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The Fires of Heaven

Book Five of The Wheel of Time
Written by: Robert Jordan
Series: Wheel of Time, Book 5
Length: 36 hrs and 27 mins
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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)

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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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So. Much. Complaining.

Worst of the series so far. Some good story beats but otherwise just cover to cover complaining about the opposite sex. "Men are so stubborn" "have you ever met a woman who let you get what you want" "that's what you get for following a Man's schemes". Like what? Characters are constantly obtuse to the point that it's infuriating.

A massive, story changing thing happens at the climax and as one character enters the scene her response is basically "tsk tsk...men..." LOOK AROUND YOU WOMAN.

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Too much whining

I understand that Robert Jordan was trying to convey young characters that were reluctantly thrust into conflict but the character development often (way too often) digressed into "men are wool-headed ninnies" than digging into back stories to understand where their emotions stem. The story drags much more than the earlier books to the point where I'm skimming chapters. It feels like Jordan is trying to draw the book out rather than let the characters grow through introspection.

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amazing<br />

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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Terrific

I love Robert Jordan books. Not as good as Tolkien but still very good.
Be prepared to invest a lot of time in this series

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Amazing but Coincidental as usual

Loved it, thought there are still a lot of coincidences that "just happened" and sure there was a build up to them, in my opinion it is not entirely justified. That does not make the story any less fun to enjoy listening to. I absoloutely loved this book as well the ones which preceeded it. Can't wait to read the next one.

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  • Jeff
  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Andrew
  • 2005-05-20

Great book for a long ride

I've enjoyed listening to the series so far. Sometimes the names get confusing (like "domaunie" the land and the girl that can channel but is on a leash) but the readers are great. Yes readerS... 2 of them. A woman for the mostly women parts and a man for the mostly men parts of the book. Its quite cleaver and is very enjoyable after you get used to it.
Sometimes Robert gets a little repetitive with the whole "smoothing a skirt" or other traits of a character but then that?s his style.
The story line is great and somewhat original.
I'd recommend this book to those that like Fantasy Books.

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  • Rand
  • 2011-02-22

Half And Half

To be honest this book was exhausting to indulge. The beginning was gradual in its development of characters and scenarios, which don't improve with some sustainable interest until about halfway through. Whit that said, I would still read this book since significant events transpire and at least one meaningful clue is given.

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  • Josh
  • 2005-05-05

Sigh - are you sick of this stuff yet?

I have really tried to like these books, I had a hard time with the first one, but after plowing through it I was pleasantly surprised by books 2, 3 and 4 actually being pretty good. This 5th book unfortunately stalls and when not boring me to sleep it annoyed me back to listening to the radio for a while.

OK, WE GET IT, the men think the women are stubborn and the women think the men are stubborn and stupid. Lay off it already and get back to the plot perhaps? Books 2-4 still had some of this pointless, childish, annoying and now extremely tiring battle of the sexes stuff, but at least it didn't detract from the main storyline. Every time this book switches to the female reader I groan because all Nineveh al'Meara does is annoy me. Jordan should take a lesson from George R.R. Martin and the Song of Fire and Ice series - make the good characters likeable, make the evil characters the annoying ones. This book does the exact opposite for most of the time. Considering that 98% of the point of view is from the good characters perspective it makes for a long read. Nineveh al'Meara finally gets served some humble pie in this book, but even that just makes her more frustrating to read about.

My rating is a 3 instead of a 1 or 2 because there are a couple good, but short chapters from Matt's perspective. He's evolved into the most interesting character.

One other complaint with the series as a whole - do you think it would have been too hard for the narrators to sit down for a coffee and agree on a set of pronunciations for such minor details as character names and geographic locations?

I'll continue to read this series, assuming the rest come out unabridged. But I think a break and a few beers will be needed before reading 5 more books about how stubborn/stupid/arrogant/self-centered men/women are.

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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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  • Utilisateur anonyme
  • 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.