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I am writing this review with 3 hours left to go in the book. I wanted to write this to say to those who are reluctant to finish a series they may have spent upwards of two decades reading, it is OK to finish. I wrote this review without completing the last few hours so I could write this without my bias toward the ending showing up when I say, this is a good book. Many things are wrapped up, it does not feel overly hurried, which is good as this is the 14th book of a 20,000 page series.
The book is not without it's faults, sometimes the reading of some of the characters can sound a bit similar, but with such a large number of characters and only two readers I expect that was inevitable.
The story was exciting and I felt like most of what I needed from the final book has been delivered.
Sit back and enjoy and remember, there are neither beginnings nor endings to the Wheel of Time, but this is an ending..... Sorry I could not help it.
Much better than some of the last books jordon wrote on his own
Matt of course
The series is like going sledding as a kid: the first few books are busy and fun excitement as you bundle up in clothes and then go running to the hill; the middle books are the climb up the hill when you still have lots of energy and the climb is still fun; the last few books Robert Jordan wrote before his death are when you are still trudging up the hill panting and just wanting the climb to be over and not really sure if you see the top yet; In the first of the three co-authored books with Sanderson that end the series, you reach the top and you breathe a sigh of relief as you know that the decent will begin soon, you get on your sled and begin down the hill; In the second to last book you pick up full speed and begin barreling down the slope, right before the book ends you see the giant jump waiting for you; The last book is the last few moments before you hit the jump and then you go flying through the air. The majority of the last book is your flight through the air, shifting in your seat grabbing hard onto the sled, trying to keep balance - all the while you know that you will eventually land... you won't just fly off into space... but you have no idea how painful the landing will be. You final crash down and it seems all good but then you realize that there is just a little bit left as you regain control over the last bumpy stretch and then slowly and peacefully coast to a rest. You hop back up, ready to start all over.
Like many other reviewers, I have been reading this series since the '90's. I love books 1-4. Like books 5-7. Hate books 8-10. Finally, with book 11, I started to think we would get back to the original genius of the books. Where each book was an epic story, set within the framework of an epic series.
After Sanderson took over at Jordan's death, I felt he did a good job. But, the storyline had been spread so thin, I could not help but wonder how he would tie it all up. I think Sanderson did as good as could be done. There are SO MANY loose ends. Some were bound to be left.
As for this book? There is a lot of battle. And Mat is laid on a bit heavy. But other than that, I thought it was great. The ending especially, was brilliant. Well worth the listen.
I for one am glad the series has finished. It has been one of the most up and down rides for a book series I have experienced. One couldn't help wonder with each book whether it was going to be poorly written or well written and whether the experience was going to be mind numbing or mind blowing.
Full marks to Brandon Sanderson as he has done a great job bringing a sometimes failing series back to life, however, for this final book I agree with the comment by Ron in his review that an epilogue set in the future tying up all loose ends would have been apreciated. After the many hours devoted to this series I felt I would have liked it to be really over - I mean really over with no questions. Riding off into the sunset is such a cliche way to end a book. Especially a series that has taken so long to finish.
Finally the fact that Michael Kramer and Kate Reading stayed with the series from beginning to end has certainly made this series most enjoyable and gave continuity. If there were some ambiguities they were hardly noticable to me and I feel that there was more ambiguity in the writing than the narration. Consider what an investment of their time this has been and to maintain and develop charaters over a couple of decades - well my hat is off to you. Thankyou.
Love fiction Science , fantasy or adventure
Finding out how it all ends
I like the wolf dream and the relationship with faille
He is the crux of the story
In the background he represents the land
You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.” ― C.S. Lewis
First I want to say right out, this book is great. Though it seemed to me on the first reading that there was more of Matt in this book and very little of Perren or Rand. Again thats great, Matt seems to be the most down to earth of the three. Didn't care for the very, very end of the story but again it takes nothing away from the book. Very fast paced, I think every main character is in this book. Lots of fighting, losts of heroics. I'm sorry its over I want to move to the two rivers but sadley there is no two rivers. I won't become a farmer and i'll never fight with a sword. I'll never watch Matt Gamble, perrin run with the wolves or Rand make out with one of his wives. Its over, I have to settle back into reality... that good right?
Great finish. Sanderson did an excellent job completing the series for the late Jordan. Really long, but not full of fillers. Action keeps up the whole time. Glad they kept Kramer and Reading throughout. I really hate it when they change narrators as in some other series.
I've been waiting for this book for years and wasn't disappointed. This is hands down the best series I've ever read.
I'm not sure. I have some issues with the readers, and sometimes feel that they don;t quite bring enough passion to the story. But overall I liked them and must appreciate the mammoth task they have done in maintaining a consistently satisfactory standard over the entire series.
Matrim Coffin. He brings some much needed humor and levity into the saga.
I felt they did their best job so far on the series with this one, managing to put some life and personality in the many different characters in the book
The epic conclusion to an epic saga
OK, I've had my ups and downs with this series. At first I felt it was just another Lord of the Rings knock off, but it held my intretest, and there was just enough in the first book to make me curious as to what happened next. I kept going for a while, never quite sure where the story was going, but I found myself really losing interest after about the 4th book. It just never really felt like it was going anywhere. But after quite a long break, I found myself feeling more accepting of the story's slow, meandering nature, so I decided to pick it up again, determined to plough on through to the end. However, by around the 10th book, the whole thing seemed to have slowed to a complete stop. It felt like the series had gotten so overloaded with characters and plots, that each book could now only devote about 1 chapter to a character and almost nothing seemed to be happening at all! I mean this entire series only covers about a total of two years in the lives of the characters.
Then Robert Jordan died, and it looked like the whole series was just going to be left hanging out there and without an ending. It all felt totally pointless. Then Brandon Sanderson came along, and in my opinion he has totally saved the whole thing.I don't want to be too damning of Robert Jordan's writing, as I did I like the series enough to keep coming back to it, but I really hadn't felt that it was particularly original and didn't really care all that much about many of the characters.
I don't know how much of the ending was actually planned by Robert Jordan, but the last 3 books are by far the best in the series. Suddenly things begin to happen. The story actually starts moving forward. All the characters' story arcs are brought to emotionally satisfying, conclusions. Interesting, exciting and surprising things start happeing quite frequently and the whole story suddenly seems to have a point. Brandon Sanderson manages to treat each character and storyline in just the right was as to make me see just why exactly I was supposed to have found them interesting previously!
Yes, this book, as an ending to such a long series, is so good that it casts a positive light on all the previous material. So much so that I think actually want to go back and listen to the whole thing over again!!!
Thank you Robert Jordan for the gift of this great story.
Thank you Kate Reading and Michael Kramer for giving it your voices.
And thank you Harriet McDougal and Brandon Sanderson for seeing it through.