The Gathering Storm (Wheel of Time Series #12)

The Gathering Storm (Wheel of Time Series #12)

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by Robert Jordan, Brandon Sanderson

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"The final volume of The Wheel of Time, A Memory of Light, was partially written by Robert Jordan before his untimely passing in 2007. Brandon Sanderson was chosen by Jordan's editor - his wife, Harriet McDougal - to complete the final book. The scope and size of the volume was such that it could not be contained in a single book." "The Gathering storm is the first

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"The final volume of The Wheel of Time, A Memory of Light, was partially written by Robert Jordan before his untimely passing in 2007. Brandon Sanderson was chosen by Jordan's editor - his wife, Harriet McDougal - to complete the final book. The scope and size of the volume was such that it could not be contained in a single book." "The Gathering storm is the first of three novels that will cover the outline left by Robert Jordan, chronicling Tarmon Gai'don and Rand al'Thor's final confrontation with the Dark One. This short sequence will complete the struggle against the Shadow, bringing to a close a journey begun almost twenty years ago and marking the conclusion of The Wheel of Time." "In this epic novel, Robert Jordan's series begins its dramatic conclusion. Rand al'Thor, the Dragon Reborn, struggles to unite a fractured network of kingdoms and alliances in preparation for the Last Battle. As he attempts to halt the Seanchan encroachment northward - wishing he could form at least a temporary truce with the invaders - his allies watch in terror the shadow that seems to be growing within the heart of the Dragon Reborn himself." "Egwene al'Vere, the Amyrlin Seat of the rebel Aes Sedai, is a captive of the White Tower and subject to the whims of their tyrannical leader. As days tick toward the Seanchan attack she knows is imminent, Egwene works to hold together the disparate factions of Aes Sedai while providing leadership in the face of increasing uncertainty and despair. Her fight will prove the mettle of the Aes Sedai, and her conflict will decide the future of the White Tower - and possibly the world itself." The Wheel of Time turns, and Ages come and pass. What was, what willbe, and what is, may yet fall under the Shadow.

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When Robert Jordan died in September 2007, he left unfinished the final sequence in his epoch-making fantasy epic The Wheel of Time. His wife and longtime editor Harriet McDougal decided that his manuscript deserved to be completed and published. For that task, she chose Brandon Sanderson, a bestselling fantasy author in his own right. The Gathering Storm, the first novel in a three-volume sequence, sets the stage for Tarmon Gai-don, the Last Battle, towards which the Wheel of Time has been long ominously turning. Now in mass-market paperback.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Gaidin More than 1 year ago
to be honest I just expected this book to finish the storyline and tie up loose ends without jordans flair. yes i read chapter 1 and the prolouge early and was not that impressed. At tor .com i listened to the audio of chapter 2 early and i think this is where the book gets rolling. For all of you who say it doesn't read like robert jordan please read the whole book first. I just finished the book and i an back waiting for the next one as eagerly as ever. Yes the chrachters seem a little different at first but within a few chapters they blend almost seemlessly. I feel the reason people dislike the first few chapters is that a large number of new charachters are are thrown at you which makes the book feel unfamiliar but as the book continues I felt like it was one of the better books in the series. This one feels like the early books in that the story actually moves forward at a good pace and you actually feel like it goes somewhere. The later books by jordan were great but slowed in momentum and just seemed to leave more unfinished storylines after every book. Finally after 19 years of reading the wheel of time countless times ( at least 10 times minimum) I feel the end coming and know it will be an ending of heroic proportions. Brandon Sanderson has done the monumental task of stepping into the giant shadow cast by Robert Jordan and from reviews I have read no one seems to think him worthy after reading only 1 or 2 chapters. Well for all you who made a hasty judgement please read the whole book and then decide. I feel Brandon Sanderson deserves great praise for this book and he has definately deserves a thank you from all wheel of time fans for stepping into the breach and finishing the story we all wanted to know the ending to.Now as all wheel of time fans are used to doing i will wait another year for the next book in that end. Yep definately feels like Robert Jordan.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I forgot within 20 pages that I wasn't reading something entirely written by Robert Jordan, and that was what had worried me most. Mr. Sanderson does a wonderful job of MOVING the story along without getting dragged down into the weeds too much. The pace is fairly quick for a story with so many characters, and several answers are provided in this book that give closure to questions that have loomed for four or five books.
Rhavin More than 1 year ago
Apparently you are not reading the same book as the rest of us, as you complain about the author re-explaining Cuendillar, the One Power, and Tar Valon were. Firstly, he does not go into pages or even paragraphs worth on it, and he is not exactly explaining what they are. Secondly, Robert Jordan was notorious for re-explaining things in every book for those who had perhaps not read any of the previous books. So in essence, your so called review is a joke and a waste of time. Talk about the proverbial judging a book by its cover.
