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Towers of Midnight (The Wheel of Time #13)

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The Last Battle has started. The seals on the Dark One’s prison are crumbling. The Pattern itself is unraveling, and the armies of the Shadow have begun to boil out of the Blight.

The sun has begun to set upon the Third Age.

Perrin Aybara is now hunted by specters from his past: Whitecloaks, a slayer of wolves, and the responsibilities of leadership. All the while, an unsee

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Paperback, 1245 pages
Published October 4th 2011 by Tor Books (first published November 2nd 2009)
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Duffy Pratt
If feels like a different series now. The pace is moving at least three times as fast as the later Jordan books. And that's being charitable. Let's face it. There's a about one hundred pages of Crossroads of Twilight where the sum total of the action was that Elayne took a bath. There are seemingly endless stretches where Jordan would devote a page or two to an Aes Sedai raising an eyebrow -- or worse, almost raising an eyebrow.

On top of that, the emotional range of the characters has expanded g
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Evgeny
Final rating: 3.5 stars.

This book has two very different parts which divide it exactly in the middle.

The first part: nothing at all happens. Yes, you read it right: the first 50% of the book make Crossroads of Twilight - which is considered the slowest Jordan's book - look like a non-stop action thriller. I just finished reading this one and cannot recall any event of some significance whatsoever.

The first chapter returns to POV of a lowly and completely irrelevant farmer who provided a ride to
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Mike (the Paladin)
****** Prelude to the actual review and doesn't need to be read before the body of the review ********* : originally reviewed Nov.2010. Updated Dec. 2014.

I'm about a third of the way through this book and I've got to say that while there are some wonderful moments, Sanderson is carrying on Jordan's tradition of beating a subject or plot point not only to death but till it falls apart and starts to stink!

I am heartily sick to death of Perrin's self flagellation and flat refusal to accept ANY rea
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Isk
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Zach
The Ta'veren Tavern
A one-act play by Zach

(The Ta'veren Tavern, a passably nice watering hole with very few patrons. The architecture of the room, indeed of reality itself, seems to bend and warp to center on the three young men, RAND, MAT, and PERRIN, sitting at the bar.)

RAND
Well, you two have to at least admit that Towers of Midnight is the most action-packed book in the whole series.

MAT
No question there.

PERRIN
I won't argue the point. You're talking to the guy who spent four consecutive books s
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The Crimson Fucker
Do you know about Naruto filler episodes??? They were so horrible that they manage to make me hate a show I actually liked a lot! They grab awesome characters that I loved and put em in retarded situations that had nothing to do with the actual original plot of the show! That got me mad! Mad to the point that I decided to stop watching it… you know maybe that won’t reach anybody here! I mean! I think I have like 1 friend on my friend list who knows what a filler episode is! Maybe I should explai ...more
Paul Schulzetenberg
There's no question now, after this second book, that Brandon Sanderson has fully taken Robert Jordan's style and done what Jordan himself was having great trouble doing: progressing the story, and yes, even wrapping it up. And this climax is fulfilling all the promise that the series has had during its best moments. Finally, we get the denouement that we've been waiting for. Characters are finally coming into their own, and showing real growth rather than the stale stubbornness that was becomin ...more
Danielle
Tor is apparently refusing to issue this as an ebook. Guess I'll have to see. I like the series, but I won't read large paper novels anymore. I simply don't have the space or the wrist strength for it.

11/20 - Found the hardback in a used book store. Bought it, will sell it again when I'm done, then buy the ebook in a couple years (maybe). Tor will NOT have my money twice (and maybe not at all), and I don't want to support the hardback format. It's so difficult to hold and transport, so it sits o
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Peter Krol
If I knew 13 years ago what I know now, I probably would never have begun reading the Wheel of Time series.

It's really fun. It has some terrific ideas. I can't wait to see how it's going to end. I'm committed.

But that's the problem. I don't really have much more motivation to read the series anymore beyond the fact that I'm committed to it.

This book was fun. Some exciting things happened that we've been waiting for for a long time. But it took 500 pages before I felt like the pace of the story w
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Lori (Hellian)
I dreamt I got a serpent ring. Ya think I'm reading this incessantly? You'd be right!

Finished - Seattle had a severe cold front with snow so I had the opportunity to just settle in with this book, which was perfect. Look, admittedly I'm a fangirl of this series, yet how many years has it been since the first? A long long time. As everyone knows the last several books were all over the place, too many characters - instead of focusing on what we had, Jordan just added yet more characters until eve
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Carrie (Care)
The Towers of Midnight is a completely different beast than The Gathering Storm. In the 13th instalment of The Wheel of Time series we have a much lighter tone (at times), which surprised me. I think it was needed though after the shadow cast over the last few books. The shadow is still there, but we have a bit of a reprieve from the madness, decay, and darkness that has spread over the world. It seems like the calm before the storm. And this coming storm could be the storm to end it all.

