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The Fires of Heaven

Book Five of The Wheel of Time
Written by: Robert Jordan
Length: 36 hrs and 27 mins
5 out of 5 stars (241 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

In this sequel to the phenomenal New York Times best seller The Shadow Rising, Robert Jordan again plunges us into his extraordinarily rich, totally unforgettable world:

...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 Amyrlin, Flaida 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.

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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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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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excellent performance, lots of actions, great valu

What a fantastic journey! Of all the books I've read so far in this series this one is currently my favorite. The tar'veerens grew considerably in this book, though I'm dying to know what Perrin and Faile have been doing this whole time. On top of excellent character development, the weight of actions also increased a lot in this book. Whether it's a duel between two people who can wield the power or mid-sized skirmishes, comparing to the lack of action in 'the eye of the world,' the fires of heaven have enough well paced action sequences/scenes for any nerd to geek out over in his head. Can't wait to start reading book 6.

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great series

love the story line I own most of the series in paperback but having it read to add lots to the experience

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sweeeeeeet

best series of all time... forever and ever and ever and ever and ever, dot dot dot

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Great series

#Audible1

I’ve read most of this series on paper long before getting audible, but I wanted to hear it again. It is a great series for anyone who likes the fantasy adventure type stories. The narrative could be a bit better, but definitely a good listen for anyone on those long drives!

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love this Series

#Audible1 I am adding a written review in order to get into a draw, but still an excellent book.

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The Wheel turns as the Wheel wills.

This is the best book series ever. I won't be watching the TV series. You need to experience the author first hand either by reading it or listening to ask unabridged audiobook. Truly epic.

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Even better in audio!

I enjoyed reading this book, although I recall thinking it dragged in parts. Listening to the audio book was even better than reading! And two of my favorites "scenes" in the series are beautifully painted for you in spoken word!

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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.

14 of 16 people found this review helpful

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Kent & Jess
  • 2018-09-26

omg!

I really like the story however this book just went on and on and had senseless side stories that did not really go anywhere. Just my opinion. Second time listening.

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  • Matthew Keller
  • 2018-09-14

Disappointed

Very little progression to the story. I felt like they wasted too much time on characters that aren’t very interesting. My least favorite in the series so far. If the rest are like this book, I may not be able to finish the series.

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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...