A Crown of Swords (Wheel of Time Series #7)

A Crown of Swords (Wheel of Time Series #7)

by Robert Jordan

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The Wheel of Time, Robert Jordan’s internationally bestselling fantasy series, has captured the imaginations of millions of readers worldwide. Now book seven in the series, A Crown of Swords, will be available in trade paperback for the first time. This new trade paperback will feature brand-new cover art commissioned specifically for this edition.

In this volume, Elayne, Aviendha, and Mat come ever closer to the bowl ter'angreal that may reverse the world's endless heat wave and restore natural weather. Egwene begins to gather all manner of women who can channel—Sea Folk, Windfinders, Wise Ones, and some surprising others. And above all, Rand faces the dread Forsaken Sammael, in the shadows of Shadar Logoth, where the blood-hungry mist, Mashadar, waits for prey.

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ISBN-13: 9780765336460
Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates
Publication date: 06/18/2013
Series: Wheel of Time Series
Edition description: Second Edition
Pages: 688
Sales rank: 117,673
Product dimensions: 6.32(w) x 9.06(h) x 1.23(d)
Age Range: 12 Years

About the Author

Robert Jordan was born in 1948 in Charleston, South Carolina. He taught himself to read when he was four with the incidental aid of a twelve-years-older brother, and was tackling Mark Twain and Jules Verne by five. He is a graduate of The Citadel, the Military College of South Carolina, with a degree in physics. He served two tours in Vietnam with the U.S. Army; among his decorations are 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. A history buff, he has also written dance and theater criticism and enjoyed the outdoor sports of hunting, fishing, and sailing, and the indoor sports of poker, chess, pool, and pipe collecting.


Robert Jordan began writing in 1977 and went on to write The Wheel of Time®, one of the most important and best selling series in the history of fantasy publishing with over 14 million copies sold in North America, and countless more sold abroad.


Robert Jordan died on September 16, 2007, after a courageous battle with the rare blood disease amyloidosis.

Date of Birth:

October 17, 1948

Date of Death:

September 16, 2007

Place of Birth:

Charleston, South Carolina

Place of Death:

Charleston, South Carolina


B.S. in physics, The Citadel, 1974

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A Crown of Swords

By Robert Jordan

Tom Doherty Associates

Copyright © 1996 The Bandersnatch Group, Inc.
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-1-4299-6057-1


High Chasaline

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 great forest called Braem Wood. 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.

North and east the wind blew as the searing sun rose higher in a cloudless sky, north and east through parched trees with brown leaves and bare branches, through scattered villages where the air shimmered from the heat. The wind brought no relief, no hint of rain, much less snow. North and east it blew, past an ancient arch of finely worked stone that some said had been a gateway to a great city and others a monument to some long forgotten battle. Only weathered, illegible remnants of carving remained on the massive stones, mutely recalling the lost glories of storied Coremanda. A few wagons trundled by in sight of the arch, along the Tar Valon Road, and folk afoot shielded their eyes from dust raised by hooves and wagon wheels and driven by the wind. Most had no idea where they were going, only that the world seemed to turn somersaults, all order ending where it was not gone already. Fear drove some on, while others were drawn by something they could not quite see and did not understand, and most of them were afraid, too.

Onward the wind traveled, across the gray-green River Erinin, heeling ships that still carried trade north and south, for there had to be trade even in these days, though none could be sure where it was safe to trade. East of the river, the forests began to thin, giving way eventually to low rolling hills covered in brown, tinder-dry grass and dotted sparsely with small clumps of trees. Atop one of those hills stood a circle of wagons, many with the canvas scorched or else completely burned away from the iron hoops. On a makeshift flagstaff, trimmed from a young tree dead in the drought and lashed to a bare wagon hoop for more height, waved a crimson banner, a black-and-white disc in its heart. The Banner of Light, some called it, or al'Thor's Banner. Others had darker names, and shivered as they spoke them in whispers. The wind shook the banner hard and was gone quickly, as if glad to be away.

Perrin Aybara sat on the ground with his broad back against a wagon wheel, wishing the wind lingered. It had been cooler for a moment. And the wind from the south had cleared the scent of death from his nostrils, a scent that reminded him where he was supposed to be, the last place he wanted to be. Much better here, inside the wagon circle, his back to the north, where he could forget after a fashion. The surviving wagons had been hauled up to the hilltop yesterday, in the afternoon, once men could find strength to do more than thank the Light they still breathed. Now the sun climbed again, and the heat with it.

