—from the Karaethon Cycle: The Prophecies of the Dragon
Winter's Heart (abbreviated as WH by fans) is the ninth book of the Wheel of Time series. It was published by Tor Books and released on November 7, 2000. Upon its release, it immediately rose to the #1 position on the New York Times hardcover fiction bestseller list, making it the second Wheel of Time book to reach the #1 position on that list. It remained on the list for the next two months. It is 780 pages long.
As is the usual style, the title of the book is incorporated into the verse quoted from the Prophecies of the Dragon at the beginning, and also refers to the winter that was created by the use of the Bowl of the Winds in the prior book. It is also a reference to the ever deepening cold in Rand's heart.
Winter's Heart consists of a prologue and thirty-five chapters. Many of the events of Winter's Heart take place simultaneously with the events of the next book, Crossroads of Twilight.
Elayne Trakand attempts to solidify her grip on the Lion Throne and put down rebellious nobles.
Mat Cauthon, making his return to the series after his absence in the previous book, is trapped in the city of Ebou Dar in Altara, which is under Seanchan occupation. He plans his escape, but in the end, his plans are disrupted by the interference of a Seanchan noblewoman named Tuon, who is revealed as the Daughter of the Nine Moons, heir to the Seanchan Crystal Throne. Mat, having heard a prophecy about him marrying the Daughter of the Nine Moons, kidnaps Tuon instead of tying her up and leaving her behind.
Rand al'Thor, the Dragon Reborn, is bonded as a Warder by Elayne Trakand, Aviendha, and Min Farshaw. He hunts down Asha'man traitors in Far Madding. Rand and Nynaeve al'Meara Travel to Shadar Logoth. There, defended by Cadsuane Melaidhrin's Aes Sedai and loyal Asha'man against the Forsaken, Rand and Nynaeve link and use the Choedan Kal to cleanse saidin of the taint of the Dark One so that men who channel will no longer go mad.
- See also the full statistical analysis for this book.
Winter's Heart consists of a prologue and 35 chapters. These chapters are split up in to 29 different POVs.
|Elayne Trakand||24.31%||45% of the Prologue, Ch7 through 9, 73% of Ch10, 69% of Ch121, Ch26, and 27|
|Matrim Cauthon||21.13%||Ch15 through 19, and Ch28 through 31|
|Rand al'Thor||13.06%||19% of the Prologue, 26% of Ch11, 78% of Ch222, 80% of Ch25, Ch32, 70% of Ch33, 18% of Ch34, and 39% of Ch353|
|Perrin Aybara||8.49%||Ch1, 2, 5, and 6|
|Faile Bashere||4.82%||Ch3 and 4|
|Shalon din Togara Morning Tide||4.75%||Ch23 and 24|
|Nynaeve al'Meara||3.67%||74% of Ch11, and 34% of Ch34|
|Cadsuane Melaidhrin||3.30%||67% of Ch13, 48% of Ch34, and 15% of Ch353|
|Toveine Gazal||2.47%||22% of the Prologue|
|Min Farshaw||1.72%||31% of Ch12, and 30% of Ch33|
|Tuon Athaem Kore Paendrag||1.52%||Ch14|
|Seaine Herimon||1.51%||13% of the Prologue|
|Demandred||1.25%||33% of Ch13, and 7% of Ch35|
|Asne Zeramene||0.70%||16% of Ch10|
|Verin Mathwin||0.56%||20% of Ch25, and 2% of Ch35|
|Mili Skane||0.46%||11% of Ch10|
|Cyndane||0.34%||8% of Ch353|
|Elza Penfell||0.33%||7% of Ch353|
|Raefar Kisman||0.32%||12% of Ch22|
|Luc/Isam/Slayer||0.30%||10% of Ch22|
|Moghedien||0.27%||6% of Ch353|
|Osan'gar||0.26%||6% of Ch353|
|Eben Hopwil||0.20%||4% of Ch35|
|Barmellin||0.12%||3% of Ch35|
|Timna||0.08%||2% of Ch35|
|Quote||0.03%||1% of the Prologue|
|Narrator||0.02%||1% of Ch35|
|1 Chapter 12 has three points of view, two of which are from Elayne Trakand's POV. Her first is 65% of the chapter and her second is 4% of the chapter.|
|2 Chapter 22 has four points of view, two of which are from Rand al'Thor's POV. His first is 51% of the chapter and his second is 27% of the chapter.|
|3 Chapter 35 has 21 points of view. Rand al'Thor has three POV's, Elza Penfell has two POV's, Cyndane has three POV's, Cadsuane Melaidhrin has three POV's, Osan'gar has two POV's, and Moghedien has two POV's. For Rand, his first is 37% of the chapter and his second and third are 1% of the chapter each. For Elza, her first is 5% of the chapter and her second is 2% of the chapter. For Cyndane, her first is 3% of the chapter, her second is 1% of the chapter, and her third is 4% of the chapter. For Cadsuane, her first is 3% of the chapter and her second and third are 6% of the chapter each. For Osan'gar, his first is 4% of the chapter, and his second is 2% of the chapter. For Moghedien, both of her POV's are 3% of the chapter each.|
|Leigh Butler's Re-read of Winter's Heart, featured on Tor.com|
|Re-read listing||Part 1 · Part 2 · Part 3 · Part 4 · Part 5 · Part 6 · Part 7 · Part 8 · Part 9 · Part 10 · Part 11 · Part 12 · Part 13 · Part 14 · Part 15 · Part 16 · Part 17 · Part 18 · Part 19 · Part 20 · Part 21 · Part 22 · Part 23|