A Memory of Light (Wheel of Time Series #14)

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Since 1990, when Robert Jordan’s The Wheel of Time® burst on the world with its first book, The Eye of the World, readers have been anticipating the final scenes of this extraordinary saga, which has sold over forty million copies in over thirty languages.

When Robert Jordan died in 2007, all feared that these concluding scenes would never be written. But working from notes and partials left by Jordan, established fantasy writer Brandon Sanderson stepped in to complete the ...

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Overview

Since 1990, when Robert Jordan’s The Wheel of Time® burst on the world with its first book, The Eye of the World, readers have been anticipating the final scenes of this extraordinary saga, which has sold over forty million copies in over thirty languages.

When Robert Jordan died in 2007, all feared that these concluding scenes would never be written. But working from notes and partials left by Jordan, established fantasy writer Brandon Sanderson stepped in to complete the masterwork. With The Gathering Storm (Book 12) and Towers of Midnight (Book 13) behind him, both of which were # 1 New York Times hardcover bestsellers, Sanderson now re-creates the vision that Robert Jordan left behind.

Edited by Jordan’s widow, who edited all of Jordan’s books, A Memory of Light will delight, enthrall, and deeply satisfy all of Jordan’s legions of readers.

The Wheel of Time turns, and Ages come and pass.
What was, what will be, and what is,
may yet fall under the Shadow.
Let the Dragon ride again on the winds of time.

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The zealot fans of Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time waited for years for the grand finale of a series that has been lauded for "its epic sweep, intricate plotting and large cast of complex characters." This fourteenth volume finale, which was completed by Brandon Sandersen (Jordan died in 2007), brings to a close one of the true classics of epic fantasy, a series that to date has sold more than thirty million copies. A number one Barnes & Noble bestseller; superlative reader reviews; now in mass-market paperback and NOOK Book.

Publishers Weekly
Fans of the Jordan's Wheel of Time epic have been waiting 13 books for the Last Battle, and they are about to be rewarded as Jordan/Sanderson (Towers of Midnight) bring the series to one final crescendo. It is time for Rand al'Thor to face the Dark One in the Last Battle for humanity, but he can't do it alone; he must also gather all of the forces of the world together and turn them, united, against the Trolloc armies that threaten to overwhelm. Those unfamiliar with the series may be left cold by chapter after chapter of battle scenes, death, glory, and heroism, which are interspersed with tactics, politics, and plotting. Those more invested in the series, however, will be on the edge of their seats to witness first-hand the fates of their favorite characters as well as the world itself. Sanderson successfully channels Jordan's voice to produce this stunningly thorough wrap-up to a long and impressive series.
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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®

The New York Times
“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
Library Journal
Since the publication of The Eye of the World in 1990, fans have eagerly anticipated how the final battle of Jordan’s groundbreaking “Wheel of Time” epic fantasy series ends. Over the years, readers have come to know Rand, Mat, Perrin, Egwene, Nynaeve, and many other characters, vicariously joining in their journey to save the world from the Dark One. At last comes the long-anticipated 14th and concluding volume, and it is definitely worth the wait. Sanderson (“Mistborn” trilogy; The Alloy of Law), who was given the task of completing the series when Jordan died in 2007, has done a wonderful job of tying together all the loose ends, sometimes in very surprising ways. Of course, the epilog is the almost unaltered scene (or series of scenes) written and kept secret by Jordan decades ago.

Verdict Anyone who has read the first “Wheel” books will want to read this one as well. In fact, anyone who likes epic fantasy will enjoy it. However, “The Wheel of Time” is such a complex series that one must read the titles in order to avoid confusion at all of the twists and turns. [See Prepub Alert, 7/30/12.]—William Baer, Georgia Inst. of Technology Lib., Atlanta

(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Kirkus Reviews
"There are no endings, and never will be endings, to the turning of the Wheel of Time." Even so, with this volume, the late Jordan's hyperinflated Wheel of Time series grinds to a halt. Jordan (Eye of the World, 1990, etc.), here revived by way of the extensive notebooks, drafts and outlines he left behind by amanuensis Sanderson (creative writing/Brigham Young Univ.), was an ascended master of second-tier Tolkien-ism; the world he creates is as densely detailed as Middle-earth, and if the geography sounds similar, pocked with place names such as Far Madding and the Blasted Lands, that's no accident. Tolkien-esque, too, is the scenario for this saga-closer, namely a "last battle" in which the forces of good are arrayed against those of darkness. The careless reader might take this to be a battle of hairdressers in a West Indian neighborhood: "The Dreadlords came for him eventually, sending an explosion to finish the job. Deepe spent the last moments throwing weaves at them. He died well." That's not the case, of course: instead, saga heroes Mat Cauthon and Perrin Aybara range the lands beyond the Dark One's prison to do all manner of good and adventuresome things. It's a strange world, that: Perrin finds the pit to end all pits, "[a]n eternal expanse, like the blackness of the Ways, only this one seemed to be pulling him into it." But then, what kind of epic would it be if it weren't a strange place? Will wolves and orcs—or whatever they are—take over the world, or will the good guys prevail? Jordan's fans, who are legion, will most decidedly want to learn the answer to that question.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780765364883
  • Publisher: Doherty, Tom Associates, LLC
  • Publication date: 12/31/2013
  • Series: Wheel of Time Series , #14
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 1168
  • Sales rank: 637
  • Product dimensions: 4.10 (w) x 6.70 (h) x 2.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert  Jordan

