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Preview — Towers of Midnight by Robert Jordan
Towers of Midnight (The Wheel of Time #13)
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
On top of that, the emotional range of the characters has expanded g ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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.)
Well, you two have to at least admit that Towers of Midnight is the most action-packed book in the whole series.
No question there.
I won't argue the point. You're talking to the guy who spent four consecutive books s ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
We get ...more
Sanderson turns this around with a flare of despair. The characters mature and the story line moves f ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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- ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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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 ...more
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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.”