Thursday, January 28, 2010

Book Review: The Gathering Storm by Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson

This was a long one and finally I feel like I can get some reading done. Seven hundred and eighty three pages--I admit even the Harry Potter novels didn't take me this long, but cut me some slack--this isn't fluff and there are tons of detail between these covers. Now maybe I can get back on track for my goal. At least I am starting to finish books again. Admittedly, Julie and Julia is going a bit slowly, but I will finish it too...someday...

The Gathering Storm (Wheel of Time, #12; A Memory of Light, #1) The Gathering Storm by Robert Jordan


My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Finally, I can say I have finished Gathering Storm. Talk about a long book. I loved it though. In fact, and some may disagree with me, I think I loved it more than the last several books written by Robert Jordan himself. To use Jordan's own metaphor; he had unraveled so many strings in the pattern it was getting difficult to see that there was any pattern at all and even more difficult to believe that they would ever be tied off.

This was the first book since some of the earlier books in the series to feel like it had a real direction and that the characters were finally moving towards something instead of floundering over Jordan's well conceived world.

Sanderson did an admirable job writing this novel from the notes left by Jordan and in many cases I felt that the book flowed more smoothly. I did have trouble with Mat's character and felt that he had lost something with that character, but all the others rang true. We spent the majority of the book with Egwene and her struggles to reunite the Aes Sedai, and also with Rand getting into his head as he heads towards Tarmon Gai'don. Rand is a difficult character to like as he tries to make himself harder and harder, but we begin to understand him more as the novel progresses.

All in all, I feel that this may have been one of the best books in the series and I can't wait for the next. Robert Jordan did an excellent job creating this wonderful world and all of its wonderful characters. I can't wait to see how this all turns out.

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