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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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    D. Ramirez Seattle, WA 10-28-09
    D. Ramirez Seattle, WA 10-28-09 Member Since 2003
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    "I normally wouldn't, but..."

    Usually I wouldn't write a review before I had finished a book, but I just can't help myself... I'm sure that you hard core WoT fans out there won't need any further encouragement to purchase this one, but for anyone who does... Get it, now! :-) Seriously, it's good. Perhaps I'm just not as perceptive as I ought to be, but I've not yet noticed much difference from the quality that I'd expect of a book in this amazing series. So far, I think that Brandon Sanderson has stayed true to the characters that RJ created, and I think his style just works for this series. Needless to say, I am thoroughly enjoying this audiobook so far. I've already noticed quite a few plot lines moving forward and am learning answers to questions that I've really been waiting to find out about. I'd like to thank Mr. Sanderson for his wonderful work in continuing this series, Robert Jordan for caring enough about his fans to leave behind enough content for Brandon to work with, and of course, his wife Harriet for making a great choice of whom to continue his work. Very respectfully, Dominique.

    21 of 22 people found this review helpful
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    Ryan D. Gilbert Huntington Beach, CA USA 12-02-09
    Ryan D. Gilbert Huntington Beach, CA USA 12-02-09 Member Since 2006

    RiddleofSteel

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    "Welcome back Wheel of Time!!!"

    If you would have told me this was written by a different author other then Robert Jordan, I would have called you a liar. This is how the Jordan of old used to write. It's only later on in the series is when he really started go get wrapped up in meaningless crap, and made it a chore to finish a book. The only difference I could really tell were things that I thought were improvements. Gone are the annoying storyline builds ups, only to have the reader jump to a different character at the crescendo. It was so refreshing to not have to wait another 300 pages to find out how a storyline progressed. This ain't 1960's television anymore, we don't need cheesy cliffhangers to make sure we keep reading.

    At no point did I ever feel like I wanted to place a gun into my mouth to end my misery from slogging through a couple of chapters on etiquette or local customs.

    Sanderson touched on all the favorites, Rand, Egwene and company, Matt, Perrin, all the major Aes Sedai and Aiel. Perrin was probably the least written about it in this story, but it really didn't bother me, as he had bigger parts in the last few books. Matt is always a blast and gets into some crazy situations in this book that just made me laugh. Sanderson does such a good job putting Matt's perspective on situations that it's always just so comical, "Why does this always happen to me!"

    Rand is probably the biggest triumph of this story. The writing gets more complicated as his delves deeper and deeper into what it means to be the Dragon Reborn and all the emotions that come with that.

    Kate and Michael are the only voices I can ever picture reading Jordan, as they do a perfect job. At times I forget that Kate is reading the male parts because she does such a great job capturing the character's essence.

    I released a huge sigh of release after I read this book. The glory that is WoT is back, and is on track for it's continued greatness. The ending of this finished perfectly.

    14 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    Jeremy Lansing, MI, United States 10-30-09
    Jeremy Lansing, MI, United States 10-30-09 Member Since 2003
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    "Brandon Sanderson was an excelent choice."

    This installment of the "Wheel of Time" is excellent and possibly the best of the series to date. It is fast paced and full of excitement. Several of the major sub plots are resolved. The book ends at what feels to be a good place to split the story into another book. Reading this I was glad Brandon Sanderson did not try to compress the rest of the story into one book. This Book was much more gripping than the last several installments of the series. I believe this is due to several factors including that the end of the story is approaching and its time to start resolving issues. Also Brandon Sanderson appears to be a very good writer, though he was lucky in where he was able to pick up the story. Though the last several installments were less satisfying than we could wish I do believe they were necessary to get us to this point and that Robert Jordan would have made this installment just as satisfying if from a slightly different perspective.

    With all that said I Thank Brandon Sanderson for doing a wonderful job and ask him to try to do as well on the last two installments. I know this will be more difficult because he has less pre written material to work with. So I wish him good luck.

    14 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    T. Doolin Arcata, CA 10-19-09
    T. Doolin Arcata, CA 10-19-09 Member Since 2009

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    "A Successful Transition"

    Many people were worried about the continuation of this epic series after the tragic loss of Robert Jordan in September of 2007.

