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.
Yes, on account that the voice actors are excellent, they add to the story and the emotion. Also I have a long commute so listening is the much safer option.
It is a part of the Wheel of time series, the last book, so you should probably start a bit earlier in the series. It's also has similarities to Brandon Sanderson's other works, Mistborn a bit, The Way of Kings more so.
The movie that makes the battle with Mordor look like kids playing with sticks.
A beautiful ending to an epic saga.
The epic scope of the book, there were times i found myself trying to figure out what Matt was up too in the battle, or how Perrin would kill slayer. I love both Jordan and Sanderson and they always keep me needing to know whats next!
I have always love fantasy books the first series i ever read and feel in love with was the belgariad by David eddings. I knew i was captured when it ended and I almost cried cause i felt i lost some of my friends, and that is exactly how i felt with this series 20 years later as an adult. There are no Spoilers here I hope any one who reads this understand how great these books are and how much of a joy they are. Thank you Sanderson and Jordan!!!!