More than twenty years in the making, Wheel of Time readers finally receive a long awaited resolution to the series. What we are given is well-written, fast paced blow-by-blow account of the Last Battle, strung out across nations as the fabric of reality itself trembles. Heroes and nations fall, and new and sometimes unexpected champions rise to take their place.
This book is very different than many in the series. There is a tangible ebb and flow to the story, at times with an almost frantic and desperate pace mirroring the events taking place in the book. So much needed to happen that there is not the same level of character interaction and exposition as we see in other books, with many things taking place behind the scenes or inferred. There were moments where I was left wondering, how did this character get here from where we last saw them, and why are they there now. Other moments stand out with a feel that the characters are almost addressing the audience directly to answer speculation on previous books.
Of the difference between the authors, the character that suffers the most is Mat. There are chapters where it feels like some other creature has taken control of him and is speaking with his voice, but it's not really him. Once he enters the fighting though, that feeling disappears.
By and large, these moments that don't quite fit are the minority, and overshadowed by the very visceral and emotional action. The bad guys are very bad, bringing a whole new level of deviousness and ferocity. The good guys falter and sometimes fall, but find new wells of determination to keep on fighting.
The very end felt abrupt and not all questions were answered. You're left wondering about what's next for many, or whether they will ever be brought together again. Sanderson was given an incredibly complex world and numerous unfinished storylines, with large gaps to fill to get to Jordan's ending. What he gives us back is imperfect, but still very good and likely the best we could have hoped for.
Brandon Sanderson did an excellent job stitching together the remainder of Robert Jordan's epic fantasy legacy. All of the major loose ends are tied up and you'll be left feeling satisfied. I thoroughly enjoyed Sanderson's influence in the clever use of gateways. It's reminiscent of the creativity seen in Mistborn, Elantris, Stormlight, etc.
Also, the performance of Kate Reading and Michael Kramer is outstanding as always. I've fallen asleep many nights listening to these two and their skill has lead me to search out their other narrations (Codex Alera and some Tom Clancy novels respectively).
In short, AMOL was the perfect ending to an amazing journey. :)
Thank you, Robert Jordan. You have changed my life for the better. I have journeyed with your words for 17 years of my life. This moment is both joyous and bittersweet, fulfilling and saddening. In a way you have ruined my ability to enjoy most books, because I compare everything I read to The Wheel of Time, and nothing even comes close.
I wish you had lived to see this day, that I could tell you personally how it has impacted me. But I know that you are in Paradise, amidst joys indescribable to which even this momentous feat cannot compare. Still I hope that this day may bring a bit more of a smile to your face, as we enjoy the amazing story that you have shared with us.
The Wheel of Time turns. Let the Dragon ride again on the Winds of Time.
I have never been a fan of these narrators. I do, however, appreciate that they read the entire series. I have been an audio book reader for all my life and over the years, consistency has proven to be extremely important.
A Memory of Light is a traditional massive fantasy series. It could be compared to tons of books as Robert Jordan has been incredibly influential in the genre. He made many literary mistakes over the years, but the things he did right, he did better than anyone else. This is a series writers could learn from for years to come, and readers will be inspired by.
Michael and Kate both have an odd cadence to their voice, and Michael tends to sound extremely monotone; those combined with the fact that they both read at a glacial pace drives me insane and has me reaching for the speed up button on my iPhone app.
A Memory of Light, being the last book in a massive series, had many moments that moved me, made me cry, and made me smile. Letting go of these characters, letting go of a series that has spanned over half my life was hard, but in the end, the journey was worth it. These books changed my life.
I would have to admit that in terms of wording, narrative pacing, etc that AMoL is not the strongest book in the series. However, the content more than makes up for it. Not everything is spoon-fed to the reader and some threads don't get tied off. I could see how for a certain subset of readers, those facts could be frustrating, but for readers like me, who like messy, bitter-sweet, not simple endings, you'll have a blast.
Well this book is everything you have come to expect from Robert Jordan & Brandon Sanderson the narration is great and all the questions that you had from the series have been answered. I don't know what else to tell you in regards to this book so as not to give any part of the story away other than it was an excellent conclusion to the wheels of time.
This was a great ending to the seriors it make me wirh for more. Like after the great battle
The detail the Robert Jordan had put in to the book seriors
I really enjoyed the splitting of the part. and the voice both of them had for every one
One of the best
I really like the readers
Excellent story & battle covered all the correctors.
But for one of the greatest series written the end really was a let down.
He just rides away in a new body. What a let down.
I've been a fan of this series for a long time.Finally getting to the last one was bitter sweet , sad to see it end and excited to listen to it. I hope everyone enjoys this one as much as i did
No. I simply cannot condone a book that encourages enslavement of women. The violence made me sick. I only continued to read the series because I thought this would be resolved and the error of their ways would be pointed out. It was not.
The writing style is beautiful. I love listening to the narrators. If female torture does not bother you then there are many things to love here.
Hard Sci-Fi Connoiseur.
Anyone who has gotten through this whole series should get a medal. So many peaks and valleys (a little too many valleys at the end). The last book re-invigorated my interest in the series after many years in the doldrums ... while I can't say a Memory of Light was a great book, it was a satisfactory end to the saga. Most of my complains have to do with the thinness of the characters themselves (not Brandon Sanderson's fault). It does feel a little formulaic in how characters work themselves in and out of trouble - but that's again, those behaviors were pretty well established before Brandon took over the franchise. If you're slogged your way this far, might as well go the final mile.