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The Gathering Storm (The Wheel of Time, 12) (edition 2009)

by Robert Jordan, Brandon Sanderson

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Title:The Gathering Storm (The Wheel of Time, 12)
Authors:Robert Jordan
Other authors:Brandon Sanderson
Info:Tor Books (2010), Edition: Reprint, Mass Market Paperback, 1120 pages
Collections:Read but unowned
Tags:Epic Fantasy

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The Gathering Storm by Robert Jordan

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Sanderson does a admirable job completing the series as Jordan left a lot of loose ends to tie up. I read all the books straight through and by about book 8 I was getting pretty tired of all the setting descriptions. Sanderson cuts way back on these and therefore the plot finally starts moving forward quickly again. After a few chapters I stopped noticing the new author with one exception. The Matrim chapters just felt off to me. I would encourage any hold outs to complete the series. ( )
  Stir | Dec 11, 2014 |
Absolutely wonderful. Sanderson breathes new life into the series (literally), bringing in new characters and quickening the pace towards Tarmon Gai'don. This title also shows Egwene Al'Vere's amazing captivity in the White Tower, proving her strength to all Aes Sedai from the inside out.

I highly recommend this series to any who loves epic stories of good vs. evil. ( )
  kayceel | Sep 30, 2014 |
Made it this far in the series and it is completely worth it. Amazing book, so many great moments. You actually feel the Last Battle coming and I cannot hold back my excitement! ( )
  renbedell | Sep 28, 2014 |
Substance: Okay, so I'm a heretic. I find the story boring, not least because it moves so slowly: I never read volumes 10 or 11 (and may have missed 9, I'm not sure now), and yet no one seems to have progressed over that space of reader's time (it seems to have been not very long in "world time" - which is a problem in itself). Jordan provided enough filler to pick up any major plot points, and I didn't miss any of the skipped books. I also have disliked the series from the beginning because the characters (aside from Rand himself and a very few others) are refugees from a Costume Romance. I cannot abide Nynaeve and Egwene (although both improved slightly in this volume), and the Aes Sedai are a joke, because of the inherent inconsistency of having a majorly powerful bureaucracy as dysfunctional as the White Tower nonetheless exist for centuries.
If someone could reduce the whole thing down to 3 or 4 volumes instead of the final count of 15, including the prequel, it might have been okay. Some of the cultures were interesting, and the primary plot line was okay (although it would have been nice to know ahead of time that Jordan didn't intend to quit with cleansing the saidin, which was the original goal).
I just never have liked soap operas.
Style: Brandon Sanderson is a better writer than Robert Jordan, but he is limited by his material (outlines and notes, with some text) and by his worship of the originator (which is hard for me to understand, since he is the superior plotter, characterizer, and stylist). No accounting for taste. ( )
  librisissimo | Jul 14, 2014 |
The five stars says it all. I loved it! The faster pace that has emerged in the last couple of books continues in this one, with some events that are fairly shocking and caught me off guard. I was glued to the book for far longer than I could afford to be! I'm eager to move on to the next one! ( )
  darcy36 | Jul 8, 2014 |
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This book flows at breakneck speed and is hard to put down once you get into it. With action scenes coming quickly and having lasting results, the book keeps the reader on the edge of his seat, waiting to see what will come next.

By the end of the story, I had a warm, satisfied feeling about what I had just read. After letting the book sink in, I began to speculate about what might come next and started to theorize about what certain scenes, images and allusions truly meant.
The book's culmination is enthralling and a challenge to put down as the pace increases exponentially with each chapter. Nevertheless, the battle scenes were not as engrossing as those in the previous 11 books. Sanderson does not rely on the action to push the plot, choosing instead to use internal conflicts to maintain interest.

"The Gathering Storm" is the best installment in the Wheel of Time series since the third novel, "The Dragon Reborn," and will not leave fans disappointed.
added by IslandDave | editDeseret News, Seth Bracken (Nov 29, 2009)
Brandon Sanderson, the fantasy writer Jordan’s wife selected to finish the tale of the Dragon Reborn and his battle against the Dark One, has an unenviable task; working from Jordan’s extensive notes, he has to somehow bring nearly 20 years worth of plotting and a cast of hundreds to a conclusion that won’t disappoint. But The Gathering Storm makes a solid start.
added by jlelliott | editThe A.V. Club, Zack Handlen (Nov 19, 2009)
For my part, even aside from scenes (agh!) of awesome awesomeing (*clapclap*), I may not be entirely sure how I feel about some of what happened in The Gathering Storm, whether it was Jordan’s work or Sanderson’s but there is no doubt that I’m damn glad they wrote it.

And I’m damn glad I got to read it.
added by Shortride | editTor.com, Leigh Butler (Oct 23, 2009)

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Mitchell, EllisaIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Ravens and crows. Rats. Mists and clouds. Insects and corruption. Strange events and odd occurrences. The ordinary twisted and strange. Wonders!

The dead are beginning to walk, and some see them. Others do not, but more and more, we all fear the night.

These have been our days. They rain upon us beneath a dead sky, crushing us with their fury, until as one we beg: "Let it begin!"

—Journal of the Unknown Scholar, entry for The Feast of Freia, 1000 NE
At the end of time,
when the many become one,
the last storm shall gather its angry winds
to destroy a land already dying.
And at its center,
the blind man shall stand
upon his own grave.
There he shall see again,
and weep for what has been wrought.

—from The Prophecies of the Dragon,
Essanik Cycle. Malhavish's
Official Translation, Imperial
Recorde House of Seandar,
Fourth Circle of Elevation.
For Maria Simons and Alan Romanczuk,
without whom this book wouldn't have been possible.
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Renald Fanwar sat on his porch, warming the sturdy blackoak chair crafted for him by his grandson two years before.
"I'm not giving up gambling," Mat muttered. "Or drinking."
"So I believe you've told me," Talmanes said. "Three or four times so far. I half believe that if I were to peek into your tent at night, I'd find you mumbling it in your sleep. 'I'm going to keep bloody gambling! Bloody, bloody gambling and drinking! Where's my bloody drink? Anyone want to gamble for it?'" (p. 317)
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Tarmon Gai'don, the Last Battle, looms. And mankind is not ready. Rand al'Thor struggles to unite a fractured network of kingdoms and alliances in preparation for the Last Battle, as his allies watch in terror the shadow that seems to be growing within the heart of the Dragon Reborn himself. Egwene al'Vere is a captive of the White Tower and subject to the whims of their tyrannical leader. She works to hold together the disparate factions of Aes Sedai, as the days tick toward the Seanchan attack she knows is imminent. 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 . . .
Regalo di addio di Silvio !
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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.… (more)

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