Yes. This book includes many elements missing from other books and series, a sense of sadness, loss and sorrow at the end. Long time friends are gone, and everything is changed, many secrets are revealed, while some characters still hold their secrets from the world.
A great final end to a long series, but one that still leaves me wanting more. The Third Age has finally ended. Demandred is finally revealed and features heavily in this book, while he has been largely missing from the rest of the series, except during meetings of the Forsaken. The final battle between armies shows that lives are often the paid to try and obtain freedom, and none are immune.
thoughtful, slow, inconsistent pronunciations
If I could, I would listen in one sitting, but I wanted to actually read the book either before or along with the Audible, just because of all the varying character names and occassional uses of the Old Tongue.
This was a great book, and a great wrap-up to the series. I appreciate that the same narrators were used for the whole series. I only rated the story 4 stars because I did not like what happened to some of the characters.
However, for a series using the same narrators, there were many supporting character names among the Aes Sedai and nation leaders in this book that were pronounced differently from how they were pronounced in the previous books in the series. Names that ended with a silent 'e' in other performances were pronounced as an ending 'a' in this one, confusing me with some of the characters until I was able to look at the book and see the actual name written, most commonly those with 'elle' becoming 'ella' in the naration.
The biggest issue I have however is in the internal formatting of the chapter breaks for Audible. This is a book with 49 chapters plus the Prologue and Epliogue, but has 116 Audible chapters, some of those coming in the middle of a paragraph. The Prologue takes 10 Audible chapters, with Chapter 1 starting at Audible's chapter 11, Chapter 2 becomes 14,then many physical chapters taking 2 Audible chapters each, leading up to the longest single chapter I've ever heard (over 9 hours for one chapter), Chapter 37 starting at Audible's Chapter 81 and lasting through Chapter 102, and the ending chapters each taking just 1 audible chapter each. This makes it hard to accurately track progress through the book when there are so many extra breaks made in the narration that are not in the book. Other Audible books in this series have many chapters upwards of 1 hour in length, which is accurate for the length of the written chapters, but this production rarely gets upwards of 30 minutes, breaking up the written chapter into multiple audio chapters, even if the audio is less than 1 hour for an entire chapter.
I was angered about many events in the Tarmon Gai'don, but that just showed the truth of war. Tarmon Gai'don made all other 'final battle' confrontations pale in comparison in all ways. Even the end of Tolkein's classic does not live up to the scope of this battle, pitting two extremely large armies against each other while the actual fight for survival is taking place far away in a volcano. There are even unexpected twists in the plot as the end draws near.
The importance of events that happened in previous books becomes apparent, and has a large bearing on the outcome of this book. Prophecies and viewings become understood as the end draws near. Even the history of Lews Therin's Age, where the Dark One was unknown, and the Aes Sedai create the Bore is understood at the end. Now I wish I could know another Age.
I loved it. This has been the best series of books I think I have ever listened to.
Matt - Who doesn't like the gambler?
They have great personality in their voices. They help make the characters come alive.
I wish there was more. I am not ready for this series to be done. I can wish, right? Brandon.... more?
Fulfilling complete closure
Fleshing out the Ashaman, the rounding of the Egwene, Matt and Perrin characters.
Egwene's big fight with ...(avoiding spoiler)
Yes, but 56 hrs.... thats a lot of coffee
No one listening to this book will be new to the story, its finally complete. After the well documented meandering of RJ's last few books Sanderson did a masterful job of bringing me back to the light.I finished this book with a great big smile today.
I would recommend this to anyone who has already invested the time in reading the prior 13 novels of the series. For that person, this is an exceptionally satisfying final chapter to this beyond epic saga.
Thank you Robert Jordan, for such an incredible series, and thank you Brandon Sanderson for giving us the end that Robert Jordan always planned to give us. Fantastic!
A Memory of Light has been the best book in the WOT series since A Lord of Chaos and it might have got five stars if it wasn't for the memory of the slog one had to go through to get to the end. Brandon Sanderson needs to be commended for being able to finish the longest series in fantasy history from RJ's notes. If it hadn't been for the drawn out plots in books 7 - 11 which had to be wrapped up properly in 12 and 13 before the final novel, I might consider it to be the greatest fantasy series.
