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The Gathering Storm: Book Twelve of the Wheel of Time | [Robert Jordan, Brandon Sanderson]

The Gathering Storm: Book Twelve of the Wheel of Time

Rand al'Thor, the Dragon Reborn, struggles to unite a fractured network of kingdoms and alliances in preparation for the Last Battle. As he attempts to halt the Seanchan encroachment northward - wishing he could form at least a temporary truce with the invaders - his allies watch in terror the shadow that seems to be growing within the heart of the Dragon Reborn himself.
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Publisher's Summary

Tarmon Gai'don, the Last Battle, looms. And mankind is not ready.The final volume of the Wheel of Time, A Memory of Light, was partially written by Robert Jordan before his untimely passing in 2007. Brandon Sanderson, New York Times best-selling author of the Mistborn books, was chosen by Jordan's editor - his wife, Harriet McDougal - to complete the final book. The scope and size of the volume was such that it could not be contained in a single book, and so Tor proudly presents The Gathering Storm as the first of three novels that will make up A Memory of Light. This short sequence will complete the struggle against the Shadow, bringing to a close a journey begun almost 20 years ago and marking the conclusion of the Wheel of Time, the preeminent fantasy epic of our era. In this epic novel, Robert Jordan's international best-selling series begins its dramatic conclusion.

Rand al'Thor, the Dragon Reborn, struggles to unite a fractured network of kingdoms and alliances in preparation for the Last Battle. As he attempts to halt the Seanchan encroachment northward - wishing he could form at least a temporary truce with the invaders - his allies watch in terror the shadow that seems to be growing within the heart of the Dragon Reborn himself.

Egwene al'Vere, the Amyrlin Seat of the rebel Aes Sedai, is a captive of the White Tower and subject to the whims of their tyrannical leader. As days tick toward the Seanchan attack she knows is imminent, Egwene works to hold together the disparate factions of Aes Sedai while providing leadership in the face of increasing uncertainty and despair. Her fight will prove the mettle of the Aes Sedai, and her conflict will decide the future of the White Tower - and possibly the world itself.

The Wheel of Time turns, and Ages come and pass. What was, what will be, and what is, may yet fall under the Shadow.

Listen to more books in The Wheel of Time series.

©2009 The Bandersnatch Group, Inc.; (P)2009 Macmillan Audio

What the Critics Say

"The Wheel of Time...is a fantasy tale seldom equaled and still less often surpassed in English." (Chicago Sun-Times)
"Jordan has a powerful vision of good and evil - but what strikes me as most pleasurable...is all the fascinating people moving through a rich and interesting world." (Orson Scott Card on The Wheel of Time)

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    Chuck United States 11-25-13
    Chuck United States 11-25-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Best book since Book 1"

    Quite possibly the best book in the series since the opening book. Not that the other books were bad, but Jordan seemed to just drone on at times and the story seemed to stagnate at times. Sanderson does a masterful job of writing this book. It "sounds" just like Jordan wrote it, but there were very few places in this book where I felt like I was "nodding off" (as I had done several times before in previous books). Great start to the finale of this wonderful series.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Tamurill Dayspring Virtual Reality 02-17-10
    Tamurill Dayspring Virtual Reality 02-17-10 Member Since 2012

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    "Absolutely amazing!"

    Brandon Sanderson did a magnificent job in continuing Jordan's story, I barely noticed a difference in writing style! It's great that Kramer and Reading have continued to do the reading to keep the story as seamless as possible but Sanderson really comes through for us - I can't wait for the next book and will be somewhat sad when the third and final (really?) comes out and it all ends! Like many, I've read/listened to some of the first books, like, nine or ten times! This led me to try out Sanderson's Mistborn series, pretty good for a beginner, I'm definately hooked! The legacy lives on!!!!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Nicola San Jose, CA, United States 01-09-10
    Nicola San Jose, CA, United States 01-09-10 Member Since 2010
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    "We're finally getting somewhere!"

    I was hesitant to download this - it's 33 hours and after ABSOLUTELY NOTHING happened in the last couple of books, it was gamble. It paid off - Sanderson has managed to kick the storyline into gear without sacrificing any of the characters we know and love. Fantastic read, I literally couldn't turn it off.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Dara Chicago, IL, USA 01-03-10
    Dara Chicago, IL, USA 01-03-10 Member Since 2014
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    "Can't Wait for the Final Two Books"

    I am not a "typical" sci-fi fantasy fan. I'm not even a fan of nonfiction! I was dragged into the Wheel of Time series kicking and screaming by a friend 10 years ago. And boy am I glad he insisted I read the first book. I was hooked.

