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Winter's Heart: Book Nine of 'The Wheel of Time'

by Robert Jordan

Tom Doherty Associates | March 25, 2014 | Trade Paperback

Winter's Heart: Book Nine of 'The Wheel of Time' is rated 3.875 out of 5 by 48.

The Wheel of Time, Robert Jordan’s internationally bestselling fantasy series, has captured the imaginations of millions of readers worldwide. Now, Winter''s Heart, will be available in trade paperback for the first time. This new edition will feature cover art from award-winning artist Scott M. Fischer. This stunning cover art debuted on the eBook and will now grace book shelves for the first time on this handsome new edition.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 560 pages, 9.1 × 7.24 × 1.14 in

Published: March 25, 2014

Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0765337800

ISBN - 13: 9780765337801

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from A triumphant Come back After the disaster that was books seven and eight Jordan is back good and strong in Winter's Heart. The plot is moving straight forward with an ending the says "the days are short, the end is near". Jordan is winding up for his finale, and doing a marvelous job. He has restored my faith in the series.
Date published: 2006-06-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Who else thinks that mat is the most entertaining character in these novels? I, for one, am amazed how Jordan portrays his sense of humor and exploits all his weaknesses. Hah! Go Matrim!
Date published: 2006-06-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Hmmm... Great book. I love all the books in the series. I will however have to read them again. The series has drawn on so long that it is starting to wear me thin. Though I greatly enjoyed the books, I've been skimming through chapters of the last two books just looking for the action. Maybe it has been drawn on for too long? Then I realize that I certainly do not want it to end. I love these books far too much.
Date published: 2005-02-05
Rated 3 out of 5 by from can we move on yet? Wow, what started off as one of the best fantasy series I have ever read has gone on for way too long. I started to lose interest after the seventh book and only buy them now for the sake of completing the series. However even that is starting to wear thin fast and I am not sure if I will buy the next one. It was a good thing, but its time to end it before it starts getting remembered for the wrong reasons.
Date published: 2004-05-09
Rated 3 out of 5 by from An Okay book The book itself is not too bad, but I am starting to get sick of having to keep track of 6,000,000 different characters. Maybe Jordon could finish up a few of the plot lines so that we can get back to more important matters. For that matter, do you believe just how many characters this man puts into his books? He gives even the most inconsequential characters names. For the last book, I decided to keep a list, so that when he threw in another plot line I would know who he was referring to. By the end of the book I had three pages worth of characters' names, and most of them appeared for only one line of the story. I figured out the secret: If he devotes an entire paragraph to a description of that person, you had better remember who they are, because they will come up in some major role in the next novel. Now that we have to follow so many plot lines, it seems that he barely even scratches the surface of any of them. Two paragraphs on the disappearance of Faile is ridiculous, when it should have been resolved by the end of this novel. ...And it seems that even in the plots that are covered, very little happens. Lets have more action, Mr. Jordan.
Date published: 2004-03-19
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good, but... As with (in my opinion) with books 4 through eight, this is a good book. Excellant action at the end, but until then quite slow. I enjoyed his first three books far better, but I encourge Wheel of Time readers to keep reading, because the last battle is coming.
Date published: 2003-07-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Book The best book since The Lord of Chaos, it has a good ending and it will be exciting to read the next one. I urge readers not to throw down the series because of slow 7th and 8th books, because with the last battle coming the books are bound to get better.
Date published: 2002-11-27
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Enough already Okay, after book 2, I was hooked. After book 5 I thought this was the greatest series I had ever picked up(and I read a lot). With the last 4 books I finished them with such a feeling of frustration it is pathetic. Get on with it. More happened in the first chapter of the first book than has happened it the last 4 books put together. Having said all that, I will be first in line to get the next one. Robert Jordan is masterful. The story line is so full of plot and interseting characters that my frustration of the last 4 slow ones doesn't turn me off. See you in the line up when number 10 comes out.
Date published: 2001-05-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Ricky's Review Robert Jordans "Winters Heart" is excellent. The classic Good vs overwhelming Evil. So well described, it feels like you actually enter Rand's world. So complicated and enterweaving sometimes hard to follow.
Date published: 2001-05-15
