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Book Thoughts: The Fires of Heaven (Robert Jordan)

Jordan, Robert - The Wheel of Time 5 The Fires of Heaven

★★★★☆☆☆

Title: The Fires of Heaven (The Wheel of Time #5)
Author: Robert Jordan
Genre: Fiction / Fantasy     Pages: 890
First published: 1993
Edition: Mass Market Paperback, published by Orbit in 2003

I have mixed feelings about this fifth book in The Wheel of Time series. Part of it I really enjoyed and parts of it were so boring and just dragged. I have read this book before, so I was happy skimming the boring parts. I probably would not have felt quite the same way reading it the first time, but now I was happy to do so.

This is where this series starts to drag a bit and I knew that was going to happen. The parts involving Rand and Mat for the most part remain interesting and exciting to me, but the women’s stories in this book are just not up to standard in my opinion. A lot of it did not really seem to add to the story or the world building and the female lead characters simply started to annoy me… all of them and that in turn annoys me. Does that make sense?

And besides, there was no Perrin in this installment and he is one of my favourite characters in the whole series!

I still like Jordan’s writing and his world building. The world of The Wheel of Time is really elaborate and well done and that remains the case, but in this one it cannot quite make up for some of the mediocre storylines.

I will continue my re-read of this series in a couple of months.

4 out of 7 stars

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