Backlist Review: A Memory of Light by Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson

Tuesday, May 12, 2015
Title: A Memory of Light
Author: Brandon Sanderson based on the novels and notes of Robert Jordan
Genre: fantasy
Series: The Wheel of Time #14; A Memory of Light #3
Pages: 912
Published: April 2013
Source: purchased
Rating: 4/5

"And it came to pass in those days, as it had come before and would come again, that the Dark lay heavy on the land and weighed down the hearts of men, and the green things failed, and hope died.” From Charal Drianaan te Calamon, The Cycle of the Dragon.

In the Field of Merrilor the rulers of the nations gather to join behind Rand al’Thor, or to stop him from his plan to break the seals on the Dark One’s prison—which may be a sign of his madness, or the last hope of humankind. Egwene, the Amyrlin Seat, leans toward the former.

In Andor, the Trollocs seize Caemlyn.

In the wolf dream, Perrin Aybara battles Slayer.

Approaching Ebou Dar, Mat Cauthon plans to visit his wife Tuon, now Fortuona, Empress of the Seanchan.

All humanity is in peril—and the outcome will be decided in Shayol Ghul itself. The Wheel is turning, and the Age is coming to its end. The Last Battle will determine the fate of the world...

So. 14 books, thousands of pages, millions of words. In the end, there was no way that Brandon Sanderson could completely 100% satisfy fans of the long-running and epic series. Let's be honest: it's hughly unlikely that Robert Jordan himself would have been able to, either.

I'm still not sure how many of those stars are for sheer nostalgia - at least one? - but this was a hell of a wrap up for a 12 year journey. I started reading these books when I was 13, I was 25 when I first finished this series, and I can say there were times when I didn't see this ever ending. Through its notable ups (books 1-6), its downs (8-11), its not-bad-but-could-be-better (7, 12) this has remained a big force in my fantasy reading. Forgive me for this pun, but there will be a void where The Wheel of Time once stood.

Favorites died, nations crumbled, deception and betrayal abounded, but fans who flocked to this series for its strengths - the characters, the immense worldbuilding, the complicated plots and plans - will at least be satisfied with Sanderson's strong finale.  


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