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The Gathering Storm

(The Wheel of Time #12)

4.36  ·  Rating details ·  132,875 ratings  ·  3,504 reviews
The Wheel of Time turns and Ages come and go, leaving memories that become legend. Legend fades to myth, and even myth is long forgotten when the Age that gave it birth returns again. In the Third Age, an Age of Prophecy, the World and Time themselves hang in the balance. What was, what will be, and what is, may yet fall under the Shadow.

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Hardcover, First Edition, 783 pages
Published October 27th 2009 by Tor Books
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Merphy Napier
Apr 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, five-stars, adult
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Em Lost In Books
Sanderson took the reins in his hands and he did a great job of pushing things forward.

Egwene, Rand, and Matrim were the prominent characters in this book but this is clearly Egwene's story and how she mend the White Tower.

She has come a long way from a teenager to being one of most power Aes Sedai. I was not a fan of her prior to this book but she won me over in this. There were so many instances when I heard people say that Egwene was their favorite character for what she did for the White T
Dec 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“Ravens and crows. Rats Mists and clouds. Insects and corruption. Strange events and odd occurrences. The ordinary twisted and strange. Wonders!

The dead are beginning to walk and some see them. Others do not, but more and more, we all fear the night.

These have been our days. They rain upon us beneath a dead sky, crushing us with their fury, until as one we beg: "Let it begin!"

-Journal of the Unknown Scholar, entry for The Feast of Freia, 1000 NE”

Tarmon Gai’don is looming. War, death and madness
Dec 15, 2009 rated it really liked it
I first picked up the Wheel of Time series fifteen years ago while a freshman in college. I remember being totally caught up in the series, consumed by the characters and taken in by the world. I looked forward to every page, couldn't decide on my favorite character and couldn't wait for the next book. That changed as the series went on. Wandering plotlines, characters that became so unlikeable that I loathed when they appeared for more than a chapter at a time, and so much of the plot taken up ...more
Jan 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
*** 5++++ ***

Another buddy read with the Fantasy Addicts at BB&B! May the Wheel keep on turning!!!

"..."“Pessimism, she is a fond friend of yours, yes?" -
That's uncalled for. I barely know her. Mere acquaintances, at best.”..."

WOW!!! Brandon Sanderson did Robert Jordan proud!!! What a ride! What an amazing series!!! The complexity of plot and characters are not comparable to anything else I have ever read in my entire life! It would be impossible for me to even delve into what happens in thi
Dec 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
I guess the big question that counts when considering this 12th volume of the WoT is how did I feel about the switch from Robert Jordan to Brandon Sanderson? I was more OK with the change than I anticipated. I'm a big Brandon Sanderson fan but I had definitely been dreading the moment when he took over writing WoT. Mostly just because I like consistency and WoT books always had such a familiar and distinct feel to them. Some things were definitely different, but I think the most important thing ...more
Jul 31, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Final rating: 3.5 stars.

After an early and unexpected death of Robert Jordan somebody had to finish his magnum opus. A relatively new and unknown at the time author was chosen: Brandon Sanderson. Fortunately for the series' fans Jordan left enough notes regarding further plot developments and it is said the final chapters of the last book were entirely written by him. So did Sanderson succeed in continuing the biggest epic series in fantasy? It really depends on what you expect from Wheel of Tim
Robin (Bridge Four)
4.75 Someone Else is Driving the Car Stars

“The end is near," … "The Wheel has groaned its final rotation, the clock has lost its spring, the serpent heaves its final gasps.”

This is the first book that was written after Robert Jordan’s death by Brandon Sanderson. I got so emotional when I read the opening words in the Foreword.
I have not tried to imitate Mr. Jordan’s style. Instead, I’ve adapted my style to be appropriate to The Wheel of Time. My main goal was to stay true to t
Jun 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-sff-faves
So this is book 12 of the Wheel of Time series and this is the first one which is written after Jordan's death by Brandon Sanderson. I am not going to lie, Sanderson is the reason I began reading the WoT series (because I wanted to read everything by him) but along the way Jordan sucked me in, developed this stunning world of visionary, resentful, powerful and dangerous characters, and created a massively fun story. Some of the books are better than others. I liked most of the ones so far (altho ...more
Jonathan Terrington

This twelfth volume of The Wheel of Time is one of the most famous of recent times. Simply because it was, at the time it was promised, expected to be the final volume of the (then) ongoing series. It was also the first volume written by Brandon Sanderson (then known simply for Mistborn: The Final Empire) with the aid of many, many notes left by Robert Jordan. When I picked up The Eye of the World three or so years ago I knew that this twelfth volume of The Wheel of Time (due at the end of that
Hasham Rasool
"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 returns again.

