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Winter's Heart: Book 9 of the Wheel of Time (Now a major TV series) (English Edition) Formato Kindle
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The ninth novel in the Wheel of Time series - one of the most influential and popular fantasy epics ever published.
Rand al'Thor, the Dragon Reborn, is slowly succumbing to the taint that the Dark One has placed upon the saidin - the male half of the True Source. His Asha'man followers are also showing signs of the insanity that once devastated the world and brought the Age of Legends to an end.
And as Rand falters, the Shadow falls across a stricken land. In the city of Ebou Dar the Seanchan, blind to the folly of their cause, marshal their forces and continue their relentless assault. In Shayol Ghul the Forsaken join together to destroy the Dragon.
Rand's only chance is to hazard the impossible and remove the taint from the saidin. But to do so he must master a power from the Age of Legends that none have ever dared to risk - a power that can annihilate Creation and bring an end to Time itself.
'Epic in every sense' Sunday Times
'With the Wheel of Time, Jordan has come to dominate the world that Tolkien began to reveal' New York Times
'[The] huge ambitious Wheel of Time series helped redefine the genre' George R. R. Martin
'A fantasy phenomenon' SFX
The Wheel of Time series:
Book 1: The Eye of the World
Book 2: The Great Hunt
Book 3: The Dragon Reborn
Book 4: The Shadow Rising
Book 5: The Fires of Heaven
Book 6: Lord of Chaos
Book 7: A Crown of Swords
Book 8: The Path of Daggers
Book 9: Winter's Heart
Book 10: Crossroads of Twilight
Book 11: Knife of Dreams
Book 12: The Gathering Storm
Book 13: Towers of Midnight
Book 14: A Memory of Light
Prequel: New Spring
Look out for the companion book: The World of Robert Jordan's The Wheel of Time
With The Wheel of Time, Jordan has come to dominate the world Tolkien began to reveal (New York Times) --Questo testo si riferisce a un'edizione alternativa kindle_edition.
- ASIN : B002VHI8PO
- Editore : Orbit; Digital original edizione (22 giugno 2010)
- Lingua : Inglese
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- Lunghezza stampa : 705 pagine
- Posizione nella classifica Bestseller di Amazon: n. 137,073 in Kindle Store (Visualizza i Top 100 nella categoria Kindle Store)
- n. 2,867 in Fantasy per bambini e ragazzi (in inglese)
- n. 2,889 in Fantasy (in inglese)
- n. 4,789 in Fantascienza, Horror e Fantasy in lingua straniera
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The reason I love this series, though, is for the main cast, and the story overall. My only gripe regarding the main characters would be regarding Mat. It’s Book 9, and I’ve seen very little to explain why he seems to be such a fan favourite. I love the scenes that he’s been in so far (previous books), but they’ve been too few and far between. Would love to look up a statistic which illustrates how many chapters were devoted to each character. Mat seems to be woefully underrepresented, for such a charismatic and interesting character. (While he was missing for the entire first half of this book, he did have a significant portion of the second half devoted to him).
As usual, the ending means I feel like grabbing the next book immediately to find out what happened. Which is a good thing.
As before there are many plots going on at once, we have Perrin looking for Faile, Elayne trying to gain the throne of Andor, Mat escaping the Seanchan in Ebou Dar, Egwene marching towards war with Tar Valon. Each of which gets a little mention, though some more than others and each has a different thing to interest you, revenge, political intrigue, suspense, and prospective battles. But the main reason to read this book is Rand's story and his preparations to cleanse Saidin.
I am still a little annoyed at Jordan's structure of the plots, though. He seems to tell one story, then another, then another, then finishes with the climax, rather than merging them through the book. For example, the first few chapters are all about Perrin's story. Then we don't see him for the rest of the book. Mat gets the most story though (his is the only one that actually gets a satisfying conclusion), while Egwene gets nothing more than an appearance in Tel'aran'rhiod. Though, to be fair, if I had to read a hundred pages of her walking, I'd probably throw my Kindle out the window.
Perrin's story is fairly straightforward, but we jump right into the action. It is a far quicker start than we have had since maybe the Dragon Reborn. He doesn't waste any time to go after Faile but just as it starts getting interesting, it ends and we have to wait for the next book.
Elayne's story is, yet again, the weak point. Though, probably this is because I'm not a huge fan of overly political stories, even if I like a smattering of the genre in others. She meets up with the borderland rulers and thus brings them into the plot after being introduced at the beginning of the last book. This is yet another example of how Jordan doesn't seem to understand longterm storytelling. There are times you can do this kind of thing, and times you can't. The scene from Path of Daggers could have served as a portion of the prologue to this book and nothing would have been affected.
Mat's story is definitely the second best part of Winter's Heart. After not appearing in the last book, he is back. He organises the escape of Aes Sedai while finally meeting the Daughter of the Nine Moons, and she is not what he expected. I liked how the Aes Sedai now have to depend on him to get them out. There is a rather touching scene where a Seanchan woman walks in on him and Joline. He grabs her and kisses her to hide her ageless face. Once she realises why he's doing it, she continues, but is crying while it's happening. Aes Sedai, those champions of cool serenity, are broken by the invaders.
Rand prepares himself to disappear for a while following the attack on him from the Asha'man, but while doing so, he is also making preparations to cleanse Saidin, something he's been thinking of for a few books now. Also, in this book, he finally gets Elayne, Aviendha and Min together in a room for the first time. It's unfortunate that we don't get the first meeting of Min and Aviendha and we just jump into the three walking towards Rand, but it's kind of made up by their scenes after the meeting.
It is the ending that is the reason to buy this book, if any more were needed. We haven't had a decent finale since Lord of Chaos, and certainly not one that felt natural since the Fires of Heaven, so this one is very welcome. It doesn't have any huge battles with thousands of men fighting, but the amount of the Power wielded is enough to make you feel as if it were. Since the introduction of the concept of the One Power in the Eye of the World, this is what we've been waiting for, to actually see the male and female halves being used together, to see Saidin and Saidar used in a battle. It is the closest we've ever got to witnessing the War of Power, and it is an immensely exciting and satisfying end.
To conclude, it's still not perfect, but it is the best book since Fires of Heaven. Winter's Heart breathes new life into the series, along with some monumental changes. It is just such a shame it is to be followed by Crossroads of Twilight.
There is no doubt that the pace of this book is slower the earlier books and it feels much more compartmentalized: The first section follows Perrin, the second follows Elayne, the third follows Mat and the fourth Rand.
However, knowing what happens in the story subsequent to this book, I think the sequence of events laid out here can really be viewed as the foundations for the end of the series. It (and CoT) is a prologue for the final books, so many important things happen that can only be properly appreciated retrospectively.
For this reason, WH gets 4 stars instead of 3 second time around.
Much loved series