Roller coaster ride
A poor comparison, but the only books I can compare A Memory Of Light to would the the mega battle scenes from the Sci-Fi Lensman Series by E.E. Doc Smith where millions of battleships and dreadnoughts would fight to the death with no quarter asked or given.
An exhausting book that will drive you to the depths of depression then slowly but surely pull you back to the light. The "Final Battle" was just PERFECT.
When olver blew the horn...
It's great that a series I have loved has come to a close. Though It was done no where near how Robert Jordan writes i.e. Jordan writes at a slower pace with more descriptions and specifics with even more humor. Am glad Brandon finished the series just to bring closure. This book is the Last Battle so the book is mostly about fighting and war you'll get sickened by it. But what I found disappointing is the epilogue or in Jordans words...The Last Chapter. There was none. I have hoped it brought closure to our favorite characters. What happened after the last battle is what I was looking after. Disappointing and Lacking.
Warning: This review contains spoilers.
About 8 months ago I decided I would run a marathon and I needed a good long series to listen to while I was training. This series did a great job for that. It almost worked out perfectly since I finished all 13 books and the prequel a week before this book came out. And although the series has had its ups and downs, overall I have enjoyed it.
This ending was good and it resolved all the main issues. Yes, there are a lot of battle scenes but I enjoyed those scenes (and there are a lot of them… it is the last battle after all). It really was good and I found myself lying awake for hours listening to the book or thinking about it. This was probably the fastest I have ever listed to a book of this size before. I enjoyed seeing most of the forsaken kick the bucket, (especially LAN and his awesomeness, now we finally know who the best swordsman is in all of RandLand). There were just some awesome scenes that I was glad to see them finally be resolved.
That all being said, here are some of my disappointments.
- I was disappointed with Rand’s battle scenes, the dark one seemed too easy to defeat in the end. Plus Fain was killed really easily in the end. It was like oh hey, we need to kill fain still, let’s throw him into the plot.
- Also, the scene I was looking forward to most in this series was when Tuon would speak to Hawkwing but it didn’t happen (it was just implied that it had happened but we don’t know anything about it).
- Plus, It was never resolved if Tuon would stop enslaving the channalers of their land. Surely, all her people now have seen that channelers don’t have to be leashed. In fact, leashing channelers limits them from creating a circle with each other. It seems like if the sanchen fought other channelers in the future that would be an easy way to cause their downfall.
-Plus, what the heck kind of powers did Rand get in the end of the book? It is like the dream world powers but in the real world? Instead of the true power it is the light power? Is he going to age like normal or not? Is he still going to get together with his women?
- I didn’t like how major characters in the previous books (Suan, bashier for example), don’t get the time they deserve to get a proper ending. At least show their deaths. I know the book is long but it is not like the wheel of time fans are going to shy away from a long book.
- I know it is a little bit cheesy, but I like a more detailed ending. Something where they could have showed the future would have been nice (like the harry potter ending, but done better). From what I have read they are never going to write another wheel of time book.
Anyway, again I stress that I liked the book ending. It was satisfying ending, but if you get this far in the series you want to know every detail about everything. (did the tinkers ever find their song?). Farewell wheel of time. Maybe one day I will dedicate the 400 + hours and listen to this series again.
This book exceeded my expectations. The performance is excellent and consistent. The story comes to the end the original author wanted. Anything else I write would contain a spoiler. Anyone who has read the other 13 does not need me to make a sales pitch. If you are considering starting with Book 1, by all means do so. Your questions will be answered in due time. This was a tremendous effort on the part of Brandon Sanderson, his editors, and Robert Jordan (the writer) can rest peacefully knowing his saga was completed. I think this Posthumous collaboration is a one of a kind event. It should give all long running series author’s pause to think. What if you do not live to write an ending? In this case the R.J. knew he would not, and cared enough about the work and his readers to find someone he knew could finish it. Thank you. I give very few 5 star ratings. I do so here knowing how hard it was just to make this book possible.
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!