The Shadow Rising

The Shadow Rising

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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.

The seals of Shayol Ghul are weak now, and the Dark One reaches out. The Shadow is rising to cover humankind.

In Tar Valon, Min sees portents of hideous doom. Will the White Tower itself be broken?

In the Two Rivers, the Whitecloaks ride in pursuit of a man with golden eyes, and in pursuit of the Dragon Reborn.

In Cantorin, among the Sea Folk, High Lady Suroth plans the return of the Seanchan armies to the mainland.

In the Stone of Tear, the Lord Dragon considers his next move. It will be something no one expects, not the Black Ajah, not Tairen nobles, not Aes Sedai, not Egwene or Elayne or Nynaeve.

Against the Shadow rising stands the Dragon Reborn...

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Publisher: New York : Tom Doherty Associates, 1993
Edition: 1st mass market ed. --
ISBN: 9780312854317
Characteristics: 1006 p. : map. --


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Aug 31, 2020

I felt like some parts of this book were a little bit harder to take then the previous books. I still really enjoyed the other parts- especially Perrin's bit.

Feb 25, 2020

Five stars alone for a stunning sequence in the midsection of the book that should be studied by every aspiring writer of the genre. Every plot line is a joy to follow; the second half of this book alone is worth reading the thousands of pages that precede it. A major accomplishment.

Feb 19, 2020

Jordan is a master of characters and world-building. There's no one that can write a better character arc than him. This is the book where Perrin takes charge and becomes who he was born to be, where Rand starts accepting his fate and his role as the Dragon Reborn, and Mat also settles down and determines that he is special as well, and his place is by Rand. The boys have finally started becoming men and accepting their destinies as those the Wheel revolves around. The girls have started to come into their own as well- Egwene, Nynaeve and Elayne are deciding who they are, what they want, and are setting out to get it. It's extremely satisfying after the three previous books where everyone was railing against what they were and struggling and denying how important they were to the thread of the pattern.
That's not to say there weren't some low points. As usual, Jordan gets extremely wordy in sections, and that can bog down the story considerably. I began to skim certain sections of Rand in Rhuidian, and the girls in Tanchico, because they were exposition heavy or nothing seemed to be happening.
These minor points aside, this was the most action and excitement of any of the books so far, and the first 200 pages or so were my favorite. Perrin was easily my favorite character in this novel, followed closely by Nynaeve. They were the ones who grew the most and really took their challenges in stride and came out victorious on the other side.
I do feel bad for folks who have given up before this point, because The Shadow Rising is by far the best book in the series so far. I can't wait to get to the next one!


Continuing off of previous installments of the Wheel of Time, Rand Al’Thor finally accepts that he is the Dragon Reborn. Now, he seeks to complete the prophecies before the last battle approaches. Rand and Matt head to the Aiel waste to receive guidance on what they should do next. The Aiel waste itself is a large desert only inhabited by the Aiel, a warrior tribe of people that are the only ones that can survive in the desert. Meanwhile, Perrin heads back to the groups hometown as news of trouble in the Two Rivers calls him home. Another intermixing plot point can be found in The Tower, a marble tower that is home to Tar’ Valon Aes Sedai. The Mother of the Aes Sedai is disposed and removed after dissent from other Aes Sedai when The Mother refused to deal with Rand Al’ Thor (after all he is destined to go mad). On the topic of madness, Rand also finds himself eager to be taught how to use the male source of power as the last Male Aes Sedai had died centuries ago. Rating 5/5 @Ezekiel_Hannegan of the Yorba Linda Public Library Teen Book Bloggers

Aug 30, 2018

The fourth (or fifth, depending on if you count the prequel) book of The Wheel Of Time series, The Shadow Rising, picks up right where The Dragon Reborn left off and focuses mainly on four different perspectives. Rand tries to get all the Aiel clan chiefs to support him (vote for Rand!), Perrin goes back to the Two Rivers and fights a bunch of Trollocs, Min lives in the white tower for a short time until it gets attacked, and Elayne and Nynaeve continue to hunt the black Ajah.
In all, The Shadow Rising was good. It advanced the main story a lot and there were lots of parts that I really enjoyed reading (Chapter 21 was my personal favorite chapter). As usual, several characters said things that made me laugh!
I think that this book could have been shorter, though (mayyybe a lot shorter). I think it also could have benefited from better editing, especially towards the beginning. The part where Rand talks to Lanfear and fights all the Trollocs was just hard to read and confusing...I had to read carefully to understand what was going on. Also, I thought Faile and Aviendha were just kind of annoying. The bad thing was that they're in this book a lot.
SPOILER: As an Egwene-Rand fan, I also found it disappointing when they broke up.
As an afterthought, I love the way Rand looks on this cover.

