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A Memory of Light

by Robert Jordan, Brandon Sanderson

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Series: The Wheel of Time (14)

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This book was just so boring and predictable and looonnnggg. Over 1100 pages to tell the story of one single battle. The only thing that surprised me was who died. I was certain only one major character would die, at most. And I was right. The fact that it was Egwene was shocking and sad, though handled well. I wish she'd gotten to be Amyrlin for centuries instead of months. But the way Rand's battle with the Dark One was structured, a woman he felt responsible for had to die and they couldn't kill Elayne, Aviendha or Min so Egwene was SOL. I'm glad this is over. Please, for the love of everything, save yourself the trouble and DON'T READ THIS SERIES! IT'S NOT WORTH IT! ( )
  boredwillow | Mar 4, 2023 |
In this final volume of Robert Jordan's 4,410,036 - word epic fantasy published over twenty-three years, Brandon Sanderson and the Jordan team have crafted an overall satisfying conclusion and, also. something rather unique: an entire novel that is a 909-page, 353,906-word battle scene. I found this admirable while, at times, feeling it was a bit much. Still, with so many storylines and character arcs to complete (those of heroes and villains, nobles and common folk, those with powers and those without), Sanderson can only be commending. He juggles them all with a skill equal to the gleeman Thom Merrilin. The work is a true achievement.

...Not that I don't have my nitpicks. I'll mention them, but they do not lessen my admiration for the work. Without spoilers, however, I can only generalize. My nitpicks include:
--the deaths of a few major characters lacked, for me, sufficient emotion;
--the Last Battle's chief antagonist (excluding "the Dark One") is the Forsaken Demandred, and I felt he lacked sufficient depth to his character [Note: however, in a cut chapter from this work entitled "River of Souls" (published in Shawn Speakman's anthology "Unfettered"), this lack is somewhat ameliorated, and I recommend it];
-- the denouement in depicting Rand's final acts, I found trite (even inappropriately self-serving and uncharacteristic of the hero as depicted in this work and the last).

To balance such harsh criticism, even if but nitpicks (truly), the book had, for me, two particularly marvelous scenes:
--the swordfight between Demandred and Lan Mandragoran, and
--the gleeman Thom Merrilin sitting on the slopes of Shyul Ghul, protecting the path to the mountain's entrance, and striving to find the right word he needed to describe the epic battle occurring below him.

As a last word, while I purchased each of the novels as they were published and, after reading the first five, then purposefully delayed (due to work and family obligations) my reading of the entire fourteen-volume series until this year (2022-JAN 2023), I am glad I have read it. As a very minor writer myself, I can think of no higher praise from a reader. ( )
  Dr_Bob | Jan 30, 2023 |
Excellent ending. Worth waiting 20 years to finish. ( )
  Brian-B | Nov 30, 2022 |
Summary: The final book in this epic series. Resolves the major conflict with the dark one versus the Dragon reborn and brings the whole thing to a close.

Things I liked:

It did actually finish the story.

The last battle was pretty exciting and was a decent pay-off for all the time we've been waiting.

Things I thought could have been improved.

The problem is that this series has been going for far too long. I always suspected that this would be a problem and it is. The characters have become too clichéd, the final conflict has been too built up and as a result there doesn't seem to be anyway to finish this off appropriately.

Highlight: Probably the final scene with Rand riding off into the distance. It had a bitter sweet quality. ( )
  benkaboo | Aug 18, 2022 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Robert Jordanprimary authorall editionscalculated
Sanderson, Brandonmain authorall editionsconfirmed
Belt, LiaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kramer, MichaelNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Mitchell, EllisaIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Nielsen, Matthew C.Illustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Reading, KateNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Whelan, MichaelCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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For Harriet, the light of Mr. Jordan's life, and for Emily, the light of mine.
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Bayrd pressed the coin between his thumb and forefinger. (Prologue)
The Wheel of Time turns, and Ages come and pass, leaving memories that become legend.
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Since 1990, when Robert Jordan’s The Wheel of Time® burst on the world with its first book, The Eye of the World, readers have been anticipating the final scenes of this extraordinary saga, which has sold over forty million copies in over thirty languages.

When Robert Jordan died in 2007, all feared that these concluding scenes would never be written. But working from notes and partials left by Jordan, established fantasy writer Brandon Sanderson stepped in to complete the masterwork. With The Gathering Storm (Book 12) and Towers of Midnight (Book 13) behind him, both of which were # 1 New York Times hardcover bestsellers, Sanderson now re-creates the vision that Robert Jordan left behind.

Edited by Jordan’s widow, who edited all of Jordan’s books, A Memory of Light will delight, enthrall, and deeply satisfy all of Jordan’s legions of readers.

The Wheel of Time turns, and Ages come and pass.

What was, what will be, and what is,

may yet fall under the Shadow.

Let the Dragon ride again on the winds of time.
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