DavidStuart More than 1 year ago
In The Gathering Storm, Sanderson and Jordan's work is so intertwined its difficult to see where one stops and the other continues. Of course that didn't stop me from analyzing every character and their plot lines (as I believe they should be) for any flaws. Thankfully the flaws are so minuscule and the story so engaging, they are hardly noticeable. Actually, those so-called flaws could be part of character development and nothing else. What I love about this book is that the plot advances; plot lines are continued toward the inevitable final climax. Those annoying stagnation scenes (Perrin, Faile, and the Aiel) are finally done and nothing similar seems to happen in The Gathering Storm; however, there are still two more books. The action scenes are appropriate without being over the top. The slower set-up scenes are short and acceptable to all those that love Robert Jordan. The generosity of the characters and the realization of their humanity is touching and fits within the story plot (prophecy, if you will). I've read negative comments about the first chapter and I have to agree with their fears. However, after reading the entire book those fears were later seen as silly and inconsequential compared to the whole. My recommendation is: read it if you love Robert Jordan - you know you will enjoy it; if you're new to this series and Robert Jordan - The Gathering Storm includes enough information to read only this book (its a stretch and you will miss a lot but it can be done).
jmricks More than 1 year ago
I have been following Brandon Sanderson's career ever since he was announced as the one to finish the WOT. I have read several of his books and have liked each one but not to the extent that I think everything he touches is gold. However, he did a wonderful job with The Gathering Storm. He took characters, plot, and world that weren't his own and seemlessly moved the story towards its end. This book, in my opinion, is among the top three best of the series. I do not know how much of it was completely written by Brandon (I suspect almost every word of it) but I do know that it was a pleasure to read. The voice of the story is noticeably different at times and other times you can't tell who wrote what, but once you get back into the characters' lives you won't care who wrote it... everything feels right. Thank you Brandon for doing a fine job with RJ's masterpiece.
Gallienus More than 1 year ago
Brandon Sanderson has done Robert Jordan proud. Where to begin...This book is completely engaging. From the night I bought it,10-27 until about 10-31 6:30 a.m. I couldn't put it down. Yes, I know I shouldn't have rushed through it especially since Mr. Sanderson said in the forward that he's only half way through book 13 but I couldn't help myself. It seemed like every time I got to the end of a chapter, something had happened in the story that made me want to keep reading. I'll probably go back and read this book again when book 13 comes out. At the risk of sounding like a woolheaded-sheepherder reading this book I fell in love with the all the characters again. I you stopped reading this series at any point, come back to it, read any preceding books that you haven't read yet then buy this book. Trust me you won't regret the time and money.
B_tuk More than 1 year ago
Avid Jordan readers will love this book! I got so into it I read the book in 6 days! The intensity is on, the energy and imagination put into this book are astounding! I cannot wait for the next one. You're going to fall in love with these characters all over again!
Meradan More than 1 year ago
I just finished the book, it took a bit longer than usual due to work but I have to tell you all. Reading this was like reading the ones penned by Jordan himself. The characters I love so much were still there just as I had remembered them. I know I have another year to wait until the next book gets released and yet another year after that before the series is finally finished. But I have to thank Brandon Sanderson. You have done what I didn't think was possible, you allowed a great writer to finish his work, with his own voice, after his death.
geokatgrl More than 1 year ago
I was concerned that Brandon Sanderson would stray too far from the magic that Robert Jordan had created, but I am relieved and somewhat surprised. While I love Jordan's style, Sanderson has his own magic that seems to build more into the story and adds a slightly new flavor. Excellent!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When Robert Jordan died, I was sure the Wheel of Time series would be forever unfinished. I waited months to buy and read, "The Gathering Storm". I was delighted to find that Brian Sanderson really understands the essence of Mr. Jordan's writing. The characters remain true and there is no interruption of the story line. Writers and their writing are like fingerprints, no two alike, but it is a tribute to Mr. Sanderson's writing that he can sublimate his own style to such an extent that the reader feels no "double vision" when involved with beloved complex characters and the intricate detail of Mr. Jordan's descriptions of countryside and society. Thank you, Brian Sanderson. I look forward to the next two books.
