Sanderson does a great job of taking up where Jordan left off. The characters seem just as real if anything, more compassionate. I may even like Sanderson's style better but it's a close match.
When I heard that Brandan Sanderson was finishing the series, I listened to his mistborn series and found that I had confidence in his ability. After listening to The Gathering Storm twice over I am completely blown away. I love how the story focuses more centrally on Rand throughout it. Amazing, thank you Brandon for bringing us the ending to the best fantasy series ever written.
I was very satisfied with Brandon Sanderson's work and so happy to know that we will not be cheated of a conclusion to the story for this turn of the Wheel. Mr. Sanderson's style is different from Robert Jordan's, but not markedly so. The characters have remained true to themselves and the action moves a little faster under his careful stewardship of this beloved tale. Michael Kramer and Kate Reading do a masterful job as always of telling the tale through tone and tempo as well as voice. This remarkable tale of the struggle good and evil around and within us all lives on!
Like many other fans of the series I used to reread every book whenever a new one was released. Once the series passed 4 or 5 books, however, I found it difficult to find that much time. Again, like many other fans as the length of the series increased so too did my aggravation at the apparent lack resolution. The characters had followed their disparate paths and sometimes their relationships with each other were tenuous at best. About a month before the release of The Gathering Storm I started to read (and sometimes listen to) the story again, from the beginning. With the gigantic scope and the story arcs of each character being distinct it was hard to see how they all drove towards the same goal. The time between the books was probably a factor in how I perceived the story. The reread gives me a new appreciation of the series.
The Gathering Storm begins to weave all of the loose threads into a pattern that's beginning to make sense again. I once again enjoyed reading the sections with Egwene and I really haven't in quite some time. Some of the reviews that I've read have complained about how accurately Matt is portrayed. Personally, I thought he was pretty accurate. I'm also pleased with the shift in Rand's story. Typically I prefer my protagonists to be more likeable, unless they're being written as anti-heroes, and Rand is no Elric or Covenant, so the change was a welcome one.
I recently read (or heard, I don't remember) Brandon Sanderson describing CoT as the perfect pitch; he just basically needed to square off and swing well. The ball has come away from the bat and it's headed for the fences. Now we just need to see where it lands.
I was really quite upset when I heard the news of RJ's early death. I have followed the wheel of time for years and I have truly enjoyed it. While still saddened with the death of RJ, I think Brandon has done RJ's work proud. Thank you very very much. I'm so looking forward to the next two books in the series. Great Job!!!
I was in despair that i would never get to finish the series when i heard about the death of Robert Jordan a few years ago, so when i heard that it was going to be finished by someone picked by his wife, and editor, i was hopeful and i wasn't disappointed, other than having to wait two more years to finish the series. Naysayers aside, this is a wonderful book and it truly is well done, and while its not just like the other books in style its so close that it doesn't matter and Brandon Sanderson does such a good job at catching the characters that I didn't feel like i was reading someone else, that being said this isn't 100% Robert Jordan it can't be and while we all wish he were here to finish this series he is not.