Wednesday, August 7, 2013

The Shadow Rising Book Review

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As many of you know, I'm participating in a Wheel of Time Read Along. This is my favorite series of all time and has influenced me more as a writer, a reader, and yes, a person, than most other books I've read combined. That said, this is a supercalifragilisticexpialidocious-ly long series. I totally love it and wish there was more, but many people would disagree. Its the kind of series that is definitely worth reading, but does take a hefty time commitment, which many people either can't or don't want to give. I get it. That said, please go out and read this if you can! It's fabulous.

So, book 4 The Shadow Rising by Robert Jordan is especially great. It's always been one of my favorite volumes because it has so much great stuff in it, including Rand's personal history, the Tower of Genji, the first (major) appearance of Slayer, journey into the Waste, Nynaeve and Lan's first make-out scene, and so much more!

It's a long book but definitely worth the read. *Spoilers for book 3 ahead. Read at your own peril.* After the fall of the Stone of Tear, and seeing very little of Rand in the previous book--*end of spoiler*--we dive right in with him holed up deep in bowels of the stone, trying to read histories and prophecies to figure out his own powers and destiny, and trying to deal with the simpering Tairen Lords. Not far in, all our MCs split up. Rand heads into the arid Aiel Waste with Mat, Egwene--who wants to learn from the Aiel Wise Ones--Moiraine and Lan. Perrin heads home to the Two Rivers to protect it from threats that concern him personally, and Nynaeve and Elayne had to Tanchico to hunt the Black Ajah. All KINDS of goodness! Meanwhile the White Tower is in turmoil, evil creatures walk the World of Dreams and the Forsaken may be hiding in the light. Rand has to figure out his destiny and his own powers because things are happening fast and the Last Battle is coming at him head-on.

In other words...Awe. Some. Sauce.

I won't say much more. For those who know what all this is about, I don't want to spoil. For those who don't, you won't anyway. :D 

But I love this book! It's SO well-written. There's a part that has to do with Rand's ancestery that everyone who's ever read the series agrees is pretty much the best thing they've ever read. So beautiful and poignant. Re-reading it for this read-along, no one could stop talking about that part. Yeah, it's that good! 

If you're at all into high or epic fantasy, or just want ridiculous rich characters and world-building, I would highly recommend Robert Jordan's The Wheel of Time. Now that all the books are out and the series is over, you really don't have an excuse. 

Just sayin'. ;D

What awesomesauce books have you read lately?

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