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.
This is a great beginning to the concluding trilogy of the Wheel of Time. Brandon Sanderson is an awesome writer (I am a big fan of the Mistborn saga) and does an excellent job on this one, managing to remain objective and discreet, keeping Jordan's style intact. Additionally, he brings on lots of tension during the action scenes and he is very good at describing dark, ominous and ambient moments in the story. The plot is finally moving along and I come to really enjoy the series again (like I did in the past, reading the first 6 volumes).
There is still a dozen of main characters, but somehow their stories seem to flow together, and that is something I really missed during the tiresome and boring 8th, 9nth and 10nth books of the series.
The narrators are excellent and I highly recommend the enhanced version.
I am looking anxiously forward for the next book!
Thank goodness Robert Jordan's wife was the person choosing the writer to continue Mr. Jordan's WOT series. I was wary in the beginning, but soon forgot about it and just enjoyed Mr. Sanderson's WOT interpretation! I loved seeing loose ends tied up and clearly saw how the final battle is very close approaching. Also, a big thank you for continuing with Kate Reading and husband Michael Kramer as narrators. I am looking forward to the last two books.
I was never a fantasy reader until I listened to book one of the wheel of Time. I'm hooked! Has everything one would want in any story. AS for narrators: Michael Kramer and Kate Reading are my favorites. While waiting for book 13 of the WOT series I've listened to new books and authors simply because of these narrators and have been very happy with thier styles
Wow ... Mr. Robert Jordan's voice lives on through the pen of Mr. Sanderson. I missed Rand and Nynaeve and all the beloved characters of this series and was overjoyed to be reengaged with them again. If you are a fan of the Wheel of Time series the only disappointment to be had in this book is that it ends. I can hardly wait for the next book. I may have to restart the series. Thank you Mrs. Jordan for your willingness and trust to see your husbands work in this series finished and thank you Mr. Sanderson for your soft touch and artful writing.