Better than the incredibly boring last two books, this time there is actually a slight feeling of direction and plot development, even if as usual the ending seems to be coming out of nowhere and is left at a messy and fairly uninteresting jumping back and forth using the Power, until the stupid Forsaken of the day goes meet the Creator.
However, as said, the chapters spent tugging braids and straightening skirts are less and focus moves a little bit away from the irritating women in constant PMS. Rand has become a bit of a moron, but his chapters are rather entertaining, like the ones focusing on Mat. It is a bit of shame to see Faile becoming another Jordanian female character and her relationship with Perrin the last entry into the hall of fame of dysfunctional nightmares, but hey, we happily pay the price if we can cut the numbers of pages in Elayne's head. Min remains the only nice lady, and it nearly seems Jordan hit the jackpot in managing to describe at least an attempt at a relationship which can appear genuine.
It is still a deeply flawed book, Jorden is still as bad as a writer as he is imaginative as a storyteller, but as said, probably the best book after the formulaic but engaging book 1 and the interesting and compelling book 2. The rest, so far, was pretty crappy.
Let's move on... with all its problems, at least this series hooked me into wanting to go ahead and see what happens... if only it was't such a pain to get any little plot advancements! :)...Continua
La storia continua ad essere bella ed intrigante, ma la narrazione lenta e quasi noiosa. Rispetto ai libri precedenti c'e' pero' un'accelerazione dalla meta' del volume in poi, durante la quale gli eventi scorrono sempre piu' velocemente, rendendo la lettura molto piu' piacevole.
Tra i grandi difetti della serie, e forse in qualche modo piu' evidente in questo volume, e' il tentativo poco riuscito dell'autore di cercare di far entrare il lettore nella mente dei personaggi principali. Mi viene naturale il confronto tra Rand e Richard, il personaggio creato da Goodkind, ma e' davvero imbarazzante l'abisso che c'e' tra i due autori nella capacita' di rendere il personaggio vivo, credibile e naturale.
Rand gets a kingdom of his own and deals with Sammael.
Almost all of the Wheel of Time books I've read so far are too long for their own good. This one is no exception, but it's more bearable than its predecessor. It also gets better the nearer the end you get.
All in all, it was good enough to push me to start the following book immediately. Feel free to skip some of the most pointless descriptions: the reading experience will be much improved ;)...Continua