Rated 3 out of 5 by from GET ON WITH IT Love the series, but I am starting to get a little PO'd that Jordan does not wind this thing UP or put more into a book. It is very annoying that 15% of the book is explanations of things that happened in the past due to the sheer length of this series and enough of that lame Mat Perrin Rand joke - we know that they each think the other can understand women - think of a new joke! But come on - in 700 pages - put MORE PLOT and MOVE IT ALONG! 9 Books into it - we DESERVE IT - if for nothing else than our time invested!!
Date published: 2001-04-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good stuff Alright, I admit it. i ragged on Mr. Jordan about the release of path of daggers. guilty as charged, but you know what, i'm noticing a trend here. he seems to leave out certain characters that you think you'd hear more about. in book eight he forgot all about Mat, and in book nine he seems to have left out Egwene. and can he please clear up what's going on there between her and Gawyn? i'd really love to know since he kinda left him out for, say the past 3 books. But you know what? all in all, he does a great job, and he keeps me interested. I guess the suspense is what makes me read these books even when i get so frustrated i want to switch to something else. So, Kudos to you, Mr. Jordan, for a job well done so far. =)
Date published: 2001-04-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from its the series that counts Robert Jordan has done it again, the next instalment of his thrilling Wheel of Time saga is great, it does lack a bit of the usual flawless flare that is shown in most of the previos books of the series, but nevertheless it is a great book. Robert again has shown us that a good story must be long, as he has completed the ninth book and yet there are still many answers unanswered, eg what about Lanfear & Moridam(the spelling may be wrong). The only thing lacking in this book by my standards is the fact that alot more than usual gets left unexplained, especially the fact that the daughter of nine moons is suposed to marry Mat yet there was known hint of it before the end of the book, except the rolling dice but that was at the very start surely something could have happened by the end. Anyway I'm sure all will be revealed by Robert in his next instalment, when ever that may be, lets just hope he doesn't take to long. I give it a 4/5 there was just something lacking, which isn't like Robert at all.
Date published: 2001-03-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Alright... Things are being solved, but what I want to see is the adventure and anticipation! In the first, say three books, you never knew what was going to happen. There was more action and it always had you on your toes. It all has seemed to disapear. And I want it back!
Date published: 2001-02-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Another Hit This novel fits well into the legacy that Jordan is weaving, and I'm content to say that it's a well-constructed work. That said, I'd like to move on to all those cynical bastards who keep putting down authors such as Jordan. An author is not to be criticized, they are to be praised, no matter what the content of their work. Authors are artists of the word; you have no right to judge their work, for it is a way of self-expression. If you don't like the work, don't read it.
Date published: 2001-02-06
Rated 2 out of 5 by from No Guts, No Glory This latest piece in this saga accomplishes much, but unlike having froot loops in the morning I want to know more than the result, I want to feel the hero's pain, follow their internal struggle and laugh at situational irony as the author tells us what hilariously incorrect conclusions our hero has come up with. I want to know how fruit loops are made, and the name of the cow I got my milk from. This novel, though decent and full of effects, does not take the time to fully explore them and satisfy them to the readers satisfaction. Theres no stuffing in this turkey. And for that much $$ I want my stuffing. Overall, it fits into the saga well, finally we find out what happened to Matrim, but 'Lucy! You got some 'splaining to do!!!'
Date published: 2001-01-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good Book=> I think this book was excellent, although the release of each book is spaced way to far apart. I thought it could of been a bit longer as well. It only too me two days to read. Regardless, it is still a great booo
Date published: 2001-01-26
Rated 3 out of 5 by from long wait I HAVE BEEN FOLLOWING THE WHEEL OF TIME SERIES FOR SOME TIME NOW AND HAVE REALLY ENJOYED THEM. HOWEVER I FIND THAT I MUST AGREE WITH A LOT OF READERS THAT THIS LAST BOOK JUST DIDN'T QUITE CUT IT. FIRST OF ALL AFTER WAITING FOR WHAT SEEMED LIKE FOREVER, WINTERS HART JUST DIDN'T SEEM TO TAKE US THAT MUCH FURTHER THAN THE LAST BOOKS. I REALLY THUOUGHT THAT 7&8 WERE PRETTY GOOD AND THEY LEFT US HANGING WITH A LOT OF UNANSWERED QUESTIONS. BUT THEN WE HAD TO WAIT QUITE A WHILE FOR A STORY THAT WAS JUST TO SHORT, AND DIDN'T SEEM TO PROCEED MUCH FURTHER. MIND YOU MAT FINALY SHOWS UP AGAIN AND RAND AND ELAYNE PUT TO REST THE UNRESOLVED ISSUES BETWEEN THEM AND MIN AND AVIENDA. I DO NOT MEAN TO SAY THAT THIS BOOK SUCKED BY ANY MEANS; I LOVE ALL OF THEM SINCE IT THEY ARE ALL CONTINUATIONS OF THE SAME STORY. HOWEVER, I DON'T LIKE WAITING FOR SO LONG FOR THE NEXT PART AND THEN FINDING OUT THAT ITS ONLY JUST 600+ PAGES, FINISHING IT IN ABOUT A WEEK, NOT FINDING OUT MUCH MORE AND THEN HAVING TO WAIT TILL WHAT, 2002 OR SOMTHING, FOR THE NEXT BOOK. I SUPPOSE I WILL HAVE TO READ BOOK 9 AGAIN BEFORE THE RELEASE OF BOOK 10 AS I HAD TO DO WITH BOOK 8 JUST BEFORE THE RELEASE OF BOOK NINE.
