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Winter's Heart (Wheel of Time Series #9)

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

Amazing Fantasy

The review earlier that commented that they thought Robert Jordan would die before giving us the end was a very offensive review. For the record, Robert Jordan did pass away, may he rest in peace, but he made arrangements prior to that for the last story to be written....
The review earlier that commented that they thought Robert Jordan would die before giving us the end was a very offensive review. For the record, Robert Jordan did pass away, may he rest in peace, but he made arrangements prior to that for the last story to be written. He created such an amazing fantasy world and he cared enough about the story AND the readers to see to this. His books are so colorful and full of life; other fantasy books have just two aspects to them-we're good and they're bad; let's use magic and dragons to deal with it! In the Wheel of Time series you have fantasy and also the aspects of actually living in that world. Robert Jordan will be missed and I am sad that I will not be able to look forward to any more by this amazing author.

posted by ChristineEveryday on March 21, 2009

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5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

For the most part, I think I liked WINTER¿S HEART, even though t

For the most part, I think I liked WINTER’S HEART, even though this book, more than any so far in the series, seemed to embody the strengths and weaknesses of THE WHEEL OF TIME.

By the time this book came out, people had already begun to turn on the series a bit, criti...
For the most part, I think I liked WINTER’S HEART, even though this book, more than any so far in the series, seemed to embody the strengths and weaknesses of THE WHEEL OF TIME.

By the time this book came out, people had already begun to turn on the series a bit, criticizing Jordan for making a money grab and stretching out the series as long as he could and filling his books with more and more characters, more and more world-building, and less plot advancement. In WINTER’S HEART, Jordan moves the plot forward in a few places, but does so in as bizarre a way as any author I’ve seen.

I don’t want to spoil anything for those who haven’t read this book yet, so if you don’t want any spoilers at all, please stop reading this review. If you don’t mind vague spoilers, I’ll do my best to be non-specific –

One of the series’ main female characters learns she is pregnant during the time period depicted in the book. “During the time period depicted in the book?” you might say. What a strange way to phrase that!

I word it that way because Jordan doesn’t actually include that part in the book. In fact, we spend probably eight to 10 pages in that character’s POV chapter before she mentions that she’s pregnant in passing, and that’s why Character A gets this, this, this and this for breakfast, Character B gets this, this, this and this for breakfast and she gets this, this and this to eat because she’s pregnant. I’ve honestly never seen anything like it. By the end of WINTER’S HEART, Jordan is nearing 240,000 words in this series. He has been roundly criticized for packing too much into the story, detailing every minute detail of his character’s lives, putting 100,000 words or more between major plot developments, and somehow we know everything the characters eat for breakfast on a daily basis but we aren’t there when one of the main characters learns they’re pregnant.

It’s totally bizarre.

For the most part in this series, even in the books I didn’t especially like, I’ve liked the way Jordan ends the book with a rip-roaring fight, usually between Rand and one of the big bads. This time, Jordan does an excellent job of setting up the big fight. Rand is busy using so much magic that he can’t defend himself, and he must rely on those around him to defend him from the Forsaken descending upon him. It’s great.

Jordan speeds up the pace, jumping from POV character to POV character, and we see the battle beginning from probably eight different characters’ points of view. But then we jump to another character on the outskirts of the fray who wants nothing to do with the dangers of battle. They can’t see anything, but they guess that the Forsaken are probably losing.

Of course, we can’t trust this because one of Jordan’s favorite games is to have a POV character express an opinion that’s wildly inaccurate, but in the next scene the battle is over and we’re told who lived and died. Somehow, Jordan spends all this time building up to this fight, and as good guys and bad guys run into each other, he cuts away just as the fighting begins. It’s as though Jordan hates the reader, and is now just taunting them. You want something to happen? Fine, but I’m not going to show it to you. I’ll just tell you everything that happens before and then skip over the exciting parts.

Mat Cauthon is back for this book, and seems to get the bulk of Jordan’s attention. I have to say, Mat has really grown on me again. I struggled with him in some of the early books, but Jordan has certainly found his grasp of this character, and I was happy to spend more time with Mat as he makes his way in Seanchan-controlled Ebou Dar. I just wish his plot had moved forward more.

Perrin’s determination to find his wife, who was kidnapped in one of the earlier books, is gripping early on and I expected to see him try to chase down her kidnappers, but Jordan soon drops this plotline and never returns to it.

Having Rand spend the bulk of his time with Min is a good choice, as Min has been one of the few female characters Jordan hasn’t made off-putting. I also liked seeing Rand working with Lan, even though they follow a red herring plotline where they walk into a trap set by a big-time bad guy, but then the big-time bad guy runs away almost immediately, making the whole thing kind of pointless.

Jordan is still creating more mysteries for the readers to try to figure out, and while he does answer others, they’re questions that were set up in the third or fourth book of the series. Sometimes he pulled out the big reveal, and instead of saying, ‘Wow, that’s amazing!’ my response was, ‘Oh yeah. I’d forgotten about that.’

