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Towers of Midnight

(The Wheel of Time #13)

4.43  ·  Rating details ·  111,182 ratings  ·  2,658 reviews
The Last Battle has started. The seals on the Dark One’s prison are crumbling. The Pattern itself is unraveling, and the armies of the Shadow have begun to boil out of the Blight.

The sun has begun to set upon the Third Age.

Perrin Aybara is now hunted by specters from his past: Whitecloaks, a slayer of wolves, and the responsibilities of leadership. All the while, an unseen
Kindle Edition, 865 pages
Published January 31st 2011 by Tor Books (first published November 2nd 2010)
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Dec 14, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Ta'veren Tavern
A one-act play by Zach

(The Ta'veren Tavern, a passably nice watering hole with very few patrons. The architecture of the room, indeed of reality itself, seems to bend and warp to center on the three young men, RAND, MAT, and PERRIN, sitting at the bar.)

Well, you two have to at least admit that Towers of Midnight is the most action-packed book in the whole series.

No question there.

I won't argue the point. You're talking to the guy who spent four consecutive books s
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
All of these books are like best friends to me

Happy Reading!

Mel 🖤🐾🐺
Jan 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
*** 5+ ***

A buddy read with my WoT family @ BB&B!!! So close to the end...

This was soooooo good! I am left with no words which I have not used before, to praise this series, world, magic, characters, plot, writing, and pure genius of the author and the series creator! I love it so much!!! Anything I attempt to say would only be useless fan-girling, so I am just going to repeat one thing - to all Fantasy fans, you have to read this series!!! It is the one I consider as the standard all other
Dec 18, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this book on a train ride from St. Pancras to Gatwick, and a flight from there to JFK. 1245 pages. In a 1-hour train ride and a 7-hour flight.

It was difficult to read while opening and eating the meals served on the plane, and equally difficult to concentrate while the flight attendant was asking whether I was aware there was a video screen as well (to which I politely replied "Yes, thank you." while really thinking "Go away, I'm reading."), but I prevailed in the end.

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Em Lost In Books
Dec 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Holy Shit! This was BRILLIANT!!
Jan 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
This 14th WoT book was another fun one. It is so easy to get caught up in the happenings of this familiar world and its massive cast of characters really do feel like old friends by this stage!

ToM matched Sanderson's first WoT effort, TGS, in terms of quality. He might do a few things differently from Jordan but the one thing he does deliver is a well paced story that has very few dull spots.

The story itself was engaging and interesting as all our favourite characters got themselves and their
Robin (Bridge Four)
January Read With the Fantasy Fanatics of


Since I started this series people have asked me if it was worth it. I mean there are a lot of books and they are all in the 750-1150 page range. This series is no small undertaking an in the middle when I was reading books 7-10 I really wondered if it was worth it. The worldbuilding is fantastic and complex but it really didn’t seem like anything was happening at all. But then we hit books 11, 12 and now 13 and I can say without a doubt that unless boo
Maria Dimitrova
Buddy read with the Dragonsworn over at BB&B!

Book with a place in the title for the MacHalo Reading Challenge.

I can't believe this is the second to last book! More than an year has passed since I and a bunch of other people embarked on this epic journey. Along the way we became friends, sharing thoughts, ideas and theories. And now I feel so sad that the end is so near. Part of me wants to hurry up and read the last instalment, to see how it all ends and whether the light will win and who w
Duffy Pratt
May 14, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
If feels like a different series now. The pace is moving at least three times as fast as the later Jordan books. And that's being charitable. Let's face it. There's a about one hundred pages of Crossroads of Twilight where the sum total of the action was that Elayne took a bath. There are seemingly endless stretches where Jordan would devote a page or two to an Aes Sedai raising an eyebrow -- or worse, almost raising an eyebrow.

On top of that, the emotional range of the characters has expanded g
Jul 31, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Final rating: 3.5 stars.

This book has two very different parts which divide it exactly in the middle.

The first part: nothing at all happens. Yes, you read it right: the first 50% of the book make Crossroads of Twilight - which is considered the slowest Jordan's book - look like a non-stop action thriller. I just finished reading this one and cannot recall any event of some significance whatsoever.