Robert Jordan was born in 1948 in Charleston, South Carolina. He taught himself to read when he was four with the incidental aid of a twelve-years-older brother, and was tackling Mark Twain and Jules Verne by five. He is a graduate of The Citadel, the Military College of South Carolina, with a degree in physics. He served two tours in Vietnam with the U.S. Army; among his decorations are the Distinguished Flying Cross with bronze oak leaf cluster, the Bronze Star with "V" and bronze oak leaf cluster, and two Vietnamese Gallantry Crosses with palm. A history buff, he has also written dance and theater criticism and enjoyed the outdoor sports of hunting, fishing, and sailing, and the indoor sports of poker, chess, pool, and pipe collecting.
Robert Jordan began writing in 1977 and went on to write The Wheel of Time®, one of the most important and best selling series in the history of fantasy publishing with over 14 million copies sold in North America, and countless more sold abroad.
Robert Jordan died on September 16, 2007, after a courageous battle with the rare blood disease amyloidosis.
 

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.

 

Biography

Robert Jordan was born in 1948 in Charleston, South Carolina, where he lived with his wife, Harriet, in a house built in 1797. He taught himself to read when he was four (with the incidental aid of a twelve-years-older brother) and was tackling Mark Twain and Jules Verne by five. After graduating from The Citadel, the Military College of South Carolina, with a degree in physics, he served two tours in Vietnam with the U.S. Army, earning the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Bronze Star with "V", and two Vietnamese Crosses of Gallantry. A history buff, he also wrote dance and theater criticism. In September, 2007, Jordan died from complications of a rare blood disease. He was 58 years old.
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    1. Also Known As:
      James Oliver Rigney Jr. (real name)
    1. Date of Birth:
      October 17, 1948
    2. Place of Birth:
      Charleston, South Carolina
    1. Date of Death:
      September 16, 2007
    2. Place of Death:
      Charleston, South Carolina

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  • Posted January 8, 2013

    more from this reviewer

    Come on people seriously. The ebook will be out eventually. It w

    Come on people seriously. The ebook will be out eventually. It wasn't nor has it been Tor's decision to not release the ebook right away. from what I have heard it is Jordan's widow who made the choice. Either way grow up and don't rate the book a 1 because you can't have the ebook right away.

    80 out of 126 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2013

    For everyone who rated this book one star because it isn't on eb

    For everyone who rated this book one star because it isn't on ebook yet... shame on you.  I've read the first 100 pages so far and have to say it doesn't dissapoint.  I do find that it is annoying to have to read the hardback as I would have bought both versions as well.  But, I've got along 26 years without a nook.  Reading a good hardback every now and then is good for you.  For those of you looking for an actual review,  as I said before, it has been AWESOME so far.  Brandon Sanderson has done Mr. Jordan's works justice.

    58 out of 83 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2013

    The last book in a series as epic as WoT needs to be read the ol

    The last book in a series as epic as WoT needs to be read the old fashioned way, on paper! eBooks weren't even thought of when many of us started reading this series. Let's get back to our roots with this long awaited finale to an AMAZING series. Sit down with a cup of coffee or tea and enjoy the world they created for us!

    48 out of 97 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 8, 2013

    The ratings are for the people who might be interested in gettin

    The ratings are for the people who might be interested in getting a copy of this book. Rating it with one star simply because it won't come out as an e-book till April is childish and frankly an embarrassment, but I am sure they have no shame.

    I haven't read the complete book yet, however, I am willing to provide a rating of 5 simply because this epic is the fruition of two decades of work, the story is as wide as the world and as deep as any religious experience. An epic tale of the fight between light and the darkness, good and evil. The richness of this world creates a stunning, compelling reason to really care about the characters and their journey to the final battle. Brandon Sanderson has expertly picked up the gauntlet left by Robert Jordan and carried it and the fans who have followed this tale to a wonderful and exciting climax

    43 out of 69 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 8, 2013

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    An epic ending to what may be the greatest fantasy series of our

    An epic ending to what may be the greatest fantasy series of our time.

    42 out of 53 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2013

    Rating this a 1 because there is no ebook is stupid and childish

    Rating this a 1 because there is no ebook is stupid and childish. Really, grow up.

    This book is an AMAZING finale to an equally AMAZING series. Brandon Sanderson does a great job finishing up where Robert Jordan left off. The characters are rich and entertaining, and the plot plays out beautifully. This is by far my absolute favorite series ever. Hands down.

    39 out of 66 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2013

    The wheel of time saga helped define a entire genre of literatur

    The wheel of time saga helped define a entire genre of literature and ignited the minds and imaginations of thousands of readers. Thank you Robert Jordan for the story worth reading again and again and the experience of a lifetime.

