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A Fantasy Masterpiece: The Shadow Rising Paperbacks

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The Shadow Rising paperback, Orbit's September 2021 edition. The cover depicts dark clouds hanging over a rocky desert.

The fourth installment of The Wheel of Time is a masterpiece by Robert Jordan, immersing readers in a world of magic, intrigue, and adventure. We get a sprawling canvas of captivating characters, intricate plots, and breathtaking landscapes. The awe-inspiring journey that awaits is simply unmissable.

Returning to the Two Rivers, Perrin must defend his home against Shadowspawn while Rand makes fascinating discoveries in the Aiel Waste, exposing secrets that have devastating consequences. Both plots are amongst the most iconic of this entire fantasy series.

In this post, we’ll shop for a paperback edition of The Shadow Rising, and I can’t contain my excitement. Buy your favorite edition today and lose yourself in a world where destinies are forged, prophecies are fulfilled, and heroes rise to face their gravest challenges!

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About The Shadow Rising

The Shadow Rising was written by Robert Jordan and is the fourth novel in his spellbinding fantasy series, The Wheel of Time. It is regarded as the best book in the series and was first published in 1992.

The story tells how Rand and Mat enter the sacred city of Rhuidean, discovering distant memories and a devastating secret. Perrin returns home to protect the Two Rivers. He finds Trollocs, Whitecloaks, and a new adversary threatening all he holds dear. Nynaeve and Elayne hunt down the Black Ajah in Tanchico, and Min Farshaw witnesses devastation in the White Tower.

Season 3 of the TV series will adapt this novel, and there is rampant excitement to see events from this book come alive on screen.

Reading Age

The Shadow Rising is perfect for young readers aged 13 to 17 and is cherished by adult fans. It’s the book that most come back to read again first and will have a lasting place on your bookshelf.

Reading Order

The Shadow Rising is Book 4 of the series and should be read after The Dragon Reborn. The story continues with The Fires of Heaven, another thrilling read.

Book Spiel (Spanish Edition)

El Ascenso De La Sombra, the Spanish edition of The Shadow Rising, uses this magnificent book spiel, translated for your enjoyment:

“The seals of Shayol Ghul have weakened, and the Dark One’s presence grows ever more evident. In Tar Valon, Min witnesses portentous events that prophesy a horrible future. The Whitecloaks search for a man with golden eyes in Two Rivers and follow the trail of the Dragon Reborn. Perrin, accompanied by Faile, Loial, and some Aiel, arrive there after crossing the Stone Waygates.

They will encounter the Trollocs, who serve the Dark One, and the Whitecloaks and their peculiar way of understanding the defense of the Light. While Elayne and Nynaeve set off for Tanchico following the trail of the Black Ajah Aes Sedai who took the many ter’angreal, Rand tries to gather all the Aiel clans. With this, he will fulfill part of the prophecy of Rhuidean.”

Where to Buy The Shadow Rising Paperbacks

Interested in finding The Shadow Rising at a great price? Look no further than these retailers:


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Most Recent Paperback Edition of The Shadow Rising

The cover for this trade paperback edition of The Shadow Rising depicts the barren and rough lands of the Aiel Waste. Orbit published it in 2021 as part of an entire set designed by Duncan Spilling.

Tor Books Paperback Edition of The Shadow Rising

The cover for this 2012 trade paperback edition of The Shadow Rising from Tor Books has Mat holding the ashandarei weapon over his shoulder, a raven hovering above the blade. The art is by Sam Weber.

Mass-Market Edition of The Shadow Rising

This mass-market edition of The Shadow Rising was published by Tor Books in 2019. Its cover partially depicts the snake-wheel symbol trademarked by Robert Jordan. The color is American blue.

Older Paperback Editions of The Shadow Rising

Using the links for these older paperback editions of The Shadow Rising will direct you to an appropriate page on Amazon if the version isn’t available in your country.

Mass-Market 1993 Edition from Tor Books

The cover for the 1993 mass-market edition of The Shadow Rising has Rand and Mat talking while Egwene holds a bowl over the campfire. The art is by Darrell K. Sweet.

1993 Edition from Time Warner Books UK

The cover for the 1993 paperback edition of The Shadow Rising from Time Warner Books UK has the snake-wheel symbol in purple.

2014 Edition from Orbit

The cover for the 2014 Orbit paperback edition of The Shadow Rising has a snake-wheel symbol in Davy’s gray on an eerie black background.


Whether you’re a first-time reader or a seasoned fan, AbeBooks offers a multitude of The Shadow Rising paperback options.

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Available Formats for The Shadow Rising

You can find similar posts at The Shining Walls covering these alternative formats for The Shadow Rising:

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The Shadow Rising Kindle Edition: Dawn, Deception, and Doorways

I hope you found your preferred paperback edition of The Shadow Rising, but let me know in the comments if you need any help.

Until next time, may the Light shine on you, my friends!


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