- Series: Wheel of Time (Book 14)
- Hardcover: 912 pages
- Publisher: Tor Books (January 8, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0765325952
- ISBN-13: 978-0765325952
- ASIN: 0765325950
- Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 2.3 x 9.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4,267 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #44,437 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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.
Second - I thank Brandon Sanderson for faithfully completing this incredible body of work!
Third - this is the most incredible story I have ever read. It is difficult for me to fathom the creative talent it took to give birth to such an intricate tale that combined all of the virtues and flaws of mankind with such emotion, hope, desperation and humor. The characters are so multidimensional that at the end of the last book, i feel like I'm saying goodbye to some of my best friends! the story is over but the characters will be with me for a very long time!
I thought about trying to be very clinical and cold while writing this review, just give a few stiff comments like “ yes, it’s a very good read “ etc. but I couldn’t.
I’m a reader that GOES to where I’m reading about. I become the characters I’m reading about, hear their different voices, see their different faces. Especially if the book is this well written. Dare I say it... it seemed I could feel their emotions.
The very best of the series, this book is so well written, and the story so amazing, it’s hard to describe.
I dare you to pick it up and not love it.
The worst thing I can say about this book and really the entire series is that it’s over.
My next plan concerning my reading, is to start re-reading this entire series immediately.
And I’ve read fight scenes and battle scenes, but never an entire book that was essentially one single battle, though one on several fronts, weaving in characters big and small from every book leading up to it. Neatly and completely wrapped up in one final package that is as complex and engrossing as one would expect from a series of this caliber.
I am immensely impressed with how well Brandon Sanderson completed the series for Robert Jordan, particularly with how he channeled Mr. Jordan’s voice and vision. It didn’t seem like another person writing it; it seemed like the same person. I am grateful.
So, yes, if you’ve read or are reading the others in this series, finish them up and read this one. If you haven’t, maybe give it a shot. If you are stuck rereading the whole thing in preparation for this one, but are losing steam, do what I did and just skip to the last one. I highly recommend this entire series for fans of epic fantasy, particularly for folks who want a series that’s not only incredible on the first read through, but utterly re-readable with something new in every reading.
This review was written for the blog at Puretextuality.com.