What was, what will be, and what is, may yet fall under the Shadow."

I notice that The Gathering Storm is the first book that many readers read Brandon Sanderson's book after The Wheel of Time series they start to read his books.

Brandon Sanderson has done an excellent job! I am really glad that the wife of late Ro
Ahmad Sharabiani
Feb 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
The Gathering Storm (The Wheel of Time #12), Robert Jordan, Brandon Sanderson

The Gathering Storm is a fantasy novel by American writers Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson, the twelfth book in the series The Wheel of Time. It was incomplete when Jordan died on September 16, 2007, from cardiac amyloidosis. His widow Harriet McDougal and his publisher Tom Doherty chose Sanderson to continue the book.

The series' story line has been leading up to the "Last Battle" (Tarmon Gai'don)—a fight between th
Nov 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
Lots of traveling this month, which means a lot of reading. I do things in phases. My reading phase, which comes in bursts of month long intervals 2-3 times a year, always kicks in whenever I have to travel. Looking for something to read last weekend, after spending an entire hour browsing my TBR and my Kindle collection, I just ended up saying fuck it, I'm gonna read some Wheel of Time. Again.
I just can't explain it. I just keep going back to it, and I have no idea why. It has grown on
Maria Dimitrova
Buddy Read with the Sanderson cult, umm I meant fans, over at BB&B.

Going into this I was equal parts excited, because I've heard good things about Sanderson, and apprehensive, because it's still a change and an unknown. Considering how much time it took me to get used to Robert Jordan's style, I was scared that I won't have enough time to acclimate to the new style. Thankfully my fears didn't realise. The book was amazing! I just couldn't put it down. And I think it's because of the changes Mr.
I kind of don't even know where to begin with this review. I've started half a dozen paragraphs while sitting here, and then deleted them all. Like, who wants to be the jerk who thinks one of their favorite authors took up another author's life's work and then did it better? But . . . UGH, I do think that! I do.

I don't think it's any secret that I've had issues pretty much the whole way through the first eleven books of this series. But I've also enjoyed myself, particularly during books two th
Mar 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Book number twelve in the series and I really think I liked it the best so far. What's not to like when my favourite characters are featured so much. Rand of course has been a favourite from the beginning but now I also find Mat to be interesting and very entertaining. Even Egwane redeems herself in this book and has some of the most exciting scenes all to herself. An awful lot happens in this particular volume and the story really feels as though it is progressing towards its ending. Brandon Sa ...more
Oct 18, 2010 rated it liked it
Superior to the last half-dozen Jordan books, Sanderson does The Wheel of Time better than its original author.

Sanderson puts in so many things that Jordan alluded to for effect but never satisfactorily depicted: Aes Sedai politics, characters' scheming and ploys, Rand recalling all the women he killed.

Characters reminisce about their past and other characters Jordan neglected, and refer to how they have changed; their emotions are more real and tangible, and demonstrated through actions. Egwene
Eon ♒Windrunner♒
I like to think that this book is the first result of what it would have been like if Jordan and Sanderson co-authored this book together in real-time. It is filled with that same Robert Jordan touch, the WoT feel, the same epic story and wonderful characters, but now with the added injection of Sanderson’s style, his mastery of pacing. That just might be because these are the closing books and everything would have been racing towards the end anyway, but I do not think there is anyone who could ...more
Kerry *Pale Daughter*
Jun 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: epic-fantasy, adult
Brandon Sanderson was the perfect choice for finishing this epic series.

First read November 2009
Latest read December 2016
Nov 28, 2009 rated it really liked it

I said I wasn't interested. I said I wouldn't bother reading this until the whole series was done. But with all the great reviews, and also having really liked Sanderson's other work, I went back on my word as soon as I saw this at Costco! On top of that, I'm even ignoring some books I've been dying to read that I have on hand, notably Kingsolver's new one. I'm such a liar!

Well, I've finished. I busted my
Derf H
Dec 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
So ... Brandon Sanderson takes the Helm of the best season ever wrote. For me it was seamless, he’s kept the style and depth that kept me reading and re-reading this series. As a writer and fan of the books he’s accomplished something really unique in completing the series, how he put aside his own opinions I’ll never know, 5 🌟 and the best of the series!!!
Mike (the Paladin)
Dec 31, 2009 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy
Okay, I've got to put everything else aside till I read's nearly 800 pages and other people at the library are waiting for me to finish it.

