Book Review: LORD OF CHAOS by Robert Jordan

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Genre: Fantasy
Age Range: Adult
Star Rating: 2 stars
Series: Yes - book 6

*SPOILER ALERT: contains SPOILERS for THE EYE OF THE WORLD, THE GREAT HUNT, THE DRAGON REBORN, THE SHADOW RISING, and THE FIRES OF HEAVEN*

Synopsis:

Book cover for LORD OF CHAOS: title on orange cover with a twisted, bare tree limb behind wheel of time logo

Rand al’Thor, the Dragon Reborn, strives to bind the nations of the world to his will, to forge the alliances that will fight the advance of the Shadow and to ready the forces of Light for the Last Battle.

But there are other powers that seek to command the war against the Dark One. In the White Tower the Amyrlin Elaida sets a snare to trap the Dragon, whilst the rebel Aes Sedai scheme to bring her down.

And as the realms of men fall into chaos the immortal Forsaken and the servants of the Dark plan their assault on the Dragon Reborn.

Synopsis taken from Goodreads. Add to your shelves here.


Review:

I honestly don’t think I’d keep reading past this point if I didn’t have a compulsive completionism. I am this far through, so I am going to wade my way to the end. I wish my brain worked otherwise, but it’s very hard to stop doing something until I feel it’s complete.

My problem was that this was a 993 page book (sans glossary) where basically nothing happened, and what did wasn’t set up and made almost no sense. It was a complete slog to get through, because I was neither engaged nor caring a jot about the characters. The same set up issue that’s in the other books (and thus makes it hard for me to read) is here; the characters don’t have goals, or if they do, they don’t make progressive towards them. And then all the action (unrelated to the goals or the rest of the book) happens in the last 150 pages, coming out of nowhere, like usual.

Rand is worrying about a half dozen people scheming, and is moving people around to deal with them, but we never actually get him dealing with them. That isn’t satisfying.

Egwene, Nyaneave, and Elayne are after heck knows what goal – and then for some unexplained reason, Egwene is made the Amryilin. I could understand and get on board if it was clear that people wanted a puppet, but that doesn’t seem to be the reason. Nor is any reason given, so it comes out of nowhere and makes no sense. It honestly feels like it happens because it was an idea Jordan had originally when planning the series and then forgot about it until he realised the event had to happen for others to happen, so just tossed it in.

It takes 800 pages to get to Perrin and Faile. And, despite there being all sort of talk last book about people bringing the Two Rivers to heel (and thus hinting that we might get a book where the Two Rivers defends its sovereignty), it is instead Perrin and Faile arriving to whichever city Rand is currently in and having to defend their marriage.

There are lots of other characters narrating this book, and I could not tell them apart. Like the Forsaken – I cannot keep them all apart, which ones are scheming what. Or even which one is which.


Read my reviews of other books by Robert Jordan:

The Wheel of Time (this series):

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