Date published: 2001-01-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Best in the series Winter's Heart is Robert Jordan's best since the Fires of Heaven. I've long been awaiting the return of MAT! With Perrin looking for Faile and Mazrim Taim exposed as a liar, its bound to be great. this book is filled with so many great plot lines. Then again, that is why Robert Jordan is the best fantasy writer of all time. I anxiously await the tenth book in 2002.
Date published: 2001-01-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from ahh, true to life Here is a thought for all of those that beleve that jorden is becoming long winded and boring. I ask you in your life do you feel ecstacy over all of your triumphs and sorrow and pain at your failures? I don't, when you fail you start again, and when you have a mountain of duty, you enjoy the triumphs but you have more to do, and so you cannot dwell on it for a half a chapter. these characters are belevable, if not true to life. they hurt and fail, they ignore pain and miss so of their victories. just like us. this is a good book
Date published: 2001-01-14
Rated 3 out of 5 by from not really. ok, i'm 17 and i've been reading robert jordan since i was say 15. i loved it. they gave me evrything i needed in a fantasy, and it took me away into it's private world where i shared in the character's joy and suffering. i've come to know the characters and all that they are acquainted with. instead of feeling like an outsuder i felt as if i was there with them. any author that can do this is amazing. but come on, mr. jordan. what's going on? this book is hardly up to what we've come to expect from you. you're a great author. chop chop! i have faith in you that you can do better.
Date published: 2001-01-14
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Winters Heart This series will never be a movie...just too long. I agree with the other reviews that this series started out as interesting....now it just drags. Jordan begins each book with the same boring background that everyone learned in the first books. I dread starting a new book as I have to read all the same information again. How many times do I have to hear the word "shift" and I do not need to know the minute by minute accounts of every characters day. I feel now that I am reading this book out of obligation rather anticipation as another reviewer described. Blah....read Dragonlance...much better series.
Date published: 2001-01-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Bringing it to a head I find one thing wrong with this book. I think that it is wrong that Robert Jordan can reach into my mind and write everything that I could want. The complex storyline that has emerged from the previous books, is so large that no book can be written and possibly get everything to fit. I find a Masterful stroke to bring every thing to a head. The shear number of mysteries and villians has just been solved, kill most of them off.
Date published: 2001-01-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A great improvement, but not quite a great book A good book more like it. I agree with most other reviewers in that this book has a quicker pace (which was needed). But I now think that the series will be 11 or 12 books instead of 13 or 14. Definitely worth the read though, it brings back some hope for those that have been faithful and stayed with the series. Here's hoping that the next book comes with a better appendix, trying to remember all the characters from previous books is getting a little difficult considering the amount of time between each book's release.
Date published: 2001-01-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best book yet in the Wheel of Time The book Winter's Heart is Robert Jordan's best since Lord of Chaos. There are many plot lines, but thats one of the reasons Mr. Jordan is one of the best Fantasy writers of all time. In the book, the culmination of Rand's struggle with saidin, Perrin's search for his wife and finally the RETURN of Mat. I would say that the chapters on Mat protray the Mat we have come to love. They are so FUNNY!!! I hope you enjoy Winter's Heart as much as I did. I can't wait till the next book in 2002.
Date published: 2000-12-30
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Another Brick I started Reading Wheel of Time in 1992, and have spent YEARS waiting for these books - and in the last three, have been disgusted. 600-800 pages of tripe and nothing, and 20 pages at the end where something happens. I actually read only the last 100 pages of Winter's Heart at first, and didn't miss a thing as a result.
Date published: 2000-12-28
Rated 1 out of 5 by from from bad to worse I didn't think it would happen but WH by Robert Jordan has put me to sleep faster than a political science text. There comes a point in time when one tires of the ever broadening plotlines and sub-plotlines, and a veritable throng of characters without losing the storyline. What started as a fresh, fantastic saga has now become a sad perpetual prolonging of a much needed conclusion.
Date published: 2000-12-27
Rated 2 out of 5 by from The Struggle Continues..... No, not the struggle between good and evil, or the struggle between the Creator and the Dark One. The struggle between a bored and disinterested Robert Jordan and a creative, caring one. The characters of the Wheel of Time have slowly degenerated since the spectacular ending of the Lord of Chaos, and the storyline itself has become convoluted and almost insensible. The main characters in the series go about their tasks without any emotion, achieve their victories without any joy, and suffer their sorrows without any pain. That about says it all, because how can you identify with a series, or a book, if you can't identify and root for the characters? Here's to hoping for a better book next time!
Date published: 2000-12-20
