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.
Yes, you get a much better picture with the narration.
The others in the series. Same story line.
Yes, just as good if not better than the others.
I was not sure about starting this series...and to tell the truth I questioned my decision in there some where. But it was well worth it to see how it wraps up. This book, this series is one of the best....and not just to the fantasy crowd. This is my first step into this type of book, and I loved it. Sanderson did an excellent job finishing this work, he has my thanks. Although I could almost ask for just one more....but na!
Hard not to recommend this to anyone who has read or listened to the previous 13 books. Sanderson does a decent job with material that isn't his.
Has a large number of similarities to the Star Wars movies, I think.
Kramer's Rand and the Dark One, and Reading's Egwene
Gawyn Trakand's death scene, where he says goodbye to his brother Galad and tells him there is another Skywalker...er...that he has another half brother...one that will bring balance to the Force...er...one that will defeat the evil Emperor...er...one that will defeat Shait'an, the Dark One, the Dragon Reborn
I'm surprised at Sanderson's use of modern turns of phrase throughout the book. Plus, all the jumping around between story arcs...we're talking every other paragraph...can be a little maddening
Overall the book was a little busy for my taste, but I also understand that he needed to tie up all the story lines. I actually liked that he wasn't afraid to kill off some of the major characters
I would have actually enjoyed reading (hearing) Artur Hawkwing's conversation with Fortuona
I've waited a week after finishing the book before writing my review. Mostly to digest everything and get my thoughts in order. This book has been a long time coming, and it was quite a relief to finally have the ending. That said, I honestly can't recommend this series to anyone new to it now that I've read/listened to the ending.
There are many reviews that talk about how intense A Memory of Light was. I didn't feel this way at all. Why? Well, I'd be spoiling parts of the story if I said why, which I won't do. I'll just say this: the characters in The Wheel of Time have faced danger too often. They've been in too many situations where they've survived. This has made it so I felt zero tension throughout this book, despite most of its pages being covered with battle after battle. The series was defeated by its own weight and buildup. Too bad.
Brandon Sanderson did a great job. I believe he did better than anyone other than Robert Jordan himself could have. All the flaws in this story are Robert Jordan's, not Sanderson's. There were detailed notes for this ending which Sanderson followed. Thought this was worth pointing out.
If you have read the series for years, yes, buy this. You have to. But if you're new to the series, and have been into more recent fantasy, The Wheel of Time probably won't be worth your time. It feels too simple when compared to other series right now. That isn't necessarily a bad thing, but there it is.
What a great final novel! In itself and as the culmination of a 20 year series.
This is an incredibly powerful story. The writing is excellent, and the performance is without equal.
Thank you all!
It doesn't get any better. Epic in all it entails.
Start at book 1, and listen to the finish over the course of a month.
The book was superb, I felt like a gift was given to me, one that brought pure joy and entertainment on a level that is rarely rivaled in our lives.
How could one character be chosen out of so many that we grew to love thru the years of reading this series. I would say that Matt's evolution in this book was the most enjoyable to me, yet there are so many others. Egwene was not as strong as in book 13, but what happened to her in this book brought some of the strongest emotion I've had from a book or movie.
So many to choose...... One favorite was the bravery of Talmanes in the battle of Caemlyn.
The individual fights by Galad and Gawyn against Demandred
The best book I have ever read. A series that can not be out done, ever.
I know that this was the last battle, but I felt there was a bit too much battle. I felt like there was a failure to bring closure to the characters we had come to love. I wanted Elayne and Rand to hold their babies, and I wanted to see at least a tiny glimpse of the future they all gave up so much to ensure. It felt cut off too soon, and without much emotion. It seemed to be a book about the mechanics of battle, and not the scope of emotion you come to expect from these most loved characters. I understand the task that Brandon Sanderson took on was not an easy one, and no blame can be placed on him because given the circumstances I think he did a great job. In the end, I feel like things were wrapped up almost a little too neatly.