A Memory of Light Hardback
Part of the The Wheel of Time series
'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.' - 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...For twenty years The Wheel of Time has enthralled more than forty million readers in over thirty-two languages.
A Memory of Light brings this majestic fantasy creation to its richly satisfying conclusion. Working from notes and partials left by Robert Jordan when he died in 2007, and consulting with Jordan's widow, who edited all of Jordan's books, established fantasy writer Brandon Sanderson has recreated the vision Jordan left behind.
- Format: Hardback
- Pages: 912 pages, map
- Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
- Publication Date: 08/01/2013
- Category: Fantasy
- ISBN: 9781841498720
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Review by jjvors
[Memory of Light] is the conclusion of the mammoth Wheel of Time fantasy series by [[Robert Jordan]]. Stretching 14 books, with thousands of characters, and hundreds of plot lines, [[Brandon Sanderson]] effectively and excitingly concludes the series, tying up the major plot threads. If you haven't read the series, it involves a farmboy who is chosen by the Pattern to be the savior of the world. The Pattern is the weave of billions of lives through the ages of the Wheel of Time, created by the Creator. The Wheel consists of seven ages, repeating endlessly, different each time. The Dark One was imprisoned within the Wheel by the Creator. He is getting loose, and wants to destroy the pattern forever.Expect to spend a month or more reading the whole series. The writing ranges from breath-takingly exciting to overly detailed and repetitious. It's worth plowing through the slow sections. This series has more foreshadowings and more prophecies than any other fantasy series I've read. They all come to pass, in one way or another. Don't miss it.
Review by clong
All in all, given the challenges, it’s hard to see how anyone could have done better. A Memory of Light is essentially one massive battle scene--which doesn't make for a particularly satisfying standalone tale like the best books of this series. But that’s ok; this is a series which for far too long had been spinning layer after layer of new narrative when what it was really crying out for was movement towards closure. Closure is what Sanderson gives us--bringing The End to a series that many of us have cared about for a long time makes this book deeply satisfying in a different way. This is a wrapping up of many, many, many loose ends, a satisfaction of a litany of prophecies, and a healthy revisiting of lots of good things from early books. And all of this is done in a way which feels true to Jordan at his best.The book offers plenty of wonderful moments, large and small, where things that had been building come together in a satisfying way…again, echoing Jordan at his best. And in this book, for a change, when the good guys make mistakes someone ends up paying for it. The good guys are at times bested in ways that really hurt, and quite a few of the good guys don’t make it to the end (including one of the seemingly untouchable core protagonists). I wish the Chosen had been as formidable throughout the series. This is a world where the forces of light battle the forces of evil (as is rather coolly illustrated by the battle of white clouds vs black clouds, a massive overhead replication of the ancient symbol of the Aes Sedai that dominates the battle of Tarmon Gai'don). Characters are good or evil (although there are evil characters pretending to be good, and there is always the threat that a good character can be turned to the dark side against their will). The series would have been better if it had allowed for a few more shades of gray—I kind of wished one of the bad guys had repented and fought for Rand at the end.Still, I think the Wheel of Time at its best is a towering achievement in Fantasy, and we should all be grateful that Sanderson has done a fine job of bringing closure to a series which had to some extent lost its way. Good stuff.
Review by jnwelch
In A Memory of Light, Brandon Sanderson provides the 14th and final book(!) in the Wheel of Time series that began 20 years ago. It weighs in at a whopping 900+ pages, which became about the norm as this series went on. He does a good job, as the Last Battle rages on multiple fronts and The Dragon Reborn, Rand al'Thor, takes on the Dark One for all the marbles. As with most of the series, in my mind this final entry would have benefited from slimming down, but it is entertaining and the resolution is a satisfying one - no small feat. I'm sure Sanderson had some trepidation about winding up this popular series which has such avid fans. It makes me think of J.K. Rowling wrapping up the Harry Potter series, except here Sanderson was finishing someone else's series, which opened him up to the possibility of even more criticism for not providing the quality of the original. I think he'll likely get accolades, not criticism, as he as done another fine writing job after completing the finale's two predecessor volumes.Sanderson was picked to complete the series by Jordan's wife (and editor) Harriet McDougal after Jordan's death in 2007. My understanding is there were notes and outlines. I have to say, to my mind the writing got sharper and better when Sanderson took over. This is a huge world that Jordan built, with lots of memorable characters and subplots. That allowed Sanderson to hit the ground running in this book, with no need for more world-building, and lots of action from start to finish. There are enormous battle scenes on four main fronts, while Rand eventually takes on the Dark One in the cave at Shayol Ghul. Sanderson skillfully takes the reader through the strategic planning, the view from from the soldier's point of view, and the view of those in charge, including Elayne, Queen of Andor, and Egwene, the Amyrlin Seat who heads the White Tower where women train in "channeling", that is, drawing on power called saidin (men draw on saidar) to create fire bombs, lightning, destructive winds, etc. There are many moments of heroism and sacrifice, as well as foolishness and betrayal, as the humans battle Trollocs, Myrdaals, and other fanciful creatures, not to mention other humans who have chosen to follow the Dark One. For those who have