Towers of Midnight: Book Thirteen of The Wheel of Time By Robert Jordan, Brandon Sanderson

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    Since its debut in 1990, The Wheel of Time by Robert Jordan has captivated millions of readers around the globe with its scope, originality, and compelling characters.

    In Towers of Midnight, the Last Battle has started. The seals on the Dark Ones prison are crumbling. The Pattern itself is unraveling, and the armies of the Shadow have begun to boil out of the Blight.

    The sun has begun to set upon the Third Age.

    Perrin Aybara is now hunted by specters from his past: Whitecloaks, a slayer of wolves, and the responsibilities of leadership. All the while, an unseen foe is slowly pulling a noose tight around his neck. To prevail, he must seek answers in Telaranrhiod and find a way at long last to master the wolf within him or lose himself to it forever.

    Meanwhile, Matrim Cauthon prepares for the most difficult challenge of his life. The creatures beyond the stone gateways the Aelfinn and the Eelfinn have confused him, taunted him, and left him hanged, his memory stuffed with bits and pieces of other mens lives. He had hoped that his last confrontation with them would be the end of it, but the Wheel weaves as the Wheel wills. The time is coming when he will again have to dance with the Snakes and the Foxes, playing a game that cannot be won. The Tower of Ghenjei awaits, and its secrets will reveal the fate of a friend long lost.

    Dovieandi se tovya sagain. Its time to toss the dice.

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    The only book that could beat this as my favourite of the series now is Memory of Light, which I am about to start. There is a lot that happens in Towers of Midnight, but its easy to follow. Lots of action, twists and plot development, this book kept me interested all the way through. You can tell it heads towards the end of the series and I can't wait to see how it all ends. Towers of Midnight: Book Thirteen of The Wheel of Time Having had an 8 year gap, to be able to resume both Book 13 and the last Book 14 , I have never in my life read such a wonderful series. And after the untimely death of the author Robert Jordan , Brandon Sanderson has immersed himself and concluded these Books magnificently. Wonderful Towers of Midnight: Book Thirteen of The Wheel of Time Finally there is an injection of pace into the saga again. Despite the brilliance of the first half a dozen books the latter half of the series has felt like it has been treading water for a long time. With the penultimate book the story seems to come together just in time for the finale. Whether this is anything to do with Brandon Saunderson or whether Robert Jordan already had things laid out to go this way doesn't really matter. What is relevant is that between them, and Jordan's widow, it seems like the saga is back on track to deliver a great conclusion.

    It is obviously tricky to say much about this book without giving away spoilers. But it seems safe to say that it concentrates around the activities of Perrin and Mat and those that surround them. Rand continues his strategies but his appearances are brief and clearly not yet the focus. Elayne, Egwene and Nynaeve get a fair share of the book and some Aes Sedai issues become resolved. Gawain and Galad are also featured heavily, than they ever have been before. There is also some focus on Aviendha but I was left feeling uncertain about what was going on in her sections. There doesn't seem to be much of a need for them and I wonder if in some way they are to do with Jordan's proposed trilogy focussing on the Seanchan; which will now never be written.

    Disappointingly there isn't much action from the Forsaken. Out of the few that remain some of them have still hardly been featured. Moridin still does very little, his appearances brief. But he and some of the other leading villains loom in the background hopefully ready to take on a major role.

    There is still an awful lot of seemingly unnecessary arguing between the various heroes of the saga and the undercurrent of latent sexism continues. I'm finding it a little annoying and textually repetitive that all the male characters think all women behave in a certain way and vice versa. It is particularly annoying with the Aes Sedai at times. After all the events across the series of books I would have expected at least some of the characters to have grown out of this. Surely all their horizons have been broadened by their experiences.

    The above aside, this is a very enjoyable read and it is probably a better book than the previous five or six in the series. It's a promising sign that the final book might equal the greatness of the first few. Towers of Midnight: Book Thirteen of The Wheel of Time Sometimes things get dragged out unnecessarily, this is not one of those times! Robert Jordan's final book made into 3 books is exactly what was needed to give the series the satisfying ending it well deserved!
    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! Towers of Midnight: Book Thirteen of The Wheel of Time I'm closing in on finishing the wheel of time series, and just finished this, book 13. Hard to be 100% sure, but I think this may well be my favourite book of the series so far. The quality had dipped a few books ago, to the point I was thinking of dropping it. However, I'm glad I kept going Brandon Sanderson has done an incredible job of picking up Robert Jordan's tale, writing in his style, but moving the story brilliantly to its end.

    So much I loved about this book many of the storylines are moved on really well, Taim and the Black Tower re appear, after barely being mentioned for a while, the Aelfin/Eelfin, which I've been intrigued about (again, books ago), and other characters that haven't had as much book time re appear.

