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Publisher's Summary

The Wheel of Time is a PBS Great American Read Selection!

Now in development for TV!

Since its debut in 1990, The Wheel of Time by Robert Jordan has captivated millions of readers and listeners around the globe with its scope, originality, and compelling characters.

The Wheel of Time turns and ages come and go, leaving memories that become legend. Legend fades to myth, and even myth is long forgotten when the age that gave it birth returns again. In the Third Age, an Age of Prophecy, the World and Time themselves hang in the balance. What was, what will be, and what is, may yet fall under the Shadow.

Into the forbidden city of Rhuidean, where Rand al'Thor, now the Dragon Reborn, must conceal his present endeavor from all about him, even Egwene and Moiraine. 

Into the Amyrlin's study in the White Tower, where the Amyrlin, Elaida do Avriny a'Roihan, is weaving new plans. 

Into the luxurious hidden chamber where the Forsaken Rahvin is meeting with three of his fellows to ensure their ultimate victory over the Dragon. 

Into the Queen's court in Caemlyn, where Morgase is curiously in thrall to the handsome Lord Gaebril. 

For once the dragon walks the land, the fires of heaven fall where they will, until all men's lives are ablaze. 

And in Shayol Ghul, the Dark One stirs....

TV series update: "Sony will produce along with Red Eagle Entertainment and Radar Pictures. Rafe Judkins is attached to write and executive produce. Judkins previously worked on shows such as ABC’s Agents of SHIELD, the Netflix series Hemlock Grove, and the NBC series Chuck. Red Eagle partners Rick Selvage and Larry Mondragon will executive produce along with Radar’s Ted Field and Mike Weber. Darren Lemke will also executive produce, with Jordan’s widow Harriet McDougal serving as consulting producer." (Variety)

The Wheel of Time New Spring: The Novel

The Eye of the World

The Great Hunt

The Dragon Reborn

The Shadow Rising

The Fires of Heaven

Lord of Chaos

A Crown of Swords

The Path of Daggers

Winter's Heart

Crossroads of Twilight

Knife of Dreams by Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson

The Gathering Storm

Towers of Midnight

A Memory of Light by Robert Jordan 

Warrior of the Altaii by Robert Jordan and Teresa Patterson 

The World of Robert Jordan's The Wheel of Time by Robert Jordan, Harriet McDougal, Alan Romanczuk, and Maria Simons 

The Wheel of Time Companion by Robert Jordan and Amy Romanczuk 

Patterns of the Wheel: Coloring Art Based on Robert Jordan's The Wheel of Time

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What the critics say

"Jordan deftly weaves details from previous books into this narrative." (Publishers Weekly)
"Fires of Heaven upholds the very high standards of this major fantasy epic, with battle scenes, comic interludes, and character development all reaching perhaps the highest point in a work that has lacked for none of these." (Booklist)
"Jordan's epic saga of a world threatened by evil incarnate builds steadily as separate strands of a complex plot begin to come together. Fans of this richly detailed and vividly imagined series will not be disappointed." (Library Journal)

What listeners say about The Fires of Heaven

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amazing

Loved it
The females are a bit boring as usual but still a masterpiece. The ending as usual well worth the wait.

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another great entry in the wheel of time!

I loved it. Though I have to admit I sometimes use this as just white noise while I accomplish other things. No disrespect to the author or performers. This is like my 8th read/listen to the wheel of time.

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Six thousand, eight hundred and twenty four

Thiar is how many times I wanted to box Nynaeve's ears!!! Of Jordan was attempting to slowly have her actions and thoughts knaw at you until you wanted to explode, he did a masterful job. It's not that she does anything bad but instead how blind she is to everything around her because of her stubbornness.

Many things happened in this book that had been foreshadowed where you will say "I knew it!" and much more hints of foreshadowing have been sprinkles throughout. It will be the anticipation that will have you at the edge of your seat as you may find out later in the book or give books from now. Jordan is a master at givi g you different tastes without even knowing what food you are eating.

To me, this book will be the turning point of the entire series as some key lines are drawn and future stages are set. The question is....... what will become of the various storylines that were not even brought up in this book and how the will affect, disrupt or change the course of what the wheel is weaving.

Stop reading reviews already and start this book!!!

