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The Gathering Storm (Wheel of Time Series #12)

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78 out of 79 people found this review helpful.

A wonderful addition to the Wheel of Time

Unlike most other reviews here (as of this posting), I have read this book. All of the book and not just the prologue and the first chapter.

Fans of the Wheel of Time series will not be disappointed with The Gathering Storm. Unlike some of the books since Lord of C...
Unlike most other reviews here (as of this posting), I have read this book. All of the book and not just the prologue and the first chapter.

Fans of the Wheel of Time series will not be disappointed with The Gathering Storm. Unlike some of the books since Lord of Chaos, there is a satisfactory conclusion to an important plot line in this book (no spoilers). There is clear movement towards Tarmon Gai'don. No more burying major characters under roof beams and leaving them there for a full book. While not all characters are visited, you still put the book down feeling that something momentous had happened and you don't feel the lack of particular story lines. Instead of feeling as if I had just briefly flitted from character to character without accomplishing anything, this book provides a sense of satisfaction that has been missing from some of the prior Wheel of Time novels. (That is not a knock on the prior books, The Gathering Storm would not feel as satisfactory without the build up provided by the books that preceded it.)

I will say that I was worried at the beginning of the Prologue. It certainly does not start with a bang, but it does set the tone for the book. However, by the end of the prologue I knew that this was a book where something exciting was going to happen and wanted to continue reading.

It is also worth noting that Sanderson has done a wonderful job of preserving the writing style of the previous books. Is this book somewhat different from Jordan's original books? Yes, most notably, the pacing is a bit faster. It is debatable, however, whether that is a function of Sanderson's style or the fact that the plot is coming to a head.

This book is a worthy and welcome addition to the Wheel of Time series. Although it is sad that Robert Jordan could not write all of it himself, The Gathering Storm is a fantastic addition to his legacy.

posted by Alberich on October 28, 2009

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6 out of 83 people found this review helpful.

Review of the Prologue and First Chapter of The Gathering Storm by Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson

Sorry everyone, but I was thoroughly disappointed with the first chapter of this book. While I have to admit that it is a different author, I believe that he could have done without all of the redundant explanations that we who have read the previous eleven books didn'...
Sorry everyone, but I was thoroughly disappointed with the first chapter of this book. While I have to admit that it is a different author, I believe that he could have done without all of the redundant explanations that we who have read the previous eleven books didn't need. While I can see the need to introduce the workings of recent history through the last couple of books, I didn't agree with the fact that he felt the need to re-explain what Cuendillar, the One Power, and even Tar Valon were. His use of explanations and reiteration were misplaced in my opinion and he could have spent more time doing what Robert Jordan did: put undertones of the plot just within our grasp. Furthermore, I think that he needs to go back over the history and personalities of the characters, because e kind of flattens and dulls the characters, where they should be multi-dimensional and vibrant. I'm probably going to still buy the book, but I do hope that he does Robert Jordan the justice he is due by correcting his representations of the world of the Wheel of Time in subsequent books.

Overall this book so far is good for only one thing: completing your collection of Wheel of Time books.

posted by Shawn_Bean_of_Portland_OR on October 9, 2009

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  • Posted July 5, 2009

    Why?

    Why oh why do they let darrell sweet illustrate the covers. He is just the worst, perspective is wrong, legs too short for bodies, expressions blank or dumbfounded, no sense of movement, again I ask why? The writing' well I gave up after three books, slooooow does'nt cover it. Thank You

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 7, 2010

    no good

    for some reason about 2/3's of the way through this book it keeps closing out on me no matter what program i use. so until i finish i am going to give it a one star. hopefully i can figure out why this download from b&n is messed up

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 12, 2009

    How would I know, the book never arrived at its destination

    Never arrived

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