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Towers of Midnight PDF, ePub eBook The end draws near.... The Last Battle has started. The seals on the Dark One’s prison are crumbling. The Pattern itself is unraveling, and the armies of the Shadow have begun to boil out of the Blight. The sun has begun to set upon the Third Age. Perrin Aybara is now hunted by specters from his past: Whitecloaks, a slayer of wolves, and the responsibilities of leadership. Al The end draws near.... The Last Battle has started. The seals on the Dark One’s prison are crumbling. The Pattern itself is unraveling, and the armies of the Shadow have begun to boil out of the Blight. The sun has begun to set upon the Third Age. Perrin Aybara is now hunted by specters from his past: Whitecloaks, a slayer of wolves, and the responsibilities of leadership. All the while, an unseen foe is slowly pulling a noose tight around his neck. To prevail, he must seek answers in Tel’aran’rhiod and find a way--at long last--to master the wolf within him or lose himself to it forever Meanwhile, Matrim Cauthon prepares for the most difficult challenge of his life. The creatures beyond the stone gateways--the Aelfinn and the Eelfinn--have confused him, taunted him, and left him hanged, his memory stuffed with bits and pieces of other men’s lives. He had hoped that his last confrontation with them would be the end of it, but the Wheel weaves as the Wheel wills. The time is coming when he will again have to dance with the Snakes and the Foxes, playing a game that cannot be won. The Tower of Ghenjei awaits, and its secrets will reveal the fate of a friend long lost. This penultimate novel of Robert Jordan’s #1 New York Times bestselling series--the second of three based on materials he left behind when he died in 2007--brings dramatic and compelling developments to many threads in the Pattern. The end draws near. Dovie’andi se tovya sagain. It’s time to toss the dice.

30 review for Towers of Midnight

  1. 5 out of 5

    Zach

    The Ta'veren Tavern A one-act play by Zach (The Ta'veren Tavern, a passably nice watering hole with very few patrons. The architecture of the room, indeed of reality itself, seems to bend and warp to center on the three young men, RAND, MAT, and PERRIN, sitting at the bar.) RAND Well, you two have to at least admit that Towers of Midnight is the most action-packed book in the whole series. MAT No question there. PERRIN I won't argue the point. You're talking to the guy who spent four consecutive books s The Ta'veren Tavern A one-act play by Zach (The Ta'veren Tavern, a passably nice watering hole with very few patrons. The architecture of the room, indeed of reality itself, seems to bend and warp to center on the three young men, RAND, MAT, and PERRIN, sitting at the bar.) RAND Well, you two have to at least admit that Towers of Midnight is the most action-packed book in the whole series. MAT No question there. PERRIN I won't argue the point. You're talking to the guy who spent four consecutive books smelling emotions and shopping for barley. It's certainly nice to kick some ass again. But Rand, you have to admit... RAND Quit trying to smell me and spit it out, wolf boy. PERRIN Well, it's just that you got a bit... Jesus-y. Don't you think? I mean, blood and ashes, the clouds part wherever you go, the plants beneath your feet grow again, and you're even wearing peasant's clothing! MAT Can we stop with the "blood and ashes" and "mother's milk in a cup" already, Perrin? Nobody thinks that counts as fucking swearing. You would think the change in author would have put a stop to that flaming idiocy. Fucking hell, I just did it again. He does have a point, though, Rand. RAND Well excuse me for being the savior of all humankind. I'm not the one who decided to make the "Dark One's touch upon the world" and "bubbles of evil" a thing way back in book four. They had to tie up that loose end at some point. MAT Take it easy, Messiah. RAND Like you're one to talk anyway, Mat! You and your stupid dice rattling in your skull -- that has to be the worst foreshadowing gimmick in the history of literature. Explain to me again how the luckiest man alive gets so anxious every time he hears dice, anyway. And you, Perrin, with your man / beast duality getting crammed down our throats in every paragraph! I had better see a shitload of wolves at the Last Battle or you have some serious explaining to do. PERRIN Hey, at least my character has the capacity for interesting growth and introspection! We can't all just climb a mountain named after us and have a mystical revelation. (Suddenly, the door slams open. EGWENE, NYNAEVE, ELAYNE, AVIENDHA, and MIN enter, trailed by a coterie of MONARCHS AND OTHER MINOR CHARACTERS.) MAT Hey, no girls allowed in the Ta'veren Tavern! RAND I'm afraid he's right, my loves. Girls don't get to be ta'veren. NYNAEVE Rand, you wool-headed goat! The women accomplish at least as much as you men folk do. I healed stilling, for the Light's sake! Even Aes Sedai of the Age of Legends couldn't do that. And have you already forgotten how I helped you cleanse the taint from saidin? MAT Tell us again about how you "cleansed the taint," Nynaeve. (High-fives PERRIN.) EGWENE She's right, you know. I single-handedly held together the world's entire collection of female channelers and fought off an attack by the Seanchan. And my subplot was the only consistently interesting one during those four or five books where Mat and Perrin were basically killing time or traveling somewhere. PERRIN (Finishes his drink.) Tell me about it. MIN I'm doing all this historical research and having visions of the light-blasted future all the time, but do I get any credit? No! Aviendha is leading her entire people to the last battle, but does she get to be ta'veren? No! AVIENDHA I am one of the most powerful channelers in this Age, Min Farren. You have toh. EGWENE Aviendha, can it with the Aiel stuff for once. The point is, we're contributing more to this story than you boys most of the time, and we want recognition for it. ELAYNE (Goes wall-eyed, spittle dribbling down her chin.) Min says I'm invincible until I give birth! EGWENE ... Most of us, at any rate. RAND I wish I could help you ladies, I really do. Especially my three beautiful sister-wives. AVIENDHA I can't believe I actually call us that. RAND Unfortunately, the Wheel weaves as the Wheel wills. It's the Pattern that says you don't get to be ta'veren. My hands, er, hand is tied. NYNAEVE What a bunch of addle-brained sheep dung! MAT For fuck's sake, just say bullshit. NYNAEVE Mat Cauthon, I ought to paddle your backside! Now you listen to me, you three puffed up set pieces. We are not going anywhere until we get membership to this tavern, and that is final. PERRIN I think you're forgetting that we basically control fate and everyone's actions. RAND Perrin's right. Incidentally, don't all of you have somewhere to be? WOMEN AND COTERIE OF MONARCHS AND MINOR CHARACTERS Oh, would you look at the time? We are late for our lessons in translating English cliches into colorful fantasy adages. SIUAN It's trickier than swimming with a school of silverpike. (They leave the Tavern as if drawn out against their will.) RAND Works every time. (Toasts MAT and PERRIN.) PERRIN Ok, so there are some laughable parts. But at least this series is good again, right? MAT Too right. And even better, it's almost fucking over. RAND I'll drink to that. (They finish their drinks. Curtain.)

  2. 5 out of 5

    Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin

    All of these books are like best friends to me Happy Reading! Mel 🖤🐾🐺

  3. 4 out of 5

    Em Lost In Books

    Penultimate book of Wheel of Time, Sanderson took the things several notch up and tied many of the loose ends in a grand way. How can things be any different? After all, Mr. Sanderson is a master of making everything grand and epic. This series has been epic right from the start, so Sanderson giving it the finishing touch was icing on the cake. Talking about the plot will mean giving away spoilers, so I will just ramble about my favorite characters. This book marks the return of Perrin Aybara as Penultimate book of Wheel of Time, Sanderson took the things several notch up and tied many of the loose ends in a grand way. How can things be any different? After all, Mr. Sanderson is a master of making everything grand and epic. This series has been epic right from the start, so Sanderson giving it the finishing touch was icing on the cake. Talking about the plot will mean giving away spoilers, so I will just ramble about my favorite characters. This book marks the return of Perrin Aybara as the warrior who has grown so much stronger and confident in his powers. I had lost all my hopes of seeing Perrin to his full potential. We saw only a glimpse of that power of his in Shadow Rising, which book #4, and his story arc has been going downward ever since. All his days started with worrying about Faile and ended with trying to convince her that she's his one and only. Eight books of this, and yeah, it bored me to death. But Sanderson resurrected him for the battle in Tel'aran'rhiod and boy, it was AWESOME! And yes, he had my respect and my faith restored in him by the time I turned the last page of this book. I didn't like Mat from the very start. When people who have read the series said that Mat was one of their favorite character, I used to think, "What is that I am missing? He don't deserve all that love. He is a coward.". But he has come a long way from the first book. Somewhere after book 5 he started growing on me and he just got better. And here he outshine himself. The things he did in this book, I never thought he was capable of those sacrifices. Let's be honest, he is a selfish man and always put his interests first, so him acting so selflessly stumped me. Oh, and he rescued a beloved character, and I think I fell under his spell a little more. Third person who mattered in this book was Egwene. From a village girl to one of the fiercest Aes Sedai, her journey was spectacular (yup, I have forgiven her thoughts of where she thought of boxing boys' ears or teaching someone a lesson will change the world). Seriously, she has been the star of the last few books, and this book too was hers in more than one way. She is stubborn but she knows what she's doing. We all make mistakes but learning from them and moving forward not repeating those mistakes is what makes Egwene such a charismatic character. Excellent writing, and a fast pace made this book a pleasure to read. With such a huge cast and an epic story to tell, I think Sanderson did a fantastic job here.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Choko

    *** 5+ *** A buddy read with my WoT family @ BB&B!!! So close to the end... This was soooooo good! I am left with no words which I have not used before, to praise this series, world, magic, characters, plot, writing, and pure genius of the author and the series creator! I love it so much!!! Anything I attempt to say would only be useless fan-girling, so I am just going to repeat one thing - to all Fantasy fans, you have to read this series!!! It is the one I consider as the standard all other *** 5+ *** A buddy read with my WoT family @ BB&B!!! So close to the end... This was soooooo good! I am left with no words which I have not used before, to praise this series, world, magic, characters, plot, writing, and pure genius of the author and the series creator! I love it so much!!! Anything I attempt to say would only be useless fan-girling, so I am just going to repeat one thing - to all Fantasy fans, you have to read this series!!! It is the one I consider as the standard all other series have to live up to! But don't listen to me, check it out for yourself! I wish you all Happy Reading and many wonderful books to come!!!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Markus

