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The Gathering Storm (Wheel of Time, Book 12) Hardcover – October 27, 2009
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Since its debut in 1990, The Wheel of Time® by Robert Jordan has captivated millions of readers around the globe with its scope, originality, and compelling characters.
The Wheel of Time turns and Ages come and go, leaving memories that become legend. Legend fades to myth, and even myth is long forgotten when the Age that gave it birth returns again. In the Third Age, an Age of Prophecy, the World and Time themselves hang in the balance. What was, what will be, and what is, may yet fall under the Shadow.
Tarmon Gai'don, the Last Battle, looms. And mankind is not ready.
The final volume of the Wheel of Time, A Memory of Light, was partially written by Robert Jordan before his untimely passing in 2007. Brandon Sanderson, New York Times bestselling author of the Mistborn books, and now Stormlight Archive, among others, was chosen by Jordan's editor--his wife, Harriet McDougal--to complete the final volume, later expanded to three books.
In this epic novel, Robert Jordan's international bestselling series begins its dramatic conclusion. Rand al'Thor, the Dragon Reborn, struggles to unite a fractured network of kingdoms and alliances in preparation for the Last Battle. As he attempts to halt the Seanchan encroachment northward--wishing he could form at least a temporary truce with the invaders--his allies watch in terror the shadow that seems to be growing within the heart of the Dragon Reborn himself.
Egwene al'Vere, the Amyrlin Seat of the rebel Aes Sedai, is a captive of the White Tower and subject to the whims of their tyrannical leader. As days tick toward the Seanchan attack she knows is imminent, Egwene works to hold together the disparate factions of Aes Sedai while providing leadership in the face of increasing uncertainty and despair. Her fight will prove the mettle of the Aes Sedai, and her conflict will decide the future of the White Tower--and possibly the world itself.
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“The battle scenes have the breathless urgency of firsthand experience, and the . . . evil laced into the forces of good, the dangers latent in any promised salvation, the sense of the unavoidable onslaught of unpredictable events bear the marks of American national experience during the last three decades.” ―The New York Times on The Wheel of Time
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Brandon Sanderson grew up in Lincoln, Nebraska. He lives in Utah with his wife and children and teaches creative writing at Brigham Young University. He is the author of such bestsellers as the Mistborn® trilogy and its sequels, The Alloy of Law, Shadows of Self, and The Bands of Mourning; the Stormlight Archive novels The Way of Kings and Words of Radiance; and other novels, including The Rithmatist and Steelheart. In 2013, he won a Hugo Award for Best Novella for The Emperor's Soul, set in the world of his acclaimed first novel, Elantris. Additionally, he was chosen to complete Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time® sequence.
- Publisher : Tor Books (October 27, 2009)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 784 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0765302306
- ISBN-13 : 978-0765302304
- Item Weight : 2.26 pounds
- Dimensions : 6.17 x 2.26 x 8.9 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #9,985 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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We finally see a conclusion to many of the storylines that had been dragging for many books. And oh my how did these end! Spoilers below
Masema, Verin, the rebel Aes Sedai, Elaida, Garret & Siuan, Graendal (?)... So many loose ends tied.
Egwene's encounter against the Seanchan was the epic consummation of my official liking of this character whom I only started to really like in book 11. Her development in this book is enough for me to like her as a character now. Not only does she display maturity, patience, control... She's a total badass... I got goosebumps reading about her second night serving Elaida... And her quick thinking during the Seanchan raid!!! She rocked this book...
Rand Al'Thor... He got very big developments... His second encounter with Sehmirage brought him to the brink of destruction... We see a Rand overwhelmed by the weight of his duty... The end, while a bit on the cheesy end was beautifully written. The emotion, the stakes... It was a personal struggle that somehow felt as epic as his encounters with the Forsaken... He had the most difficult battle so far... The battle against his own soul... And love won. Beautiful.
This is one of my top 3 now... There with Shadow Rising and The Fires of Heaven.
Thank The Light we have appeared to end the Faile gets kidnapped threads too. Worth 5 stars just for that alone! Also to RJ traditionalists delight, you will still find descriptions of clothing with special emphasis on degree of cleavage exposed, the women still manage to spank each other more often than at an S&M dungeon party, and they still have to be topless for various reasons LOL
Two favorite characters also make a comeback of sorts - can't wait for the next book.