Rated 3 out of 5 by from when will it end It has to be the money. I do not understand the devotion that Jordan (what is his real name anyway?) elicites from his fans. The first three, perhaps four in the series were excellent, full of surprise and anticipation. The pacing was brisk like early Ludlum or Clancy. Now we have repetitive dialogue, uneven and usually plodding pacing and another book in a series that exists solely for the benefit of the publisher. I understand that many like his work, so do I. It just seems that the well is going dry. I'm with another reviewer. I'm reading more from a need for closure, rather than anticipation. Finish this exercise in ego already!
Date published: 2000-12-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Finally, something happens This book, as everyone has certainly realized by now was much better than Path of Daggers, but man oh man did the editing stink there were a HUGE number of typos in the book (hey maybe it will add the later value of the book )
Date published: 2000-12-18
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Much ado about nothing I read this book over a weekend, but only because I wanted the pain to end. As the series has progressed, the books have become, in general plodding. This last, is at a virtual standstill (aside from 100-150 pages). I now read these books out obligation, not anticipation.
Date published: 2000-12-15
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Average at best This book, while far better than POD, still fails to live up to the promise the first four books in the series offered. Robert Jordans' writing style in the series has changed from a dead run in the first books, to a snails pace now. With the conclusion of WH, Jordan has opened the door to have a wonderful book that can return to the original excellance of the series... let's hope he takes advantage of the opportunity.
Date published: 2000-12-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This is one great book The series started out OK, but the thrill of the books increased into an incredibly thrilling 8th book. I loved it. I am about halfway through this book, and its incredidble. I don't care what anyone else says, Robert Jordan has written the best books I have ever read. Keep up the good work RJ!!
Date published: 2000-12-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from blaine's reveiew As all the other books in this series, this was an excellent read. However, I am starting to get impatient with these books as I find myself waiting for the action to start. How many books do I have to buy before this story ends?
Date published: 2000-12-10
Rated 2 out of 5 by from And the decline continues! It is with a heavy heart that I write this review. I have been a Robert Jordan fan since the Eye of the World first burst onto the Fantasy scene. To say that this book is a disappointment would be an understatement. Why has Jordan forgetten about the original characters that started this whole saga? Instead he chooses to write countless pages on characters we don't know and don't care to know to try to expand this already too broad story. I now no longer even care what is going to happen in the story and won't waste my time reading these 600 plus page books that go nowhere. Trust me...pick up George R.R. Martin's A song for Fire and Ice series and you will be grateful for an author who knows how to write a coherent story about characters you care about.
Date published: 2000-12-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Recovery After a rather dark and disappointing eighth book, Winter's Heart has made an excellent recovery for the series. Everyone's favourite character Mat is back and finally meets the Daughter of the Nine Moons! The ending is fantastic with a momentous battle! Many questions are answered in this volume as well.
Date published: 2000-12-01
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Secrets revealed This 9th book in the series revealed some long held secrets. The identity of the Daughter of the Nine Moons for one. Overall, it was well written. But what happened to the seige of the White Tower and the re-appearance of Moiraine? I can't wait for the 10th book! Can I help RJ write it??
Date published: 2000-11-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Outstanding! This 9th installment of the Wheel of Time series is far and away the best one yet. Many twists and turns throughout the book make it hard to put down, while the climax forces you to assume the classic Wheel of Time reading position... mouth wide open, eyes bulging. Robert Jordan has proven himself an astounding author in the previous 8 books with the way he develops the characters. In the 9th book he doesn't disappoint in that field, reaching your heart in a way unfelt since Tolkein's reign. Simply perfect, I can't say enough!
Date published: 2000-11-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from the best books I have ever read Robert Jordan is by far the best writer I have ever had the pleasure of reading his use of words bring you into the world of his books and what a breathtaking world it is. I am a young reader only in my late teens but even so I have read a fair number of books including the rift war saga, the saga of recluce, the deathgate cycle and a lot more to much to include here, and as I said in the beggining of my article Robert Jordan is the greatest writer I have ever read I only hope someday I may come close to his excellence in a hopeful wrting career.
