The Fires of Heaven: Book Five of The Wheel of Time Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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In The Fires of Heaven, the fifth novel in Robert Jordan’s #1 New York Times bestselling epic fantasy series, The Wheel of Time, four of the most powerful Forsaken band together against the Champion of Light, Rand al’Thor.
Prophesized to defeat the Dark One, Rand al'Thor, the Dragon Reborn, has upset the balance of power across the land. Shaido Aiel are on the march, ravaging everything in their path. The White Tower's Amyrlin has been deposed, turning the Aes Sedai against one another. The forbidden city of Rhuidean is overrun by Shadowspawn.
Despite the chaos swirling around him, Rand continues to learn how to harness his abilities, determined to wield the One Power--and ignoring the counsel of Moiraine Damodred at great cost.
Since its debut in 1990, The Wheel of Time by Robert Jordan has captivated millions of readers around the globe with its scope, originality, and compelling characters. The last six books in series were all instant #1 New York Times bestsellers, and The Eye of the World was named one of America's best-loved novels by PBS's The Great American Read.
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|Listening Length||36 hours and 27 minutes|
|Narrator||Kate Reading, Michael Kramer|
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|Audible.com.au Release Date||26 December 2004|
|Best Sellers Rank|| 233 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
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While the characterisation of relationships between men and women can be a bit dated and cliched - although saved by its humour - and the pacing can be inconsistent with long slow stretches culminated in rapid advancements in the plot, ultimately the sheer scope of the genuinely epic fantasy story and the deep and engaging character arcs with likeable and by now long known characters, make this a great read in a great series.
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This particular entry in the series is a very strong one filled with some great action, huge plot moments and some real story progression. Have to say, this is the my favourite since the second. Though - my ongoing two major complaints remain: all women in this book are portrayed as short tempered and angry and not a single person in this book has a sense of humour or seems like they have fun - maybe Mat!
The series has me so involved in these characters, that even the slowly diminishing influence of Moraine and Lan hasn’t upset me too much (so far). Once again, a five star book, in what has so far been a five star series. Slow at times, lengthy to an intimidating extent, but definitely worth it.
Reason for 4 stars instead of 5: The one complaint I have, which is getting worse book by book is how every female character seems to constantly insult men in the general sense. Every other line from a female character seems to be - men are fools. Men are stupid. Men can't think for themselves. Men shouldn't be let off their mum's apron stings... it is literally every other sentence and it gets tedious. Especially when they do the exact thing right after/before that they accuse men of being stupid for doing.
Funny enough the men make no such comments about women. They often talk about not understanding women, or wishing they understood women better, but not insulting all women constantly.
From the five I've now read, it feels that Jordan relies heavily on cramming the denouements into the last fifty pages, which throws out the balance of the narrative. That said, I've really enjoyed his firm grasp of plot, his ability to make me care about the main characters and his descriptive flair.
Another tendency is that the first hundred or so pages waste too much time reiterating story elements or character backgrounds that anyone following the series would have at top of mind. After all, no-one would be reading them out of order.
I'm peeved that there is no explanation of what happened to the Seanchan woman, Egeanin that Nynaeve and Elayne befriended in book four. Not a single word about it, just a few sentences saying that Amanthera of Tarabon hustled the girls out of the city laden with jewels and gold in gratitude for their freeing her from the Black Ajah. Harrumph! Anyone who has the answer to this that I might have missed is welcome to comment 😊
Perrin's absence was felt, yet I thoroughly enjoyed the expansion into the Aiel world and the exploration of Tel'aran'rhiod by 'the ladies' was also fascinating.
I was disappointed by the Aes Sedai's reception of Elayne and Nynaeve as it felt mismatched and clunky in comparison to the heights the girls had reached by themselves. I do get it, though.
I read the book on Kindle and was frequently checking how long was left, which does suggest that plot was sacrificed to local colour. I'd agree with some other reviewers who have favoured a heavier editing hand.
All that said, I've got books six and seven out of the local library and plan to devour them through the coming week or so.