Irritably, he scratched at his short curly beard; the more he sweated, the more it itched. Sweat rolled down the face of every man he could see except the Aiel, and water lay nearly a mile away to the north now. But so did the horrors, and the smells. Most considered it a fair trade. He should have been doing his duty, yet the touch of guilt did not move him. Today was High Chasaline, and back home in the Two Rivers there would be feasting all day and dancing all night; the Day of Reflection, when you were supposed to remember all the good things in your life and anyone who voiced a complaint could find a bucket of water upended over his head to wash away bad luck. Not something anybody wanted when the weather was cold, as it should be; a bucket of water would be a pleasure now. For a man lucky to be alive, he found it remarkably hard to pull up any good thoughts. He had learned things about himself yesterday. Or maybe it had been this morning, after it was all done.

He could sense a few of the wolves still, a handful of those that survived and were now on their way elsewhere, far from here, far from men. The wolves were still the talk of the camp, uneasy speculation over where they had appeared from and why. A few believed Rand had called them. Most thought the Aes Sedai had. The Aes Sedai did not say what they thought. No blame came from the wolves—what had happened, had happened—but he could not match their fatalism. They had come because he called them. Shoulders wide enough to make him seem shorter than he was slumped under the weight of responsibility. Now and then he heard other wolves, that had not come, speak with scorn to those that had: This was what came of mixing with the two-legs. Nothing else could be expected.

It was a strain to keep his thoughts to himself. He wanted to be home, in the Two Rivers. Small chance of that, perhaps ever again. He wanted to howl that the scornful ones were right. He wanted to be with his wife anywhere at all, and everything the way it was before. The chances of which seemed little better, maybe worse. Far more than the yearning for home, more even than the wolves, worry about Faile ate inside him like a ferret trying to burrow out of his middle. She had actually seemed glad to see him leave Cairhien. What was he to do about her? He could not think of words to describe how much he loved his wife, and needed her, but she was jealous where she had no cause, hurt where he had done nothing, angry where he could not see why. He must do something, but what? The answer eluded him. Careful thought was all he had, while Faile was flashing quicksilver.

"The Aiel should put some clothes on them," Aram muttered primly, scowling at the ground. He squatted nearby, patiently holding the reins of a rangy gray gelding; he seldom went far from Perrin. The sword strapped to his back jarred with his green-striped Tinker coat, hanging undone for the heat. A rolled kerchief tied around his forehead kept sweat from his eyes. Once Perrin had thought him almost too good-looking for a man. A bleak darkness had settled in him, though, and now he wore a scowl as often as not. "It isn't decent, Lord Perrin."

Perrin put aside thoughts of Faile reluctantly. With time, he could puzzle it out. He had to. Somehow. "It is their way, Aram."

Aram grimaced as if he might spit. "Well, it isn't a decent way. It keeps them under control, I suppose—nobody would run far or make trouble like that—but it isn't decent."

There were Aiel all over the place, of course. Tall, aloof men in grays and browns and greens, their only bit of color the scarlet strip of cloth tied around their temples, with the black-and-white disc on their foreheads. Siswai'aman, they called themselves. Sometimes that word tickled the edge of his memory, like a word he should know. Ask one of the Aielmen, and he looked as if you had babbled nonsense. But then, they ignored the strips of cloth, too. No Maiden of the Spear wore the scarlet headband. Whether white-haired or looking barely old enough to leave her mother, every Maiden stalked about giving the siswai'aman challenging stares that seemed somehow self-satisfied, while the men looked back flat-eyed, with a smell almost of hunger, a matter of jealousy by the scent of all of them, though over what Perrin could not begin to imagine. Whatever it was, it was not new, and it did not seem likely to come to blows. A few of the Wise Ones were inside the wagons as well, in bulky skirts and white blouses, wearing their dark shawls in defiance of the heat, glittering bracelets and necklaces of gold and ivory making up for the plainness of the rest of their clothes. Some appeared amused by the Maidens and the siswai'aman, and others exasperated. All of them—Wise Ones, Maidens and siswai'aman—ignored the Shaido the way Perrin would have a stool or a rug.

The Aiel had taken two hundred or so Shaido prisoners yesterday, men and Maidens—not many, considering the numbers involved—and they moved about freely. In a manner of speaking. Perrin would have been a lot more comfortable had they been guarded. And clothed. Instead, they fetched water and ran errands, naked as the day they were born. With other Aiel, they were meek as mice. Anyone else received a proudly defiant stare for noticing them. Perrin was not the only one who tried not to notice them, and Aram not the only one to mutter. A good many of the Two Rivers men in camp did one or both. A good many of the Cairhienin nearly had apoplexy whenever they saw one of the Shaido. The Mayeners just shook their heads as though it were all a joke. And ogled the women. They had as little shame as the Aiel, the Mayeners.

