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If you are a long time fan, you won't regret buying this book
, October 30, 2009
This review is from: The Gathering Storm (Wheel of Time, Book 12) (Hardcover)
I pre-ordered this book "knowing" that I was going to get another Wheel of Time book that was too long, too slow plot-wise, and too verbose with minutiae. Even though I have been reading this series from the very beginning, I "knew" my lemming purchase was going to be a waste of money.
I was wrong. Seriously wrong. 100% wrong.
Is Brandon Sanderson writing like Robert Jordan? No, and I'm thoroughly glad Sanderson isn't emulating Jordan's writing style of the later books. The Gathering Storm truly is a "different director, same characters" type of sequencing. While Sanderson isn't spot on with Aviendha's and Mat's characterization, these are quibbles because he's 90% there.
Sanderson however is 100% inline with Rand and Egwene's characterizations. Egwene used to be in my bottom five of favorite characters, but Sanderson's plotting of Egwene in this book has significantly moved her up in my personal ranking. In a nutshell, Egwene needs to stencil on her Serpent Ring the words BAD A**. Her most admirable scene in the book is when she is defending the novices from the invaders while doped up on forkroot and only having a sa'angreal for a tool. Just too awesome.
I truly enjoyed the continuing Suian Sanche / Gareth Bryne plotline, especially because I think Sanderson wrote it better than Jordan would have. My jaw dropped at the Verin plotline, but I don't think Jordan could have made me tear up the way Sanderson did with his writing of the scene.
Overall, I highly recommend this book.
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