After 2 decades and 14 books, the Wheel of Time series reaches a conclusion. It's a satisfying conclusion too. There are characters who I was sad to see die, and some that made me cackle in evil glee when they got their just reward. All of the Forsaken have their stories concluded in appropriate ways, and the yin-yang of Life returns to a balance after so long being out of balance. And for closet sentimentalists like me, there were some happy endings in the wake of the Last Battle.
Brandon Sanderson did a fine job concluding the series for Robert Jordan. If perhaps more of Sanderson's style than Jordan's can be seen in A Memory of Light, I think it worked well. The chapter "The Last Battle" was an inspired piece of story telling. I have never seen any author take such a complicated set of scenes, locations, characters, and plots and weave them into a cohesive whole. He was working with all the aspects of the One Power at once.
This book makes me want to start the whole series over again.
I have physically read the previous books and soon discovered that my internal pronunciation of names and places differed greatly from the official version. Sure I could have looked in the back of each book for the pronunciation guide, but that just never did. At any rate, it took a bit to acclimate myself to the WOT world again. The new names and places I heard made that acclimation take longer but at the same time I enjoyed itall the more.
It is impossible to view this book on its own for this question. It has to viewed as one small part of a vast universe. So, that being the case, youcan only compare it to other epic series. For me, I see it as a very tame and PG version of the Game of Thrones series combined with unique magical elements. Some things are very naive and exploratory in a way that only young people can view the world. Other parts tackle concepts and plots that surface only after a lifetime of worldly experiences.
There are neither beginnings or endings to the turning of the Wheel of Time.
This series could not have ended better. However, I was a bit let down by the Padan Fain characters role. I was also less certain why the fate of some characters ended so. On the whole It was a fantastic end to the series. I think Robert Jordan would have been proud of how it was wrapped up.
It was really fun to read the culmination of such a long series. I've read every one of the books. Obviously, some are better than others, but Brandon Sanderson injected vigor into the last few volumes.
Evolution of Rand al' Thor's character.
Can't recall specific books by this duo, but they are terrific. Work well together.
This is a fantastic book. It was a great ending to the Wheel of Time. Well worth the wait. This is the best audio book I have listened to.
My favorite moment was at the end when, but I don't want to say too much. I don't want to spoil the ending.
It would probably have to be Elayne.
I just completely enjoyed the book.
The final book to the series of "The Wheel of Time" a LLLOOOONNNGG awaited conclusion. Brandon Sanderson did not disappoint this Robert Jordan fan with the finish of the series. The Listen was capturing and spellbinding from the begining to the end. I laughed at Matt... and cried before, during and after the Battle of Light against the Shadow. This is a great ending to Robert Jordans "Wheel of Time series, but I can say that it felt like a new beginning. I HIGHLY recommend this series to all who are looking for a good listen. I do not think you will be disappointed
Avid reader and love that audiobooks opens a whole new sense
I'm glad the story is over, it had become tiresome listening to moaning characters over and over, the story in its entirity (from the first book) is interesting but the ending was lack lustre.
Yes especially to those that picked up the series and then put it down.
The Way of Kings
Anything with Lan in it
This book is a very enjoyable read from start to finish. The pacing is fast, but at times can be jerky. That's the problem with most of the book being a battle scene. The sheer number of characters and storylines that had to come together to finish this book is handled well. The ending itself made me smile.
Like any ending however, it leaves me a little hollow. I waited 20 years and that's all I get? At least future readers will be able to read them in order without any waits.
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When I first started reading these books it was a question that often came to mind. "How is he going to write this Final Battle?" and as the books moved along that question only got bigger and bigger. I'm sort of in awe about how well Sanderson realized it(noting of course . So many characters had their moment to be seen in this book, so many, many, different characters throughout these books and Sanderson found a way to weave and wrap up so many ends. All the pieces that were put into play fell into place, from the bowl of the winds, to Matt's memories, to Perrin's abilities, etc., etc. , etc. I also wondered "How can someone write a battle with the dark one??" and again, I think it was done in a very clever way that made sense and was very satisfying.
Now those who don't enjoy reading about long winded battles, this book is 75% strategy, war and suffering,,, but it's the final battle! and character wise everyone gets their swan song for the series.
I had some inkling from Sanderson's other works that he was able to pull off finishing an epic series with a satisfying ending,, of course nothing of this magnitude, and he did not disappoint, it was 5 star all the way. I hope Sanderson's gift to all WOT fans, with his effort and execution, will be boon to his own writing and set up even better his own epics mega series The Stormlight archives.
And one more shout out for Kate Reading and Michael Kramer for consistent excellence in reading every one of these books, it seems rare to have even short series read by the same person/s, and to have ones of such quality really helped deliver the WOT books.
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Michael Kramer and Kate Reading are the best in the business. They bring this series to life.
Matt Cauthon of course - the gambler.
They enhance the characters, bring the drama to life, and can communicate so much non verbally that you just don't get reading the book alone.
Unless you've watched the 13 previous films don't waste your money!
A Memory of Light, the 14th and final book of Robert Jordan’s massive epic, is an exhausting, tedious affair that trudges along at too a slow of a pace only to wrap up at breakneck speed, tying plot threads, loose ends, and storylines up so quickly it will make your head spin. Encompassing the “Last Battle” in tedious detail, the book concludes the journeys of all the main, supporting, and minor characters (and there are many!) in epic fashion. Every character is given his or her moment to shine, every bad guy from the black aja to the forsaken, to the dark lord himself are given their just desserts and a few tragic endings aside, most of your favorite characters will make out just fine by novel’s end. If you’re looking for plot twists or unexpected deaths you’ve come to the wrong series. In the end, there is very little that I wasn’t already expecting to happen. All in all it was an adequate, fitting conclusion to one of fantasies’ best and most prolific series’. Brandon Sanderson was the perfect choice to finish Jordan’s epic.
As a whole, the series starts out with great promise, drags horribly through most of the second half, then picks up for a decent and somewhat thrilling finish. I would never recommend this series without strongly urging any reader to consider the audiobooks as a companion to the printed text. Michael Kramer and Kate Reading bring so much vibrancy and richness to this story it’s hard to imagine anyone truly appreciating the series without their narration.
This was the most intense and action-packed of any of the series and I couldn't wait for the next listening session to find out what happens from the build-up all the way to the conclusion. There were a lot of sub-plots, twists, and turns but not a lot of extraneous background building (presumably because the work had been done in the prior books).
I was also very satisfied with the conclusion. The loose ends were wrapped up and every major player got their time in the spotlight. I especially loved how Rand realized what his true goals were going to be during his battle with the dark one and the role that Callandor played in the final battle.
Just a really good book.