Book 8 in the series
Rand al’Thor, the Dragon Reborn, has conquered the city of Illian, struck down Sammael the Forsaken and shattered the armies of the invading Seanchan. Nynaeve, Aviendha and Elayne have broken the Dark One’s hold on the world’s weather and are poised to retake the throne of Andor. And Egwene al’Vere, leader of the exiled Aes Sedai, marches her army towards the White Tower.
But Rand and the Asha’man that follow him are slowly being corrupted by the madness that comes to the male wielders of the One Power. If they cannot remove the Dark One’s taint from the True Source then none will survive to fight the Last Battle against the Shadow.
And as Rand struggles to maintain his sanity the Seanchan launch their counter-strike.
Another Wheel of Time book where I don’t have much to say. To be perfectly honest, I don’t even remember much of the first half of this book as not much happened in it. While it definitely started to pick up at about the 70% mark, and I’m more interested in going into book 9 than I was this one, its still ponderously slow and full of deeply unnecessary details. There is even a point in one of Rand’s chapters were he is literally just listing people for several pages. In fact, there were more characters in Rand’s section alone than I’ve seen in other entire series. I actually gave up trying to even remember who half those people are. I will be deeply glad to finally be past the “middle book build up” entries in the series that seem to be lasting, approximately, forever.
Update 2/1: Just over a month after finishing this book and, aside from a few moments at the end, I remember absolutely nothing about it. This has made me reconsider my review and drop it another star. At least with the other meandering books there was at least enough significant action that I was able to retain the bulk of what happened. Still not something I would call a “bad” book, but also not something I would readily proclaim “good” either.