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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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    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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    "The Gathering Storm"

    This book was absolutely fantastic, Brandon Sanderson did a great job bringing us Robert Jordan's words. It left me on the edge of my seat throughout most of the book and I am looking forward to reading Towers of Midnight. Well done Brandon Sanderson and Robert Jordan and The Wheel of Time team.

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    After a 4 year wait, the Wheel of Time spins once again. Sanderson does an excellent job in continuing Jordans massive saga. This particular book rates highly among the top three or four of the series and finally gives some answers to long standing questions and assumptions. The novel revolves around Ewegene and Rand for the most part, yet all the familiar characters at least put in an appearance. Rands fading into insanity is truely powerful as he goes to nowhere we thought he possibly could go. The battle of the White Tower is front and center in this installment and the Black Ajah are addressed in fine form. One of my favorite characters, Verin, has a brief chapter and it will probably become the most memorable of the entire series.

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    Kenneth E. Galluch 10-30-09 Member Since 2015

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    Wow
    My best expectations surpassed. Brandon Sanderson was my first choice to continue the series. Imagine my surprise that because of his eulogy of Robert Jordan he got the job. I listen to a lot of audio books and to have the best readers continue with the series makes the transition seemless.
    We have two copies of the hardback one for me and one for my wife so we can read along and savor the experience.
    Thank's to your whole crew especially Brandon, Kate, Micheal, Harriet and of course Robert.
    Ken & Sue

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    I was skeptical of a ghost writer finishing the series at first, but Brandon Sanderson stays true to the personality of the characters while progressing the plot along swiftly. This book is now among my favorites of the series.

    Kramer and Reading are great as always.

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    "The Wheel Of Time Series"

    I found the first book a little difficult to get into but once I did I love the entire series. I did find it a bit contradicting especially on the time line but I still love it. I am anxiously awaiting for Book 13.

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    I have been reading the WOT from the beginning, and I have to say that "The Gathering Storm" is one of my favorite of the series. Well paced and intense at times. Brandon Sanderson has done a great job of stepping in for Robert Jordan.

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