1 August 2014

Review: Lord of Chaos - Robert Jordan (6 of 14)

Just a quick warning before I start. This review will contain spoilers from the previous books! So if you do not want to know until you have read it I suggest you put off reading this for a little bit.

With Rahvin, Asmodean and Lanfear all supposedly dead, the Forsaken appear to be dropping like flies. With the Shaido defeated for now, Rand al'Thor must turn his attention to binding Cairhien and Andor to him as he turns his attention to Sammael and Illian. Egwene al.Vere, Elayne Trakand and Nynaeve al'Meara fight to keep the rebel Aes Sedai on their course of action before they fall apart. Mat Cauthon leads his new army south towards Illian but can he bring the rebel Aes Sedai to the Dragon Reborn's cause and where will he have to go to make it happen? With embassies from both factions of Aes Sedai courting Rand how far can either be trusted and can Perrin Aybara save the world from disaster and Dumai's Wells? Meanwhile Morgase Trakand seeks aid to regain the Lion Throne of Andor, but will she be an ally or a prisoner to the Children of the Light?

Lord of Chaos is the sixth novel in The Wheel of Time fantasy series written by Robert Jordan. The book is marked out differently from the others as it is the first one in the series to contain an epilogue. We also see the return of Perrin in this book, who comes back after being left out of the previous book to play a pivotal role at Dumai's Wells. Apart from Dumai's Wells itself there are very few climactic endings to the story lines in this book, although the events at Dumai's Wells are more dramatic and fast paced than anything we have seen before in the series. We begin to see a lot of little glimpses from minor characters points of view which either give us a clearer picture of what is going on than the main characters, or provide the reader with more and more questions. With so many of the story lines not coming to a dramatic head we see the pace of this book stay steady until the final few chapters.

All in all the book is slower paced than some of the previous ones due to there only being one major climax rather than several, as was the case at the end of the previous book. However this is more than made up for by the events in the final chapters at Dumai's Wells which make the book in my opinion. Still a very good read throughout even if the pace does drop a little bit and a fantastic conclusion.