A fun but cliched fantasy epic.
Tying an epic story 13 books in length into a single book final ending is a huge challenge and a massive task. So therefore it is understandable, if still disappointing, that this book didn't do that effectively. The only one of the 14 books in this series that could have been a stand alone novel was the 14th and last.
However, it was very entertaining and now the series is over I can comfortably move on.
The performances were great and very entertaining.
THIS REVIEW IS FOR THE LAST 3 BOOKS OF THE WOT SERIES:
I've been reading the Wheel of Time Series since I got the Eye of the World and the Great Hunt for a Christmas gift in Middle School. Robert Jordan's ability to paint vivid pictures with his words along the depth of personality he gives all of the characters made it a very easy series to get attached to.
The strength of his writing made it a difficult transition for me when the torch was passed to Brandon Sanderson to finish the series. It just seemed to me that Sanderson had a tough time capturing all the nuances of the characters that Jordan had developed over the years, and the result was a sort of caricature where each major character only possessed the strongest or most pronounced of their personality traits (e.g. Mat’s tendency to shy away from responsibility and his womanizing) and lacked all of the depth that made them real and relatable. Because of that, I stopped reading The Gathering Storm about a third of the way through and didn’t intend to finish the series for fear of being disappointed by the ending after being such a fan of the series for years.
NOTE: This is in no way a criticism of Brandon Sanderson as an author. He took on the incredibly difficult task of finishing a very deep and complex series using only the notes of the original author. I think it would be nearly impossible for anyone to duplicate someone else’s writing style and thought process, no matter how detailed the notes. He did an admirable job finishing an incredible fantasy epic which I, along with the many fans of the series, am grateful for.
When I started my Audible membership a few years later, one of my first purchases was The Gathering Storm. I wasn’t willing to invest time in sitting down and reading it, but I was naturally curious about how the series ended so I decided to give it a shot. I was extremely happy I did. The performances by Michael Kramer and Kate Reading gave color to the characters that I thought had been missing after the author transition, and I immediately dove back into the series, listening all the way through the last three books over a couple months.
I would recommend to anyone who may have not have enjoyed reading the last three books as much as the rest of the series to give the audio versions a shot. Kramer and Reading were able to capture the personalities of the characters through the way they read the story.
Like many of the fans who have reviewed these books, I grew up reading the Wheel of Time series, and was extremely satisfied with the way it ended. A big thanks to Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson for the experience, and for creating something that even someone who is not a hard-core fan of the fantasy genre can love and appreciate.
Where: I listened to this while running.
Pros: Complete wrap up! I Know you were losing faith around book 10, but this one made it worth it! It touches each character that made any impact during the series and completes their 'thread.' Same goes for each scenario.
Cons: Its all over!
After all these years it has finally come to a conclusion. Although I loved every book, I wanted to know how it would end. A Memory of Light did just that. It tied all those loose ends up that I was sure were going to be overlooked. Even minor characters seemed to have resolution. I have a 40 minute commute to work each way and sometimes I'd sit in my car in the parking lot because I had to know what was going to happen next. I think Brandon Sanderson did a great job. It's difficult to step into Robert Jordan's shoes, but I think Sanderson was clearly the best author for the job.
Spoiler Alert: When Egwene died, I thought about how long I had known the fictional character. I watched her grow since the first book and now she was gone. It was difficult but I knew that some of my favorite characters were not going to escape death in the end. If you're going to fight the Dark One, someone is going to die.
I love Michael and Kate. I couldn't imagine anyone else performing for this series.
I would only recommend this to someone who had already read the other books in the series.
Egwene was my favorite character. I love her strength and leadership.
Egwene's final scene brought me to tears. I was so proud of her.
The last book of the series, what can I say? By this time the voices of Michael and Kate feel like old friends. They've developed with the series and have therefor come to really bring life and personality to the characters through voice, tone, inflection, emphasis, and attitude. This story has meant so much to me and I'm so thrilled with the audio version and what it has become. I can definitely hear how both readers have grown into and with the story.
Brandon Sanderson has done a wonderful job staying true to Robert's world and characters. His writing style is not jarringly different, and I like what he adds. I loved this concluding epic and will miss this story and these characters dearly.
I enjoy reading (and listening to) Books! I have enjoyed fantasy and history the most, but more recently I have been brodening my horizon.
The end is here! I have been reading the series for the last twenty years, and I love it, but I am glad its done!
Matrim, and Perrin. They are what they are, and dont have to try and be anything else.
If I could have I would have!
I do not do reviews but my rating are solid.
This review is for the whole series. You have to get this series, you will love it. This is the Everest of epic series ...do yourself a favor and get it now. Remember, The wheel always turns.
Reading Fantasy and SCI-FI on audible.
This was an excellent conclusion to the Wheel of Time Series. The book is great and does a fantastic job closing many of the hanging threads yet not getting caught up in a 200 page post mortem of the story. Excellent performance - the voices are great. I really enjoyed this.
After 13 books to set it up, the final book (?) left too much out, while carrying redundancy to new levels. Many of the characters were just brushed off in this final chapter and the descriptions that were given were so redundant that I wanted to yell at the radio playing it. Michael Kramer does a wonderful job with the story, but alas, Kate Reading once again dragged down the entire performance as she has done from book one. It has been my belief from the first book that Kramer should have done it solo.
I was also amazed that the fight with the "Dark One" which was so setup from book one, turned into almost a nothingness in the total landscape of the book. Some characters were shown to be almost stupid in their actions to try and achieve a story line that was being reached for by Sanderson.
Overall, I expected more from this book, and in the end, saw it as nothing more then a stepping stone for a "follow up" series.