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Lord of Chaos

Robert Jordan

The Wheel of Time #6

Orbit

994 pages

3/5

This book was nearly a 3.5 star read. It was so close. It just couldn’t fairly manage it.

Summary: Rand al’Thor, the Dragon Reborn, strives to bind the nations of the world to his will, to forge the alliances that will fight the advance of the Shadow and to ready the forces of Light for the Last Battle.

But there are other powers that seek to command the war against the Dark One. In the White Tower the Amyrlin Elaida sets a snare to trap the Dragon, whilst the rebel Aes Sedai scheme to reintroduce her down.

And as the realms of men fall into chaos the immortal Forsaken and the servants of the Dark plan their assault on the Dragon Reborn . . .

I’m going to be sincere with you, a seventy page prologue at the beginning of a novel is not the best way to start it off. In fact, I was downright bored with it by the time I saw the very welcome ‘chapter one’.

Then it got better for a little while and for a few hundred pages I was actually enjoying the book. Lews Therin is fitting more and more prominent in Rand and Rand trying to push him down actually made for interesting reading. For once he seemed to be dealing with real clash and not just being a whiny, horny bitch.

Alas, it couldn’t last and at approximately page 600, it hit a wall and became really boring again. Lord of Chaos is just another Wheel of Time book that is several hundred pages longer than it needed to be. The scheming is really starting to annoy me. The Aes Sedai are really starting to bother me and the fact that we’re no further forward on the endgame six books in is really starting to irritate me. God help me when I get to book seven and the much maligned several books of boredom start.

Lord of Chaos was almost a good book but it needed to be a lot shorter. Playing politics is fine but when it takes over everything else it becomes tedious and the boring story drags every unmarried character down with it. I can barely remember any of this scheming, I can ony remember the few interesting bits that stick out amongst all the boredom. There is a good story in here, somewhere, it just happens to be overtaken with the not so good stuff and that is what my lasting impression of this series is going to be, unfortunately.

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