The only thing that tops this is the first one in the series. The Eye of the World.
Yes it's tops like the rest.
It mad me happy to learn the ending to the series. However, it does make me sad to know the series is over and there will be no more books. I will miss Matt & Tuon and Perrin & Faile.
This series will always hold a special place in my heart.
This was a fabulous book. I didn't really care for the one previous to this one. But this one definitely made up for it. I liked how the ending turned out..
As with each one of Brandon Sanderson's WoT books there are parts that genuinely belong and others that feel a bit foreign but overall a good read.
Some of the voices got a bit mixed up for some characters which threw me off a bit after having listened to all of the WoT books.
If you have been a long term fan of the WoT you will laugh, cry and at times be infuriated. You will feel the overall sadness of bidding goodbye to this long time friend of ours and the emptiness that it will leave behind.
First I must say that next time I know books are making excerpts available (with the exception of the prologue), I will probably abstain and simply wait until the book comes out. Talmanes heroism, a la Matt, was by far my favorite scene. Including the part he played with Nynaeve and I read that before the book came out.
Overall, I liked A Memory of Light a lot but there were also some obvious plots that at the end left me dissatisfied. I'm one who has read each one of the WoT books multiple times and I very much appreciate Brandon Sanderson, Harriet and Team Jordan's effort in bringing this glorious series to the finish line. I know the WoT is not everyone's cup of tea, but those of us who love the books celebrate the great books and the not so great books, which in my case was book 10 CoT.
I would say that my two biggest disappointment was first, that min's viewing of Morraine playing a significant role or being key to wining the last battle, was portrayed as a role that could have likely being played by someone else and not very significant. What happened was the logical turn of events and in my opinion didn't require Morraine to play any role. On the same token I would have preferred her to play a more significant role in Rand's fight in Shayol Ghul. Secondly the defeat of Fain was too abrupt to my liking and appeared to me as a simple afterthought.
The two things that I loved the most was first, after books of being irritated with Perrin, I actually love his final story. And secondly that Matt was as funny as he has ever been, it felt like he was once again himself, so that above all made me happy.
I think this was an ending to the wheel of time. It did not necessarily provide all the answers, or tie up the stories as I would have liked it to. In my opinion the end story to the male lead characters was by far more satisfying than those of the female ones, Nynaeve being perhaps the exceptionwith. The story itself left a lot of lose ends , such as the Seanchan, the wind finders, the black tower itself.
The story was gripping, engaging and some parts, at least for me, are unforgettable.
Without trying to give things away, 'The Flame of Tar Valon'.
Superior separation of characters and appropriate polarisation of scenes (somehow the evil is colder, the good is warmer).
Yes, but unfortunately I had to sleep, due to it's length :)
If you are a Wheel of Time fan, get it immediately! If you have listened or read the series, it is fantastic and I recommend it wholeheartedly. Michael Kramer and Kate Reading are gret for all 14 books.
Yes, but only because it finished the series
No, because I know that there's better fantasy fiction out there.
They have narrated every book in the series and both do a marvelous job at vocal characterization. Each character was unique and identifiable.
Sanderson's politically correct values were heavily pressed upon the text. The cultures in the world of the Wheel of Time had their own values and he should not have imposed his upon them. Rather he should have worked within the values that were there to bring about character development in a more organic way.
The good that I can say about this book is that battle scenes were very well done, though they might have used a bit more editing. I found them to be exhilarating and fun.
the tieing up of all the loose ends from all of the previous books as well as the ending of the tale.
This is the end to one of my favorite series. It is well done and a satisfying ending. Thee are lose ends left, but I for one like the openness of the ending. There was a giant smile on my face as the story ended.
I appreciate it the narrators staying the same for all books. All I can say is that listening to all 14 books sounds like a lot, but it is worth every minute.
And what an ending it was. It is not very often that an author can bring such as huge epic saga to a close in a way that brings closure and satisfaction to the reader. Brandon Sanderson nails it.
Michael and Kate have done a fantastic job bringing so many characters to life. I am amazed that this dynamic team has been with the series from the beginning.
Hard to believe I have been reading this series for 20 years. The first five books or so were stellar, then it started to drag on as Jordan brought in more and more characters and storylines. People began to question if he had lost control of the story. I was one of them. Sure enough, some of those plotlines were forgotten, by me anyway. However, it started to pick up again around book ten (IIRC) and the last three books by Sanderson have been outstanding. This last book is the best I've read in a long time. Kudos to Jordan and Sanderson for a thundering epic fantasy series, and the narrators for bringing it to life.
I absolutely loved Mat, and Oh ye GODS, EGWENE.
God, They really pulled this book off! While reading this enormous book I enjoyed the entire spectrum of emotions- love hate anger, etc., so much so, that I had to slow myself down to savor the first time (of many) that I hear the end of the 3rd Age. I'm so glad I did. Well worth the wait, jordan fans will be pleased, and sanderson fans too, and more importantly, WoT fans in general.
However..The battles did almost take it out of me, but when they get to the last battle.. so refreshing, enjoyable, frustrating, annoying and ultimately, BAD ASS.
Great finale for an absoutely amazing series. As a long time fan, I feel very satisfied with this ending, and it makes me so happy! There is more that could have been said, but theres almost as much enjoyment wondering what happens next, or what about that other character, etc., But ultimately, they wrapped things up very nicely. :)
ahh So amazing!! Highly recommend.