    I read this book on a train ride from St. Pancras to Gatwick, and a flight from there to JFK. 1245 pages. In a 1-hour train ride and a 7-hour flight. It was difficult to read while opening and eating the meals served on the plane, and equally difficult to concentrate while the flight attendant was asking whether I was aware there was a video screen as well (to which I politely replied "Yes, thank you." while really thinking "Go away, I'm reading."), but I prevailed in the end. Wheel of Time review I read this book on a train ride from St. Pancras to Gatwick, and a flight from there to JFK. 1245 pages. In a 1-hour train ride and a 7-hour flight. It was difficult to read while opening and eating the meals served on the plane, and equally difficult to concentrate while the flight attendant was asking whether I was aware there was a video screen as well (to which I politely replied "Yes, thank you." while really thinking "Go away, I'm reading."), but I prevailed in the end. Wheel of Time reviews: #1 The Eye of the World #2 The Great Hunt #3 The Dragon Reborn #4 The Shadow Rising #5 The Fires of Heaven #6 Lord of Chaos #7 A Crown of Swords #8 The Path of Daggers #9 Winter's Heart #10 Crossroads of Twilight #11 Knife of Dreams #12 The Gathering Storm #13 Towers of Midnight #14 A Memory of Light

  6. 4 out of 5

    Gavin

    This 14th WoT book was another fun one. It is so easy to get caught up in the happenings of this familiar world and its massive cast of characters really do feel like old friends by this stage! ToM matched Sanderson's first WoT effort, TGS, in terms of quality. He might do a few things differently from Jordan but the one thing he does deliver is a well paced story that has very few dull spots. The story itself was engaging and interesting as all our favourite characters got themselves and their This 14th WoT book was another fun one. It is so easy to get caught up in the happenings of this familiar world and its massive cast of characters really do feel like old friends by this stage! ToM matched Sanderson's first WoT effort, TGS, in terms of quality. He might do a few things differently from Jordan but the one thing he does deliver is a well paced story that has very few dull spots. The story itself was engaging and interesting as all our favourite characters got themselves and their followers ready for the Last Battle. The stars of this instalment were Rand and Nynaeve. Both are developing into characters that are easy to love and respect. You just feel that with this pair the forces of the Light actually stand a fighting chance! So how did it go for the others. Spoilers ahead! Mat: I still feel like he is the character that suffers most in the change from Jordan to Sanderson. He is more like a proto-Wayne than the Mat of old. That said, I think I'm getting used to the new Mat's flaws in the same way I got used to the old Mat's flaws. His story arc in this one was pretty interesting. We finally got that rescue mission to the Tower of Ghenjei and it did not disappoint. Perrin: His story arc was a real mixed bag. It had some really good moments mixed in with some really dull ones. On the plus side this book was massive in terms of character development for Perrin. It finally feels like the guy is becoming someone I could grow to like again. Egwene: Her story arc was pretty good and she even managed a few impressive achievements in this one. The negative is that she was far more irritating than she has been in the last few books. She is adopting some of that infuriating Aes Sedai arrogance. Elayne: She was completely ignored by Sanderson in his first WoT book but did feature fairly prominently in this one. Her story arc was pretty interesting with her consolidating her power in Andor and trying to claim the Sun Throne. The downside is that as a character this was by far Elayne's worst book. I feel like Sanderson misread her in much the same way he did with Mat. She was used as a comedy relief character, which did provide some amusing moments, but that was definitely to her detriment. The stand-out secondary characters were Galad, Berelain, Morgase, and the Asha'man newcomer Androl. Most annoying/infuriating character of this WoT instalment was a close fight between Gawyn and Lan. Gawyn was his usual idiotic self. I'm not even feeling his romance with Egwene. Which is a pity as I was feeling it in the early books. Now I feel like it is even worse than the equally disturbing Perrin/Faile relationship. What to say about Lan? The guy is the second most depressing fantasy character of all time (Fitz from Hobb's Farseer books ranks first on that list!). He is suicidal and constantly miserable. What did poor Nynaeve do to get stuck with this fool as a husband? The WoT villains had a weirdly quiet book. Only Greandal seen much action and managed to seem threatening. Random thoughts: 1. It is weird that Rand's best book since the very early books was one where we did not get any Rand POV's except from a tiny late one in the epilogue! 2. The Wolf Dreams need to go. They have become a bit of a bore. 3. We got two more WoT couples that decided to pair up instantly in this one. Instalove is a real thing in Randland! 4. I think Tuon is actually scarier than the Dark One and the Forsaken combined! All in all this was another very enjoyable WoT book. I'm just sad we only have one more book to go as I feel like this world still has another 20 books worth of great stories in it! Rating: 4.5 stars. I'm rounding up to 5 as this was a really easy book to enjoy. Audio Note: It goes without saying that Krammer and Reading were awesome.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Robin (Bridge Four)

    January Read With the Fantasy Fanatics of Since I started this series people have asked me if it was worth it. I mean there are a lot of books and they are all in the 750-1150 page range. This series is no small undertaking an in the middle when I was reading books 7-10 I really wondered if it was worth it. The worldbuilding is fantastic and complex but it really didn’t seem like anything was happening at all. But then we hit books 11, 12 and now 13 and I can say without a doubt that unless boo January Read With the Fantasy Fanatics of Since I started this series people have asked me if it was worth it. I mean there are a lot of books and they are all in the 750-1150 page range. This series is no small undertaking an in the middle when I was reading books 7-10 I really wondered if it was worth it. The worldbuilding is fantastic and complex but it really didn’t seem like anything was happening at all. But then we hit books 11, 12 and now 13 and I can say without a doubt that unless book 14 is a complete and utter disaster then YES!!! THIS SERIES IS WORTH IT. -that assumes you are a fantasy fan and not someone who reads thrillers, YA or any other genre mostly. This is not where you tiptoe into fantasy waters to see if you like it. “If you wish, you may call me Rand Sedai.” FINALLY and I mean finally we have an awesome Rand. A Rand worthy of the title The Dragon Reborn. I have waited for him so long and now we have someone to really root for in the big battle against The Dark One. I adored Rand in this book he has finally come into his hero role and he is finally a man worth following. I’m just going to ignore that whole in love and bonded to 3 women because let’s face it Min is the only woman really in Rand’s life. (view spoiler)[Except for the brief night he had with Elayne to knock her up and will have with Avienda to knock her up too Min is the only one who has been with him every step along the way since book 5 or 6. (hide spoiler)] I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again I really I just think of him as a sperm donor for that lovely lesbian couple that is Elayne and Avienda. Nynaeve was fantastic yet again in this book. She and Rand working together towards the last battle and all the groundwork she laid for Lan so that he would not go into Malkier alone just makes me almost giddy. We finally get to see a test to gain the shawl from her perspective (If you read New Spring then you saw Moraine’s but this is the first time in the main series). I actually was hoping that Nynaeve told the Aes Sedea to take their shawl and shove it by the end of that. She is fantastic and most of the Aes Sedea really are petty self-absorbed fools, she is so much better than them. “I wonder if,” Nynaeve said, “we sometimes put the White Tower —as an institution— before the people we serve. I wonder if we let it become a goal in itself, instead of a means to help us achieve greater goals.” “Devotion is important, Nynaeve. The White Tower protects and guides the world.” “And yet, so many of us do it without families,” Nynaeve said. “Without love, without passion beyond our own particular interests. So even while we try to guide the world, we separate ourselves from it. We risk arrogance, Egwene. We always assume we know best, but risk making ourselves unable to fathom the people we claim to serve.” And that right there is the biggest problem with the Aes Sedea and the White Tower. Egwene, well she actually drove me nuts in this one. Apparently I really only like her when she is standing up to injustice and being beaten multiple times a day. Now that she has gained footing in the White Tower and that is over I find she has many of the same problems the other Aes Sedea do. Plus I’m completely pissed at her. She grew up with Rand and at one time thought they would marry each other and she can’t trust him or in him even a little It drives me crazy. Elayne I’ve never been a big fan of and it is no different in this one. The bloody daughter heir is still just as frustrating. At least she has Birgetta. But the other great thing that happened is that Matt , Thom and Noal finally made their play against the Snakes and Foxes. I won’t say how it all played out but I was both sad and so very happy by the end of that scenario. Now if Matt could just get his wife on the right team and pointed in the right direction. There was this odd writing thig that happened in this book. Since the last book didn’t involve Perrin and his arc at all for flow reasons there is a time in this book when Perrin’s story is behind time wise with the PoVs from the other characters. They finally all catch up and I totally get why it was done this way. I couldn’t see another way to do it and keep the same level of intensity to the story. One of my favorite moments was when Matt and Perrin finally met back up again. It has been a long journey since they separated and I loved seeing the two boyhood friends together again if even just for a little while. They are so changed from the boys that left the Two Rivers so long ago. Overall this was an intense and action packed story. In all of the other books of this series it has been easy to keep the few chapters a day pace so that the book last the entire month. But this was the first time that I couldn’t put the book down and I’d read 10 chapters instead of my allotted 2-3. I feel I will fail miserably in the last book and will not savor it until the end of the month but will instead finish it in less than week as the culmination of this very series comes to an end. I’m both so excited and so sad to get to this point. I’m completely ready for the last battle and at the same time I’m afraid of what will happen and I’m not ready to say goodbye.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Maria Dimitrova

