The Shadow Rising is an unfortunate misstep in the series as it was rather boring and uninteresting. While Eye of the World was unoriginal, it had a flow and a story line with some sort of impact. This book however is the second longest of the series at 974 pages and there is no good reason for it.
The first three hundred pages are centered in the fort Stone of Tear where the six protagonists devolve into hormone driven teenagers in a story line that reads like a juvenile novella. Thereafter there is an annoying running theme in the book concerning the frustration of the protagonists over the opposite sex and the cliched snarky comments about their lovers.
Additionally, the following 650 or so pages have branching story lines which drag for far too long as the writer chooses to spend entire pages of pointless environmental description or dialogue rather than saying anything meaningful. The two main story lines, in supposed dangerous but boring, Tanchico (what a wasted opportunity) and the Waste are only mildly interesting while the side-story at the White Tower is poorly structured. Archenemies are almost entirely absent while their minions of Black Ajah, Trollocs and Fades are becoming stale and a nuisance rather formidable foes. Moreover, though non-magic combat remains decent, the magic one has become unoriginal as it involves the same old air weaving.
There only redeeming quality of the book is the main story line at the Two Towers which even though reads like the scouring of the shire it is the only meaningful storyline because Perrin is developed as a character. The other protagonists receive little love or focus and Rand is becoming a Mary Sue of sorts. It was frustrating to read potentially good stories turning into uninteresting tales without any real gravity. In fact, the most interesting thing in this book happens at the very last 5-6 pages, and it is the only reason why I am moving to book 5.
I guess in such a long series, lows like these are inevitable.