Author: Robert Jordan
Series: The Wheel of Time #4
Date Published: January 19, 2010 (first published on September 15, 1992)
Publisher: Tom Books
Genre: Fantasy, Epic Fantasy
The seals of Shayol Ghul are weak now, and the Dark One reaches out. The Shadow is rising to cover humankind.In Tar Valon, Min sees portents of hideous doom. Will the White Tower itself be broken?
In the Two Rivers, the Whitecloaks ride in pursuit of a man with golden eyes, and in pursuit of the Dragon Reborn.
In Cantorin, among the Sea Folk, High Lady Suroth plans the return of the Seanchan armies to the mainland.
In the Stone of Tear, the Lord Dragon considers his next move. It will be something no one expects, not the Black Ajah, not Tairen nobles, not Aes Sedai, not Egwene or Elayne or Nynaeve.
Against the Shadow rising stands the Dragon Reborn.....
I love how subtly upcoming things are revealed in this book like the possibility of the Amyrlin Seat getting stilled and that Rand could be Tigraine's son. Well, I'm very positive the Amyrlin Seat will be stilled and Rand is Tigraine's son.
The very first thing Elaida had ever Foretold, while still an Accepted—and had known enough even then to keep to herself—was that the Royal line of Andor would be the key to defeating the Dark One in the Last Battle...
In reference to Rand al'Thor:
Elaida had only seen him once, supposedly a shepherd from the Two Rivers, in Andor, but looking every inch the Aielman. The Foretelling had come to her at the sight of him... And Elaida had seen chaos swirling around him, division and strife for Andor, perhaps for even more of the world.
I think the only reason there will be division and strife for Andor would be because of people having divided loyalties. It is known that there are Andormen who don't think of Morgase as the rightful queen. Still supposedly, Tigraine is to hold that role but the latter disappeared shortly after her brother died in The Blight.
I don't know exactly how it must have felt like to confess your feelings to someone although there came a point in my life that I badly want to tell someone how much I felt for him. I never told anyone my romantic feelings, instead I waited my feelings out until I moved on. That's how it went for me when I have crushes I could approach or talk to in real life: do nothing about fickle emotions.
I did mention on The Great Hunt how insecure I felt about Rand when it comes to romance. In this book, I'm so confused. I hate how the author propelled my heart like a yo-yo. There's this girl that in other circumstances I would have liked but I was already so invested in another that it hurts me of these so many possibilities when it comes to holding Rand's heart.
When it comes to sentimentality, I like Perrin way more than Rand. Rand has a really fickle heart. He's definitely the kind of guy who appreciates a female one with her beauty. He may not act like a loose one like Mat (who kisses so many girls) but he's a stereotypical man-whore who upon seeing a beautiful female (I don't want to use either girl or woman here since the former implies a very young age and in turn, implies immaturity and while the latter implies mental maturity, it also implies old age) and with consideration of the female's personality, will instantly fall for her and mentality considers things about her in marriage. His feelings have nothing to do with freeing himself from Egwene, he just appreciates girls (I really did it) way a lot unlike Perrin, who, upon seeing one woman sets his eyes for that one woman alone. Or perhaps, like a very handsome actor, Rand is having a hard time choosing since he has so many options: girls, who are short of offering themselves naked at his feet.
Ugh, I read this series for the story; I can't believe I've entangled myself with the romantic aspect. Why am I overreacting? I've witnessed so many guys who date so many girls because they can't choose which one they like and in the process, led the girls on and broke their hearts. It's more heartbreaking when this guy is a friend and broke the hearts of your three other friends because they all happen to belong in one of your circles. That dating might have been silly but to each of this female friend, they fell really hard that one only had a boyfriend after seven years and the other two are still waiting for this guy to break up with his current girlfriend (he eventually has chosen in another circle). And that's just one for an example. Oh, I have another one. I know a guy (I didn't say "I know" because I know the story but because I know the guy; I'm just making it clear) who dated two girls who happen to be my other friend's friends but both girls don't know each other. Oh, and another one... but nevermind, I could go on forever. It's just terrible when you listen to all sides' stories (yes, both from the perspectives of the guys and the girls) and in front of the girls, you pretend you don't know that the guy is considering another girl and then another girl (need I remind you that I know all of them?). Gosh, they don't even know the guys are dating another! It was a travesty but since I was young then, I was just amused. I was still YAOI-minded at that time so I never gave a shit with female feelings but in retrospect, such things were just horrible.
There's a thing that happened near the end of the book. Like in Assassin's Creed, Rand gets to learn his ancestors' history by seeing through their eyes. And I liked that so much in this book because I love Assassin's Creed.