I am an oldster but still enjoy all those of books including science fiction and fantasy as well as occasional books on history and classics
Although I had hoped the series would finish, the book was great in starting to bring everything together.
In this book Sanderson has finally captured Jordan's style and pacing. It is Much better than the first effort to pick up Jordan's mantle. As far as the book is concerned it has Jordan like endings that leave possibilities open for revisiting. The only problem i have with this book is an issue of my own making. I have heard these two narrators so many times before in other books that when they try to transition from male to female characters it takes me out of the story. This is a must buy if you liked the other books in the wheel of time and a great bargain for one credit.
I am a fan of this saga since it started several years ago. The first book, the eye of the world was very very good and the great hunt (second book) was excellent. The saga grabbed me there and then but sadly as the saga continued the story became more and more filled with trivialities and less with exciting parts. This book however is as good as the first two, retaking the fast pace in several parts of the story and finally resolving issues that were left out or forgotten without reason. I surely hope that the next one is as good as this or better. I strongly recomend this book.
First, let me say, I'm now a big Sanderson fan. Overall, I believe his writing is melding well with Jordan's, I'm certainly happy to see the saga approaching the final confrontation we've all been waiting years for.
While I agree with some of the comments of "we get it, stop rehashing the same stuff", it's still a great book, completely worthy of its place in the series.
My largest concern by far is with the narration. I typically really enjoy Kate Reading's narration, however I think there needs to be some kind of rule ... Narrators should HAVE to listen to the prior books in a series so they keep the pronunciations that we've grown accustomed to. I hate it when I've listened to countless hours in which a female was called "bur-jet" and now she's suddenly "beer-get-a". Same thing happened with A Feast for Crows when John Lee took over from the ever amazing Roy Dotrice. Nearly killed that series for me. Narrators should realize that they are as much a part of the experience as the story itself, and show enough respect to the audience to at least keep key character's and locations names consistent. This one simple thing would avoid confusion over who's doing what and allow us to follow the plot without distraction.
Should have been one book not three. The main story get lost in this book.
Robert Jordan would be proud. This series has been a masterpiece. It has all that can be asked.. A great storyline, Characters that come to life, humor, excitement, relationships. I hope anyone who reads this will read or listen to the whole series. It is worth the listen.
Sanderson does a fantastic job of finishing the series. I hated the end, but only because I now have to wait another year for the true ending. I started this series late and 9 books were finished before I started but I immediately bought them all and read strait though. Towers is no less great.
...but I'm going to stop this book for awhile and come back to it. I enjoyed the The Gathering Storm quite a bit, so I don't think it's Brandon Sanderson's writing, but Perrin Aybara is becoming sooooo tedious for me. There's absolutely nothing new happening in his story arc and I groan every time we get back to it - which seems way too often in this book. Crawling through the wolf dream with Hopper over and over again is mind numbing!
I can't decide if it is Robert Jordan's plot finally coming together again or if Brandon Sanderson found a way to inject new life into the book with his ideas, but the last two books in this series have been excellent. It sounds like Jordan's first books in the series. Both michael kramer and kate reading are always a pleasure to listen to, and things move at a quick pace. A lot loose ends have been tied up and knowing the rest will all be taken care of in the next book sets the stage of anticipation for things to come!
While the gripes about Matt not being the same are legit, the book as a whole is tremendous. I was simply amazed at how well Brandon took over in the last book and this book is even better in my opinion. This series is one of my favorite and I will be so sorry to see it end. I actually found myself getting emotional,good and bad, at times in this book. For a guy this is saying something. Great read, a MUST get