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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 October 9, 2009

    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'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.

    6 out of 83 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 17, 2010

    Could this series be ruined in 3 volumes? Possibly.

    I just happened to be strolling by the bookstore and literally stopped in my tracks when I realized that a new volume had been released. I'd been both dreading, and impatiently waiting for this release! I patiently waited for the weekend to arrive, so I could give the novel my full attention. I shouldn't have bothered. Far from the previous novels, this one is quite easy to put down. In fact, fans most probably will. Frequently.

    There are two very glaring problems with this author. First, the pace at which this story moves is freakishly fast. The leisurely pace at which Jordan spun out this series did irritate me at times, but this "wrapping up" of the series is rushed and feels robotic. Story-lines that have dragged out for VOLUMES are wrapped up in pages. If Jordan took too long to suit me, this writer doesn't seem to understand proper pacing. No suspense at all, really.

    Secondly, and most important, this book is just not well-written. Conversations are unbalanced, and jerky. Best way to sum up my extreme disappointment with the writing: When Egwene confronts Elaida at a critical point in the story, Egwene virtually preaches for about a page or two (it seems)

    And the wonderful retort this writer provides for Elaida?

    "Well, no."

    Seriously?? That response is both completely out of character, and just plain lazy. And there are many places that the writing simply falls far short of any sense of sophistication, but this was definitely the worst example. It's jarring, and detracts from the story. My sad conclusion was that almost any writer could've done as well with Jordan's notes, and most would've done better.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 9, 2013

    Dragging myself through this series!

    I enjoyed the first few of these books. I got pulled into each of the characters and wanted to know how things went for them. It is what drove me to buy the next book. Reading them is grueling though, a lot of words in a lot of books, but it seems the action just drags. Ugh. I bought and read this book because it was to be the last one and I just had to know how it ended. Surprise! It didn't. I don't think I can get through another. I'd almost rather go to the dentist for a root canal. Such a shame because the character development was engaging, the story good, but just spread out over too many books.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 16, 2010

    Tough to Chew

    Reading TGS is something like beginning a meal cooked by Thomas Keller and having the final course provided by McDonald's. The differences are so jarring to the educated palate that " spit it out" seems the only recourse.

    I am still plugging away at it, because I do want to see where the story goes. However, it seems my inner "ear" is constantly assaulted by Sanderson's banal use of language and my sensibilities are often offended by the character's uncharacteristic inner dialogues and actions.

    TGS is better than nothing, but leaves me with a bad taste in my mouth.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 3, 2009

    A little irritated

    So after waiting four years for this, a $20.00 book is now going to cost me (and all of you) $60.00 to get all 3 parts, and from an author that didn't write the first 11. Seems a little greedy to stretch it out like that. And when is the next one coming out? Do I have to wait another 3 or 4 years? I don't read that slow.

    1 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 19, 2010

    Too Fast Too Furious

    The pace is fast than Robert Jordans own. It's like cramming the whole series. I dont like where it was merely mentioned, that Perrin met with presumably Galad's white cloaks and that the previous queen of Andor was revealed. Had RJ written this, he would have delved into the meeting itself. Not merely mention it like a sidetrack.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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