    I have patiently been waiting for Book 12 - the final book in the series - to be released after the death of the originator, Robert Jordan. I wondered how well another author could create rich scenes and characters with amazing depth based on Mr. Jordan's notes. I also did not think that all of the loose ends from Book 11 could be tied up in one final book.

    I was thrilled to find out that the new author, Brandon Sanderson, not only stayed true to Mr. Jordan's style and plotlines, but he brought a new layer of wry wit to the Mat character that I found refreshing. And he also understood that the "final" book would have to be completed in three volumes to properly tell the tale and wrap up all of those loose ends.

    Well done! I can't wait for the final two books.

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    Issac Clarkston, WA, USA 12-31-09
    Issac Clarkston, WA, USA 12-31-09
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    "Couldn't have been happier"

    I searched for best selling fantasy books about 6 months ago and The Wheel of Time kept popping up. I wanted a good book to fill in the space between the next Eragon and Nicholas flamel the Alchemest final books. I had no idea that I was about to take a non-stop journey through the best 12 books of my life. I compare it to eating some gourmet meal you didn't even know existed and then going back to plain bread. Everything is now much more bland in my world; television, video Games and other books. Fortunately I have my Aquarium, my career and my family. Of course I Also have two more books that once released I will certainly listen too a hundred times each before I die.

    Brandon Sanderson took the notes of Robert Jordan and made it seem as the legend was putting the book together himself.

    The Gathering Storm is my favorite book of the set so far... I envy all of you who have yet to make this journey starting with the first book, The Wheel of Time.

    -Issac A Wilkerson

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    Stephanie Tucson, AZ, USA 12-26-09
    Stephanie Tucson, AZ, USA 12-26-09
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    "Seemless"

    Sanderson's translation of Jordan's ideas is nothing short of a miracle! I re-listened to the entire series before listening to this one and I was not disappointed! I enjoyed this book more than any I have listened to in a long while. Kramer and Reading bring listeners into the lives of the characters in such a way that I feel like I know them...and I miss them already! I cannot wait for the next one! Thank you, Brandon Sanderson!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Florida Native Florida 12-15-09
    Florida Native Florida 12-15-09 Member Since 2010

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    "Excellent book!"

    I'm a big fan of the WOT series. This book (after an intro section that is strange) is REALLY well written. I feel like Brandon Sanderson did a great job pulling together all those loose ends Robert Jordan left after his last several books. Robert Jordan seemed to lose focus in his last couple of books. This book portrays all of the characters very well and the narrators do a great job with the story. I would recommend this book. If someone is unfamiliar with the WOT series it will be difficult to appreciate what is happening in this story so I'd recommend reading the other books in the series first (particularly up through book 8).

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    Susie mt pleasant, SC, United States 11-17-09
    Susie mt pleasant, SC, United States 11-17-09 Member Since 2015
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    "Sanderson got it right!"

    Unfamiliar with Sanderson's work I was concerned that he would be up to the task, but he nailed it. The character action and humor were perfect and as usual the ending left me wishing for the next book. For others who are new to the series I would encourage you to start at the beginning of the Wheel of Time series by the time you are finished not only will you be a fan of WOT but also will know how great an accomplishment this work is.

    And as always Mr. Kramer and Ms. Reading are outstanding.

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    Mary las Vegas, NV, USA 11-05-09
    Mary las Vegas, NV, USA 11-05-09 Member Since 2007
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    "Spot on!"

    Wow! I am so glad Sanderson completed this book. When Jordan passed away we not only had to morn a great writer but also the WOT and all the characters. The Darkness had won and the pattern was no more....but death is not the end when time is a wheel.... so the story lives again! Thank the light Michael Kramer and Kate Reading narrated, it would have been hard to listen to new voices. Matt has always been one of the best characters in this tale, but after this story he has moved on to my top ten list of favorite characters.

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    Chad hemet, CA, USA 11-03-09
    Chad hemet, CA, USA 11-03-09 Member Since 2006
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    "The Dragon Rides Again on the Winds of Time"

    Well done Mr Sanderson. I didn't know if another author would've been able to pick up a story this complex in the middle and make it work. Brandon Sanderson had done just that. He clearly understands the characters and the world in which they live. I would even go so far as to say that the story moves quicker without losing any of the depth that Mr. Jordan brought to the story. If you're a Wheel of Time fan you'll enjoy this book. If you're new to the series don't even think of starting any where but the beginning. (Book 1 The Eye of the World)

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  • Frantisek
    Wallingford, United Kingdom
    3/1/13
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    "Average"

    Done it! Listened while working through the whole 14 books. Not bad - not brilliant either. Too much describing of what are people wearing, limited dictionary of dialogues and male-female relationships/interactions painfully similar, predictable -boring (Mr Freud would find it certainly interesting though :)

    Maybe because English isn't my first language, maybe I'm spoiled by other writers or maybe Robert Jordan just isn't my type of author but haven't I been working at the time of listening I would considered it time wasted.

