So here we are at the end of all things and I am thankful for it.
I was truly anticipating this story and I have read this series since its beginning way back in 1990 and was one of the first to snatch it off the shelves to rave about it before it was even cool to do so. Now seeing it come to an end is bittersweet but also necessary.
The one thing I can say is that readers can be prepared for that they will get an ending, but certainly not "the" ending they may have hoped for. While most plot lines are shored up there is a big huge one that is left hanging out like yesterdays laundry and it is sure to annoy the light out of you. However, the overall ending itself is left to interpretation. I was expecting to see this ending that Robert Jordan had said he thought in his mind since he penned the first word of Eye of the World, yet maybe I missed it because I wasn't really sure which "ending" that was supposed to be. So be prepared to have a raised eyebrow like the ending to Dues Ex as opposed to the teary eyed, raise your hands in the air in praise like the LOTR books.
Also be prepared to read allot of battle events since TG takes up most of the pages in the book. Rand's battle with the dark one almost takes a back seat to the entire affairs that happen around the world as this occurs nearly at the beginning of the book and goes in and out all throughout the novel right until the ending.
Individual parts I liked. ( Some Spoiler warnings )
I did like Perrin's role in this novel as he seemed to take on more character. I however, was disappointed with the way his character was wrapped up at the ending of the novel. Kind of anticlimactic and a bit cheesy.
Some very big characters bite the dust which I was actually very happy for. I am one of those tragic hero type of people so I like to see the good guy making the ultimate sacrifice in the end for the greater good. However, some I feel were killed just so they could be and their deaths were a bit foolish or all together unnecessary. Others I felt a bit of a cliche for and one I was very disappointed in their end. While another I wish they would have been killed off but were stupidly spared.
Mat, my absolute most favorite character unfortunately is limited to licking the Seanchen's boots which didn't make me very happy at all. I actually felt this part was pathetically stupid and liken it to a bad episode of the honeymooners between him an Tuon.
Now for the truly bad part that ruined this whole novel ( Spoilers Galore you have been warned)
The one faction I never really liked was the Seanchen, and throughout the novel you really felt that eventually this whole shenanigan of an empire would finally be brought to its merciful end. Unfortunately, they were spared from any real sacrifice and often felt they did absolutely nothing to take part in the last battle. Not only that, their ridiculous domani collar policy was never really resolved and even seems to still be in full effect.
I really thought Jordan or Sanderson would have the decency to deal with this plot line. All through the previous books we are told over and over that the dirty little secret of the Sul Dam would bring down the empire. However, when it was revealed it was very anti climatic and everyone in the empire seemed to shrug as if it was no big deal. This part absolutely made my blood boil as that is not what the reader is lead to believe throughout the novel.
Also Matt seems to have absolutely no influence on this whole deal and even seems to encourage it of all things.
Of all the great things Jordan has done with his world I feel this is the major failure in his story series that to me, has ruined it entirely. The Seanchen are by far the absolute worst faction to have ever been written into a novel. In my view they are no better than the shadow spawn that Rand's army is fighting against. In reality this little band of egomaniacs should have been wiped out a long time ago, or not written into the novels in the first place. Not only that, Rand meets with Tuon and even though he had the power to burn her alive he backs down like a stupid kitten and bows fealty to her. He also leaves the Domani and Sul Dam in place. Dumb Dumb Dumb. No Hero in any story would allow a faction like them to continue to enslave an entire people and allow it to remain in place. To do so negates any thing Rand did.
Now parse in that with Aviendah's little vision she had and you get the idea that Jordan maybe played a trick on his readers by fooling us into believe there would be a good nice ending to his novels.
In my final word on this. You will probably like the novel as it has some very good parts to it, but the whole Seanchen plot line will ruin it in the end.
Now as for the ending.
