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The Strike at Shayol Ghul was a short piece written by Robert Jordan in 1996 to explain the events surrounding the imprisonment of the Dark One and the circumstances surrounding it.


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The Strike at Shayol Ghul was a short piece written by Robert Jordan in 1996 to explain the events surrounding the imprisonment of the Dark One and the circumstances surrounding it.

30 review for The Strike at Shayol Ghul

  1. 4 out of 5

    Bob

    "The Strike at Shayol Ghul" was a 7 page short story written in 1996 by Robert Jordan specifically for the Internet. A copy can be found at http://library.tarvalon.net/index.php... "The Strike at Shayol Ghul" was a 7 page short story written in 1996 by Robert Jordan specifically for the Internet. A copy can be found at http://library.tarvalon.net/index.php...

  2. 5 out of 5

    Semina Pekmezović

    Re-starting the Wheel of Time series! Wish me luck, because this is going to take a while!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Hasham Rasool

    "The Wheel of Time turns, and Ages come and pass, leaving memories that become legend. Legend fades to myth and even myth is long forgotten when the Age that gave it birth returns again. What was, what will be, and what is, may yet fall under the Shadow." It is really interesting to read but it is very short. It has 7 pages. 'The Strike at Shayol Ghul' is a short piece written by Robert Jordan in 1996 to explain the events surrounding the imprisonment of the Dark One and the circumstances surroundi "The Wheel of Time turns, and Ages come and pass, leaving memories that become legend. Legend fades to myth and even myth is long forgotten when the Age that gave it birth returns again. What was, what will be, and what is, may yet fall under the Shadow." It is really interesting to read but it is very short. It has 7 pages. 'The Strike at Shayol Ghul' is a short piece written by Robert Jordan in 1996 to explain the events surrounding the imprisonment of the Dark One and the circumstances surrounding it. If any of you want to read 'The Strike of Shayol Ghul' then here's a link below, you can read it. https://library.tarvalon.net/index.ph...

  4. 4 out of 5

    Michael

    People are failing to realize this was written as a piece of historical document that was lost with the Breaking. I thought it was insightful giving us a peak into the War of the Shadow that we will never see in a regular novel formate.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    You can read this short online here: http://library.tarvalon.net/index.php... It's not much of a story really but more of a historical account of certain events from before the series started. Interesting but not something I'd bother rereading. You can read this short online here: http://library.tarvalon.net/index.php... It's not much of a story really but more of a historical account of certain events from before the series started. Interesting but not something I'd bother rereading.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Mladen

    Funny how reading this feels like reading a real historical document. Bravo to Jordan for being a master worldbuilder!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Alina

    This is practically an extract from "The World of Robert Jordan's the Wheel of Time", or was included in the latter. It has some more details about the sealing of the Bore and it's written as an historical account. This is practically an extract from "The World of Robert Jordan's the Wheel of Time", or was included in the latter. It has some more details about the sealing of the Bore and it's written as an historical account.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Victor

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. "Whoever read this, if any remain to read it, weep for us who have no more tears. Pray for us who are damned alive." "Whoever read this, if any remain to read it, weep for us who have no more tears. Pray for us who are damned alive."

  9. 5 out of 5

    YouKneeK

    The Strike at Shayol Ghul is a very short “historical” writing which goes into some detail on events that took place long before this series began, and which are referred to often in the books. It’s written by a fictional historian who has analyzed and is attempting to summarize a fragmented historical document about the events surrounding the sealing of the Dark One and the Breaking of the World. It wasn’t particularly exciting or riveting, but it was extremely short. It filled in a few more de The Strike at Shayol Ghul is a very short “historical” writing which goes into some detail on events that took place long before this series began, and which are referred to often in the books. It’s written by a fictional historian who has analyzed and is attempting to summarize a fragmented historical document about the events surrounding the sealing of the Dark One and the Breaking of the World. It wasn’t particularly exciting or riveting, but it was extremely short. It filled in a few more details beyond what has already been provided throughout the first six books, and it presents things in a more cohesive manner. The story can be found for free here: http://library.tarvalon.net/index.php...

  10. 5 out of 5

    Claudia

    A very short story (3 pdf pages) about the imprisonment of the Dark One in Shayol Ghul, which clarifies some aspects but not entirely. However, what stands out is the way chosen to explain this fact...

  11. 5 out of 5

    Emerson

    "Whoever read this, If any remain to read it, weep for us who have no more tears. Pray for us who are damned alive." "Whoever read this, If any remain to read it, weep for us who have no more tears. Pray for us who are damned alive."

