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  • Paperback: 848 pages
  • Publisher: Orbit (18 Sept. 2014)
  • ISBN-10: 0356503968
  • ISBN-13: 978-0356503967
  • Product Dimensions: 12.5 x 4.1 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (197 customer reviews)
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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 --This text refers to the Perfect Paperback edition.

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The twelth novel in the Wheel of Time series - one of the most influential and popular fantasy epics ever published.

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369 of 373 people found the following review helpful By A. Whitehead TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 28 Oct. 2009
Format: Hardcover
The Gathering Storm is the twelfth volume in The Wheel of Time series and the first released since Robert Jordan's unfortunate death in 2007. Jordan spent his final months amassing and dictating a significant amount of notes, outlines and chapter summaries for another writer to use to finish the series. Previously, Jordan had indicated he'd wipe his hard drive to stop someone else completing his work, but with him being so close to the end of the story he changed his mind, trusting his wife and editor, Harriet, and his publisher Tom Doherty to find a writer capable of finishing the series well. In theory, it should have led to disaster: typically one writer finishing a series begun by another is an atrocious idea that only leads to very bad books (note the vomit-inducing new Dune novels and the ill-advised Amber continuations). The only example I can think of this working was when Stella Gemmell completed her late husband David's final novel in fine form, but the amount of work required to bring Wheel of Time to a conclusion required an altogether different level of commitment and effort from Brandon Sanderson.

Almost unbelievably, Sanderson has pulled it off. In his introduction he hopes the differences between his style and Jordan, whilst unavoidably noticeable, will be comparable to a different (but still good) director taking over your favourite movie series but all the actors remaining the same. This isn't a bad analogy at all, and whilst there are a few moments in The Gathering Storm where you think, "I don't think Robert Jordan would have done things quite like that," there's never a moment where you think, "He definitely wouldn't have done that at all!" which is vital.
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49 of 50 people found the following review helpful By Salters on 28 Oct. 2009
Format: Hardcover
I have read the Wheel of Time books avidly for 10 years and have being waiting for this volume for 4 years and it was worth the wait. When I heard that Brandon Sanderson would be replacing Robert Jordan I was sceptical about the final book as I did not feel it would flow narratively and I was further worried when they split the final volume into 3 separate books. However my fears were for nothing as the book flows well from start to finish and as a fan of the series I could not spot any obvious parts written by one of the other author.

The plot of the book is excellent with the plot lines for Egwene and Rand advancing a great deal. The plot for Egwene is especially good and gets the book feeling like the first few in the series. The main flaw with the book is the plots for Perrin and Mat are not advanced a great deal but that was to be expected with the split in publication so that there would be a resolution at the end of the this book instead of leaving it completely hanging. The book has some great scenes including a brilliantly orchestrated battle sequence. We also finally get to find out what side Verin is on and it still leaves you wondering about her.

My final conclusion about this book is that it is amongst my favourites for the series and that I can't wait for the Towers of Midnight to come out next year.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By J. Jensen on 10 Nov. 2009
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I swallowed this book in 3 days, doing little else but reading.
At first I was somewhat wary often catching myself in critically waiting and watching for style breaking segments, whereupon I could go; Ahaha!!!! youre not worthy mister Sanderson!.
But to my surprise and gladness I found nothing to be critical about. I truely enjoyed reading The gathering storm, and although I dread the outcry from RJs devoted fans, I found Sandersons writing style more palatable and enjoyable to read.
I feel he has kept the spirit of all of the characters and remained true to their personalities, strengths and weaknesses. I also thought he made some of them even more relatable and because of that more engaging and interesting to read about.

I also want to thank Sanderson for finally giving Rand the freedom to do some serious butt-kicking when it comes to the selfrighteous annoying female characters he has been surrounded by for ages.

I certainly feel a lot happens in The Gathering Storm, a lot more of the plot unravels and a lot of loose ends are tied up in this book. And while it ends with some lose threads left in the balance, it ends on a highnote and with more optimism than I can recall from any of the other books.

It is well worth your money to buy this installment, and I cant wait for the next one. This was truely a positive surprise and Im glad Sanderson was picked to do this job, because right now I cant really think of anyone who could have been so unselfish in his writing and so dedicated to honoring another mans work. I think he shines through, but in the only way he can without ruining Jordans great saga. That in itself is a great feat indeed, and I am very glad he manages so well.
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37 of 38 people found the following review helpful By AnetteF on 28 Oct. 2009
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'The Gathering Storm' is the latest instalment in Robert Jordan's epic 'The Wheel of Time' series and has been written by Brandon Sanderson based on notes and directives by the late Robert Jordan. As always, to new readers I would recommend that you start with the first book of a series which in this case is 'The Eye of the World'.

For existing readers... relax! Yes, like everybody else, I too was on tenterhooks, wondering if Brandon would be up to the job. My own opinion (judging by what I have read and heard shared by many other fans) is that yes, whilst not being the great man himself, Sanderson has acquitted himself with honour.

The book is fast paced, indeed positively racing compared to lets say 'Crossroads of Twilight' and a gripping read. For large parts of the book you will forget that this is not Robert Jordan writing as you re-acquaint yourself with characters and events. I am glad to say that whilst we are given some background information the author does not waste pages trying to re-hash everything that went on before(I recommend [...] for research).

We have two main story arcs one involving Rand and the other Egwene and both of them provide a lot of excitement. As a fan of Egwene's character, I was especially thrilled with the way her story developed. We do not see that much of Mat and Perrin, apparently they will be taking centre stage in the next book, and Elayne does not appear in person at all.

We get answers to some long running puzzles, Verin for example, and in fact, whereas Jordan seemed to add another two questions for every one answer given, this book is more the other way round. A lot of plot threads are cut, combined, resolved, dissolved etc. in other words, this book is a 'The Wheel of Time' de-clutter exercise.
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