The first chapter returns to POV of a lowly and completely irrelevant farmer who provided a ride to
Mike (the Paladin)
****** Prelude to the actual review and doesn't need to be read before the body of the review ********* : originally reviewed Nov.2010. Updated Dec. 2014.

I'm about a third of the way through this book and I've got to say that while there are some wonderful moments, Sanderson is carrying on Jordan's tradition of beating a subject or plot point not only to death but till it falls apart and starts to stink!

I am heartily sick to death of Perrin's self flagellation and flat refusal to accept ANY rea
Mar 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am enjoying this series so much now that I am racing through them. This is the penultimate book in the Wheel of Time and it is excellent. All of the characters are starting to come together for the Last Battle and they are all developing into rational thinking beings at last. This is no small thing as some of them have been quite unbearable in earlier books. (Actually Elayne still is painful but there is hope for her yet.) Brandon Sanderson has done an excellent job here of taking over the wri ...more
Dec 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-sff-faves
So I am drawing ever nearer to the final book of Wheel of Time, which is both baffling and exciting to me. I have been reading these books for such a long time and I have to say that the Sanderson book have certainly made the series sit up and get going again rather than meander around as the Jordan ones did. I love both Jordan and Sanderson as writers, and I am so happy that Sanderson was the one chosen to finish this off because he's incredible when it comes to bringing all of the plotlines ba ...more
Paul Schulzetenberg
There's no question now, after this second book, that Brandon Sanderson has fully taken Robert Jordan's style and done what Jordan himself was having great trouble doing: progressing the story, and yes, even wrapping it up. And this climax is fulfilling all the promise that the series has had during its best moments. Finally, we get the denouement that we've been waiting for. Characters are finally coming into their own, and showing real growth rather than the stale stubbornness that was becomin ...more
Nov 18, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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So I reached book 13 in the mammoth Wheel of Time series, the last book (and last battle) is in sight and I have to ask myself am I glad I started reading it? The answer is without a doubt yes. There was a sticky patch in the middle there where I almost gave up but at that point I was probably already about 6000 pages in and so invested that I needed to keep going. It felt like Robert Jordan had lost control a bit and the story had started to wander in so many different directions that it took a ...more
The Crimson Fucker
Do you know about Naruto filler episodes??? They were so horrible that they manage to make me hate a show I actually liked a lot! They grab awesome characters that I loved and put em in retarded situations that had nothing to do with the actual original plot of the show! That got me mad! Mad to the point that I decided to stop watching it… you know maybe that won’t reach anybody here! I mean! I think I have like 1 friend on my friend list who knows what a filler episode is! Maybe I should explai ...more
This book was THICK. In every sense of the word. My wrists still hurt and I finished it days ago. My brain still hurts also. I needed the last few days to recover a little bit emotionally before I, a) Wrote this review, and b) Jumped into the last book. Long gone are the days where I could read three 1,000+ page books in a row. (I miss those days.) It's not even that this book was particularly emotionally taxing. The Gathering Storm was much more stressful, in my opinion. It's just that I read A ...more
Oct 20, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010-read, fantasy
Tor is apparently refusing to issue this as an ebook. Guess I'll have to see. I like the series, but I won't read large paper novels anymore. I simply don't have the space or the wrist strength for it.

11/20 - Found the hardback in a used book store. Bought it, will sell it again when I'm done, then buy the ebook in a couple years (maybe). Tor will NOT have my money twice (and maybe not at all), and I don't want to support the hardback format. It's so difficult to hold and transport, so it sits o
Steven Taylor
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Nov 04, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Narrative structure is taught in middle school and refreshed in high school. So surely it would safe to assume that it's standard stuff.

Exposition, rising action, climax, falling action.

I'm sure someone's about to correct me.

Before you do, I'll note that when I was a kid, there were five parts of plot. Most textbooks that I come across now list four. And different names and charts are used in different textbooks.

What controls all of this? Tension. Excitement. Suspense? How about conflict? Someti
Nov 20, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I dreamt I got a serpent ring. Ya think I'm reading this incessantly? You'd be right!