    Buddy read with the Dragonsworn over at BB&B! Book with a place in the title for the MacHalo Reading Challenge. I can't believe this is the second to last book! More than an year has passed since I and a bunch of other people embarked on this epic journey. Along the way we became friends, sharing thoughts, ideas and theories. And now I feel so sad that the end is so near. Part of me wants to hurry up and read the last instalment, to see how it all ends and whether the light will win and who w Buddy read with the Dragonsworn over at BB&B! Book with a place in the title for the MacHalo Reading Challenge. I can't believe this is the second to last book! More than an year has passed since I and a bunch of other people embarked on this epic journey. Along the way we became friends, sharing thoughts, ideas and theories. And now I feel so sad that the end is so near. Part of me wants to hurry up and read the last instalment, to see how it all ends and whether the light will win and who will survive. Because the characters have become so dear to me. And yet, I don't want to ever finish this series. I will miss the characters, the banter, the adventures, the silliness, even the moments when I wanted to strangle the idiots. And even though I can always revisit the world it would never be the same as the first time experiencing it. As with the previous book the plot is fast paced, with no dull moments. There were a few major points: (view spoiler)[ Perrin finally coming to grips with being a wolfbrother and FINALLY starting to act like a leader and a decent human being and kicking ass, Elayne making her bid for the Sun Throne, Rand showing the world that he is indeed the saviour they've been waiting for, Egwene meddling where she shouldn't (typical Aes Sedai!) and maybe the one I liked the most Mat's rescue of Moiraine. If I have to choose a favourite moment it would be the last one. So here's a pic of Mat post-rescue: (hide spoiler)] A lot happened in this book but there's still a lot that needs to happen before the final showdown of the Last Battle. But our characters are running out of time because Tarmon Gai'don has already began. With only one book left to go and so many unanswered questions I'm extremely excited and more than a bit apprehensive of the end to come.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Duffy Pratt

    If feels like a different series now. The pace is moving at least three times as fast as the later Jordan books. And that's being charitable. Let's face it. There's a about one hundred pages of Crossroads of Twilight where the sum total of the action was that Elayne took a bath. There are seemingly endless stretches where Jordan would devote a page or two to an Aes Sedai raising an eyebrow -- or worse, almost raising an eyebrow. On top of that, the emotional range of the characters has expanded g If feels like a different series now. The pace is moving at least three times as fast as the later Jordan books. And that's being charitable. Let's face it. There's a about one hundred pages of Crossroads of Twilight where the sum total of the action was that Elayne took a bath. There are seemingly endless stretches where Jordan would devote a page or two to an Aes Sedai raising an eyebrow -- or worse, almost raising an eyebrow. On top of that, the emotional range of the characters has expanded greatly. It seemed for about 5 books that the characters experienced a range of emotions varying from seething anger to fury. On top of that, we might get a helping of scorn or condescension, but the rest of the emotional palette was pretty much absent. And now it has returned -- and not just for Rand. And the biggest news is that the major characters have finally stopped their never-ending state of denial. Instead of simply denying what they have become, Perrin, Mat and Rand are now starting to embrace it. Although I like this shift, it doesn't seem as organic as it should, and I think that largely results from the radical speeding up of the glacial pace of the earlier books. Because these changes happen so fast, they seem a bit forced to me. And they also leave me wondering how cool the series might have been if Jordan had focused on bringing about these changes, instead of either ignoring the issue or having the characters cling to their states of denial. The last thing that's bothering me about this series as a whole is how generally safe everything appears to be We started out with 5 young villagers leaving their home in a hurry because it was attacked by monsters. They get led by a witch, her bodyguard, and then a minstrel. Later on they run into a gentle giant, a prince and princess, a half brother of theirs, and the Queen. All these people are hunted by unimaginably powerful evil wizards who have been locked up for centuries, and are really pissed off after having had a really sucky millennium. And after maybe 10,000 pages, all of these characters are still thriving. MINOR SPOILER AHEAD: On top of that, the book has now fully descended into the Red Shirt of Death syndrome. Moraine says three people have to go into the tower to rescue her: Mat, Thom and one other who she does not know. From miles and miles away, you can see it was bad news for the third guy. I was actually a bit surprised that Sanderson didn't dress him in a nice form fitting red shirt in a nod to Star Trek. One final criticism of the series as a whole. A central idea of the series is that Rand Mat and Perrin are ta'varen. That means that the Pattern (fate?) weaves itself strongly around these three. At the outset I thought this was a pretty cool idea. More and more, it seems like it simply allows the writers to be lazy by having characters do things that are stupid and out of character. Thus, someone does something convenient for a plot resolution but its something that that person would never do in a million years, and there is no drama leading up to the decision. Then someone else says "ta'varen." And that's supposed to explain it all.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Evgeny

    Final rating: 3.5 stars. This book has two very different parts which divide it exactly in the middle. The first part: nothing at all happens. Yes, you read it right: the first 50% of the book make Crossroads of Twilight - which is considered the slowest Jordan's book - look like a non-stop action thriller. I just finished reading this one and cannot recall any event of some significance whatsoever. The first chapter returns to POV of a lowly and completely irrelevant farmer who provided a ride to Final rating: 3.5 stars. This book has two very different parts which divide it exactly in the middle. The first part: nothing at all happens. Yes, you read it right: the first 50% of the book make Crossroads of Twilight - which is considered the slowest Jordan's book - look like a non-stop action thriller. I just finished reading this one and cannot recall any event of some significance whatsoever. The first chapter returns to POV of a lowly and completely irrelevant farmer who provided a ride to Rand and Mat in the first book of the series and promptly went to oblivion since then. Luckily (?) he is back with all his irrelevance, but we have to suffer several pages catching up on his back-story and current troubles with apple harvest. He meets Rand for a couple of minutes and a couple of words before going away - hopefully for good this time. Most part of the book is taken by Mat and Perrin subplots and opposed to Rand and Egwene in the previous book. There were huge buildups for the former couple of characters which falsely led me to believe there will be explosive action throughout the whole book. Well, Mat spends his time thinking about the amount of lace to put on his coat; when he briefly thinks about making it pink - this is where it became clear that the joke overstayed its welcome. As to Perrin: he still broods about not wanting a leadership role. He also has some problems with his wife, but unfortunately there is no marriage counseling in their world so he and the readers have to suffer. I forgot the last time Perrin did anything exciting and not saying his wife's name on every single line during his inner monologue. To make a long story short, this was the first time ever I thought about abandoning the series - one book before the end of it, no less! Brandon Sanderson finally found his Jordan's vibe - unfortunately it came from the wrong part of the series. I remember Robert Jordan said he planned only one more book in the series shortly before his death. Seeing it took Brandon Sanderson three large ones to do it I was sure Jordan would not be able to keep his promise. Now that I finished the second Sanderson's entry of the series I am sure the promise was quite realistic: the first half of this novel does not have any excuse for its existence and could be removed from the final edition without any loss whatsoever. The second part starts with some very exciting and ultimately satisfying action from Mat. Unfortunately as soon as it stops, so does the plot movement. We have a lot of forgettable talks, meaningless movement of people, etc. After a while the action and excitement come back only to come to a screeching halt later. This whole part is one big roller-coaster of action and walking in circles. Come to think of it, the whole Mat's quest was underwhelming considering it took him two books to prepare for it. I also need to mention this book - number 13 of the series - was the first time I felt depressed while reading (Aviendha visions). The final rating: 3 stars for the first half, slightly below 4 stars for the second half which gives 3.5 stars overall. This review is a copy/paste of my BookLikes one: http://gene.booklikes.com/post/842219...

  11. 5 out of 5

    Mike (the Paladin)

    ****** Prelude to the actual review and doesn't need to be read before the body of the review ********* : originally reviewed Nov.2010. Updated Dec. 2014. I'm about a third of the way through this book and I've got to say that while there are some wonderful moments, Sanderson is carrying on Jordan's tradition of beating a subject or plot point not only to death but till it falls apart and starts to stink! I am heartily sick to death of Perrin's self flagellation and flat refusal to accept ANY rea ****** Prelude to the actual review and doesn't need to be read before the body of the review ********* : originally reviewed Nov.2010. Updated Dec. 2014. I'm about a third of the way through this book and I've got to say that while there are some wonderful moments, Sanderson is carrying on Jordan's tradition of beating a subject or plot point not only to death but till it falls apart and starts to stink! I am heartily sick to death of Perrin's self flagellation and flat refusal to accept ANY reality...after 10,000 pages don't you think we can please, please stop going over and over and over the same ground! Just give the character a cat o' nine tails and let him actually beat his back bloody and get it over with. When I got into the first section of this repeated crap I considered heaving the book across the room, but as it weighs a ton and might knock out a wall, I desisted. I finally got through that scene and here I am only a bit later and Perrin is whining about "not being a Lord", "not being a leader", "not wanting the Wolf Banner up"...we've been over this a thousand times! Okay...rant over, for a while, but I really, really, hope this thing pulls itself together and STOPS GOING OVER WHAT'S BEEN COVERED AD NAUSEUM! **** REVIEW **** Well, here we go. This is the 13th book in the Wheel of Time, that's book THIRTEEN...not counting New Spring of course as it's book "0" a prequel. If you've read my reviews of the previous volumes you know that I've become quite dissatisfied with this situation. BUT more about that later. If (as I've said) you have read my previous reviews you will recognize that my rating here is actually a step up (from the last few volumes). While still unable to say I truly "like" the book it is a step forward. And about time as unless the ax falls and more volumes are announced (an eventuality that wouldn't actually surprise me) this is the next to the last volume. First...the good. Mr Sanderson is an excellent writer and it occasionally shows. There are some wonderful moments in this book. I found some passages very moving and what was exceptionally good was that at least a few are moving in more than one way. First they are genuinely emotional scenes and second they move the story along. The advancement of this story has been exceptionally slow up to now. So there were some moments of actual enjoyment for me here. Second...the neutral. As mentioned Mr. Sanderson is a good writer and he manages to capture the story, the characters, and the types that Mr. Jordan has established. These things will hit different people different ways, some will find a lot of positive others a lot of negative. The idiotic battle of the sexes is still here as are the attitudes of each of the characters and groups. The fatalistic are still fatalistic the annoying are still annoying and so on. You will easily recognize what you may have come to like and dislike in the series. All the customs etc. are still with us...Rand accepts his "'toh" at one point and so on. Third...the bad. The frustratingly bad things are still here to. The long repetitive passages are still here. The re-re-retelling of the same details from every possible point of view still takes place (an event that happened and was discussed ad nausem 500 hundred pages ago is related to a new group (the Aes Sedai, the Aeil, somebody) and it gets discussed again...maybe another 50 pages, who knows. There are also long pointless conversations, by that I refer to the ones that don't have any effect on the story nor tell us anything new. I know it can be argued that they "reinforce characters and character types" but it's been 10,000 pages, don't you think the character types might have been established by now? There are those who love these books just the way they are and for you I'm happy. I know a couple of people who agree with you. They would be happy to read what the characters had for each meal, what their clothes were made of, and how they slept each night. To you anything that stretches out the experience is great. But, it doesn't improve the "novel", the overall story. It (in my opinion) has turned this series (from about volume 7 A Crown of Swords on) into a soap-opera. This volume is 864 pages, 328,000 words, in audio about 30 hours of listening. I truly believe that in the hands of a good editor the entire series (including the one to come) could be cut down to from 7 to 10 volumes total, and probably closer to 7. I loved the first 5 books in this series and feel almost the same about the 6th. I believe that it was on the way to becoming one of the greatest High Fantasy Epics in print, but that fell by the wayside long ago. What happened? Why did the story suddenly become a lumbering crippled behemoth of a soap-opera stumbling forward at a glacial pace? Did someone suddenly realize that each book was a best seller and the more volumes that were in the series the more money would be made? Did the editors suddenly stop editing because the books were so popular that they were no longer allowed to edit the writer? Did the story simply start to wander as all possible details began to work their way in about each character and group's thoughts and actions? I suppose we'll never know. Some of you will totally disagree with me and "feel" this is wonderful and love every second, every word of it. Others like me will be frustrated and disappointed about what could have been. I'm not kidding when I say I'm happy for you who love the way this series is going. To the rest of us...well it is what it is. The blurb on this book says, "the Last Battle has started", well, not so you'll notice. I do plan to get the last volume from the library when it's published, I want to see how it "comes out". But, I think I'll always mourn what this series might have been. Might have been, could have been, the old refrain.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Phrynne

