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A Memory of Light (The Wheel of Time #14)

4.50  ·  Rating Details  ·  59,584 Ratings  ·  4,459 Reviews
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
Hardcover, First, 909 pages
Published January 8th 2013 by Tor Books (first published January 8th 2012)
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Nathan Malkowski This book hits hard and fast. I believe it's the ending this series deserved. I do not think it is the best fantasy book ever written, but in my mind…moreThis book hits hard and fast. I believe it's the ending this series deserved. I do not think it is the best fantasy book ever written, but in my mind the best in the series.(less)
Prakhar Saxena Yes, definitely.
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Eric Allen
Dec 04, 2013 Eric Allen rated it it was amazing
A Memory of Light
Book 14 of the Wheel of Time
By Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson

A Review by Eric Allen

"The Wheel of Time turns, and Ages come and pass, leaving memories that become legend. Legend fades to myth, and even myth is long forgotten when the Age that gave it birth comes again. In one Age, called the Third Age by some, an Age yet to come, an Age long past, a wind rose in the Mountains of Mist. The wind was not the beginning. There are neither beginnings nor endings to the turning of
Jan 09, 2013 Omar rated it it was amazing
I started reading this series when I was 11.

Today, at 23, I managed to get a copy off my friend a day early. I got it just after work, and I've had a few hours to myself. It's midnight, and I haven't stopped reading. I'm sure I'll have to blog about the immensity of this series, and what it's meant to me, once I'm done, but for now, I just wanted to give a quick, spoiler-free update: this book is essentially a 900 page battle sequence involving dozens of characters, and spanning an entire world.
Dec 10, 2012 seak marked it as to-read
Why I believe 2012 is actually the end...

I'll apologize up front, this may be a little insensitive, but it's all in the name of entertainment so that makes everything okay. At least that's what the television show, Family Guy, tells me.

You may have heard that according to the Mayans' (among others) long count calendar, 2012 is the end date - more specifically December 21, 2012. Many have interpreted this to mean that this is the end of the world that's been predicted. I never put much weight on
"Like the unfettered dawn shall he blind us, and burn us, yet shall the Dragon Reborn confront the Shadow at the Last Battle, and his blood shall give us the Light. Let tears flow, O ye people of the world. Weep for your salvation!"

In the depths of the Blight, the armies of the Dark One are marshalling their power. In the Westlands, Rand al’Thor and his allies are preparing for the coming storm. The Last Battle looms above all, and the Dragon Reborn prepares to face the full strength of Shai’tan
Eric Edstrom
Feb 13, 2013 Eric Edstrom rated it it was amazing
I was criticized for giving this five stars before it came out :) Which I suppose I can understand since it slightly affects the average score.

Well, I've read it now and Sanderson did not disappoint. I loved the final volume of this super-epic, even though getting to the end was bittersweet.

To review this book is to review the entire series. The bottom line is that while it has some low points (Crossroads of Twilight), even those have some pretty neat moments. I always cheered when I heard the b
Jan 08, 2013 Sharon rated it it was amazing
Detailed breakdown of feelings to follow. I'm going to need a couple of days to sort myself out.

20 minutes later I'm still crying.
Jan 23, 2013 Natasha rated it it was amazing

No matter how long this series took to come to an end I have loved it since the first book when I picked it up in 1996. I have read it countless times and also have listened to the audio versions as well. Some may find that it took way too long, but in my case it really didn't bother me I enjoyed waiting for each book to come and anticipating about what was going to happen. I loved the details in the books, and have never really found another author who could write like Mr. Jordan, although Mr.
Jan 27, 2015 Brian rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy
I really wanted to give this book five stars, and if I had stopped reading about halfway through, I might have. As I went on, though, some little things that I had glossed over as I devoured the book started to weigh heavier and heavier on me, and in the end, I can't give it more than 2 stars.

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Mitch Mills
Apr 08, 2013 Mitch Mills rated it did not like it
I’d like to start off this review by saying that my one star-ing of this book is NOT simply a bashing on Sanderson. I have many problems with this book and they fall at the feet of both Sanderson and Jordan.

I have been an avid reader of the Wheel of Time novels for the last decade--as a thirteen year old I fell in love with the books. At the time Jordan was still writing what would be his last books, and I reveled in them. I am by no means an avid defender of Jordan’s writing, particularly his
Alastair McDermott
Jan 29, 2013 Alastair McDermott rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
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Edward Champa
Jan 16, 2013 Edward Champa rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Wheel of Time Fans, High Fantasy Fans
Shelves: fantasy
Overall, I was very satisfied with "A Memory of Light", Sanderson's final installment to Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time series. Having grown up with these characters, spending hundreds of hours investing myself within their storylines, watching them transcend from naive village youths into the 'movers and shakers' of a richly detailed and fully conceived world, to finally see their destined paths collide among the chaos and bloodshed of Tarmon Gai'don was breathtaking, heartbreaking, gratifying. ...more
Sep 04, 2015 Kaitlin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-sff-faves
* Initial Thoughts *

This book... It's the LAST one in Wheel of Time, such a crazy long and epic series in all manner of ways that I can hardly believe I made it to the end. This one in particular had some fabulous quotes and moments within its pages and I read about 600pgs of it today which is ridiculous and crazy but very awesome. I think I need to sleep a bit on my thoughts and what I want to write as my full and final review so I'll probably come back to this tomorrow and add my actual 'revie
Apr 21, 2014 Evgeny rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
Ladies and gentlemen, this is it: the conclusion of the biggest fantasy epic to-date. Does it justify reading the series? Yes, but I need to mention that nothing can live up to the huge buildup of the series, but this novel comes pretty darn close.

