A Memory of Light

Hardcover | January 8, 2013

byRobert Jordan, Brandon Sanderson

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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.

The Wheel of Time turns and Ages come and go, leaving memories that become legend. Legend fades to myth, and even myth is long forgotten when the Age that gave it birth returns again. In the Third Age, an Age of Prophecy, the World and Time themselves hang in the balance. What was, what will be, and what is, may yet fall under the Shadow.

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.

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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.The Wheel of Time turns and Ages come and go, leaving memories that become legend...

Robert Jordan (October 17, 1948-September 16, 2007), a native of Charleston, South Carolina, was the author of the bestselling The Wheel of Time®, with millions of books in print.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 addi...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:912 pages, 9.62 × 6.27 × 2.3 inPublished:January 8, 2013Publisher:Tom Doherty AssociatesLanguage:English

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Last Battle 14 books (15 if you include the prequel). They've been building up to the Last Battle for 14 books, over 20 years worth of material and we finally have it in our hands. I really can't go in depths in this review without majorly spoiling the whole series to someone who might be browsing by reviews of the last book(??) of a series. But I can say this:it's all SO worth it. The last battle was extremely exciting (The chapter is over 250 pages long!) and the ending was satisfactory: I couldn't ask for better. Robert Jordan would be extremely proud of this, and I doubt anyone had dry eyes when reading Robert Jordan's last written chapter of his life (the epilogue for the book was entirely written by RJ). Overall, this book is fantastic, and it defintely left me wanting to re-read The Eye of the World all over again. This book was really hard to take in (just because it's the last book of such a long series) and I'm still not over the fact that the series is done 2 months after finishing the book.
Date published: 2016-11-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow! That was awesome! I love how it all came together. I almost felt like Robert was too descriptive after book 7. Brandon really kept things flowing. Freaking awesome!
Date published: 2015-06-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wheel of time Well written wonderful reading all books In the series are full of endless hours of Enjoyable entertainment.
Date published: 2015-03-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Memory of Light A very good, but perhaps not great series. The series starts out slow, but picks up speed as it goes along. It is really a bridge between classic fantasy like Tolkien and modern fantasy. Like Tolkien, Jordan sometimes gets bogged down in details. Also, it seems like the main characters waste a lot of time fighting their destinies. A good series, that gets better as it goes along.
Date published: 2015-01-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from And so it ends..... I've read this series multiple times and still love each time, I wouldn't mind seeing a prequel about Tam Al Thor
Date published: 2014-12-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Memory of Light This was my second read through of the book and I enjoyed it just as much as the first time. Brandon entwined his vision with Roberts beautifully for an epic adventure. I was very pleased with the ending and can picture many stories in my minds eye of the various futures the great characters that came to life for me over the years.
Date published: 2014-12-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An Intense and Worthy End Sanderson does fans a great service by bringing Jordan' complex and detailed series to a thrilling and satisfying conclusion. Wrapping up so many loose ends must have been no easy feat. This novel specifically is a grand battle of a larger scale than I've ever read. Breathtaking. Well done, very well done. Goodbye to a series I've been reading for nearly half my life!
Date published: 2014-12-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Holy S*** Wow, what an ending to an amazing series.
Date published: 2014-10-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from An beginning and an ending. A good ending to a good series. I enjoyed these books tremendously.
Date published: 2014-08-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing finale Loved the series the whole way through and this way a wonderful way to send it off
Date published: 2014-08-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A fantastic end to a great series After waiting so many years to reach the conclusion to this series, I am so pleased and relieved that the quality of the story can still make me lose myself in the pages. So many characters I will miss, but I am so glad to finally have answers to how things end. Well done!
Date published: 2014-07-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Memory of Light Great finish to a great series. So glad Brandon Sanderson was able to finish it for Robert Jordan.
Date published: 2014-07-24
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Mr Disappointing ending. Too much content of the story line unexplained or simply dropped.
Date published: 2014-07-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great! Sad to see it end...
Date published: 2014-07-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Simply the best. This series has been an amazing trip. I love this series! It's simply the best.
Date published: 2014-07-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good, satisfying ending This was a good, satisfying ending to a series that became frustratingly slow by the later Jordan books. Sanderson managed to save the series and turn it around by his willingness to pick up the pace, tie off loose ends, and mute some of the more irritating personality quirks of the main characters. This is still in places to my mind a bit too long - the battles go on forever, and the setbacks for the heroes become almost too much. Since we know the heroes are in a tough spot, all of that verbiage after a while gets a bit tiresome. Nevertheless, Sanderson has provided a good ending to a series that had been out in the weeds for far too long.
Date published: 2014-05-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good, satisfying ending This was a good, satisfying ending to a series that became frustratingly slow by the later Jordan books. Sanderson managed to save the series and turn it around by his willingness to pick up the pace, tie off loose ends, and mute some of the more irritating personality quirks of the main characters. This is still in places to my mind a bit too long - the battles go on forever, and the setbacks for the heroes become almost too much. Since we know the heroes are in a tough spot, all of that verbiage after a while gets a bit tiresome. Nevertheless, Sanderson has provided a good ending to a series that had been out in the weeds for far too long.
Date published: 2014-05-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Epic of epics Awesome adventurous tail
Date published: 2014-05-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A fitting end After years of waiting to do so, I just read the whole series again. I'd remembered the main story lines but forgotten many little details. Of sell the books except the first, I consumed the last the fastest. Even with all battle details, what a great and compelling read. Sanderson did an amazing job, though I was shocked still some of the characters list along the way. And cried when they were lost. Very much a fitting end to the story... Though I still want more.
Date published: 2014-05-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A memory of light Amazing end to an immense saga. Bravo
Date published: 2014-04-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A memory of light Exhausting! Maybe deliberately depriving myself of sleep while going through the more action-packed and emotionally charged third act of the book had more to do with it but I find that I can empathize with the characters better that way. The more exhausted I was, the more I found myself lamenting the fate of certain characters. I also loved seeing several minor characters return even for just one scene. As if to remind us that they all played a part in the epic. I'd rather think it was for us fans to properly bid these characters goodbye. In between these scenes of light are scenes of slaughter. It is war, after all. And this is why reading the book gets really exhausting: When it flies, it's really high but when it falls, it's really low. And because it is a book about war and Robert Jordan is a war historian, the book also gets into excruciating details when it comes to the battle scenes. Often times I find myself not bothering to visualize the battles and just skipping to the outcome. All in all, though, A Memory of Light is a fitting conclusion as any. I still love it despite my own misgivings. I have to thank Brandon Sanderson for taking on the herculean task of helping draw this series to a close. As for the series as a whole, I'm going to miss waiting for the next book, going through the speculations and theories, and coordinating with local bookstores to make sure members of our group get copies. I don't know if I'll ever be as committed to another fantasy book series as much as I was with The Wheel of Time. Heck, I only got as far as book six in the Sword of Truth series and I haven't even read Dance of Dragons yet.
Date published: 2014-02-24
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 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

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"The battle scenes have the breathless urgency of firsthand experience, and the . . . evil laced into the forces of good, the dangers latent in any promised salvation, the sense of the unavoidable onslaught of unpredictable events bear the marks of American national experience during the last three decades, just as the experience of the First World War and its aftermath gave its imprint to J. R. R. Tolkien's work." -The New York Times on The Wheel of Time®