Finished - Seattle had a severe cold front with snow so I had the opportunity to just settle in with this book, which was perfect. Look, admittedly I'm a fangirl of this series, yet how many years has it been since the first? A long long time. As everyone knows the last several books were all over the place, too many characters - instead of focusing on what we had, Jordan just added yet more characters until eve
Peter Krol
Oct 24, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
If I knew 13 years ago what I know now, I probably would never have begun reading the Wheel of Time series.

It's really fun. It has some terrific ideas. I can't wait to see how it's going to end. I'm committed.

But that's the problem. I don't really have much more motivation to read the series anymore beyond the fact that I'm committed to it.

This book was fun. Some exciting things happened that we've been waiting for for a long time. But it took 500 pages before I felt like the pace of the story w
Nikola Pavlovic
Sep 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
E ovako se pise. Bravo Sandersone. Hvala Dzordanu na ovom grandioznom serijalu i na svim idejama koje su sve lucidnije kako se kraj primice.
I initially skipped over my review of Towers of Midnight because I was in such a rush to get into A Memory of Light. Now I'm finally getting back to it, and it makes me kind of sad that I'm actually finished reading the series and that I've just carried blithely on with my life since then.

The end of The Gathering Storm felt so momentous to me that I was dying to jump into this book. But I had forgotten that the massive scope of this epic meant that other characters needed their chance, and when
Shobhit Sharad
It's said that Robert Jordan had planned to finish the series with A Memory of Light as the 12th and final book, and Mr. Sanderson split the book in three. I can't see how Mr. Jordan could afford to tie all the strings together in just one book, keeping in mind the events that take place in the Gathering Storm and the Towers of Midnight.

(There are spoilers ahead.)
As glad as I am with the pace the story has picked up, I don't know if it's ironical to say, the book seemed rushed at some places. F
Servius  Heiner
Jan 16, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Don't send the mob to my house but... I think it was best for Jordan to go off and die before finishing this series. The series as a whole started off great, but somewhere around book five it went stagnant. Part of the problem was Jordan was dragging his feet the second problem was there was no character maturing. All the main characters continued to act like they did in the start of the series.

Sanderson turns this around with a flare of despair. The characters mature and the story line moves f
Aug 21, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: epic-fantasy, prose
I wonder for the people who were in my shoes, but who had been stuck with this series for two decades. I've only been with this book for three months and I have an odd feeling in the pit of my stomach. Certainly, I teared up many times over the course of this book because it had begun to settle on me that the adventures were ending, that we are approaching the finale of this series. But anyways, you don't wanna hear none of dat yet, so let's begin.

“It soon became obvious, even with9in the stedd
Nov 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
Win. So much win. SO MUCH WIN.
Every single word was magic. From the beginning of the prologue to the ending of the epilogue.

Perrin redeemed himself. Bloody gorgeous, his POV chapters were. Mat was a different type of funny, all for the better. And Rand? Bloody brilliant. From the very first chapter. Beautiful.

This was one of the best reading experiences this year. Right up there on par with Stormlight Archive. If the last book is as good, I am very very glad I picked up this series.

Take all my s
Eric Allen
Sep 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Towers of Midnight
Book 13 of The Wheel of Time
By Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson

A Wheel of Time Retrospective by Eric Allen

Just a mere year after the release of The Gathering Storm Wheel of Time fans were treated to the next book. We hadn't seen a yearly release for over a decade, and many of us, myself included, felt rather spoiled by it. Brandon Sanderson seemed to have worked on this project day and night to get it completed for us. Which is especially impressive, considering he also publ
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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 14 books)
  • The Eye of the World (The 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)
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  • Winter's Heart (Wheel of Time, #9)
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“I wonder if,” Nynaeve said, “we sometimes put the White Tower —as an institution— before the people we serve. I wonder if we let it become a goal in itself, instead of a means to help us achieve greater goals.”
“Devotion is important, Nynaeve. The White Tower protects and guides the world.”
“And yet, so many of us do it without families,” Nynaeve said. “Without love, without passion beyond our own particular interests. So even while we try to guide the world, we separate ourselves from it. We risk arrogance, Egwene. We always assume we know best, but risk making ourselves unable to fathom the people we claim to serve.”
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