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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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.
Should have been one book not three. The main story get lost in this book.
Robert Jordan would be proud. This series has been a masterpiece. It has all that can be asked.. A great storyline, Characters that come to life, humor, excitement, relationships. I hope anyone who reads this will read or listen to the whole series. It is worth the listen.
Sanderson does a fantastic job of finishing the series. I hated the end, but only because I now have to wait another year for the true ending. I started this series late and 9 books were finished before I started but I immediately bought them all and read strait though. Towers is no less great.
...but I'm going to stop this book for awhile and come back to it. I enjoyed the The Gathering Storm quite a bit, so I don't think it's Brandon Sanderson's writing, but Perrin Aybara is becoming sooooo tedious for me. There's absolutely nothing new happening in his story arc and I groan every time we get back to it - which seems way too often in this book. Crawling through the wolf dream with Hopper over and over again is mind numbing!
I can't decide if it is Robert Jordan's plot finally coming together again or if Brandon Sanderson found a way to inject new life into the book with his ideas, but the last two books in this series have been excellent. It sounds like Jordan's first books in the series. Both michael kramer and kate reading are always a pleasure to listen to, and things move at a quick pace. A lot loose ends have been tied up and knowing the rest will all be taken care of in the next book sets the stage of anticipation for things to come!
While the gripes about Matt not being the same are legit, the book as a whole is tremendous. I was simply amazed at how well Brandon took over in the last book and this book is even better in my opinion. This series is one of my favorite and I will be so sorry to see it end. I actually found myself getting emotional,good and bad, at times in this book. For a guy this is saying something. Great read, a MUST get
Like the installment prior to this one, Brandon Sanderson brings a focus and smoothness that just wasn't present in Jordan's solo novels. This might be an unfair statement, given that Sanderson is working from Jordan's notes without the latter's penchant for spontaneously adding and expanding to the storyline mid-stride. There is almost NO downtime in this novel and it made me realize that it would have been IMPOSSIBLE to condense the finale of the Wheel series into one book. Simply put, book 13 is a fantastic read/listen and I eagerly look forward to the next, and final, installment of this series. BRAVO!
Done it! Listened while working through the whole 14 books. Not bad - not brilliant either. Too much describing of what are people wearing, limited dictionary of dialogues and male-female relationships/interactions painfully similar, predictable -boring (Mr Freud would find it certainly interesting though :)
Maybe because English isn't my first language, maybe I'm spoiled by other writers or maybe Robert Jordan just isn't my type of author but haven't I been working at the time of listening I would considered it time wasted.
"A Towering Series"
As I listened to this book, and look forward to reading thepages of the printed version, I am reminded of Elaida in her stately office high atop the White Tower, overseeing her estranged developments. Lofty is the series of Wheel of Time, and this book is by far no disappointment. When I finally reached book 10 back in 2003 after my first reading of the series, I felt that my my world was less real, and like I was dreaming - only awake in Andor or one of the other kingdoms in WoT universe. I knew book 11 was coming, and couldn't wait. Then Mr. Jordon was taken from us with misfortune and my heart sank! How can we find out what will happen next? Who could spin this tale as masterfully as RJ? Well, you should know the answer to that if you're thinking on this book! I wouldn't recommend it read on it's own... you need to put it in context, though supposedly it should be okay stood on it's own.
Right, what's it about? The beginning is as many fo the other books, setting scenes and building threads to the unfoldings tory lines. Though I feel the prologue section was not as exciting as previous volumes in this series. The build up in the book towards Tai-mon Gaidon is fantastic, though, and the lead on from Egwene's new leadership in The now mended White Tower reads (or listens!) flawlessly. The build up of Perrin's leadership is also handled well, as he finally accepts his role of General elect, and come's face to face with past demons in corssing paths with the Whitecloaks. Mat's forray into the realm of Snakes and Fox's plays out well, and we finally get to find out what giving up half the light of the world to save the world means! Okay, I kinda guessed, but it was still very exciting! ;)
And as Rand becomes Lews Therrin, more and more, you read thinking why doesn't Tar-Mon Gaidon start already?!? But then you realise, it already has! And it is a battle that has raged since time began. I can't wait to see how Alludra's Dragons eat up trollocs on the front lines!!
"The Towers Of Midnight"
This book is the best in the series, so far. It has intrigue, action and suspense; keep the tissues handy. Michael Kramer & Kate Reading bring to life the characters that we think of as very dear friends, each character had their own voice and was instantly recognisable so you could follow the story with ease. Brandon Sanderson was an inspired choice of author by Robert Jordan's widow, to take up the challenge of finishing an immensely popular series. Excellent. Highly recommended.
"I loved it"
What a marvellous collaboration these last books are, I am so delighted. Brandon Sanderson was a brilliant choice for Robert Jordan's complex and riveting tale. The narrator's voices are like old friends. One more book to go...I'm glad it's a long listen.
"What a finish"
And on to book 14. This just gets better and better. With a lot of hope I go on the last journey...
Awesome as always. Can't tell it's not Jordan and can't wait to listen to the final book! Going to download it now...
"The epic saga continues"
What's not to love, Sanderson has breathed some new life into the series not that it needed it! One of the best series out there!
What a build up. Loved it. Can't wait for the last book. Robert Jordan wold be proud of the result.
Brandon Sanderson' writting is right to the point. Characters and plot develop at a steady pace and the story is as exciting as at any point in the series, as Mr. Sanderson carefully and skillfully takes us to the final stages. And, of course, the absolutelly fantastic Michael Kramer and Kate Reading bring it all to life once more (no doubts there) - I'm always short of adjectives worth of their work.
"A good continuation"
When Robert Jordan died, I was saddened at the loss of a fine author and disappointed that I would never learn the end of the story. Brandon Sanderson continued the work and did a excellent job of keeping the feel of the world and the characterisation consistent with Jordan's original vision. Sanderson's writing style is pleasantly transparent and invites the reader to focus on the interweaving plot and detailed characters, Michael Kramer and Kate Reading are some of the finest readers in the business and perform brilliantly here. I feel that the book could have been slightly more tightly written (which is true of the Jordan originals) but it was a true pleasure to have the story continued and torture to have to wait for the next book.
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