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A Memory of Light

by Brandon Sanderson, Robert Jordan

Tom Doherty Associates | December 31, 2013 | Mass Market Paperbound

A Memory of Light is rated 4.6 out of 5 by 5.

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.

Format: Mass Market Paperbound

Dimensions: 1168 pages, 6.75 × 4.19 × 1.75 in

Published: December 31, 2013

Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0765364883

ISBN - 13: 9780765364883

Found in: Science Fiction and Fantasy

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good ending to a great series Disappointed it had to end but was a good way to finish off. I was sure it was going to be hard to complete such a great series but I'd have to say even though it wasn't mind blowing I was fairy satisfied.
Date published: 2013-03-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! I loved the book and thoroughly enjoyed it from start to finish. Although there were a few parts that I cried out because I didn't like that way things went in the end I found the ending very satisfying and was nice to be surprised. It is a good thing when an ending is not obvious halfway through the book.
Date published: 2013-02-20
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A satisfying final solution, but far too long to get there Well, it's been 20+ years, 14 books, and somewhere shy of 15,000 pages, with Brandon Sanderson stepping in to finish what Robert Jordan began. I'll do my best to avoid spoilers, but it's hard to talk about A Memory of Light without at least acknowledging a few contributions . . . and sacrifices. The first 200 or so pages were pretty gripping, but after that it started to wear thin. There was a lot of talking and a lot of waiting for the end, with one battle scene after another filling space. I get what Sanderson was trying to convey, and I realize he had to establish the overwhelming odds, but I will admit I started skimming through all the skirmishes with Trollocs. By the time I hit the halfway mark, my reading pace really began to slow, and I found myself struggling to get through. Having said that, there were some interesting bits, and some moments that genuinely made me smile. Still, it really did feel like a lot of talking and waiting. Nevertheless, I was determined to persevere. It was around the 600 page mark that I began to see some glimmers of hope. I quite liked the role that Mat found himself thrust into (once he was finally allowed to make a long-overdue appearance; the appearance of the Ogier on the battlefront was something to behold; and the arrival of the Asha'man certainly kicked up the carnage a notch; but the battle scenes really began to feel like a lot of padding. For such a battle-heavy book, I found myself surprised by the lack of 'big' deaths, so deep into the tale. Given the overall carnage, and the simple fact that leaders and heroes should be prime targets, it' did push the bounds of plausibility just a bit. Coming into the last 200 pages, things certainly picked up. The pacing got better, there was a significance to the plot developments, and Sanderson finally pulled the strings on some 'big' sacrifices. Elayne and Egwene both stepped it up, earning their role as equals of Rand, and it was immensely satisfying to see the forces of Light come up with a weave to challenge balefire. Min's role was a little less spectacular, but still with some notable contributions, and Aviendha ultimately had a worthy role to play, despite seemingly being pushed out of the spotlight. Tuon's role was a bit smaller than I expected, but her off-the-page contributions to Mat's planning were indeed crucial to the climax. More than anything, though, I found myself lamenting the absence of Rand. I really did expect him to be more of a . . . well, hero. Instead, after some touching goodbyes, he spends the last half of the book stuck in a cave and swapping dreamscapes with his enemy. Some of the futures they explored were interesting, but dispensed with too quickly to have any real impact. Again, I get what Sanderson was doing, and I ultimately appreciated Rand's master gameplan, once it was exposed, but it took 850+ pages to get there. I understand it's an ensemble story, and I appreciate that Sanderson was left with a lot of loose ends, but some scenes were just frivolous. Sure, most of the characters had strong roles to play, but others seemed to be given a token scene or two just to get their names into the book. As much as I enjoyed the first 2 books of the final trilogy, and really appreciate how well Sanderson has managed the legacy, the story was stretched a bit thin. We all know Jordan intended for there to be one last book to end the series, and that Sanderson expanded those notes into a trilogy, but I wonder how much of that decision was creative, and how much of it was sheer marketing. While packing everything into one book might have been a bit rough, I think a two-book conclusion would have better served readers who waited so long for satisfaction. I am glad we got an ending, and I am entirely satisfied with Rand's final solution . . . I just wish we hadn't had to wade through so many Trolloc heads to get there.
Date published: 2013-02-18
Rated out of 5 by from I just finished this book. I must say that it was a long time in coming. I waited patiently for years as Jordan Advanced his Fantasy Epic, and was sad indeed when i heard of his passing. The three books written by Sanderson to bring this series to conclusion are outstanding, and this book is among the best! five stars for sure *****
Date published: 2013-02-12
Rated out of 5 by from Though it feels like years, I truthfully only started reading this series a handful of months ago, interestingly enough turning over the first pages of Eye of the World the day I turned 17. I had, quite literally, 3/4 of the series sitting in a box in the corner of my room, a gift from my cousin. Leaving those books there for so long was such a mistake; I was instantly hooked. Sure, Robert Jordan might have a little too much filler, and maybe things get a little complicated, but I've read Tolkien, I can deal with a little filler. I plowed through Eye of the World in less than 2 days, and up to Towers of Midnight in less than 2 months, and I did not regret it one bit. Robert Jordan, and his successor, Brandon Sanderson, have done an excellent job on an excellent series, one that I will keep throughout the Ages. "He came like the wind, like the wind touched everything, and like the wind, was gone."
Date published: 2013-01-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from End of an era How do you say goodbye to 20+ years of your life. This series introduced fantasy to me and few authors/ series even come close to this level of mastery (Erikson would be one...and I'm hard pressed to think of another...possibly GG Kay). True, the series was at least 4 books too long, however the last one got it right. The characters I loved, those from book 1 were front and centre; the minor characters that wasted too much of the middle of this series made cameo appearances. Like all good series, the endings always seem to lack something....its likely exagerated by the fact that we don't really want them to end....its like losing good friends...it leaves a sadness...and isn't that the point of great writing....tai'shar Manetheren.
Date published: 2013-01-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Seems like a dream it's here at last I picked up the book yesterday night. After waiting so long and theorizing with people about what to expect, so far the book is a tangible dream. There are slight differences between BS and the late RJ but the story feels like RJ and the dialogue is great.
Date published: 2013-01-09
Rated out of 5 by from Can't wait for this book, looking forward to the end of a great series.
Date published: 2012-04-06

– More About This Product –

A Memory of Light

by Brandon Sanderson, Robert Jordan

Format: Mass Market Paperbound

Dimensions: 1168 pages, 6.75 × 4.19 × 1.75 in

Published: December 31, 2013

Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0765364883

ISBN - 13: 9780765364883

About the Book

When Robert Jordan died in 2007, all feared that these concluding scenes to the The Wheel of Time] series would never be written. But working from notes and partials left by Jordan, established fantasy writer Sanderson now re-creates the vision that Robert Jordan left behind.

From the Publisher

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.

About the Author

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 grew up in Lincoln, Nebraska. He lives in Utah with his wife and children and teaches creative writing at Brigham Young University. In addition to completing Robert Jordan’s The Wheel of Time®, he is the author of such bestsellers as the Mistborn trilogy, Warbreaker , The Alloy of Law , The Way of Kings , Rithmatist , and Steelheart . He won the 2
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