    I am enjoying this series so much now that I am racing through them. This is the penultimate book in the Wheel of Time and it is excellent. All of the characters are starting to come together for the Last Battle and they are all developing into rational thinking beings at last. This is no small thing as some of them have been quite unbearable in earlier books. (Actually Elayne still is painful but there is hope for her yet.) Brandon Sanderson has done an excellent job here of taking over the wri I am enjoying this series so much now that I am racing through them. This is the penultimate book in the Wheel of Time and it is excellent. All of the characters are starting to come together for the Last Battle and they are all developing into rational thinking beings at last. This is no small thing as some of them have been quite unbearable in earlier books. (Actually Elayne still is painful but there is hope for her yet.) Brandon Sanderson has done an excellent job here of taking over the writing from Robert Jordan. The style is similar enough for continuity but more exciting and page turning than Jordan's. I don't think I can resist going straight on to the final book.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Kaitlin

    So I am drawing ever nearer to the final book of Wheel of Time, which is both baffling and exciting to me. I have been reading these books for such a long time and I have to say that the Sanderson book have certainly made the series sit up and get going again rather than meander around as the Jordan ones did. I love both Jordan and Sanderson as writers, and I am so happy that Sanderson was the one chosen to finish this off because he's incredible when it comes to bringing all of the plotlines ba So I am drawing ever nearer to the final book of Wheel of Time, which is both baffling and exciting to me. I have been reading these books for such a long time and I have to say that the Sanderson book have certainly made the series sit up and get going again rather than meander around as the Jordan ones did. I love both Jordan and Sanderson as writers, and I am so happy that Sanderson was the one chosen to finish this off because he's incredible when it comes to bringing all of the plotlines back together and making them all fit into place and all the characters begin their final journeys. This book really felt to me a lot like it was Perrin's book. We get a large amount of focus on Perrin and his adventures in the Wolf dream and also as he leads his people around encountering and fixing problem after problem. I love that Sanderson seemed to have the same thoughts as many of the fans, why did Perrin suddenly go from awesome character to moony and grumpy - let's change that (and he has done so expertly). Not only do we get to see a massive development with Perrin and his relationships to those who travel with him and surround him but we also understand who he is and what he's trying to do and achieve for the Last Battle a lot more now. We get to follow him inside his dreams and see the way that the Wolf Dream can affect not only his personality, but also events within the waking world and how everything ties together in the end. I found that by the end of this book I was once more really loving Perrin's character and I enjoyed seeing his battle and inner turmoil and the brave face that he put on in order to face those people who opposed him. He really had a massive amount of character improvement within this particular book and it was well worth Sanderson taking the time to do so. Another character who's journey I was very much enjoying in this book was Mat's. Whilst I said in book 12 that I thought that Sanderson had not fully captured the essence of mat as Jordan had intended him I think Sanderson put Mat back on the right tracks in this book and made him feel more consistent and genuine here. Mat's journey over the course of this book is also a pretty crazy one, not so much for his own character development, but more for the adventure that he embarks on. He's as stubborn and feisty as ever but there were a fair few moments where I chuckled along with his jokes and sarcasm and rooted for him to overcome the problems he faced. (I also have to say that the badger-catching reunion was a pretty fabulous moment). Aviendha's story also took some pretty vital and thought-provoking turns in this book. We've known for a while about Aviendha's ability to see some sort of vision and to have the talent, but in this book we get to see her explore these things further and come to understand who she and her people are and what they will have to do. She's a stoic and tough character but she has heart too, and some of the scenes of her visions were very moving and intimidating - I wouldn't like to be in her place and have to figure it all out! Finally we saw more of Egwene in her element. She remains the best character in my opinion and I loved getting to see her plotting and scheming in order to make the world and the Tower whole and right again. She has a lot resting on her and yet she always maintains this calm exterior and I admire her greatly as one of the characters. She's a pretty cool lady. On the whole I felt that there were some very essential truces and agreements made within this book as well as seeing some of our characters as they really progressed. I loved getting to see the differing cultures of the world as they all begin to prepare in ernest for the last battle and the final instalment promises to be a pretty darn good one! I would have to say that the pacing and direction of the story is really coming together in this instalment and I felt as though I could almost see the way everyone and everything is lining up for the Last Battle - I can't wait to dive into number 14 and see how it all finishes up. Another wonderful 5* book from the Sanderson/Jordan combo!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Paul Schulzetenberg

    There's no question now, after this second book, that Brandon Sanderson has fully taken Robert Jordan's style and done what Jordan himself was having great trouble doing: progressing the story, and yes, even wrapping it up. And this climax is fulfilling all the promise that the series has had during its best moments. Finally, we get the denouement that we've been waiting for. Characters are finally coming into their own, and showing real growth rather than the stale stubbornness that was becomin There's no question now, after this second book, that Brandon Sanderson has fully taken Robert Jordan's style and done what Jordan himself was having great trouble doing: progressing the story, and yes, even wrapping it up. And this climax is fulfilling all the promise that the series has had during its best moments. Finally, we get the denouement that we've been waiting for. Characters are finally coming into their own, and showing real growth rather than the stale stubbornness that was becoming the hallmark of Jordan's last releases. It's difficult to write in enough depth about this book to make a good review, because so many of the elements that make this book good are inherently spoilers. I wish I could write all about the major events, and use them as examples to develop a point, but it is, alas, not possible while also leaving the book available for others to discover. Rest assured, however, that I can, once again, heartily recommend Robert Jordan's series without reservations. I no longer have to explain the awkward tailing off of the quality of the series, or the interminability of the later books, or the ever-expanding, wandering plot. These books have saved the series from irrelevance, and have solidified these books, once again, as the sole, unquestioned best epic fantasy series available.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Isk

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Oh god, half of this book must have been devoted to Perrin. Even wishy-washier than ever. What was up with the ending? Totally random and failed attempt to do something exciting. Nothing happens in this book. I never really understood when people said that about Jordan before, but it's quite obvious in this one. The last one by Sanderson was awesome. This one is pure drivel. The way Egwene defeated Mesaana was pathetic. She barely tried. The way everyone except Nynaeve and kinda Perrin assumes Rand's Oh god, half of this book must have been devoted to Perrin. Even wishy-washier than ever. What was up with the ending? Totally random and failed attempt to do something exciting. Nothing happens in this book. I never really understood when people said that about Jordan before, but it's quite obvious in this one. The last one by Sanderson was awesome. This one is pure drivel. The way Egwene defeated Mesaana was pathetic. She barely tried. The way everyone except Nynaeve and kinda Perrin assumes Rand's plans to break the seals must be stopped was extremely irritating. Can the Forsaken really do anything terrifying? They all seem PATHETIC. Thom and Moiraine romance? Uh, what? RANDOM. What was with the lack of detail? Like Elayne's failed attempt to pretend to be Mesaana or whatever. Um, what? Was it just coincidence that the Black Ajah and that Darkfriend Captain just happened to want to attack at the same time? Or did they somehow know what Elayne was doing? That was idiotically stupid. Also, we barely get into the minds of any of the Forsaken this time around, except for short random blurbs from Graendal. Similarly, only one chapter with a non-Egwene Aes Sedai. Mat's trip to the tower? Half a chapter. And GOD DAMN IT PERRIN SHUT UP.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    So I reached book 13 in the mammoth Wheel of Time series, the last book (and last battle) is in sight and I have to ask myself am I glad I started reading it? The answer is without a doubt yes. There was a sticky patch in the middle there where I almost gave up but at that point I was probably already about 6000 pages in and so invested that I needed to keep going. It felt like Robert Jordan had lost control a bit and the story had started to wander in so many different directions that it took a So I reached book 13 in the mammoth Wheel of Time series, the last book (and last battle) is in sight and I have to ask myself am I glad I started reading it? The answer is without a doubt yes. There was a sticky patch in the middle there where I almost gave up but at that point I was probably already about 6000 pages in and so invested that I needed to keep going. It felt like Robert Jordan had lost control a bit and the story had started to wander in so many different directions that it took away from the main story line but that has improved so much since Brandon Sanderson took over and I think his books have probably been my favourite books of the series (certainly of the later ones anyway). The pace is so much better now, he's tightened up the plot and is focused on the main characters we've been following since the beginning. The unnecessary side characters have all but been eliminated and that has made such a huge difference, there are still a lot of plots to follow but they're all interesting ones that are going to have an impact when it come to the final battle. Rand has grown into his role as the Dragon Reborn and it feels like he might have a chance against the Dark One, Nynaeve is finally showing why she was named Wisdom of her village at such a young age (in fact she outshines Egwene in this book!), Mat attempts a daring rescue, Thom has an unexpected romantic encounter, Egwene has brought the White Tower back together with clever manoeuvring but she still drives me insane because of the way she treats Rand (they grew up together - surely she can give him a tiny bit of trust!?), Perrin makes some interesting discoveries in the Wolf Dream. The only character I still don't really care about is Elayne, she's not quite as bad as she used to be but it's still only Birgitte that make her chapters bearable. While I'm excited to read A Memory of Light I'm also a little nervous, I think what I'm most worried about is how the Seanchan will be handled, their attitude to women who can channel is horrific and I'm finding it really hard to see a future where they'll willingly abolish slavery. I hope that whatever happens with them is a believable progression but I really need them to turn it around because I want to root for a happily ever after for Mat and Tuon! I guess I'm just sad that the series is nearly over, I'm not sure I'm ready to say goodbye to these characters yet and that's quite an achievement by Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson considering how considering the huge amount of time I've spent in this world already. Buddy read with Buddies, Books & Baubles starting 1st January 2017

