REVIEW by Matt: A Memory of Light (Final Wheel of Time) by Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson (@mattalarkin)

Since 1990, when Robert Jordan’s The Wheel of Time® burst on the world with its first book, The Eye of the World, readers have been anticipating the final scenes of this extraordinary saga, which has sold over forty million copies in over thirty languages.

When Robert Jordan died in 2007, all feared that these concluding scenes would never be written. But working from notes and partials left by Jordan, established fantasy writer Brandon Sanderson stepped in to complete the masterwork. With The Gathering Storm (Book 12) and Towers of Midnight (Book 13) behind him, both of which were # 1 New York Times hardcover bestsellers, Sanderson now re-creates the vision that Robert Jordan left behind.

Edited by Jordan’s widow, who edited all of Jordan’s books, A Memory of Light will delight, enthrall, and deeply satisfy all of Jordan’s legions of readers.

The Wheel of Time turns, and Ages come and pass.
What was, what will be, and what is,
may yet fall under the Shadow.
Let the Dragon ride again on the winds of time.

a memory of light

I wonder whether there’s much point in writing a review for the fourteenth and final book of a series. I mean, if you read the other thirteen, you’re obviously going to read this one. And if you didn’t this isn’t the place to start.

A Memory of Light is the last book of the Wheel of Time, an epic fantasy series I’ve been reading for a lot of years. The series kind of polarizes readers. Some love it, some find it loses them. And in some cases, people despair as the last few books Jordan wrote feel like the story slows down. And yeah, it does… In the case of the ones Sanderson co-wrote, it speeds back up, including this one. There still felt like a few places in which I was reading scenes without enough forward momentum.

And yet, on reaching the end, I couldn’t believe it was over. I wanted more–which sounds crazy. There were fourteen novels! But I could still see Rand, Mat, Perrin, and Nynaeve in my head. I guess, if I’m still thinking about it two days after finishing, it means it was a pretty successful series. It had saturated my consciousness and become real. Whatever criticisms of the series there might be, it felt real. And that’s kind of amazing.

This last, final book, has to wrap up as many things as it can. Does it answer every question or close every story? No. But that wasn’t really the point, anyway. The Wheel of Time goes on and on, and all that. What it does do is deliver on the promises that had been made, and give us emotional fulfillment.

It gives us an ending to the Wheel of Time.

And it worked very well for me.

5 Phoenix Hatchlings

5 matt


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  1. Kamla L. says:

    TWOT is one of my all-time favorites fantasy series. I have a brand spanking new Hardcover copy sitting on my night table for almost 2 months now. WHY??? Because I just don’t want it to end!!! I’m just can’t reconcile myself to ending my journey/adventure and saying goodbye to my ‘friends’ 🙁

  2. I enjoyed it, im just sad its over. I could happily read more about all the charecters and the world they inhabit

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