A proper end to a great story. I'm sorry to move on and know that there will be will be no more adventures with these characters. Sanderson did well in finishing the job Jordan started.
Lan's Fight with Demandred was incredible, with the action, detail, and climax.
Micheal Kramer's Dark One's (shaitan) Voice was impressive. as usual the duo brought back the character to live.
Although some of the character's accent's were off from the other books
This book does an amazing job to settle many of the plot lines, although it does it poorly for little of the side plots, I still feel amazed after I finished the book. Many of the characters didn't get enough attention (like Cadsuane, wise ones, and thom merillin..many others). this is probably because I can't have enough of Wheel of time.
There were also parts which were poorly (Maybe its better to say prematurely finished) done (this is by no means a judge on the book):
for example Padan Fain; his story was finished without a climax and so quickly. after having effected so much in the story, the way it ended feels wrong.
All in all it was an amazing ending to this epic series. I hope everyone will enjoy it the way I did.
Thank you Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson
Heartbreaking, majestic and awesome.
Androl and Pevara turned out to be my absolute favourite charactes. Where have they been all of this time?
I love the fact that they have done all of the audio books in the Wheel of Time series. There is a good reason for it - they rock! Their voices and how they change them, it is such good teamwork. Since I found out they are a couple, it is even more interesting to listen to.
Oh... there was many of those moments that make me all teary eyed now...
Robert Jordan passed away about a year after I discovered this series on audible, I think I was on book 6.. Since I understand it was his wish the series be finished, we can be glad that wish has been fulfilled.
The first review here says it all really. This is an exhausting and bleak story and it ends when the fighting ends, which is a fault in my view. It is so bloody and dismal that I had nightmares, the kind that left me with a creepy feeling all day.
I dunno, I thought when I got into this series that there would be something profound about gender issues and power in the conclusion and I wanted to hear what it was. There isnt, the end is just the end.
The series as a whole .... it wanders too much and parts of it are boring, but then other parts of it are so engaging and wonderful, its a bit like a tv series where some episodes are great and you watch them over and over, and some are good and once in a while theres one that you dont like. but then all of you who are up to book 14 know that already .
RIP Mr Jordan, thanks for your stories.
When I was through with this book, I felt like I had gone through the ringer about a dozen times! It never ends; bad things keep happening and you just cannot put it down.
After waiting for a decade to see the end of this series, I felt that its conclusion was brought about masterfully. Granted, I thought that Padan Fain would also play a bigger role, but alas, it is a story and stories have a funny way of not turning out the way that one planned.
Thank you Brandon Sanderson for continuing Robert Jordan's legacy.
As I tell all of my friends, why would you read a book when you can have someone read it to you? :o)
First of all, a big THANK YOU to Brandon Sanderson for finishing the series. The final battle was an epic and complicated web of detail and planning on the part of the authors. Well done. There was just the right amount of cursing, surprise, ingenuity, action, and destruction. I plowed through this bad boy in 4 days; I couldn't think about anything else until it was finished. Not sure I can give a better example than my own can't-stop-listening experience. The book is great right through the end when Rand lives/dies as he beats/is squashed by the Dark One... wouldn't you like to know? Hahahaha!
As usual, I enjoyed the stories of the three ta'veren in this book; Matrim's one-eyed views on women and war, Perrin's wolf-dream mastery, and Rand's one-handed duels. Ogier get to show off some moves, which is nice for a change. Egwene's "Flame of Tar Valon" moment was one of my favorite scenes in the whole series. The dragons are a nice touch, and although we all knew that Callandor would be important in the end, I really like how it is ultimately used.
There was good resolution to a LONG story and the end of the 3rd Age went out with a bang! We can only hope Loial is alive at the end of the battle to write the story.
Start listening! ...As if you made it this far in the series and were going to base your purchase on my glowing review alone...
Great ending to a great series. Enjoy, I know I did.
I laughed out loud once, but the most extreme reaction to this book was not being able to put it down until the story was complete!
Consolidated some of the story lines. Killed off more of the major characters like Perrin. Allowed Rand to kick ass. I think the author(s) overcompensated for Rand's behavior in the Gathering Storm and made his character a pansy over the last 2 books. This ruined his arc for me. So much so that I found myself rolling my eyes at the end of his "fight" with the dark one.
Sanderson's style is darker and more direct than Jordan's. So the change in pace is almost too much when you read a chapter that was written by Jordan prior to his death.
Of course. Kate Reading and Micheal Kramer do a great job making you visualize the story.
I am a big fantasy reader and this series is one of the few that can actually keep my interest.
they are very good at telling the story and making you feel like different characters are talking. Also they are great at getting your imagination running.
If I listened for 40 straight hours I would not Know what was going on but yes I wanted to hurry through to find out what was gong on as fast as I could.
I truly enjoyed the book. The battles and different points of views.
The Demandred point of view gives you a different view point. It makes you understand his motivations.
Mat was the most fun and Perrin was excellent.
Lan fight was the best.
They were both excellent.
Galad reaction to the the death of Gawyn.
When reviewing books I try to be fair; I appreciate that not everyone will be looking for the same things in a book.
I felt it was a fitting and appropriate ending to the saga of the Wheel of Time.
Among the many highlights for me were Lan's storyline, Olver's new role and the conclusion of Rand's tale. All of these sequences were beautiful, exquisitely written and emotionally satisfying.
I also really loved the characters of Pevara and Androl - it's been a while since I've felt so invested in literary characters. Often I felt more invested in their relationship than in many of the main characters. Real kudos to Brandon. I enjoyed the real character development of these two. The whole Black Tower storyline was a joy to read.
The fact that Team Dark finally brought its A game to the table this book was much appreciated. This was the first time I felt that Team Dark was actually in with a chance to defeat Team Light. Graendal's efforts in particular were a master stroke.
Having said that, I was unhappy about certain aspects of the book. One of these was Egwene's character development and her relationship with Egeanin. Egwene's long-standing, bone-deep hatred of the Seanchan was dealt with far too quickly and easily. This should have been built up better.
Another aspect I didn't feel came off as well as the authors perhaps hoped was the battle of wits between Mat and Demandred. I have the impression that this was intended to be a chess match between Grand Masters, but it didn't quite come off. I'm also not sure if it was intended to be like the battle at Falme where the physical battle mirrored Rand's battle with Ishamael in the sky, but I didn't see that.
All in all, I was delighted in how this book unfolded, and give great kudos to Team Jordan for a satisfying ending to one of my favourite series.