  17. 4 out of 5

    The Crimson Fucker

    Do you know about Naruto filler episodes??? They were so horrible that they manage to make me hate a show I actually liked a lot! They grab awesome characters that I loved and put em in retarded situations that had nothing to do with the actual original plot of the show! That got me mad! Mad to the point that I decided to stop watching it… you know maybe that won’t reach anybody here! I mean! I think I have like 1 friend on my friend list who knows what a filler episode is! Maybe I should explai Do you know about Naruto filler episodes??? They were so horrible that they manage to make me hate a show I actually liked a lot! They grab awesome characters that I loved and put em in retarded situations that had nothing to do with the actual original plot of the show! That got me mad! Mad to the point that I decided to stop watching it… you know maybe that won’t reach anybody here! I mean! I think I have like 1 friend on my friend list who knows what a filler episode is! Maybe I should explain in terms that most of my friends here will understand! Let’s see… think about that cool GR friend you have that used to write awesome fun reviews! But after a while started to write stuff just to get the votes… yes this is a better way to express what I think I’m trying to say here! Like you can see some of the awesomeness that person used to have but it’s so diluted in to crap that is written just to get a vote that it’s sort of pathetic? But the stuff you used to love is there! You can almost touch it!!! and you start hating it! cuz wtf!? Well if you can relate to that one! That’s how I feel about this book! Some of the stuff that made me fall in love with Jordan’s world are ALMOST there! Like Matt being actually funny, and some good fast paced battle scenes… but then fillers! And more fillers! And more fillers! If this book was 300 pages long I’d love it! but it’s not…. So I can’t love it!!! Still! There are a lot of good things that can be said! Cuz I seriously love how Matt is funny again! Wait I think I mention that before! But also the closing is good!!! A lot of useless characters are dying or getting closure to their stories that is both corny and yet satisfying! And they go back where they belong! There is also the fact of Rand’s Transformation! Unlike let’s say Superman who is all goody goody for no damn reason and tends to be annoying…. I think you can actually understand why rand is doing “good” now and I must admit I find myself pleased with his actions… still! It’s one step closer to the end… and it looks like it’s finally going to end! FOR REAL! It’s been almost 10 years for me (I know it’s 20 for other fans) and I think we deserve this! But I truly hope the next one don’t have fillers!!! I HATE EM!!!! I HATE EM WITH ALL MY HEART!!!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Ashley

    This book was THICK. In every sense of the word. My wrists still hurt and I finished it days ago. My brain still hurts also. I needed the last few days to recover a little bit emotionally before I, a) Wrote this review, and b) Jumped into the last book. Long gone are the days where I could read three 1,000+ page books in a row. (I miss those days.) It's not even that this book was particularly emotionally taxing. The Gathering Storm was much more stressful, in my opinion. It's just that I read A This book was THICK. In every sense of the word. My wrists still hurt and I finished it days ago. My brain still hurts also. I needed the last few days to recover a little bit emotionally before I, a) Wrote this review, and b) Jumped into the last book. Long gone are the days where I could read three 1,000+ page books in a row. (I miss those days.) It's not even that this book was particularly emotionally taxing. The Gathering Storm was much more stressful, in my opinion. It's just that I read A LOT of pages in a matter of days, and A LOT of things happened in those pages. Notably: the redemption of Perrin and Faile. Honestly, Sanderson had to work pretty hard to pull this one off. Jordan had really stuck both of those characters (and Berelain, while we're at it) in a pretty bad place. Nothing about their storylines was good anymore. It was a slog to get through them. And the characters were not exactly interesting, either. He doesn't just do it for Perrin and Faile, though, but for pretty much every remaining character, who all need to be in relatively good places leading up The Last Battle. Perrin and Faile just needed the most work. Surprisingly, Galad comes out of this book practically likable. At least, I liked him (his thing with Berelain made me laugh every time it came up). His confusion over not being certain at the right thing to do during several points in the book was very human and endearing. Gawyn gets a mini-makeover as well. Long time coming, that. (Maybe too little, too late?) It was also a really nice change of pace to see Rand so calm and in control for most of the book, doing good and doing what he needs to do. He seems like he's grown up (probably helps that he has 400 years of memories now). My only real complaint, besides the amount of time needed to redeem Perrin as a character, is that there wasn't enough Mat. Going in to the book, I was by far the most interested in his storyline. I was very excited to see Thom, Mat and Noal head to the Tower of Ghenjei to rescue Moiraine, but that doesn't happen until the very end of the book, so I was a bit disappointed there (though those chapters are probably the best in the book). To be fair, this is more the blurb's fault than it is the book's. Hey, blurb, maybe don't feature Mat quite so heavily if he's not actually featured that heavily in the book? Thanks a bunch. This book was too big for me to talk about everything. For now, I liked it, and I will be starting the last book tonight.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Sinem Kaplan

    There should be more stars to rate this book!!!! Wowwww!!!!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Danielle

    Tor is apparently refusing to issue this as an ebook. Guess I'll have to see. I like the series, but I won't read large paper novels anymore. I simply don't have the space or the wrist strength for it. 11/20 - Found the hardback in a used book store. Bought it, will sell it again when I'm done, then buy the ebook in a couple years (maybe). Tor will NOT have my money twice (and maybe not at all), and I don't want to support the hardback format. It's so difficult to hold and transport, so it sits o Tor is apparently refusing to issue this as an ebook. Guess I'll have to see. I like the series, but I won't read large paper novels anymore. I simply don't have the space or the wrist strength for it. 11/20 - Found the hardback in a used book store. Bought it, will sell it again when I'm done, then buy the ebook in a couple years (maybe). Tor will NOT have my money twice (and maybe not at all), and I don't want to support the hardback format. It's so difficult to hold and transport, so it sits on my nightstand and I read it occasionally. This is going to take a while... 11/28 - Finished! I LOVED this book. It's one of my favorites in the series, right behind Book 1. Most importantly: SO MUCH HAPPENED! There were plot lines I'd completely forgotten about that progressed. And, in what was possibly the funniest thing in all of 2010, Nyaneve's braid was burned off!!! I laughed so hard I lost my page. Thank God Sanderson is finishing this and not Jordan! Mat's back to his old lovable self. Perrin finally stopped whining and grew a pair. Rand stopped acting like a child and grew up. Lots of character development, lots of action, love love love it!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Steven Taylor

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I finished the latest WoT book the other day, an exercise that, in many ways, feels like an obligation or, at least, the literary manifestation of "in for a penny, in for a pound." In other words, I have read all the others and I want to know how it ends. However, I have felt for some time like the books are an ongoing prologue filled with meetings that suggest what is going to happen without well, actually happening. (From here be warned: spoilers). To wit: what would seem to be a major scene tak I finished the latest WoT book the other day, an exercise that, in many ways, feels like an obligation or, at least, the literary manifestation of "in for a penny, in for a pound." In other words, I have read all the others and I want to know how it ends. However, I have felt for some time like the books are an ongoing prologue filled with meetings that suggest what is going to happen without well, actually happening. (From here be warned: spoilers). To wit: what would seem to be a major scene takes place relatively early in the book when Rand appear at Tar Valon to tell Egwene about his intentions regarding the seals around the prison that hold the Dark One. So, what should be a rather major event, the freakin' Dragon Reborn finally makes his way into the heart of the power of the Aes Sedai to speak to the Amyrlin and they have a meeting which announces what will happen later. Further, this was the first time Egwene and Rand have been together for ages, and this is all we get? This then allows us to have scene after scene (usually made up of meetings) wherein the characters discuss what Rand is going to do. It even creates another set of discussions about what is going to happen: Egwene is going to assemble a coalition to stop Rand from breaking the seals. Look, especially at this point, I don't want to read about what is going to happen, I want to see it happen. So instead of Rand moving to fulfill his plan, he doesn't really do much of consequence for the rest of the book. Egwene, at least, fights off assassins, hangs out in the world of dreams, and pouts quite a bit about Gawyn. What really gets me is that we don't even see any of this even start. I thought, as a minimum, we would see the start of the confrontation between Egwene's allies and Rand. But no--that's for the next book. The scene at Tar Valon well encapsulates what has been wrong with these books for a while: we know that something is going to happen, but instead of getting to it in some interesting way, the characters talk about it a lot, and then a bunch of minor things happen before we get to the important bit. An example from earlier in the series that most readily comes to mind was when Rand cleansed the Source--we knew hundreds and hundreds of pages it would happen, but had to wait for no discernible reason to get to it. Heck, the worst example: it was pretty obvious to me the Moiraine would survive her trip through the gateway, and yet we had to wait how many books to resolve that one? Another gripe I have: Rand is clearly the central and most important character, and the books were at their most interesting when we were mostly focused on him. However, Jordan decided to pretend like Perrin and Matt were of equal, if not more, importance. And let me state: Perrin is boring and yet he seemed to get the most attention in the book. There are aspects of his story that are interesting and worth including, but he gets far, far, far too much time devoted to his character. I got tired of the wolf dreams almost automatically. And was especially tired of his whining. He whines about all kinds of things: about being a simple blacksmith, about the fact that he isn't a lord or a leader or a wolf or worthy of Faile or upset because people think he slept with Berelain or because of various banners. I am sure I am missing something, but enough with the whining already. And really, after a while it just seemed like Perrin and his followers were just sort of hanging out in the west for no good reason. I had a similar feeling about Matt and the Band. Speaking of Matt: he is more interesting than Perrin, but much of what he was doing seemed random. And how in the world could he end up married to the Empress of the Seanchan and still be wandering about as if it didn't matter? Speaking of whining, the characters do a lot of that: I was ready to choke Gawyn as he continued in his rather childish whining about how Egwene wouldn't let him protect her and how he wanted to be her Warder. What was this: Junior High? The molasses-like progression of the plot is made all the more annoying when one throws in the fact that there are means of instantaneous travel and communication. Yes, there are some caveats to be attached to those abilities, but they could be used a heck of a lot more efficaciously than the main characters do, especially when we are supposedly preparing for Armageddon. One thing's for certain: the last book better move at a breakneck pace to deal with all the dangling plot points.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Sotiris Karaiskos