Jul 26, 2017

Jordan's fourth volume in a 14 volume long epic continues to deliver, with epic battles, fullfilled prophecies and a bunch of other cool stuff.
Without a doubt, this series contains the best example I've ever found of intricate, detailed world building; Jordan has made an exceptional job creating the environments and cultures in The Wheel of Time. Everything has a history, everything feels real and plausible; his magic system is intricate (I know The Power is not "magic" per se, but it can serve as such for the purpose of description) and well developed, too.
The story concerning the trials and efforts of the Dragon Reborn is also fantastic, with amazing and gripping moments, particularly massive battles or one-on-one encounters, mostly fueled as well by the richness of the world where it transpires.
I cannot say how thoroughly I enjoy both the world building and the story.
But the characters. The characters are almost as enjoyable as those two other elements, true, but they are, simply put, emotionally unrealistic. Jordan seems to build his characters based solely on their gender, and then adding extra details to make them "interesting". And while the whole "gender is a key element in the magic system and history of the world" thing is obvious, it would be silly not to note how much it hinders the progress of his characters.
It's almost painful to see how caricaturized the relationships are between characters of different genders. Like. Women are always plotting and trying to control men, especially by "making them think we dont want to control them", keeping secrets and always angry at how "men are always hotheaded and obnoxious"... which in the novel they are, for no reason! And men feel the same way about women, getting angry at not understanding them, at their ever changing ways....
So basically men and women in this book are caricaturized stereotypes of the real men and women. At the beginning I thought that would change, but 4 books in I find that it just wont. Which is a shame, since it hinders the reading of it, when you exhale in exaperation at how easily they would solve their problems if they didnbehave and treat the other gender as stereotypes.
Sigh. I will finish the series, but I will never be comfortable with the way Jordan writes characters. Everything else is great.

Mar 08, 2017

This was my least favorite yet. I made it through however. I still look forward to reading more WoT books yet.

The beginning was 200 straight pages of nothing happening. What's worse than the lack of events or anything for that matter, is that the author is literally writing that nothing seems to be happening. This book dragged BAD. I tend to like slower pace and detail on the mundane sometimes, but even I'll admit this was not a great novel in any sense. Jordan breaks away from this bore fest of bad writing by throwing Trolloc raids where the story's at it's worst.

It seemed like the author got so caught up in his main character's story line that he forgot what was supposed to unfold in Min's and Siuan's part of the world. I actually think he forgot, but then just added it where he was randomly in the story anyway. This story point of view seemed very un-concluded as well. Which was such a let down because I think this was the most gripping part of this novel. I also didn't like when and where the author focused on each character's part. For example: it'd be four straight chapters of Rand and company, a chapter of Elayne, Nynaeve and company, and then a bunch of stacked chapters of Perrin and company's story. The timing was bad. I don't know if the author lacked and editor, or a suggestive audience, or was rushed, or whatnot, but he seemed to make it out still writing after this.

I liked the time spent on the love plot. I always seem to think a bit more romance is needed in Fantasy, but this I think the author did well on. I only hope the remnants of what was good in this story will further unravel in future WoT books.

DBRL_KrisA Jan 22, 2017

Yes, you read that page total correctly; at 1006 pp., The Shadow Rising, Book Four in Jordan's "Wheel of Time" series, is also easily the longest book in the series. After temporarily meeting up in the coast city of Tear, our merry band of adventures is scattered to various destinations: some to Tanchico to find the Black Ajah (the renegade members of the Aes Sedai), some to the Aiel Wastes, and some back to the Two Rivers, to protect their home village from the dual threats of Trollocs and the Whitecloaks.
The problem with a series like the "Wheel of Time", with (so far) 14 volumes, each volume at least 600 pages (often over 800 pages)- the problem, I say, is that there are so many things going on, so many characters in so many locations, with so many new words to learn and people to remember, that it gets a bit (more than a bit) confusing. Each of the three or four divergent plot-lines in this volume alone would be enough for your average fantasy novel; trying to weave them all together into one overarching story is quite a challenge - for the author and, unfortunately, for the reader as well. Don't get me wrong - Jordan has told a very enjoyable tale here; it just becomes so... overwhelming after a while. And to know that there are still (at least) ten more books (rather large books) to go before the entire plot is resolved, makes me question my ability to finish the series.

Oct 24, 2014

This is a great book. I highly recommend it.

Nov 22, 2013

Another great book in the Wheel of Time series, it is becoming a little bit harder to keep track of characters as new ones are continuously introduced, but the journey is captivating nonetheless.

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Aug 30, 2018

"In the stories, when somebody fulfilled a prophecy, everyone cried "Behold!" or some such, and that was that except for dealing with villains. Real life did not seem to work that way." -Rand al'Thor (thinking to himself).

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PERRIN: "Are you all right?"
FAILE: "Of course. I am not a porcelain figure."

Aug 30, 2018

LAN: "I don't know much about them, but I fought them before I met you. You have never asked me about them."
MOIRANE: "I will remedy that."


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