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A Memory of Light (Wheel of Time, Book 14) Hardcover – January 8, 2013
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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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Top Customer Reviews
I know there are no endings to the Wheel of Time and this is merely AN ending, but I still can't believe the Wheel of Time is over.
This book is a perfect ending. The main theme of the Wheel of Time has always been balance between two opposing forces - saidin and saidar, Darkness and Light, good and evil. The resolution of the story carries that philosophy to its logical place - there's no other way it could've ended.
Don't go into this book expecting all your questions to be answered - some are, but a lot aren't. It feels right, though - there are far bigger things going on.
Most of this book involves battles. Tarmon Gai'don is the Last Battle, and the stakes are truly desperate. The book does a great job of conveying the scale of this conflict, even though it's exhausting to read about. Any less, and it would've been too easy to win. The usual "no one dies" approach that the rest of the books have does not apply. Some very bad things happen to very good people, and death seems better than some of them. Our heroes are outnumbered and outmaneuvered, and it shows. Even at the end, you're not left feeling like it's been a great victory - you're horrified. There's still hope, though, and that's what matters.
Of course, it's not all bleak - there are several moments where characters are really awesome, including some unexpected ones (Gaul, you are the man).Read more ›
It is a tribute to the plotting powers of Robert Jordan, the writing skill of Brandon Sanderson (who took over the series after Jordan's untimely death in 2007) and the hard work of Jordan's editors and assistants that A Memory of Light is - for the most part - a triumphant finale. Given the weight of expectations resting on the novel, not to mention the unfortunate circumstances under it was written, it is unsurprising that it is not perfect. The novel occasionally misfires, is sometimes abrupt in how it resolves long-running plot strands and sometimes feels inconsistent with what has come before. However, it also brings this juggernaut of an epic fantasy narrative to an ending that makes sense, is suitably massive in scope and resolves the series' thematic, plot and character arcs satisfactorily - for the most part.
It is a familiar viewpoint that The Wheel of Time is a slow-burning series, with Robert Jordan not afraid to have his characters sitting around talking about things for entire chapters (or, in one case, an entire novel) rather than getting on with business.Read more ›
In hindsight, then, it shouldn't have been surprising that the chickens came home to roost in "A Memory of Light." Key characters that we've gotten to know and love were killed off with hardly a backward glance, whereas the reunions of those who did survive were emotionally flat. Steven Erickson's mammoth "Malazan" series suffered a similar problem. When you build a big, bloated machine like this, the individual components inevitably get sold short in the end.
Throughout the series, I often wondered about the contradiction between the "endless turning of the Wheel of Time" and "The Last Battle." That contradiction is not resolved in a coherent or satisfying manner. I also didn't care for the bargain-basement philosophizing between Rand and the Dark One. Most elementary-school graduates understand that good loses all meaning in the absence of evil, while life loses all interest in the absence of conflict. Surely the Dragon Reborn, with everything he's experienced and endured, and a supernatural being who has existed since the dawn of Creation can do better than this.
I don't blame Brandon Sanderson. I think, in many ways, he was given an impossible task.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Excellent ending to an excellent series, I thoroughly enjoyed the books, I'm glad I had the chance to read them.Published 8 days ago by Felipe Soto
Epic high fantasy at its finest. Jordan creates a vibrant fully fleshed world full of rival nations, political strife, intricate magic and wonders from earlier ages as the back... Read morePublished 11 days ago by Nicholas E. Ludden
After 18 years I finally finished this series!!!!!!!! It's one of my favorite book series of all time and the ending was as satisfying as it was going to get when the author died... Read morePublished 11 days ago by Amazon Customer
An excellent finish to a series that I've enjoyed for years now.Published 12 days ago by Amazon Customer
Love the wheel of time series. I'm just glad it was able to be finished even after Robert Jordan passing.Published 12 days ago by ChuChu Train
This has to be one of the top 3 greatest fantasy series of all time. It is my number 1, but Terry Brooks and the Shannara books come close as my number 2. Read morePublished 18 days ago by Colby Park