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Keep listening to the end

Not one of my favorite books in the WoT series however I started to enjoy it alot more once I got half way through!

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Somewhat plodding Installment

This episode in the Wheel of Time epic is likely the weakest so far. Robert Jordan continues in world-building and character development..and he is good at it..but this novel progresses slowly compared to previous books. He invests much more effort in building the mythos surrounding the source of the Power (male vs female aspects) and exploring the dynamics among the Forsaken.
Political machinations/Court intrigue/Infidelities dominate in this narrative as well.
*Saving Note: There are military battles, too - good ones.. the most interesting aspects of the book. Another redeeming quality is Jordan's decision to finally kill off some characters in this novel.

Overall, however, this novel is Relatively Dry.

..and 'The Fires of Heaven' would be completely confusing without familiarity with Robert Jordan's world - no standalone merit here.


Michael Kramer and Kate Reading remain an incredible reading tandem - though Kate's cadence and style is getting a little annoying at this point in the series
..and the female voice is predominant in this novel. (Jordan's women are revealing themselves to be too often insipid, vain, dress-obsessed, shallow, and petulant - and Kate Reading portrays those irritating qualities most effectively). Unfortunate.

This relative disappointment is good for 5 stars out of 10. Still worth a listen - epic Fantasy that HBO is doing well to translate to the small screen.

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best one so far

this is when the series gets good very exciting with lots of action already bought the next in the series

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Graphic audio would've done better.

Needs more voice actors to properly do it justice. There are just too many important characters in this story and it's sometimes hard to distinguish between characters with one voice actor at a time.

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Epic!

Another amazing journey through a fantastically fleshed out world, the adventure for the ages continues and the quality of the story grows with each addition. This book is simply a must have for anyone that has an imagination.

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love this series

have the hard covers listen to the series multiple times always look forward to going back to it and starting all over again well worth the time

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Second time through these books

I started re-reading the books after Amazon announced they are making the series. I have come to appreciate the detail and intricacies of the plot and story lines.

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  • 2018-04-09

So far the worse book of this series

I want to finish The Wheel of Time. But this book made me want to take a break before I move on to the 6th book. The story mostly focuses on Nanheve and Elayne and what it’s going through their head, which 95% of the time was what they were wearing or what they don’t want to wear. The book dragged on and on about nothing that moved the story forward the majority of the time. If this is how all the books from here on are going to be, I don’t think I can finish these series. I respect those Robert Jordan fans who love the story. But this book was an awful lot of nothing to do with the main plot line. Terrible.

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  • 2005-05-28

The fires of Heaven

Possibly the best so far if your following the series. The "Great Hunt" a close second. No matter how they review you cannot pick up this book in the middle. If you've finished 1 thru 4 you should read "New Spring" before you do this one. Much insight and a real good story. In this one people are gone you would never have expected to be gone. Rand is slowly becoming someone you'd never recoginize from the first book. I just wish audible would not offer 9 out of 10 books in a series and leave out #5 for so long. The average member is not looking that far ahead when he/she starts out.
I've been waiting for this book a long time.

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  • Val
  • 2018-11-16

slowly getting better

slowly getting better. but the author still has fits of going on and on about every little detail in the background. and of course the over bearing women and weak men. This is the first author I've wanted abridged versions from.

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  • Mr. Coder
  • 2017-07-26

Same stuff different book

So.. First book was fun because it was new..
Kids going on journeys with a nanny sorceress

With character names so similar it's so hard to keep track.. With main characters and others..
Melayne Moraine
Elaine, Egwaine.. it's a major Paine

General plot formula is same thing over and over (and over and over) :

Group of teens learning they have special abilities..

Adventure after adventure kids learn new abilities and find new magical items to fight new monsters.. As they meet new peoples in new lands

Teens repeatedly making rash decisions like teens do for their maturity level.. leading to a few teen relationship micro-dramas

But holy crap batman. Every book since the first is the same thing.. Following the teens over a course of years

This book introduces new magic monsters and abilities etc. in the same repetitive way with ONE new element

Teen crushes and dramas as their teen gonads rev up

If you're an adult the teen foibles might not add any enjoyment.. For teens I suppose it would be more relevant.

I quit.

