The Shadow Rising

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The Shadow Rising (abbreviated as tSR by fans) is the fourth book in American author Robert Jordan's fantasy series The Wheel of Time. It was published by Tor Books and released on September 15, 1992. The unabridged audio book is read by Michael Kramer and Kate Reading.

At 393,823 words, The Shadow Rising is the longest book of The Wheel of Time although it has fewer pages than "Lord of Chaos." The Shadow Rising consists of 58 chapters. It is the first book in the main sequence of The Wheel of Time not to contain a prologue.

The Shadow Rising
Original cover of The Shadow Rising
Original cover of The Shadow Rising, featuring Rand, Mat, and Egwene in the Aiel Waste
Author Robert Jordan
Cover artist Darrell K. Sweet
Country United States
Language English
Series The Wheel of Time
Genre Fantasy
Publisher Tor Books (U.S.)
Publication date
September 15, 1992
Media type Print (Hardback & Paperback)
Pages 704 pp (U.S. hardback edition)
ISBN ISBN 0-312-85431-5 (US hardback edition)
OCLC 150103003
813/.54 20
LC Class PS3560.O7617 S48 1992
Preceded by The Dragon Reborn
Followed by The Fires of Heaven

Plot summary[edit]

At the beginning of the book, Rand al'Thor has just claimed the crystal sword Callandor to prove himself the Dragon Reborn. He is approached by Lanfear; and the fortress 'Stone of Tear' is stormed by Trollocs and Fades, sent by another Forsaken (Sammael), while a third, Semirhage, sends his followers into the Stone, to oppose Sammael's forces. In defense, Rand uses Callandor to create a lightning storm killing all the Trollocs and Fades.

Rand then departs for the Aiel Waste, to which Egwene al'Vere and Moiraine Damodred accompany him. Mat Cauthon, counseled by the Stone of Tear's Aelfinn ter'angreal, and follows Rand. Perrin Aybara, after hearing of trouble in Two Rivers, his native region, returns thereto, accompanied by Faile Bashere. Elayne Trakand, Nynaeve al'Meara, and Thom Merrilin depart to Tarabon to hunt the Black Ajah, while Min Farshaw arrives in Tar Valon to report to the Amyrlin Siuan Sanche. Thus, The Shadow Rising follows four groups of characters in four plotlines.

Aiel Waste[edit]

Rand teleports Mat, Egwene, Moiraine, and the Aiel at the Stone of Tear from Tear to the Aiel Waste, where Taardad and Shaido Aiel are waiting for them. Moiraine, Aviendha (a former 'maiden of the spear' seeking to become a Wise One), Mat, and Rand enter Rhuidean. All three enter ter'angreal in Rhuidean. Rand there relives portions of the lives of his paternal ancestors, before and after the Breaking, and learns that the Aiel once shunned violence and served Aes Sedai, whereof some, adhering to pacifism, live on as Tinkers, while others known as the 'Jenn Aiel', carried a large collection of angreal, sa'angreal, and ter'angreal (ancient psychokinetic technologies) to Rhuidean. Rand emerges with dragon markings on both arms; thus proving himself the Car'a'carn: the 'Chief of Chiefs' of the Aiel.

Mat enters a ter'angreal similar to the one he entered in Tear, seeking answers to the questions he asked of the Snakelike 'Aelfinn' of his previous visit; but encounters the Foxlike 'Eelfinn', who bargain for gifts instead of answering questions (he later speculates that the two factions are namesake for the children's game of 'Snakes and Foxes', which cannot be won), and acquires fluency in the Old Tongue and the memories of his own ancestors. He is also given a spear called an ashandarei and a medallion ter'angreal that protects against the One Power. Rand finds Mat hanged from the Tree of Life as the price for these gifts; but revives Mat, who thereafter wears a black scarf to hide the resulting scars. Moiraine having visited the three-hooped ter'angreal used by the Wise Ones, gains some knowledge of the future.

The Wise Ones assign Aviendha the task of teaching Rand Aiel customs as they travel to Cold Rocks Hold; they are later accompanied by merchants. At Al'cair Dal, both Rand al'Thor and Couladin of the Shaido Aiel declare themselves the messiah 'He Who Comes With the Dawn'. Rand reveals the secret history of the Aiel in the Age of Legends to prove his claim; whereupon an uproar breaks out among the Aiel, and, to avert violence, Rand uses the One Power to bring a rainstorm to the Aiel Waste. After fighting breaks out among the Aiel, Rand pursues Asmodean, a Forsaken in search of the ter'angreal access keys to the Choedan Kal, the most powerful sa'angreal created. At Rhuidean, Rand defeats Asmodean by cutting him off from the Dark One. Lanfear allows Rand to live and then limits Asmodean's access to the One Power, on grounds that Asmodean teach Rand to use the One Power (which only a male Forsaken can). When Rand returns to Al'cair Dal, he finds that most of the Aiel have acknowledged him as the Car'a'carn.

The Two Rivers[edit]

In the Two Rivers, Perrin discovers that the people are caught between Trollocs, led by Slayer, and the Children of the Light. He also finds Verin Mathwin and Alanna Mosvani, both Aes Sedai, searching for potential pupils. With the help of Tam al'Thor (Rand's adoptive father) and Abell Cauthon (the father of Mat), Perrin leads the people against the Trollocs, and earns the nicknames 'Lord Perrin' and 'Perrin Goldeneyes' (the latter representing his telepathic communion with wolves). Before the final victory, Perrin marries Faile.

Tanchico in Tarabon[edit]

In the city of Tanchico in Tarabon, Elayne and Nynaeve encounter Moghedien and the Black Ajah and remove a male a'dam from their possession. Elayne and Nynaeve also meet Bayle Domon and the Seanchan Egeanin. They 'befriend' the Panarch Amathera, whom they rescue from Temaile; and collect one of the Seals of the Dark One's prison. In opposition, Nynaeve and Moghedien discover that they are equal in power. Nynaeve shields the Forsaken, but they are discovered by one of the Black Ajah, who damages the palace using a ter'angreal that makes balefire. In the confusion, Moghedien escapes.

White Tower[edit]

Min Farshaw arrives at the White Tower to report to the Amyrlin. Thereafter Min remains in the Tower in the guise of 'Elmindreda': a giddy, empty-headed woman unable to decide between two suitors. Elaida and her supporters thereafter depose Siuan Sanche (the Amyrlin Seat) and Leane Sharif, her Keeper of the Chronicles; whereupon Elaida herself is made Amyrlin and many Aes Sedai flee. Min frees Siuan and Leane, and all three are assisted in escape by Gawyn Trakand. In departure, they acquire 'Logain', a vanquished rebel leader.

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