Date published: 2000-11-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Don't Judge A Book By Its Cover Despite some of the ugliest cover art ever, Winter's Heart is a fantastic book in a fantastic series. You get hooked from the very beginning, and you won't want to put the book down. This book is a great combination of all the Wheel Of Time elements and characters, and won't disappoint you. And as an added bonus, some of the series' funniest moments take place in this book, as well as some of the most touching. If you've thought about taking a rest from the Wheel Of Time, think again.
Date published: 2000-11-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Wheel of Time turns and the end draws near... Robert Jordan’s done it again. Winter’s Heart ties up a few loose ends and you can almost feel the Dark One pounding against the walls of his prison. Tarmon Gaidon fast approaches and Rand Al'Thor, the Dragon Reborn, prepares to save the world. He will not fight alone. Egwene, Nynaeve, Mat, Perrin and those around them fight for Rand too. The White Tower must be whole, at any cost. The Seanchan have Returned with the Daughter of the Nine Moons and Mat must marry her or die. The Forsaken, under their Nae’blis, gather and plot to destroy Rand. Secrets are revealed and traitors learn the price they must pay for their betrayal. Once again, Robert Jordan’s Winter’s Heart will rob you of sleep and keep you coming back for more. The perfect Christmas gift for any Wheel of Time fan.
Date published: 2000-11-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Above the Ranks The first book indeed, i agree was the best, but nothing and i mean nothing beats the ending of the Ninth book of Wheel of Time. Jordan's writing can be at times a touch boring, but when he puts all his plots together to make that one final climax, don't bother trying to put it down. I couldn't stop reading Winter's Heart since i got it. The ending of the this led me to never stop doubting that Robert Jordan's series is the best by far out there in this world and life time.
Date published: 2000-11-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A must read I think that if you like fantasy books with a bit of everything you should definitly read WINTERS HEART...Out of all of Robert Jordans books i think this is one of the best (next to #5) it ties up alot of loose ends for the more devoted fans he want to know all the hidden serets of wheel of time. Overall it is a must read for fantasy readers.
Date published: 2000-11-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from READ THIS SERIES !!!!!!! SERIOUSLY I can't recommend this book without first recommending the entire series. Start with Eye of the World and read all the way to this one. (be sure to read Robert Jordans short wheel of time story "New Spring" published under a book calles LEGENDS) Once you get to Winter's Heart you will be salavating and wanting more. Basically, you will be me. I want more!
Date published: 2000-11-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Simply amazing Well, after a pretty average outing in PoD, WH is one of the most amazing books I've ever read. It's a thrill a minute, and you won't put it down until you're done. Guaranteed.
Date published: 2000-11-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Warmth Found in Winter's Heart While nothing compares to reading the first book of a series (the one that gets you hooked), Jordan has managed to return triumphant after a mostly dismal 8th book. Winter's Heart, quite simply put, is full of action and movement with many secrets revealed. It is truly one of the better books in the series, and a great read.
Date published: 2000-11-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wheel of Time Robert Jordans Wheel of time series is a stunning new world laid out cunningly by Jordan. He knows how to paint the perfect picture for the minds eye. I recommend everyone read this excellent series.
Date published: 2000-11-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Hope this one makes up for the last two... This will be Jordan's last chance at redemption before his hordes of fanatic readers will be turned away from his 800 page bricks that went from Hero to Zero between books 5 and 8. This series started with such a bang, and Jordan has forgotten that we need heroes with weakness, rather than characters whom appear immortal in the face of overpowering evil. Please - RJ - don't disappoint - hopefully something significant will happen in this book.
Date published: 2000-11-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent, Two Thumbs Up The Wheel of Time series is a work of masterful brilliance on Jordan's part. The attention to detail and depth of the storyline puts this book at the top of all my lists. Winters Heart is perhaps the best sofar in the series. I encourage everyone to buy it.
Date published: 2000-11-06

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Winter's Heart: Book Nine of 'The Wheel of Time'

by Robert Jordan

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 560 pages, 9.1 × 7.24 × 1.14 in

Published: March 25, 2014

Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0765337800

ISBN - 13: 9780765337801

From the Publisher

The Wheel of Time, Robert Jordan’s internationally bestselling fantasy series, has captured the imaginations of millions of readers worldwide. Now, Winter''s Heart, will be available in trade paperback for the first time. This new edition will feature cover art from award-winning artist Scott M. Fischer. This stunning cover art debuted on the eBook and will now grace book shelves for the first time on this handsome new edition.

About the Author

ROBERT JORDAN (October 17, 1948–September 16, 2007), a native of Charleston, South Carolina, was the author of the bestselling The Wheel of Time®, with millions of books in print.

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