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Winter's Heart

by Robert Jordan

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Series: The Wheel of Time (9)

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In the continuing Wheel of Time saga, Rand and Min are on the run, while Black Tower leader Mazrim Taim is exposed, a Seanchan princess arrives in Ebou Dar and the schemers of the White Tower are beset by rebels.
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Stuff happened!

Based on everything I have heard, I expected book 9, like book 8, to be rather blah. And parts of it were rather slow. But there were a couple of story lines that made a lot of progress and were interesting too. There were also a couple chapters that needed some pretty heavy editing -- my tongue tripped constantly while reading aloud. But still, I very much enjoyed this book. ( )
  eri_kars | Jul 10, 2022 |
La Ruota del Tempo è un ciclo che tempo fa avevo abbandonato, ma che poi ho deciso di leggere ancora. Pur trovando dei difetti, non me ne pento.
La storia in sé è interessante e articolata. Riprende diverse mitologie, in particolare quelle orientali. Vi è un’immensa quantità di personaggi, tutti diversi tra loro, di condizioni economiche diverse e di popolazioni diverse con culture totalmente estranee le une alle altre. Questo in particolare è una delle cose che mi ha fatto continuare a leggere. Da ciò che ho potuto leggere del fantasy di solito il protagonista è maschio, bianco. Anche qui il protagonista è maschile, però con il corso dei libri si da sempre più spazio ai personaggi “secondari” senza cui Rand non potrebbe fare nulla, molti dei quali sono donne. Nei libri precedenti ho adorato Moiraine, e continuando a leggere i libri ho cominciato ad apprezzare anche Nynaeve e alcune delle altre donne della storia.
A parer mio l’autore ha mostrato di saper cogliere le diverse sfaccettature dei personaggi, di farceli odiare o amare, di farli crescere e cambiare.
Una pecca abbastanza consistente però è stato lo stile di scrittura. L’ho trovato troppo “tell” e poco “show” e inoltre nel racconto si avevano dei punti morti in cui succedeva poco o nulla. Avrei preferito che il racconto scorresse più velocemente, anche perché la lentezza della narrazione mi ha fatto prolungare di molto il tempo di lettura.
Nell’ultima trentina di pagine però si è arrivati ad una vera svolta nella storia, che mi ha fatto restare incollata al libro.
Mi piace anche che alla fine del libro ci sia un Glossario con note riguardanti le date storiche, i personaggi e le parole inventate che fanno parte del testo.


recensione postata anche qui http://thereadingpal.blogspot.it/2016/07/recensione-il-cuore-dellinverno-di.html ( )
  thereadingpal | Jun 14, 2022 |
Stórverk Jordans heldur áfram á sniglahraða. Hann dundar sér við að þróa persónurnar en mér fannst lítið vera að gerast og leið meir eins og að bókin væri einn ógnarlangur millikafli í stærra verki. ( )
  SkuliSael | Apr 28, 2022 |
This book isn't the worst of the slog. There is a lot of politicking and bureaucracy, but it helps show how young new leaders grow into their jobs. The Aiel first-sister ceremony is one of my favorite moments in the series so far, majestic, funny, shocking, and moving. Maybe real-life weddings should be like that. There is a long-awaited reunion that is horny in ways I was not expecting. There is an increasingly complicated (and somewhat kinky) scheme to escape the great port city of Ebou Dar, and the independent little city Far Madding has a cool security system. And we get a brief but consequential sizzler of an ending. ( )
  KGLT | Apr 11, 2022 |
A surprisingly enrapturing tale for a mid-series novel. Excluding, yet again, Jordan's antiquated perspective of the sexes being incomprehensible to one another with pithy aphorisms stated by his characters that fall to the level of misogyny and misandry, his deft weaving of multiple character arcs and story plots, some parallel, some intersecting, is unescapably admirable in keeping the reader engaged. The climactic ending of this tome where Rand, our hero, attempts to cleanse the tainted male half of the One Power aided by as well as opposed by many of the notable characters he's attracted to him through many of the previous novels is particularly satisfying. A sense of a major turning point is conveyed despite the many threats yet to be faced beyond the long-delayed but inevitable and ultimate Last Battle against the Dark One. ( )
  Dr_Bob | Feb 20, 2022 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Robert Jordanprimary authorall editionscalculated
Fischer, Scott M.Cover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kramer, MichaelNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Mitchell, EllisaMapssecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Nielsen, Matthew C.Illustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Reading, KateNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Russo, CarolCover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Sweet, Darrell K.Cover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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The seals that hold back night shall weaken, and in the heart of winter shall winter's heart be born amid the wailing of lamentations and the gnashing of teeth, for winter's heart shall ride a black horse, and the name of it is Death. --from The Karaethon Cycle: The Prophecies of the Dragon
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Always for Harriet. Always.
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Three lanterns cast a flickering light, more than enough to illuminate the small room with its stark white walls and ceiling, but Seaine kept her eyes fixed on the heavy wooden door.
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