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Dovie'andi se tovya sagain.
Reviewed in the United States on February 21, 2020
Five enormous, obvious stars. I mean really, giving anything but five stars to this series from book eleven onward would be hilarity to me. It has been that good. I could barely make myself put this one down. These finale books have been the type to make you cancel plans for, so that you can keep reading.
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.