Winter's Heart

Winter's Heart

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The Wheel of Time ® is a PBS Great American Read Selection! Now in development for TV!

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 Wheel of Time turns and Ages come and go, leaving memories that become legend. Legend fades to myth, and even myth is long forgotten when the Age that gave it birth returns again. In the Third Age, an Age of Prophecy, the World and Time themselves hang in the balance. What was, what will be, and what is, may yet fall under the Shadow.

Rand is on the run with Min, and in Cairhein, Cadsuane is trying to figure out where he is headed. Rand's destination is, in fact, one she has never considered.

Mazrim Taim, leader of the Black Tower, is revealed to be a liar. But what is he up to?

Faile, with the Aiel Maidens, Bain and Chiad, and her companions, Queen Alliandre and Morgase, is prisoner of Savanna's sept.

Perrin is desperately searching for Faile. With Elyas Machera, Berelain, the Prophet and a very mixed "army" of disparate forces, he is moving through country rife with bandits and roving Seanchan. The Forsaken are ever more present, and united, and the man called Slayer stalks Tel'aran'rhiod and the wolfdream.

In Ebou Dar, the Seanchan princess known as Daughter of the Nine Moons arrives--and Mat, who had been recuperating in the Tarasin Palace, is introduced to her. Will the marriage that has been foretold come about?

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Publisher: New York : Tom Doherty Associates, 2000
Edition: 1st ed. --
ISBN: 9780312864255
Branch Call Number: FIC Jorda 3558ad 1
Characteristics: 668 p. :,map. --


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Sep 07, 2018

Winter's Heart is really hard to rate because there's a lot of things I liked about it and a lot of things I disliked about it. Winter's Heart starts right where The Path of Daggers left off and focuses mostly on the perspectives of Perrin, Rand, Elayne, and Mat.
One of the things that I thought Robert Jordan did really well in this book was bring back some characters from the previous books in the series and make them play a bigger role in this book. I also really liked some of the groups that had to work together and I think my favorite part in this whole book is when Rand and Nynaeve channel together to try to cleanse the male half the source while the forsaken try to stop them. But like I mentioned earlier, there were things I really disliked about this book. The beginning of this book is just really weird, and some of the scenes felt really unnecessary and random. I found any part with Mat really boring and Perrin's storyline was just dropped after the first 100 pages. Min, Elayne, and a lot of the other female characters were really annoying, and I think Robert Jordan spent too much time on what the characters were wearing and who they were hooking up with rather than focusing on the story. But with that said, Winter's Heart does include some important story advancing moments and some character development does happen. In all, this book is just okay. It has a lot of potential to be good, but because it spends so much time on other things, it falls short of being good.

Jul 26, 2012

This series, the Wheel of Time, is really one of the best fantasy series out there. It is necessary to start at the beginning to understand and ponder the plot twists, relationships, and mysteries in the series. Pretty much every sentence is carefully planned out to provide clues useful later on, etc. One thing I enjoy about the series is the unparalleled (in the books I've read) description of relationships, especially between men and women.
Many describe Winter's Heart as boring, and it isn't the most exciting book of the series. However, there is plenty of information in this book that it is important to be armed with in the next books. The series seems to get better with every book, as the climax is building up, and each book branches more and more to include the whole plot. The parts with Perrin until book twelve may bore you though. :D

Apr 17, 2012

I enjoyed this book and highly recommend anyone interested in this genre to start at the beginning and read your way through the entire series.

I just finished this book. I've considered portions of a number of the books in the series slow reading at times, but there always plenty to excite me and make me anxious to obtain the next book and read it as soon as I finish one.

I learned about this series from another reader who initiated a conversation when he saw me reading one of Brian Sandersons books.

When you finish this series or while you're waiting on a copy of the next book to become available at your local library, check out Brian Sandersons books.

Mar 01, 2012

This book was probably my least favourite of the series, but I still liked it. Fans of this series should continue to read on, as the books really start to pick up again with book 12. But I still think that every book is good.

Oct 12, 2010

Remember how great the first book was? Well that was a lot of wasted words ago.

Mar 03, 2010

One of the weaker books of this great series, but wow what an awesome ending.

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Sep 07, 2018


Many of the events of Winter's Heart take place simultaneously with the events of the next book, Crossroads of Twilight. Perrin Aybara and his followers pursue the Shaido Aiel who kidnapped his wife, Faile Bashere, while Elayne Trakand attempts to suppress rebellious nobles. Mat Cauthon is trapped in the city of Ebou Dar in Altara, under Seanchan occupation. His escape is disrupted by a Seanchan noblewoman named Tuon, the heir to the Seanchan Crystal Throne; and Mat, having heard a prophecy of his own marriage to the Daughter of the Nine Moons, referring to Tuon herself, kidnaps her.
Rand al'Thor is appointed a Warder by Elayne Trakand, Aviendha, and Min Farshaw; and later kills most of the Asha'man traitors in Far Madding. Lan also kills Toram Riatin in a duel. Caught by guards, he is imprisoned for a short time but is set free by Cadsuane and the other Aes Sedai. Rand and Nynaeve al'Meara Travel to Shadar Logoth. There, defended by Cadsuane Melaidhrin's Aes Sedai and loyal Asha'man against the Forsaken, Rand and Nynaeve use the Choedan Kal to cleanse saidin of the Dark One's influence. In the process, both Shadar Logoth and the access key to the female Choedan Kal are destroyed.


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Sep 07, 2018

Sexual Content: Sex scene between Rand and Elayne and some other implied sex scenes between other characters. Fortunately, none of these scenes are too graphic or explicit.


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