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  • Chris
    Crook, United Kingdom
    12/27/12
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    "Outstanding"

    Brandon has done an outstanding job at continuing from where Robert Jordan reached. I'd go as far to say I prefer Brandon's writing style and will be looking at other books from him in the future. I like that the audio narrative usest the same, brilliant, narrators. Michael Kramer and Kate Reading put life into this publication with their, joy to listen to, interpretation of the characters.

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  • William
    LONDON, United Kingdom
    12/23/12
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    "The Begining of the end"

    "The Gathering Storm" is the first part of the final instalment of the Wheel of Time, the epic fantasy series started by Robert Jordan all those years ago. For years myself & everyone else I met who loved the series kept on saying... "What happens if Robert Jordan dies before he finishes the series" well unfortunately that happened Mr Jordan passed away before finished WOT, thankfully it wasn't suddenly and he was able to prepare numerous notes... Brandon Sanderson was selected by Harriet (Mr Jordans wife) to complete the series and in my humble opinion he does a fairly descent job; he obviously doesn't try to emulate Mr Jordans style (& rightly so) but does an admirable job...

    I really enjoy the Michael Kramer portions of the book, he has created voices for each character and his reaqding voice is fantastic... Wish I could say the same for Kate Reading, she mispronounce quite a lot of things the worst being one of the major characters names :S but hey it's such a great story that I can put up with it to get to the end

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mike
    Reigate, UK
    10/10/12
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    "A good effort"

    A very good effort in trying to achieve the same style as previous books in the series but the book itself felt like it was just getting going when it ended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Janet
    Llanfairpwllgwyngyll, Ynys Mon, United Kingdom
    1/2/11
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    "Fan"

    Having read the previous 11 books I was a little dubious that I would be able to follow the complexities, particularly of the characters' names, listening to an audiobook. I took the plunge and I am happy to say that the reading is superb. The characterisations by tone and accents are delightful and I like the division between male and female voices. The story continues to be as enthralling as the previous books and if there had not been an explanatory prologue I would not have guessed that it was written after Robert Jordan's death. It is a brilliant job and with it I look forward to hours of happy housework and DIY. Book 13 is next on my list and then the bittersweet anticipation of the final volume later this year.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sandra
    market drayton, shropshire, United Kingdom
    6/15/10
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    "Powerful narration"

    Yes, it's fantastically written but what you really need to know is that the narration is excellent. Dual narration really works - with a female voice for the chapters told from Egwene's point of view and a male voice for the male characters - obviously. I honestly think I enjoyed listening to this more than reading it. Indeed if I hadn't read it first the tension might have been too much at times. Powerful narration!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Alan
    Broadstone, Dorset, United Kingdom
    3/27/10
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    "Wonderful!!"

    I confess I approached this book with some trepidation. I vividly remember the excitement and late night page turning of the early books in this series. I remember too the meandering and sometimes confusing turns of some of the books between 6 & 10 in the series. I remember the return of my excitement as books 10 and 11 refocused and seems to begin a headlong rush towards a thrilling climax. The writers death in 2007 brought the seeming certainty that the story would not be concluded.

    The decision of the writers wife and agent to ask Mr Sanderson to finish the series working from Mr Jordan's notes seems to be a stroke of genius. Sanderson has recaptured the excitement and direction of the early books. The complexity and intrigue are still there, but the myriad threads of the story have been gathered back together as the story rushes breathtakingly towards what I believe will be a truly epic conclusion.

    I would also compliment the readers of this book. It translates wonderfully and their interpretation of the characters really adds depth to the story. I enjoyed every second of this book and can't wait for the penultimate book in the autumn. I will undoubtably reread or listen to the entire series again before then.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Alex
    Forest Row, East Sussex, United Kingdom
    12/4/09
    Overall
    "As epic as we'd hoped"

    Lives up to every expectation. Knife of Dreams came back after the well-known mid series slump (between 6 and 10) where the story slowed down a bit, but The Gathering storm has not only followed the path set by KOD building up to the last battle, but has edged off book 5 (The Fires of Heaven) as my favourite in the series. Great job by RJ and Brandon. (I couldn't tell the difference between the two styles except occasionally, so good job on both fronts!) The book finally follows the two main threads we've been waiting on with bated breath and were foreshadowed many moons ago

    Oh and RJ, R.I.P. Your legend will never fade to myth, nor shall it be forgotten.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jon
    egremont, cumbria, United Kingdom
    11/2/09
    Overall
    "Great book"

    Carrys on the story in true Robert Jordan style.
    Brandon Sanderson has done a great job.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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