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The Gathering Storm

Posted by spragujs on November 10, 2009

The Gathering StormAh, but it’s been a long time.  Brandon Sanderson, who I’d never heard of until I heard that he was chosen to finish the Wheel of Time series with Robert Jordan’s notes, has come out with the first of the three remaining novels of the Wheel.  (And for the record, I’m extremely glad he was chosen!)

I think the book was fantastic!  I’m sorely sad to have finished; I wish I could have drawn out reading it for a longer period of time, but I didn’t manage it.  Having gotten to about a 1/3 from the end, the pace was like that of a boulder that had been dropped off the lip of Dragonmount!  Other reviewers felt like some of the characters had a definite different feel to their POVs and I don’t disagree, but at the same time, they still came across as the same characters to me.  (Maybe it would have been different if I’d just finished a reread or something.)

The book focuses mostly on Rand and Egwene, and those with them, of course.  Lan and Elayne are mentioned from other character’s POVs, but are otherwise not in the books.  Besides that you get the other main characters in smaller capacities.  I suspect this is due to the splitting of the final “volume” into three books.  As an Egwene fan, I thoroughly enjoyed the fact that she was a major player in this book.  I’m also looking forward to where everyone goes from here.  The pacing does suffer in this novel, but I’d argue that’s a pretty common trend for RJ’s books.  Mainly, some plotlines last forever, when we’d like them to get over quickly.  Thankfully, there were a few plotlines that were tied up in this novel, and I feel that this helped to keep them from being in the dragged out category.  Or that it at least finally ended the dragging.

In any case, if you’re a Wheel of Time fan, go out and read the novel!  (Or wait till 2011 and just finish it all at once!)  And as a last note, I sure am sad that Tam won’t ever get his prequel…  😦

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