    Shortly before the end, and while the first enemy forces' attacks have already begun, our heroes sort out their last accounts before giving everything to the war against the Dark One. Those who have accepted their leadership role, defeating their doubts, assume their responsibilities and open the way, defying all disagreements. In other cases, it seems that the best way is to understand and accept the help that others want to offer. Nevertheless, it is certain that circumstances require bold, ri Shortly before the end, and while the first enemy forces' attacks have already begun, our heroes sort out their last accounts before giving everything to the war against the Dark One. Those who have accepted their leadership role, defeating their doubts, assume their responsibilities and open the way, defying all disagreements. In other cases, it seems that the best way is to understand and accept the help that others want to offer. Nevertheless, it is certain that circumstances require bold, risk-taking decisions that stretch the limits of our hero's luck and bravery. Sometimes this luck is on their side but other times things do not go right. A book that prepares the reader for the epic last part where the battle of good with evil will be judged. The interest is that this preparation is by no means subdued; on the contrary, the rhythm is overwhelming; the action is continuous, with each chapter offering something in this direction, leading to many exciting moments but also to some of the most moving excerpts of the whole of the series, as through the battle with the dark forces, the most noble emotions are manifested, the willingness to self-sacrifice in the name of duty, friendship, atonement, even love is very strong. These allow our heroes to find that there is no point in any battle if it is only for the sake of battle, unless the purpose for which they have to fight is completely clear. All this are becoming clear and all that remains is to charge into the final battle! Λίγο πριν από το τέλος και ενώ οι πρώτες επιθέσεις των δυνάμεων του εχθρού έχουν ήδη ξεκινήσει οι ήρωες μας τακτοποιούν τους τελευταίους τους λογαριασμούς πριν τα δώσουν όλα στον πόλεμο ενάντια στον Σκοτεινό. Αυτοί που έχουν αποδεχτεί τον ηγετικό τους ρόλο, νικώντας τις αμφιβολίες τους, αναλαμβάνουν τις ευθύνες τους και ανοίγουν το δρόμο, αψηφώντας όλες τις διαφωνίες. Σε άλλες περιπτώσεις φαίνεται ότι ο καλύτερος δρόμος είναι η συνεννόηση και η αποδοχή της βοήθειας που θέλουν οι άλλοι να προσφέρουν. Όπως και να έχει, όμως, το σίγουρο είναι ότι οι περιστάσεις απαιτούν τολμηρές αποφάσεις που εμπεριέχουν ρίσκο και δοκιμάζουν τα όρια της τύχης και της γενναιότητας των ηρώων μας. Μερικές φορές αυτή η τύχη είναι με το μέρος τους αλλά άλλες φορές τα πράγματα δεν πάνε όπως πρέπει. Ένα βιβλίο που προετοιμάζει τον αναγνώστη για το επικό τελευταίο μέρος όπου η μάχη του καλού με το κακό θα κριθεί. Το ενδιαφέρον είναι ότι αυτή η προετοιμασία δεν είναι σε καμία περίπτωση υποτονική, αντιθέτως ο ρυθμός είναι καταιγιστικός, η δράση συνεχής, με κάθε κεφάλαιο να προσφέρει κάτι σε αυτή την κατεύθυνση, οδηγώντας σε πολλές συναρπαστικές στιγμές αλλά και σε μερικά από τα πιο συγκινητικά αποσπάσματα ολόκληρης της σειράς καθώς μέσα από τη μάχη με τις σκοτεινές δυνάμεις εκδηλώνονται τα πιο ευγενή συναισθήματα, με την διάθεση για αυτοθυσία στο όνομα του καθήκοντος, της φιλίας, της εξιλέωσης, ακόμα και του έρωτα να είναι πολύ έντονη. Αυτά δίνουν τη δυνατότητα στους ήρωες μας να διαπιστώσουν ότι δεν έχει νόημα καμία μάχη αν γίνεται μόνο για τη μάχη, αν δεν είναι απολύτως ξεκάθαρος ο σκοπός για τον οποίο πρέπει να πολεμήσουν. Όλα αυτά ξεκαθαρίζουν και το μόνο που μένει είναι να ριχτούμε στην τελική μάχη!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Ryan

    Narrative structure is taught in middle school and refreshed in high school. So surely it would safe to assume that it's standard stuff. Exposition, rising action, climax, falling action. I'm sure someone's about to correct me. Before you do, I'll note that when I was a kid, there were five parts of plot. Most textbooks that I come across now list four. And different names and charts are used in different textbooks. What controls all of this? Tension. Excitement. Suspense? How about conflict? Someti Narrative structure is taught in middle school and refreshed in high school. So surely it would safe to assume that it's standard stuff. Exposition, rising action, climax, falling action. I'm sure someone's about to correct me. Before you do, I'll note that when I was a kid, there were five parts of plot. Most textbooks that I come across now list four. And different names and charts are used in different textbooks. What controls all of this? Tension. Excitement. Suspense? How about conflict? Sometimes, we read that "the hero has a goal..." Other publishers are more pessimistic. "The hero has a problem..." It's annoying. So it's understandable that Robert Jordan must have gotten confused about narrative structure while writing "The Wheel of Time," particularly as he was trying to distinguish between plots that are contained within novels and plots that are contained within the larger narrative of the series. When we see massive, Randland-shaking moments, like cleansing saidin in Winter's Heart, we aren't really reading the climax of a novel's plot because very little of that novel is about Rand trying to cleanse the source. At some point, Jordan stopped trying to put a nice, neat narrative chart into his novels. It may not have been a good move, unfortunately. Sanderson has mentioned in more than one interview that he focused on narrative structure when taking over these novels. Sanderson has now twice managed to create individual plots for his characters. Rejoice, these are conflicts that will find resolutions. Perrin is fighting white cloaks and evading a Forsaken. Egwene is hunting a Forsaken. Mat is trying to rescue Moiraine from another dimension. Is Perrin a rebel or is he actually a lord? Elayne wants to annex a country. Morgase is considering marriage and a return to public life. Gawyn is trying to solve a murder mystery. Rodel Ituralde is fighting the initial battles of the ... Last Battle. We could map out each of these plots. It helps that Sanderson has taken over during the climax of the series. He doesn't have to focus on series plots. Of course, there are a couple plots that are not resolved, including the Black Tower corruption, Rand's quest, Lan's quest, and Aviendha's quest. But 2:1 ratio of resolutions to ongoing conflict is still a pretty good for a "Wheel of Time" novel. How are our favorite characters doing now that they've been away from home for thirteen novels? Well, Rand is pretty zen now. Perrin is not zen, but he is taking ant vs. grasshopper lessons from a fairly zen wolf. Elayne is definitely not zen enough, and I find her chapters very dull. In contrast, Mat isn't zen, but his chapters are very fun. I can't understand why Egwene's fighting against Rand, but if she'd think about it, I'm sure she'd see that she's playing into Rand's zen plans. Aviendha meets a pretty zen woman in the Waste and learns that the world after Tarmon Gaidon isn't going to be pretty (but it will allow for many, many more WOT books to be published). So basically, we seem to be heading toward a very satisfying "Wheel of Time" resolution. OR, a satisfying denouement.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Lori

    I dreamt I got a serpent ring. Ya think I'm reading this incessantly? You'd be right! Finished - Seattle had a severe cold front with snow so I had the opportunity to just settle in with this book, which was perfect. Look, admittedly I'm a fangirl of this series, yet how many years has it been since the first? A long long time. As everyone knows the last several books were all over the place, too many characters - instead of focusing on what we had, Jordan just added yet more characters until eve I dreamt I got a serpent ring. Ya think I'm reading this incessantly? You'd be right! Finished - Seattle had a severe cold front with snow so I had the opportunity to just settle in with this book, which was perfect. Look, admittedly I'm a fangirl of this series, yet how many years has it been since the first? A long long time. As everyone knows the last several books were all over the place, too many characters - instead of focusing on what we had, Jordan just added yet more characters until even I gave up, me - an obsessive reader who likes to know who/what I'm reading and will double back constantly in books to make sure I'm on track. Even all the Red Aes Sedai was beyond me. Too many, with not enough importance. And then with the long waits between books, sometimes I'd go through half before I'd start remembering who the major players were! Cause there are just so many! I did remember the Major Major ones of course. And also, Rand's little harem of 3 who loved him was like a teenage wet dream. Yet, even in those books where I name called Jordan a cash cow, this world was one I wanted to delve into with no interruptions. One of the most spectacular worlds created. Thank god for Sanderson, that's all I can say. He has done a tremendous service to all us fans - not only are we finally getting the end, he's done a phenomenal job doing it! I'm enjoying these more than the last several by Jordan! My biggest quibble with The Gathering Storm was that Sanderson hadn't captured Mat, and he's come a lot closer this time. And I just love what he's done with Rand, who I was actively disliking before Sanderson picked up the reins. Well to give Jordan credit, we had to see his dark side so now that he's embracing the light, he's both powerful and extremely compassionate. Human again. I've got a few quibbles of course. Through most of the book, ToM is tight, focused, mainly concentrating on Mat and Perrin. Towards the end we stray off to others. For instance, suddenly Aviendha appears in her own story, segregated from the rest. A beautiful section, to be sure, and crucial but jarring at the beginning due to it coming out of nowhere. Sanderson has to do this to bring everything together for the Final Finale. Due next year. WHIMPER I WANT NOW. So Bravo Sanderson.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Peter Krol