  12. 4 out of 5

    Spencer

    A decent short story (in the style of a historical document) detailing the end of the War of the Shadow and the events which led to the breaking of the world.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Keith

    Excellent yet brief backstory.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Stefano G.

    An interesting historical piece on the Day of the Sealing of the Dark One's prison and the start of the Breaking. Even though it is only a really superficial passage, it gives a glimpse of the struggles at the time, with some tidbits about some very important characters in the WOT History, such as Lewis Therin... Very short, so why not read it? :) An interesting historical piece on the Day of the Sealing of the Dark One's prison and the start of the Breaking. Even though it is only a really superficial passage, it gives a glimpse of the struggles at the time, with some tidbits about some very important characters in the WOT History, such as Lewis Therin... Very short, so why not read it? :)

  15. 5 out of 5

    Sannie Hald

    This is just a telling about how the breaking of the world happened. I could have done without it, as we already knew this from the other books. But I see it as a piece of history that characters might have come a crossed

  16. 5 out of 5

    Zoe's Human

    Nice bit of background finally answering the question of why it was only male Aes Sedai involved in sealing the bore.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Thibaut Nicodème

    Not a lot of new information, but hey, it's available for free on the Tar Valon wiki and it's still really nice. The nostalgia factor may help, obviously. Not a lot of new information, but hey, it's available for free on the Tar Valon wiki and it's still really nice. The nostalgia factor may help, obviously.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Ben Truong

    The Strike at Shayol Ghul is a short story from The Wheel of Time series written by Robert Jordan, which serves as a prequel before the first book of the series, however this short story should be read after the series as it seems to be more like a supplement to the series and not crucial to it. The short story is set many years prior to The Eye of the World – the first book and is set during the time of Lews Therin – the original Dragon. The story is approached from the perspective of a historia The Strike at Shayol Ghul is a short story from The Wheel of Time series written by Robert Jordan, which serves as a prequel before the first book of the series, however this short story should be read after the series as it seems to be more like a supplement to the series and not crucial to it. The short story is set many years prior to The Eye of the World – the first book and is set during the time of Lews Therin – the original Dragon. The story is approached from the perspective of a historian who has come across a manuscript dated from the Age of Legends. Within this manuscript it describes the events leading up to the sealing of the bore. It describes the war between the Shadow and the Light. It reports that there was years of battle between the Light and the Shadow with neither side making any reasonable advances. The Strike at Shayol Ghul is written mediocrity well. It is a wonderful background and side story at how Lews Therin and his companions surrounding the imprisonment of the Dark One and circumstances surrounding it. The narrative is a light and quick read and fills in some of the side stories that are not crucial in the core series, but is nice for background information to the dedicated reader. All in all, The Strike at Shayol Ghul is a well written short story about the life and times of Lews Therin and the events surrounding the Dark One imprisonment. It is also a good addition to The Wheel of Time universe, enriching the series a tad bit more.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Bryan

    This is a short, short piece that can be found online. It's presented as a recounting of some historical documents that were uncovered in the world of the Wheel of Time, during the Age of Legends when the War of the Shadow raged (after the unintentional drilling of the Bore in the Dark One's prison). Jordan wrote it as a sort of response to many fans asking him if he ever intended to write prequels to the Wheel of Time books (he did not) because of how deep and rich a history there is associated This is a short, short piece that can be found online. It's presented as a recounting of some historical documents that were uncovered in the world of the Wheel of Time, during the Age of Legends when the War of the Shadow raged (after the unintentional drilling of the Bore in the Dark One's prison). Jordan wrote it as a sort of response to many fans asking him if he ever intended to write prequels to the Wheel of Time books (he did not) because of how deep and rich a history there is associated with the world. Coincidentally, all reading it did was make me wish we had prequels. While short, this is definitely worth reading for any fan.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Shae

    I didn't realize this was a short story until today. Written as if a historian with access to ancient manuscripts is summarizing the events, it gives additional information on the time between when the bore in the dark one's prison was created, and when the seal was created by the 100 companions. It's only about 7 pages and I would recommend it for those who like the series. I wouldn't recommend reading it before reading the series as it will likely not make sense and isn't written in the same t I didn't realize this was a short story until today. Written as if a historian with access to ancient manuscripts is summarizing the events, it gives additional information on the time between when the bore in the dark one's prison was created, and when the seal was created by the 100 companions. It's only about 7 pages and I would recommend it for those who like the series. I wouldn't recommend reading it before reading the series as it will likely not make sense and isn't written in the same tone as the rest of the series.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Himanish Prabhakar

