It is a rare story that is able to draw a reader thoroughly into its world, allowing them to feel as it they are experiencing and living alongside those whom the story unfolds around. Sharing the pain of their failures and loss; learning beside them as they grow, mature, and accept whom they are; digging in against apparently insurmountable opposition and finally reveling in their triumph. Perhaps it is because the Wheel of Time as a series was told on such an epic scale, with such descriptive detail that I found this to be the case for me.
The world Robert Jordan forged is truly immersive and the story he and Brandon Sanderson were able to share through the fantastic work of Michael Kramer and Kate Reading will stay with me for a long time. I found this final chapter to be a satisfying conclusion to the journey and would strongly recommend the series as a whole to any lover of epic fantasy.
The encompassing nature of the Wheel of Time, no beginning and no end. Rand', LewsTherin, the Dragon Reborn will be pushed out by the Wheel again. The Cycle continues.....
Too many to mention..
Contrary to what others are saying, Sorry Robert jordan , but books 12, 13, and 14 are the best in the series.
Brandon Sanderson is simply a better writer than Jordan.
So glad to get rid of most of the languid meandering pointless drivel about every piece of clothing and accessories and hair color of every person in the book etc.
These last 3 books, and especially this one are EPIC.
Less rambling, more awesomeness.
resolution of the 13 prior books, resolution of the 13 prior books
It has been over a year, and nothing sticks out in my mind.
Narrators - Awesome. Writing - fun, engaging. Reader - expected too much for a final book in the series and consequently ended up disappointed.
I loved the ending; the blending of each of the main characters' roles into the story was mastery!
The underlying message that the best of human nature is to strive for something better, to hope and when necessary to sacrifice.
They really brought the characters and the story to life, and they blended very well.
Several moments moved me, and perhaps most of all, the willingness of the main characters to sacrifice for the greater good, and to overcome.
A Memory of Light was not only a great story, the entire series was compelling with each book driving me to what to see what was coming next.
I loved the series but the battles were so drawn out that it became confusing. I guess a person with more time and patience may enjoy it more.
Not at all
The performance was excellent as always.
I don't believe that Robert Jordan would have dragged out the final book. Possibly he would have finalized the series prior. It was such a marvelous series that deserved a marvelous ending.
I think if there was one more book to help get all the plot points resolved. This book seemed very rushed.
This contains spoilers so please don't read on unless you don't mind or have completed the book. My suggestion would be to make this into two books and flesh everything out properly. I am about to post spoilers to explain my annoyances. If you haven't read the book then do not read on. Let's start with the main irk I had about this book. Pawdon Fane, his side story was just given at the last five minutes and did nothing to advance the plot at all. Here was a character who was a major plot point in multiple books. Why was he given such a short finale? Perrin's side story was going very well and followed with the previous books but close to the end he just become a super saiyan out of no where. All that was missing was three days worth of screaming and golden hair. The last battle...the last battle was not the issue, the length of the last battle was. It took up the entire novel. Now I understand that the last battle was supposed to be the biggest thing ever but Demandred side just dragged on and on and on. There were pointless character deaths that did nothing to advance the story. Egwene's passing was pointless. She learned the anti-balefire weave and then died. She didn't pass it on and no one else will ever know it so what was the point? The Shar army.....where did they come from? There were 13 previous books and not a single one touched on this army but, literally, out of no where comes this massive army that no one has ever heard of. Morraine's character appeared for a few minutes and then did nothing worth mentioning for the rest of the story. There are other issues I had with the book that go past these main items.
I liked the first fight between Perrin and Slayer before Perrin became a super saiyan. I liked the battle of creation with Rand and the Dark One as well.
Disappointment, I loved the entire series and this book left me feeling very saddened that a wonderful series ended so terribly.
To live in a constant state of fantasy, well that might kill you! But to live with out dreams, Oh how sad that would be!
I would most definitely recommend this book. With that said, it is one of the best endings to a series I have ever read.
As far as favorite character goes, I can't just pick one. Each played a part in the enjoyment of this book. Asking this question is like asking which of my kids I like the best. Just can't do it
This was a great way to finish the series. I love the way Jordan/Sanderson wrapped everything up, especially at the very end (don't worry, no spoilers). Sanderson is a master writer and his ability to finish this series for Jordan and basically write it in the same style/voice/etc. that Jordan wrote the other books is highly impressive. The only thing that kind of irked me about this book was how long the battle went on. Yes, we know it's the last battle, we know it's horrible, we know people are dying by the thousands, but after a while, the battle seemed to drag on and on. In contrast, Rand's battle with the Dark One was very well written (not that the final battle wasn't), but seemed to be of appropriate length. Overall, great book!
Michael Kramer and Kate Reading's performance was very good in this book, as it was in all the previous books in this series.
It is difficult to point to this last volume as the flaw runs through the hole series, as I see it.
No i would not recommend this last volume in "The wheel of time" as it would imply that you should read the previous volumes as well.
No, though they are the best i have listen to.
All, but the three main Perin/Mat/Rand.
The worst thing is that I started this journey as a fan back in 2003, after the first book i was hooked, but as i progressed through the volumes i lost the passion for this tale.The main flaw in the Wheel of time series is that there is not enough substance to give 14 volumes, it should have been half of its size and it would have been great.The sideplots (Aes sedai plots) are simply put boring and dreadfully long, at some point you simply want the dark one to kill em all.I know that some of you love this series but as I see it. when you cant wait for the story to come to an end. (ANY END will do) then something is wrong. There are so many awesome tales out there (Lord of the rings, Tolkien / The Malazan tale, Erikson / The Black Tower, King / Memory,Sorrow and Thorn, Williams) on every listed title here i felt sad at the end, because the story had come to an end. For those that still want to go for this, I wish you enjoy it far more than I did...