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By Grace and Banners Fallen: Prologue to A Memory of Light | [Robert Jordan, Brandon Sanderson]

By Grace and Banners Fallen: Prologue to A Memory of Light

Since 1990, when Robert Jordan’s The Wheel of Time burst on the world with its first book, The Eye of the World, fans have been anticipating the finale of this extraordinary saga, which has sold over 40 million copies in over 30 languages. The wait will soon be over. The 14th and final volume, A Memory of Light, will be available in hardcover and audiobook on January 8, 2013. However, you can read the prologue, “By Grace and Banners Fallen”, before the book’s official release date.
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Since 1990, when Robert Jordan’s The Wheel of Time burst on the world with its first book, The Eye of the World, fans have been anticipating the finale of this extraordinary saga, which has sold over 40 million copies in over 30 languages.

The wait will soon be over. The 14th and final volume, A Memory of Light, will be available in hardcover and audiobook on January 8, 2013.

However, you can read the prologue, “By Grace and Banners Fallen”, before the book’s official release date. The prologue will be available in both electronic text and digital audio formats in October 2012.

The Wheel of Time turns, and Ages come and pass. What was, what will be, and what is, may yet fall under the Shadow. Let the Dragon ride again on the winds of time.

©2012 Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson (P)2012 Macmillan

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    Amazon Customer 01-08-13 Member Since 2006
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    "Worth every penny (but no need for it any more)"

    All I mean is that the prologue is included in the book - which is going to be released in about 2 hours - so if you're getting that, there's (probably) no reason to also get this. I happily paid $2 for this before the book was released because...I'm deeply invested in Jordan's story, LOVE what Sanderson has been doing with it, and truly enjoy listening to these two narrators who have been here since book 1. I am sooooo excited to start listening to the actual book tomorrow!!!!!

    22 of 22 people found this review helpful
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    John Sarasota, FL, United States 01-15-13
    John Sarasota, FL, United States 01-15-13 Member Since 2004

    I'm64 years old and a retired design engineer. Rreading audio books since 1954...59 years. Strong interests are music and sf/fantasy, all of which I create myself and enjoy from others.

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    "No one should buy this book... warning!"
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    Sorry Audible (and Macmillan Audio) but no one should buy this book anymore. While it was wonderful to have this piece released early for us real Wheel Of Time enthusiasts, it no longer has any reason to exist. If I'm wrong, do not print this review... otherwise...

    This book is just the prologue to A Memory Of Light and it is truly (completely and literally) included in the 14th book in the series by that title. Anyone who buys this book and also buys A Memory of Light would (and should) feel cheated. Now that the actual book *with* this prologue is published and released, I think audible.com and Macmillan aAudio should stop selling this item. If someone does not agree with thism please by all means tell me where I'm wrong. Why wouldn't anyone just buy t complete book whicincludes this one i it?Incidentally, to sneakily add to my review of A Memory

    Of LIght... this will tell you a little about it. Most books have a plot. Usually, there is more than one theme or subplot and the book swithes cchapter by chapter or bit by bit amonst these. In A Memory Of Light there are dozens and dozens (and dozens!) of plot threads, and they are all masterfully wowen by Brandon Sanderson into a tpestry of such huge scope and brilliance... well, believe me, you will be flickering back and forth through so many cliff hanging descriptions non-stop... you will be thoroughly satisfied that everyspect of the Wheel Of Time seires was handled and concluded well The Wheel weaves where the wheel wills... and if you like fantasy and war performed at the highest state of the art, buy this book -- A Memory Of LIght that is... skip this Prologue book because you'll find it all word for word in the final release.Audible, if you feel this is not a fair thing to tell people, that is up to you, but somone at Macmillan and n your organization should put this "warning"/advisory *somewhere* fi the Prologue by itsel stays on sale. I think readers will appreciate saving the crdit or the price of this pre-release.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Stephen Red Bluff, CA, United States 10-08-12
    Stephen Red Bluff, CA, United States 10-08-12 Member Since 2003

    You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.” ― C.S. Lewis

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    "I was there... I was back.. now I've left again"

    Magical, I was transported into a stunning world that I had to return from after only 3 hrs. After that I was forced to leave.. reality broke in, i looked at the dishes piling up and groaned wishing for a hoard of trollocs to comin in......

