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Shadow Rising (original 1992; edition 2008)

by Robert Jordan

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The Shadow Rising by Robert Jordan (1992)

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In The Shadow Rising, things start to slow down. In fact, it often feel like the reading of the story must take longer than it took for the events to actually occur.

Part of the problem is that Mr Jordan tells us nearly everything except when the characters make a bowel movement. Also, he regularly launches into pre-set spiels in which he re-describes something or someone who we've encountered numerous times before or re-explains something we've been told dozens of times (e.g., Loial sounds like a bumblebee, Perrin likes to think things through, wet bowstrings are bad, trollocs eat anything as long as it's meat, Aes Sedai never lie but ....). Every time a Tinker shows up, you may as well skip the next two paragraphs because they invariably describe first the "eye-jarring" wagons and then the even gaudier clothes. The format is nearly the same each time. This is especially noticeable when reading the novels one after the other, of course.

A similar problem is that although Mr Jordan's world is large, diverse, and interesting, there is not much realistic diversity within a culture or group. Every Aes Sedai of the red ajah hates men, all the greens love men, the whites are arrogant without exception, the browns love books and don't notice the ink on their noses. All Domani women are seductive, and people from Tear use fishing metaphors. It gets to the point of ridiculousness when, even though they've nearly been destroyed by enemies, Tinkers are still cringing at the swords of the people protecting them. And the Aiel, who use spears and knives and are the fiercest fighters on the planet look disapprovingly at another culture's choice of weapon (the sword) and transportation (the horse). Oh, come on — get over it.

Another device that's getting annoying is the technique of giving the reader (and other characters) information by having a character say something out loud that they didn't realize they'd said. Or stop in the middle of a sentence that they realize they shouldn't be saying. Or stupidly have an important and potentially damning conversation in front of someone who they just met.

In addition, some of the writing is overdone. We occasionally hear of measureless steps, heartbeats that take centuries, moments that last forever, infinite slowness, bottomless drops, razor edges of something or other.

Okay, that's a lot of complaining, but that's what happens when you read these books contiguously. You start to notice this stuff and it grates on the nerves. But, even so, the slowly advancing plot is still unpredictable and compelling and the characters are mostly enjoyable. The best parts of The Shadow Rising actually focus on the secondary characters of Siuan Sanche and Egeanin. I truly enjoyed their stories and look forward to hearing what happens to them.

So, even with all my gripes, The Shadow Rising is still keeping me entertained.
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  Kat_Hooper | Apr 6, 2014 |
This part of the story is focused on Rand al'Thor dealing with the Aiel in the Waste, with an excellent side-story of Perrin's return and defense of the Two Rivers against the Trollocs. Unfortunately, the side story of tracking the Black Ajah is a little muddled as a storyline, and really does nothing to make the book readable at its massive 980 pages of storyline. Jordan does an interesting job at character growth in various places, and continues to make Mat into a very enigmatic, and shadowed character. Not a terrible book by any means, but hardly what I would label as a masterpiece. ( )
  TommyElf | Jan 17, 2014 |
Book four in the epic Wheel of Time series, continues right where volume 3 left off. Rand is coming to grips with his role as the Dragon Reborn even while he continues to learn, grow and seemingly make mistakes. Matt and Perrin both are growing into their roles, but it is still a mystery for a large part of what those roles are and how they will play out. If I recall in my last reading of the books, they did remain a mystery for me for some time yet. Always showing hints of what might be, yet not as fully as we see Rand.

Still this is mostly a novel of moving pieces into position, setting things in motion and revealing a bit more of the world and what is to come. Jordan has not yet progressed into his middle novels that became expositions in language structure and description overload, but we're getting there as each novel is getting progressively longer. Still though, I'm thoroughly enjoying my re-read as I figured by now I would need a break and read something a bit lighter….but no….I'm right on to book 5. ( )
  harpua | Jul 21, 2013 |
Still loving my Wheel of Time re-read. True, this one was a little long and a little slow in parts.. But still so good. This really is the only series where I can read the books back to back and not get tired of them. On to [b:The Fires of Heaven|13895|The Fires of Heaven (Wheel of Time, #5)|Robert Jordan|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1327866286s/13895.jpg|588034]! ( )
  breakofdawn | Jun 11, 2013 |
Hands down (and with A Memory of Light yet unread) my favorite single volume of the series. The Aiel are great (and the Rhuidean pillars scene is spectacular,) Perrin is great, Tanchico is kind of irritating but not the nadir of that particular plot thread, and everything and everyone is just getting awesomer. Love this book. LOVE.

Note: In general, I can't review this series with any objectivity. I've been reading it since I was eleven years old, and it's thoroughly embedded in my brain. ( )
  JeremyPreacher | Mar 30, 2013 |
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The Shadow shall rise across the world, and darken every land, even to the smallest corner, and there shall be neither Light nor safety. And he who shall be born of the Dawn, born of the Maiden, according to Prophecy, he shall stretch forth his hands to catch the Shadow, and the world shall scream in the pain of salvation. All Glory be to the Creator, and to the Light, and to he who shall be born again. May the Light save us from him.

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And when the blood was sprinkled on ground where nothing could grow, the Children of the Dragon did spring up, the People of the Dragon, armed to dance with death. And he did call them forth from the wasted lands, and they did shake the world with battle.

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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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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. The New York Times bestselling fourth book in the Wheel of Time series, now in mass market.… (more)

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