Wheel of Time 4 : The Shadow Rising (part 2)

This is NOT a review of the Wheel of Time books. I suppose you can call it a reaction blog... For it is a collection of my live reactions and thoughts to reading the Wheel of Times series for the first time.

The thoughts were originally shared on Twitter and have now been collected here for everyone's convenience. These are my full reactions from the second Wheel of Time book, with some post-read writerly thoughts at the very end.

To gain better understanding of what this is all about and see my reactions to the other books in the series, please refer to this blog.

This is part two of WOT4. For part one, click here.

Day 9 : Black Ajah

Changes to format incoming. While I really liked the format I was going with so far, transcribing everything onto my blog has become format that's holding me back because it takes me so long to do. Especially to upload the photos. As I am starting to have a lot more to say for each chapter, it's impossible to continue this way, at least for now.


Instead, I've decided to include the tweets directly here in the order of appearance. Hopefully it should still be easy to read by you will now be privy to my terrible typos. I might add a note here or there after a tweet to give some context or to clarify.


My hope is is that this way the conversations happening on twitter can also easily be accessed. Since by clicking a tweet you can go over to join the discussion.

Please let me know how this new format works for you.

Day 10 : The journey begins

Chapter 20 : the Princess and the Gleeman

I will now be dividing my reading sections chapter by chapter since I have too many thoughts to share on each part of the text. Sometimes taking a few chapters at a time, depending on how much I have to share. Lately... there's a lot to share though.

I was going to keep reading but that was such a nice chapter and chapter ending that I’ll let that feeling of calm nostalgia and warmth carry me for a little while.

After all, I did decide to take my time with the remaining Wheel of Time to fully enjoy every step along the way.

Chapter 21 : Rand’s decision

Chapter 22 : Into the Waste!

To clarify I don’t mind the way he found it. That’s Ta’veren. What I’m having issue with is the concept of angreals and teangreals in general. Especially the ones to enhance powers. It feels too convenient.

An extraordinary use of his natural power would feel more satisfying to me.

Chapter 23 : Land of the dead?

I LOVE this header image. I suspect it means Aiel and so that I will see it a lot in this book. All the more reason to love it.

Chapter 24: Rhuidean

We finally reached Rhuidean - oh how I’ve waited for this day!

Chapter 25 : I WAS NOT PREPARED FOR THIS!

Chapter 26 : the Aiel history part 2

I am in two minds about this chapter.... really in two minds.

To clarify my issue with this section is not that it's taking pieces directly from Norse myths. Not even that it's taking so many things from the same myth.

My issue is that all of these references are given to us in SUCH a short time. In the space of 3 pages!

If Robert Jordan had sprinkled a bit of here and there, over the course of a few chapters I think I would have been okay but this all happens in the span of 3 pages... It's too many references to the same myth in so few pages.


Previous references to other myths have been added a bit at a time. A few details here, another reference over there some chapters later. I haven't noticed Jordan doing that much all at once at any point during the story so far, so it feels out of place for this story in the way it's done.

Had it been dropped in over the course of a book I think it would have been very cool.

Chapter 27 + 28 Coming Soon


Read my reactions to the other Wheel of Time books:

1. The Eye of the World

2. The Great Hunt Part 1 and Part 2

3. The Dragon Reborn Part 1 and Part 2

4. The Shadow Rising Part 1 and Part 2 (currently reading and tweeting)

5. The Fires of Heaven

6. Lord of Chaos

7. A Crown of Swords

8. The Path of Daggers

9. Winter's Heart

10. Crossroads of Twilight

11. Knife of Dreams

12. The Gathering Storm

13. Towers of Midnight

14. A Memory of Light

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Thilde Kold Holdt

I am a novelist by profession, currently working an epic fantasy series about 7th century Korea. My epic fantasy trilogy about Vikings, the Hanged God, is currently being published. I have lived

enough different places that the most difficult question to answer is: "where are you from?" I am, quite simply, from the planet Earth, for I have yet to set foot on Mars. Someday, though...

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