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The Shadow Rising

Book Four of The Wheel of Time
Series: Wheel of Time, Book 4
Length: 41 hrs and 13 mins
5 out of 5 stars (376 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The seals of Shayol Ghul are weak now, and the Dark One reaches out in The Shadow Rising, book four of The Wheel of Time, as The Shadow is rising to cover humankind. 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.
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Critic Reviews

"Jordan's multivolume epic continues to live up to its high ambitions. Complex plotting, an array of strong characters, lavish detail, and a panoramic scope make this series a feast for fantasy aficionados." (Library Journal)
"The fourth volume of the most ambitious American fantasy saga continues to suggest that The Wheel of Time will also be the finest." (Booklist)

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Amazing

Really enjoyed this. It is complex so you have to pay attention. I read the books and have found things I missed. The narration is excellent. starting the next book today!

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better than the others

although the story deepens I also feel there is a tremendous amount of repetition. in the first book it was welcomed to create the depth, however now it feels a little too done.

I would like to finish the series, however many have stated this was one of the best books of the series. if that is the case I'm concerned about the future path.

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Perrin

slow at times but when it picks up it's a thrill ride. our lines my favorite characters in an exciting way

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shadow rising review

I really like this particular book of the wheel of time saga because things really get moving this was also read fantastically

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Growing Characters and Stroy

The story continues to grow. captivating and amazing. You will not regret this book series

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  • Mica
  • 27-04-2008

The BEST of the Wheel of Time

Great development of Perrin and a decent amount of Mat, this novel stands out as the most emotional and most ecstatic novel in the series. This turn in the series is the most engaging and enjoyable. I have listened to it 4 times now and each time experience a tightening in my throat when...well better not spoil it. You will not regret this one!

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  • David
  • 22-09-2007

Best Book So Far

Now totally addicted to the pattern that Jordan has woven, I have to admit this last installment was by far my favorite. YES, critics of Jordan are right in that he can describe every detail in the most mundane scenes...and YES, his characters are a bit one dimensional in their personas...BUT with a story this complex I have to admit I appreciate characters that I know won't change on me from chapter to chapter or book to book. What I think most critics miss is that this book is about the storyline and the pattern, not just about the characters that play within it.

This past week I learned that Jordon has died and that he didn't finish his last book in the series (and rumor has it the last installment is a mammoth!). I am committed to finishing this out and seeing Rand through as the Dragon reborn, finding out what Lord Perin Golden Eyes does, and discover what's up with Matt and his flair for luck and history. 4 books down, 8 more to go!

17 of 19 people found this review helpful

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  • Ironhead77
  • 16-05-2008

lances say

Through out the Wheel of Time different threads of each part continue to get more and more intriguing. The changes/challenges each character undergoe never fail to leave you wanting more.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • A. Burstein
  • 07-03-2005

Excellent Book

I believe this is one of the best in the series. I can't wait for the Fires of Heaven to come out. I really pray it is the unabridged version!

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  • Allison B
  • 12-03-2009

Best in the series yet

This series has been fantastic, and this book is the best so far. Can't wait to get the next one...

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  • Kirk
  • 08-12-2008

Great series + Great narration = must read.

Great series + Great narration = must read

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  • Jiana
  • 13-11-2016

I'm still listening...

I am struggling with continuing this series. The overall concept is intriguing but the writing is difficult sometimes. Things happen to characters that after four books we still have no explanation for, the girls are airheads at the best of times, oh Rand this and oh Rand that and all of the sudden he and Egwayne have no feelings for each other with no lead up, Elaine writes two letters that we have no insight into, Minh is supposed to be street savvy yet she sounds like an idiot when it comes to the opposite sex and someone please shoot me when Nineavh speaks. She's mean and grouchy and how are we supposed to like her or how do the others like her? Anyways I'm still listening because it is entertaining but im hoping Mr. Jordan connects the dots and smartens up the characters in the rest of the books.

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  • Paul K. Tribbett
  • 10-01-2012

the best of the best

You are reading the best epic fantasy series there is. period. It may take a while to get into it but you will. There are 2600 plus characters but don't get scared teenagers read this every day. You will know these peoples as "friends" and "enemies" and like your own family. Read by the dynamic duo of recitation kate reading and michael kramer... they pull it all together .. I switch genres just to listen to them... It [the series] is really one huge wonderful story broken into 14 too short books that nobody wants to see ended..I can not express how good these books are. I have started 16 different friends reading TWoT and they are all addicted. You think that maybe the books are enchanted some how???
If fantasy is your genre you have arrived....... paul t.

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  • zane
  • 03-01-2018

Great story....

Really fun read. My only gripe is that the narrators often do not take a long enough break between chapters, so it can be a bit confusing as to when a new chapter begins.

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  • DabOfDarkness
  • 18-01-2014

Favorite characters got page time.

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Only if they have read the previous books, but yes.

What other book might you compare The Shadow Rising to and why?

The rest of the books in the series.

Have you listened to any of Kate Reading and Michael Kramer ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Yes, they were great.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Wolves of sorrow.

