Title: A Crown of Swords
Author: Robert Jordan
Series: The Wheel of Time #7
Narrators: Michael Kramer and Kate Reading
Length: 30 hours (684 pages)
Release Date: May 15, 1996
Content Warnings: slavery, physical abuse, rabe, sexual assault, sexual violence, death
The Wheel of Time turns and Ages come and go, leaving memories that become legend. Legend fades to myth, and even myth is long forgotten when the Age that gave it birth returns again. In the Third Age, an Age of Prophecy, the World and Time themselves hang in the balance. What was, what will be, and what is, may yet fall under the Shadow.
Elayne, Aviendha, and Mat come ever closer to the bowl ter’angreal that may reverse the world’s endless heat wave and restore natural weather. Egwene begins to gather all manner of women who can channel–Sea Folk, Windfinders, Wise Ones, and some surprising others. And above all, Rand faces the dread Forsaken Sammael, in the shadows of Shadar Logoth, where the blood-hungry mist, Mashadar, waits for prey.
This is my least favorite in the series so far. This was such a let down because book 6 ended on such a high note, but while this book starts off strong, it does not carry that momentum throughout. The pacing is super weird. I think the whole book spans a time period of two weeks at most, but it’s hundreds and hundreds of pages, so the story really gets bogged down with unnecessary, repetitive, and boring details. Everything feels like it takes much longer than it should. Mat’s storyline is super uncomfortable. Sure the ending includes some exciting developments, but not enough to make up for the slog through the middle.