You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.” ― C.S. Lewis
still reading, ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh so good, .... oh no only 35 more hours left :D
OK, I get it. Perrin Aybarra is conflicted. But how many times in the same series, in the same damn book, do we have to hear the same character's inner monologue going on about what a bad leader he is? This character had grown stale several books ago, now I dread when the narrators return to his story arc.
I also understand that al'Lan Mandragoran is conflicted. He's out for revenge, knows he is on a suicide mission and therefore doesn't want any followers as he sets off to fight the dark one all by himself. But do we really have to repeat this refrain every time he picks up new followers? Did someone tell Brandon Sanderson that he had to fill 900 pages and to drag out every single story thread to reach that number? Sheesh!
I also understand that "bubbles of evil" are hitting the "Wheel of Time" world with greater regularity. But going into great detail as though these episodes are integral battle scenes is like hitting the pause button and trapping the plot line in freeze-frame mode.
Even Matrin Cauthon's thread has become bogged down in this book as he basically waits ... to open a letter from Verin Sedai, for an audience with the queen of Andor, to go rescue Moiraine Sedai ... A pity because Mat's character had been so full of life in all the previous works.
Brandon Sanderson did such a fantastic job breathing new life into the series with the previous book. It was spellbinding. It was gripping. It was full of surprises and great writing. But "Towers of Midnight" is only a tiny bit "gripping" surrounded by a whole lotta boring.
I have enjoyed the series and this one Brandon improved from his first attempt last year.
The only complaint is that he lets the characters fall into self loathing all too frequently.
At this point in the book the characters can not be completely incompetent anymore or believe that themselves, can they?
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The only good about this "book" is the readers! The "writers" used words that were suppose mean some happening or object that at least I did NOT recognize --- is seemed that it was as common as every day to know what it meant to anyone!!!
Boy O Boy was this a deficit of time & money!!
When Sanderson took over for Jordan i had high hopes for the series. The 11th book appeared to be very encouraging. However, after listening to about 1/3 of this novel, i realized that Sanderson had contributed very little to the writing of the 11th novel. The 12th however, appears to be mostly his doing, and he should be ashamed to put his name on the work. It is a terrible disservice to Mr.Jordan, and his fantastic story. After attempting to get through this much longed for novel, i gave up.
It is truly a shame that I have invested so much time in this series of books up to this point. I feel like I am compelled to see it through to the end. Unfortunately, the series has long since lost its way. I actually thought it was good that Robert Jordan died, so that someone else would finally complete the cycle. Unfortunately, the characters are now pale caricatures of the their former glory. The story still wanders about aimlessly, only by random chance getting closer to completion. In the future I will look to avoid anything written by Brandon Sanderson.