The Gathering Storm by Brandon Sanderson Robert Jordan

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13 Critic Reviews

While some purists will always have trouble with The Gathering Storm and subsequent novels due to Sanderson, he does a wonderful job stepping into Jordan’s shoes and helps pump new life into the series.
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Synopsis

Tarmon Gai'don, the Last Battle, looms. And mankind is not ready.

The final volume of the Wheel of Time, A Memory of Light, was partially written by Robert Jordan before his untimely passing in 2007. Brandon Sanderson, New York Times bestselling author of the Mistborn books, was chosen by Jordan's editor---his wife, Harriet McDougal---to complete the final book. The scope and size of the volume was such that it could not be contained in a single book, and so Tor proudly presents The Gathering Storm as the first of three novels that will make up A Memory of Light. This short sequence will complete the struggle against the Shadow, bringing to a close a journey begun almost twenty years ago and marking the conclusion of the Wheel of Time, the preeminent fantasy epic of our era.

In this epic novel, Robert Jordan's international bestselling series begins its dramatic conclusion. Rand al'Thor, the Dragon Reborn, struggles to unite a fractured network of kingdoms and alliances in preparation for the Last Battle. As he attempts to halt the Seanchan encroachment northward---wishing he could form at least a temporary truce with the invaders---his allies watch in terror the shadow that seems to be growing within the heart of the Dragon Reborn himself.

Egwene al'Vere, the Amyrlin Seat of the rebel Aes Sedai, is a captive of the White Tower and subject to the whims of their tyrannical leader. As days tick toward the Seanchan attack she knows is imminent, Egwene works to hold together the disparate factions of Aes Sedai while providing leadership in the face of increasing uncertainty and despair. Her fight will prove the mettle of the Aes Sedai, and her conflict will decide the future of the White Tower---and possibly the world itself.

The Wheel of Time turns, and Ages come and pass. What was, what will be, and what is, may yet fall under the Shadow.



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About Brandon Sanderson Robert Jordan

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Robert Jordan was born in 1948 in Charleston, South Carolina. He taught himself to read when he was four with the incidental aid of a twelve-years-older brother, and was tackling Mark Twain and Jules Verne by five. He is a graduate of The Citadel, the Military College of South Carolina, with a degree in physics. He served two tours in Vietnam with the U.S. Army; among his decorations are the Distinguished Flying Cross with bronze oak leaf cluster, the Bronze Star with "V" and bronze oak leaf cluster, and two Vietnamese Gallantry Crosses with palm. A history buff, he has also written dance and theater criticism and enjoyed the outdoor sports of hunting, fishing, and sailing, and the indoor sports of poker, chess, pool, and pipe collecting. Robert Jordan began writing in 1977 and went on to write The Wheel of Time®, one of the most important and best selling series in the history of fantasy publishing with over 14 million copies sold in North America, and countless more sold abroad. Robert Jordan died on September 16, 2007, after a courageous battle with the rare blood disease amyloidosis.  Brandon Sanderson is the bestselling author of books including Warbreaker, Elantris, The Way of Kings, and The Mistborn Trilogy—Mistborn, The Well of Ascension and The Hero of Ages. He has also written Alcatraz Versus the Evil Librarians, a book for middle-grade readers, and is completing the final books in Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time® series—The Gathering Storm, Towers of Midnight and A Memory of Light—based on Jordan’s notes and material. Sanderson teaches writing at Brigham Young University. He lives in Utah.
 
Published October 27, 2009 by Tor Books. 861 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Blog Critics

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Reviewed by Amanda on Dec 02 2009

While some purists will always have trouble with The Gathering Storm and subsequent novels due to Sanderson, he does a wonderful job stepping into Jordan’s shoes and helps pump new life into the series.

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Examiner

Good
Reviewed by Angela Carter on Mar 06 2012

Though fans may miss Jordan’s subtle touch and have difficulty adjusting to the feel of certain characters, the heart of the Wheel of Time world is still there.

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Book Reporter

Excellent
Reviewed by Stephen Hubbard on Jan 22 2011

There has been much hype and anticipation surrounding the release of this book --- and I could dare say that it may not have had enough.

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AV Club

Good
Reviewed by Zack Handlen on Nov 19 2009

Fortunately, Storm compensates with a terrific sense of urgency—the book’s 700-plus pages go by in a flash—and a blessed willingness to tie up loose ends.

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Tor

Above average
Reviewed by Leigh Butler on Oct 27 2009

Team Jordan is savvy enough to figure out that we must leaven the sourness of bottom-hitting-avec-vague-promise-of-future triumph with the sweetness of actual triumph, and thus I am sated.

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Tor

Above average
Reviewed by Leigh Butler on Oct 23 2009

...I may not be entirely sure how I feel about some of what happened in The Gathering Storm, whether it was Jordan’s work or Sanderson’s – one thing’s for sure, it’s going to be a doozy of a recap – but there is no doubt that I’m damn glad they wrote it.

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SF Site

Good
Reviewed by Christopher DeFilippis on Jun 01 2009

If, like me, you're a Robert Jordan fan that's greeted the release of each new Wheel of Time book with growing skepticism and trepidation, I will even more gladly tell you to read The Gathering Storm. You won't hate it.

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Deseret News

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Reviewed by Seth Bracken on Nov 29 2011

"The Gathering Storm" is the best installment in the Wheel of Time series since the third novel, "The Dragon Reborn," and will not leave fans disappointed.

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Geeks of Doom

Excellent
Reviewed by Henchman21 on Nov 06 2009

If you’ve grown tired of the series (and I know there are some who have), I would really suggest giving this book a shot. It brings back the feeling I had reading those first few Wheel of Time books for the first time.

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The Zone

Good
Reviewed by Kate Elliott on May 01 2009

Elliott keeps it all under immaculate control, switching tracks at just the right moment, keeping each discreet element moving forward, steadily ratcheting up the tension level which achieves 'edge-of-the-seat' intensity by the climax of the novel.

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Helium

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Reviewed by Michael Strauss on Nov 11 2009

Despite some slow and confusing moments, The Gathering Storm is one of the best paced and exciting novels in the Wheel of Time series in quite a long time.

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Grasping For The Wind

Good
Reviewed by John Ottinger III on Oct 27 2009

From page one, I found myself devouring each and every page of The Gathering Storm, desperate for more.

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http://geeksofdoom.com

Above average
Reviewed by Henchman21 on Nov 06 2009

So is this book everything I was hoping it would be? Yeah, pretty much. I have no major complaints about it and it gives me a lot of hope that I will see the series wrapped up in the spectacular fashion that it deserves.

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