    39 out of 50 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 12, 2013

    Thank you. thank you, thank you Robert Jordan and Brandon Sander

    Thank you. thank you, thank you Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson. I feel like Thom in the final chapter searching for the right words to describe this amazing, epic, awesome, incredible saga. Sorry Mr. Asimov, the Foundation series has finally been replaced as my all time favorite tale. I was honestly worried that this final book would not be able to adequately conclude this amazing story...I was wrong. As for the digital readers who chose to assign a 1 star rating... blood and bloody ashes! ...just buy the book. You'll be glad to have it once you're finished!

    37 out of 41 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 10, 2013

    This book lives up to the standard set forth by Mr. Jordan and g

    This book lives up to the standard set forth by Mr. Jordan and gives the reader the ending that the series deserved. While I know that there were some out there that complained about having the final book separated into three installments, I believe that we can truly appreciate that decision now. This culmination of this epic saga has forever ensconced The Wheel of Time with other fantasy series of the highest caliber.
    Now here I feel obliged to make a comment on the majority of the one star reviews that are plaguing this book. Shame on you all for adding a negative review because the publishing company made a decision not to bring out the Ebook until April. I would think that, as a fan of the series, you would not want to heap negative reviews on our beloved series. I would also like to point out that each person that is complaining about not having the Ebook to read has made the decision to choose that particular media format on their own. Nobody is forcing you to not read the book, as the paper format is obviously available for you to access. If you decide not to purchase the book, simply because it is not an Ebook, then you have no one to blame but yourself for that poor decision.

    36 out of 47 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 10, 2013

    Stop skewing the ratings with e-book reviews.  E-book sales don'

    Stop skewing the ratings with e-book reviews.  E-book sales don't count towards the NY Times Bestseller list.  Publishers (justifiably) want that.  It's downright stupid to think that they shouldn't try to put the book on that list.

    I've finished the hardcover, and it's a brilliant, fitting ending.  There aren't any real ways to talk about plot without giving spoilers, but suffice it to say, this is the ending we've been waiting for.

    So stop whining.

    29 out of 42 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2013

    I can't believe someone would give 1 star for not having a digit

    I can't believe someone would give 1 star for not having a digital copy. It's pathetic! Good or Bad, rating is meant for content... OMG its not free? you get one star!. I'm going to re-rate this after reading but until then ill give 5 stars.

    29 out of 62 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 9, 2013

    I'm very disappointed this book was not released in e-reader for

    I'm very disappointed this book was not released in e-reader form. For those of you who like hard cover - fine.
    However, the proliferation of e-books is proof enough the technology is "today's" format. Very, very poor decision to hold off on making
    it available to all of us who use that format. I'll not read this book until it's made available on the format I use. Again, very poor decision 
    and very disappointed after waiting all this time. 

    27 out of 164 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2013

    The sad thing is the ebook will be out (not officially released)

    The sad thing is the ebook will be out (not officially released) long before April...which means every one of those is a potential lost sale. I would honestly be surprised if it's not already out there. It's sad that in 2013 publishers and authors still just don't get it.

    27 out of 58 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 9, 2013

    No ebook till April was a bad decision, I like my Nook and like

    No ebook till April was a bad decision, I like my Nook and like to read on it.

    25 out of 160 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2013

    I have bought every book in the series electronically. Thanks f

    I have bought every book in the series electronically. Thanks for catering to your fans. One star for lack of availability.

    22 out of 154 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 8, 2013

    No ebook deserves a bad review.

    No ebook deserves a bad review.

    22 out of 178 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2013

    I would have paid $30 for the last book in ebook form on release

    I would have paid $30 for the last book in ebook form on release day.  I would have paid less a week after release. 4 months? I will not buy this book.  I don't care who's decision it was; nor do I care how good the book is, how classic the series is, or how the book ends. This series is ...meh I just don't care.

    22 out of 178 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2013

    No ebook, no stars.  Only form of protest your loyal readers hav

    No ebook, no stars.  Only form of protest your loyal readers have.  I have not bought an actual book in three years - interestingly, it was TOM.  This time I will just borrow from the library.  This is about CUSTOMER SERVICE.  If you went to a restaurant and the food was great, but your waiter was crappy you wouldn't give it five stars.

    21 out of 157 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2013

    Amazing finale to one of the most epic fantasy series of our tim

    Amazing finale to one of the most epic fantasy series of our time. I couldn't be more pleased with the time and effort that was put into this series and how it made me feel about the characters.

    18 out of 21 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 9, 2013

    Having read the whole book, I will say that it ended as I suspe

    Having read the whole book, I will say that it ended as I suspected it had too. There is one story line in this book mainly of characters who were not much featured in the first 11 books of the series, Androl and Pervera , but they helped tie up an important part of a side plot. Otherwise Mr Sanderson, using Mr Jordan's notes, does a good job with Rand, Mat, Perrin and the ladies that we have come to know and love in the Wheel of Time, finishing the most epic fantasy series ever written.

    16 out of 17 people found this review helpful.

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