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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 pre-ordered my book and received it on the day it came out. A Memory of Light had me sitting on the edge of my chair the entire time. This book had me crying, cheering, saying oh no! and feeling sad, all at the same time. It took me 4 days to finished this book because I have children but any spare moments I had, I continued reading. I finally finished at 2 a.m. in the morning and it was so worth it. My heart broke when I lost people I truly cared about and loved but others took up the banners of the fallen and keep going. The story was so gripping that I felt like I was there on the field of battle. It was the perfect ending to an amazing story!!! Thank you Robert Jordan (for creating a wonderful story) and to Brandon Sanderson (for helping to end a beautiful series). A Memory Of Light inspired me to start the series again from the first book!!!!
Before I write my review, I must say that I respect other reviews frustration about a lack of an e-book, but a one-star review is not the best way to do it (overwhelming majority of one-star reviews are for no e-book available). The author has passed on and will not benefit from this form of constructive criticism, and it may be better to simply post reviews based on one's appreciation of the
book. Myself, most of my books are e-books now, but for this one, I wanted it hardcover for nostalgic reasons ;) I'm one of those readers that has been looking for the ending to the series since 1993. Some readers are very dedicated to the point of mapping out every dangling plot thread, talking endlessly into the night on forums and social media about conspiracies, and COSPLAYing at various conventions. Brandon Sanderson himself I believe mentioned benefiting from these fans in putting everything together as he undertook this journey. For the purposes of this review, let me make it clear I'm not one of these types of fans. I benefit from their work and discussions on occasion, but I'm not as Dedicated ;) So realize this is the review of a fairly average reader. The prologue represents the book - a very desperate and seemingly lost situation with barely a glimmer of hope of success, all coming at a monumental (btw, "Monumental" should have been Thom's word) cost. I would say a good 70 - 80% of the book was war scenes, from battle sequences to strategy sessions. I enjoyed all of it, and felt as though I was in the thick of the fighting throughout. A great number of plot threads that I could recall were resolved. Some others were left open, though I'm not sure which since I didn't check any websites that held these details, nor was I really interested since I just wanted to get to the grand finale anyway =D I was also pleasantly surprised to have certain assumptions that had paraded throughout the series as fact either challenged or obliterated. This series, at its heart, is about the characters and they don't disappoint. All the "main" characters get ample screen time and all are crucial to success. For those looking for a series where mainstay characters all live, this isn't it. Look for many deaths throughout. This is war and there are no favorites. As for the villains, Demandred lives up to being perhaps the best Forsaken and most feared of them all. I would have preferred Padan Fain to have had more of a role in affecting outcomes in all battles. On writing style, I think this book had the right balance of pacing and detail I enjoyed from the first six of the series as well as 9 and 11 (books 7, 8, and especially 10 not enjoyable on pacing). I think words like "arabesque" and
"blowhard" shouldn't have made the final cut because they're terms unique to the real world, but those are minor details and not worth grouching overly much on. As far as length goes, I'm one of those people not intimidated or irritated by length, so 900 pages was no big deal. If it would have gone on for 100 or so more explaining what happens post "Last Battle", I would have been just fine, but I suppose the fun in this series is in imagining and thinking about the characters long after putting the book down, and I'll likely do that for some time to come =D All-in-all, this book is a five-star book. I've looked forward to reading this for some time now (20 years), and I'm satisfied and finally at peace with this series (I long stopped reading fantasy fiction after college because of time constraints with work and family, this was the only series left!). I look forward to one day rereading the whole series (as I used to when a new book would come out) in its entirety, from start to finish (even the slow books =) A big thank you to Brandon Sanderson for taking on this enormous project, and to Harriet for editing and keeping this going.
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