A Crown of Swords

A Crown of Swords

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"The Wheel of Time turns, and Ages come and go. What was, what will be, and what is, may yet fall under the Shadow. Let the Dragon ride again on the winds of time. In this volume, 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. "--Publisher website.
Publisher: New York : T. Doherty Associates, 1997, c1996.
Edition: 1st international mass market ed.
ISBN: 9780812550283
Characteristics: viii, 880 p. : maps (some col.) ; 17 cm.
Subjects: Weather -- Fiction.
Kidnapping -- Fiction.
Rescues -- Fiction.
Rand al'Thor (Fictitious character) -- Fiction.
Fantasy fiction.


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Apr 03, 2020

A Crown of Swords was the first Wheel of Time novel that had me wondering why Jordan would spend so much time and energy on certain plot lines. There are moments of brilliance here, but counterbalancing those are long stretches of tail-chasing in Ebou Dar by half the cast of main characters and a confusing, anticlimactic confrontation between Rand and one of the Forsaken.


Crown of Swords is another great book that continues to follow Rand as he progresses as a character. Simple plot summary Rand fights more Forsaken and is crowned king of another kingdom. Not to say this book wasn’t entertaining, because it was, it just happened to be another book dedicated towards an ending. I think this book was written specifically because the author put so much into his world building that he didn’t realize how much effort would be needed for the entire story to work perfectly. I actually rate this higher because of the amount of effort and dedication Robert Jordan put into his work. Rating 4/5 @Ezekiel_Hannegan of the Yorba Linda Public Library Teen Book Bloggers

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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