"Gaul explained it to me, Aram. You know what a gai'shain is, don't you? About ji'e'toh and serving a year and a day and all that?" The other man nodded, which was a good thing. Perrin did not know much himself. Gaul's explanations of Aiel ways often left him more confused. Gaul always thought it all self-evident. "Well, gai'shain aren't allowed to wear anything one of the algai'd'siswai might wear—that means 'spear fighters,'" he added at Aram's questioning frown. Suddenly he realized he was looking straight at one of the Shaido as she trotted in his general direction, a tall young woman, golden-haired and pretty despite a long thin scar down her cheek and other scars elsewhere. Very pretty and very naked. Clearing his throat roughly, he pulled his eyes away. He could feel his face heating. "Anyway, that is why they are ... the way they are. Gai'shain wear white robes, and they don't have any here. It's just their way." Burn Gaul and burn his explanations, he thought. They could cover them with something!

"Perrin Goldeneyes," said a woman's voice, "Carahuin sends to know whether you wish water." Aram's face went purple, and he jerked himself around in his squat, presenting his back to her.

"No, thank you." Perrin did not need to look up to know it was the golden-haired Shaido woman. He kept peering off at nothing in another direction. Aiel had a peculiar sense of humor, and Maidens of the Spear—Carahuin was a Maiden—had the most peculiar. They had quickly seen how the wetlanders reacted to the Shaido—they would have needed to be blind not to—and suddenly gai'shain were being sent to wetlanders left and right, and Aiel all but rolling on the ground at the blushes and stammers and even the shouting. He was sure that Carahuin and her friends were watching now. This was at least the tenth time one of the gai'shain women had been sent to ask him whether he wanted water or had a spare whetstone or some such bloody fool thing.

Abruptly a thought struck him. The Mayeners were seldom bothered this way. A handful of Cairhienin plainly enjoyed looking, if not so openly as the Mayeners, and some of the older Two Rivers men, who should have known better. The point was, none of them had had a second spurious message that he knew of. Those who reacted the most, on the other hand. ... Cairhienin, who had shouted the loudest about indecency, and two or three of the younger Two Rivers men, who stammered and blushed so hard they looked ready to melt, had been pestered until they fled the wagons entirely. ...

With an effort Perrin looked up at the gai'shain's face. At her eyes. Focus on her eyes, he thought frantically. They were green, and large, and not at all meek. Her scent was pure fury. "Thank Carahuin for me, and tell her you could oil my spare saddle, if she doesn't mind. And I don't have a clean shirt. If she wouldn't mind you doing some laundry?"

"She will not mind," the woman said in a tight voice, then turned and trotted off.

Perrin whipped his eyes away, though the image did stay in his head. Light, Aram was right! But with luck, he might just have stopped any more visitations. He would have to point this out to Aram, and the Two Rivers men. Maybe the Cairhienin would listen too.

"What are we going to do about them, Lord Perrin?" Still looking away, Aram no longer spoke of gai'shain.

"That is Rand's to decide," Perrin said slowly, satisfaction fading. It might be odd to think of people wandering about naked as a small problem, but this was definitely a bigger. And one he had been avoiding as hard as he had what lay to the north.

On the far side of the wagon circle, nearly two dozen women sat on the ground. All well-dressed for travel, many wore silk, most with light linen dustcloaks, but not a bead of sweat showed on any face. Three appeared young enough that he might have asked them for a dance before he married Faile.

If they weren't Aes Sedai, anyway, he thought wryly. Once he had danced with an Aes Sedai, and nearly swallowed his tongue when he realized who he swung about. And she had been a friend, if that word applied to Aes Sedai. How new does an Aes Sedai have to be for me to put an age to her? The others looked ageless, of course; maybe in their twenties, maybe their forties, changing from one glance to the next, always uncertain. That was what their faces said, though several showed gray in their hair. You just could not tell with Aes Sedai. About anything.

"At least those are no danger anymore," Aram said, jerking his head toward three of the sisters a little apart from the rest.

One wept, face on her knees; the other two stared haggardly at nothing, one of them plucking aimlessly at her skirt. They had been much the same since yesterday; at least none was screaming any longer. If Perrin had the straight of it, which he was not sure he did, they had been stilled somehow when Rand broke free. They would never channel the One Power again. To Aes Sedai, it was probably better to be dead.

