Sanderson has revitalized the series and is finally bringing this massively overwritten epic to a satisfying conclusion. Where Jordan lost his way in book 6, wandering endlessly in a loop of women's wear daily like descriptions of meaningless details, Sanderson has brought purpose and order and best of all progress to the characters and story that Robert Jordan created. The Towers of Midnight continue the momentum of Gathering Storm and lead us to the doorstep of the last battle. Long suffering readers rejoice, you will soon have the closure you have been seeking for so long!
Just finished the book. It was so great. That may be the fastest I have ever listened to an almost 40 hour story. Sanderson does such a good job of tying the myriad of story lines together that Jordan introduced. The battle scene with Rand vs the trollocs was great. I was really excited that Sanderson discussed each of the main characters throughout the story. The stories with Mat and Perrin are by far the best ones. I was also glad there wasn't much discussion on the Seanchans. I prefer the battle between the Dark One, foresaken and the good guys. I can't wait for the final book next year.
Another excellent addition to the Wheel of time series!!!
Can't wait for the next book to come out!
I never thought he/they would be able to tie up all the loose ends but it's looking good for now.
This is the first time I have used an audiobook. It's great! I can "read" & crochet at the same time. The Wheel of Time series is one of my favorites.
I can't wait for the last book. This one had everything I could expect from a Wheel of Time book. Sanderson understands what Jordan wanted from the last books and it's getting to one of the best endings of a series.
I love the detail. I enjoy the narrator. The stage is set in so many ways. I hope that the next book is not a blood bath, but triumph.
Great book! I couldn't stop listening to it and am thoroughly excited for the last one.
An extra note, one big kudos for Sanderson. As much as I enjoyed Robert Jordan's story line and the world he created (I've reread the series almost every time there was a new release), the one major component that I've always found frustrating to read has been his character interactions and internal dialogues regarding those interactions. Many of these traits, interactions, lack of communication and internal drama always seemed very contrived and completely unrealistic to a degree that was painful for me to read. It's like a world filled with people that have the emotional maturity of my fiver year old. I mean, who really thinks like that? Sometimes funny, but mostly it just dragged out the story to no point. Now, I thoroughly love the way Sanderson includes all those personalities to stay within the story line, but it doesn't seem so contrived. It doesn't distract. It seems like all these amazing 20 - 300 year old characters finally made it through puberty and can hold a conversation. Thank you Sanderson for making the awesome even better. To reference a scene in the story... My wife will also send me a quick little message not to stay out too late drinking with the guys... that is a realistic interaction because she's concerned about my welfare and I lose track of time. Not because I'm a 36 year old wool headed idiot boy that can't even blow my nose without a woman telling me how and when to do it.
Brandon has managed to make Matt boring, Make the golden crane guy boring, make bubbles of evil boring. The last book was a masterpiece, this one just seems like he had pages to fill. I think most of the people that gave five stars are doing so because they feel they have to, to honor Jordans work. I loved all the WOT books, its just this one is missing the filler.
I am a great fan of WoT, having picked up the first edition when it originally came out 20 years ago. Whereas "The Gathering Storm" was a terrific book, this, the second last, was poorly edited, mish-mash of what felt like short stories at times. Kramer and Reading do their usual great job as they have done throughout the series, but what they have to work with this time is poorly paced, time frames that a mess to figure out, one character in two places at the same time (although that may be juggling different time periods, who knows. Absolutely everyone makes an appearance this time and that is part of the problem. After 12 books (plus the prequel) now they make a mad dash to resolves long standing issues and get people in place for the final volume. Unfortunately, it simply does not work well overall. There are some good pieces scattered amongst the clutter, but again, if you read as a short story collection, they are highly enjoyable. Some of what fans have been waiting for literally for years, Moraine's fate, it simply done in a short chapter and a half with a somewhat cheesy post-rescue attempt display. Ewegene, a character I disliked in books 1 through 10, but warmed up to in 11 and really liked in 12, well, lets just say I hope she does not survive the last battle, the power tripping Aes Sedai. Elayne is another who joins her in that ranks. Not sure if it is Sanderson's style or what, but this novel just did not work for me. Too bad, but I do worry about the final one yet to come.
Seems like a stall. 900 pages with little accomplished. I love the series but it should have ended at 13.