Any additional comments?

In this book we have plenty of squaring off between our Two Rivers heroes and the Forsaken. I won’t tell you who comes out on top, but it wasn’t a sure thing either way. Nynaeve has some fears she has to face. Meanwhile, Perrin struggles against his blossoming wolfish nature; the Whitecloaks are on the hunt and Perrin is in there sights.

I liked a lot of things about this book, especially Perrin’s inner struggle (though for a teensy bit there I felt it went on for too long). I think Perrin sees things in black and white sometimes; once he goes down a road, there is no turning back. But there is, or at least sideways. Once you pick up an axe to see to some business, doesn’t mean that you can’t put it down again. Through Perrin’s ordeal, we learn a little bit about what the Two Rivers folks are made of and also the guiding principles of the Whitecloaks.

Min has more visions, and this time they concern the White Tower. I won’t spoil anything for you, but it gets real and some of my favorite characters have to make some tough choices. Meanwhile, in other parts of the land, we see Rand becoming a leader not just of men but of nations. It’s a big step for him and he does OK, and doesn’t get his head handed to him.

There’s plenty of Aiel time, and specifically time in the Aiel Waste. We really get to experience their culture, and for some, it is quite a shock. Of course, there are many funny scenes related to the culture shock. I was glad to see that Robert Jordan fleshed out this people.

Overall, the pacing was great, the plot moved forward, and my favorite characters got plenty of page time. I wanted the bad guys destroyed and I cheered the good guys towards victory. While there was some of that teen angst flirtatious/hate-you behavior that permeates the series, I was able to tune out during those parts and enjoy the rest.

The Narration: As always, Kate Reading and Michael Kramer did an excellent job. I quite enjoyed them and they seem to have gotten in sync on the pronunciation of a few names. There are so many, I don’t know how they got them all down the same!

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  • William Clements
  • 11-01-2012

Where do we go from Here?

So Rand has taken Callandor. Forsaken are falling, and Lanfear has staked a claim on Lews Therin in his sheppard costume of this age. In book 3 we were introduced to Aiel, and suddenly they are a key component to Rand's victory at Tear and at what cost? Rand must find answers, and although Tear outlaws channeling and anything to do with channelling, oddly it is their store of angreal that provides answers (albeit cryptic for now), and Mat Cauthon starts to come into his own here too.
Had book 1's journey been written with such focus and intent as this book, it would easily have been five stars and a brilliant novel in its own right. The story is clearly, firmly lodged in Jordan's mind and one can't help but imagine him over a computer or typewriter furiously churning out this brilliant continuation as it develops in his mind.
This book answers such questions as Who is Rand? What do the Aiel have to do with anything? Who are the forsaken, really? What roles do Mat and Perrin play in Rand's journey? And on Kate Redding's side, Nynaeve al'Meara, Elaine Trakand, and Egwene al'Vere really start to develop as they head to Tanchico opening up the world to the reader from the Aiel waste in the east right across to the west, in search of the black sisters that Siuan Sanche set them to hunt.
Just for the history presented in this book alone as exposition makes it 5 stars! Brilliant in every way, and the beginning of the development of Mat as a battle leader is handled beautifully!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 15-09-2018

cuts in the audio lower performance quality

Often the audio paused more than as expected between sentences where we should here the continuation of the story. this seems to be due to the cut and edition of difference recordings. I noticed this for the first time in book 3, but in this one this issue seems more frequent and it decreases the performance quality m

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  • Shaun H.
  • 09-07-2017

differing pronunciations

only thing that frustrates me in this audiobook is the narrators not pronouncing names and places the same, it makes me unsure how it should actually be said.

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  • Flights
  • 15-07-2019

5 Stars

My only criticism is that every audiobook in the series so far has the same 7 minute interview with Robert Jordan after the conclusion of the book. Great to hear the first time as it's an interesting enough interview but a bit repetitive the 4th time you listen. Kate Reading and Michael Kramer are fantastic throughout again as they have been throughout the series this far.

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  • Ruth hill
  • 11-01-2019

The story grows and grows

I was captured and in the history of brilliant books I couldn’t put it down and I look forward to the next book coming to me .

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  • Ryan Bray
  • 26-04-2018

love it

another excellent continuation of the series, compared to the previous novels it meanders more but still thoroughly enjoyed.

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  • TEL
  • 24-04-2018

What a listen

This is the set to walk to . Read them all the first time . Love walking and listening

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  • Shaun Wolfe
  • 19-11-2017

Damn fine!

They painted the pictures in me head nearly as well as when i read the books :) Cant fault the book or the readers, keep it moving along nicely. The only drawback, they dont pronounce some of the names as i did :)

keep it up!

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  • Ruan
  • 30-08-2017

one of the best so far

it was great. i feel like the characters finally get somewhere and the development is great in this book. it feels like a lot gets set in motion in this book

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-08-2017

brilliant best fantasy series iv ever read

Great series
Great author
Brilliant narrator's that make the story and scenes immersive.
cant wait to read the other 11 now.