rating: 5 of 5 stars
As I’ve been reading through these books, I’m seeing a couple of things. First of all, I think I’d been too inundated with the “Jordan’s books never have anything that happens” arguments over the years. I’d retroactively given this book three stars, mainly because I looked at the cover and couldn’t quite remember what happened in this one. Since it didn’t stand out to me, I figured it must not have been all that great. Naturally, once I actually re-read it, I discovered how wrong I was. Perrin saving the Two Rivers has always been a favorite section of mine, as has the Rhuidean section with Rand and Mat. While Elayne and Nynaeve typically end up boring me, I do like the Moghedien section at the end. One of the great things about this series is how the pieces of it ebb and flow together. There are parts of each character’s storyline that I really love–and parts that typically make me bored. So while here I was always eager to get back to Perrin, at other times, I’m not too fond of what’s happening with him. (Anything with the Traveling People, for one thing). While I suppose you could argue that it would be better if the entire series was full of non-stop highs, with action and exciting things happening all the time, I’d argue that if that’s what you’re looking for, a 15,000 page epic series is the wrong place to find it.
That said, I have noticed myself start skimming in certain spots–primarily in descriptions. Over the years, I’ve become much more of a YA fan, and one of the things I love about YA is the sparse descriptions. Jordan is very good at description, but I just don’t want to read all of it sometimes. Then again, that might also be due to the fact that I’m rereading these, and all the descriptions were so memorable the first time, that I don’t really feel the need to reread them the second time. They’re still vivid in my head. I’m not sure.
In any case, the series has yet to reach a lull for me. Let’s see what happens with the Fires of Heaven.