I can hardly believe it’s possible that an author can write seven hundred pages worth of absolutely nothing. In this tenth installment, there was virtually no movement of the plot. This series has become a tedious glacier that is incapable of moving forward. Mat Cauthon is still fleeing the Seanchan. Perrin is still looking for his wife. It’s been three novels now that he has been searching for his wife. End this subplot for the love of God. Absolutely nothing happened with Rand. Elayne is still trying to consolidate power. About the only thing of significance happens in the last fifty pages or so. If you’re a reader of this series, you can just skip this novel and not miss anything.
Robert Jordan is a talented writer, but he’s also infuriating to read. What should take him fifty words to write, he will do it in five thousand. He has a cast of characters that is so unwieldy that it is incredibly difficult to keep track of. He has scenes with characters that as I’m reading I’m thinking, who are these people and why do I care? I have been told the books at the end of the series get better but I don’t know if I can continue.
Carl Alves – author of Two For Eternity