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    Keith Arlington, TN, United States 10-02-12
    Keith Arlington, TN, United States 10-02-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Ready To Hear The Rest"

    It should be illegal to tease us this way. Come on with the main course already!!! I am not a fan of Brandon's writing but I have really enjoyed what he has done for this series. I am glad that Brandon and company care about the listeners of this series. They have kept the same narrators for the whole series. I think this is the most important aspect of audible books. Michael Kramer, and Kate Reading have done a very good job on these books.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Mike Balllwin, MO, United States 09-28-12
    Mike Balllwin, MO, United States 09-28-12 Member Since 2006
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    "The beginning of the end."
    What did you love best about By Grace and Banners Fallen: Prologue to A Memory of Light?

    A perfect table setting for the last supper.


    What about Michael Kramer and Kate Reading ’s performance did you like?

    They are the embodiment of these richly crafted and fascinating characters created by Robert Jordan.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Given that it was a Prologue, I'll let you venture a guess.


    Any additional comments?

    In one Age, called the Third Age by some, an Age yet to come, an Age long past, a wind rose in the Mountains of Mist. The wind was not the beginning. There are neither beginnings nor endings to the turning of the Wheel of Time. But it was a beginning.

    Unfortunately for all of the fans of the WoT, this is a beginning and an ending!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    chris clinton, UT, United States 10-10-12
    chris clinton, UT, United States 10-10-12
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    "What a tease! A sign of good things to come.!"
    Where does By Grace and Banners Fallen: Prologue to A Memory of Light rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top of my list. The Wheel of time is by far my all time favorite series of books. Can't wait for Memory of Light to finally be released. And I'll be sad when it's finally all over. Fans of the series already know this is the epitome of good narration by Kramer and Reading.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of By Grace and Banners Fallen: Prologue to A Memory of Light?

    The meeting between the Forsaken in the Blight/Malkyrie? What is this place and who are the creatures they vaguely describe? The Soulless? Gholam? Something new?


    What does Michael Kramer and Kate Reading bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Accents, inflections, and they help you to visualize the look of a character like Tuon or Bale Domane. I can just see them in my minds eye as if I'd met them and knew them well.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Of course, such a short one I listened to it at work in less than one shift, then went to Tor's website and read the first chapter.


    Any additional comments?

    I can't wait til january when the full book comes out, to see if any of my friends or my predictions are even close to the real ending.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Derrick Neal 02-01-13
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    "Un-necessary purchase"
    What made the experience of listening to By Grace and Banners Fallen: Prologue to A Memory of Light the most enjoyable?

    I love how I can sync where I left off between my phone and tablet


    What other book might you compare By Grace and Banners Fallen: Prologue to A Memory of Light to and why?

    This was part of the Wheel of Time Serier by Robert Jordan


    Which character – as performed by Michael Kramer and Kate Reading – was your favorite?

    In this prologue Telmonas was my favorite.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Telmonas continuing to fight knowing that his life would be short after being cut by the mudrals blade


    Any additional comments?

    it was a great preview for what was to come in the next book but I had already pre-ordered the full book (A Memory of light). I skipped over the prologue and got straight to the story for the book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Hassan 04-04-13
    Hassan 04-04-13 Member Since 2009

    5 stars is i love and i will read agani and again. 1 is i hate and i never want to hear about it ever again. YES = :))) - NO= :'(

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    "Prolog is great (but its there in the last book )"

    It was really amazing, but see, i have bought this prolog and the last book together, without reading anything, and i was a bit shocked when the same thing was repeated in the last book. If you are thinking of buying this, well its not that important to buy as that same prolog is in the 14th book .

    So reviewing a prolog.. it was really amazing, you get to know a new enemy and it would focus on what happens after the prolog of the previous book.

