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Gathering Storm: Book Twelve of the Wheel of Time Hardcover – 10 October 2009
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- Publisher : Tor Books (10 October 2009)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 784 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0765302306
- ISBN-13 : 978-0765302304
- Dimensions : 16.41 x 5.72 x 24.41 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 149,729 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- Customer Reviews:
"The battle scenes have the breathless urgency of firsthand experience, and the . . . evil laced into the forces of good, the dangers latent in any promised salvation, the sense of the unavoidable onslaught of unpredictable events bear the marks of American national experience during the last three decades." --The New York Times on The Wheel of Time"The Wheel of Time . . . is a fantasy tale seldom equaled and still less often surpassed in English." --Chicago Sun-Times "Jordan has a powerful vision of good and evil--but what strikes me as most pleasurable . . . is all the fascinating people moving through a rich and interesting world." --Orson Scott Card on The Wheel of Time
About the Author
Brandon Sanderson grew up in Lincoln, Nebraska. He lives in Utah with his wife and children and teaches creative writing at Brigham Young University. He is the author of such bestsellers as the Mistborn(R) trilogy and its sequels, The Alloy of Law, Shadows of Self, and The Bands of Mourning; the Stormlight Archive novels The Way of Kings and Words of Radiance; and other novels, including The Rithmatist and Steelheart. In 2013, he won a Hugo Award for Best Novella for The Emperor's Soul, set in the world of his acclaimed first novel, Elantris. Additionally, he was chosen to complete Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time(R) sequence.
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Sanderson says he didn't go in with the intention of copying Jordan's style but he appears to have done it anyway as the world is as rich, detailed, and vibrant as the original author intended it to be.Perhaps where Brian differs is in the pacing. Jordan always took his sweet time describing every little intricate detail of a room, the people in it, every little twitch of an eyebrow or tug of a braid, and then onto their various states of attire. At times this level of detail was appreciated, while at others it just seemed to be a bottleneck to the pace of the story. Sanderson seems to be able to get right into it, but amazingly, without sacrificing any of the imagery I have grown used to.
I don't know how does it and nor do I care. I am just glad the story has finally been finished in a way befitting of the original author and am thoroughly looking forward to the final three books.
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Brandon Sanderson has a different style and he has not tried to emulate Robert Jordan; no complaints from me there. I love both writers. In many ways, this book is like an avalanche plot lines converge quickly and it is a lot to take in. I agree with some of the criticism that Sanderson didn't quite do some characters justice but I'm not going to deduct a star for that. For me, he brought a new and different energy to a series I have grown to love. If you are someone who was put off by the so called 'slog' of previous books, there is a lot happening here.
This book has been a favourite for me. No time is wasted. There seemed to be much more happening in this book without losing any of the passion or detail. You can feel the tension building as the last battle approaches.
The depth of creativity in this series is remarkable and a work of genius. I love how the characters develop and remain unpredictable. So glad I can binge read rather than waiting for the next book to be published.
I would not have noticed any change in author had the fact not been published. A great achievement in itself.
Gripping from start to finish and I didn't want it to end.
Is it different to the previous books? Yes, it is. Especially having read the previous 11 books in the last 12 months, and particularly at the start of this novel, I noticed a different rhythm: shorter chapters, chapters switching between characters with a different rhythm to in the previous books. And I noticed some linguistic differences: a turn of phrase here, perhaps slightly more modern language than Jordan liked there, even the odd time when a character used a different version - I think - of Mat's name than they had in previous books.
Is it faithful? Yes, to me it is. Sanderson brilliantly brings the feel of the characters who - by now - we know so well, into this story. There are still laughs, frustrations, confusions and inspirations in all the places there were in previous books.
And, above all, is it a good book, worth reading? Absolutely. I suspect that, coming into the final straight of the epic series, Jordan would have picked up the pace at this point. That is what usually happens in long series when a story arc has to span more than a few books. But with Sanderson, I think we get that even more so. Either way, this is a book full of memorable scenes as the plot of the Wheel of Time begins to draw together. Some are brutal, some are worrying and some I found surprisingly emotional - including the incredible affection I have developed for poor Lews Therin. This, particularly, is a story of Rand Al'Thor, and if you have made it this far in the series, then it's absolutely time to read book 12.
At first I was somewhat wary often catching myself in critically waiting and watching for style breaking segments, whereupon I could go; Ahaha!!!! youre not worthy mister Sanderson!.
But to my surprise and gladness I found nothing to be critical about. I truely enjoyed reading The gathering storm, and although I dread the outcry from RJs devoted fans, I found Sandersons writing style more palatable and enjoyable to read.
I feel he has kept the spirit of all of the characters and remained true to their personalities, strengths and weaknesses. I also thought he made some of them even more relatable and because of that more engaging and interesting to read about.
I also want to thank Sanderson for finally giving Rand the freedom to do some serious butt-kicking when it comes to the selfrighteous annoying female characters he has been surrounded by for ages.
I certainly feel a lot happens in The Gathering Storm, a lot more of the plot unravels and a lot of loose ends are tied up in this book. And while it ends with some lose threads left in the balance, it ends on a highnote and with more optimism than I can recall from any of the other books.
It is well worth your money to buy this installment, and I cant wait for the next one. This was truely a positive surprise and Im glad Sanderson was picked to do this job, because right now I cant really think of anyone who could have been so unselfish in his writing and so dedicated to honoring another mans work. I think he shines through, but in the only way he can without ruining Jordans great saga. That in itself is a great feat indeed, and I am very glad he manages so well.
Brandon brings Jordan's saga and this trilogy to a heartbreaking, climactic and epic end! Well worth sticking with the series to read these final 3 books!
Easily back to the series rip roaring best, was even better the second time I read these last 3!