Reviews of Shadow Rising, the (1992)
Review by turky (2007-03-01)
This book was utterly amazing from start to finish and it was not very easy to put down and go to bed. All of the characters stories are getting much more enjoyable to read because they all have much more of a backround to understand them. After reading The Dragon Reborn and being that that book was amazing in my opinion The Shadow Rising was even better. I'm hoping that The Fires of Heaven is as good as The Shadow Rising. Robert Jordans books are just getting better and better as the series goes on and he's becoming one of my favored authors.
Review by jeremycellis (2006-10-29)
Remember the days when the Wheel of Time was printed in small type with small margins and little line spacing? When the timeline was moving at a pace that could be measured in weeks or months instead of hours? Well, if you have a hard time remembering any of those things, pick up The Shadow Rising, one of the last truly great Wheel of Time books. Now, as much fun as I'm having at the series's expense, I did enjoy the rest of the series and think that the most recent book, Knife of Dreams, was the best book in the series for a long time. However, The Shadow Rising is one of the last that really cooks. From the story of Emond's Field and Perrin to Rand and company's journey through the Aiel Waste there is tons of adventure, tons of answers, and tons of new questions. We see the Aelfinn and the Eelfinn for the first time, we see some of the Forsaken in greater detail, we learn the history of the Aiel (a fantastic sequence, perhaps the best moment of the series so far), we meet a whole host of new characters that are interesting, and by the end of the book we've finally taken care of a nagging problem: How is Rand going to get better at yielding saidin? Plot aside, Jordan is really at the top of his form in this novel, weaving enticing story lines without getting too lost in the details. As I said at the beginning, I'm still a fan of the series as a whole and would recommend it to anyone who enjoys fantasy fiction, but be warned, the next book is the end of the fast pace and from there they just continue to slow down until Knife of Dreams.
Review by clong (2004-12-03)
The Shadow Rising marks a dramatic change in style and complexity from the first three books of the Wheel of Time series. The pace of the narrative slows, and the scope of Jordan's world building becomes much more ambitious, with much more focus on the background and history of the WOT world. The conclusion is also quite a departure from the earlier books, much more of a personal, psychological confrontation than the big public battles with clearly satisfying victories that ended the first three books. In many ways the ending of this book raises more questions than it answers.
After a dramatic beginning in Tear our protagonists break into three groups and head their different ways. The three major story lines follow Rand, Matt and Egwene to the Aeil waste, Perrin back to the Three Rivers, and Nyneave, Elayne and company to Tanchico. Each of the three threads is entertaining and well written, building to an exciting conclusion. We also begin to understand the bad guys better (i.e., the Forsaken and Fain). The Rhuidean flashback sequence and the finale of the Three Rivers sequence are two of the highpoints of the entire WOT series.
This is my favorite of the Wheel of Time books, and yet in some ways I think it set up the decline in the quality of the later books in the series. The ambition of Jordan's vision was ratcheted up several notches, and the recent books have failed to match that ambition. The Shadow Rising is the book that changed WOT from a series that could easily have been finished in five books to a series that may never end.
Review by dvogel (2003-07-29)
I finished this book two days ago. I liked this book more than either The Great Hunt or The Dragon Reborn. Interestingly, I like the ending of this book the least. I liked the end of The Great Hunt more than the end of The Dragon Reborn, but the book overall is my least favorite. It simply wasn't as climactic (at least for Rand).
Review by dnickola (2003-03-08)
My favorite book in the series by far. The battle of the Two Rivers was epic and reminded me of Helm's Deep.
Also one of the last good books in this series that started as one of the greatest of all time.