A Memory of Light Book by Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson
Click Here to Download the Book Since 1990, when Robert Jordan’s The Wheel of Time® 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) andTowers of Midnight (Book 13) behind him, both of which were # 1 New York Times hardcover bestsellers, Sanderson now re-creates the vision that Robert Jordan left behind. Edited by Jordan’s widow, who edited all of Jordan’s books, A Memory of Light will delight, enthrall, and deeply satisfy all of Jordan’s legions of readers.
Reviews Writing a review of Memory of Light without writing a critique of the entire WoT series is nigh impossible, so I'm not even going to try. Suffice to say, the best and worst of both Sanderson and Jordan are on display. And while AMOL has a few almost debilitating scenes as well as some truly exquisite moments, it bests the biggest obstacle in its way: ending a series that has been going for over two decades and survived it's own creator with aplomb. None of this means that I believe A Memory of Light is a fantastic book, or that the Wheel of Time represents the pinnacle of high fantasy (neither are true); much like the series itself, much of AMOL is repetitive and certain chapters can be chores to read, even though they could be well written (how long can a reader follow characters that are exhausted from war without becoming exhausted themselves?). And where the series is fractured and tangential, AMOL is highly focused and driven, almost to a fault. But the Wheel of Time has always been a fatally flawed series that relied on the occasional iconic scene to lift the rest of an otherwise dull book focused around two dimensional characters, and AMOL isn't much different. Sanderson never rises to the heights that Jordan was capable of, but he has made Jordan's characters far more readable, though Sanderson still allots too much time hand-waving away irrelevant story-lines that were left to fester through 11 previous books by Jordan without any real gratification. But none of that matters. Not really. The Wheel of Time is the raison d'etre of modern high fantasy and reading it is like looking through the dissolved history of the genre. It's a throwback to classic tales like the Belgariad and Dragonriders of Pern, while also serving as the foundation for the modern epics like Malazan and the more light-hearted tales like the Gentlemen Bastards. A Memory of Light is an immensely satisfying-if-flawed ending to the series, so it's hard to give it anything but 5 stars.
I found this one at my local Wal-Mart. (Work really gets in the way of reading!) I have read the entire series since it came out in 1990. That is a long time to be caught up in a story. More on this one later.
I finshed it this one this morning. What a ending! I am glad it is over, but a little sad as well. I have been so caught up in the story of Rand Al'Thor for so many years, it will be hard to let this one go. I have all 14 books in hardback so I can read them again as needed. Brandon Sanderson has done an excelent job of picking up the threads of the story and bringing them to best ending he could. Robert Jordan would be proud of his work.
I guess I'm finished with the Wheel of Time Saga. I still have the prequel to read, but it won't be the same, now that I know how it all turns out... It has been a long journey, but a pleasant one. I felt like I really was practically living inside of this little world built by Robert Jordan. I guess the best way to describe it is with this analogy:
You know when you move somewhere, be it abroad or just to another city, for a limited period of time? Well, when you get back, you feel a little bit emptier inside, knowing that you will never have that same exact experience again. You can always go back and visit, but it won't be the same as that sense of somewhere new, somewhere unexpected, new stories, new friends.
Well, I feel about the same here. I can always go back and re-read it, but it will be like meeting up with old friends, as opposed to making new ones. I guess that isn't bad at all really, but it's just the way I see it. Well, what to say about this specific book besides: EPIC. I tried slowing it down a bit, I wanted to savor the last book of the series for as long as possible. These past couple of days I've read only a few pages, trying to prolong the moment before 'mourning' for the end.
The battles are exquisite. So much going on, so many hurt and dying, characters that I have come to care for, gone in the blink of an eye. Even so, I believe that all that transpired in this book, was just building up to the grand finale.
Frankly, I was a tad bit disappointed in regards to the main character, but the rest of the book and what happened to the other characters was pretty amazing. I'll mourn for the ones I liked and lost, but rejoice in knowing that some of my favorites lived through the ordeal. I think I'll wait a little before I read the prequel. I know it's just a book and a story, but I'm sure that some people here will understand that some books feel like more. I actually expected to feel worse, but the ending kind of took that edge off. I did feel worse during a lot of the book, lol :) I recommend this to every fantasy lover out there. It's a pretty damn good book ;)
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