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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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    Seventh 11-10-09
    Seventh 11-10-09 Member Since 2012
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    "Awesome again."

    I, like many other readers, have suffered through the steady decline after book 6 or 7. Brandon Sanderson brings MUCH needed clarity to the storyline. Plots that have been kept hanging for FAR too many books are wrapped up, needless diversions are ended, female characters FINALLY don't sound like mindless idiots, and the relationships are far more believable. Thank you Brandon for writing emotional depth into relationships beyond that of a 16 yr old's suppositions. (how old I was when I began these books when I was too young to notice!)

    Needless to say, Sanderson has made WoT fun to read again. THANK GOD! If this novel signals the quality of the following two, hoo-damn-fricking-ray!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Brad Grimm SANDY, UT, US 11-09-09
    Brad Grimm SANDY, UT, US 11-09-09 Listener Since 2006
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    "Amazing!!"

    This book takes so many of the loose ends and starts bringing them together. It's amazing to see all of the different climaxes. I got into this one more than any of the rest so far. I kept saying to myself "Oh no!", "No!", and yet each piece couldn't have been more perfect.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Neil St Petersburg, FL, USA 11-08-09
    Neil St Petersburg, FL, USA 11-08-09 Member Since 2015
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    "Well worth the wait!"

    In the back of my mind I kept telling myself, "how can someone else keep up the same level of writing and storytelling that RJ had throughout the last 11 books?". Well I was totally blown away by Brandon Sanderson. This is by far the best WOT book yet. He has done so well that I am starting the series over from book one. Very well done and I can't wait for "The Towers of Midnight". Keep up the good work Brandon. Also thanks to Kate Reading and Michael Kramer for staying with the series. It could never be the same without them.

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    Demetreus Willingboro, NJ, USA 11-07-09
    Demetreus Willingboro, NJ, USA 11-07-09
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    "Seamles"

    This book is a seamless transition. I loved it and believe that Mr. Jordan would be happy with the writing. I also liked the fact that a lot of the issues with the previous books (the constant references to not understanding the opposite sex)are not there. I can't wait to see the vision of RJ completed.

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    Johnathan Peoria, IL, USA 11-07-09
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    "Amazing book"

    This book was definitely worth the wait, but almost heartbreaking where and how it leaves off. Unfortunately we now have to wait about another 2 years to the get the rest of it. Brandon Sanderson did an amazing job. His writing style was always comparable to Robert Jordan's. There are differences, and he did say he tried to find a happy medium. I think he found it. It was different from the rest of the WOT books, and it might just be the fact that I'm so happy to have finally gotten it, but I think this book was worth it, and a good addition to the rest of the series.

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    James T WV USA 11-07-09
    James T WV USA 11-07-09 Member Since 2015

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    "Jordan is smiling down on us"

    When I firat heard Brandon Sanderson was going to write the last book of the wheel of time , i was worried .
    I wondered if anyone could hope to fill Robert Jordans shoes ...
    So i bought "Mist Born" one of Brandon Sanderson's novels i had heard so much about...
    It was a wonderful book ... but different in style.
    As An avid Wheel Of Time Fan of over 12 years I still had to have this book .
    I must say .. WOW !!! this book was awesome!!
    great job!! Jordan will would be happy !!
    I could go on for 10 pages of praise about the wonders of this book but ill just say its as good as books 4,5 and 6 .. i need say no more ..
    all of the lose ends are coming together and the whell turns on.

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    William Keizer, OR, USA 11-06-09
    William Keizer, OR, USA 11-06-09 Member Since 2007
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    "Picked up right where it should have"

    I am glad to see the series picked up so well by Brandon Sanderson. He obviously knew the material and kept the proper tone for writing well enough in Jordan's epic style.

    Good pick Mr. Jordon in Mr. Sanderson, this legacy is in good hands.

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    "Another great addition to the series"

    I was worried with a new writer, but it has exceeded all my expectations. And as with the previous books the readers are excellent.

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    David Crawford Kennett Square, PA United States 11-03-09
    David Crawford Kennett Square, PA United States 11-03-09 Member Since 2014
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    "Great addition to the set"

    Incredible work!

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    Laurence gold coast, QLD, Australia 11-03-09
    Laurence gold coast, QLD, Australia 11-03-09 Member Since 2010
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    I loved it and the hole series. Great book!!

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