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)
I have loved the WOT series and I think Brandon Sanderson has done a good job of carrying on Robert Jordan's story and style. But like all of the WOT books, the detail sometimes becomes ponderous and I would find my attention wandering as we had to listen to yet another detailed description of what each person was wearing, the name and description of every person encountered, etc. That said, I have all 12 books on CD and will get the remainder as they are released.
The narrators are great and I hope they don't change them.
Seldom am I surprised - and even more rarely am I surprised and pleased at the same time. This book is such an experience. The Gathering Storm has momentum (which the following books lacked in my opinion) - and this Brandon Sanderson....wow. I have no idea how much Jordan had laid out, but Sanderson captured and mastered this series. I just can't wait for the next two volumes.
If you have read the other 11, why bother read this review - you know you're going to listen to, or read this book. :)
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I have not heard it yet, was shocked to see it already out, but I need to give a shout out for Kramer and Reading. I just got into Audible last year to catch up on the Jordan books and I am an audible junkie now, Kramer and Reading set the bar for me and it took time to adjust in other books I've listed to, because they never were as good as how they handed off to eachother in the Jordan books, for the ENTIRE series! (sword of truth-cough- still a good listen though) I've looked up books just by them alone because they represented such a seemless experience. As for Sanderson I am psyched to read these responses, I am moving on to Mistborn 2 now, really good listen, not overtly fantasy, and something for really everyone, a mature fantasy, not about the proto I was 12, and a blacksmith,,, but holds allot for everyone. I can't wait for the rest of WOT, I'm holding out a bit so I don't have to wait so long between the next :P
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.
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