    If I knew 13 years ago what I know now, I probably would never have begun reading the Wheel of Time series. It's really fun. It has some terrific ideas. I can't wait to see how it's going to end. I'm committed. But that's the problem. I don't really have much more motivation to read the series anymore beyond the fact that I'm committed to it. This book was fun. Some exciting things happened that we've been waiting for for a long time. But it took 500 pages before I felt like the pace of the story w If I knew 13 years ago what I know now, I probably would never have begun reading the Wheel of Time series. It's really fun. It has some terrific ideas. I can't wait to see how it's going to end. I'm committed. But that's the problem. I don't really have much more motivation to read the series anymore beyond the fact that I'm committed to it. This book was fun. Some exciting things happened that we've been waiting for for a long time. But it took 500 pages before I felt like the pace of the story was "worth it." In addition, the series has gotten soooooooooo looooooooooong that Sanderson felt the need to re-explain every little detail all over again. I didn't think it helped the pacing. It didn't help to advance the plot. It just brought me to the brink of utter despair wondering if it was ever going to end. I plan to read the final book when it is published next year. I've read the entire series to myself. I've also read the entire thing out loud to my wife. I am committed. But I don't recommend the Wheel of Time to anyone anymore, at least not if I care about them.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Allison

    I initially skipped over my review of Towers of Midnight because I was in such a rush to get into A Memory of Light. Now I'm finally getting back to it, and it makes me kind of sad that I'm actually finished reading the series and that I've just carried blithely on with my life since then. The end of The Gathering Storm felt so momentous to me that I was dying to jump into this book. But I had forgotten that the massive scope of this epic meant that other characters needed their chance, and when I initially skipped over my review of Towers of Midnight because I was in such a rush to get into A Memory of Light. Now I'm finally getting back to it, and it makes me kind of sad that I'm actually finished reading the series and that I've just carried blithely on with my life since then. The end of The Gathering Storm felt so momentous to me that I was dying to jump into this book. But I had forgotten that the massive scope of this epic meant that other characters needed their chance, and when Towers of Midnight switched gears I felt a bit cut off at first. I had to remind myself that I really did want to see what was in store for Perrin and Mat, and I could be patient for the rest. So where The Gathering Storm focused primarily on wrapping up Egwene's threads and furthering Rand's, Towers of Midnight wraps up Perrin and Mat quite nicely, while still leaving them enough to do in the last book. It was very satisfying to get some of the answers we've been waiting for, and to see both of them accepting their roles. One thing to note is that Perrin's story takes place at the same time as the events in The Gathering Storm, while the other characters are a little bit ahead of him. It was difficult to sort out the timing on everything that was happening for a while, even with the 'visions' showing where Rand was at the time. Perrin does catch up eventually, but it could be a bit confusing at times. One aspect that I found different in this book is that the characters don't all have the same goals, priorities, or views on what needs to happen. For example, Mat and Egwene's positions on the Seanchan, or Rand and Egwene's opinion on the seals. These people that we've been following from their naive, country childhoods into leadership have also grown apart in their views of the world. It's odd because I've been rooting for these people separately, and now that they find some interests to be clashing, I don't know who to support. I can see both sides because I know both characters and what has brought them to that point. The way this causes tension even within the reader is very well done. All in all, this was a satisfying installment in the Wheel of Time series, although it did feel like a 'middle' novel in many ways. It was not as focused as the previous book, and was setting up the next one, while trying to wrap up a bunch of threads from the entire series. What a massive job Sanderson had in bringing all of this back together! I think he has done an admirable job, keeping the essence of the characters consistent and preserving the tone and feeling of the world.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Shobhit Sharad

    It's said that Robert Jordan had planned to finish the series with A Memory of Light as the 12th and final book, and Mr. Sanderson split the book in three. I can't see how Mr. Jordan could afford to tie all the strings together in just one book, keeping in mind the events that take place in the Gathering Storm and the Towers of Midnight. (There are spoilers ahead.) As glad as I am with the pace the story has picked up, I don't know if it's ironical to say, the book seemed rushed at some places. F It's said that Robert Jordan had planned to finish the series with A Memory of Light as the 12th and final book, and Mr. Sanderson split the book in three. I can't see how Mr. Jordan could afford to tie all the strings together in just one book, keeping in mind the events that take place in the Gathering Storm and the Towers of Midnight. (There are spoilers ahead.) As glad as I am with the pace the story has picked up, I don't know if it's ironical to say, the book seemed rushed at some places. For example, the waiting before the impending clash with the Whitecloaks seemed long and the negotiations themselves were quite brief. Also, after creating hype about it from the last 2 books, the events in Tower of Ghenjei left me thinking that this should have been more difficult and time taking. Rand has become this powerful entity who dominates the creation itself with his presence. The star of the last book, Egwene al'Vere is back to being herself, thinking she knows the best. I was disappointed to see so less of Nynaeve. The stars of this book were Perrin and Mat definitely, both plot-wise and character-wise. Perrin accepts and understands what it means to be a lord and a wolf and Mat comes to terms with him being a flaming hero. A special mention for Aviendha. The woman is the most understanding and humble of all of Rand's lovers. Reading about her events in Rhuidean was a depressing experience, when I began to understand what's happening. I loved this instalment, and I am scared and excited about going to the final book.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Manveer

    15/6/19 - Second Read three years later, and gosh this is just so much better than I remember T_T 14/11/16 Win. So much win. SO MUCH WIN. Every single word was magic. From the beginning of the prologue to the ending of the epilogue. Perrin redeemed himself. Bloody gorgeous, his POV chapters were. Mat was a different type of funny, all for the better. And Rand? Bloody brilliant. From the very first chapter. Beautiful. This was one of the best reading experiences this year. Right up there on par with S 15/6/19 - Second Read three years later, and gosh this is just so much better than I remember T_T 14/11/16 Win. So much win. SO MUCH WIN. Every single word was magic. From the beginning of the prologue to the ending of the epilogue. Perrin redeemed himself. Bloody gorgeous, his POV chapters were. Mat was a different type of funny, all for the better. And Rand? Bloody brilliant. From the very first chapter. Beautiful. This was one of the best reading experiences this year. Right up there on par with Stormlight Archive. If the last book is as good, I am very very glad I picked up this series. Take all my stars. The fusion of Jordan and Sanderson is heavenly.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Servius Heiner

    Don't send the mob to my house but... I think it was best for Jordan to go off and die before finishing this series. The series as a whole started off great, but somewhere around book five it went stagnant. Part of the problem was Jordan was dragging his feet the second problem was there was no character maturing. All the main characters continued to act like they did in the start of the series. Sanderson turns this around with a flare of despair. The characters mature and the story line moves f Don't send the mob to my house but... I think it was best for Jordan to go off and die before finishing this series. The series as a whole started off great, but somewhere around book five it went stagnant. Part of the problem was Jordan was dragging his feet the second problem was there was no character maturing. All the main characters continued to act like they did in the start of the series. Sanderson turns this around with a flare of despair. The characters mature and the story line moves forward again.