This is a five star series and book particularly if you are a fan of the genre. For those coming into the series looking or a short thriller that can be burn through in four hours you will be disappointed. Book 12 sees the fulfillment of on of the longest storylines in the series and one that I felt had gone on for far too long. Thankfully Jordan was able to use many other side characters to balance it out some and keep the story going. Sanderson kept this up and completed here. I don’t want to spoil anything so I will say that the story is impactful an the climax all the better for what we the readers have gone through.
Seeing that Robert Jordan had planned on book 12 being a massive finale being at least three times the length as his normal 700 pages it is understandable that his publisher, wife and editor, as well as Brandon Sanderson would think it would be more manageable to split it into three books, or the final trilogy of the series. I did see some issues come up such as Rand’s seeing what others characters are doing and giving a bit of spoliers for the next book. The time flow for the story has always been a bit of back and forth but it does get a bit confusing if you do not catch the shifts. This becomes more obvious in book 13 in which I am currently in. Part of the story time line dealing with Goldeneye is running along events in book 12 while others are post events of twelve or somewhere in between. The story remains interesting and pulls the reader through it even if they are a bit confused at times.
The mood of book 12 shifts depending on which character you’re following but it does get a bit dark at times and bitter sweet at others. They are some side characters that get to really shine and on that in some fashion feels a bit like Professor Snape in terms of how very bravy and awesome the character is revealed to be. Each character in the series is flushed out and rounded out even if they are a one off character.
The language is clean but the series as a whole remains more appropriate and likely appealing to young adults and above. To be such a long written series on a hand full or even just a couple years have passed from the start of the series though it feels much longer.
This is a series and book that offers a lot for readers in general and writers as well. I read a lot of Brandon Sanderson before I came to this series. I knew of through listening to him and others talk of the writing process and was saving for a good time. Listening to it via audiobooks made it a longer but worthwhile process as I ride the roads.
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This book has been a favourite for me. No time is wasted. There seemed to be much more happening in this book without losing any of the passion or detail. You can feel the tension building as the last battle approaches.
The depth of creativity in this series is remarkable and a work of genius. I love how the characters develop and remain unpredictable. So glad I can binge read rather than waiting for the next book to be published.
I would not have noticed any change in author had the fact not been published. A great achievement in itself.
Gripping from start to finish and I didn't want it to end.
Is it different to the previous books? Yes, it is. Especially having read the previous 11 books in the last 12 months, and particularly at the start of this novel, I noticed a different rhythm: shorter chapters, chapters switching between characters with a different rhythm to in the previous books. And I noticed some linguistic differences: a turn of phrase here, perhaps slightly more modern language than Jordan liked there, even the odd time when a character used a different version - I think - of Mat's name than they had in previous books.
Is it faithful? Yes, to me it is. Sanderson brilliantly brings the feel of the characters who - by now - we know so well, into this story. There are still laughs, frustrations, confusions and inspirations in all the places there were in previous books.
And, above all, is it a good book, worth reading? Absolutely. I suspect that, coming into the final straight of the epic series, Jordan would have picked up the pace at this point. That is what usually happens in long series when a story arc has to span more than a few books. But with Sanderson, I think we get that even more so. Either way, this is a book full of memorable scenes as the plot of the Wheel of Time begins to draw together. Some are brutal, some are worrying and some I found surprisingly emotional - including the incredible affection I have developed for poor Lews Therin. This, particularly, is a story of Rand Al'Thor, and if you have made it this far in the series, then it's absolutely time to read book 12.
Brandon Sanderson has a different style and he has not tried to emulate Robert Jordan; no complaints from me there. I love both writers. In many ways, this book is like an avalanche plot lines converge quickly and it is a lot to take in. I agree with some of the criticism that Sanderson didn't quite do some characters justice but I'm not going to deduct a star for that. For me, he brought a new and different energy to a series I have grown to love. If you are someone who was put off by the so called 'slog' of previous books, there is a lot happening here.
Brandon brings Jordan's saga and this trilogy to a heartbreaking, climactic and epic end! Well worth sticking with the series to read these final 3 books!
Easily back to the series rip roaring best, was even better the second time I read these last 3!