    Fans:
    Fear no more!

    All of our beloved characters are still there and RJ's vision is clearly still the driving force behind these books. Brandon Sanderson does an outstanding job taking our characters and adapting his style to give us a compelling read.

    You can sense Brandon's voice more in some characters than others but that is not a criticism. He actually brings more depth to them while maintaining exactly who they are and who we love.

    Michael Kramer & Kate Reading again deliver in this book and I'm pleased to know that they'll also be completing the series with:
    Book 13 - Towers of Midnight
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    Book 14 - A Memory of Light.

    You will love this book! Enjoy!

    41 of 47 people found this review helpful
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    Gary Barker Australia 10-30-09
    Gary Barker Australia 10-30-09 Member Since 2009
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    "Bloody Excellent"

    Thank you Brandon a most excellent job.

    The Wheel of Time has been brought back to life. The life that was in the first few books.(1-4)

    I really enjoyed reading this book. (Well listening to it.) Could not put it down.

    Each character got some air time and it was not too long winded coverage that I felt was in the later books.

    Plenty of action happening in this.

    It is also great to see that same narrators
    used in the story. Very well read it brings much life to the story.

    Again Brandon, A Big Thank You.
    I look forward to the next book soon.

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    David corpus christi, TX, United States 05-27-12
    David corpus christi, TX, United States 05-27-12 Member Since 2003
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    "Great new direction"

    Book 1 thru 11 our Hero got darker and moodier frankly a bore. Sanderson breathed new life into Rand giving us someone to cheer for instead of simply waiting for the next chapter about Matt

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    korah creamer Temple, tx 10-28-09
    korah creamer Temple, tx 10-28-09 Member Since 2009
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    "Broavo!!!!"

    Great job. Sanderson did good keeping the spirit of the previous books. Loved the humor!

    13 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    Jeffrey Warwick, RI, United States 03-06-10
    Jeffrey Warwick, RI, United States 03-06-10 Member Since 2004
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    "Expectations Thoroughly Exceeded!"

    I came to the Wheel Of Time series very late in the game, only to witness the heartbreaking loss of Robert Jordan. I must admit I was very skeptical of Mr Sanderson coming in to finish the job (visions of the Dune series haunting me) but he far exceeded my expectations.

    Maybe it's blasphemous to say this -- but I think Sanderson's style is, in some places, superior to Jordan. It is very obvious (even without listening to the short interview included herein) that he adores the series and put all his creative passion into doing it justice.

    Ignore the previous review about the ending. Utter foolishness. It's been known for a long time that it would be at least two books as the outline was far too long. Even Jordan quipped that he would finish even if the book was 1200 pages, which is simply not realistic from a publishing point of view.

    I eagerly look forward to the next installment of Sanderson's vision.

    9 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    ChellyBelle Dundurn, SK, Canada 11-02-09
    ChellyBelle Dundurn, SK, Canada 11-02-09
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    "A very pleasant surprise"

    After learning that Brandon Sanderson was going to be finishing the WoT series, I downloaded two of his books, and didn't enjoy them at all. The ideas were great, and the magic was great, but I really disliked his "voice", the way his characters acted and interacted; to me, it sounded like very forced comedic scenes interspersed with long, convoluted planning sessions.

    That said, I am a HUGE Robert Jordan fan, and really need this series to end, so I went ahead and downloaded TGS about five minutes after it came available on the 27th, and started listening immediately.

    I'm exceptionally pleased to report that I really enjoyed this book. Everyone important is in it, if only for a chapter or two, and for the most part, Brandon Sanderson has adapted his style to fit into Robert Jordan's world a little better.

    That said, you can absolutely hear his voice, particularly in the sections of the book which feature Matt Cauthon. I found those sections a tiny bit offputting, but I think maybe that comes from personal bias rather than any actual fault in Brandon's treatment of those sections.

    I felt that some of story arcs were actually improved in this book; RJ used to hop around a lot more, splitting a plotline in halves or thirds and then shuffling other things into it, creating mini-cliffhangers. In this book, it seems that we stay with some of the main arcs for much longer, often to their ultimate conclusion, and I found that to be very, very satisfying.

    I'm looking forward to the next two installments.

    9 of 11 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 2009

    Freelance Writer

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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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