Wednesday, 16 January 2013

FANTASY REVIEW: Wheel of Time 14: A Memory of Light - Robert Jordan, Brandon Sanderson

Release Date: 08/01/13


'And it came to pass in those days, as it had come before and would come again, that the Dark lay heavy on the land and weighed down the hearts of men, and the green things failed, and hope died.' - Charal Drianaan te Calamon, The Cycle of the Dragon. In the Field of Merrilor the rulers of the nations gather to join behind Rand al'Thor, or to stop him from his plan to break the seals on the Dark One's prison - which may be a sign of his madness, or the last hope of humankind. Egwene, the Amyrlin Seat, leans toward the former. In Andor, the Trollocs seize Caemlyn. In the wolf dream, Perrin Aybara battles Slayer. Approaching Ebou Dar, Mat Cauthon plans to visit his wife Tuon, now Fortuona, Empress of the Seanchan. All humanity is in peril - and the outcome will be decided in Shayol Ghul itself. The Wheel is turning, and the Age is coming to its end. The Last Battle will determine the fate of the world...For twenty years The Wheel of Time has enthralled more than forty million readers in over thirty-two languages. A Memory of Light brings this majestic fantasy creation to its richly satisfying conclusion. Working from notes and partials left by Robert Jordan when he died in 2007, and consulting with Jordan's widow, who edited all of Jordan's books, established fantasy writer Brandon Sanderson has recreated the vision Jordan left behind.


Fans around the world have been counting down the time to the final part of this epic series that started way back in 1990 with Robert Jordan and concluded 23 years later by Brandon Sanderson following the plot outline that Robert had laid down before his passing.

What the readers will get from this book is a bittersweet ending to the series that has great prose, wonderful interaction from the various cast members and whilst some of it felt a little convoluted after such a huge build up it really did hit the reader in the heart with its final chapter. Back that up with cracking prose, some wonderful dialogue and all round as a reader I was more than happy with the way that the series finished. Great stuff.

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