And what an ending it was. It is not very often that an author can bring such as huge epic saga to a close in a way that brings closure and satisfaction to the reader. Brandon Sanderson nails it.
Michael and Kate have done a fantastic job bringing so many characters to life. I am amazed that this dynamic team has been with the series from the beginning.
Hard to believe I have been reading this series for 20 years. The first five books or so were stellar, then it started to drag on as Jordan brought in more and more characters and storylines. People began to question if he had lost control of the story. I was one of them. Sure enough, some of those plotlines were forgotten, by me anyway. However, it started to pick up again around book ten (IIRC) and the last three books by Sanderson have been outstanding. This last book is the best I've read in a long time. Kudos to Jordan and Sanderson for a thundering epic fantasy series, and the narrators for bringing it to life.
I absolutely loved Mat, and Oh ye GODS, EGWENE.
God, They really pulled this book off! While reading this enormous book I enjoyed the entire spectrum of emotions- love hate anger, etc., so much so, that I had to slow myself down to savor the first time (of many) that I hear the end of the 3rd Age. I'm so glad I did. Well worth the wait, jordan fans will be pleased, and sanderson fans too, and more importantly, WoT fans in general.
However..The battles did almost take it out of me, but when they get to the last battle.. so refreshing, enjoyable, frustrating, annoying and ultimately, BAD ASS.
Great finale for an absoutely amazing series. As a long time fan, I feel very satisfied with this ending, and it makes me so happy! There is more that could have been said, but theres almost as much enjoyment wondering what happens next, or what about that other character, etc., But ultimately, they wrapped things up very nicely. :)
ahh So amazing!! Highly recommend.
If you have read the previous 13 books in the series, yes, you HAVE to finish the series.
I really enjoy Sanderson's work, and can't wait for the next installment of the Stormlight archives.
I can't put my finger on it, but the story just didn't have the life the early WOT books had, or Sanderson's other works. It's almost as if all the closing items were compiled then some filler was put in to make it a complete work and then sent to print. Of course it could just be the letdown of such an extensive series coming to an end, and afterwards you have that incomplete feeling like but I thought there would have been more…..
I LOVE books. And dogs & quilting & beading & volunteering.
........and I promise to myself to NEVER download a long series like this again. At least it's winter and I didn't have a lot to do! Granted Diana Galbeldon's Clair and Jamie "Outlander" series is long but at least the characters in it develop during their lives. The primary protagonists in this series seem to remain bratty children until Sanderson gets ahold of them and forces them to quit acting like junior high school students.
I'm sure I'm in the minority here but honestly a 41 hour book devoted to the final battle? So many times I skipped ahead and only once was I confused..after I heard Elayne killed and suddenly she's leading her troops once more.
This series is mammoth and, I discovered, it even has it's own website. Honestly, I could have just listened to the prequel and the final hour and I'd have it. We all know the world isn't going to end and for some cheezy reason, the primary protagonist, who was doomed to die for 12 books..thats over a week of listening if you did it non-stop, ends up living and rides off into the sunset leaving the 3 women who are pregnant with his children to fend for themselves. Really? What a great role model.
I do need to comment that Brandon Sanderson did a great deal to bring this slow and dragging series into something I could bear to listen to. He tied all the strings of plot lines into a nice pink bow and finalized what I thought was going to be unanswered questions and cliff hangers.
Go ahead-blast away at me. I have better things to do with my life than sop up a series like this again.
The narrators-I feel for them-did their usual good job of bringing the story to life.
Summed up well.
It's finally OVER!! No more waiting for new books. I can MOVE on. I didn't think he would be able to tie all of the lose ends, but he did a good job of it.
Lan - Kramer
Egwene - Reading
Yes, but it was 40 hours long. I'm impressed that i finished it in a week.
I will have to listen to this a second or third time. There is so much action in this book that simply keeping up with the Butcher's Bill becomes daunting! Sanderson does a great job of giving us closure for each and every major character we have known to love over the years with this series! Kramer and Reading are the dynamic duo of audio! I never get tired of listening to their narration.
Each character to closed out in the story. Even small threads were tied off and there was just enough mystery left in the end to keep you thinking about it.
The narrators do a great job of giving voice to dozens of characters throughout the series. Even before the name of a character is announced in dialogue, I can often know who is speaking by the subtle inflection changes in the reader's voice.
Action Packed, Magic Wielding Frenzy!
It's one of the very best audiobooks in my library
Brandon Sanderson's - The Way of Kings
It's a tie between Matrim Cauthin, and Ibarra
I have read Jordan's 14 novels of course....some of those titles, multiple times.
I also liked Sanderson's Stormlight (Bridge 4) and Mistborn to a lesser degree.
To me, and I haven't had a chance to discuss this with others, this book was a rather unfulfilling experience.
Don't get me wrong, I am glad it is over.
I found there to be more eb than flow. The plot construction was rather predictable, and when it wasn't predictable.....it was prolonged.
No spoilers here....but I am completely disastisfied with the ending. Don't get me wrong, I am not looking for everyone to hold hands, and sing kumbaya. I like plot twists as much as the rest....but the ending to me just seemed silly. I wish I could say more.
No matter what I say, you will be reading / listening to this book anyway.
I hope your expereince is better than mine. Good bye Rand, Matt, Perrin et al. It was a slice!
I love Michael Kramer, any book he does (seems like all of Sanderson's books) is done well. I like the rumble to his voice.
Kate....not so fond of. I think it is her overpronounciation of so many words, and her inflection on some of the last syllables.
I think that Brandon Sanderson did a great job with finishing this book. I wasn't happy with the first book he finished for Robert Jordan. But with this last installment I think that he captured the spirit of Robert Jordan. I was worried about another author finishing a series that I have long loved. But I was happy with the end of this series. No regrets about the this book. Just a mention about the two narrators: I think one would of been better. Switching back and forth between the two was kind of annoying. They didn't try to even get the cadence of each others narrating style down. When I revisit this book again. I will be reading it, instead of listening to it.