There were many deaths of minor characters in the novel as one would expect in a novel about The Last Battle, but only one real major POV character. If this had been GRRM it might have only been a single major POV character who survived. There are many people who would be sad that Egwene was the character who died, but to sound a little morose I was pleased. Egwene has been one of those characters who constantly made me put the previous novels and walk away. I suppose there will always be characters who will get under my skin because if I had been in control of Lost, the self-righteous character of Jack would not have survived the first season.
There are some questions raised in the series which are not answered. But that's how RJ wanted things to end and it was perhaps best that they weren't answered and will now never be.
My biggest gripe with the novel is that Rand didn't actually die at the end of the Last Battle. It's become a little bit of cliche in fantasy that the prophecy which says that the great hero meant to die at the last battle doesn't (just look at Harry Potter). I think it might have been a good little twist that the prophecy ended up being right and the great hero sacrifices himself for the rest of the world.
Hardcore scifi fan from a galaxy far far away.
After all that effort and time to get to book 14! This last book was very much about getting it over with rather than doing a good job. The characters narration was changed and that alone ruined it. The tying up of story lines was done in a rushed and superficial manner. Of course after coming the 1st 13 books you have to finish book 14. However I strongly recommend that you manage your expectations.
I am not sure.
The relentless battles got tedious along with the role Perrin played.
I would have liked more Matrim Cauthon for sure but you take what you can get.
Also, RJ loves to change/give characters new names and there are a TON more in this book. Rereading the novels would help identify who is who.
My favorite character BY FAR is Matrim Cauthon.
Hmmmm...this is a hard question. Kramer and Reading are my number two readers. El Capitan being Jim Dale. Why Kramer and READING weren't together on Mistborn Trilogy is beyond me, especially considering that Vin is, well, a girl.
Okay, tangential, Kramer did a great job with Mat and so did Reading. Kramer was a little over the top with Lan but what are you going to do. They did a great job altogether and there was one point where I thought they changed their voices for a character since the Eye of the World, but I cannot remember who. Maybe Loial? Loial done by Reading is kind of...rough. But Loial is rough even for a male voice. Doesn't matter. JAIN FARSTRIDER AND OLVER!
Yes and no. I read this book along with a bunch of other fantasy readers and it felt like I was torn in two directions. One direction was to GET IT DONE and then be a part of the conversation about the deus ex machinas and complain about Perrin. The other part of me was deeply saddened, because I knew that when I finished, that was the end of the Wheel of Time(and yes, I know there are no beginnings or endings to the Wheel of Time but I don't see anybody wanting to jump on the RJ bandwagon anytime soon). All in all, it was good. There should have been more emphasis in some parts or even another book. I wanted Perrin to have more time in the wolf dream and Padan Fain felt rushed. RJ had a great vision with this epic and I think that sometimes in the Wheel of Time series, he overspent time on architecture and landscapes and flora and fauna rather than focusing more on characters and dialogue. I loved Nyneave and would have loved more dialogue from her; she was a great heroine in the series, although in A Memory of Light she was sidelined for sure.
FACT: Moraine was not worth losing an eye or Jain Farstrider's life.
Wow what a ride. I figured it would be tough gathering up all the story arcs but it was done brilliantly. Two of my favorite authors knocked it of of the park with this satisfying ending. I just finished and I'm going to read it again; how's that for a recommendation?
Brandon Sanderson, in my opinion, is one of the great writers of our time. Harriet could not have picked a better author. Read any of Brandons works and you'll see.
Michael and Kate brought this series to LIFE. Vibrant, rich and colorful; I am in awe of your talents. To pick a favorite of either author is impossible that would be like picking one of your children over another.
If I had 40 hours straight to read this I would have, but darn it life got in the way.
The likes of this story will never come again. I will miss waiting for the next book, but Brandon has the torch now.
Good finish to a long series. This book finished the series in a manner consistent with the others. I believe Robert Jordan would be proud of the nice work done. Hold on because this book moves at a fast pace and gets busy fast. From time to time I needed to back away from it to settle down. Loads of twists and turns with a crazy negative air. I loved it!
Characters would be easier to keep straight in the print version. (auditory & visual)
Too many battle details, but a great ending!