Review of 'The Fires of Heaven'

The Fires of Heaven by Robert Jordan
5th book in the 'Wheel of Time' series

The story continues as Rand Al Thor, the Dragon Reborn, journeys out into the Aiel waste to unite the Aiel people as his destiny unfolds. His efforts are somewhat hampered by a pretender to the Dragon's destiny: Couladin as well as a high spirited lady of the Aiel, Aviendha who is determined to ensure that Rand only has eyes for Elayne (daughter-heir of the thrown of Andor). In the meantime, the Amyrlin Seat Siuan Sanche is stilled then deposed and flees into the countryside to continue her work preparing the Aes Sedai for the coming of the darkness. Andor is not faring much better with Morgase, Queen of Andor, fleeing her lover Gaebril who now holds the throne. I have not even mentioned what happens with Elayne and Nynaeve's adventures in joining a travelling, what we might call a, cirus. This increasingly complex stories with wonderful stories and characterisations the order of the day though I did find myself often having to make reference to the Glossary in the back to keep the numerous characters straight (and what they have done). Also appreciated are the suprises – Nothing seems to turn out exactly as you might have anticipated. Truly an epic…now for book six…

Rating: “Really good but I have some issues”

Genre: Fantasy

Publication Date: 1993

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