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The Gathering Storm (Wheel of Time, Book 12) Hardcover – Bargain Price, October 27, 2009
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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
About the Author
Robert Jordan (October 17, 1948--September 16, 2007), a native of Charleston, South Carolina, is was the author of the bestselling The Wheel of Time®, with millions of books in print.
Brandon Sanderson grew up in Lincoln, Nebraska. He teaches creative writing at Brigham Young University and lives in Utah with his wife and children.
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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).Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The previous few books took effort to slog through, a demonstration of dedication to completing the series. This one pulled me along, leaving me glad I persisted.Published 5 days ago by David
Finally! After plodding through books 10 and 11 and countless over descriptions of walls with oblong holes in them, we finally get to some real plot!Published 9 days ago by Christopher Plakosh
Yet another excellent book by Robert Jordan. This one, like the others in this series, often caused adrenaline dumps... Read morePublished 11 days ago by Brian Hennessy
Sanderson penned a perfect edition to this series. He banished Jordan's incessant wordiness for useless details and added in much flair for characters and more dialogue. Read morePublished 14 days ago by Michael Elrod
This is a great book in the series. For being the first of the series that Jordan did not write solely, this had all of his hallmarks.Published 24 days ago by James M Basl
Really glad Sanderson took over and finished the series. Felt like Jordan would have never stopped meandering his way through the world he created. Enjoyed this one!Published 28 days ago by I love books
I did not try to put any meaning into this book. I read for the enjoyment of reading.
It was good that some of the side stories completed themselves and everything is coming g... Read more