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The Gathering Storm: Book Twelve of the Wheel of Time [Kindle Edition]

Robert Jordan , Brandon Sanderson
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Book Description

Tarmon Gai'don, the Last Battle, looms. And mankind is not ready.



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 Tor proudly presents The Gathering Storm as the first of three novels that will make up A Memory of Light. 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.



In this epic novel, Robert Jordan's international bestselling series begins its dramatic conclusion. Rand al'Thor, the Dragon Reborn, struggles to unite a fractured network of kingdoms and alliances in preparation for the Last Battle. As he attempts to halt the Seanchan encroachment northward---wishing he could form at least a temporary truce with the invaders---his allies watch in terror the shadow that seems to be growing within the heart of the Dragon Reborn himself.



Egwene al'Vere, the Amyrlin Seat of the rebel Aes Sedai, is a captive of the White Tower and subject to the whims of their tyrannical leader. As days tick toward the Seanchan attack she knows is imminent, Egwene works to hold together the disparate factions of Aes Sedai while providing leadership in the face of increasing uncertainty and despair. Her fight will prove the mettle of the Aes Sedai, and her conflict will decide the future of the White Tower---and possibly the world itself.



The Wheel of Time turns, and Ages come and pass. What was, what will be, and what is, may yet fall under the Shadow.





Editorial Reviews

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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

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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


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  • File Size: 1605 KB
  • Print Length: 1120 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books; Reprint edition (October 27, 2009)
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003K15O3E
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,282 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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938 of 962 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Superb October 28, 2009
Format:Hardcover
The Gathering Storm is the twelfth volume in The Wheel of Time series and the first released since Robert Jordan's unfortunate death in 2007. Jordan spent his final months amassing and dictating a significant amount of notes, outlines and chapter summaries for another writer to use to finish the series. Previously, Jordan had indicated he'd wipe his hard drive to stop someone else completing his work, but with him being so close to the end of the story he changed his mind, trusting his wife and editor, Harriet, and his publisher Tom Doherty to find a writer capable of finishing the series well. In theory, it should have led to disaster: typically one writer finishing a series begun by another is an atrocious idea that only leads to very bad books (note the vomit-inducing new Dune novels and the ill-advised Amber continuations). The only example I can think of this working was when Stella Gemmell completed her late husband David's final novel in fine form, but the amount of work required to bring Wheel of Time to a conclusion required an altogether different level of commitment and effort from Brandon Sanderson.

Almost unbelievably, Sanderson has pulled it off. In his introduction he hopes the differences between his style and Jordan, whilst unavoidably noticeable, will be comparable to a different (but still good) director taking over your favourite movie series but all the actors remaining the same. This isn't a bad analogy at all, and whilst there are a few moments in The Gathering Storm where you think, "I don't think Robert Jordan would have done things quite like that," there's never a moment where you think, "He definitely wouldn't have done that at all!" which is vital.
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227 of 244 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Handover and Excellent Book October 28, 2009
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This book is a genuinely great contribution; if you like any other book in the Wheel of Time series, you'll like this one. It's the 12th book in the ongoing saga; Jordan unfortunately and sadly died in 2007, before completing the last chunk of the series, and Brandon Sanderson (author of several excellent but less-well-known fantasy novels) was hired to finish it up based on Jordan's notes, outlines, and completed sections.

Those kinds of handovers seldom go well, and to add to that uncertainty, the quality of the series has been somewhat of a sine wave, with definite peaks and definite valleys. So, despite a marked increase in quality in the book immediately prior to this one (Knife of Dreams, which came out in 2005), Jordan's death and the series' checkered history gave real reason to fear that the handover of this series would not go well.

So far as this volume goes, at least, the handover has succeeded. There's a real spark and fire here; if you're a fan of the earlier books, and you haven't gotten completely jaded to the entire Wheel of Time series by now, you *will* love this one as well. Promise.

