The huge task of ending the series Robert Jordan created, is so monumental it would scare most people off. Luckily, Brandon Sanderson wasn’t scared, and that gave all of us Wheel of Time-fans a hope of someday seeing the bookline finished.
The book is, of course, good. Originally meant to be the finishing twelth book of the series, the script became so huge that it is now the first of the ending trilogy, making it the twelth book out of fourteen. The story lines are continued in a way that follows up with the world that we’ve previously gotten to know through Jordan’s pen. We follow each of the main characters on their adventures, maintaining all of the time an infuriating feeling of suspense. The people we know are changing, for better and for worse. Mat, Perrin and Rand are still in different places. Mat has seperated from Tuon, and finds himself back with the band. We don’t hear much about him in this book. Tuon is back with the Seanchan, now an Empress, and even though We’ve come to like her during the last book, it’s annoying to see her clashing against Rand and the rest of the world, making mistakes based on predjudice and misassumptions. Perrin is not being in focus in this book either, but we get a sense that something is changing about him and his relationships. Rand is maybe the one changing the most, and during the book, we see an even darker side of him, where he’s affected by the long-dead madman in his head. At lest for Rand, there is a breakthrough at the end of the book, making everything a bit less frustrating.
Egwene is also an important character of this book, and everything she does and discovers in the divided Tower, makes this book really exciting. Next to the main theme of Rand’s struggle with his own mind, this is the story that keeps everything moving forward. We also get a long expected glimpse of Tam, who in this book has made his way back into the series.
Many might say that Sanderson makes a good job of blending in with the previous author’s way of writing. I agree that even though Jordan was a remarkable writer, it would be tiresome to read all the eleven other books in a row because of his intricate descriptions and his way of almost repeating certain things. But then again, that was part of what made the Wheel of Time-books for me, and I must admit that even though Sanderson is a splendid writer, it annoyed me that I sometimes got distracted while reading because I knew Jordan would never write it that way. Still, that’s just my opinion, and the book is still very, very good, and has an ending worthy to be a part of the Wheel of Time-books.
I think you’ll like it.