he tried It makes Faile look like a shrew to be so jealous And it makes everyone around them look petty and stupid for talking about it and speculating about it endlessly I hate it and wish it would die 2.5 stars, rounded down

  10. says:

    This book was easily a one star until the last chapter, where there was enough action to make me look forward to the next, but unfortunately 90% of this book was a struggle I had to force myself to get through several of the chapters namely those involving Elayne Nynaeve Unfortunately those 30 pages of action was not enough for me to raise my rating.The following sums up my major issues with this book and contains some spoilers You have been warned view spoiler The first sister ceremonyElay This book was easily a one star until the last chapter, where there was enough action to make me look forward to the next, but unfortunately 90% of this book was a struggle I had to force myself to get through several of the chapters namely those involving Elayne Nynaeve Unfortunately those 30 pages of action was not enough for me to raise my rating.The following sums up my major issues with this book and contains some spoilers You have been warned view spoiler The first sister ceremonyElayne and Aviendha becoming first sisters so they can share Rand Because of course all sisters share men I don t think I have ever been such good friends sisters with someone that I wanted to share a husband with them The whole thing is strange I know for the Aiel this is normal, but Elayne isn t Aiel and for one so opposed to it at the start, she came around REAL quick Then the whole beautiful first sisters ceremony Where they slap each other It is so cheesy.Min also has no issues stepping into her role as 3rd woman either.The characters failed logicElayne becoming ruler of Andor Spending an entire Chapter repeating random bits of advice people have given her, and how vital it is that she act like a Queen and make her people love her or they will cast her down Ends the Chapter by yelling at a servant Great start Elayne.Nynaeve getting upset at the seafolk for not listening when that is exactly what she and Egwene did while they were Novices.Men bashingElayne constantly calling Rand stupid and blaming everything on him But LIGHT how she luuurves him Nynaeve complaining that men gossip That isn t what I ve seen so far.Bonding of RandRand spends the entire series saying how he will not be put on a leash He will not let Aes Sedai control him.However when AES SEDAI Elayne says Let us 3 bond you Rand so we can see where you are at all times and how you are feeling Rand says SURE.And the fact that they can feel each other when they are with Rand Just so WEIRD.Elayne s pregnancyQueue another entire Chapter of Elayne being fussed over because of her state and her fiercely saying that she will do anything to protect her child while complaining about all the fuss Then throws herself headfirst into danger.Oh and the fact that they won t allow pregnant Elayne to do anything but riding horses and meeting complete strangers in their camp is okay.Mat s situationMat is completely miserable and still no one seems to care that he is being raped Probably because he was a womanizer But I didn t see him forcing anyone which is the difference here Why must strong women be portrayed as abusive in this series hide spoiler Onebook until Sanderson

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