- Hardcover: 861 pages
- Publisher: Tor Books (November 2, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0765325942
- ISBN-13: 978-0765325945
- Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 2.5 x 9.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 1,318 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #87,432 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The biggest difference from Jordan's own books is that in ToM the pacing is break-neck.
If you're a fan of the series, you'll find moments to laugh and moments to cry and moments of extreme and wonderful emotion. I hate to sound cliched, but for those of us who have grown up with these characters, we start seeing some of the scenes that we've been waiting for for many years.
In my opinion, few other writers living could've pulled off so elegantly what Sanderson has accomplished in Towers of Midnight. Bravo! Onto Tarmon Gai'don!
When I found out he had also contributed to the final portions of this epic tale I had no choice to give it a shot.
Sanderson has done a great job helping close the saga. He makes you fall in love with Mat, Perrin, and many of the characters through their ending days. He and Jordan have developed such relatable characters that you find yourself dying to find out what will happen to them next.
Sanderson has a style of his own and knows how to leave chapters on cliffhangers where you can't help to get to the next chapter for the character you were reading about. The next thing you know you at killing a whole book in one day. His writing style is insane.
If you have made it this far in the series, you know it lagged a bit in pacing in the middle books, but in the final three it has picked up momentum and you have to follow it all the way to The Final Battle yourself.
One of my younger friends who had read Mr. Sanderson's Mistborn trilogy convinced me to give these last books a try. I must admit, I have been greatly impressed with Mr. Sanderson's ability to pick up the series and inject new life into it. Towers of Midnight was so good that as I came nearer and nearer the ending, I started to actually slow down my reading because I was afraid it would end. That is quite a tribute from me, usually I race through books, but I couldn't stand the thought of this one being over. Of course all good things must come to an end and this book did too. Now I look anxiously forward to the last book in the series.
The characters are just as vivid and vital as they were at the start of the series. It was particularly great to see Mat and Perrin get their due as major characters. It was also a pleasant surprise to see the return of a major character who had been gone a long time near the end of this book. I won't say any more for fear of giving away spoilers to those who still haven't read this excellent book. I recommend this book wholeheartedly to those who truly appreciate high fantasy and brilliantly developed characters!
Several other key characters have important moments, Matt facing multiple past foes, Aviendha becoming critically important to the Aiel, the borderlander army meeting Rand, Egewene juggling internal and external threats and multiple love stories progressing.
There is so much happening in this fantastic book. The last battle has begun.
My one complaint is that the transformation that Rand went through at the end of Book 12 makes him feel like a completely different person than who he's been through the rest of the series. This impression is largely due to the fact that we don't get his perspective at all in this book, except in the epilogue. But as I read, I started to feel like this was intentional. He overcame his darkness so suddenly, that the people around him are confused about who he is now. The reader feels the same way. I'm told that we rediscover his character and mindset in the final book. I'm looking forward to it.