A Memory of Light pdf 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: It's funny to think that I was in high school when I started reading this series; and now after college, getting married, 2 teenagers, and 3 career changes WOT is finally finished. It has certainly had an impact on me throughout my life, and though it may be completed I will surely re-visit the series now & then. I was going to rate AMOL 4 stars because it does have its flaws and there are better written books out there. However, Amazon's rating scale defines 4 stars ad 'I liked it' and 5 stars as 'I loved it', and so I rated it 5 stars because I do love the book, despite its imperfections. What I would have preferred to have been written differently: First, plot threads drag on too long and then resolve abruptly. As an example, the seemingly neverending battle between Perrin & Slayer somewhat lost its excitement for me with all the repetitive hunting & chasing sequences (though I did like how they would travel between the wolf dream and the real waking world), and therefore seemed a bit anti-climatic at the end. I also felt that the conversation between Rand and Tuon was too quick and easy of a way to bring closure to that plot thread. These are just a couple examples of what felt to me like the authors' general way of bringing many plots to their end.
What I think was well done: It was a page turner and I enjoyed the balance between all the action & fighting with the character development. Yes, it was almost constant battle but there was much humanity, emotion, and personality shining through in each major character - and I felt invested in them. I also thought the last battle itself played out nicely with all its complexities. And I thoroughly enjoyed reading the captures, turnings, and rescue attempts in the Black Tower, as well as reading Mat's POV's (mostly just because Mat is my favorite character). Overall a great read and among my favorites in the WOT. On a side note, Tor's strategy for holding the release of an e-version backfired on them for people like me. I bought the hardcover specifically to complete the collection on my bookshelf. I would have also bought the Kindle version to read, but will probably not now that I have read the book. I suspect there are others besides me who they lost out on getting 2 purchases. If they ever release an entire series package price in e format I might buy it. Otherwise I will just read the books sometime again, like the way I've read for most of my 39 years anyway.
First, I have to say I've been reading this series since the early 90s. 20+ years! Wow. I've really enjoyed the series, and even while it bogged down in the middle, I still looked forward to the next book in the series. I closely watched Jordan's health on the net, and had hopes, and then the day occurred when Jordan left us. I'm very happy that Brandon took the helm on this. I enjoyed the book thoroughly, and felt it was a proper ending. There were many surprises, and there were more than a few character deaths I didn't foresee. My biggest disappointment was around Padan Fain. I was hoping for something more elaborate. Finally, I was actually quite shocked at my emotional pain at ending the series. It really hit me. This is the end. The end of 20 years of reading these stories, ~4.4 million words, getting to know the core 6-8 main characters like reading stories about friends in a frightening, but exciting, story. Even with the pain of waiting 2 years for the next book, we still had it to look forward to. No more!
Thank you Robert Jordan. Thank you Brandon Sanderson.
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