The Last Battle has started. The seals on the Dark One’s prison are crumbling. The Pattern itself is unraveling, and the armies of the Shadow have begun to boil out of the Blight. The sun has begun to set upon the Third Age. Perrin Aybara is now hunted by specters from his past: Whitecloaks, a slayer of wolves, and the responsibilities of leadership. All the while, an unseen foe is slowly pulling a noose tight around his neck. To prevail, he must seek answers in Tel’aran’rhiod and find a way - at long last - to master the wolf within him or lose himself to it forever.
Meanwhile, Matrim Cauthon prepares for the most difficult challenge of his life. The creatures beyond the stone gateways - the Aelfinn and the Eelfinn - have confused him, taunted him, and left him hanged, his memory stuffed with bits and pieces of other men’s lives. He had hoped that his last confrontation with them would be the end of it, but the Wheel weaves as the Wheel wills. The time is coming when he will again have to dance with the Snakes and the Foxes, playing a game that cannot be won. The Tower of Ghenjei awaits, and its secrets will reveal the fate of a friend long lost.
This penultimate novel of Robert Jordan’s number-one New York Times best-selling series - the second of three based on materials he left behind when he died in 2007 - brings dramatic and compelling developments to many threads in the Pattern. The end draws near. Dovie’andi se tovya sagain. It’s time to toss the dice....
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This book did have moments that were a little slow but sometimes those are needed to convey the feelings of urgency in other parts. I definitely found this book really hard not to listen to on a constant basis. I will be very anxiously awaiting the next book and I am sure it will be awesome like the rest have been.
This is a "must read" for anyone who has been following this series. A lot of what we have been waiting to happen finally takes place.
As another listener has mentioned, this book does have a lot of repetition in it and these began to feel like filler to make the book bigger (The inner conflicts of some of the characters as well as the number of times Matt didn't open that letter).
In spite of that, the story continues towards the end of the series in much the same fashion that I believe Jordan intended.
My biggest problem on 2 November (when this book came out) was finding the patience to wait until the 3rd (the date that my credits are added to my account) to purchase it. But now that I've read it, simply put this was probably my favorite book of the entire series! I have listened to it already about 3 times. And it has left me drooling for the final BOOK! Please don't make me wait until next year for this when I bet it is already written. Brandon should be applauded for continuing Robert Jordan's work, just Outstanding! Kate Reading and Michael Kramer do their usual great job bringing the characters to life. I just wish that this series didn't have to end! This entire series is a Tolken-like EPIC!
Mr. Sanderson is a genius. His taking over the rains of this series has been well received by myself. In the earlier pure Jordan books, I must admit they were a bit slow at times. Sandersons writing however, moves the story along quite nicely and each chapter finished out very satisfyingly. As a listener you can definately feel Mr Jordan's vision throughout the story but with the added and needed neatness and completion of story arc's that keeps the story fresh and interesting. I must say that I've made many unnecessary trips to the store and taken the long way home just to get a few extra minutes listening.
Great work and I can't wait to hear the completion.
P.S. Thanks for keeping the same readers. I enjoy the way they read and keeps a definate continuity in the inflections that I greatly appreciate! Good work Kate and Michael.
The first few...ok, many chapters takes place before gathering storm ended. It was confusing at first like time traveling to bits of Perrin and Rands story. I think Brandon made a mistake in taking a leap into Gathering Storm ending without delving first into what happened. Well, anyways, the story is finally tied up. Robert Jordan wouldnt have made this mistake. To the last battle...
HUNA Priest & Wisdom
WOW! Well written and in this book it is clear that Brandon Sanderson has truly mastered Robert Jordan's writing style in my opinion. Once I started it I could not stop listening to it.Truly looking forward to the next installment.
Of all the books in the WoT series, I'm ranking these two as #1 and #2. Sanderson is doing an absolutely fantastic job expanding Jordan's world, extrapolating characters and actions to satisfying conclusions, and really "getting" the emotional component of the story. It was long, but honestly not long enough. I found myself checking the length of the story left on my iPod, to make sure there was enough left. And when it was finished, I am just like . . . AAAAUUUGHH! Why isn't the last one ready yet?
Just amazing writing, everything I expected and more.
The narrators continue to do an amazing job reading this series. Having the same narrators for all books really helps provide continuity, even with the change in authors. Brandon Sanderson is doing an excellent job with a very hard task.
The Wheel of Time is my favorite book series. And I think Brandon Sanderson is doing a fantastic job of finishing Robert Jordan's work. Can't say much else without spoilers, except to say how ecstatic I am that Michael Kramer and Kate Reading are the narrators. These two readers have become the characters in these books, for me.
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