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The Shadow Rising (The Wheel of Time, Book 4) (original 1992; edition 1993)

by Robert Jordan

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Title:The Shadow Rising (The Wheel of Time, Book 4)
Authors:Robert Jordan
Info:Tor Fantasy (1993), Mass Market Paperback, 1008 pages
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First quarter of the book 4 stars. Middle of the book 3 stars. Last quarter of the book 4 1/2 stars. Especially with Perrin's story. Wish I could give 3.5. ( )
  thefamousmoe | May 1, 2016 |
Rating the series as a whole, because I can't remember them individually without reading them again. Originally read the early ones in 2007, then the whole series in 2009.
  mirikayla | Feb 8, 2016 |
I remember this book being my favorite in the series after Eye of the World, mainly because of Perrin's adventures. What can I say—I love the small villageness of the Two Rivers, and watching someone return home is something I long to see in all the Emond's Fielders.

This book is so long though that I'm not entirely sure what I'm supposed to talk about. Did this book really start after the fall of the Stone? Did Elayne and Rand's "courtship" really just start, and was it this book that Lan kissed Nynaeve in front of Egwene and Elayne?

I must say that Robert Jordan has written some awesome endings, but his beginnings are usually pretty slow, and sometimes dull (especially later on). For me, this book didn't start till Perrin entered the Ways to return home and Rand took everyone to the Aiel Waste, a good couple hundred pages into the book.

This book contains probably the most emotional scene in the entire series. Jordan doesn't usually make me tear up, but the part when Perrin learns his family's fate always gets to me, especially when Faile forces him to cry out his anguish. And then later on when we find that one of Perrin's cousins survived. I don't get many hopeful emotions throughout this series, but that part was definitely one of them.

Rand and co.: The Rhudian bit is probably some of Jordan's best writing. It's very poetic and emotional. Tons of information, but I pick up on more of it during each re-read. I enjoyed Mat's experiences with the snake and fox people. I actually like Mat a lot more than I ever have, but I'm glad he's confused as heck about what happened in there—he deserves it.

Tanchico girls: For the most part, I strongly disliked these portions. Elayne and Nynaeve—but especially Elayne—are so ANNOYING. Just get over yourselves already, sheesh. However, I was quite surprised that things worked out as planned for them at the end. It gives them a little bit more credibility.

Gender roles: Freakin' annoying. Why can't characters just do something because it's part of their own unique personality rather than just because they happen to be male or female? I am getting really sick of the stereotypes Robert Jordan portrays every chance he gets.

The White Tower: this part shocks me every time. This book got a lot of emotional reactions out of me. It still bothers me that Gawyn led a significant portion of the fighting in the tower. For some reason I like Gawyn, but he does some extremely stupid things. Unforgiveable things. And, of course, I hate Elaida more than ever. Yes, Suain had it coming, but she and Leanne did not deserve to be stilled without a proper trial. I'm glad Elaida gets hers in the end.

In short (ha ha), this book is rather enjoyable. Probably the last "good" one before Brandon Sanderson takes the reigns. ( )
  AngelClaw | Feb 2, 2016 |
You know, looking back, I can't believe I was reading 1000 page books from a series that I wasn't in love with anymore. I still liked it, thought it was fine, but 1000 pages a book... I would have to be in love with something now to the point of marriage to read that. By now the stories with the women had started to dominate I thought, and I wasn't as invested in those characters. ( )
  BooksForDinner | Jan 27, 2016 |
The audio version of book 4 is over 40 hours long, but it never felt "too long." I like to dip into this series only about once every few months, but each time I do, I find that I'm happy to hang out there for the duration.

I don't always pay attention to the more nitty gritty aspects of trolloc battles and political maneuverings, but I enjoy following along with the main characters. I particularly enjoy the wide variety of women characters as well as the variety of cultural customs regarding women's roles. Warriors, mystics, healers, schemers, heroes, guardians, prophets, demons, bar maids, and more... the women are by far more complex and interesting than the men.

I also appreciate the way some of the subcultures in the WOT universe turn traditional Western ideas about gender roles on their head, as a way of poking fun of their absurdity. Here's one of my favorite examples from this book: When Rand has a hard time understanding why a woman is the head of a household instead of her husband, he's told:

"Because she is roofmistress, you stone-headed wetlander. A man cannot own a roof any more than he can own land! Sometimes you wetlanders sound like savages."

A man owning land... the very idea!

( )
  PerpetualRevision | Oct 25, 2015 |
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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.

--from Commentaries on the Karaethon Cycle
Sereine dar Shamelle Motara
Counsel-Sister to Comaelle,
High Queen of Jaramide
(circa 325 AB, the Third Age)
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.

--from The Wind of Time by Sulamein so Bhagad
Chief Historian at the Court of the Sun, the Fourth age
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0812513738, Mass Market Paperback)

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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