Half way through the book. I don't understand some of the bad reviews here. We finally see the personal issues that have been bothering many of the characters become resolved. It is a long awaited relief for this to happen. So far this is one of my preferred books of the series because all the frustration of everyone mucking around and getting things all twisted is gone. Yay!
Looking through the reviews, the only 2 people who gave bad reviews it didnt even sound like they read the same book. Perrin's part was boring? oh yes the epic battles between him and slayer as well as the epic scene of him riding down the hill to the rescue of the white cloaks! So boring i fell off the edge of my seat!! And Mat's part was boring? His triumphant return to the Towers of Midnight? The heroing end of the tale of Mr. Farstrider, which maybe other people had him pegged but that revelation STUNNED me. Also complaints about Lan and his gathering of people but constant attempts to remain alone was such a tiny insignificant section of the book,,, I think it was maybe 15-20 minutes of audio all put together? I dont understand how people thought that this book was stale or boring, it was full of action, nice surprises, yes it may have been a little off on the pacing, so not quite as excellent as the incredible 12th book but still one of the best of the series by far.
Dale A Boyd
I've enjoyed the last two books of this series by Brandon Sanderson, but it was my understanding that, since there was so much material, he was splitting the last book into 2 books, numbers 12 and 13. This was obviously not the last book of the last book of this series. What gives? How many actual books will there be in this series? I also agree with a previous reviewer, in that the conflicting emotions of Perrin and Mandragoran go on and on and on. He needed to resolve their inner conflicts a long time ago or stop dwelling on them.
I wish we could get a movie of the last three books alone, or a mini series. This book doesn't dissapoint, plenty of action and magic weilded fight scenes, scary dark encounters and chases through the dream world. Action packed!
first, I loved the book. The story was well done the characters felt as flushed out as usual. Much of the action is very well done. The character development is stunted and feels rushed at the same time.
Sanderson has done a great job finishing the series under some difficult conditions. It is those conditions which are the problem. First, this needed at least 2 more books to finish. Yes Jordan's style was often long winded and drawn out, and yes I was driven as nuts as anyone by books 7-10, but Sanderosn is being forced to cut a bunch of stuff short. It is really evident in the Tower of Genji. Instead of being a major climax of the book it is more like a 'meh' moment. There are other chunks of the book which could have been been chapters and were reduced to a couple paragraphs. Again, length issues.
Another issue is the fact that the timline between the different parts of the book are confusing at first. Perrin's timeline does not catch up to the rest of the book until the end. And instead of front loading the book with Perrin to catch up the flush it out over the entire book, which is frustrating. The timeline trickery was due to having to split the book into three parts. If it had been one book like Jordan had intended then it would have flowed MUCH better. But they needed a climax to the last book so the Rand healing was pushed in front of Perrin. I can only hope after it is all completed Sanderson will give us the chapters in the order they were intended. Then we can rip up all 3 books and put them together in the right order.
I gave this a 4 because I really feel Sanderson did a great job in a tough spot. My hat's off to his work. If the book company had not done a hatchett job and allowed the story to progress as needed
Last thoguhts, the fight between Egwene and the Black with Perrin/Luc was VERY well done. I only wish the Tower had been as well done. I only wish the Tower was as well done.
Finally! Characters are not making stupid decisions based on insufficient or just plain wrong information or bigoted assumptions. They actually start to recognize that there is a whole lot of gray between black and white, and no one is totally one or the other. And how do they do that? They *talk* to each other - as I said - finally! Another "finally" is that the story is coming to a conclusion. I like the depth of characterization Jordan, and now Sanderson, provide, but at some point you have to finish the story. Unlike the Wheel of Time, there needs to be an ending once there is a beginning, and Sanderson is bringing the story to a satisfying conclusion. Who will win? I don't know, but I'm planning to spend the 6 months before the last book comes out listening to the entire story from start to end so I don't miss any clues.
Where go I begin. Very satisfying wrap ups to several of the storylines. The pace is well set, never drags and keeps you guessing all the way through. Characters well written with good insight and much more humor than I anticipated, I found myself laughing out loud several times during this book, especially during some of Mat's scenes. I just can't believe that after this many books they have wrapped it up this well, it is a very satisfying read, well done. You will REALLY enjoy this book. I've listened to it twice already. GREAT ending, I almost died.