I almost feel like it's blasphemy saying this, but I would probably rate this the best book out of the Wheel of Time series so far. And Jordan didn't write it. Well, not entirely anyway. This being the twelfth book in the Wheel of Time series, a lot has happened, and if this is your first visit, you need to go to the beginning. But anyways, back to my horrible words of this being the best book. Jordan was a master at creating worlds, but Sanderson appears to be the master at breathing life into them.
Faile is saved but Perrin now has to
determine what his next course of action will be. The end battle is
coming near and he is growing into someone he doesn't want to be.
Meanwhile, Mat has many obligations but first he has to get his army to
Andor, which is proving difficult with so many Seanchan around. Rand is
harder than ever and securing kingdoms is becoming easier for him, but
at a great price. And he is still troubled by every turn by the
Forsaken. Egwene is still a captive of the White Tower, but she is
using it to her advantage, desperate to bring all the Aes Sedai together
before it is too late.
Egwene is turning out to be a fantastic
character. She does a lot of things they you just think in your head
"you go girl" and she has a resolve that won't be broken. Nynaeve was
quite a bit better in this book too. Actually, all of the characters
were. You could tell they weren't written by the same author, but it
was like Sanderson took the essence of what Jordan was going for and
really developed the characters to their full potential. Yes, they
still have flaws, but they grow within the book and they are like real
people, instead of cardboard cutouts with repetitive mannerisms.
same goes with the storyline. It is developed. There is still a lot
of detail, but Sanderson handles all the multiple plots and characters
with ease but still gets a lot accomplished. And the pacing is much
better as a result. I think that there still are a lot of mysteries
there that could be resolved and haven't been yet, but that's very small
compared to what Sanderson was able to accomplish in this one. He,
like Jordan, brings in a lot of characters that we don't necessarily
care about, but he also doesn't give enormous lengths of pages to them
either. This story is really focused on the main characters for once,
and that helps. The tone is much closer to what it was in the first
book, rather than what the series had turned into. And while you can
tell it is a different voice, it is not disturbing or unwelcome.
very excited to read the next two books in the series (haven't up to
this point and decided to reread everything before tackling them). I
know the adventure is almost at a close, but I have to know what
The Gathering Storm