I know there's a lot of things that bug other readers in almost any book that don't bother me, and for the most part this is no exception.
I enjoyed thI know there's a lot of things that bug other readers in almost any book that don't bother me, and for the most part this is no exception.
I enjoyed this book. It certainly wasn't my favorite, but it also wasn't as bad (to me) as a lot of the other reviews here seem to think it was.
As others have pointed out, there does seem to be a lot of things in the last couple of books that almost serve as filler. It's information we don't need about things that don't matter and also don't offer much in the way of value to the story or the telling of it, it's just words on the page. However, the parts of this book that are good are really pretty good. We see some development in characters that we haven't seen much from in a while, we finally get to see some people die whose purpose in the story is to do more than just die, and we get to see some new places and things as well. The amount of fluff is the one thing that held back the rating for me.
I think we could have taken probably a third of this book and just thrown it away, and then filled those pages with other things that added more valuable to the characters, or the story overall. As much as people don't like to see their favorite characters die, I think we needed more death, or rather more deaths that had an impact. We've spent multiple books now building up this big, evil army and their terrible leaders, and then we defeat them a bit too easily. If we'd spent less time being told about how great and terrible the evil was, it wouldn't matter how easily they were defeated. But the time we spent focusing on the evil was basically a promise that we would see the evil, that lots of bad things would happen and we'd have to struggle to overcome them, and then it kind of...didn't.
I don't think that all loose ends need to be tied up at the end of a series. In fact, I kind of like to see some things left hanging. If we spend a lot of time on it throughout the series, then I do generally feel a bit robbed when I reach the ending and there's nothing at all written about it, but if everything gets wrapped up all nice and neat then the story ending has much more finality to it. Some people want that, and others don't. I could have used more in some areas, but I don't necessarily feel like the book was lacking due to not wrapping up those loose ends, so much as it was lacking a larger quantity of substantial content, less fluff.
I think it was a good book that was worth reading, those are just my thoughts on what could have made it better. Like I said, the good parts really were good. ...more
This is definitely a reference book rather than an actual story, so be aware of that going into it if you haven't read it already.
On the one hand, I rThis is definitely a reference book rather than an actual story, so be aware of that going into it if you haven't read it already.
On the one hand, I really liked some of the extra information that was in here that was never expressed to us in the books. On the other hand, there was a whole lot of information in here that was obvious if you've ever read the books, so there was little value unless you've just taken an extended break from reading and need to refresh your memory as to who's who.
From a collector's standpoint, I'm glad that we bought this book to add to the collection, especially with the subjects that did have new information for us. Be aware that the amount of information available here on any given subject is very inconsistent. You might get a few lines about a major character here and then a page worth of details on another. Some things that I expected to see a lot of information on had almost none at all, and a handful of things that I wouldn't have cared about had multiple paragraphs worth of information. They told us that going into it, so it's not a surprise, it's just a note that yeah this really is a hodgepodge of notes being thrown at you.
If you're not a collector of all things WoT, or you're not in love with the series, then I wouldn't recommend the book. If you are a collector though, this was a great addition and I'm glad we did get it. I think it certainly could have been improved to make it more valuable to a wider audience, but for the people that they marketed this to, I think we got exactly what they told us it would be....more
I really enjoyed reading this book. After you get over the initial flash flood of unexplained info in the first book, and the somewhat jarring shift iI really enjoyed reading this book. After you get over the initial flash flood of unexplained info in the first book, and the somewhat jarring shift in viewpoints of mostly brand new characters in the second book, things really start to make a lot of sense and get moving along well here in book 3.
This book was definitely my favorite of the three I've read so far. Looking forward to book 4. ...more