The Gathering Storm (Wheel of Time #12)
The final volume of the Wheel of Time, A Memory of Light, was partially written by Robert Jordan before his untimely passing in 2007. Brandon Sanderson, New York Times bestselling author of the Mistborn books, was chosen by Jordan’s editor---his wife, Harriet McDougal---to complete the final book. The scope a...more
Well at least they finally killed *** ******. Yeah, I won't put in a spoiler, not that it would matter that much, but then Sanderson has continued Jordan's established pattern of actually tying up few plot points per volume. That is I suppose why it will (he says) take 2 more of these gargantuan tomes to complete this story.
Okay (I seem to say that...more
This twelfth volume of The Wheel of Time is one of the most famous of recent times. Simply because it was, at the time it was promised, expected to be the final volume of the (then) ongoing series. It was also the first volume written by Brandon Sanderson (then known simply for Mistborn: The Final Empire) with the aid of many, many notes left by Robert Jordan. When I picked up The Eye of the World three or so years ago I knew that this twelfth volume of The Wheel of Time (due at the end of that...more
I said I wasn't interested. I said I wouldn't bother reading this until the whole series was done. But with all the great reviews, and also having really liked Sanderson's other work, I went back on my word as soon as I saw this at Costco! On top of that, I'm even ignoring some books I've been dying to read that I have on hand, notably Kingsolver's new one. I'm such a liar!
Well, I've finished. I busted my...more
Oh wait, I haven't read this book yet. Well I'll just leave this review until I feel the need to change it.
Now I have read it and it was better than I had hoped.
Book 12 of the Wheel of time
By Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson
A Wheel of Time Retrospective by Eric Allen
In 1990 Robert Jordan published The Eye of the World and changed my life forever. At that time the series was to be a trilogy. Ten books, a prequel of significant size, and a companion guide later he died with the story unfinished and three volumes of the series left to be written by another writer from extensive notes, partially written scenes and extensive dictations...more
Sanderson puts in so many things that Jordan alluded to for effect but never satisfactorily depicted: Aes Sedai politics, characters' scheming and ploys, Rand recalling all the women he killed.
Characters reminisce about their past and other characters Jordan neglected, and refer to how they have changed; their emotions are more real and tangible, and demonstrated through actions. Egwene...more
I read my other review of this book and found it interesting, I really liked Rand before, now, eh, he is so dark and, I guess just not the guy for me this time around. I am more of a Perrin gal.
No more thinking of that other review. What did I think here...? Some things happened that I had totally forgotten, it has to do with the Black Ajah. Good thing I read it again then ;)
I am craving the end now, oh how slowly this series moves. It sure shows when I have read all in a year. I am also dis...more
There are some wonderful moments in the Wheel of Time series. Unfortunately, they're buried under some really dull and often ridiculous moments. This was brought home to me when reading the final few chapters of the Gathering Storm. I have no idea which parts are Jordan and which parts are Sanderson, but it seems to me if you are going to have a major character go through somethin...more
In effetti Drago Rinato e (ormai quasi definitiva) Am...more
There are a few loose ends tied u...more
That was my first impression upon finishing this book. And I gotta say, beyond the big reveal that has the nice touch of being simultaneously completely believable and TOTALLY unexpected, I really liked it quite a lot.
Brandon Sanderson was an inspired choice to finish the Wheel of Time. His prose style has a lot of similarities with Robert Jordan, which made the transition from the last book seem natural, and Sanderson has a nice...more
The story isn't much improved -- still too sprawling and too slow, though they ruthlessly cull a plotline or two that wasn't adding much in this one, which I appreciated -- but the prose is much crisper. Shorter sentences, more active verbs, less redundant usage (Robert Jordan was huge on redundant usage) -- it's just tidier.
It would have been nice t...more
Twenty-two years ago my friend JK gave me a book to read, the first book of The Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan. In some small way, that day changed my life. As I began reading the first book, The Eye of the World, Jordan’s third book of a projected six, neared its date for release. I flew through the first two and like JK anxiously awaited The Dragon Reborn. What I was about to receive, in addition to a copy of that book were decades-long lessons in patience,...more
The Gathering Storm is book 12 of Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time series, who passed away before he was able to finish the series. Sanderson was chosen by Jordan’s editor, (and wife) Harriet McDougal, to finish the series based on extensive notes and conversations Jordan had had with family about the series.
I absolutely loved it. I think Sanderson did an incredible job – I’d rate it as one of the top books of the series so far, up there with books...more
I had this book for about 12 months before reading it. Just enjoying the cover art, thinking about the possibilities, stretching out the consumption for as long as possible so as to minimise the wait for the big finale. Awesome read, after investing 15 years of my imagination into this series its great to finally get some pay off! I don't know if it's the change in writers or if the story is just finally coming to a head, but there's some big events here that keep those pages tu...more
“The battle scenes have the breathless urgency of firsthand experience, and the . . . evil laced into the forces of good, the dangers latent in any promised salvation, the sense of the unavoidable onslaught of unpredictable events bear the marks of American national experience during the last three decades.”—_The New York Times_ on The Wheel of Time
“The Wheel of Time . . . is a fantasy tale seldom equaled and still less often surpassed in English.”—_Chicago Sun-Times_
“Jordan has a po
That was both a good and a bad idea. I'm pleased that I'll have Towers of Midnight within the week and A Memory of Light in a few months time. I am not a very patient man.
The downside was I've forgotten so much! This story is huge and the books are no joke either....more
Author: Robert Jordan & Brandon Sanderson
Year of Publication: 2009
Page count: 766
I began reading the Wheel of Time series when I was in the 6th grade. Each year I anxiously awaited the release of the next book in the series. This epic fantasy series has a habit of twisting and turning its way into the reader’s heart. The last book to be released was the eleventh book in the series “A Knife of Dreams” which debuted in 2005. At this point most of the fan...more
|Fantasy Book Club...: The GATHERING STORM - Chapters 26 to 39 *SPOILERS*||5||23||Apr 02, 2013 10:05pm|
|Fantasy Book Club...: The GATHERING STORM - Finished *SPOILERS*||5||25||Mar 29, 2013 02:40pm|
|Fantasy Book Club...: The GATHERING STORM - Chapters 40 through Epilogue **SPOILERS**||7||20||Mar 28, 2013 04:38am|
|Fantasy Book Club...: The GATHERING STORM - Chapters 12 to 25 *SPOILERS*||4||18||Mar 17, 2013 08:20am|
|Fantasy Book Club...: The GATHERING STORM - Planning to Read? First Impressions? **NO SPOILERS**||6||25||Mar 08, 2013 08:45pm|
|Fantasy Book Club...: The GATHERING STORM - Prologue through Chapter 11 *SPOILERS*||5||25||Mar 08, 2013 11:34am|
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'Reily.
Jordan was born in Charleston, South Carolina. He served two tours in Vietnam (from 1968 to...more