    Just get ready for a good ride

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Zavenoa United States 01-29-13
    Zavenoa United States 01-29-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Buy the Full Book Instead"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I was recommended this series by a friend about 2 years ago and I started listening to the audiobooks and was hooked. I listened to all 14 (prequel and 13 books) of them in preparation for this book's release and I'm really glad I did because I missed a lot the first time around. I just finished the last one today and I'm already disappointed that the series is done, I'm going to restart the last book from the beginning and listen to it again, back to back.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Matrim Cauthon


    Have you listened to any of Michael Kramer and Kate Reading ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Just as good as the rest.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    I thought there might be something extra than the book had in it's prologue, nope... I think it's word for word the exact same thing you get when you buy the full book, it was simply a preview for fans that was released prior to the books release. At least it was cheap.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Daniel Beck United States 10-01-12
    Daniel Beck United States 10-01-12 Member Since 2004

    Bachelor Chef and Mathematician. I don't bother with books shorter than 20 hours, not worth the effort.

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    "A Fantastic Preview"
    Would you listen to By Grace and Banners Fallen: Prologue to A Memory of Light again? Why?

    Yes! I have already listened to this prologue twice and I have only had it 5 hours.
    I have read and listened to this fabulous series since it came out and I really enjoy it. Makes the Song of Ice and Fire pale by comparison.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The characters are well developed, the plot arc is well planned and each book is a tale unto itself.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The Band of the Red Hand vs trollocs in Caemlyn


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Too many to count


    Any additional comments?

    This being the Prologue the only thing missing is what will be the first paragraph of the first chapter of the Memory of Light.
    Each of the books have begun with the a paragraph I will not use but still brings a grin, a tear and the expectancy of things great to follow.
    I am going to re-read the entire series starting today so that I get the complete story in my memory before Memory of Light arrives.
    RJ, great thanks for your vision and books. The world will miss you more than you ever had anticipated.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    12/11/12
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    "Looking Forward to the full book!"

    Brandon Sanderson continues to do an excellent job of finishing what Robert Jordan started. Can't wait until publication of full book.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Catherine
    Belfast, United Kingdom
    12/23/12
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    "Memory of light prequel"

    Loved it, gave a good round up of all the characters and where everyone is and was a sample of what's to come. So excited for a memory of light!!! :D Michael Kramer and Kate reading have read the series brilliantly!!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Bath, United Kingdom
    12/26/12
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    "Excellent, a compelling and addictive epic."

    This is one of the best fantasy epics ever written, a series right up there with the work of J. R. R. Tolkien but be warned it is not one to be taken up lightly, this series is Huge!



    The books have been kept together so one audio book will get you one book and many hours of happy listening.



    Sadly Robert Jordan died in 2007 after publishing book 11, but with the help of Jordan’s wife/editor Harriet McDougal, Brandon Sanderson has taken up the torch, using Jordan’s plentiful notes he is finishing off the series brilliantly, with book 14 being the final volume.



    The series is voiced by Michael Kramer and Kate Reading throughout and their performances are exemplary, their narration brings the world to life in a way that simply reading it never had for me, they bring a unique voice and feeling to each of the characters that brings them to life and firmly embeds them in your heart.



    The only negative I have to put in is that the audiobooks chapter division bears no relation to where the chapters start and end in the books making the chapter search and snooze modes on the app all but useless.



    All in all a five star read. An absolute must for any fantasy epic fan.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • MR
    Eastleigh, United Kingdom
    12/23/12
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    "Prologue to A memory of Light Review"

    Well worth the money for Wheel of Tiem Fans, who are eagerly awaiting 8th January 2013, when A memory of Light (Hard Cover) will be released. The prologue focuses on a number of stroy threads, including one of Mat Cauthon's Officers, Talmanes. Talmanes has a really dry but funny sense of humour, so really pleased he has some dedicated sir-time in the Prologue. The narration is great as you would expect, from the same two people who have given so much pleaseure with the other Wheel of Time Books. If you can't wait for 8.1.2013, then a very good listen for only a few pounds.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • C
    Beverley, United Kingdom
    12/23/12
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    "A taste of a memory..."

    A good start to the finale installment of one of the greatest fantasy series of all time. Hopefully Brandon Sanderson can finish the series in a manner more similar to books 1-7 rather than books 10-11.



    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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