Sunday, January 20, 2013

A Spoiler Free Review of "A Memory of Light"

I am a huge Wheel of Time fan. I have been for the past 10 years, ever since my husband introduced me to the series. This past January 8, 2013, marked the end of the 14 book, and 1 prequel, series.
Robert Jordan died in 2007 before he could finish the series. He finished writing up to book 11, and Robert Jordan's widow chose Brandon Sanderson to finish up the series. Robert Jordan left extensive notes, for the ending, and I think that Brandon Sanderson did an amazing job finishing up the series. He has quickly become one of my favorite authors, and I look forward to reading more from Brandon Sanderson
I had preordered my copy, of "A Memory of Light", from Amazon months before. I eagerly waited for my copy of the final book, and was pleased when I got my copy on the 8th of January. This book was over 900 pages long, and is 51 chapters (that includes the prologue and epilogue). I was only able to read it during nap times and once the kids were in bed, but even with those restrictions, I was done with the book in 2 days. 
I have waited this long to write about my thoughts, because I wanted to process it. I read it, then had to re-read it to really soak it in. 
I have to be honest, without going into spoilers, I was disappointed in this book. Oh, it was exciting, and I love how Brandon Sanderson wrote out the Last Battle, but I've been waiting 10 years for this book. I was expecting the amount of deaths, that were written. I was expecting the high butchers bill, and even the deaths of main characters (although the main character that died was NOT the one I thought was going to die!). No, my only problem with this book was the lack of questions that were answered. These weren't questions that just popped up in the last book, either. No, these are questions that have been around since the 6th or 7th book. Robert Jordan had told fans that he would not answer every question, but in my opinion, he left gaping holes open. I know alot of people that were satisfied with the ending, but I was not one of them. 
I thought the book was masterfully written, and was non-stop excitement from the first page to the end. Brandon Sanderson did a great job trying to get inside Robert Jordan's head, and finish this epic series. I have made lots of Wheel of Time fans, as I've talked to readers and suggested this series to them. That won't stop now. Read this series, make your own decision about the ending. Maybe you'll like it, maybe you won't. But when I say this is an epic series, I mean it. Here's some facts about the series, that might astound you.
These figures are only current up to Towers of Midnight, the 13th book. But, even without the 14th book, A Memory of Light, these figures are pretty impressive!

Total Pages - 11,916
Total Chapters - 684
Total Words - 4,056,130
Total Characters- 2500 (this total is not counting the new characters in A Memory of Light)
Audio Books total time - 419h 30m
Also, The Wheel of Time has been #1 on the New York Times Best Sellers list every time, since book 6, and every book after has been #1 after that. "A Memory of Light" is no different, just being added as #1 today. I think it a true testament to the genius of Robert Jordan that he could create such a world, create over 2500 characters AND keep them straight! This won't be the last time that I read the series, I'll be doing a re-read later. For now, I want to just sit and soak up the ending. It wasn't the ending I was hoping for, but it was an ending. There are neither beginnings or endings to the Wheel of Time...
 Until Next Time,

1 comment:

  1. I think you're 100% right about this book. I think that Brandon Sanderson did a great job with what he was given. It's a shame that they wouldn't let him expand on certain topics. I'll keep re-reading them myself, and keep encouraging others too as well. I just wish the end had been better.


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