The Shadow Rising

  • ISBN13: 9780312854317
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Product Description
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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  1. Anonymous @ 10:57 am

    Wow. Action, adventure, romance, mystery, humor – this book (and the entire series) has it all. I can’t even begin to describe it. I love these books so much, when I’m not reading one I go through a sort of depression, in which the world around me seems drab and dull…until I pick up the next Wheel of Time book. Jordan describes everything so well, making the land rich in detail AND history/lore. You can picture the great White Tower of Tar Valon, and this image also brings to mind the history and current affairs of the Tower…it’s just amazing. I’ve heard that Robert Jordan made ten pages of notes for each country in the Wheel of Time…and it shows! All the history is very consistent, and believable. But, don’t get the idea that it bogs the books down – it’s just the opposite. It makes the land much more believable and enjoyable.

    You really care about the characters. Each one treats the situations he/she gets in differently – Jordan doesn’t go by stereotypes, he actually creates “real” people, that are very easy to believe in and identify with. There is a large cast of characters, and each one basically has different adventures that appeal to different people. This makes the books rather complex – the Shadow Rising is the first book where all the seperate threads didn’t come together at the end. But this just makes the books more interesting. For example: Some people thought Rand’s adventures in the Aiel waste were the best scenes in the book. I didn’t like them at all, and would have found them pretty boring if Moiraine hadn’t been there. (Moiraine’s my favorite character.) Instead, I was hooked on Elayne and Nynaeve’s quest in Tanchico.

    There are three main plotlines in this book, with a fourth (Min and the White Tower) popping up occasionally…which was funny, because I thought that was more important to the series as a whole then, oh say, Perrin’s adventures in Emond’s Field: population 10. But there were several good battles with Perrin and Faile – the last one brought tears to my eyes, and the note he left her was sooo sweet! All four are all resolved (somewhat) at the end, but like I said before – they aren’t connected.

    Once again, there were several humorous scenes in this book. Incredibly, I heard some people complaining about them, saying that they’re “immature” and a “waste of time.” I, personally, am very glad that Jordan puts them in, because they certainly help you care about the characters more. Remember that this is a STORY, not a TEXTBOOK. If Jordan suddenly made every character not make ANY mistakes, and ALWAYS say just the right thing, then the series would get drab and dull, fast.

    The Wheel of Time books are the best that I’ve ever read. But if you haven’t read the first three, then by all means do so now, because they MUST be read in the right order to get the best enjoyment out of them. And if you choose not to read them at all? It’s a pity, because you’re missing out on the best fantasy series (no, the best series, period) ever created.

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  2. Anonymous @ 1:06 pm

    I am a 14-year old girl with no patience and hardly any attention span at all (you know how we teenage girls are!) and I have to say, this series has had me HOOKED from Book One. Rand, after getting proof of just exactly who he is, continues his fight against the Shadow, while all around his world chaos multiplies. Robert Jordan has done a wonderful job of mixing action and adventure with romance in very intricate detail. You skip so much as one page, you miss something important. Every page is essential. The only thing I’m not sure of is how Perrin “Goldeneyes” Aybara fits in…I guess the Pattern has yet to make his purpose clear. This series is greater than epic: the word hasn’t been invented that can describe this series, and (so far: they’ve been getting better and better!) THE SHADOW RISING is the pinnacle of it all…I hope that Book Five continues this trend. This is a must-read for everyone at some point. You’ve got to get this series.

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  3. Ritesh Laud @ 2:15 pm

    I read this book twice a couple years ago. I loved it; it’s my second-favorite of the series (after Lord of Chaos). This is a VITAL book in the series, it answers many questions about Rand’s background and the Forsaken. In fact, for the first time in this series, a book manages to tie up more loose ends than it leaves!

    There are a couple parallel threads in this novel (Rand/the Aiel, Nynaeve/Egwene, and Perrin/Faile). All threads are independently resolved nicely at the end with no major cliffhangers, although the protagonists remain in different parts of the world throughout the book and at the end. The Rand/Asmodean and Nynaeve/Moghedien conflicts in particular were very well written, with outstanding portrayal of these characters’ distinct personalities coming alive in their struggles.

