The Gathering Storm: Book Twelve of the Wheel of Time by Robert JordanThe Gathering Storm: Book Twelve of the Wheel of Time by Robert Jordan

The Gathering Storm: Book Twelve of the Wheel of Time

byRobert Jordan

Hardcover | October 27, 2009

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Since its debut in 1990, The Wheel of Time® by Robert Jordan has captivated millions of readers around the globe with its scope, originality, and compelling characters.

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.

Tarmon Gai'don, the Last Battle, looms. And mankind is not ready.

The final volume of the Wheel of Time, A Memory of Light, was partially written by Robert Jordan before his untimely passing in 2007. Brandon Sanderson, New York Times bestselling author of the Mistborn books, and now Stormlight Archive, among others, was chosen by Jordan's editor--his wife, Harriet McDougal--to complete the final volume, later expanded to three books.

In this epic novel, Robert Jordan's international bestselling series begins its dramatic conclusion. Rand al'Thor, the Dragon Reborn, struggles to unite a fractured network of kingdoms and alliances in preparation for the Last Battle. As he attempts to halt the Seanchan encroachment northward--wishing he could form at least a temporary truce with the invaders--his allies watch in terror the shadow that seems to be growing within the heart of the Dragon Reborn himself.

Egwene al'Vere, the Amyrlin Seat of the rebel Aes Sedai, is a captive of the White Tower and subject to the whims of their tyrannical leader. As days tick toward the Seanchan attack she knows is imminent, Egwene works to hold together the disparate factions of Aes Sedai while providing leadership in the face of increasing uncertainty and despair. Her fight will prove the mettle of the Aes Sedai, and her conflict will decide the future of the White Tower--and possibly the world itself.

TV series update: "Sony will produce along with Red Eagle Entertainment and Radar Pictures. Rafe Judkins is attached to write and executive produce. Judkins previously worked on shows such as ABC's "Agents of SHIELD," the Netflix series "Hemlock Grove," and the NBC series "Chuck." Red Eagle partners Rick Selvage and Larry Mondragon will executive produce along with Radar's Ted Field and Mike Weber. Darren Lemke will also executive produce, with Jordan's widow Harriet McDougal serving as consulting producer." -Variety

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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 ...
Title:The Gathering Storm: Book Twelve of the Wheel of TimeFormat:HardcoverDimensions:784 pages, 9.6 × 6.5 × 2.3 inPublished:October 27, 2009Publisher:Tom Doherty AssociatesLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0765302306

