Friday, February 26, 2010

The Gathering Storm by Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson

The Gathering Storm by Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson, 2009

As the 12th book in the series, I thought The Gathering Storm would conclude Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time series.

Before Jordan died, he swore he would wrap up the story line in one more book. Unfortunately, Jordan died before he was able to finish the novel. Sanderson finished the novel, but couldn't finish the series in one book, so he split the finale into three novels to be released one year apart, with the next scheduled for November 2010.

As for the story, I feel Sanderson did an admirable job, considering the legendary figure he stepped in for.

This chapter of the Wheel of Time largely focuses on Rand al'Thor and his acceptance of his role as the Dragon Reborn and his acceptance and rejection of that role. Additionally Egwene al'Vere works to repair the White Tower.

In comparison, The Gathering Storm doesn't stand out as being better or worse than the others. It's just different. As Sanderson says, he doesn't try to copy Jordan's style, and while Sanderson's style does differ, it enhances characters, specifically Mat, who provides comic relief as he grows accustomed to being married.

The story, like it's name mostly is just a build up. The story lacks a lot of action but does build suspense.

Not realizing that the book was not the finale, I started scratching my head with 100 pages left wondering how Sanderson was going to wrap up the story so fast.

I recommend reading this as it is a Wheel of Time series, which is one of the best fantasy series in print.

I'm torn because I really wanted to read the ending but knew I would be bummed when I flipped the last page.

Now, I have 22 more months of anticipation.

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