Yeah you probably wont like it but basically Rand wins but Aviendah's vision is basically what will happen. The seanchen will rule the next age, The Aile will be utterly destroyed in a pathetic mutated way, none of the characters children will grow up to be anything but slaves of the Seanchen, and basically the whole point of this whole series is, the Seanchen win, they will live forever. Have a nice day thanks for reading the whole 14 book series to find that out.
In retro spec I liked the book as a novel, however the ending left a really bad taste in my mouth because it is not a very good or happy one. The reason is that within 100 years every character will be wiped out, and the Seanchen will rule forever.
Sucks but there you go.
Yes. I've read/listened to all of the WOT books numerous times. This one will be no exception.
Rand. His character finally received the focus it's been sorely lacking, allowing the listener to identify and empathize with him again.
Yes. They've both done an exceptional job with the WOT series. I would gladly listen to them again.
spoiler:------------------------------------------ the sacrifice of Egwene
A very enjoyable end to 20 years of waiting.
Michael Kramer and Kate bring to life the world of the Wheel of Time.
The Flame of Tar Valon. Can't tell more without spoilers, but it was a powerful passage in the book and the narrator really makes it memorable.
The way they give a unique voice to the myriad of characters is amazing.
I would love to, but at 41 hours, that's just not possible.
Great series conclusion.
LAN, he is the man
They really bring the story to life.
Yes, I lost much sleep because of this book.
It is over
Rand al'Thor, protagonist, hero makes good in the best way - unexpectedly.
The fight scene where Lan slew Demandred
This epic, which I began reading about a week after The Eye of the World was released to paperback, closes in a very satisfying way, with loose ends tied up, but with plenty of possible spin-off stories available for Brandon Sanderson - if he has the gumption to tackle them. Great Read.
This book was an excellent wrap up to the series, I'm sad it's over but I think Sanderson did a good job. I doubt there is much I can offer in the way of a review that the rest of you haven't already said. So I'm just here to offer my support.
Matt or Noti the rapscallion was my favorite, closely followed by Min:D
I was really impressed by the way this series ended. Many long series end up being over or under written at the end, as though the author wasn't sure how to end it. Happily this was not one. Impressive end to a legendary series.
The full series clocks in at 461 hours (I think). I just reread all of them in about 5 months (on 2X narrator speed). I love the characters and story and was very satisfied with the ending. I would of loved a 50 or 100 years later epilogue but I still found myself satisfied and a little awed that my adventurers with the characters ( who at this point seem like close friends ) is over. Well done Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson. Michael Kramer and Kate Reading have a done a fantastic job as well with all the books. I am so glad they used the same narrators for all. Perhaps someday the 2 unfinished prequels will be written and I can go back through this series again. I cant say enough good things about it.
i can not honestly say i did not read it. I really enjoyed the audio version of the book though
Rand was my favorite, because he overcame so much and learned to except help and to take control when needed
yes they really helped bring the book alive in my imagination
it made me go through a gambit of emotions, from laughter to anger
It was a great series and this was a great book and finish to the series
I'm the most boring person on the planet.
Yes, but I will have to wait many years. This epic spanned a great many years of my life, it was a story worthy of waiting, of thought. Listening to the entire series from front to back will have to come when I have the time to devote to it, and perhaps I've forgotten a thing or two about it.
The ending. A fitting end and great tribute by Sanderson to Jordan, for all of us. As it ended, I couldn't stop grinning, but I did not want it to be finally complete. Tear.
Absolute giants in the performance of audiobooks. It was great listening to them back and forth between chapters, depending on if the main theme of the chapter involved a female voice (Kate) or was male voice (Kramer). Whoever decided to break up the story this way was a genius.
I'm am perpetually irritated by this question by Audible. No, it is TOO long to listen to in one sitting, quit asking this stupid question.
Sanderson did an excellent job of bringing Jordan's magnificence to fruition. We will all be forever in his debt for finishing the vision Jordan created and captured our imaginations with. Thank you Sanderson. Godspeed Jordan.