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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Never have so many words been written to say so little to so many. I will read the final book in this series but I've never seen any writing move so slowly. Why can't Sanderson just tell the story and move on. I've invested too much time in the series not to read the final book but no more Sanderson books for me after the final volume.
I may have no idea what the question actually is but I'm still positive the answer is "42"
Though I do love the work of Robert Jordan, I think that Saunderson is doing a wonderful job finishing out the series. Though you can tell a bit of a difference in writing styles its not so drastic that is throws off the story telling. I love the fact that we are finally getting some closure on the story. It is hard to believe I'm saying this but the story was almost getting a little to epic. It felt like it was branching off in a few to many directions. With this book though you can tell we are coming down to the wire and tying up a lot of loose ends. If you are a fan of fantasy and you haven't picked up this series than you don't know what you are missing. Well worth the time and credits.
Thank you, Mr. Sanderson, for revitalizing the Wheel of Time series. Brandon Sanderson's Mistborn trilogy is one of the best fantasy epics I have ever had the pleasure to read, and his contributions to Robert Jordan's Magnum Opus is similarly excellent. Jordan had lost his muse; I felt like WoT 8 through 11 were a bit phoned in. Brandon has managed to bring back the magic of the early books while staying true to Jordan's theme and style. I highly recommend this and The Gathering Storm to WoT fans.
I think Robert Jordan would be very pleased by Sanderson's work in both this book and the Gathering Storm. That's really all the praise that is needed!
BUT...could someone PLEASE tell Kate Reading that there are only three 'a''s in "Mesaana", not 50? I cringed every time she said the name...."Mesaaaaaaaanaaaaa" I don't remember her doing this in past books.
I knew Brandon was going to be a great choice to finish Robert's legendary epic and as I read Towers of Midnight I knew I was truly back in that wonderful land of special characters, magic and swords! I'm going to miss Robert and I feel that Brandon has done a expert job of carrying on Robert's vision for the series! You did good Harriet!
I wasn't sure what to expect after reading some of the other reviews.. I like what Brandon Sanderson did to the story. Yes, some of the characters are a bit annoying - but honestly, they've always been annoying.. (And writing characters that annoy people isn't necessary a bad thing - there are plenty of annoying people in the real world.) I look forward to the last book!
I am an oldster but still enjoy all those of books including science fiction and fantasy as well as occasional books on history and classics
Although I had hoped the series would finish, the book was great in starting to bring everything together.
In this book Sanderson has finally captured Jordan's style and pacing. It is Much better than the first effort to pick up Jordan's mantle. As far as the book is concerned it has Jordan like endings that leave possibilities open for revisiting. The only problem i have with this book is an issue of my own making. I have heard these two narrators so many times before in other books that when they try to transition from male to female characters it takes me out of the story. This is a must buy if you liked the other books in the wheel of time and a great bargain for one credit.
I am a fan of this saga since it started several years ago. The first book, the eye of the world was very very good and the great hunt (second book) was excellent. The saga grabbed me there and then but sadly as the saga continued the story became more and more filled with trivialities and less with exciting parts. This book however is as good as the first two, retaking the fast pace in several parts of the story and finally resolving issues that were left out or forgotten without reason. I surely hope that the next one is as good as this or better. I strongly recomend this book.
First, let me say, I'm now a big Sanderson fan. Overall, I believe his writing is melding well with Jordan's, I'm certainly happy to see the saga approaching the final confrontation we've all been waiting years for.
While I agree with some of the comments of "we get it, stop rehashing the same stuff", it's still a great book, completely worthy of its place in the series.
My largest concern by far is with the narration. I typically really enjoy Kate Reading's narration, however I think there needs to be some kind of rule ... Narrators should HAVE to listen to the prior books in a series so they keep the pronunciations that we've grown accustomed to. I hate it when I've listened to countless hours in which a female was called "bur-jet" and now she's suddenly "beer-get-a". Same thing happened with A Feast for Crows when John Lee took over from the ever amazing Roy Dotrice. Nearly killed that series for me. Narrators should realize that they are as much a part of the experience as the story itself, and show enough respect to the audience to at least keep key character's and locations names consistent. This one simple thing would avoid confusion over who's doing what and allow us to follow the plot without distraction.
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