After learning that Brandon Sanderson was going to be finishing the WoT series, I downloaded two of his books, and didn't enjoy them at all. The ideas were great, and the magic was great, but I really disliked his "voice", the way his characters acted and interacted; to me, it sounded like very forced comedic scenes interspersed with long, convoluted planning sessions.
That said, I am a HUGE Robert Jordan fan, and really need this series to end, so I went ahead and downloaded TGS about five minutes after it came available on the 27th, and started listening immediately.
I'm exceptionally pleased to report that I really enjoyed this book. Everyone important is in it, if only for a chapter or two, and for the most part, Brandon Sanderson has adapted his style to fit into Robert Jordan's world a little better.
That said, you can absolutely hear his voice, particularly in the sections of the book which feature Matt Cauthon. I found those sections a tiny bit offputting, but I think maybe that comes from personal bias rather than any actual fault in Brandon's treatment of those sections.
I felt that some of story arcs were actually improved in this book; RJ used to hop around a lot more, splitting a plotline in halves or thirds and then shuffling other things into it, creating mini-cliffhangers. In this book, it seems that we stay with some of the main arcs for much longer, often to their ultimate conclusion, and I found that to be very, very satisfying.
I'm looking forward to the next two installments.
Brandon Sanderson did a magnificent job in continuing Jordan's story, I barely noticed a difference in writing style! It's great that Kramer and Reading have continued to do the reading to keep the story as seamless as possible but Sanderson really comes through for us - I can't wait for the next book and will be somewhat sad when the third and final (really?) comes out and it all ends! Like many, I've read/listened to some of the first books, like, nine or ten times! This led me to try out Sanderson's Mistborn series, pretty good for a beginner, I'm definately hooked! The legacy lives on!!!!
I was hesitant to download this - it's 33 hours and after ABSOLUTELY NOTHING happened in the last couple of books, it was gamble. It paid off - Sanderson has managed to kick the storyline into gear without sacrificing any of the characters we know and love. Fantastic read, I literally couldn't turn it off.
I am not a "typical" sci-fi fantasy fan. I'm not even a fan of nonfiction! I was dragged into the Wheel of Time series kicking and screaming by a friend 10 years ago. And boy am I glad he insisted I read the first book. I was hooked.
I have patiently been waiting for Book 12 - the final book in the series - to be released after the death of the originator, Robert Jordan. I wondered how well another author could create rich scenes and characters with amazing depth based on Mr. Jordan's notes. I also did not think that all of the loose ends from Book 11 could be tied up in one final book.
I was thrilled to find out that the new author, Brandon Sanderson, not only stayed true to Mr. Jordan's style and plotlines, but he brought a new layer of wry wit to the Mat character that I found refreshing. And he also understood that the "final" book would have to be completed in three volumes to properly tell the tale and wrap up all of those loose ends.
Well done! I can't wait for the final two books.
I searched for best selling fantasy books about 6 months ago and The Wheel of Time kept popping up. I wanted a good book to fill in the space between the next Eragon and Nicholas flamel the Alchemest final books. I had no idea that I was about to take a non-stop journey through the best 12 books of my life. I compare it to eating some gourmet meal you didn't even know existed and then going back to plain bread. Everything is now much more bland in my world; television, video Games and other books. Fortunately I have my Aquarium, my career and my family. Of course I Also have two more books that once released I will certainly listen too a hundred times each before I die.
Brandon Sanderson took the notes of Robert Jordan and made it seem as the legend was putting the book together himself.
The Gathering Storm is my favorite book of the set so far... I envy all of you who have yet to make this journey starting with the first book, The Wheel of Time.
-Issac A Wilkerson
Sanderson's translation of Jordan's ideas is nothing short of a miracle! I re-listened to the entire series before listening to this one and I was not disappointed! I enjoyed this book more than any I have listened to in a long while. Kramer and Reading bring listeners into the lives of the characters in such a way that I feel like I know them...and I miss them already! I cannot wait for the next one! Thank you, Brandon Sanderson!
I'm a big fan of the WOT series. This book (after an intro section that is strange) is REALLY well written. I feel like Brandon Sanderson did a great job pulling together all those loose ends Robert Jordan left after his last several books. Robert Jordan seemed to lose focus in his last couple of books. This book portrays all of the characters very well and the narrators do a great job with the story. I would recommend this book. If someone is unfamiliar with the WOT series it will be difficult to appreciate what is happening in this story so I'd recommend reading the other books in the series first (particularly up through book 8).
Unfamiliar with Sanderson's work I was concerned that he would be up to the task, but he nailed it. The character action and humor were perfect and as usual the ending left me wishing for the next book. For others who are new to the series I would encourage you to start at the beginning of the Wheel of Time series by the time you are finished not only will you be a fan of WOT but also will know how great an accomplishment this work is.
And as always Mr. Kramer and Ms. Reading are outstanding.
Wow! I am so glad Sanderson completed this book. When Jordan passed away we not only had to morn a great writer but also the WOT and all the characters. The Darkness had won and the pattern was no more....but death is not the end when time is a wheel.... so the story lives again! Thank the light Michael Kramer and Kate Reading narrated, it would have been hard to listen to new voices. Matt has always been one of the best characters in this tale, but after this story he has moved on to my top ten list of favorite characters.
Well done Mr Sanderson. I didn't know if another author would've been able to pick up a story this complex in the middle and make it work. Brandon Sanderson had done just that. He clearly understands the characters and the world in which they live. I would even go so far as to say that the story moves quicker without losing any of the depth that Mr. Jordan brought to the story. If you're a Wheel of Time fan you'll enjoy this book. If you're new to the series don't even think of starting any where but the beginning. (Book 1 The Eye of the World)