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Towers of Midnight: Book Thirteen of The Wheel of Time (Wheel of Time, 13) Paperback – June 9, 2015
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The Wheel of Time ® is a PBS Great American Read Selection! Now in development for TV!
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.
In Towers of Midnight, 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.
Dovie'andi se tovya sagain. It's time to toss the dice.
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About the Author
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; Reprint edition (June 9, 2015)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 880 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0765337843
- ISBN-13 : 978-0765337849
- Item Weight : 1.8 pounds
- Dimensions : 9.1 x 6 x 1.5 inches
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tick-ticking. She’s a nothing character. Sanderson seems to have adopted some of Jordan’s frustrating writing habits. The novel ended well, though, with momentum and discovery. Happy to engage the final volume. Happy to get closer to the end of this whole, gigantic, hugely-flawed, bloated series, The Wheel of Too Much Time.
At this point unless you’re skipping ahead to look to see if you should read the series, and you should if you’re epic fantasy fan, you know what you will get in a Wheel of Time book even with a new author of The series. This ample amount of action, magic, humor, bittersweet and a bit of looming darkness and the hope to overcome it, and of course the varying stages of romance. All this is fit into a package that is appropriate for young adults with only in world cussing or curses and oaths while being deep enough to satisfy many readers.
I do feel as if this book had a couple different climaxes. In reality the first feels more like the ending of a book and deals with the characters of Peryn and Egawen. We get to spend more time with the aftermath of this as well as getting several chapters tying up or setting up to tie up story lines. Getting out of the way meaning of the subplots that had been ongoing for quite some time. It was satisfying to see the attention it was given instead of being a quick write-off. At the same time it did feel a little off when it came to pacing and ready for the end. The second climax of the story, which was awesome as well, dealt with Mat for the most part followed by some more tie up chapters. I really interesting aspect of this book is a promise that was set up a few books back concerning your character who has long been missing. It was an interesting and brave choice by the authors to have put this out there with how far and how long the series has come since the character went missing. Overall book 13 has the feeling of a middle book of a trilogy setting up the final book for the end while tying up story lines in order to make the last book more streamlined.
I've recently been hearing about the new real Time series on amazon. I really do hope that they do not Hollywoodize it and stay as close to the actual book as possible. That’s a bit hard considering that most of the book is inside of a character’s head but one of the awesome things about the series is how different cultures within the world works. I have seen the author grow and even some of the content change a bit through the decades these books represent however I am concerned about how much of a political or social philosophy the Amazon overlords would actually put in place of such a series that was already way ahead of its time in many standards.
The great thing is that no matter what they produce on the TV screen what we have here in Robert Jordan's and Brandon Sanderson’s book series is something awesome that may have flaws for some and not fit the taste for others but is overall a well-rounded book series that was literally years in the making and a passion work of a lifetime.
There are some things that can be considered nitpicking but as an honest reviewer I will have to say that the time flow not only in this book but in the entire series seems wonky. Still love it though, five star all the way.
The audio book draws you in, as a trucker love it. I will admit I am looking forward to read some other works I've been putting off or are come up soon. A d some that might or might not be advisable on audible. Tia Wong new book in the Thousand Li series came out not long ago when I stared this seires, Will Wight announced the latest Cradle book Reaper is coming out in less than a month, and recently an Author friend Andy Blinston released book three of the Rakkan Conquest seires Fate of the Slayer. I have to say as a hobby writer getting to see some of the early versions of Andy's previous books and the first couple of the new one makes me more amazed at the process involved in getting a story out. Looking at Wheel of Time it is understandable that though the process is on a grander scale with the help of publishers and numerous editors at the heart of the story is the storyteller. Seeing Sanderson pick up Jordan's work and passion and keep the fire lit till the end makes me love wot at the more.
So, Towers of Midnight. A Memory of Light: Part Two, if you'd like to see it that way. The storm has gathered, the world holds its breath, and Tarmon Gai'don is nigh. If The Gathering Storm was about Rand's preparation for The Last Battle, then Towers of Midnight is about everyone else's. This one ties up a lot of loose ends, and yet it is perhaps the fastest paced book in the entire series thus far. It is longer than book twelve, and yet I finished it faster. It's just phenomenal.
I spoke at length about Brandon's efforts in my review for book twelve, so I won't harp on about it too much in this one. But I will say, he continues to do a fantastic job. Admittedly, there have been times where I'll be reading and will get an enormous pang of sorrow and deeply wish that we had gotten Jordan's version of a particular scene rather than Brandon's (beyond wishing we had Jordan's version of all the events I mean). But I think that is only natural in a situation like this one. That being the case though, Brandon deserves praise. There was some timeline weirdness in this one (where certain chapters were lagging behind certain other chapters because of the way books twelve and thirteen were split up) that I think he ended up handling it well, and he's done a really nice job of bringing his expertise to the POV interplay. We are getting more POVs per chapter here, and it makes the story feel interwoven and complete. And as I said, it was all but impossible to put down. That says enough right there.
So as usual I can't say a whole lot about the book itself. But this one is essentially Perrin and Mat's book. Perrin especially. He needed some major progress made in regards to his character development if he was ever going to be ready for Tarmon Gai'don, and that's what we got here. And Mat, he had some of my most anticipated material of the series; something I've been looking forward to since a couple books ago. It did not disappoint. We also have the return of Elayne POVs, which were satisfying largely because of her interaction with several other characters in them. As I said, the POVs are starting to overlap really nicely. It's something I had been looking forward to as we near the end and our characters start coming back together. Certain moments were just as satisfying as I'd hoped they'd be, and we have more to come.
As far as a penultimate installment in a massive, beloved series goes? It was everything I could have hoped for. There's not much more to say.
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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!
I love what Mr Sanderson is bringing to these stories based on RJ’s notes and things are only getting better.
The plot threads that have dangled for years now twist into a pattern as the wheel makes its final turn
It is obviously tricky to say much about this book without giving away spoilers. But it seems safe to say that it concentrates more around the activities of Perrin and Mat and those that surround them. Rand continues his strategies but his appearances are brief and clearly not yet the focus. Elayne, Egwene and Nynaeve get a fair share of the book and some Aes Sedai issues become resolved. Gawain and Galad are also featured heavily, more than they ever have been before. There is also some focus on Aviendha but I was left feeling uncertain about what was going on in her sections. There doesn't seem to be much of a need for them and I wonder if in some way they are to do with Jordan's proposed trilogy focussing on the Seanchan; which will now never be written.
Disappointingly there isn't much action from the Forsaken. Out of the few that remain some of them have still hardly been featured. Moridin still does very little, his appearances brief. But he and some of the other leading villains loom in the background hopefully ready to take on a more major role.
There is still an awful lot of seemingly unnecessary arguing between the various heroes of the saga and the undercurrent of latent sexism continues. I'm finding it a little annoying and textually repetitive that all the male characters think all women behave in a certain way and vice versa. It is particularly annoying with the Aes Sedai at times. After all the events across the series of books I would have expected at least some of the characters to have grown out of this. Surely all their horizons have been broadened by their experiences.
The above aside, this is a very enjoyable read and it is probably a better book than the previous five or six in the series. It's a promising sign that the final book might equal the greatness of the first few.