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The Gathering Storm (The Wheel of Time #12)

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Tarmon Gai'don, the Last Battle, looms. And mankind is not ready.

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
Hardcover, First, 783 pages
Published October 27th 2009 by Tor Books (first published 2009)
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“Ravens and crows. Rats Mists and clouds. Insects and corruption. Strange events and odd occurrences. The ordinary twisted and strange. Wonders!

The dead are beginning to walk and some see them. Others do not, but more and more, we all fear the night.

These have been our days. They rain upon us beneath a dead sky, crushing us with their fury, until as one we beg: "Let it begin!"

-Journal of the Unknown Scholar, entry for The Feast of Freia, 1000 NE”

Tarmon Gai’don is looming. War, death and madness
Dec 15, 2009 Richard rated it really liked it
I first picked up the Wheel of Time series fifteen years ago while a freshman in college. I remember being totally caught up in the series, consumed by the characters and taken in by the world. I looked forward to every page, couldn't decide on my favorite character and couldn't wait for the next book. That changed as the series went on. Wandering plotlines, characters that became so unlikeable that I loathed when they appeared for more than a chapter at a time, and so much of the plot taken up ...more
Jul 15, 2015 Kaitlin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-sff-faves
So this is book 12 of the Wheel of Time series and this is the first one which is written after Jordan's death by Brandon Sanderson. I am not going to lie, Sanderson is the reason I began reading the WoT series (because I wanted to read everything by him) but along the way Jordan sucked me in, developed this stunning world of visionary, resentful, powerful and dangerous characters, and created a massively fun story. Some of the books are better than others. I liked most of the ones so far (altho ...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
Mar 24, 2014 Evgeny rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Final rating: 3.5 stars.

After an early and unexpected death of Robert Jordan somebody had to finish his magnum opus. A relatively new and unknown at the time author was chosen: Brandon Sanderson. Fortunately for the series' fans Jordan left enough notes regarding further plot developments and it is said the final chapters of the last book were entirely written by him. So did Sanderson succeed in continuing the biggest epic series in fantasy? It really depends on what you expect from Wheel of Tim
Dec 07, 2009 Lori rated it really liked it

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
Mar 23, 2015 Phrynne rated it it was amazing
Book number twelve in the series and I really think I liked it the best so far. What's not to like when my favourite characters are featured so much. Rand of course has been a favourite from the beginning but now I also find Mat to be interesting and very entertaining. Even Egwane redeems herself in this book and has some of the most exciting scenes all to herself. An awful lot happens in this particular volume and the story really feels as though it is progressing towards its ending. Brandon Sa ...more
Oct 18, 2010 Andrew rated it liked it
Superior to the last half-dozen Jordan books, Sanderson does The Wheel of Time better than its original author.

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
Jan 20, 2014 Brian rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, 2009, 2014
Dear Brandon Sanderson:

I started reading this series around the time the 3rd book came out and I loved them to death. My copies of the first few books in the series have been read and read so many times that they fell apart years ago.

As the series continued on, adding more and more characters, and becoming more and more cumbersome, I got more and more disillusioned with it and the overall grand vision. My complaints about the series seemed to increase with each passing book, ultimately hoping th
Mike (the Paladin)
Dec 24, 2012 Mike (the Paladin) rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy
Okay, I've got to put everything else aside till I read's nearly 800 pages and other people at the library are waiting for me to finish it.

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
Jan 01, 2010 Jeanne rated it it was amazing
To be real honest, I actually think this is the best book of the series so far. Brandon Sanderson is a much better writer than Robert Jordan, and mind you I read all 11 books by Jordan so he's not THAT shabby! Harriet (Robert jordan's widow) picked the PERFECT writer to finish the series from Jordan's notes. He grew up with those books and is a huge fan boy of the series so he is ever so mindful to stay within the parameters of the world and the previous books in the series. He's paid a great de ...more
Sep 02, 2015 Dux rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The fact that I am rewriting this review is a testament to the greatness that the Wheel of Time can present to me.

Obviously, you can see the rating, but you may not know that those 5-star ratings are rarer than you can imagine for me to give. Once GR gives the ability to half-stars, my ratings are gonna grow that much more rarer. But anyways, why do I love the Gathering Storm? You will definitely find out.

Sanderson's Writing. I do not know any person who has actually read this series who could
Jul 04, 2009 Foomy marked it as to-read
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Eric Allen
Oct 05, 2012 Eric Allen rated it it was amazing
The Gathering Storm
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
The Crimson Fucker
Ok…. Here goes nothing:

Let’s see this series been out for what? More than fucking 20 years now?? IDK I started to read it back in 2003... And this is fucking book #12!!!! That fat bearded bastard promised to finish the series in only one more book… but the leaches that are the publishers or IDK how the fucking book publishing industry works or nothing… but GOD DAMN! A retard like me can see that they water this shit down! Is book fucking 12! I know how the Seanchan helmets look like, I know what
Wow. I'm still kind of stunned, trying to resurface back to reality right now. This is what I remember feeling the first time I read the beginning of the series. I'm glad I re-read all the previous books so all the details would be fresh, but I forgot what it was like to read one of these books with all the suspense, hope, fear, anticipation - and compulsion - of not having read it before. I suppose that's enough raving, but I haven't been so submerged in a book for a long, long time.

