The Gathering Storm

The Gathering Storm

Book - 2010
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Rand al'Thor, the Dragon Reborn, struggles to unite a fractured network of kingdoms and alliances in preparation for the Last Battle. Meanwhile, Egwene al'Vere, the Amyrlin Seat of the rebel Aes Sedai, is being held captive by the White Tower. Knowing the Seanchan attack is imminent, she fights to hold the Aes Sedai together in an epic contest that will prove the mettle of her followers and will decide the future of the White Tower---and possibly the world itself. The first of three novels that will make up "A Memory of Light" and mark the conclusion of the Wheel of Time.
Publisher: New York : Tor, 2010, c2009.
Edition: 1st mass market ed.
ISBN: 9780765341532
0765341530
Characteristics: xi, 1098 p. : maps ; 18 cm.
Additional Contributors: Sanderson, Brandon

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jibb
Jul 23, 2012

Brandon Sanderson does a good job picking up the series in this book. He writes close enough to Robert Jordan's style to keep the series flowing smoothly, but tones down some of the authorial tics that started to grate after eight thousand or so pages of Jordan's writing. (So much braid-tugging, dismissive sniffing, and "wool-headed sheepherder"ing.) The plot keeps moving (a good change after the dragging Crossroads of Twilight), and we can see the Last Battle drawing near.

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julia_sedai
Mar 01, 2012

Brandon Sanderson does such a good job on this book! I like how he didn't try to mimic Robert Jordan's style, but just wrote in his own style. Although this makes it seem different from Robert Jordan's books, it is still great! He really picks up the series and gets it moving along.

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jdwmorrison
Jul 08, 2011

I had to admit I was concerned when I heard Brandon Sanderson had been chosen to conclude the Wheel of Time series, as I had read previous works of his before and came away wholly unimpressed. As a result it took me a long time to read this book, but in the end I was glad I did. Sanderson turned out to be a wonderful fit for these books, able to keep the action flowing admirably while the sheer scope of the Wheel of Time's world keeps his tendency to endlessly re-iterate character motivation to an absolute minimum. Also, the ending to this book is quite possibly my favorite of the entire series, and considering it consists of little to no physical action in a body of work renowned for its complex military sequences, that's saying something. Four stars, tending upwards towards five.

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AGaasenbeek
Nov 29, 2010

After almost becoming fed up with the series because of incredibly slow progress, I am happy to say that this installment reignited the magic for me. Faster pace, consistent writing, enjoyable all in all.

aaronjacklin Sep 09, 2010

My wife read it first and I could tell it wasn't Jordan by glancing at a random page - shorter paragraphs and more dialogue per page.

When I finally got to read it, none of that mattered. Sanderson doesn't try to copy Jordan's style. Instead he gets the spirit of the world and the characters right.

The story moves quickly and resolves a major conflict that has been building for at least half the series. Can't wait for the next installment.

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Haldenj
Sep 03, 2010

This is one of the best books in the Wheel of Time series. I cannot wait to see how it concludes in the next two volumes.

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polarbear790
Jul 24, 2010

I really enjoyed this volume in the Wheel of Time series. Don't know if most die-hard Robert Jordan fans will but I think Sanderson did a good job of maintaining Jordan's style. This volume moved along a bit faster than some of the previous eleven, partly because of the events themselves.
I liked that the various plot threads 1) were visited more often so I did not forget what was going on there and 2) are beginning to come together.

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torna001
Jun 10, 2010

I absolutely loved this book and welcomed the fresh perspective by Sanderson. Moves along at a more rapid pace then Jordan and doesn't seem to get bogged down.
Keeps true to Jordan's characters, although Mat was a bit serious in this one.
Can't wait for the next book!

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margie46
Feb 09, 2010

The new author does pretty well taking over such a well established group of characters. The things I noticed were that he did very little describing of what people were wearing compared to what Jordan did, especially the Aes sedai women.
I also missed the explicative "blood and bloody ashes" which was nowhere to be seen.
He also seems a lot more tenative when it comes to violent images.

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darren_hagel
Dec 20, 2009

It was definitely good. Not as good as the first few books in the series of course. There were a few times when I did notice a change in style. It wasn't a bad thing though. You could tell Sanderson was having fun writing this book.

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