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  • Edward
  • 2009-02-14

The Fires From Heaven

Just seemed to drag on and on and on. Almost fell asleep several time until part 5, then everything happened at once.

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  • Miriam
  • 2005-04-16

Men vs. Women

I have liked all of Jordan's book including this 5th book. The only complaint I have is constant reference that Men think Women are stupid and Women think Men are stupid. I think it is safe to say the there are times when we all share the this viewpoint but he uses it ALL the time in this 5th book. I also had some trouble following all the various path the many characters take. On the whole I have enjoyed Jordan's books and I will buy all the rest if they show up. It so involved a story you can't stop at Book 5. He makes the characters so real you can't help but want to know what happens.

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  • Brian
  • 2013-05-22

Come on with the gender wars already!!

Would you try another book from Robert Jordan and/or Kate Reading and Michael Kramer ?

Oh I'm sure that I will finish the series.

What does Kate Reading and Michael Kramer bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Experience and emotion.

Any additional comments?

Please don't take this review the wrong way because I do think that the story is great. I just have a few issues with it.
I am about halfway through this book so far and I have to tell you that I am getting pretty tired of the gender wars. Each gender thinks that the other is COMPLETELY stupid. It was funny in the first book or two, but I'm pretty fed up with it now. The book would be half as long if they just kept to the story and stopped babbling about how they don't understand each other...ever try talking!!?? Just a little miffed about it, sorry for the rant.
The other thing that is starting to get on my nerves is the characters’ inner monologues. I try and think about things in real time. There is no way that somebody can have an inner though that would be 1000 words long when the sentence they are actually saying is 6 words. I just picture in my head a person talking and then, mid-sentence, starring at you with a blank face while they are thinking in their head. Just another pet peeve of mine. Too much inner monologue, just get on with the story. Besides, we know what the characters are thinking because they have had the same inner monologue the whole story; it’s not until the end of each book that it changes so I could do without the author repeating it every few pages.
As I am listening to the book rather than reading it (there is no way I could sit there long enough to read this series) the names are bit hard to remember. There are A LOT of names in the story that sound very similar and it can be hard to keep track of whom the story is referring to. That and the fact that the story jumps from character to character.
The books could have been half as long and still great. I’m not a huge fan of unnecessary writing.

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  • Adam S
  • 2005-04-04

It's about time!

Man...these books are great! Michael and Kate need to hurry up and read FASTER! :) I have to agree that the unabridged versions are SOOOOOOOOOOOO much better than the abridged versions...don't even waste your time with them.

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  • SHB
  • 2005-03-24

Great Series

I've really been enjoying this series, and was overjoyed to see that Audible got the unabridged version of the Fires of Heaven. I enjoyed this book immensely, and look forward to Audible getting the UNABRIDGED versions of the next 3 books (hint hint).

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  • Allan Greenspan
  • 2019-03-08

Amazing world and lore, ridiculous characters

The narration is fantastic. Both actors amazed me. Great world crafting by author. Unfortunately the characters are so stupid I just can't listen to more. Openly humiliating each other for not knowing things which they couldn't. Being offended at another character's offer of protection, then demanding it on threat of physical violence two days later. Screaming at others to mind their own business even as they secretly use their own powers to invade people's dreams. And these are the characters who are friends. It's just all to stupid to endure.

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  • Olivier Swinnen
  • 2018-11-13

great story but...

I just can not understand why the author created his female and male characters with such stereotypes!
All the females are "bossy", so self confident that it is just impossible to get linked to their characters.. they are never thankful, rule all the nations, from villages to kingdom, and never accept to recognize their wrongs.
Men are just not able to stand up to women. The way they are described is almost as much unnerving as the women..
at some point in these books I can't stop reading/listening, such is my interest and love for the story.. But in some chapters, the relationship between the characters, the stubbornness and unfairness, so "clichés", make me hesitate to stop. this has happened several times since the first book, and more than ever in this one...

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2020-07-29

Great, but not as great as TSR

An absolutely epic ending sequence and with huge moments and characters that will absolutely change the story going forward, Fires of Heaven is a really solid entry for Wheel of Time, but suffers a bit from a pacing issue (especially for certain characters POVs like Elayne and Nynaeve). Other than that, yet again another great book by Jordan.