Well at least they finally killed *** ******. Yeah, I won't put in a spoiler, not that it would matter that much, but then Sanderson has continued Jordan's established pattern of actually tying up few plot points per volume. That is I suppose why it will (he says) take 2 more of these gargantuan tomes to complete this story.

Okay (I seem to say that
Executive Summary: By comparison to the previous books, this book moves at breakneck speed. It remains one of my favorite of the series, but isn't quite as good as I remember it being. I do think that Brandon Sanderson does an excellent job and picking up where Mr. Jordan left off however.

Audiobook: Another fantastic performance by both Michael Kramer and Kate Reading. They really bring these characters to life, and I can't see myself ever picking up my paperback copies again when I could liste
Dec 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lidos-em-2016
"Two hands. One to destroy, the other to save. Which had he lost?"

Excelente. Estou muito impressionado com a qualidade desse livro. A narrativa sutil do Brandon Sanderson deu a acelerada que a série precisava. Não senti mudanças na personalidade dos personagens, e isso me agradou muito, era algo que eu receava...
Muitos momentos tensos e agoniantes me fizeram ter diferentes sensações, da alegria a tristeza...
Simplesmente fantástico.

"At the end of time,
when the many become one,
the last storm sha
Sotiris Karaiskos
The twelfth part of the series, a book we can call it the first of a final trilogy. Of course it is the first book that Brandon Sanderson co-wrote, which means there is some change of direction. In fact, however, there is not such a big difference from the previous ones in terms of writing and style as the writer tries to be faithful to his work Robert Jordan , so there is not a sharp differentiation but on the other hand there is no imitation.

In this book, therefore, the last battle is at han
Like a lot of fans of this series I was a little nervous going into The Gathering Storm because I wasn't sure if Brandon Sanderson would be able to capture the feel of the Wheel of Time series in quite the way Robert Jordan has created it. I'd never actually read a book by Brandon Sanderson before (although I'll certainly be buying some of them when I've finished this series!) so it wasn't a reflection on him as an author, just fears about a well loved series having a change in author. Of course ...more
Dec 08, 2009 rated it it was amazing
To be real honest, I actually think this is the best book of the series so far. Brandon Sanderson is a much better writer than Robert Jordan, and mind you I read all 11 books by Jordan so he's not THAT shabby! Harriet (Robert jordan's widow) picked the PERFECT writer to finish the series from Jordan's notes. He grew up with those books and is a huge fan boy of the series so he is ever so mindful to stay within the parameters of the world and the previous books in the series. He's paid a great de ...more
Roberta Jayne
*Small WOT Books 1-11 spoilers as expected*
Amazing! There are too many great things to keep track of and mention here, but I enjoyed every page. It felt weird at the beginning to have Brandon Sanderson's writing. Yeah, of course you can tell.

Scary Rand is brilliant. His character was great in this installment. I'm glad that, despite the 'heaviness' and 'finality' of it all, the humour in these books is still sharp, witty and fantastic. So pleased that none of that was lost when Sanderson took ov
Eric Allen
Sep 06, 2011 rated it it was amazing
The Gathering Storm
Book 12 of the Wheel of time
By Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson

A Wheel of Time Retrospective by Eric Allen

In 1990 Robert Jordan published The Eye of the World and changed my life forever. At that time the series was to be a trilogy. Ten books, a prequel of significant size, and a companion guide later he died with the story unfinished and three volumes of the series left to be written by another writer from extensive notes, partially written scenes and extensive dictations
Aug 18, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The fact that I am rewriting this review is a testament to the greatness that the Wheel of Time can present to me.

Obviously, you can see the rating, but you may not know that those 5-star ratings are rarer than you can imagine for me to give. Once GR gives the ability to half-stars, my ratings are gonna grow that much more rarer. But anyways, why do I love the Gathering Storm? You will definitely find out.

Sanderson's Writing. I do not know any person who has actually read this series who could
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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 (The Wheel of Time, #2)
  • The Dragon Reborn (The Wheel of Time, #3)
  • The Shadow Rising (The Wheel of Time, #4)
  • The Fires of Heaven (The Wheel of Time, #5)
  • Lord of Chaos (The Wheel of Time, #6)
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