**spoiler alert** Brandon Sanderson is doing a wonderful job completing the story Robert Jordan began decades ago. The book was well-paced, and it was...more**spoiler alert** Brandon Sanderson is doing a wonderful job completing the story Robert Jordan began decades ago. The book was well-paced, and it was hard to put down! Lots of action and excitement.
I especially appreciated how Brandon, in his style, allows the characters to share their thoughts and feelings to a greater degree than Jordan did. I know that the inability to communicate, especially the lack of communication between men and women, was one of Jordan's primary themes, and this was certainly still present in the book (Rand and Tuon, for example, and also Rand and Min). However, it was less prevalent than in previous books, and TGS was less frustrating than it would have been if the characters hadn't been as "sharing" as they were.
Mat's voice didn't feel the same; I don't think Mr. Sanderson quite managed to match it to Jordan's original conception of the character, but this did not spoil my enjoyment. I didn't find the differences in voice to be distracting; in fact, I had a great time getting to know the characters again in their new voices.
Egwene - I can't say enough about how much I loved all her sequences. The descriptions of her in the battle for the White Tower, blazing like a pillar of light - that was such an incredible, EPIC sequence and so beautifully written that I sometimes forgot that I was reading a book. It unfolded like a film in my mind. If I could see any part of the Wheel of Time series on the big screen, that would be the scene that I would choose.
Loved this book. Looking forward to the next one.(less)