Tuesday, July 2, 2013

REVIEW: The Gathering Storm by Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson

TITLE: The Gathering Storm
AUTHOR: Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson
GENRE: Fantasy
SERIES: Wheel of Time # 12
READ FROM: June 19thth to June 26th 2013

BOOK BLURB: (taken from Goodreads)
Tarmon Gai'don, the Last Battle, looms. And mankind is not ready.

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, New York Times bestselling author of the Mistborn books, 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, and so Tor proudly presents The Gathering Storm as the first of three novels that will cover the outline left by Robert Jordan, chronicling Tarmon Gai'don and Rand al'Thor's final confrontatino 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, the preeminent fantasy epic of our era.

In this epic novel, Robert Jordan's international bestselling 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 will be, and what is, may yet fall under the Shadow.


Wow! I really flew through this one and usually that doesn't happen when the book is 1000+ pages. I simply could not put this one down. When I started reading I was a bit sad to realize that this was (mostly) the work of Brandon Sanderson and not Robert Jordan. I have no idea what parts RJ had already written and what was Brandon's and honestly it really didn't matter to me. I am just happy that we get an ending to this series.

I love that finally it seems like the story is just not progressing, but progressing really fast. I loved Egwene's part and she was in this book a lot. I was pretty much cheering for her the whole time. I couldn't help picturing the Aes Sedai as ants scrambling to get away from enemies at one point during the end of Egwene's capture. Egwene sure seems to be a force to be reckoned with. All I have to say is the action was immense and sweet justice was served at the end. Rand will need Egwene's strength for sure during the last battle.

Rand's part of the story was more interesting then it has been in the past as well. There were a few OMG moments, that made my mouth drop open because I never really imagined what happened to ever happen. I mean maybe in the long run what happened really isn't that major but still shocking none-the-less. I really couldn’t even imagine what pressure he is facing and the fact that the world's survival rests on his shoulders.

I can't wait to read the next! I really enjoy Brandon Sanderson's writing. I thought this book was long at just over 1000 pages but the next in the series is actually 2oo pages longer. But only two more books to go!

RATING: 5 out of 5 stars!

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