Towers of Midnight by Robert Jordan
(Wheel of Time, Book Thirteen)


6 Critic Reviews

These negatives notwithstanding, Sanderson finally has all the main characters in the same time frame, and the story is firing on all thrusters.
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The Last Battle has started. The seals on the Dark One's 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 Tel'aran'rhiod 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 men's 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.

This penultimate novel of Robert Jordan's #1 New York Times bestselling series--the second of three based on materials he left behind when he died in 2007--brings dramatic and compelling developments to many threads in the Pattern. The end draws near.

Dovie'andi se tovya sagain. It's time to toss the dice.


About 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.
Published January 31, 2011 by Tor Books. 977 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense. Fiction
Bestseller Status:
Peak Rank on Feb 20 2011
Weeks as Bestseller
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Reviewed by Josh Vogt on Dec 30 2010

Sanderson continues to do a remarkable job of writing in Robert Jordan's world, not aping the late author's style, but paying homage to it with a strong addition to the series that should get fans excited to see how it all wraps up.

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Reviewed by Leigh Butler on Nov 02 2010 was great, but I already knew pretty much precisely what the progression would be… and for me that kind of lessened the thrill. The only genuinely surprising thing in the whole scene, in my opinion, was the final gambit with the ashanderei...

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Reviewed by Leigh Butler on Sep 22 2010

However, all that being said, if you still want a judgment independent of my crazily familial relationship with this series (insofar as that’s even possible), then I would say: Yes, I liked it. I liked it a lot.

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Reviewed by Christopher DeFilippis on Mar 12 2016

These negatives notwithstanding, Sanderson finally has all the main characters in the same time frame, and the story is firing on all thrusters.

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Reviewed by Clifton Hill on Jan 28 2011

For some great moments and pulling the book together, I’d give Towers of Midnight 3.5 slightly misspelled stars.

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Reviewed by Stephan van Velzen on Nov 06 2010

What can’t be overlooked is the fact that this book is flawed. I understand the choices made in splitting this book...What I don’t understand is the way the parts that were split...As I said, there is good news too. It takes about 500 pages for these storylines to collide, but when they do, it leads to some major explosions.

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