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.
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"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)
This book was written true to the heritage that Robert Jordan left behind. It was not as if Robert Jordan wrote this novel, but it certainly felt right. Finally some things are getting resolved rather than more problems arising. Tarmon Gaiden is indeed upon us. I can not wait for the next installment.
This series started off so well and seemed to get bogged down after book 6 or so. Finally this book has started to tie up and complete many of the odd tangents and side stories that developed in the prior 3-4 novels. Sanderson's writing is virtually indistinguishable from Jordan's, though that is both good and bad depending on your preference. There is still too much introspection for my taste but it seems clear the books have a goal and will eventually reach it. Keep going B.S., take us home please!
I have loved the series for many years. I was dissappointed about having someone else finish the series. Sanderson did a great job. I am so happy that I'm buying all previous books on audio even though I have them all in print.
The story hasn't lost it's energy. Twist and turns in the lives of Rand and his friends is still exciting. This series is continues to give. Robert Jordon is smiling down on us all.
Initially going from mourning that RJ had died and without being able to finish the tale he started to rage that some virtual unknown had been chosen to do this. Then to add insult to injury we find that the "final" book was going to be split into 3 books insuring the financial benefits both to the widow and the publisher. All that being said, More Power to her! She chose very well in Mr Sanderson and he has done a fantastic job in picking RJs work and staying true to the spirit of the series while making it his own. I noticed a few differences in style at first but then I was drawn in and swept along with the flow of the book. This is a can't miss book not only for it's quality but of course because we get to learn more with each page what RJ intended. Loved it!!!
Us Wheel of Time fans sorely miss Robert Jordan, and while Brandon Sanderson has admited that he'll never write like Jordan, he managed to still immerse the readers back into the lands we've all come to love. Michael Kramer and Kate Reading have once again brought the words of Rand's tale to life, I can't even begin to imagine a WoT book not read by them any more.
This book was excellent. I think Brandon did a fantastic job with the story, I hope they do not wait another year for the next book. I been waiting 20 years to finish the story, please hurry, and thank you once again.
Thank you Brandon Sanderson for being so awesome! The Gathering Storm was just perfect and I have been following the progress of Towers of Midnight! I love this series, the characters and the story. If someone is thinking of hopping back in the saddle and finishing up this series, but has doubts, lay them to rest because it is so worth it! I've listened twice already and will listen again before the debut of the next book, Towers of Midnight. All I can say is well done! Rest in peace, Robert Jordan, you are surely missed by all.
This book was outstanding! I expected Brandon to do well but i didn't expect him to produce one of the best books in the series and that is exactly what he did. I mean, WOW! It was a roller coaster of a story, filled with laughter, sadness, grief and love and i was only disappointed when the book ended. I wanted more. I know that Robert Jordan would have been blown away after reading this book and what Brandon Sanderson did with his masterpiece.
I'll make this short I've been reading this series since it came out in the 80's and have loved it.
And I'll admit I was crushed to hear that R.J. had passed and I thought this was going to be like a bad movie with no ending.
But I'm Happy to say that Brandon Sanderson did a terrific Job. And that I couldn't have told that it was written by a different author if I hadn't known.
So keep them Coming Brandon. And Good Job
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