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Well, it's slightly less boring with Sanderson writing it. And the last 1/3 of the book almsot makes up for the first 2/3's
Reviewed in the United States on May 14, 2014
Let me just say that I loved the first 3 or 4 books in this series. But ever since then reading the next book has become an increasing difficult chore to do. There is only so much hair pulling, male bashing, room describing, attire and character descriptions and no plot advancement you can take. I give Sanderson credit in that he managed to edit much of this out to tolerable levels but there is only so much one man can do. I don't blame him for this slightly less boring book than the last 7 but give him credit becuase he was trying to stay in the same style as Jordan wrote in.
It's been said before but does EVERY woman have to be some scheming "B.....ch" with ulterior plans that are geared just for her own personal advancement. Why does EVERY woman think men are totally useless without their guidance? Why is it EVERY Aes Sedai is a master at hiding her emotions, yet none of them can't or what ever do so? Spock is laughing at them.
There seems to be a trend with these series of books now. They all start of with 2-4 really engrossing, turn paging novels to get you hooked. Then the author starts "STRETCHING" the plot in what I can only see is a effort at a giant cash grab by selling more books. I.E. write long 1000 page books with nothing in them. Wait 2-6 years and write another one. I and many others have slammed George Martin for not advancing the plot one iota in his last two books and taking ten years to do so. But Jordan and now Sanderson makes me actually appreciate Martin more than ever before. Somehow Martin is able not to advance the plot one bit and still make the story not boring to read. A feat that neither Jordan or Sanderson is able to do in my opinion. Again, I will give Sanderson credit. Just when I am about to put the book down and say thats it I give up, he somehow senses that and lets something exciting or interesting happen that keeps me going another 50 -100 pages. Many people say that "Goodkind" gets "preachy"in his later books and is hard to take. That is true but at least the books are exciting and move along.
This book in entitled the "Gathering Storm." In all honesty, I don't see much more "gathering" than the last 7 books. Yeah the "Big battle" is coming but I have heard that sense book one. And the multitude of characters that are thrown at me. Am I really expected to remember all of them? Especially since often they are either mentioned once and never again or if they are, it's often several book in between. One of my favorite characters Mat, has gotten one little chapter so far in which he did nothing but complain about women trying to run his life. I don't even know what Mat is suppose to be doing any more. LOL. And the woman that pulls her hair all the time when upset. Sorry, forgot her name becuase she hasn't made one appearance yet in the book. i actually like her in an annoying sort of way. She is just so angry all the time she sort of amuses me.
I will trudge along and finish these last 3 books only to say I did but it is a long and sleepy storm thats gathering.
The previous review was written after about 450 pages read and I submitted it then becuase I really did not think I would finish the book. I managed to trudge a little further into the book and much to my surprise and delight it got MUCH MUCH better. Not surprisingly, right around the time "Mat" first showed up. So much so I want to bump my review score to 3.5 stars. Since I can't and I found the first 450 page so very boring, I will bump it up to 3 stars and not 4. The last 1/3 of the book was almost as good as the first 3 or 4 books. Interesting plots and plots that actually moved along and advanced the story on almost all fronts. Rand actually did something. And so did Egwene. There were fights and action. I still don't know what Mat is trying to accomplish but his chapters are still entertaining. This is how the last 6 books should have been. I actually find myself looking forward to the next book now. It is VERY rare that a book turns it around that late in the book for me but this one certainly did.