bbMO More than 1 year ago
I had been so disappointed in the last few books, as I felt Jordan was just stringing us and the books along. After finishing each new book in the series I was left frustrated because there was precious little movement in the plot line. I had commented to my son that either Jordan or I was going to die before he completed this series, and well, we all know how that turned out. Thankfully, Sanderson took the premise and ran with it. Finally, finally, finally, the plot progressed, something actually happened. It was a bit slow starting off, but once he got going, it was actually a book I looked forward to picking up each evening and couldn't wait to read. At the same time, I dreaded finishing because I didn't want it to be over and have to wait for the next installment. I'm hoping, from the way things sound, that will not be an issue now. I highly recommend this book to any Wheel of Time readers who are on the fence as far as a new author. In some places it's obvious it's a new author, but that wasn't necessarily a bad thing. Nonetheless, the characters are consistent, and he painted a clear picture of how Rand had to evolve as he approaches Tarmon Gai'don. Would have been nice to have at least had a chapter on Elayne, but it sure was nice not to have to hear about Faile and her followers constantly. And while there were more than enough Aes Sedai, at least there weren't so many that you couldn't keep them straight. All in all, it was a much-anticipated book and I was pleasantly surprised. Truly enjoyed the book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was a lot better then I expected. Robert Jordan's passing was very hard on his fans. This yound author did a great job writing this book.
fargofar More than 1 year ago
With the work the Robert Jordan did in his final days gave Brandon Sanderson an excellent outline to follow. I have enjoyed this book very much. The words flowed extremely smooth, Sanderson held true ,for the most part,to the storyline. I liked this book so much that I picked up his "Mistborn" trilogy and have found them to be equally enjoyable. I can understand now why he was chosen over some other more established writer, excellent work indeed. In my opinion the final four chapters in this book are the most prolific of the whole series so far. I would point out that I found that Sanderson's time-line to be a bit off on some of the characters and events; but other than that this book was spot on for enjoyment to read. Keep up the good work. I cannot wait for the next book to see what happens.
Snowdog More than 1 year ago
I have read the entire book. I read it entirely too fast and I am in quite a depression having waited so long for the book and realizing that I am already done with it. Good News I suppose that more are coming. Brandon really did a great job. I seriously feel he improved the action sequences significantly. Enough so that the book transitions well and doesn't hang at any one point. RJ really did some great things with this series and I am super sad that he passed. Brandon seriously could not have been a better pick. To me this book was really put together very well and perhaps that is a result of the synergy between what RJ left, his wife's edits and what Brandon writes. Whatever the case is it really works well and was perhaps one of the most exciting books in the series. Obviously 3 and 7 were great but with an 11 book build up book 12 starts to knock out some problems that needed to be resolved. Bottom Line: if you have read the series up to now keep reading. You won't be disappointed.
BencTX More than 1 year ago
I guess Tor hasn't updated their release date yet but According to Brandon Sanderson's blog they've moved the release date to October 27th. He said this is an official release date by TOR. It's supported by the time clock that TOR has on their site, they just haven't changed the date yet on the top of the page. I'm eagerly awaiting this book. I've read Elantris and was very impressed by Sanderson's writing. I've also been keeping up with his blog and he speaks reverentially of Jordan and the Wheel of Time so I know he will do the best he can to make this book as good as if Jordan himself had written all of it. As far as the splitting, Sanderson put it very nicely, it was either wait for the book to be completed and have 1 or 3 volumes in 3 or more years or split it and get a book every year (hopefully) for 3 years. I don't know about anyone else but I'd rather have the first part of the "Last Book" now since it's been close to 4 years since Knife of Dreams came out. My only complaint is with the book stores not wanting them to title all 3 books A Memory of Light with a sub title for each separate book. Hopefully they title the final book A Memory of Light since that was what Jordan wanted.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
GamaClone More than 1 year ago
I wasn't sure what to expect with the introduction of a new author to this classic series. A successful author in his own right, Brandon Sanderson wouldn't be remaking the series in his own image, but would be working off of extensive notes left behind by the late Robert Jordan. Still, could he capture the characters and events and keep the wheel spinning, or would the shadow succeed in covering the climatic end in darkness and misery? A fellow reader (the one who introduced me to the first novel of the series) likened the story to 'literary crack". With the latest installment, I can happily say I've received my fix. Sanderson does an incredible job of keeping the characters independently shining while working them all together for the greater good. The pace doesn't relent, and there are just enough trails to keep you following right into the next novel, which should be out in November, 2010. { Editors note: Having had somewhat of a wait between the eleventh book and this one, it took a few days to get into my usual speed of page turning: 6 days from front to back. I expect the next installment to see significantly less.}
Andy_K More than 1 year ago