He would have expected the other Aes Sedai to comfort them, care for them somehow, but most ignored the three entirely, although a little too studied in looking anywhere and everywhere else. For that matter, the stilled Aes Sedai refused to acknowledge the rest, either. In the beginning, at least, a few of the other sisters had approached, each by herself, calm to the eye yet smelling sharply of aversion and reluctance, but they got nothing for their pains, not word or glance. None had gone near this morning.

Perrin shook his head. The Aes Sedai seemed to do a lot of ignoring of what they did not want to admit. For instance, the black-coated men standing over them. There was an Asha'man for each sister, even the three who had been stilled, and they never seemed to blink. For their part, the Aes Sedai looked past the Asha'man, or through them; they might as well not have existed.

It was quite a trick. He could not make himself disregard the Asha'man, and he was not under their guard. They ranged from fuzz-cheeked boys to gray-haired, balding gansers, and it was not their grim, high-collared black coats or the sword each wore at his hip that made them dangerous. Every Asha'man could channel, and somehow they were keeping the Aes Sedai from channeling. Men who could wield the One Power, a thing of nightmares. Rand could, of course, but he was Rand, and the Dragon Reborn besides. These fellows made Perrin's hackles rise.

The captive Aes Sedai's surviving Warders sat some distance off, under their own guard. Thirty or so of Lord Dobraine's armsmen in bell-shaped Cairhienin helmets and as many Mayener Winged Guards in red breastplates, each sharp-eyed as if guarding leopards. A good attitude, under the circumstances. More Warders than there were Aes Sedai; a number of the prisoners were Green Ajah, apparently. More guards than Warders, a good many more, and maybe few enough at that.

"The Light send we don't see any more grief from that lot," Perrin muttered. Twice during the night the Warders had tried to break free. In truth, those outbreaks had been suppressed more by the Asha'man than by the Cairhienin or Mayeners, and they had not been gentle. None of the Warders had been killed, but at least a dozen nursed broken bones none of the sisters had yet been allowed to Heal.

"If the Lord Dragon cannot make the decision," Aram said quietly, "maybe it should be made by somebody else. To protect him."


