My review today is for The Fires of Heaven (The Wheel of Time #5) by Robert Jordan. I find it hard to review these booksHow do you review books that are Fantasy classics? These are books that everybody already knows are good. I find it difficult to express how great these books are. I mean besides Lord of the Rings this has to be considered the best classic Epic Fantasy right? Well I guess I will just take it book by book and see what happens. This is yet another great book in this series. What a wonderful story. Awesome characters. The worldbuilding is just fantastic. Robert Jordan deserves his reputation as the outstanding author he was. This series deserves it’s place near the top of all epic fantasy. The adventures of Rand, Perrin, and Mat are truly epic. Classic fantasy at it’s best. You have reluctant heroes, Dark powers, magic, diverse people, and great battles.

I said in my last few reviews that if there was any downside to those books It was the lack of Rand, Mat, and Perrin and To much Aes Sedai. Thankfully that seemed to be just those books. Although I think Perrin was gone entirely from this book. Which was a bummer, but there was plenty of Rand and Mat. I guess it is just harder for me to relate to the female characters, I don’t know, but when there is to much Aes Sedai I seem to start tuning out. I am getting better at staying tuned in when the story goes to a Aes Sedai point of view. Maybe reading this series will help me get over those feelings.

Character development seemed to be the biggest theme in this book. It felt like all of the main characters went though many areas of growing and changing. For example it seems as though Rand and Mat were struggling to find a balance between who they are and who they once were, as well as who they were expected to become.

The only regret I have with this book, and the series is that I did not read it sooner! I can see now that I am going to be obsessed with this series. I finally know what all the hype was about from all the WoT fans out there. Now I am one of you. Now if I can just read the whole series this year (I am already behind). On to Lord of Chaos.

4/5 Stars

Make sure you check out all the Wheel of Time books from Tor Books!

Keep an eye out for more Wheel of Time reviews coming soon!

8/18/15

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About the book:

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The Fires of Heaven by Robert Jordan

  • Series: Wheel of Time (Book 5)
  • Paperback: 832 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books; Reprint edition (November 13, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 076533464X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765334640

The Wheel of Time®, Robert Jordan’s internationally bestselling fantasy series, has captured the imaginations of millions of readers worldwide. Now The Fires of Heaven will be available in trade paperback for the first time. This new edition will feature cover art from award-winning artist Dan Dos Santos. This stunning cover art debuted on the e-book and will now grace bookstores for the first time on this handsome new edition.

In this sequel to the phenomenal New York Times bestseller The Shadow Rising, Robert Jordan again plunges us into his extraordinarily rich, totally unforgettable world:

…Into the forbidden city of Rhuidean, where Rand al’Thor, now the Dragon Reborn, must conceal his present endeavor from all about him, even Egwene and Moiraine.

…Into the Amyrlin’s study in the White Tower, where the Amyrlin, Elaida do Avriny a’Roihan, is weaving new plans.

…Into the luxurious hidden chamber where the Forsaken Rahvin is meeting with three of his fellows to ensure their ultimate victory over the Dragon.

…Into the Queen’s court in Caemlyn, where Morgase is curiously in thrall to the handsome Lord Gaebril.

For once the dragon walks the land, the fires of heaven fall where they will, until all men’s lives are ablaze.

And in Shayol Ghul, the Dark One stirs…

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About the author:

Robert Jordan was the pen name of James Oliver Rigney, Jr., under which he was best known as the author of the bestselling The Wheel of Time fantasy series. Jordan was born in Charleston, South Carolina. He served two tours in Vietnam (from 1968 to 1970) with the United States Army as a helicopter gunner. He was awarded 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. After returning from Vietnam he attended The Citadel where he received an undergraduate degree in physics. After graduating he was employed by the United States Navy as a nuclear engineer. He began writing in 1977. He was a history buff and enjoyed hunting, fishing, sailing, poker, chess, pool, and pipe collecting. Robert Jordan died on September 16, 2007, after a courageous battle with the rare blood disease amyloidosis.

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