    Some utterly breathless sequences won't go into them, as would spoil too much. But I love this book! Towers of Midnight: Book Thirteen of The Wheel of Time

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    A letdown from the previous volume. In this vast book, there are some absolutely fantastic sequences, but they are drowned out by hundreds and hundreds of pages devoted to character arcs that are just not vital to the story or to my interest. Good Lord, fudge the wolf dream! Yet, this devours so much of the book. Fudge Elayne and her politick
    tick ticking. She’s a nothing character. Sanderson seems to have adopted some of Jordan’s frustrating writing habits. The novel ended well, though, with momentum and discovery. Happy to engage the final volume. Happy to get closer to the end of this whole, gigantic, hugely flawed, bloated series, The Wheel of Too Much Time. Towers of Midnight: Book Thirteen of The Wheel of Time Brandon Sanderson is one of my favorite writers. One of the reasons I even picked up the wheel of time series in the first place was based on an interview of Sanderson, in which, he explained where some of his original inspiration had come from.

    When I found out he had also contributed to the final portions of this epic tale I had no choice to give it a shot.

    Sanderson has done a great job helping close the saga. He makes you fall in love with Mat, Perrin, and many of the characters through their ending days. He and Jordan have developed such relatable characters that you find yourself dying to find out what will happen to them next.

    Sanderson has a style of his own and knows how to leave chapters on cliffhangers where you can't help to get to the next chapter for the character you were reading about. The next thing you know you at killing a whole book in one day. His writing style is insane.

    If you have made it this far in the series, you know it lagged a bit in pacing in the middle books, but in the final three it has picked up momentum and you have to follow it all the way to The Final Battle yourself.

    Enjoy! Towers of Midnight: Book Thirteen of The Wheel of Time Perrin for the first time since he was dealing with Whitecloaks and Trollocks in Two Rivers has a compelling story line. I loved the scene where he returns to the forge. In the last several books I dreaded the chapters regarding him, but now he is finally starting to shine. His timeline is out of synch with others for portions of this book which is the aspect of the book I found most irksome, though considering how much he needed to do here, perhaps it allowed the previous book to be better than it could have been had Perrin's story been included.

    Several other key characters have important moments, Matt facing multiple past foes, Aviendha becoming critically important to the Aiel, the borderlander army meeting Rand, Egewene juggling internal and external threats and multiple love stories progressing.

    There is so much happening in this fantastic book. The last battle has begun. Towers of Midnight: Book Thirteen of The Wheel of Time Five enormous, obvious stars. I mean really, giving anything but five stars to this series from book eleven onward would be hilarity to me. It has been that good. I could barely make myself put this one down. These finale books have been the type to make you cancel plans for, so that you can keep reading.

    So, Towers of Midnight. A Memory of Light: Part Two, if you'd like to see it that way. The storm has gathered, the world holds its breath, and Tarmon Gai'don is nigh. If The Gathering Storm was about Rand's preparation for The Last Battle, then Towers of Midnight is about everyone else's. This one ties up a lot of loose ends, and yet it is perhaps the fastest paced book in the entire series thus far. It is longer than book twelve, and yet I finished it faster. It's just phenomenal.

    I spoke at length about Brandon's efforts in my review for book twelve, so I won't harp on about it too much in this one. But I will say, he continues to do a fantastic job. Admittedly, there have been times where I'll be reading and will get an enormous pang of sorrow and deeply wish that we had gotten Jordan's version of a particular scene rather than Brandon's (beyond wishing we had Jordan's version of all the events I mean). But I think that is only natural in a situation like this one. That being the case though, Brandon deserves praise. There was some timeline weirdness in this one (where certain chapters were lagging behind certain other chapters because of the way books twelve and thirteen were split up) that I think he ended up handling it well, and he's done a really nice job of bringing his expertise to the POV interplay. We are getting POVs per chapter here, and it makes the story feel interwoven and complete. And as I said, it was all but impossible to put down. That says enough right there.

    So as usual I can't say a whole lot about the book itself. But this one is essentially Perrin and Mat's book. Perrin especially. He needed some major progress made in regards to his character development if he was ever going to be ready for Tarmon Gai'don, and that's what we got here. And Mat, he had some of my most anticipated material of the series; something I've been looking forward to since a couple books ago. It did not disappoint. We also have the return of Elayne POVs, which were satisfying largely because of her interaction with several other characters in them. As I said, the POVs are starting to overlap really nicely. It's something I had been looking forward to as we near the end and our characters start coming back together. Certain moments were just as satisfying as I'd hoped they'd be, and we have to come.

    As far as a penultimate installment in a massive, beloved series goes? It was everything I could have hoped for. There's not much to say. Towers of Midnight: Book Thirteen of The Wheel of Time Those of you who started the Wheel of Time series know that from vol. 6 11, the author (Robert Jordan) got so bogged down with so many characters questing various things that 600 800 pages would go by and not much movement would take place. It got tedious in the extreme and many of us gave up on what had been a promising premise and interesting first five novels.

    Unfortunately (because of the death of Jordan) it took the intervention of Brandon Sanderson to breathe life back into the tedium and finally get us to the Last Battle with aplomb. Sanderson has a great gift for cohesion in large novels, and having Jordan's vast panoply of characters wrap up and weave together their journeys and quests is worthy of the Pattern itself. So those of you who dropped out of the tedium, I welcome you back to what you find to be a very satisfying last three books. Towers of Midnight: Book Thirteen of The Wheel of Time

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