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When Robert Jordan met his untimely demise in 2007, he had only partially written the concluding volume of the long-running Wheel of Time series. To complete the book, Jordan’s editor and wife, Harriet McDougal, chose Brandon Sanderson, the bestselling author of the Mistborn saga. But Jordan’s swan song was so vast it couldn’t be contained within a single volume. Hence: The Gathering Storm, the first of a trilogy comprising A Memory of Light.
In this epic novel, Rand al’Thor—the Dragon Reborn—struggles to unite a fractured network of kingdoms and alliances against the Seanchan encroachment northward...while his allies watch in terror the shadow that seems to be growing within Rand himself. Egwene al'Vere, a captive of the White Tower and subject to the whims of their tyrannical leader, works to hold together the disparate factions of Aes Sedai while providing leadership in the face of increasing uncertainty and despair. As the days tick ever closer to the battle foretold, the five friends from Emond's Field—Rand and Egwene, Nynaeva al'Meara, Mat Cauthon and Perrin Aybara—prepare to fulfill their destinies and face the great conflict that will decide the future of the world.
Hardcover Book : 784 pages
Publisher: Tor Books ( October 27, 2009 )
Item #: 12-780608
Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 8.25 inches
Product Weight: 27.0 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
I was concerned with the transition from Jordan to Sanderson, but I have to say I am VERY happy with The Gathering Storm. Aside from a bit of shortchanging storylines in the opening chapter, the book almost perfectly continued the grand saga that Jordan created and nurtured over the years.
All the characters are recognizable as themselves, and their storylines were carried forward and moved towards the final battle very well (with the exception of the quick end to a certain troublesome character in the prologue). There seemed to be one or two points where events were aluded to that weren't covered in this book (or any of the previous ones), but I'm fairly certain that they will be resolved in the next book.
As other reviewers noted, the movement towards the final confrontation between good and evil seemed to stagnate in the last few books, and Sanderson got the story moving again full steam towards Tarmon Gaidon.
I whole heartedly recommend this book to those who have followed the series. If you haven't been following, buy the entire series... you will NOT be disappointed.
Having been a Jordan fan for over a decade, I was pretty worried about the transition. My concern was completely unwarranted. Sanderson's style is somewhat different, and at first, some of the characters aren't quite as mature as they were with Jordan. Just a few chapters in, however, and the characters and story shine brighter and brighter. Great book! And it's nice to see story lines starting to close, instead of opening new ones so close to the end of the series. :)
Having read all of Mr Sanderson's preious works, and, in particular the Mistborn Trilogy, I was not the least surprised at his ability to continue in the traditional footsteps of Robert Jordan with this work for The Gathering Storm.
He picks up on the story line and follows through with the epic adventure complete with keeping the characters in their original context and adds new characters in the same focus and intent that Jordan himself would have done.
An excellent read and I look forward to the story to continue.
Reviewer: Martin S
After reading "The Gathering Storm", I could not think of any other author I would have wanted to complete Jordan's Masterpeice. The story pick up pace quickly, and I quickly forgot that Jordan did not complete this himself. I wait with eager anticipation, for the remaining two volumes to complete this vast fantasy!
I have since purchased 4 other Sanderson books, and have been deeply drawn into the Mistborn series. Brandon has an uncanny way of developing his characters, in a way that draws you in, always wanting more. I look forward to his future works.
I purchased this book as a collector's item because this is the last transcript of Rober Jordan, however I was skeptical about it, wondering if it would live up to what I have grown to expect from Jordan. Brandon did a wonderful job of pulling this book together. I felt the emplosion looming long before the event. I was right there along with the characters most of the way thru the book. I can't wait for the next one.