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

de Robert Jordan (Autor)

Sèrie: Wheel of Time (4)

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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 plots 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 ...… (més)
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Títol:The Shadow Rising (The Wheel of Time, Book 4)
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I have really mixed feelings about this series.

I love parts of it. I love that the symbol for the broken world is the black Dragon's Tooth and white Flame of Tar Valon and that if you put them together they are an yin/yang. I keep wondering if they will get the dots at the end of the series. Because the dots are significant in this world. I love most of the characters, even the evil ones are interesting. Almost everyone seems to be evolving some, including Nynaeve who has taken forever about it.

But, sometimes, I get tired of the overwrought language. And there are too many (imo) authorly reminders of what some things are or how they got where they are. And example is Lan's ring that Nynaeve wears on a thong around her neck. It's a significant thing. It doesn't need a big reveal every time it's mentioned. We know the man's ring she has is his and that it is important. I find that tedious.

Another thing that annoys me is some characters' obsessions. Aviendha, an Aiel Maiden of the Spear, obsessing about Rand's love life drives me nuts. I keep telling the book to shut up. Dain Bornhald's obsession with Perrin drives me bats, too.

I still like the story better than I dislike the petty stuff, so I continue reading. ( )
  KittyCunningham | Apr 26, 2021 |
It is hard to give a rating for a book in a series of books that you enjoy. This book can't stand on its own, but it is integral to the development of the whole series. When I first read it, it was pretty difficult to get through parts, because of rapid change of perspective, and the many characters that are introduced or referred to.

I listened to the audio book this time, which was on loan from my local library. I did note that there were many patches of silence in the recording - I am unsure if this is a flaw of the particular recording that I listened to, or a general flaw. Nevertheless, the audio recordings are superb and Kate Reading and Michael Kramer bring an intimacy and depth to the story by their voices and characterizations. I can easily recognize several character's voices by the way they speak them.

I think that this is the longest or one of the longest volumes in the series, and there are at least three main story lines that are going on throughout it, with several shifts in character perspective - Rand, Perrin, Elayne, Nynaeve and Egwene get the bulk of the narrative discourse, with some others filling in the gaps.

My wife listened to this with me, and this is her first time with the story. She often found herself confused or not understanding the material, which illustrates the complexity of the story. This can also be difficult to catch-up with in an audio copy, depending on the controls available (for rewinding, reviewing, etc.).

I appreciated this book quite a bit more with the audio version and the revisit to the material. I think I would have given it 3 stars when I first read it. ( )
  quinton.baran | Mar 29, 2021 |
I actually think this has been my favourite of this series so far but I have so many issues with it also. Pacing is still terrible although improved a lot in this novel. And please, can somebody shoot Faile? She has to be the most annoying character ever written. Perrin gets some development of character in this but every time he interacts with Faile, I want to throw something. And I think this is my biggest issue with this series - I don't actually like any of the main characters, except possibly Rand. Rand grew on me in this book but whether it will stay that way?
And as others say the oh so traditional gender roles and men can't understand women and vice versa and the romances out of nowhere - yuck. ( )
  infjsarah | Mar 27, 2021 |
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 | Mar 24, 2021 |
Definitely tougher for me to get through than The Dragon Reborn, but not bad. I would probably still say that this is my least favorite in the series so far. The Aiel stuff in Rand's thread just doesn't really click with me. Everything is fine though. That's what it is, I suppose. Just... fine. ( )
  huntinghollers | Mar 19, 2021 |
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Robert Jordanautor primaritotes les edicionscalculat
Canty, ThomasMapsautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Kramer, MichaelNarradorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Mitchell, EllisaIl·lustradorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Nielsen, Matthew C.Il·lustradorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Reading, KateNarradorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Russo, CarolDissenyador de la cobertaautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
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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 plots 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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