A Memory of Light kindle edition By Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson
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Since 1990, when Robert Jordanâ€™s The Wheel of TimeÂŽ burst on the world with its first book, The Eye of the World, readers have been anticipating the final scenes of this extraordinary saga, which has sold over forty million copies in over thirty languages. When Robert Jordan died in 2007, all feared that these concluding scenes would never be written. But working from notes and partials left by Jordan, established fantasy writer Brandon Sanderson stepped in to complete the masterwork. With The Gathering Storm (Book 12) and Towers of Midnight (Book 13) behind him,
both of which were # 1 New York Times hardcover bestsellers, Sanderson now recreates the vision that Robert Jordan left behind. Edited by Jordanâ€™s widow, who edited all of Jordanâ€™s books, A Memory of Light will delight, enthrall, and deeply satisfy all of Jordanâ€™s legions of readers. The Wheel of Time turns, and Ages come and pass. What was, what will be, and what is, may yet fall under the Shadow. Let the Dragon ride again on the winds of time.
Reviews: I started reading Robert Jordan's books in Middle school and I was hooked. I haven't been able to read science fiction since then, even game of thrones. To me, he said everything I wanted to hear about in a science fiction series. Over time Jordan did start to falter; adding far too many characters that just didn't push the story far. Yet if you did keep track of them it opened up the universe more, so it was a mixed bag. So here we are at Jordan/Sanderson's last entry. I liked what Sanderson did, he kept Jordan's detailed and intricate/lavish/awesome style but in a more focused fashion for the better. I had been waiting for this book since book 12, and when I got it I was so sucked in I finished it in a few days. That's just what this series does to me; I usually can pace myself but I didn't want to wait anymore I had to know. Tarmon Gaiden is here; this book starts off with fighting and keeps the pressure on. Finally everyone is one: Rand, Egwene, Perrin, Mat, Moiraine, Lan, Nynaeneve etc. Rand finally makes good on what he said, to challenge the dark one. Without giving anything away I like how they decided to take the book. All out war for everyone else and Rand "confronting" the dark one. No spoilers given, there were some of the series best moments in this book. Like when Rand realized he never heard voices at all; he learns more about himself from his friends and family and that is his biggest edge in the battle. I'll admit, I man teared at a few parts of the reading it was just incredible. I think this book just ruined my chances of ever reading another science fiction series.
All in all, I can't recommend this book enough to anyone if you've read the others. But if you didn't like the previous 2 (shame on you), then this may not be your cup of tea. Oh and that ending? buildup from the others and was just too perfect. i'm really going to miss waiting for the new wheel of time book, oh well I'm glad it went out with glory.
Brandon Sanderson was put to a task that I don't envy: the burden of orchestrating a satisfying climax to decades of writing and thousands upon thousands of pages of characters, plot, and story. I have been a reader since book six came out and I was not disappointed to have to wait for a book like this to finish it. Just the fact that book wasn't disappointing is a tale in itself, considering the scope and the pressure. But not only was it not disappointing, it was astounding in its own right. Now, we can never know what the book would have been like with Robert Jordan at the helm, but we are told that Brandon Sanderson attempted to preserve all that Jordan did write about the end. Sanderson said he attempted to just write the transitions between the pages Jordan already recorded. I think this allowed us to get a story that was part Jordan and part Sanderson and worth more than the sum of its parts. Now, I'm not going to say I loved every bit of. I think some scenes were weakly written and some things went unresolved that I would've liked resolved. I felt some things finished up too tidily or too abruptly. I'm not going to say it was perfect, but it WAS satisfying. I was able to put the book down and feel like I authentically experienced the end of an era. I think if you've been a fan enough to read up to this book, you owe it to yourself to finish and you won't be disappointed to do so.
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