This could have easily been incorporated into one of the 14 books, or at the least a kind of 'Unfinished Tales'-esque anthology, featuring the New SprThis could have easily been incorporated into one of the 14 books, or at the least a kind of 'Unfinished Tales'-esque anthology, featuring the New Spring short story, the Ravens prologue, as well as any other random documents (already completed by Jordan before his passing.)
It's not bad but the stand alone release seems...silly when it could have easily found its way into one of 14 books at an appropriate spot (perhaps even when the plot slows down?)
You won't gain anything by reading this, nor will you miss out. ...more
Was expecting something of the aftermath of saidin....and like Winter's Heart this prologue was way too long. Could have been several smaller chaptersWas expecting something of the aftermath of saidin....and like Winter's Heart this prologue was way too long. Could have been several smaller chapters ...more
This is it! The finale. And I must say, it took me a while to get here. I own the entire series (14 books) in paperback, and each book is over 650 pagThis is it! The finale. And I must say, it took me a while to get here. I own the entire series (14 books) in paperback, and each book is over 650 pages in that format, most about 700-900 pages. Quite an immense reading project!
This book, however is a good finale. It is at times over long (could have been closer to 800 pages instead of nearly 1200). Sometimes I did not agree with the characters chosen to be focused on. The Last Battle - why is it one chapter that's about 300 pages? Ridiculous! Divide the battle into phases and have other chapters. The Last Battle, while impressive, at times does not really convey the scope or immensity of both the good and the bad. Instead, it feels like several battles involves hundreds, maybe thousands, rather than a war involving millions.
The showdown between Rand and the Dark One is not what one would expect. The outcome, or rather how the outcome is achieved is definitely Wheel of Time, though.
This finale reminds me more of Deathly Hallows, than say The Return of the King. The important questions are answered, but maybe not in the way you would expect. Plus, not everything is revealed.
Whatever my qualms are for The Wheel of Time, I must say that this is a fitting way to end the series. Brandon Sanderson deserves an award for his involvement.
And so I give this final book
Now that I have read the last book, what of the series?
The series starts out feeling very similar to The Fellowship of the Ring, and has echoes of The Lord of the Rings throughout. I have not read too many of the 'typical' / 'Tolkien'-clone fantasy series, it seems that The Wheel of Time is the best of those types.
But it is not perfect. It is pretty good and enjoyable throughout, but now, in 2013 the series seems dated. Perhaps not when it started out. The series got too long, too big and has problems throughout. The middle books definitely sag, and Jordan could not write women very well. They seem like different moods of the same person or something.
There was also a lot that could have been cut or re-edited. Anything that does not affect Rand getting to the Dark One, or even Mat and Perrin should have trimmed down, cut out, or gone mostly to the background. There are other characters but these are the main three.
The biggest problem, aside from from less than stellar writing at times, and the females, is that the series never gets to the point, or takes a while getting there. Not to compare against other series, but A Song of Ice and Fire got big because George chose to focus on various aspects of the struggle. Also, his series is larger in scope. With The Wheel of Time, they set out to do something and go somewhere, and it takes a long time for that to happen. When you read The Eye of the World, it does not seem like that the series can last for 14 books or cover that much ground. The series could have easily, or should have been, about 6-10 books long with a much tighter narrative focus, and plot that does not branch off so much.
I am quite sure that when the first book came out, it was quite good. In the years since, other and better books have come along. It is really around book 3 or 4 that the story changes (which it should not have) from the 'adventure' presented in the first two books, to something different.
The Wheel of Time is an interesting story, and has a good premise, but perhaps 'novel' was not the best way to convey that story. A series of video games? Original movies? Perhaps on TV? Anime? Graphic novel? Also, it is hard to recommend now, with so many other fantasy greats out there: George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire. Patrick Rothfuss' Kingkiller Chronicle. Daniel Abraham's Dagger and Coin. Steven Erikson's Malazan.
So I give the entire series as a whole:
It was enjoyable, but it did not bring anything new to the table (I am pretty sure CS Lewis broke the 'trilogy rule' of fantasy...) and it should not have been 14 650+ page books. It is definitely not the greatest fantasy series since Tolkien. Now that it is complete, I wonder if it will be remembered in the years to come, or if it will be overshadowed by its betters. ...more
Dark, twisty, suspenseful, and well-crafted. We get to see two sides of the same coin here. The whole way through, you will be guessing (and second guDark, twisty, suspenseful, and well-crafted. We get to see two sides of the same coin here. The whole way through, you will be guessing (and second guessing) yourself until, literally, the very end. I look forward to Flynn's follow-up. ...more
A wonderful little book by George R.R. Martin. It is called a children's a book, although anyone can enjoy it. It's target audience age-range is thatA wonderful little book by George R.R. Martin. It is called a children's a book, although anyone can enjoy it. It's target audience age-range is that gap when you begin to stop reading bedtimes stories to children, and when they begin to read on their own accord. There is violence in it, although nowhere near the level of detail or gore in the Ice and Fire series. Wounded soldiers are seen, and there is 'dragon devestation'.
The setting could easily be within the Seven Kingdoms, the setting of Martin's 'A Song of Ice and Fire' series, although it's never truly clear.
His writing is as good here as it is in 'Ice and Fire'. The illustrations are also great to accompany the text.
Recommended to those who like adventure, fantasy (whether or not you've read Martin's Ice and Fire series), and like a good winter's tale. ...more
The 7th and final Narnia book. Props to Lewis for giving the last book an awesome title! In this one, the Narnia chronicles come to a close. With anyThe 7th and final Narnia book. Props to Lewis for giving the last book an awesome title! In this one, the Narnia chronicles come to a close. With any finale, there are those who agree / disagree with the ending. ...more
The 6th Narnia book. We get to see the creation of Narnia and the origin of some of the characters in this prequel, the second-last book in the seriesThe 6th Narnia book. We get to see the creation of Narnia and the origin of some of the characters in this prequel, the second-last book in the series. Interesting to back to the beginning before it all ends. This and Horse and His Boy you can skip, except this one provides additional information and is a good read which fits in with the rest of the series, despite the history here not being 'required'. ...more