Wednesday, March 11, 2009

A Crown of Swords by Robert Jordan

A Crown of Swords by Robert Jordan is the seventh book in the Wheel of Time books. I confess that the sixth book left me mostly bored but I also recognized that the book served more as a place keeper/maker. When writing a series of novels as expansive and rich as these, it is inevitable that the author would have to occasionally move his players, the characters, around to get them all where he needs them to be whether that is physically, emotionally, or whatever. I definitely liked this seventh book in the series more but I still don’t really care about any of the main characters nearly as much as I do some of the secondary main characters. Rand, Mat, and Perrin are tedious with their thinking that the other two know more about women and their insecurity around the women that populate their various lives. However, I almost understand because the main women—Egwene, Elayne, and Nynaeve—all seem to have post-nasal drip. They don’t say things, they sniff. I don’t think I’ve once seen a male character sniff as he spoke except to notice a perfume, inhale an aroma, or something reasonable. I hesitated to read the Wheel of Time books but they came highly recommended. I was also told to begin with the prequel A New Spring, rather than with the first book. I recommend to anyone else wondering if they would or could get into this rather ambitious set of books to begin with the more slender and less complicated prequel. Each of the following books comes in easily over 700 pages each and the thirteenth book has yet to be published, as far as I know. Until the last book hits the stores, I’ll be taking my time reading the collection. I’d like to reread all of the books someday but with so many books to be read, I’m not sure I ever will make the time to read them all for a second time. It’s a shame. They merit a second read so that the foreshadowing and very layered plot-lines can be fully, or at least better, appreciated. I don’t think one reading could possibly afford any reader a complete appreciation of what Jordan successfully accomplishes.