by Robert Jordan
Here’s my problem with what’s going on in Wheel right now: Jordan keeps setting things up, spending up to a hundred pages on a prologue that purports to introduce the novel’s central conflict, and then spends the rest of the book following the same characters he’s followed the entire series. I’m used to it by now, but it’s still frustrating not to have any idea of what the book’s themes and issues will be. Maybe I’m old-fashioned, but I like stories with a beginning, a middle, and an end. Jordan, on the other hand, doesn’t seem to care very much, and each new book seems like just a continuation of what’s already been going on.
That being said, and despite lacking a clear structure, there are two events that make Lord of Chaos especially interesting. The first, concerning the Aes Sedai, furthers a plot line that had been building since the end of The Shadow Rising. I actually gasped when I realized what was happening; my girlfriend immediately knew what was going on, remembering it as a “turning point” for the series. It was honestly pretty rad.
The second major exciting event occurs at the end of the book, when several forces that have been mustering for the whole book- or even longer- final come head-to-head. I don’t wanna talk it up, but it was such a relief for the tension to finally break, it single-handedly made the whole book worth it.
Anyway, in the spirit of keeping these things short, I greatly enjoyed Wheel of Time Episode VI: Stuff Happens in This One.