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wheel of Time This is unparalleled fantasy
Date published: 2017-08-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from WoT Part of the reason that I started reading this series was for Sanderson. I'm a big fan of his. He continues the series admirably.
Date published: 2017-01-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sanderson the perfect choice to finish the series If you've made it this far in the Wheel of Time series, you probably don't need a review to tell you what it's all about. However, you can rest assured that the series was left in capable hands when turned over to Brandson Sanderson. He has done a remarkable job.
Date published: 2017-01-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of the best This is one of the best books in the series and I thoroughly enjoyed it. It was so much better than I expected.
Date published: 2016-12-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Loved this book, it's probably the best in the series (tied with book 13, which is also great).
Date published: 2016-12-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So good Awesome, as usual. Great uplifting ending.
Date published: 2014-09-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Back on track I agree with Ethan. After 11books in this series, I was ready to drop it. The last few books had no meat. Re-hashing what had already been rehashed. Don't Get me wrong. I love the series, especially in the beginning, but it seemed to loose it's way until this 12th book. Back on track now, with a determined entertaining focus on getting to ' The Last Battle '.
Date published: 2014-08-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great book - the series is redeemed Sanderson has managed to redeem the Wheel of Time series. He is willing to tie up loose ends of the story and blunt some of the more irritating eccentricities of the characters. More importantly he gives his characters depth and inner thoughts, doubt's beyond the shallowness of the previous books. Overall, the characters are far more human and sympathetic than they ever were in the prior books. This has been the most satisfying book in the series. Before I picked up this book, I nearly dropped the series. Now I will definitely finish it.
Date published: 2014-04-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from terrific series I have read and have all of this series of books and thoroughly enjoy them! They are just terrific in their complexity. I would love to see a series of movies/TV series based on them. Congratulations to Robert Jordan!!!!
Date published: 2012-09-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Robert Jordan Lives On! Though it took a little time to adjust to Sandersons writing style, the feel of Jordan's characters is the same. Sanderson definitely did justice to Robert Jordan's Saga. I am anxiously awaiting the next book!
Date published: 2010-11-18
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Decent beginning of the end... Having first picked up The Eye of the World over 18 years ago, it is nice to see that the series is finally coming to an end. Brandon Sanderson does a good job of picking up where Robert Jordan left off though it is clear from the first page of the prologue that the writing style has changed considerably. And when the usual characters make their first appearances, you can spot the differences in their behaviours and in their speech. For me, this made getting into the story just a little more challenging. With various threads in the story coming to a conclusion (about time for some of them!) and with no new storylines introduced (thank goodness!) this novel is an enjoyable read.
Date published: 2010-03-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The End is Near As the Wheel of Time moves into it's final trilogy, we can start to feel the pace of the books improving. For so long, this series was dominated by long books that moved at such a slow pace that characters finished a book at about the same place they had started. Many times I was left wondering if I should even continue to read this series, but persisted for reasons I cannot explain. I know the series has been popular with many people throughout its epic story, but cannot for the life of me figure out how all these people were able to maintain a passion for an author that seemed more interested in defining the amount of lace on a shirt or the thread count of a tapestry than actually moving the plot along. Knife of Dreams (Book 11) had finally started to close off some storylines and The Gathering Storm continues on along this vein. Matt's conversations in his short portion of the book had me laughing out loud, somthing that has rarely happened while reading this series. I am excited to read the last two books in this series when they finally arrive on shelves in the years to come. Can I recommend this book to those following the series? Yes, without question as the end to this tale is in site. Can I recommend this series to someone who has not yet begun? No. There are simply too many needless details to slog through too fully enjoy the tale that is buried underneath.
Date published: 2010-01-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Meet the new boss, same as the old boss. Brandon Sanderson has done an admirable job in taking up the reins of Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time series. I can't imagine the pressure he must be under to complete these works that have been going on for 20 years. He shows an obvious love of the series and its characters and manages to emulate Jordan's writing style with his own flourishes added. In fact, this is the first book in the series since book 7 or so where it really feels like things are *happening*. The last few books have meandered along with main characters rarely moving anywhere or doing anything. Finally, things are coming together for the Last Battle. (Considering that Jordan had only planned on doing one more book, I can't imagine how he was going to fit it all in, unless the book was 3000 pages long.) Kudos to Sanderson for taking on this task, I look forward to the next two books and finally getting closure on this excellent series.
Date published: 2010-01-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best one in a while I was also skeptical of a new author taking on this mammoth story. After the first couple pages though yopu are back in the "Pattern" and the "Wheel" is definitely spinning! Lots of action and resolutions in this one. Some great moments as you would expect. Kudos to Robert Jordan for taking the time to hand pick Brandon Sanderson to continue this saga for us. You will notice a slightly different writing style, but not in a distracting way. You will be pleasantly surprised. Its a kin to Jordan's earlier flavor to the series.
Date published: 2009-12-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Couldn't put it down! I was skeptical at first when I heard Brandan S was going to write the book. I couldn't believe that anyone thought they could top what Robert Jordan had created for the last two decades. But as I went on to Brandan's website and saw that he was probably one of the greater Robert Jordan fans and that he wouldn't force the book into his way of writing. it would be silly just to say I was "relieved" it was more closer to "OMG I'm so flipping happy hes going to write it more in Jordan + Brandan writing style" From the moment I turned to the prologue I was captured. Once again after a 5 year hiatus I was back in the world that I had left behind in Knife of Dreams. I couldn't tell what was Brandan and what was Jordan. Although I found that a fresh writer was able to keep us away from the dragging scenes and in that I was quite grateful. I ended up failing a test, staying up for almost 30 hours and never put the book down. It went with me at all times. At work during break I read. At school I read. At home I read. Forget the phone, forget TV, forget my stomach forget it all. I had one goal. And that was this book. Brandan created a world where it felt like we never left. His style of writing is so unique yet so close to Robert Jordan that he brought us home. I did find and agree with other critics who spotted on the small fact that Brandan saw Mat in a different life a tad annoying but it was so small I barely noticed. All I know is I'm happy Rand is once again smiling and that I'll be buying the book as soon as it comes onto this website.
Date published: 2009-12-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from oh, its so good! the gathering storm is so true to the series; the characters continue to be who they were and it was just such a relief to feel yes, the story will reach its ending! brandon sanderson has done an admirable job. so many of the previous volumes were tedious and drawn out that i despaired that the story was lost, buried in descriptions of trees and valleys with no action or progression. here, we were given both! Great job!
Date published: 2009-12-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from perfect !!! love how things are going so far half way through the book and already worried about how long its going to take till the next 2 books are ready...sure hope there not a year apart :(
Date published: 2009-12-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great read The last few books were quite tired and frankly not all a good read. Sanderson does an amazing job, make it easy to read. The story flows and Sanderson is a better Jordan. I was not going to buy any WoT books but when I heard that Sanderson was going to finish the series I was quite exicited. His own books are excellent and he did great work here.
Date published: 2009-11-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I don't think this could have turned out any better I'll be honest. I didn't really care for book 11. I didn't like book 10. With a new author, I had no idea what to expect here. It's not seamless, you can tell that it's not Robert Jordan writing. But it doesn't matter. This is a great book and is right up there with the stronger ones in the first half of the series. You can tell that Brandon is heading for a conclusion, there's very few wasted words here. Although in a way I'll be unhappy to see it end, I'm glad that it's going to get there under such capable hands. Bottom line: If you're a fan of the series, buy this now. You won't be disappointed.
Date published: 2009-11-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Continues in fine Wheel of Time tradition In many ways this feels like any other Wheel of Time book, thanks to Robert Jordan's detailed plans and Brandon Sanderson's love of the series. I noticed some different word choices, and found more humour in Mat's scenes than I've found before. "Try the pies" is likely to become a running joke in my house. The plot threads wove together well, some coming to at least short-term resolution and others keeping us waiting for the next books. I was surprised and satisfied by the return of Verin Sedai. Buy it now, don't wait for the paperback (and I prefer the paperbacks).
Date published: 2009-11-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely great reading After hearing that Robert Jordan had passed away in 2007, I never thought I would get the chance to read anymore of his books in the Wheel of Time. This is a well written book, and look forward to the 2 remaining books to come
Date published: 2009-11-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from not enough mat and perrin but... there are no words that can do justice to what brandon has accomplished in continuing robert jordan's vision. buy the book, experience the tale that even death could not stop. share in the final days before the end of one age and the start of a new one
Date published: 2009-10-29

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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." -The New York Times on The Wheel of Time"The Wheel of Time . . . is a fantasy tale seldom equaled and still less often surpassed in English." -Chicago Sun-Times"Jordan has a powerful vision of good and evil--but what strikes me as most pleasurable . . . is all the fascinating people moving through a rich and interesting world." -Orson Scott Card on The Wheel of Time