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A Crown of Swords (The Wheel of Time, Book 7) (original 1996; edition 1997)

by Robert Jordan

Series: Wheel of Time (7)

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A fantasy tale in a world where only women are allowed to practice magic. What's more, they will fight to preserve this feminine monopoly. When shepherd Rand al'Thor discovers he has the gift of magic, he is in for trouble. By the author of Lord of Chaos.
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Title:A Crown of Swords (The Wheel of Time, Book 7)
Authors:Robert Jordan
Info:Tor Fantasy (1997), Edition: Reprint, Paperback
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And Mat steals the show again...

New (so far minor) characters show there's still room for growth in this universe.

Mat's chapters remain the most fun throughout the book... And not only because of Tylin.

Overall the narrative is slow. Dragged at times. There are entire chapters that do feel like simple fillers as they add almost nothing to the narrative.

Rand's best moments do come at the end but there is a feeling of regression at some points and the finale doesn't feel convincing.

Saving graces:
Moghedien's new master
The Kin
Cadsuane
The gholam fight
The return ( )
  Miguel.Arvelo | Jun 9, 2020 |
Sammael morto ( )
  SamanthaRaciti | Feb 25, 2020 |
Continuing my Very Last Re-Read Ever. (Well, re-listen.) ( )
  CiaraCat | Jan 9, 2020 |
I read this book before about a decade ago when I was going through the series. I remember at the time I thought that this book was really slow and made me stop reading the series since "nothing happened". However, coming back to it (and remembering almost nothing other then the basic premise and the main characters) I enjoyed it more. I don't know if the slower pace made it easier to get back into the swing of things, or the long descriptions made me go "oh yeah" instead of "not again".

I will continue on with the series now ( )
  nmorse | Dec 3, 2019 |
Seven books down, seven to go. It looks like Jordan may have taken a few hints, since A Crown of Swords is a couple hundred pages shorter than the previous two books. This helps tremendously, since now we don't have entire chapters dedicated to smoothing skirts and tugging braids.

The prologue was a cool way recap the ending of Lord of Chaos by retelling the final battle from the other sides' point of view (Elaida's and Sevanna's). Perrin isn't given much to do, but it looks like he'll be playing a larger role in book 8 after being sent to deal with the Dragonsworn. Egwene gets most of her time in the earlier chapters, trying to figure out how Moghedien broke free and asserting herself as the Amyrlin Seat.

Rand, Mat, Elayne and Nynaeve are given most of the spotlight this time. Elayne and Nynaeve are much less grating this time, as Mat and Birgitte don't let them squabble. Nynaeve also seems to finally mellow out towards the end, when she breaks her block, allowing her to channel at will. Lan returns after his hiatus in book 5 and marries her. Cadsuane, an old Aes Sedai (even by their standards) comes in to try to reign in Rand, but this results in spurring him into action. Intentionally? The evil of Shadar Logath is explored a bit, and how it interacts with the Dark One's influence.

Morgase's chapters are the slowest, still stuck in Whitecloak custody. Things pick up here when Pedron is killed and replaced, and then the Seanchean return.

Plot threads that began in Lord of Chaos are wrapped up, notably the bowl in Ebou Dar and Sammael. The Seanchean return, and Fain returns to go on the offensive. More Aes Sedai are revealed as Black Ajah, who seem more competent than the rest of the Tower. Not that that's saying much.

It would be pretty careless not to mention two scenes that go into a darker direction. It is all but outright stated that Mat and Morgase are raped. Morgase is tortured in Whitecloak custody (under their new management) until she says yes, while Mat's refusal is ignored by Tylin. Both characters are affected by these events, but it remains to be seen how they handle it in the long run. If you've read grittier books like A Song of Ice and Fire, these are tame by comparison. ( )
  High_Enginseer | Oct 30, 2019 |
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Kramer, MichaelNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Mitchell, EllisaIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Nielsen, Matthew C.Illustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Reading, KateNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Russo, CarolCover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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There can be no health in us, nor any good thing grow, for the land is one with the Dragon Reborn, and he one with the land. Soul of fire, heart of stone, in pride he conquers, forcing the proud to yield. He calls upon the mountains to kneel, and the seas to give way, and the very skies to bow. Pray that the heart of stone remembers tears, and the soul of fire, love.

- From a much-disputed translation of 'The Prophesies of the Dragon' by the poet Kyera Termendal, of Shiota, believed to have been published between FY 700 and FY 800.
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From the tall arched window, close onto eighty spans above the ground, not far below the top of the White Tower, Elaida could see for miles beyond Tar Valon, to the rolling plains and forests that bordered the broad River Erinin, running down from north and west before it divided around the white walls of the great island city.
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Rand al'Thor, il Drago Rinato, si prepara ad attaccare il Reietto Sammael in Illian, e al tempo stesso si adopera per reprimere la ribellione portata avanti dai nobili di Cairhien. Con l’aiuto di Asha’man, Rand dovrà affrontare in un terribile duello Sammael a Shadar Logoth per conquistare la corona di Illian, un tempo nota con il nome di Corona d’Alloro e ora chiamata Corona di Spade.
Egwnene al’Vere e Siuan Sanche tentano di mettersi alla guida delle Aes Sedai ribelli a Saidar e contrastare il gruppo comandato da Elaida nella Torre Bianca di Tar Valon. Intanto, nella città di Ebou Dar, Elayne Trakand, Nynaeve al’Meara e Mat Cauthon sono ancora in cerca del ter’angreal, il solo mezzo con il quale sarebbe possibile bloccare l’innaturale clima torrido che il Tenebroso ha gettato sul mondo. Il Popolo del Mare sarà loro alleato nella ricerca e nello scontro con un Gholam.
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What's happening here? / Some kind of plot or intrigue / I'll go back to sleep (davidwil)

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