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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Book does a great job of tying up all the plots that have come before, can't wait for the final installment.
Began reading sci-fi 71 years ago, at age 4, will continue until my clock quits ticking.. Best education one could have ever wished for.
Without a single doubt, I consider this installment of the WOT series, the best yet. Brandon Sanderson can be very proud of his dedicated contribution, his interpretation of Robert Jordan's final outline, not merely good, but masterful, he has revitalized this epic fantasy.
Eclectic mixer of books of my youth and ones I always meant to read, but didn't.
This is one of those titles I've been wanting to listen too and, before, to read, but couldn't bring myself to making the commitment. Thirty-eight and an half hours of audio! That's daunting. However, I'm well ahead of my contract for this year, so what the hell. I am pleased (perhaps relieved is a better choice of word) I made the leap.
The book, 13th as you know in this epic series, is a good bringing together of many of the threads from previous episodes. The ta'veren fulfil their threshold quests and are paused to re-unite for the Last Battle. Mat remains the most amusing character, while Perrin grows more serious. Rand calms down and Elayne grows outward. Egwene has re-united the White Tower and there is at least one less Chosen within the weave. Min continues to intrigue as any good oracle ought to. Only Aviendha's questions have not been answered, so setting the scene for the beginning of the Last turn of the Wheel.
I found the plot in this title more adult. A couple of the middle titles were a bit on the young side and meandered unnecessarily. As one would expect as the story gets to the pointy end, the telling is a bit more direct. Also, as the main characters come to grip with their responsibilities, the issues are dramatically more engaging and more adult. There is still some embarrassing prose trying to reflect the star-crossed lovers themes that punctuate the Egwene and Elayne plot lines, but they are mercifully a very small part of this long book.
The performances are tight and well maintained. I think I preferred Michael Kramer, but this was not a big thing overall. My 12 year old daughter kept laughing at Kate Reading's male voices and I think this jaundiced my impression, unfairly. I think they collectively portrayed the narrative well, although I think I would have preferred them to take particular characters consistently. That of course is a huge ask at the best of times and, I suspect, impossible for a series of this duration.
Listening to the title has given me the confidence to listen to the last stanza instead of reading it. The title is a must for any one who has read the first dozen and a suitable reward for the perseverance.
The Towers of Midnight, aka Perrin's boring wolf dream was a nightmare. If I had not invested my time and money in the previous books, I would have never been able to finish this. The story dragged and was very dull and the narration matched the tone of the story. All in all very disappointed.
I'm a long time WOT fan but for me, like many, the series really bogged down as Jordan overwrote every book since the 5th one. RJ pursued so many story lines it made it almost impossible to follow one character or story arc effectively as a reader, and the mess he left for Brandon Sanderson to clean up is truly atrocious. How RJ expected to finish all of this off in 1 last mammoth book is beyond me. Clearly BS has a made an effort to retain the Jordan pattern of giving every single minor character anyone runs across a back story. Unfortunately that tendency was one of the things I liked least about how RJ wrote his books. Like many here I'm terribly tired of P Aybarra's constant introspection, just get over yourself already. Further I believe that Kramer's voice for him, along with the dialog, makes him seem like a petulant child and I've found myself skipping parts of his section that clearly repeat what has been said too many times before. I generally like Mat's character and it feels to me like BS has brought some new life to that story line, and some of the plot lines finally resolve themselves to clean that up. Rand's story arc and character are HUGE upgrades over RJ's last efforts and I finally find, again, that the story seems to be advancing along well with his character. Egwene's character is still far too much for me to stomach and she seems to be becoming a pivotal female character who is influencing the other female characters in the story line, such as Elayne and Nyneave who are stronger characters and much more likable in my opinion. I find myself wishing Egwene is killed off in a tragic moment to show that even the main characters can be touched by the Dark... but if that happened there would be WAY to much work to be done on the White Tower story line so I guess she has to be kept around. Avienda, one of my favorite early characters is virtually non-existant, as are most of the Aiel characters. This is clearly a necessary step, just finish already.
Thanks to audible I have rediscovered my love of books, and in part have started writing my own fantasy book.
I have listened to this book 3 times now and love it. I would highly advise this book to any one. Though the one thing I don't think some people realize is this as well as the next book are to be the darkest and most brutal books in the series. It's the end of days approaching fast and all that stress as well as the fate of a world is on the shoulders of 3 guys.
Ok. First, I never write reviews. I personally thought this was the best of the series. I've listened to all of the WOT audio books at least twice. Brandon Sanderson has come into his own, and I look forward to anything he writes in the future. I never once during this book did I see a difference between Sanderson and Jordan. The only think bad I could say, is that I wanted more. I really didn't want it to end. Can't wait for the final book.
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.
"Last of a long journey"
I read and listen to the wheel of time twice. A very long journey (many hours) and it all ends in this book. At last!. This ending is very good in some aspects, disappointing in others. Great ending to the major characters of the saga, but there are too many large battles that are described, I did not empathise with the large battle descriptions, I did not feel involved in them.
If you read / listen to the rest of the series you have to listen to this book. Enjoy it!
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.
I'm so close to the finish and have the mixed emotions of excitement and dread. I am excited because very soon the last battle will truly be happening. Dread, because after 16 years with this story, I know it will soon be over. Bitter sweet!
The whole series is excellent I have been listening to The Wheel of Time for the last few months now and can't wait for the final instalment which I believe is January 2013. The last three have been written by Brandon Sanderson and he has done a great job keeping the style and flow that Robert Jordan started. I have enjoyed all the characters in the books and sort of grown up with them. Kate Reading and Michael Kramer bring the characters to life they are brilliant. If you enjoy a good lengthy tale the The Wheel of Time is a good listen and worth the couple months to listen to it all. Hurry up book 14 I need my fix.
"The Wheel of Time is back!"
I read Wheel of Time as a teenager, often re-reading when the next book came out. Sadly I think Robert Jordans last books before he died were pretty poor and I gave up on the series.
It was only as I bacame a new Audible member and I was browsing its titles I saw Gathering Storm with five stars, I was sceptical but tried the sample, I liked the Narator and thought the authors style might be good but what sold it to me was Value: 1 credit for 33 hours!!
I enjoyed Gathering Storm alot and Towers of Midnight was even better! It had me punching the air with enthusiasm and enjoying spending time with and really feeling for the characters that I knew in my teens.
My only slight gripe would be that some threads were a bit more interesting than others, which left me reading about one character while wanting to be reading about another.
Once you start its hard to stop :) Well done Brandon Sanderson!
"The Best Episode to date"
I have read, re-read and listened to the series over the years and although thoroughly enjoying the series I have never felt the urge to write a review but after listening to this one I have the urge. It was absolutely gripping and the development of the storyline and closing of chapters is satisfying. It would have been easy to speed up the story and end it with one big battle but our man is doing Robert JORDON's story the justice it deserves. I thank you.
"So happy not to be disappointed!"
This is a VERY interesting adventure to partake in...Sanderson does a great job ending the story. I seldom read those very very long fantasy series, they usually loose tempo and thrill along the way but here are a selection of 'persons' that goes on fascinating me, actually the personage in the books are of greater import than the story itself...which does not mean that the story is uninteresting or bad in any way, but the persons has come alive in my imagination and that is one thing I believe is a great achievement of an author! Good job and Thanks! (The reading is as always superb;-)
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