The Gathering Storm

The Gathering Storm

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The Wheel of Time ® is a PBS Great American Read Selection! Now in development for TV!

Since its debut in 1990, The Wheel of Time® by Robert Jordan has captivated millions of readers around the globe with its scope, originality, and compelling characters.

The Wheel of Time turns and Ages come and go, leaving memories that become legend. Legend fades to myth, and even myth is long forgotten when the Age that gave it birth returns again. In the Third Age, an Age of Prophecy, the World and Time themselves hang in the balance. What was, what will be, and what is, may yet fall under the Shadow.

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, and now Stormlight Archive, among others, was chosen by Jordan's editor--his wife, Harriet McDougal--to complete the final volume, later expanded to three books.

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.

TV series update: "Sony will produce along with Red Eagle Entertainment and Radar Pictures. Rafe Judkins is attached to write and executive produce. Judkins previously worked on shows such as ABC's "Agents of SHIELD," the Netflix series "Hemlock Grove," and the NBC series "Chuck." Red Eagle partners Rick Selvage and Larry Mondragon will executive produce along with Radar's Ted Field and Mike Weber. Darren Lemke will also executive produce, with Jordan's widow Harriet McDougal serving as consulting producer." -- Variety

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#12 The Gathering Storm
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Publisher: New York :, Tor,, 2009.
ISBN: 9781429960830
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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Chinderixx
Dec 08, 2018

The Gathering Storm is such a great improvement over the last few Wheel of Time books, it's almost surprising. The plot that slowed down around A Crown of Swords actually starts moving again and stuff happens! While Brandon Sanderson's writing style is different than Robert Jordan's, I enjoyed it and found it less confusing. The characters seemed pretty much the same to me and I have to say that Sanderson did a good job.
This book mostly focuses on Rand and Egwene, but that was fine with me. I think that Egwene should really be considered the main heroine of this novel as we finally see the White Tower conflict resolved and see her have a somewhat happy conclusion at the end. Rand was kind of dislikable for most of this book because his insanity reaches its peak and he was just really cold and mean. (Although it looks like he changes at the end, but I can't be too sure). I also really liked how many of the characters reflected on their previous adventures from past books. This was something that I noticed they did not do before. I also should add that another thing that I liked was how Brandon Sanderson did not spend unnecessary amounts of time on what the female characters were wearing like Robert Jordan did. Anyways, while I thought that this book was a little extreme at times, I think that it was interesting and I am excited to continue onto Towers of Midnight and see where the plot goes next.

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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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Chinderixx
Dec 09, 2018

"You may not have a choice about which duties are given you. But you can choose why you fulfill them." -Tam al'Thor

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Chinderixx
Dec 09, 2018

TAM: "So I won't stand any whining on the subject."
RAND: "I wasn't whining-"
TAM: "I know. Kings don't whine, they deliberate."

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Chinderixx
Dec 09, 2018

"We all think to change the future, Egwene. I think I might just have a chance at doing so." -Verin Sedai

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Chinderixx
Dec 09, 2018

"How do I outthink an enemy I know is smarter than I am?"-Rand al'Thor

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Chinderixx
Dec 09, 2018

"Dream on my behalf, Nynaeve. Dream for things I no longer can." -Rand al'Thor

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Chinderixx
Dec 09, 2018

MAT: "We're trying to rescue you!"

JOLINE: "Do we look like we need rescuing?"

MAT: "Well, you're still here, aren't you?"

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Chinderixx
Dec 09, 2018

"We can't go back, Mat. The Wheel has turned, for better or worse. And it will keep on turning, as lights die and forests dim, storms call and skies break. Turn it will. The Wheel is not hope, and the Wheel does not care, the Wheel simply is. But so long as it turns, folk may hope, folk may care. For with light that fades, another will eventually grow, and each storm that rages must eventually die. As long as the Wheel turns." -Thom

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Chinderixx
Dec 08, 2018

"As the plow breaks the earth shall he break the lives of men, and all that was shall be consumed in the fire of his eyes. The trumpets of war shall sound at his footsteps, the ravens feed at his voice, and he shall wear a crown of swords." -Egwene al'Vere

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Chinderixx
Dec 08, 2018

SORILEA: "We have to do something about that man, He has grown worse since we last met.

CADSUANE: "He has. He's surprisingly accomplished at ignoring my training."

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Chinderixx
Dec 08, 2018

"You press us for results, boy. And yet you deny us the tools we need to get them. Whether you name it torture, questioning, or baking, I call it foolishness." -Cadsuane Sedai

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Dec 08, 2018

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Mar 01, 2012

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Dec 08, 2018

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Chinderixx
Dec 08, 2018

Violence: Some scenes of descriptive blood and gore. There is also some off page violence mentioned.

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