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Guest More than 1 year ago
This was a great book. In the previous books, Jordan touched lightly on the relationship between Lan and Nynaeve. Finally, they have gotten married. I was also curious as to how things would fall out between Min and Rand and also Elayne and Avendia. This book reaches deeper into topics it had touched only lightly before. I have heard many complain that the time between the books is too long and I do agree, but I do ask one question. Can a man right a 900 page book, get it revised over and over again and get it all published in less than a year like everyone wants? Just a small question. :-)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This whole series has got to be my all time favorite. I Read what books were available when i was a teenager. Now near 50 Reading them a second and third time was as entertaining as first and wont be the last time i revisit tjis fantasy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
if you read the first 6 how can you not read 7?
Guest More than 1 year ago
Book 7 of the Wheel of Time does not disappoint fans. It holds you in its grasp throughout the whole book. It makes you want to keep reading to find out what happens between Rand and Sammael...A GREAT READ!!!!!, looking forward to the next one!
Guest More than 1 year ago
As good as any other title of the series. To those of you who think nothing happened in this book, I say, re-read it! True, none of the major plots were wrapped up or even brought any closer to conclusion, but there were some interesting developments and some new questions were posed. But, is the plot all this series is about? No! It's also about the characters and the setting. There was some genuine fun to be had in this book as Mat was made to squirm for Queen Tylin and it was sad (and kind of frightening) to see the changes Rand went through in this book. One truly begins to wonder if the madness has seized the Dragon Reborn. If one thing detracted from this book, it had, what I believe to be, a rather abrupt ending. Still, I look forward to reading 'The Path of Daggers,' and seeing what new things happen in the lives of our heroes and what new things may happen in the plot.
Guest More than 1 year ago
'Even though the books seem quite long they are for the most part fast reading and have me following the story very closely practically living it'
DirkJE More than 1 year ago
A great story, Well written.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The series started out incredible until now. This book is the most over worded piece of garbage i've read in a long time. Its obvious that jordan had to fulfill a 12 book series so he had to stick as many words as possible to attain that. This book could have been awesome if he had cut it down to 6-700 pages. Thats how overworded this story is. And the next one is reading the same so far. I'm rather upset at this point and am questioning finishing the series. If i read nynaeve pull her braid one more time the only One Power is going to be my hand pushing the lever to flush this thing down the John.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A great continuation in the wheel of Time series!
TEST NOOKUSER More than 1 year ago
the plot thickens as mutiple protagonists fight for their lives just to stay afloat.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book provides more winding, interlinking plots. The characters become more real to the reader and this coupled with the 'big ending' make this another fabulous book in the Wheel Of Time series leaving you begging for the next one. Finishing this series will leave a void in your life you cannot replace...ever
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Obviously a must read for WoT fans. A Crown of Swords deepens the rift forming amongst the Chosen (aka Forsaken), specifically Sammael's and Moghedien's ability (or lack thereof) to follow orders and spread Chaos throughout Randland. While the ending is a little blurry and somewhat anti-climactic, readers may be surprised at who turns out to lend the Dragon Reborn a helping hand.
Guest More than 1 year ago
While the beginning is an extansion of the last books ending, the rest of the book goes by real fast. Lots of things happen in this book, Rand finally goes on the offenseive. Finally we get to see more of Min, a character that is a lot more interesting then some of the other main characters.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Wheel of Time series is absolutely excellent. A Crown of Swords has to be the peak of the series. It opens you up to all of the characters and you can actually see them as people, not characters from a book. Very well written.
Guest More than 1 year ago
any thing this guy wrights is pure genus. since i don't want to give away the book to those who havent read i can only say that if you read any book don't read this one. Start with the first one and enjoy the hole searies.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I usually don't like to read long books, but this author is awesome. If you like fantasy books, read these.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is an excellent sequel to Book six of the Wheel of Time series, one of the most addictive series I've ever read. While most fantasy is invariably compared to Tolkien, Jordan's style is much different, from his more realistic political situations to the greater role of women in the series. I highly recommend reading this and the other books in the Wheel of Time series.
kayceel on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
In this seventh book of the Wheel of Time series, Rand is recovering from being captured, imprisoned and tortured by White Tower Aes Sedai, Egwene is finding a balance as a very young and underestimated Amyrlin Seat and Elayne, Nynaeve, Aviendha and Mat are trying to stay alive while looking for a ter'angreal that may help change the weather back to normal.There's a good amount of tension in this one - few large battles, but many of the characters get into substantial scrapes. I'm rather partial to Mat, and he's featured for a good portion of the book as he, Elayne and Nynaeve search for the Bowl of the Winds in violent Ebou Dar. Perrin, another I'm fond of, is not so heavily featured, which was disappointing. However, Lan returns! And reunites with Nynaeve! Yay!
Kassilem on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Hmm. Not much happens here. Jordan has so many characters he's keeping track of that to span the amount of only a month, if that, he takes this whole book. While not much happens, most of it is very important. The end seems a little rushed but only because it has taken two books for Rand to get to Sammael. While some of the women still retain their haughty inequality, most of that has disappeared for which I am grateful for. Now, more often than not, I can laugh out loud when Elayne and Nynaeve interact or when Mat groans about the both of them. Looking forward to getting to the next book.
SonicQuack on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Jordan, uncharacteristically one might say, produces a Wheel of Time novel which starts off with action, has plenty of exciting sequences in the middle and offers a grand finale to boot. There is none of the spirituality of the previous two entries and the action centres around the original Two Rivers 'heroes', as their stories continue on a collision-course with the Dark One. Although Jordan is still verbose and frequently uses five hundred words when fifty would suffice, there is less redundant prose here, although anyone looking for brief and concise fiction would have escaped from the Wheel of Time some volumes back. The story is worth the content and and Crown of Swords offers the propellant this ailing series needed offering various entertaining aspects of fantasy fiction from tavern brawls to field warfare, mysterious quests to assassinations. Entertaining from the first page to the last, although a little wordy on the way, this is a reminder of why the series is so popular.
jpsnow on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I didn't enjoy this as much as any of the others. For 800+ pages, not much happened.
stomps on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Unfortunately, this book was the downturn in the series that I was told to expect. It seemed like nothing happened for good portions of the book, and by the end, the world is pretty much in the same state as it was at the end of "The Lord of Chaos" with only one (possibly) large change. I plowed through this book because I wanted to get it done, but now I feel like I'm going to take a break from the series...although that might mean I'll never start it again. I just wish that Jordan had just gotten it over and done with rather than adding characters and stretching the narrative further than it ever should have gone.
coffeesucker on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The book that "killed" my desire to continue reading this series - 500 pages of rehashed story and nothing to move the book along.