I came to the Wheel Of Time series very late in the game, only to witness the heartbreaking loss of Robert Jordan. I must admit I was very skeptical of Mr Sanderson coming in to finish the job (visions of the Dune series haunting me) but he far exceeded my expectations.
Maybe it's blasphemous to say this -- but I think Sanderson's style is, in some places, superior to Jordan. It is very obvious (even without listening to the short interview included herein) that he adores the series and put all his creative passion into doing it justice.
Ignore the previous review about the ending. Utter foolishness. It's been known for a long time that it would be at least two books as the outline was far too long. Even Jordan quipped that he would finish even if the book was 1200 pages, which is simply not realistic from a publishing point of view.
I eagerly look forward to the next installment of Sanderson's vision.
I have no problem with romance in a novel, or novels written from a female perspective. What I do have a problem with is boring writing. This story is poorly paced and downright dull. The characters are only marginally better than standard romance novel fair, and once you get by the initial setup, the novel drags on interminably . I couldn't finish it.
The most disappointing thing about the story is that it fails the first test of any entertainment form -- IT IS INCREDIBLY BORING.
I have not listened to any of Davina Porter's performances before, but I found her reading quite enjoyable. Like a junior Angela Lansbury.
What character would I cut from Outlander? Well... all the main characters/ There wouldn't be a novel left!
I have 427 items in my audible library. This is the first time I felt like I wasted a credit.
Like the installment prior to this one, Brandon Sanderson brings a focus and smoothness that just wasn't present in Jordan's solo novels. This might be an unfair statement, given that Sanderson is working from Jordan's notes without the latter's penchant for spontaneously adding and expanding to the storyline mid-stride. There is almost NO downtime in this novel and it made me realize that it would have been IMPOSSIBLE to condense the finale of the Wheel series into one book. Simply put, book 13 is a fantastic read/listen and I eagerly look forward to the next, and final, installment of this series. BRAVO!
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