A Memory of Light (Wheel of Time, #14)
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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 copiesin over thirty languages.

When Robert Jordan died in 2007, all feared that these concluding scenes would never be written. But working from notes...more
Hardcover, First, 909 pages
Published January 8th 2013 by Tor Books (first published January 2013)
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Eric Allen
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...more
Seak (Bryce L.)
Dec 10, 2012 Seak (Bryce L.) 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...more
Omar
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....more
Eric Edstrom
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...more
Natasha

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....more
Sharon
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.
Alastair McDermott
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Edward Champa
Jan 16, 2013 Edward Champa rated it 5 of 5 stars 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
Mitch Mills
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...more
Brian
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.

On TaimandredDemandred: (view spoiler)...more
Mel
I envy the people who feel this is a five star book. I wish I could love it the way they do, but ‘A Memory of Light’ is a mess.

It isn’t all Brandon Sanderson’s fault – the series had gone off the rails long before he began writing the final three books – but as the writer, some of the blame is definitely his.

I must, however, lay most of the blame at the feet of ‘team Jordan’. This book lacks continuity. The writing is choppy and there are far too many modern words and terms that don’t fit with t...more
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.

Favorite...more
Josh
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...more
Lloyd
Feb 24, 2014 Lloyd rated it 4 of 5 stars
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
Bonnie_blu
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
Scott
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...more
Jonathan

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...more
Mike (the Paladin)
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...more
j  u  l  i  o
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.
Mach
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...more
Mei
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...more
Harry
Finally, we get to see The Last Battle, after 22 years of build up and hints. It's every bit as epic as it deserves, thank you Mr. Sanderson. The duel between Perrin and Slayer in the World of Dreams smacks of a Mistborn fight, in a very satisfying way.

Moments of levity are scattered about, rewarding setups decades in the making. All your friends from Randland are here, and most of your enemies. Many Moments of Awesome, many deaths, many instances of both at once, some of them fakeouts on the d...more
Femmy
I started reading this series almost twenty years ago. I fell in love with the characters. I was engrossed in the story. I marveled at the world that Robert Jordan built in the first few books. I slogged through the middle books like any loyal fan. I cheered when things started to pick up again. I was sad when Jordan passed away and was excited when to know that Brandon Sanderson was to continue the series. Book 12 and 13 were great so I had high expectations for this last book of the series.

I n...more
A S Moser
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...more
Gretchen
I am so excited for this book to finally come out. This series has been a huge presence my life, since I started reading it almost 20 years ago.
Philip
I feel like I've been reading this series forever and it's been my favorite series forever and now it's over and I don't know how I feel about it.

On one hand, wow, a great conclusion to this powerful story; this book was full of wonderful wonderfulness which was necessary to make the story complete. On the other hand, I want more. There has never been another series that I started reading, impatient for each new installment which then had a definite end while I was still interested, so this is k...more
Rob
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 bi...more
terpkristin
And so it ends. I was introduced to the series in the early 2000's (most likely sometime between 2001 and 2003) by a friend and roommate, so I hadn't been involved for the 20 years that some people were, but still 10 years is almost a third of my life so it's not insignificant. It's bittersweet to have come so far and now have it be over.

The spoiler-free version: I enjoyed the book well enough. I was disappointed by some aspects and pleased with others. Most of the major plotlines were wrapped u...more
Mr Stewart
You know, I almost feel bad about disliking this book. Part of that is, of course, nostalgia. I started reading this series around the time book four was published. It has been a very long time. The second issue is the fact that my older brother adores these books, all of them, and is the reason I decided to read the Sanderson books after having given up on the series years before. I want to share in my brother's enthusiasm, but... this book just isn't very good. It isn't. No amount of nostalgia...more
Gulen
Serinin ilk kitabı ile son kitabı arasında olaylarda sadece 2 sene geçse de tam 23 sene ve 14 kitapta tamamlanan bir seri; en ince detayına kadar düzenlenmiş bir Fantastik Kurgu dünyası, henüz daha bitmeden yazarını kaybeden bir epik fantezi ürünü.

Wheel of Time serisi ile ilk kez 1998 yılında tanıştım, 15 senenin sonunda dün son kitap A Memory of Light’ı bitirdim. Adı dahi içimde hüzün oluşturan son kitabı okurken daha da hüzünleneceğimi ve ağlayacağımı biliyordum, yanılmadım. Özellikle kitabın...more
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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...more
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