The Dark Heart of a Massive Series
Winter’s Heart is book 9 of 14 in The Wheel of Time series. Unfortunately, it repeats the primary flaw of The Path of Daggers—too much of a (relatively) short book is given over to less interesting and important plot threads. The prologue through chapter 10 (10 of 35 chapters) are devoted the Perrin and Elayne’s storylines, two of the least interesting and seemingly relevant storylines of the series. Almost a quarter of the book is from Elayne’s perspective, grossly too much.
One of Jordan’s failings as a writer is a tendency towards a belief that more is always more, and that tends to show in Winter’s Heart (and in the latter books in general) than in most of the series (both Tylin’s relationship with Mat and Far Madding being good examples, as well as the introduction of Alivia and Talaan).
Winter’s Heart, in contrast to the books both immediately preceding and following it, does ends with a (triple-headed) climax of immense importance to the larger story. Unfortunately the climax still lacks in immediate punch in comparison to those of most of the other books in the series.
Supergirls ‘It’s a Trap!’ Counter: Winter’s Heart-1, total-7
Original or new cover? New. (Original 3, New 7)