  30. 5 out of 5

    JDR

    I wonder for the people who were in my shoes, but who had been stuck with this series for two decades. I've only been with this book for three months and I have an odd feeling in the pit of my stomach. Certainly, I teared up many times over the course of this book because it had begun to settle on me that the adventures were ending, that we are approaching the finale of this series. But anyways, you don't wanna hear none of dat yet, so let's begin. “It soon became obvious, even with9in the stedd I wonder for the people who were in my shoes, but who had been stuck with this series for two decades. I've only been with this book for three months and I have an odd feeling in the pit of my stomach. Certainly, I teared up many times over the course of this book because it had begun to settle on me that the adventures were ending, that we are approaching the finale of this series. But anyways, you don't wanna hear none of dat yet, so let's begin. “It soon became obvious, even with9in the stedding, that the Pattern was grwoing frail. The sky darkened. Our dead appeared, standing in rings outside the broders of the stedding, looking in. Most troubingly, trees fell ill, and no song would heal them. It was in this time of sorrows that I stepped up to the Great Stump. At first, I was forbidden, but my mother, covril, demanded I have my chance. I do not know wht sparked her change of heart, as she herself had argued quite decisvely for the opposing side. My hands shook. I would be the last speaker, and most seemed to have already made up their minds to open the Book of Translation. They considered me an afterthought. And I knew that unless I spoke true, humanity would be left along to face the Shadow. In that moment, my nervousness fled. I felt only a stilness, a calm sense of purpose. I opened my mouth, and I began to speak. -from The Dragon Reborn, by Loial, son of Arent son of Halan, of Stedding Shangtai” 1. Fast-Pacing. Maybe it's just how Sanderson has been doing it, but the pacing is balls to the wall compared to previous entries. Often enough, people have mentioned how the book is rushed at points and I don't really agree. However, tons of shit does go down undoubtedly. There are so many 'climaxes', big events and battles that could have been the ending to books. Egwene VS Mesaana, Perrin VS Slayer, Perrin and Galad, Mat VS Aelfinn and Eelfinn, . There's always something going on. The tool he left behind was the hammer of a simple blacksmith. That person would always be part of Perrin, but he could no longer afford to let him lead. From now on, he would carry the hammer of a king. 2. Perrin Aybara. His struggles during the course of the book centers around him accepting his position as a leader and as a wolfbrother. He fears the wolf side of him, but slowly begins to accept it. Perrin's POV had a lot of things going although it could get kinda stale for me when he was training with Hopper, but it didn't drag on. In his storyline, we also had him encountering Galad Damodred and discovering that Maghdin was actually Morgase, wow! About time! Also, Morgase x Tallanvor confirmed. It was about time also that the whole Whitecloaks chasing Perrin around storyline was finally resolved because its almost too stupid beyond words how long it has gone to begin with. Byar was a welcome example of someone who seriously needed to shut his mouth and whose fate was completely the result of his stupid actions. Even Bornhald was a character who had the perfect amount of doubt against Perrin until he agreed with Galad that they had no proof and it was stupid. Sure, Perrin killed two whitecloaks in the Eye of the World, but its a flawed ideology that killing a whitecloak makes anyone a darkfriend. Another interesting thing was seeing Galad come to the realization that the world wasn't black and white, as Morgase pleasantly stated. Just because the Whitecloaks fought under the name of the light didn't mean that justified anything which is a welcome topic to address since it is one of the biggest pieces of bullshit that this series has suffered, albeit not a bad thing but just something that needed to be addressed. So it comes as a welcome thing that Galad learns this so maybe the Whitecloaks won't be this icky force of people in the future. Now, Galad and Perrin join forces. And it is funny how Berelain x Galad is confirmed. Also, Perrin VS Slayer. That was a welcome battle with a tragic ending, Hopper. I won't lie though, the battle was epic. "You are mistaken," Egwene replied, voice tense. "This is not about me. Egwene Al'vere is a child. But the Amyrlin is not. I may be young, but the Seat is ancient." 3. Egwene Al'Vere. While simultaneously dealing with the Hall and establishing a proper authority and having the Amyrlin and the Hall be on equal terms as to not have another incident as with Siuan Sanche, the whole of Egwene's storyline following the badassery that happened in The Gathering Storm is composed of her search for the Forsaken Mesaana, who lies somewhere in the tower. Unlike the last two books, Egwene is not one of the main focal points of this book, but she does have time in the spotlight when the battle against Mesaana came to ahead. The remainder of the Black Ajah and Mesaana VS Egwene, The Hall, The Kin, and the Wise Ones. It was awesome and it happened at the same time as Perrin VS Slayer, although I have yet to fully absorb Nicola's death. Like, WTF was that??? Anyways, she also has to deal with the most idiotic male character and arguably, just in general. Gawyn Fuckin Trakand AKA the Biggest Imbecile of the Wheel of Time. Seriously, what was RJ thinking when he came up with this character? I'm not being condescending or critical, actually feel really curious. What compelled RJ to have this guy shoved in there? Well, we are talking about the guy who has created thousands of characters of whom most don't matter. Gawyn is just lucky enough he gets POVs. Thank god, he also got over his obsession with hating Rand. Let it go, boy. “Is it safe?” she asked Birgitte. The Warder rubbed her chin. “One way to find out,” she said, then plopped herself down in the throne with an unceremonious amount of force. Not a few of the nobles in the hall gasped, and Lorstrum grew more pale. “Not very comfortable,” Birgitte said, leaning to the side, then pushing her back up against the wood. “I would have expected a monarch’s throne to be more cushioned, what with your delicate backside and all.” “Birgitte!” Elayne hissed, feeling her face grow red again. “You can’t sit in the Sun Throne!” “I’m your bodyguard,” Birgitte said. “I can taste your food if I want, I can walk through doorways before you, and I can bloody sit in your chair if I think it will protect you.” She grinned. “Besides,” she added in a lower voice, “I always wondered what one of these felt like.” The Warder stood up, still wary, but also satisfied. 4. Elayne Trakand. In conclusion, she remeets Morgase and Galad, agrees with Egwene on how they have to deal with Rand...ugh. THEY DON'T KNOW THE MISTAKES THEY MAKE! Not much really happens with her, although she regains the sun throne. Mostly, she just deals with Perrin and Mat. This day’s visions seemed more real. She felt almost certain that what she had experienced was not simply one of many possibilities. What she had seen would occur. Step by step, honor drained from her people. Step by step, the Aiel turned from proud to wretched. 5. Aviendha. You would think that Aviendha's storyline is not all that compelling, but it certainly gains its footing in her last chapters where she goes into Rhuidean and experiences the memories of her future generations, unlike how Rand saw the memories of long ago. It was interesting to see the future in the hands of the Seanchan, but really by her seeing that future, she has the capability of changing it which is really the ending message we're left with from her. Is this future THE future or can it be changed? Because now that she knows, that's already one hell of a bigger step. Also, a super interesting mystery we will forever be left with. Nakomi's Identity. I took a peek into her Encyclopedia entry and even in AMOL, all we are told is that Nakomi is an ancient name. HMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM!!!!! WHAT DO YOU MEAN BY THIS, YOU SICK TEAM JORDAN BASTARDS!!!!??? God dammit, they did it again. The stranger looked about, then breathed in deeply. “No. I’m not lost. Finally. It feels like a great long time since I’ve understood the path before me.” 6. Jesus. So, the presence of the almighty savior graces the pages as he goes to fix his mistakes in preparation for the Last Battle. But in all honesty, guys, Rand Al'Thor is fuckin genius. He's not just a Jesus or Messiah figure, noooooo, he IS Jesus. Rotten apples turn somehow into good apples, no expiration dates when it comes to Jesus apparently, why would there be? Seeing the Zen Master at work is breath of fresh air after seeing him be all dark and freakin Light Yagami from Death Note levels of just messed up with the attitude. He goes to Arad Domain to fix all the shit and he creates one of the most memorable moments in recent memory for me, where with one single motion after Min says it. Ok, the streets are filled with beggars and Min gives him a viewing. He walks up to a man who was a former general and from there on, everyone begins to save the capital. The Former General was viewed to be one of the leaders in the last battle, a beggar woman nearby had the capability of channeling and would become Aes Sedai, and a man near her would save her life and get married with her. IS THAT NOT THE MOST AMAZING SHIT? Also, the scene with him and Tam made me cry. Some people cry when animals die, I tear up whenever characters deal with their parents or with family, especially when they messed up really badly in the way Rand did. Family is such a tear-jerker and it didn't disappoint. When he walked up and wiped that Trolloc army, that's how he does it. Props to Ituralde, his POVs were epic. Finally, that cliffhanger with Lanfear. WTF is this? I don't understand what direction that's gonna go on in and it made me think "No WoT, do not bring any sort of Sci-Fi shit into this please". All I could imagine was her naked and like locked in some sort of thing which I don't what its called, but the point is that whenever that thing shows up, there's always some scientific bullshit is about to come out. So I hope not. “Mat’s been too busy to keep track,” Thom added. “He’s been spending his time marrying the Empress of the Seanchan.” Moiraine blinked in surprise. “You did what?” “It was an accident,” Mat said lamely, hunching down. “You accidentally married the Seanchan Empress?” “They’ve got some odd customs,” Mat said, pulling his hat down. “Strange folk.” He forced out a chuckle. “Ta’veren,” Moiraine said. 7. Mat Cauthon. More than ever before, I have never been more fond of Mat than this. He made me laugh more times than he's made me in the rest of the series combined. Its odd, but it makes me have a good feeling because I know that whenever I choose to re-read this series, I'll be able to enjoy Mat the way that everyone else always has. Mat was NEVER my favorite. In fact, I came to accept that he just wasn't going to be as memorable character to me as with other people, but when they were almost about to die in the Tower and Mat somehow managed to save his ass and later, he was like "Yeah, I showed those bloody sons of bit**** who's boss!". I just couldn't help but think that when I finish AMOL, I can say that I loved Mat. Besides that, Mat's final chapters were just one big blaring sign for me of what I said in the first few paragraphs, the adventure is ending. I'm sure that feeling will be multiplied tenfold when I'm actually a long ways into AMOL, but even now, I'm just trying to prepare myself to say goodbye. When Moiraine appeared, it gave me such a clusterfuc* of emotions. It was one big epiphany when I thought how I actually missed Moiraine and how surprised I was at actually seeing her come back and then he says it. Wow, Me and Mat are connected. But its true, its just one big shove in the face at how far we've come, all these characters and us as we explored this world. The day I re-read this series, I certainly won't see her in the same light. Even though the Eye of the World is not my favorite, its undoubtedly the one I am most nostalgic about by leaps and bounds. The pivotal Magnificent characters Rand, Mat, Perrin, Egwene, Nynaeve, Thom, Moiraine, and Lan. How far we have come. *SIDE NOTE: AGAIN! WTF WITH THE BLACK TOWER? ITS SO OBVIOUS, BUT I STILL CAN'T BELIEVE THAT TAIM IS A BAD GUY. IDK WHY THAT'S SUCH A HARD PILL TO SWALLOW, BUT I'M STILL LIKE "WHAT? HE COOL!" He is not cool, guys. In conclusion, this is it. The final review before I jump into the final book, This is insane that I am here, but whatever happens I am sure I will love. I cannot form it into words yet, but even if I haven't been with this series for twenty years, it has to mean something that I have literally been NONSTOP reading this books for three months straight. Towards Tarmon Gai'don. + Fast-Pacing + Perrin Aybara + Rand Al'Thor + Egwene Al'Vera + Mat Cauthon + Aviendha - Maybe it should have been a little bit shorter BUY/RENT/SKIP: BUY Final Score: 8.8 / 10.0 Favorite Books from #1 to last The Gathering Storm The Great Hunt The Fires of Heaven The Eye of the World Knife of Dreams Towers of Midnight The Shadow Rising The Path of Daggers New Spring A Crown of Swords Lord of Chaos The Dragon Reborn Winter's Heart Crossroads of Twilight

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