Robert Jordan's Wheel of time series is quite possibly the longest-running series I have personally followed. I first read Eye of the World in Jr. High, and have been entertained by the 15000+ pages of story that have followed over the course of literally more than half my life. When I received the news that Robert Jordan had suddenly and unexpectedly died, it was one of those world changing moments for me. The world keeps spinning, the seasons keep changing, and there's a new Wheel of Time book coming. My fear was that would be at an end. Enter Brandon Sanderson. First off, let me congratulate Mr. Sanderson. He was hand-picked by Jordan's widow to complete Jordan's work. And it _is_ Jordan's work, that's important. The ending had already been planned out, and from my understanding, even fleshed out to some degree, before Mr. Jordan's untimely demise. There was one issue however. Based on his outline, the final tome of the Wheel of Time series was estimated at being over a table-breaking 4000 pages! After making a decision to split the final book into three separate volumes, and being given the blessing of Jordan's widow, Brandon Sanderson went to work. Sanderson's love of the series is immediately obvious. The characters are recognizable, the world feels comfortable, and the mythology is completely intact. Sanderson has made changes however. Though the series is a staple of mine, and forms as much of a basis of what qualifies for "Fantasy" for me as does the Lord of the Rings, it has always had one great flaw, and that is pacing. Much like Tolkien, Jordan has had a tendancy to linger on the scenery as much as the characters, and as a consequence, the story would tend to drag at times. Sanderson has done a wonderful job of limiting this drag, without losing the detail that is so important to an epic work like this. The story zips along briskly, and I found myself surprised when I realized I was reaching the climax. The characters also seem stronger, though this may be a consequence of so much history behind them, rather than Sanderson's writing. I was particularly struck by the strength of both Rand and Egwene. Rand has always been painted as a troubled man, worried about his sanity, but this is the first volume where I really felt true concern from him. Egwene shows the strength that characters have noted her for thoughout the series. In a big way. All in all, I am very grateful to Mr. Sanderson. He has done a wonderful job in maintaining the series that I have enjoyed for the better part of two decades. At this point, the only thing that annoys me about the man is that he has seen the ending of the story!
Extrinsic More than 1 year ago
This book takes Robert Jordan's thoughts, mixes them with Brandon Sanderson's writing style, and wraps it all up with a suspenseful and thrilling plot. This book holds many suprises and is a must read for anyone who is in any way, shape, or form a fantasy fan.
Sirjade2004 More than 1 year ago
I was very pleased and impressed how the book came out and have enjoyed it. Because everytime I put the book down I get the craving feeling to pick up the book to finished reading it. I was afraid that the book would not be the same when another author pick up after late Robert Jorden passaway. I can tell you that I am very pleased to know that it is continue and now I am eager for the other two coming to finished it. I want to know what happen to the end. LOL
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sanderson did a admirable job of completing the best series ever written. There were a few statements made by characters that were completly out of character.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very pleased to have this book out! A good job was done to continue on with the story.
Fred59 More than 1 year ago
While this volume is a bit talky, so were many of Jordan's own efforts, especially the 2 books after The Fires of Heaven. The story makes some moves toward its long-awaited conclusion, and Sanderson does have the capacity to make me think it's still Jordan doing the writing. However, Lan and Loial are nowhere in this volume and two of my favorite characters--Mat and Perrin--are mostly off stage. Also, please quit talking about rescuing Moraine and "get 'er done"! I hope that the concluding volumes are more fast paced, that all of the ambiguous prophecies are explained, and that the series ends in a way that is not only satisfying but also worthy of such a wonderful collection of books. Yes, it has been frustrating at times to wait for a book and then have so little happen to move the plot forward, but in all this has been one of the great reading experiences of my life, and that statement comes from a literature major who has read 2-3 books a week for the last 55 years! If you have not read any of the previous books, I envy you. Buy, borrow, or check out The Eye of the World (Volume 1 of the series) and sit back and enjoy.
HarperPH More than 1 year ago
I have been waiting for this book since Book One of the Wheel of Time Series, so it was with a mixture of skepticism and trepidation that I bought the Jordan/Sanderson book. (For those of you--one?--who have not yet heard of Robert Jordan's untimely death, it may come as a shock to know that Sanderson was hand-picked by Jordan's widow and editor to finish his classic series.) I need not have feared. It took Sanderson a few pages, but then his/Jordan's voice took over, and the series continued without a hitch. The only wrinkle is that the "last book in the series" is NOT the last book in the series. There will be two more books, which Sanderson promises will complete the series as Jordan originally intended, without missing a single anticipated or imagined idea. (He didn't word it that way; I used a bit of license in interpreting.) The characters remain intact, although some are missing (no doubt living in one of the other two books yet to be released); some are sent elsewhere (no doubt their adventures continue...); and some are nicely rounded out, though not completed. I would tell you who they are, but then it would spoil the book for you. Suffice it to say, the saga continues, and it continues as Jordan would have done it--at least to all appearances. I bought it; I don't regret it; I recommend it.