A Crown of Swords

A Crown of Swords

Paperback - 2013
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The Wheel of Time ® is a PBS Great American Read Selection! Now in development for TV!

Since its debut in 1990, The Wheel of Time® by Robert Jordan has captivated millions of readers around the globe with its scope, originality, and compelling characters.

The Wheel of Time turns and Ages come and go, leaving memories that become legend. Legend fades to myth, and even myth is long forgotten when the Age that gave it birth returns again. In the Third Age, an Age of Prophecy, the World and Time themselves hang in the balance. What was, what will be, and what is, may yet fall under the Shadow.

Elayne, Aviendha, and Mat come ever closer to the bowl ter'angreal that may reverse the world's endless heat wave and restore natural weather. Egwene begins to gather all manner of women who can channel--Sea Folk, Windfinders, Wise Ones, and some surprising others. And above all, Rand faces the dread Forsaken Sammael, in the shadows of Shadar Logoth, where the blood-hungry mist, Mashadar, waits for prey.

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Publisher: New York : Tor/A Tom Doherty Associates Book, 2013.
Edition: First trade paperback edition.
Copyright Date: ©1996
ISBN: 9780765336460
Characteristics: 686 pages : maps (some color) ; 24 cm.


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Aug 26, 2018

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Aug 26, 2018

Like some of the other Wheel of Time books, A Crown of Swords is longer than it needs to be. The book isn't bad, but I think that the characters took an unnecessarily long amount of time trying to get what they needed to done. The fact that the summary from Wikipedia can summarize this book in a few paragraphs says something. I also found some of the characters like Queen Tylin and Min to be really bad influences and pretty annoying. But, the end battle with the forsaken Sammael is fun to read (and probably the most interesting chapter in A Crown of Swords), and I think it makes up for the rest of the book.

Mar 01, 2012

This book is great, although Rand starts to get a little overbearing. But it's another good book in the series, and I would recommend to keep reading the Wheel of Time!


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Aug 26, 2018


A Crown of Swords has three primary plotlines:

Rand al'Thor, the Dragon Reborn, prepares to attack the Forsaken Sammael in Illian while enjoying life with his friend, Min Farshaw, and attempting to quell the rebellion by nobles in Cairhien, during which Padan Fain severely injures him. After recovering, Rand, accompanied by Asha'man, defeats Sammael in Shadar Logoth, where Sammael is destroyed by Mashadar. Rand then takes the crown of Illian: formerly the Laurel Crown, but now called the 'Crown of Swords'.

Egwene al'Vere and Siuan Sanche attempt to manipulate the Aes Sedai in Salidar against Elaida's Aes Sedai in the White Tower. Investigating Myrelle Berengari, Egwene exploits the transfer of Lan Mandragoran's Warder bond from Moiraine to Myrelle, to force Myrelle and Nisao to swear fealty to her.

In the city of Ebou Dar in Altara, Elayne Trakand, Nynaeve al'Meara, Aviendha, and Mat Cauthon search for a ter'angreal, the Bowl of the Winds, to break the unnatural heat brought by the Dark One's manipulation of climate. They find it and enlist the help of the Kin and the Atha'an Miere. They also confront a Gholam. Mat is left behind and caught in the fighting as the Seanchan invade Ebou Dar.

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Aug 26, 2018

Sexual Content: Implied sex scenes between some characters. Fortunately, none of these scenes are too graphic or explicit.


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Aug 26, 2018

"If you don't know everything, you must go on with what you do know. It seems I never do know everything. hardly enough, most of the time. But there's no choice but to go on, is there."
-Rand al'Thor

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