We get
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Steven Taylor
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Servius  Heiner
Don't send the mob to my house but... I think it was best for Jordan to go off and die before finishing this series. The series as a whole started off great, but somewhere around book five it went stagnant. Part of the problem was Jordan was dragging his feet the second problem was there was no character maturing. All the main characters continued to act like they did in the start of the series.

Sanderson turns this around with a flare of despair. The characters mature and the story line moves f
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Ryan
Narrative structure is taught in middle school and refreshed in high school. So surely it would safe to assume that it's standard stuff.

Exposition, rising action, climax, falling action.

I'm sure someone's about to correct me.

Before you do, I'll note that when I was a kid, there were five parts of plot. Most textbooks that I come across now list four. And different names and charts are used in different textbooks.

What controls all of this? Tension. Excitement. Suspense? How about conflict? Someti
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Eric Allen
Towers of Midnight
Book 13 of The Wheel of Time
By Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson

A Wheel of Time Retrospective by Eric Allen

Just a mere year after the release of The Gathering Storm Wheel of Time fans were treated to the next book. We hadn't seen a yearly release for over a decade, and many of us, myself included, felt rather spoiled by it. Brandon Sanderson seemed to have worked on this project day and night to get it completed for us. Which is especially impressive, considering he also publ
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Julie
No matter how long I've been reading these books (now over 20 years) they hold my attention. I can't wait until the last book comes out and I can read the whole series again and completely. This book combines all the storylines into one. There isn't the usual seperation of storylines. Some of the books just would focus on certain characters, now they are all coming together for the Last Battle. There isn't much on the Seachan but I expect that they will be tied up in the last book as well. I'm s ...more
Allison
I initially skipped over my review of Towers of Midnight because I was in such a rush to get into A Memory of Light. Now I'm finally getting back to it, and it makes me kind of sad that I'm actually finished reading the series and that I've just carried blithely on with my life since then.

The end of The Gathering Storm felt so momentous to me that I was dying to jump into this book. But I had forgotten that the massive scope of this epic meant that other characters needed their chance, and when
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Chris
I'm actually pretty torn between a 4 and 5 star rating with this one. There were parts throughout the book where it dragged, where I felt this Crossroads of Twilight feeling of plot going nowhere. But those parts were relatively short, and the good parts. Wow. When it was good, it was really good.

So the penultimate volume in The World of Time is here to set up the grand finale. Does it do this? Yes. It brings some plotlines to a close and sets up the action for the Last Battle, that end of time-
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Sean O'Hara
Why do I abuse myself like this? After giving up this damned series after book eight or nine, I stupidly decided to give it another shot now that there's hope that it will end within the foreseeable future. Waste of time. The plot is rushed -- after five books of nothing happening, the plot is rushed! -- the characters are more annoying than ever, even the ones who are normally tolerable like Mat, and the writing is even more hackish than usual.
Chad
The Wheel of Time has been my constant companion through life since I was about 13 years old. I can still remember the sense of wonder the first book brought me way back when. I have read, and re-read the series countless times, growing up with my favorite characters, Rand, Perrin, Mat, Egwene, Nynaeve, Faile, Gaul, and so many more. The series had lots of ups and downs, and waiting years between each book was sometimes difficult, especially as storylines became so fragmented little action was p ...more
Dawn
I finished this a couple days ago, but had to take a breather from it before I came and wrote my review. This was for two reasons: (1) If I had written it right away, I would have never been able to do it without spoilers (and I hate putting spoilers in reviews); and (2) If I had written it right away, it would probably have been at least half as long as the book itself.

But let's keep this short. I mean what really can I say? This is a review to the 13th book in the series. If you've read 1 - 12
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Bill
I started reading the Wheel of Time series in 1989. Twenty-one years ago and, yet, I stick with it. Some people would think I am a glutton for punishment however, books like "Towers of Midnight" serve as a reward for my patience.

Sanderson took over the writing duties for the series in the previous book, "The Gathering Storm" and he took a while to get comfortable with each of the characters which is why I felt the second half of that book was much better than the first. Fortunately he continued
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Peter
Not as good as The Gathering Storm, but still a solid read. Brandon Sanderson does an excellent job of tying up the hundreds of loose threads left dangling with Mr. Jordan's untimely passing, though there is a rushed quality to much of it, as storylines that have gone on for years and years are hurriedly closed off, often with just a few sentences or a chapter at most.

