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The Gathering Storm: Book Twelve of the Wheel of Time

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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 make up A Memory of Light. 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.



  • I really enjoyed the story, but I couldn't help but wonder about the sudden appearance of random British accents. They seemed to come out of nowhere in this book and ended up becoming quite bothersome.
  • I have immense respect for Robert Jordan's monumental achievement in creating this epic series, but I must say that Brandon Sanderson's writing style is far more dynamic and well-balanced. The pacing is much more reasonable, keeping the excitement levels high. Even the usually lackluster performances of Michael Kramer and Kate Reading have improved, with them sounding more enthusiastic. Although I do wish that Jordan and Sanderson had collaborated for the entire series, as it would have spared me from enduring countless repetitive descriptions of well-known characters' personalities or lengthy explanations of background settings. I mean, who really cares about the minutiae of every crack in the sidewalk? In summary, Sanderson's interpretation and collaboration on Jordan's work surpasses the original, bringing the world to life in a way Jordan himself couldn't achieve. This is not to discredit Jordan's efforts, as he tried his best. I have great appreciation for both authors and eagerly anticipate the final book. Thank you, Brandon Sanderson, for concluding this epic story in an even more epic fashion. It truly deserves nothing less.
  • At the beginning of the book, I felt a queasy sensation in my stomach - nothing seemed to be happening, and my interest was waning. I understand that some of the events were meant to set the stage for the rest of the story, but a lot of it felt exaggerated and forced. For instance, Aviendha's sudden rise to become a wise one, Ituralde's role, and anything involving Cadsuane - honestly, who even likes her? However, things quickly picked up and the book became much more engaging. From Egwene's intense struggle for survival to Mat's battles with the unpredictable pattern, and Rand's desperate fight to maintain his sanity, the story became a thrilling rollercoaster ride towards the end. There was an abundance of action and events that were both introduced and resolved, surpassing the previous books in the series. While I still hold the opinion that the original author is superior (believe it or not, I'm one of the few who appreciates his intricate world-building), it's evident that the new author is passionate and deserving of finishing this series. I highly recommend this book, as long as you have some patience at the beginning.
  • I share the same disappointment as many others when it comes to "The Gathering Storm: Book Twelve of the Wheel of Time". After investing time in reading through the first eleven books, it is disheartening to discover that books twelve, thirteen, and fourteen have fallen short. However, I am relieved that the series was picked up and finished following the unfortunate loss of Robert Jordan. Despite this, the story progresses only slightly despite the extensive number of words used. This aspect can be frustrating for readers who were expecting more substantial developments. One major issue for me was the narration. Both voices used were portrayed as too old and lacked excitement and variation in pitch. This became particularly noticeable when Rand spoke, as it did not match the voice I had imagined while reading the previous books. It is worth mentioning that I have read all the previous books and this was my first experience with the audiobook version.
  • I absolutely loved this book and have been a fan of Mr. Jordan and the Wheel of Time series for a long time. It was a bittersweet moment when I found out about his passing, but I was filled with excitement knowing that Mr. Sanderson would be completing the WOT series. The Gathering Storm is a fantastic audiobook that delivers the same thrilling experience as the previous 11 books. However, like some fans, I also felt a twinge of disappointment. We were all eagerly anticipating the conclusion in book 12, only to discover that we would have to wait even longer for the final resolution, which would now span two more books. I understand that completing the series as Mr. Jordan originally intended would have resulted in a massive and lengthy book. But I can empathize with others who share the feeling of being let down. Of course, we will patiently wait and read the remaining books, but overall, it's hard not to feel a sense of disappointment. I can't help but wonder if the decision to extend the series was driven more by marketing and profit rather than the length of the book. That's just my speculation though.
  • The earlier books were pretty solid, but the later ones, including this one, are pretty terrible. The pacing is awful, lacking action and leaning more towards a psychological drama rather than a fantasy novel. Plus, there's just way too much unnecessary talking and the plot is all over the place. Not much really happens in the book. Rand basically just has a bunch of meetings and deals with his own inner turmoil, which honestly, I don't need to read about because I go through that every day. The other two main male characters are just traveling and not doing anything significant. Elaine doesn't even show up. Nynave gets a lot of chapters, but it's mostly just to explore Rand's issues. Aviendah is also dealing with her own struggles. The only interesting part of the book revolves around Egwene and Siuan, that part was actually pretty good, but the rest of it was pretty pointless. Seriously, does this series not have an editor? There's way too much focus on Rand's inner monologue. Can we please have more magic, fireballs, and epic battles? I "read" it and I'll still continue with the next two books, but I'm really disappointed with how the series has gone downhill. I did really enjoy the voice actors though.
  • "The Gathering Storm: Book Twelve of the Wheel of Time" is without a doubt the most outstanding installment in the WOT series so far. Sanderson has revitalized all the characters, infusing them with a newfound energy. Once you start reading this book, be prepared to become completely engrossed, as you won't be able to tear yourself away from it.
  • Alright, check it out... This is the twelfth book in the Wheel of Time series, you feel me? You'd expect that after narrating the previous eleven mammoth books, the dude would have consistent accents and pronunciations of character names, right? Well, that's not the case at all. Every time he reads a few chapters, he keeps switching up accents and name pronunciations so damn much that it actually messes with the intricate details of the storyline. It's like, maybe the guy should take some damn notes or something, you know? The whole series would be way more enjoyable if there was some freakin' consistency, man.
  • Sanderson not only succeeds but exceeds expectations where Jordan often failed. While Jordan had a tendency to include pages and even whole chapters that did not contribute much to the story, as seen in "Crossroads of Twilight", Sanderson manages to deliver a riveting story with extraordinary detail, minimizing the skippable parts. "The Gathering Storm" focuses on Egwene's storyline, reaching a remarkable climax, as well as delving into Rand's madness and revealing the true identity of Verin. However, Perrin, Elayne, and Mat's storylines are given less attention. Although there is a desire for more in the next two books, this installment provides a sense of accomplishment without leaving readers on a cliffhanger. Kate's narration of this series is her best yet. She fully immerses herself in Egwene's storyline, bringing it to life in a captivating manner.
  • The first eleven books of the series had our protagonist becoming increasingly brooding and dull, to be honest. However, Sanderson injected a fresh vitality into Rand, turning him into a character worth rooting for, rather than just anticipating the next chapter focused on Matt.