A Memory of Light eBook 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 This was much, much better than I had been expecting, and my expectations were not low. Usually in fantasy books, when you hear about epic battles coming, you can expect a few chapters devoted to them, usually near the end, and the last part of that will be largely ignoring the details of the battle itself to focus on the epic clash of protagonist & antagonist. Not so here. Almost the entire book is the last battle. They start out fighting in Camelyn, take a little time to resolve the conference that was coming together at the end of the last book, and then it's on, and it doesn't really let up. There are breaks to peek into strategy sessions or character activities, but probably 80% of the book is the battle. And it is not a massacre of redshirts. I can say that almost anyone who's ever spoken in any of the books and hasn't already been tied off one way or another ends up at the battle in some way, doing something, and lots of people with names go down, far more than I was honestly expecting. However, it is never mindless or rote; there is tension throughout. Everyone comes into their own in one way or another. If I could deduct half a star for the ending I would. I feel like there were some loose ends that were not sufficiently tied off. My specific complaints and what I was okay with are in the spoilers section. A lot of what happens afterward on a larger scale has to be inferred based on prophecies and visions that happened previously, and I could wish for a bit more detail in several places. That said, the book still gets 5 from me because it was very, very, good in all other respects. P.S. Lan is an amazing and unmitigated badass, finalized as of this book, not open to argument.
It's so bittersweet to finish a series of books I have been reading since 7th GRADE. That's right around 20 YEARS, people. That's insane. Also, each book was at least 600 pages, usually closer to 1000, so call it somewhere between 10,000-14,000 pages invested in this world. And why would anyone do such a thing? Because the world is SO FANTASTIC!
Women are truly equal in this world, holding top rank as queens, generals, and generally wise women who weild MAGIC! And it's a classic eternal battle between good and evil! And there's MAGIC (did I mention that??) and all kinds of different races of people who have vastly different customs and costumes and traditions that clash in fascinating ways... and where the hero is truly, TRULY human--sometimes you love him, sometimes you love to hate him. Sometimes you think surely the world will be saved, sometimes you're really not sure which way it will go... Especially in the last book of such a monumental series, it's a challenge to wrap up such a vast story in a way that feels authentic, realistic, and yet satisfies the audience's desires to see the good guys win...which I really think they did in an impressive way. Anyway, if you like fantasy at all, this is a series you HAVE to try. It's been a fantastic journey, and I may have to revisit some of my favorite books again in the future when I miss Rand and Elayne and Edgewene and Lan and Perrin and Mat and everybody. Ahhh...thanks Robert Jordan!
It's been a bumpy journey, but at last we've reached the end of the Age. This book isn't perfect, but it is a very satisfying end to the series. If I didn't have to sleep, I probably wouldn't have put it down. I truly haven't enjoyed the series more since The Eye of the World. The scale and pacing of this book are so different than most of the later books that it almost seems like a different series. Involving the 4 Generals at the beginning seemed stupid to me and started to drag a bit, but it really takes off after that. I've said before how so many events were rushed over in previous books. That is finally remedied here. With the Last Battle chapter taking up nearly 200 pages, you are really thrown into the mix of things. The emotions that were drug out of me while reading this were intense. I laughed more than I have reading any of the other books. I also had tears well up at unexpected deaths. I had goosebumps running up my arms in the final moments with Rand and the Dark One. Truly a fantastic read.
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