    The Two Rivers part with Perrin/Faile vs. the Whitecloaks was in my opinion weak compared to the adventures elsewhere. However, this narrative takes up so much of the book that it’s impossible to ignore, and interesting questions are brought up (i.e. Who is Slayer? What is the significance of the Manetheren heritage in the Emond’s Fielders?).

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  4. Evan Wearne @ 2:27 pm

    Book Four of the Wheel of Time is a transition book for the series. Yes, this book has much action, but there is more explaning and revelation of the plot. Where in previous three novels, there was a goal to be acheived, (i.e. Finding the Eye of the World, Finding the Horn, Getting Callandor) this novel acheives nothing specific. It provides a link to whatever follows in the following novels. If I were to compare this series to Tolkien’s work, I would say the each of the first three books would be similar to the Hobbit, while the Shadow Rising is similar to The Two Towers, lots of action without much changing.

    What does happen. Rand leaves Tear with Mat, Egwene, Moraine, and the Aiel to go to the waste. Nyn, Elayne, Julian, and Thom go to Tanchico to hunt the Black Ajah. Perrin, Loial, and Faile go to the Two Rivers to fight Trollocs and Whitecloaks. In Tanchico, the Black Ajah escapes, and Nyn fights one of the forsaken. In the waste, Rand becomes He Who Comes With the Dawn, and finds a teacher in one of the Forsaken. Egwene learns more about dreamwalking. Mat almost dies, but has his memory filled with other soldier’s memories. Perring defeats incredible odds, marries Faile, and rescues the Two Rivers.

    I like this novel because of the development of Mat and Rand who are my favorite characters. I have just finished reading it for the second time and highly recommend reading the series. While someone could start the series from the 1st, 2nd, or 3rd book, too much has occurred to start with the 4th book.

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  5. Ash1138 @ 3:32 pm

    The fourth installment of the neverending Wheel of Time sees our hero Rand traveling to the Aiel Waste to fulfill another prophecy. Rand isn’t only the Dragon Reborn, he’s appearantly He Who Comes With the Dawn as well.

    The premis of this book was a lot more interesting to me than book 3. I mean, finally Rand get’s some limelight and half the book’s not about three girls at school? A lot of interesting background about the Aiel is revealed in this book as well as where Rand’s own history fits into all this. You’ll be surprised at some things.

    Unfortunately, by this point, Jordan is now Juggling over a dozen characters over four separate story threads. Let’s count them. In the first thread we have Rand, Egwene, Moiraine, Lan, and Mat. In the second thread we have Perrin, Faile, and Loial, In the third we have Elayne, Nynaeve, Thom, and Juilin. In the fourth thread we have Min, Siuane, and Leane. That’s not to count all the other supporting characters that readers of Jordan know could have their own threads at any time.

    In some ways this is both good and bad for the story. For those that enjoy the long drawn out soap operah, it’s great. There’s plenty to get sucked into. For those anxious for the plot to reveal itself however, it’s sometimes agonizing. This book had a lot going for it. The subject matter was more interesting than in the previous books, but unfortunately, Jordan doesn’t give you enough of it and worse, he doesn’t stick to it. Everytime the book jumps to the characters and the storyline happening in Tanchico you’re tempted to skip the chapter.

    Present, again, is Jordan’s use of “convenient” storytelling. This time however, it’s not Rand who’s miraculously able to save the with much overdone powers-he-never-knew-he-had. Who woulda thought that one of the other characters (besides Rand and Moiraine who really cant) had the ability to take on a Forsaken toe to toe? I sure didn’t. Well in this book, one of the characters is instantly elevated to Forsaken power level status. There hasn’t been anything this dumb in the series since Nynaeve and Lan instantly fall in love in a matter of pages with no foreshadowing whatsoever in the first book.

    Some parts of the book are so great and others make you want to pull your hair out in frustration. Nothing really gets resolved in this book, though we do get to learn about the Aiel and Rand’s history which is not limited to this life. This makes the book a worth addition to the series, but I sure hope it doesn’t it doesn’t turn into an “another book, another forsaken” formula.

    This book is not quite as good as the books two and three, though parts are fantastic (ie seeing Perrin develop into the part he’s destined to play). It’s good enough to get fans to read the next book, but you just can’t help thinking these books could be so much better.

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