The Gathering Storm

The twelfth volume in the bestselling Wheel of Time series.

The final volume of the Wheel of Time, A Memory of Light, was partially written by Robert Jordan before his untimely passing in 2007. Brandon Sanderson, New York Times bestselling author of the Mistborn books, was chosen by Jordan's editor ? his wife, Harriet McDougal ? to complete the final book. The scope and size of the volume was such that it could not be contained in a single book, and so The Gathering Storm is the first of three novels that will cover the outline left by Robert Jordan, chronicling Tarmon Gai'don and Rand al'Thor's final confrontation with the Dark One. This short sequence will complete the struggle against the Shadow, bringing to a close a journey begun almost twenty years ago and marking the conclusion of the Wheel of Time, the preeminent fantasy epic of our era. The Wheel of Time turns, and Ages come and pass. What was, what will be, and what is, may yet fall under the Shadow. Let the Dragon ride again on the winds of time.

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“The battle scenes have the breathless urgency of firsthand experience, and the . . . evil laced into the forces of good, the dangers latent in any promised salvation, the sense of the unavoidable onslaught of unpredictable events bear the marks of American national experience during the last three decades.”— The New York Times on The Wheel of Time
“The Wheel of Time . . . is a fantasy tale seldom equaled and still less often surpassed in English.”— Chicago Sun-Times
“Jordan has a powerful vision of good and evil—but what strikes me as most pleasurable . . . is all the fascinating people moving through a rich and interesting world.”—Orson Scott Card on The Wheel of Time

Author:
Robert Jordan Brandon Sanderson
Format:
Paperback

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The twelfth volume in the bestselling Wheel of Time series.

The final volume of the Wheel of Time, A Memory of Light, was partially written by Robert Jordan before his untimely passing in 2007. Brandon Sanderson, New York Times bestselling author of the Mistborn books, was chosen by Jordan's editor ? his wife, Harriet McDougal ? to complete the final book. The scope and size of the volume was such that it could not be contained in a single book, and so The Gathering Storm is the first of three novels that will cover the outline left by Robert Jordan, chronicling Tarmon Gai'don and Rand al'Thor's final confrontation with the Dark One. This short sequence will complete the struggle against the Shadow, bringing to a close a journey begun almost twenty years ago and marking the conclusion of the Wheel of Time, the preeminent fantasy epic of our era. The Wheel of Time turns, and Ages come and pass. What was, what will be, and what is, may yet fall under the Shadow. Let the Dragon ride again on the winds of time.

Review:

“The battle scenes have the breathless urgency of firsthand experience, and the . . . evil laced into the forces of good, the dangers latent in any promised salvation, the sense of the unavoidable onslaught of unpredictable events bear the marks of American national experience during the last three decades.”— The New York Times on The Wheel of Time
“The Wheel of Time . . . is a fantasy tale seldom equaled and still less often surpassed in English.”— Chicago Sun-Times
“Jordan has a powerful vision of good and evil—but what strikes me as most pleasurable . . . is all the fascinating people moving through a rich and interesting world.”—Orson Scott Card on The Wheel of Time

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Author:
Robert Jordan, Brandon Sanderson
Publisher:
Orbit
ISBN:
9781841492414
Series Title:
Wheel of Time
Series Number:
12
Pages:
784
Width (mm):
153
Length (mm):
234

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Congratulations Sanderson.

While I am not completely unbiased, I feel that I can still say with a pretty large measure of confidence that Mr Sanderson has done very well with this novel. Before reading it however, know that the voice of this book will not be exactly the same as with the other novels written originally by Mr Jordan, for obvious reasons. If you go into it looking for problems, then you will no doubt find them. Mr Sanderson has brought the story back into focus, something that was lacking in the few previous novels (no disrespect intended). Very good action scenes, chapters with the characters we love and most of all, the story is progressing! The only thing I find worth "moaning" about is "Mat's voice", but I feel confident that this will be fixed in the next novel. READ IT!

Couldnt fill Jordans shoes

When reading The Gathering Storm, every word reminds you that Brandon is only half the man Jordan was. Its painfully modern, which is the exact opposite of what everyone loved about Robert Jordans style. All the balderdash you buy in the shops has modern characters and theologies, but Robert had a way of gently reminding us what it is about antiquity that we fell in love with. Heroic men that stumbled when a lovely maiden blushes in his direction. The usual quippy sense of humour is also severely lacking in this novel. How Rand and his fellow comrades nip at each other boisterously. Yes, readers can understand that Brandon is trying to make it his own, but I believe that he could have at least tried to stay true to the characters and their emotional integrity. For example, Robert Jordans view on women was that they were somewhat cheeky, feminine, and quite enjoy being a mystery to men. The women portrayed were slightly whimsical, and somewhat saucy at times. However, Brandon's view of the characters that Jordan has raised, seems to be today’s 'hard' women who have two dimensions and are easily accessible, both body and mind. In other words, I as a reader, feel that Brandon is a child playing with grown up toys and he may have tried his best to encapsulate the awesomeness of the ending that Robert's notes have prescribed, but he missed it by a mile, and then some!

 

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