    When I was reading this book series everything was full of ups and down. When I started to read the book, it lead me to other and then to other. For the whole series I'll rate the complete book series as 4 stars. There are many thoughts about the whole series. It really is a good book fantasy fiction series. The characters are definitely good and really well developed in the series and the plot is good. I found the book interesting and would definitely recommend this book to all fantasy lovers. When I was reading this book series everything was full of ups and down. When I started to read the book, it lead me to other and then to other. For the whole series I'll rate the complete book series as 4 stars. There are many thoughts about the whole series. It really is a good book fantasy fiction series. The characters are definitely good and really well developed in the series and the plot is good. I found the book interesting and would definitely recommend this book to all fantasy lovers.

  22. 5 out of 5

    D

    A very good short text about the millennia old battle where the Dark Lord got trapped and the male Aes Sedai got tainted, this doesn't depict the battle, but is an overview of the events and decisions that led to such events, it is very clarifying to understand some of Rand's late decisions and is a pretty good shorty. A very good short text about the millennia old battle where the Dark Lord got trapped and the male Aes Sedai got tainted, this doesn't depict the battle, but is an overview of the events and decisions that led to such events, it is very clarifying to understand some of Rand's late decisions and is a pretty good shorty.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Tim New

    a short novella - it only takes 5 minutes to read. Provides a little background. I read it after "Knife of Dreams" (book 11, last book in thew series completed by Robert Jordan) and before I started "The Gathering Storm" - first book in the series finished by Brandon Sanderson after Jordan's death. a short novella - it only takes 5 minutes to read. Provides a little background. I read it after "Knife of Dreams" (book 11, last book in thew series completed by Robert Jordan) and before I started "The Gathering Storm" - first book in the series finished by Brandon Sanderson after Jordan's death.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Daniel Greear

    So here I am, back into The Wheel of Time and gobbling up all available source material on the series. This was interesting but far too short. The Strike At Shayol Ghul is written like an actual historical document and definitely worth reading if you’re a fan of the series. Now on to finishing book five...

  25. 5 out of 5

    Jeremy Kazimer

    I mean, I've yet to read anything beyond Book 0, but I found this easy to follow, at least thematically. Of course, I'm not going to understand the characters beyond the vague Dark One. But I did appreciate the attention to detail, in making it more of a historical recollection than a third-person perspective. Overall, a 5/5. I mean, I've yet to read anything beyond Book 0, but I found this easy to follow, at least thematically. Of course, I'm not going to understand the characters beyond the vague Dark One. But I did appreciate the attention to detail, in making it more of a historical recollection than a third-person perspective. Overall, a 5/5.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Brad

    Short story that gives a little in-story history about the sealing of the Dark One's prison and the Breaking of the World. It's not bad and it was nice to read something by Jordan again, but not something that needs to be sought out except by the more die hard fans of the series. Rating: PG Short story that gives a little in-story history about the sealing of the Dark One's prison and the Breaking of the World. It's not bad and it was nice to read something by Jordan again, but not something that needs to be sought out except by the more die hard fans of the series. Rating: PG

  27. 4 out of 5

    Tina Mitchell

    Have now read series book 0 to 12 and looking to read the last 3 books. I have enjoyed the read though some may find the story slow in unfolding. If you like fantasy good against evil tales this is one to read.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Jeni Palmer

    Overall, 3.5-4 stars. It was interesting. Even though it didn't bring much to the table that isn't hinted at in the series, it still brought enough into focus that I think it's a good read for any who like the Wheel of Time series. Overall, 3.5-4 stars. It was interesting. Even though it didn't bring much to the table that isn't hinted at in the series, it still brought enough into focus that I think it's a good read for any who like the Wheel of Time series.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Angela Lam

    This is more like a few pages of short notes rather than a story. Gives some background on why the Dark One was sealed the way he was, but with very little detail and zero action. Would've been much better as a story written from Lews Therin's perspective. This is more like a few pages of short notes rather than a story. Gives some background on why the Dark One was sealed the way he was, but with very little detail and zero action. Would've been much better as a story written from Lews Therin's perspective.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    Although I find the idea of writing non-fiction style story for a fantasy series very interest. I always find myself being pulled out of the story while I'm reading it, much like when I used to be a student trying to study history. Although I find the idea of writing non-fiction style story for a fantasy series very interest. I always find myself being pulled out of the story while I'm reading it, much like when I used to be a student trying to study history.

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