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A Memory of Light (Wheel of Time, Book 14) Hardcover – January 8, 2013
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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, just as the experience of the First World War and its aftermath gave its imprint to J. R. R. Tolkien's work.” ―The New York Times on The Wheel of Time®
About the Author
Robert Jordan (October 17, 1948–September 16, 2007), a native of Charleston, South Carolina, was the author of the bestselling The Wheel of Time®, with millions of books in print.
BRANDON SANDERSON grew up in Lincoln, Nebraska. He lives in Utah with his wife and children and teaches creative writing at Brigham Young University. In addition to completing Robert Jordan's The Wheel of Time®, he is the author of such bestsellers as the Mistborn trilogy, Warbreaker, The Alloy of Law, The Way of Kings, Rithmatist, and Steelheart. He won the 2013 Hugo Award for "The Emperor's Soul," a novella set in the world of his acclaimed first novel, Elantris.
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₪₪₪My Wheel of time journey lasted:₪₪₪
14 months - with my great friends at BB&B
There were 11308 pages
Over 4 Million Words
A staggering 19 days, 5 hours and 25 minutes of audio amazing audio
With 147 Unique PoVs and 1379 total PoVs
And a staggering cast of over 2200 characters
The world building is immense and I’m not sure anyone does that better than Robert Jordan did. Although I believe that Sanderson might give him a run for his money.
The characters were infuriating. This is one of the only books series I’ve read where I’ve spent 80% of the time in various states of dissatisfaction with most of the characters for some reason or another but still liked the overall story. One of my biggest pet peeves of the entire series was Rand and his Three loves (view spoiler) Min is awesome though and one of the few characters in the series I was never upset with.
There is really no way that after a journey like this you won’t have a plethora of feelings. If you are a huge fantasy reader then I think this is one of those series you have to tackle sometime in your life. There are a few slower books that ooze of worldbuilding, political maneuvering and characters but no serious plot movement and then there are the final 4 books of the series that are amazing and it feels like everything happened in.
There are things I loved in this series and things I really hated but overall I enjoyed the journey I went on. Some people survived that I didn’t think would. Some people died that I thought were safe and it was heartbreaking. But then there are those heroic moments that original cast from the Two Rivers Rand, Mat, Perrin, Egwene and Nynaeve got to have and each one shone bright at the end no matter how they were dragged into their destiny.
Still it is the end and for some of the side characters I wanted a little more info, hell for some of the main characters I wanted to know more. It isn’t perfect, there isn’t an epilogue set 5 or 10 or 20 years later and I really wanted one. I was very interested in the directions that some of the people left were going to take. But in an epic this big I guess it is impossible to tie up every last thing so I’ve filled in a few things for myself with some of the hopes and dreams I had for the remaining characters.
My hat is off to Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson for undertaking this massive fantasy series. It is an amazing journey that I might one day take again because the wheel weaves as the wheel wills and there is no beginning and there are no endings, and never will be endings, to the turning of the Wheel of Time. But it was an ending.
There were definitely some slow parts - but with 14 books you have to expect that to happen.
I've been reading this series since I was 8 years old. It's been with me for 25 years of my life. It's become a good friend. Of course, since it took so long for all these books to come out, I had to read them over, and over, and over in order to remember everything that happened.
Through each read I found something new (or something I had forgotten).
Being the final book this was an emotional end to a long journey.
I feel that Sanderson did a great job on these books - picking up where Jordan left off. There were some ways you could tell the writer wasn't the same (the lengthy descriptions of evvverrrrything were gone haha). However he did a wonderful job tying up this series.
For this book - it had a satisfying ending - though still left me with many, many questions. Which, apparently (after much internet digging) Jordan wanted it that way - to leave some things ambiguous for the reader to figure out. As much as I like these kind of endings - after 25 years I would have preferred to have everything tied up. I don't enjoy having mysteries left for me to figure out - especially since the author is dead and there will probably be no clarification later.
Anyway, great read. Great series! I will be reading them again and again for sure.
1990 was the year of The Eye of the World became a NY Times Best Seller, it took me by storm in 92 as I quickly read #1 and them #2 The Great Hunt which is my personal favorite of the whole series. After reading Dragon Reborn (The Wheel of Time, Book 3). I decided to get the Hardcover editions and have been a first day buyer of the rest of the series.
I also have 9 of the 14 Audible editions. That said, here is my opinion of #14.
The novel is of epic scope and wraps up all the sub plots from throughout the series. It could have been twice as big, but editing keeps it at 908 pages. So some minor characters only get a page or two. Still it is a must have for any Wheel of Time fan. Not everything turns out as I had hoped, but I think all events went as both Jordon and Sanderson wanted.
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