So here I am, nine books into the series. Jordan seems to have a better grasp of his main characters than he did earlier and he has found ways to make some of them more interesting, but his pacing still isn’t quite right and some of the storytelling decisions he made in this book were downright strange.

posted by GeraldTarrant on January 13, 2013

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  • Posted March 21, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    Amazing Fantasy

    The review earlier that commented that they thought Robert Jordan would die before giving us the end was a very offensive review. For the record, Robert Jordan did pass away, may he rest in peace, but he made arrangements prior to that for the last story to be written. He created such an amazing fantasy world and he cared enough about the story AND the readers to see to this. His books are so colorful and full of life; other fantasy books have just two aspects to them-we're good and they're bad; let's use magic and dragons to deal with it! In the Wheel of Time series you have fantasy and also the aspects of actually living in that world. Robert Jordan will be missed and I am sad that I will not be able to look forward to any more by this amazing author.

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 9, 2012

    Best series I've ever read.

    Yet another great instillation in the series. Robert Jordan is the best fantasy author I've had the pleasure to stumble across.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 20, 2013

    SHUTUP!!!

    Quit dissing the series. If you would stop fussing over other stuff, you idiots would actually NOTICE all the PLOT ADVANCEMENTS that you all complain there being none! So pay attention and SHUT UP!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 17, 2013

    Winter's Heart

    Another great book in the series. I can't wait to read the next one!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 3, 2012

    Highly Recommend!

    Jordan was a wonderful writer!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 19, 2011

    Must read!!!!

    not sure about the direction some of the characters have gone yet i still keep reading on to book 10!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 27, 2011

    Amazing!!

    The suspense rises throughout the entire book and culminates with a massive climax. But ends with more suspense leading up the the end of the series.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 22, 2011

    The wheel of time

    I have enjoyed all the wheel of time series books and Robert Jordan's style of story telling. It has given me hours of enjoyment

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 12, 2005

    Winter's Heart Climax King

    Robert Jordan¿s Winter¿s Heart, the ninth book in the epic heart-pounding series Wheel of Time, the Last Battle draws still closer. Rand al¿Thor is the world¿s only hope for salvation from the Dark One. His battle with sanity continues to climb as the dead Lews Therin fights for control in his mind. Although not constantly being bombarded with intricate fighting scenes, like the previous books in the series, Jordan still continues to intrigue his writers with action and drama, but now he starts to tie the loose ends that will lead to the inevitable Last Battle. Mat is plans his escape of Ebou Dar, now controlled by the battle hardened Seanchan. Perrin¿s wife is held captive in the Shaido Aeil camp. In the climax Rand decides to cleanse the taint of saidan. This climax is among the greatest climaxes ever to fill the pages of fantasy books. Robert Jordan¿s writing never lets the reader down in this amazing tale of light against dark. His intricate battles and plots suck the reader into the amazing world he has created. And the ending is bound to leave the reader breathless.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 29, 2004

    Good.

    This is a GREAT book like all the rest of the series. Huge plot twists, nations falling madness, all the things i liked in the lord of the rings. I love it and cant wait for the next book in the series. However, i think that that the previous reviewer is trying to change things more to his point of view. Are you sure that the wheel of time was really heading that way? It sounds more like its the way you want it to be instead of the way it IS.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2003

    outstanding

    I love the Wheel of Time series. I am a reader, and can easily get into a book and never put it down. With all the great books i've read this series is the best! I feel the same appreciation and love for each book in the series and am looking forward to reading #10. Personally, I hope Jordan stretches this out as long as he can! Thank you!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 18, 2003

    Wonderful reading experience!!!

    I only started reading Jordans WOT series 3-4 months ago and I just finished book nine. Some of the reviews I have seen complain of a lack of action since book 7, however, the action turns to intrigue and never slows for a moment. Truth be told, any series would begin to get old if all it achieved was an endless string of fight or flight, and Jordan knows that. The characters and their stories are easy to get into and when he switches story lines to another character, it leaves you aching to return at the same time it traps you into the new line. All in all, Robert Jordan is the most captivating author I have read so far and I hope he continues the series for 3-4 more books.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 11, 2003

    Amazing

    I have found all of Robert Jordans writing incredibly and this is just icing to the cake. i have been reading this series for almost 2 years and have read it 5 times. Read it if you think you have any time at all for reading.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 9, 2002

    Anxiously awaiting Book #10

    I have enjoyed this entire series. The 1st 9 books were all in print when I started the series. I have read one right after the other. Each book brings out more depth about the characters. I am awaiting Moraine's return and the fate of Mat. The final chapter in Winter's Heart tied up alot of loose ends with Rand cleasing the taint from saidin. Hope the next book comes out soon

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 24, 2014

    Always awesome

    Keeping it up

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 13, 2013

    Ws

    Pads after the voice.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 15, 2013

    Snowkit

    Go to my den so we can talk about what u want to be

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  • Posted May 11, 2013

    A long awaited gift.

    My son had read this series up through book 8, but stopped due to the author's death. He's been on short term disability and I found out that the remainder of the series was published. I had gotten all the rest of the series except this one for him thinking he already had this book. When he told me he needed to read this first, I had trouble finding it, but fortunately found it here. He's elated to be able to finish the series and I feel this should help him with his recovery.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 15, 2013

    Excellent Way to Re-Read Series

    Now that WOT has finally ended, I've started re-reading the series, and the ebooks make this projects much more user friendly. Waiting anxiously for the ebook version of AMoL ...

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 13, 2011

    I love Robert Jordan!

    All of his books have amazing detail and wonderful characters! Always giving the audience what they want while giving the book an unexpected twist. I have come to love ALL he characters and the way Jordan writes. When writing from the veiw of a woman I feel it is a woman speaking and not an imitation. Beautiful story and plot I love it!

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