Title: The Wheel of Time (5): Fires of Heaven
Author: Robert Jordan
Summary: The Series is about a group of seaminly ordinary villagers from Edmond's Field, but the wheel weaves them into it's plot each of the five villagers are part of it. The embark on a journey after two mysterious people come to their village, and save the day. Along the way they meet different races, and ways a life, as each of these new friends and enemies are also pulled into the wheel as they try and keep the Shadowspon imprisoned, which proves more difficult as each book moves on.
My Rating: 9.5/10.
What I liked/disliked about the book: Tied with the Second, The Great Hunt, this is my favourite book from the series. The series is full of battles, journey's and secrets and stories slowly revealed about each character. The book is long, as are the others around it. There were also some surprise in the story, especially near the end, that I would never have expected. Jordan does not fail to make you want to read more. One issue I have and this is with the whole series, not just this book, is that there are times when it drags on and nothing happens, or some of the character's personalities get old. A lot of fans have the same issue with this. But this is a fantastic series, everyone should read.
Would I recommend it to read: I'd recommend the entire series. But be warned, there are a lot of characters, a lot of plot lines, sub plot lines. If you wait a long time between books, it is hard to keep track of everything. Luckily other fans have found similar issues and there are some great sites including the Encyclopedia of the Wheel of Time (linked to site). I used this a lot to get summaries and where each character was left off at from the previous book if I have difficulties. It currently has 11 book published plus 1 prequel. The 12th book is on it's way, but sadly won't be written by Jordan, because he sadly passed way before he could finish it. He knew he may not be able to complete it because of an illness, so he kept all his papers, plans and handed then on to a friend and fellow author Brandon Sanderson. Who will finish the 12th and final instalment of the series. I'm awaiting for it's release (even if I only have 6/11 currently published books finished)
What to read next:Lord of Chaos, the 6th book. I have read it it's good, not as good as the 5th but still a very good read, and there is more plot developments and surprises in it. The rest of the series is recommended, but I'm told it does slow down a lot for the 7h-9th books. I haven't read them, but that's the majority. But don't let that turn you away. Robert Jordan's work is amazing, complicated but amazing. Ian Irvine and Tolkien (if you haven't experienced him yet) are also similar authors you should try.