I used to complain about the way Brandon Sanderson handled the series in the previous two books, but this time I really do not have anything to complain about. I can see several reasons for this. It might be that Robert Jordan left the most detailed no
Mike (the Paladin)
Mar 19, 2016 Mike (the Paladin) rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
At last we are here, the final installment in the EPIC Wheel of Time. I reserved this at the library so when it came in I rented a towmotor and went down to my local branch. Having used the towmotor to load the book into a truck and then unload it when I got home I got down to business.

It's all here folks. For those of you who have loved every second of reading, every comma, exclamation point, colon and semicolon of this massive undertaking you will lose nothing in this volume. AND for those of
Nov 10, 2015 Kaya rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 5-stars
"I did not come here to win," Lan whispered, smiling. "I came here to kill you. Death is lighter than a feather."

This is what I kept listening on repeat through chapter "The Last Battle". I was blown away by the whole book. It was more brutal and heartbreaking than I expected. I honestly didn't think that Jordan will have the guts to kill so many important characters. Two deaths especially crushed me. There were a lot of astonishing twists and some of
Jan 22, 2013 Josh rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, high-fantasy
The Wheel turns and ages pass. Some called this one the 3rd Age, but it may have been an Age from long ago or one yet to come. This wasn't the ending, for there are no endings on the Wheel of Time, but it is an ending.

(Sorry, couldn't help it)

But the review of the last book of such a sprawling epic deserves a bit more than the usual liked it/didn't like it and diving into the whys & wherefores immediately.

This really isn't an easy book to review. It's bloody book 14 (or 15 if you count the p
Jessie  (Ageless Pages Reviews)
I'm still not sure how many of those stars are for sheer nostalgia - at least one? - but this was a hell of a wrap up for a 12 year journey. I started reading these books when I was 13, I am 25 now, and I can say there were times when I didn't see this ever ending. Through its ups (books 1-6), its downs (8-11), its not-bad-but-could-be-better (7, 12) this has remained a big force in my fantasy reading. Forgive me for this pun, but there will be a void where The Wheel of Time once stood.

Oct 01, 2013 julio rated it it was amazing
I feel... many things. I wasn't sure I'd get to read the end of a tale this long. There were setbacks—Jordan passing, and troubles in my own life—but I did. I made it, and so did this story.

I feel satisfaction. I feel weariness. I feel... gratitude.

So much gratitude.

Thank you, Mr. Jordan. Thank you, Mr. Sanderson.

Thank you for 20 years of wonder. Of joy. Of humor. Of hope.

Thank you.
Sally Howes
'The Wheel of Time turns, and Ages come and pass, leaving memories that become legend. Legend fades to myth, and even myth is long forgotten when the Age that gave it birth comes again. In one Age, called the Third Age by some, an Age yet to come, an Age long past, a wind rose in the Mountains of Mist. The wind was not the beginning. There are neither beginnings nor endings to the turning of the Wheel of Time. But it was A beginning.'

It was, in fact, the beginning of the end. A MEMORY OF LIGHT i

A Memory of The Wheel of Time

Three or so years ago I moved churches in the wake of a crisis at my previous church. One of the very first people I met at this new church was the associate pastor and that day before I left he came up to me and said, 'so I hear you're into fantasy books.' At least he said something along those lines. I of course indicated that yeah I was into fantasy books. His final parting comment was 'Get on the Wheel of Time, it's a must read fantasy series. The guy who wrote i
Jan 19, 2013 Bonnie_blu rated it it was ok
Shelves: sf-fantasy
This series started out with a bang and was on its way to beconing one of the best epic fantasy series written. I'm not sure what happened, but around volume six, Robert Jordan lost his way and began delivering books that did not advance the story and were little more than padding. I stuck with the series hoping that Jordan would get back on track and once again create wondrous books like those of volumes one through five. My hopes were dashed when Jordan died, but were resurrected when it was a ...more
Feb 05, 2016 Lloyd rated it really liked it
Shelves: wot
Immersion is the state of consciousness where your awareness of physical self is diminished or lost by being surrounded in an engrossing total environment, or story such as this WHEEL of TIME series. I printed the maps, and other information like: the personality of the main characters, the Black Tower people, White Tower, animals and many things. I have all of Min's visions, all of the chosen, a lists of who is what and it has captured me. It is a great work by Jordan, and carried on by Sanders ...more
Mar 30, 2015 Phrynne rated it it was amazing
What a brilliant ending to a fantastic series. I will be in book withdrawal for a few days after reading this! Once the final battle started I was pretty much unable to put the book down and not much got done today apart from reading. So many of the characters died but of course that happens in a battle. The author did not shy away from killing off even important characters but at least the most important one went out in real style. I loved the ending as I had been wondering for ages how it coul ...more
Jan 14, 2013 Scott rated it it was amazing
Writing a review of Memory of Light without writing a critique of the entire WoT series is nigh impossible, so I'm not even going to try. Suffice to say, the best and worst of both Sanderson and Jordan are on display. And while AMOL has a few almost debilitating scenes as well as some truly exquisite moments, it bests the biggest obstacle in its way: ending a series that has been going for over two decades and survived it's own creator with aplomb.