followed the series, unsurprisingly, all the favorite characters are in jeopardy, and there are some who don't make it.Because the book is essentially a series of battles tied together with some humor and relationship relief, it can test the endurance of even those invested in the story. Rand and his father have touching moments together, some of which take us all the way back to where this started in Two Rivers, with Rand as the farm boy son of a farmer who turns out to have a mysterious past. Rand's triple romance with Queen Elayne, prophetic Min and desert tribe channeler Aviendha reaches fruition as the three band together as "first sisters". Rand's Two Rivers friend Mat Cauthon, whose adventures have taught him the military tactics needed for the Last Battle, has a wonderfully combative relationship with the Seanchan queen Tuon he "accidentally" married for reasons he can't quite sort out. For series fans, Lan and Nynaeve, Egwene and Gawyn, Perrin and Faile, and other romantic couples, all have their roles to play and hardships to endure. Among other things, Perrin, the blacksmith turned wolf pack leader, has a spectacular chase of the villainous Slayer in the dream world that spills into the real world battle royale.The series is a vast story with plenty to enjoy along the way. There were times I (and others) got frustrated with the "bloat" in some of the mid-series books, as Jordan's fascination with every inch of the enormous world he created detracted from the story's momentum. Sanderson's arrival on the scene for the last three books brought a welcome focus. And he has done a creditable job of bringing it all to conclusion, with some philosophical observations on good and evil, conveyed through the evolution in Rand's thinking, that suit the story and give the reader food for thought as well. For those unfamiliar with the series, give the first one, Eye of the World, a try. If it catches you up, then you have a whole lot of enjoyable reading ahead of you. Those who like the Game of Thrones series, for example, might find they like this one, too.
Review by DWWilkin
It is now over. After twenty years, and though Sanderson spent a good deal of time bringing this tale to a conclusion, this book made the epic last battle overly complex.I think almost every character that had lived through to this book had a line, a mention so you would know whether they lived or died, and most you would be able to fill in the blanks on what they were to do next. For some you had to extrapolate, while some characters died who you thought would surely live and some lived who you thought might die.Yet amongst those who lived, almost all our favorite gold shirts did, so some of the drama was taken away. And that there were so many to tell about, this last battle was nearly the entire book, so some of the complexity of plot was diminished. Where that had been what drove this series forward. When Jordan had gone from a trilogy (Remember when this was going to be a trilogy, and then four books, and then no more than five books...) the depth of plots became ginormous. It was what made the series so interesting. And here, the last battle, good versus evil, forces you to really and finally choose which side to fight on then. Get that battle over with and you can return to all the plans and doings.As we neared the end though, and in the prologue, you see that some things do not hold up and not enough attention is given to solving such matters. If food all over the land is spoiled so there is nothing to eat, people starve and they do so quite quickly. Sanderson gets trapped here and never really solves this. He seems to feed his army, but what of the many people who never left there homes faced with no edible food? They would perish. Logic says that someone should have called this out and some plot lines either laid down by Jordan or developed by Sanderson should have been cut.That they were not leaves that question hanging and makes me think that this was not tightly done. Nor the continued overrunning of the known world by the enemy forcing all the armies to one place. Yet for thousands of years the enemy has always been going to come at the allies from one direction and why not have the last battle where that had initially been planned. Generals will tell you never fight a two front war, and thus they must really hate a three front war. But one that has more than three should be impossible.That there is the last battle between the forces of men and others, and one between our uber-hero Rand, and the Dark One, would be more than enough. That so much of the climactic fighting had to be through a description that I found hard to relate to the two most powerful of spell casters meant to me that this too could have been worked on. I think back to TSRs War of the Wizards game so long ago. To a description by Katherine Kurtz in her Deryni books of wizards fighting and think that would have been much more relevant than how this battle progressed. If this was the way that Jordan envisioned his final struggle being portrayed, it also goes against many of the battles by those who could cast spells before. It goes against the sword training that Rand has related in his physical side. To me, it did not work.But again, it is over. Finished. I would have wanted more of the development of the characters, and less of this battle that had gone on and on and on. One day I will reread it all. Now, I can put it on my shelf and move onto something else.
Review by stuart10er
Finally. After some 18 years and nearly 13,000 pages, I have completed the entire series. The series that started me in writing a book journal since this was one long continuous narrative spread over fourteen novels and many, many years of writing and reading. I'm grateful to Mr. Sanderson for finishing it off, although it would have been much nicer to have read Jordan's wriring instead. The fact that Sanderson is a Mormom put some very weird twists on the plot thread with Rand and his three women as his wives or partners.<br/>Anyway - it was all wrapped up nicely. The Dark One is put back in his place and the bore is not sealed but completely made new. The world needs dark and light, that is the ultimate call here. A wonderfully non-Christian way of looking at things. The fact that Sanderson did not change this aspect of the story earns my great respect and thankfulness.