The Shadow Rising (The Wheel of Time #4) by Robert Jordan: Book Review


The seals of Shayol Ghul are weak now, and the Dark One reaches out. The Shadow is rising to cover humankind.

In Tar Valon, Min sees portents of hideous doom. Will the White Tower itself be broken?

In the Two Rivers, the Whitecloaks ride in pursuit of a man with golden eyes, and in pursuit of the Dragon Reborn.

In Cantorin, among the Sea Folk, High Lady Suroth plans the return of the Seanchan armies to the mainland.

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…. – Goodreads

My Review

My Rating: 5/5


I was wrong in my review of Book 3 – this is now my favourite entry in the series! And wholly because of Perrin’s arc.

In this book, Rand’s life becomes EVEN more complicated, we learn a few new things but there are even more questions to be answered.

Perrin’s storyline is by far the best in this one. I said in my review of The Dragon Reborn (Book 3) that I wanted to see more of him – well I got it! His storyline is exactly what I wanted to see – I’m interested in where his character is going to go now though as there are so many books and I feel so satisfied with his arc already! I wouldn’t say “no” to more though.

Rand’s storyline felt a little slow in this one but I’m sure it’ll pick up eventually, likewise with Mat. Having said that, a lot happens when they meet the Aiel. The Aiel are an incredible addiction to a world already brimming with life and fascinating places and cultures to explore. I loved meeting them and hope to learn more about their way of life and see their culture develop with the new things that are happening around them, in future books.

My only criticism of this series would be that whenever Robert Jordan wants his characters to move on to somewhere else, he attacks them with Trollocs. Those scenes are exciting, but they are used so much as a plot device that I just don’t care anymore. In the first book, that was fine, as it was an introduction to the enemy ranks, but now, with everything that’s happening, there must have been a more satisfying way to get the characters to start moving again.

Overall, I did enjoy this book and I am loving the series so far.


No spoilers for this review – I might come back to it in the future, or possibly start writing some discussion posts on the books and characters of the series.

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