Because of the nature of the coauthorship (Jordan wrote some sections of this book before he died, and the rest was completed from outlines and notes), it's hard to know precisely how much we're seeing here of Brandon Sanderson's work and how much of Jordan's, and there were one or two moments where I as a reader wondered whose voice I was reading, and one or two points where I felt Sanderson had stumbled slightly in his presentation of a character or handling of internal monologue. (After several re-reads, the issue seems to be that a few of Sanderon's turns of phrase seem more stylistically "modern" than what Jordan had used to date).
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174 of 190 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoy your ride... October 30, 2009
Format:Hardcover
As I sat down and opened the book to the map page, I was surprised at the well of emotions I felt. I gazed upon the map of the world where I have spent so many enjoyable, frustrating, mind boggled hours and tears filled my eyes. I felt like I was reacquainting myself with an old, much loved friend.

Like so many others, I began reading the Wheel of Time series almost 2 decades ago. And, again, like so many others, my heart broke upon hearing the news of Robert Jordan's passing. He created such a vivid, real world, unlike anything I had encountered before or since. When I heard the torch had been passed to Mr. Sanderson, I was elated the story would be brought to conclusion, if a bit worried at how well the vision would be upheld.

I would be dishonest if I said the transition between authors was seamless, but I did seriously love the book, largely because of some of the differences in style. I like the way the characters seem to have matured. There is added depth to the characterizations, a deeper PoV, that I really enjoyed, especially with Rand, Egwene and Nynaeve. As was mentioned in another review, the women are portrayed a little more realistically, with less hair pulling and sniffing. I liked it. I also had no problem with Mat, unlike others. He has always been my favorite character and I look forward to his story. It seems the next installment will focus on the Tower of Ghenjei and Moraine, in which Mat should figure prominently.

I purposely did not reread the series prior to The Gathering Storm, which I think made the transition to Mr. Sanderson less jarring than it may have been had I recently been immersed in RJ's vision. Nonetheless, there were a few moments where the story let up enough for me to realize a different bard had taken up the song.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great series!
Published 5 days ago by GF
5.0 out of 5 stars Woooeee what a ride
This series is truly astounding and this book is a pivotal part of that collection. No one will probably read this review since its near the end of the very very long series but if... Read more
Published 8 days ago by James Lee
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
If you've stuck with it this far, you're practically family.
Published 8 days ago by Michael W. Bennett
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Awesome
Published 14 days ago by Michael D. Salter
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
This is a great addition to the series.
Published 14 days ago by Mike Schafer
4.0 out of 5 stars Revitalized
This book revitalized my excitement in this series that has been missing over the previous few installments. Goodbye RJ. Welcome BS.
Published 22 days ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Wonderful series of books. I highly recommend it.
Published 22 days ago by JMH
3.0 out of 5 stars Brandon Sanderson is no Robert Jordan
For some reason Sanderson feels the need to re-explain every character or group that has already been long established. Read more
Published 23 days ago by K. Hayman
4.0 out of 5 stars Good storyline.
Carried the theme well.

It would have been better if they developed more understanding of the magic in the world and helped understand how the "one power" operates.
Published 24 days ago by Steve Novotny
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
Disappointed after Robert Jordan's books.
Published 26 days ago by LMK
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Is Robert Jordan as good or better than George rr Martin?
Hmmm...excellent question...

I've to admit that I loved TWOT from books 1-6...then I just couldn't get past COT and I turned to Martin's ASOIAF. Can't say I regret it. In fact, just as TGS was coming out, I was just about done reading ASOIAF's Clash of Kings and was faced with a not so tough... Read More
Jan 5, 2010 by Marberi |  See all 59 posts
Three becoming one
Three becoming one will be Rand, Lews, and Moridin. Rand will have to fight it out inside himself with the dark side, and he has already started, only winning the first quarter.
Nov 8, 2009 by Alex |  See all 54 posts
Can I read this one if I stopped after book 7?
I felt like Book 12 was pretty self contained. Sanderson seems to provide background material when you need it.

I found this last book to be a glorious experience. the development is fast paced and powerful - and deep. I really enjoyed the first few books of the series, but this might be the... Read More
Feb 26, 2010 by DJ |  See all 17 posts
Kindle Edition of Gathering Storm?
I'm going to have to agree with you fully. I think this makes no sense. I wish they would release the books on Kindle it would make life better.
Sep 27, 2009 by Brandon T. Welsh |  See all 29 posts
Cover Art
No, it is. The 'working' cover art got leaked a few months ago and everyone said it was utter rubbish. Tor got very annoyed and announced it wasn't the final cover at all and people were making premature pronouncements. For the final cover, they'd turned Rand around and changed the design of the... Read More
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