None of this means that I believe A Memory of L
Jan 29, 2013 Mach rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Wheel of Time turns, and Ages come and pass,
leaving memories that become legend.
Legend fades to myth, and even myth is long forgotten
when the Age that gave it birth comes again.
In one Age called the 21th century by some, a wind blew in through a teenager's window and ruffled some pages of a book. The wind was not the beginning. There are neither beginnings
nor endings to the turning of the Wheel of time.

But it was a beginning.

It is almost like a part of my life has ended, i have been re
Feb 03, 2015 Rob rated it it was amazing
Executive Summary: How do you end a book series that has spanned 15 volumes (including the prequel), nearly 12,000 pages and over 4 million words, where the author died before finishing? Quite well in my opinion. I loved this book start to finish, and feel rewarded for sticking with it through some of the middle books.

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The Wheel of Time turns, and Ages come and pass, leaving memories that become legend. Legend fades to myth, and even myth is long forgotten when the Age that gave it b
Mar 08, 2013 Mei rated it it was ok
Given that this is the end of an era, I thought you might be interested in how my journey through AMOL went.

27/01/2013: Obtain book. Lug book home (no mean feat). Sit on sofa. Read first 6 pages. PoV is of some heroic character I can't quite remember, but it's clearly heroic because he does good things while dying. Feel tired, have a nap. Wake up an hour later, pick up book. It is Very Heavy and not condusive to slouchy reading on sofa. Read another 20 pages. Nyaeve purses her lips. Get distract
A S Moser
Jan 18, 2013 A S Moser rated it it was amazing
This book was beautiful and horrific, filled to bursting with equal measures of barbarity and humanity, leading from the depths of despair to the heights of hope over and over again. It was, as Thom Merrilin puts it, exquisite.

And I am so sad it is over.

I know it's not *the* ending, but it's *an* ending all the same.

I've carried these books with me for nearly two decades now (I first read Eye of the World nineteen years ago), and while it feels like I've lost a piece of myself, it couldn't have
4.5 stars

Not perfect, but 5 stars for Bela, Tam, Egwene and Lan. And I adore Androl and Pevara.
Igor Ljubuncic
Aug 25, 2014 Igor Ljubuncic rated it it was amazing
Shelves: robert-jordan
All right, so here we go. This is a great ending to a great series that underwent a great hiatus in the middle, and almost made me give up. Now, this is also the first big, epic series that I have completed. Malazan, I stopped at book four, I might continue one day. Terry Goodking, Sword of Truth, gave up eventually, because there was no Brandon Sanderson (BS) to save it from BS [sic]. And Martin is taking his time, right.

Anyhow, there were some issues. The language is somewhat simplistic. In a
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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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The Wheel of Time (1 - 10 of 19 books)
  • The Eye of the World (Wheel of Time, #1)
  • The Great Hunt (Wheel of Time, #2)
  • The Dragon Reborn (Wheel of Time, #3)
  • The Shadow Rising (Wheel of Time, #4)
  • The Fires of Heaven (Wheel of Time, #5)
  • Lord of Chaos (Wheel of Time, #6)
  • A Crown of Swords (Wheel of Time, #7)
  • The Path of Daggers (Wheel of Time, #8)
  • Winter's Heart (Wheel of Time, #9)
  • Crossroads of Twilight (Wheel of Time, #10)

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“He came like the wind, like the wind touched everything, and like the wind was gone.

-from The Dragon Reborn. By Loial, son of Arent son of Halan, the Fourth Age.”
“Here is your flaw, Shaitan, Lord of the Dark, Lord of Envy, Lord of Nothing, here is why you fail. It was not about me. It’s never been about me.”
It was about a woman, torn and beaten down, cast from her throne and made a puppet. A woman who had crawled when she had to. That woman still fought.
It was about a man that love repeatedly forsook. A man who found relevance in a world that others would have let pass them by. A man who remembered stories and who took fool boys under his wing when the smarter move would have been to keep on walking. That man still fought.
It was about a woman with a secret, a hope for the future. A woman who had hunted the truth before others could. A woman who had given her live, then had it returned. That woman still fought.
It was about a man whose family was taken from him, but who stood tall in his sorrow and protected those he could.
It was about a woman who refused to believe that she could not help, could not heal those who had been harmed.
It was about a hero who insisted with every breath that he was anything but a hero.
It was about a woman who would not bend her back while she was beaten, and who shown with a light for all who watched, including Rand.
It was about them all.
~Rand al Thor”
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