This is not Brandon's fault, though. With so very many loose ends, there is no way to give them all the bang ending they seem to
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Alex Ristea
Oh my, here we are. The story is almost complete.

I've been fortunate enough to read these books straight through without an agonizing wait. Still, it's a long haul: 13 books, almost 4 million words, and 11,000 pages.

Totally worth it.

Towers of Midnight was very much a "set up" novel, where most of the pieces are put in place for a final confrontation. I loved that Brandon Sanderson is finishing up the series (he's the reason I picked it up in the first place), and I cannot wait to see how everyth
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Stewart
I started this book expecting to read (finally) about Mat and the Tower of Ghenjai. I didn't expect it to take 800 pages before Sanderson finally got around to telling that tale. In fact, by the mid-700s, I was starting to wonder if it hadn't gotten shuttled to the next book. I also didn't expect about 75% of this book to take place before the end of the previous novel. While it's possible that this was a better order to structure the novels in, and while the occasional back-and-forth is a well- ...more
Jonathan

Towers of Midnight is the second book of three between Brandon Sanderson and the late Robert Jordan to finish off the Wheel of Time series. It can be interesting to go back and re-read a novel a year or so after last reading it to find that you didn't remember as many of the finer details as you thought. Though the large ideas had remained with me the small fine details were lost to some extent. Perhaps the fact that I read through the entire series chronologically helped me to see the finer det
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Mike
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Blodeuedd Finland
30.12.2012
First just let me say how much I hate the Seanchan, and they are not even the bad guys, well ok they are bad, but not THE bad guys. Here we get insight into what might happen if the world comes out ok after the last battle. And I will only say that I hope everyone last Seanchan ends up in a Trollock pot and get eaten. There is no hope for this world and the Seanchan is so ruthless in that their way is the only way.

Yup hating the Seanchan.

Find myself understanding *coughs* sort of, Gala
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Knjigoholičarka
Imam utisak da je ova knjiga malo "slabija" od prethodne, a možda je to i zato što sam ovu zgrabila da čitam relativno brzno nakon prošle... pa me malo smorila. U svakom slučaju, Perin je prevazišao svoje 'piški mi se - kaki mi se' dileme i, što bi Čeda Jovanović rekao, preuzeo odgovornost za svoje postupke, što je uticalo na to da i Faila prestane da sikće i pametuje, mada i dalje pokazuje neosporne znake egocentrizma. Rand i Min su nepopravljivo, čak do granica bljutavosti sentimentalni, smara ...more
Riannon
I almost wanted to give this book a five. The writing is really good, and the plot moves forward a nice amount during the course of the book. I like quite a few of the characters in the story better as Sanderson writes them than I did as Jordan wrote them.

The only things preventing me from giving it a five star rating are: 1. Since Sanderson started writing the series, the characters have all become a lot more introspective. This difference is intrusive sometimes. 2. I felt like the part in the
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Librarian Note: There is more than one author in the Goodreads database with this name.

Robert Jordan was the pen name of James Oliver Rigney, Jr., under which he was best known as the author of the bestselling The Wheel of Time fantasy series. He also wrote under the names Reagan O'Neal and Jackson O'Reilly.

Jordan was born in Charleston, South Carolina. He served two tours in Vietnam (from 1968 to
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“He felt something on his neck. Warmth.
He hesitated, then turned weary eyes toward the sky. Sunlight bathed his face. He gaped; it seemed so long since he’d seen pure sunlight. It shone down through a large break in the clouds, comforting, like the warmth of an oven baking a loaf of Adrinne’s thick sourdough bread.
Almen stood, raising a hand to shade his eyes. He took a deep, long breath, and smelled… apple blossoms? He spun with a start.
The apple trees were flowering.
That was plain ridiculous. He rubbed his eyes, but that didn’t dispel the image. They were blooming, all of them, white flowers breaking out between the leaves.
[...] What was happening? Apple trees didn’t blossom twice. Was he going mad?
Footsteps sounded softly on the path that ran past the orchard. Almen spun to find a tall young man walking down out of the foothills. He had deep red hair and he wore ragged clothing: a brown cloak with loose sleeves and a simple white linen shirt beneath. The trousers were finer, black with a delicate embroidery of gold at the cuff.
“Ho, stranger,” Almen said, raising a hand, not knowing what else to say, not even sure if he’d seen what he thought he’d seen. “Did you… did you get lost up in the foothills?”
The man stopped, turning sharply. He seemed surprised to find Almen there. With a start, Almen realized the man’s left arm ended in a stump.
The stranger looked about, then breathed in deeply. “No. I’m not lost. Finally. It feels like a great long time since I’ve understood the path before me.”
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