A lot happ
Rebecca ♥ Matrim, Kishan, Magnus ♥
I forgot until now that this was partially written by Brandon Sanderson. I couldn't even tell the difference.
Aaron Burke
Dec 09, 2009 Aaron Burke rated it really liked it
The Wheel of Time "trilogy" is now on book 12, with two more scheduled. Maybe the series should have been named "The Eternal Derivative." It is the most derivative work in fantasy literature! 40% Dune, 40% Lord of the Rings (LOTR), and 20% Star Wars. The Aes Sedai are clones of Dune's Bene Gesserit. The Aiel are replicas of Dune's Fremen. "Channeling" is simply tapping into the Force. Could the Black Ajah be any more like the Sith? Or the trollocs the orcs? The main characters are so similar to ...more
Carrie (Care)
Wow, I loved this book! This book had a faster pace compared to the previous few books. There was a good amount of loose ends we've been waiting to get wrapped up come to a conclusion. Brandon did an amazing job with this book, and I am even more excited to read the final two volumes. I have to say there were a few times I'd think to myself 'so and so wouldn't say that' or I thought a character was acting out of place (mostly one character, but I bet all of us fans will have this feeling with di ...more
Nov 09, 2009 Bryce rated it it was amazing
So here we are. Finally, after my long drawn-out re-read of the Wheel of Time series, I was able to read the new book. I have to admit, I was more than a little apprehensive going into the read. I mean, I know Brandon, and I trust his writing and skill, but no one's perfect. Everyone has a dud now and then--even when they're writing their own material. Finishing someone else's material? I could see many ways where that would go wrong. What if I didn't like it? Should I still review it and be bru ...more
Ivana Azap
Aug 19, 2015 Ivana Azap rated it it was amazing
Shelves: epic-fantasy
I love Mat. I actually, and really, love Mat. :D

“That bloody thing was designed by insane cross eyed trollocs and built from the bones of the damned” Mat bloody Cauthon

“Uncase the banner, Macoll. This time, we’ll let them know who’s killing them.” Mat Cauthon

I don’t know. Not unless you think it could hurt to end up surrounded by crazy, homicidal mountain-folk. -Mat Cauthon, The Gathering Storm, Chapter 28: Night in Hinderstap

“I don’t know. They could put up a warning sign or something. Hello. W
Nov 23, 2015 Chris rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Wheel of Time fans
This book is simply awesome. Brandon Sanderson gets a big A+ on his effort to finish Robert Jordan's epic, as of the first volume at least.

Some story threads are brought to a close, and some are definitely being steered to an ending. There are some that were just touched on, and we are left with lots of questions that will need to be answered in the final two volumes. But that being said, I can definitely see that everything is heading in the right direction. The end is near. The Last Battle is
May 03, 2010 Holly rated it it was amazing
Okay, this book was AWESOME! If you've been a Jordan fan for years, and have been tired of waiting for the next book to come out, or if you've gotten a little bogged down with the immense details and the politics of the story, never fear! This book makes it all worth it. My husband and I both absolutely loved it. We feel like we've been on an amazing adventure together as we've worked our way through all twelve of the Wheel of Time books. This book ties up so many loose ends of the story. It doe ...more
Wow. Was this ever a pleasant surprise.

I got into Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time series about eight years ago. Despite protestations from friends that I should steer clear of it because it went completely off the rails after about five books and probably wouldn't ever be finished, I gave it a shot, and like so many other readers I got hooked. This was unfortunate, because as I discovered halfway through the series, my friends were right. The Wheel of Time did go off the rails, and badly, with Rob
Jul 04, 2009 Alan rated it it was amazing
Totally love this book. Brandon Sanderson really has what it takes to pick up where Robert Jordan left off.

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.

Aug 30, 2015 Lilyan rated it it was amazing

Oh.My.God. What an emotional roller coaster! I've fallen in love with this series all over again. I've forgotten how amazing this installment was. This installment is equivalent to finding water in the desert. After 11 books of world building and plot twisting we have a climax. This is the turning point in the series, the last 2 books serve as a resolution. What a book! I read the bulk of it while on holiday and I spent all the train/plane rides either crying, laughing or talking to myse
Dec 07, 2009 Grampybone rated it it was amazing
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Jun 22, 2013 Knjigoholičarka rated it really liked it
Ova knjiga je odlična, pre svega zato što u njoj nema Elejne, a i zato što su Perin i Faila svedeni na najmanju moguću meru! :D Šalu na stranu, ne znam da li je Sanderson zaslužan za to, ili je na njemu bilo samo da prati Džordanova uputstva, tek žene u ovoj knjizi kao da imaju malo više... individualnosti. Ne liče sve jedna na drugu, nisu sve poluhisterične i ne frkću k'o mokre mačke. Ne mnogo.

Jedino Faila ništa nije naučila. Knjiga zapravo započinje njenim glupostima. Naravno da je ona najpame
R.D. Villam
Blood and bloody ashes! Sukses, buku ini berhasil mengacak-acak emosi saya. Banyak hal terjadi, dan semuanya—konfliknya, twistnya, perkembangan karakternya—disajikan dengan nyaris sempurna. Jika ini film, Jordan dan Sanderson (dua-duanya, karena udah gak bisa lagi dibedakan mana yang masih buatan Jordan dan mana yang dikerjakan Sanderson) layak mendapat Oscar, dan Egwene serta Rand pantas memenangkannya sebagai pemeran utama wanita dan pria terbaik. Hahah.

Egwene, yup, she’s awhsome here. Perjua
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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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