The Gathering Storm

The Gathering Storm

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Rand al'Thor, the Dragon Reborn, struggles to unite a fractured network of kingdoms and alliances in preparation for the Last Battle. Meanwhile, Egwene al'Vere, the Amyrlin Seat of the rebel Aes Sedai, is being held captive by the White Tower. Knowing the Seanchan attack is imminent, she fights to hold the Aes Sedai together in an epic contest that will prove the mettle of her followers and will decide the future of the White Tower---and possibly the world itself. The first of three novels that will make up "A Memory of Light" and mark the conclusion of the Wheel of Time.
Publisher: New York : Tor, 2009
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780765302304
0765302306
9780765324160
0765324164
9780765341532
0765341530
9780765337832
0765337835
9780356503967
0356503968
9781841491653
9781841492414
1841492418
1841491659
Branch Call Number: SF JORDAN
Characteristics: 783 pages ; 25 cm
Additional Contributors: Sanderson, Brandon

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mellis5
Feb 25, 2020

Pacing wise, the foot is on the pedal throughout this novel as the chess pieces fall into place for the final conflict. It's simply a shame that Jordan wasn't around to render the events of this book, however, as Sanderson's turn at the wheel results in plenty of collateral damage: amateurish prose, unrecognizable characters, and nauseating attempts at humor, to name a few of the most egregious injuries. Still, a worthwhile read, if only to daydream about what might have been.

YLPLTEENBOOKBLOG Aug 12, 2019

Gathering of Storms seemed to be the height of Rand’s perpetual madness. The constant mistrust and deceit from individuals led to a breaking point that is exploited within the novel. Rand’s removal of forsaken and attempts to unite humanity under one banner leave his closest friends horrified as he simply removes people from existence. Lews Therin continues to drive Rand mad. Despite this being the last novel he had worked on personally, Robert Jordan’s illustration of the Wheel of Times world is something rare and far between. The last three books of this series certainly feel as if they should have been one individual book. All and all though this book is another great piece of literature. Rating 4.5/5 @Ezekiel_Hannegan of the Yorba Linda Public Library Teen Book Bloggers

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Chinderixx
Dec 08, 2018

The Gathering Storm is such a great improvement over the last few Wheel of Time books, it's almost surprising. The plot that slowed down around A Crown of Swords actually starts moving again and stuff happens! While Brandon Sanderson's writing style is different than Robert Jordan's, I enjoyed it and found it less confusing. The characters seemed pretty much the same to me and I have to say that Sanderson did a good job.
This book mostly focuses on Rand and Egwene, but that was fine with me. I think that Egwene should really be considered the main heroine of this novel as we finally see the White Tower conflict resolved and see her have a somewhat happy conclusion at the end. Rand was kind of dislikable for most of this book because his insanity reaches its peak and he was just really cold and mean. (Although it looks like he changes at the end, but I can't be too sure). I also really liked how many of the characters reflected on their previous adventures from past books. This was something that I noticed they did not do before. I also should add that another thing that I liked was how Brandon Sanderson did not spend unnecessary amounts of time on what the female characters were wearing like Robert Jordan did. Anyways, while I thought that this book was a little extreme at times, I think that it was interesting and I am excited to continue onto Towers of Midnight and see where the plot goes next.

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jibb
Jul 23, 2012

Brandon Sanderson does a good job picking up the series in this book. He writes close enough to Robert Jordan's style to keep the series flowing smoothly, but tones down some of the authorial tics that started to grate after eight thousand or so pages of Jordan's writing. (So much braid-tugging, dismissive sniffing, and "wool-headed sheepherder"ing.) The plot keeps moving (a good change after the dragging Crossroads of Twilight), and we can see the Last Battle drawing near.

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julia_sedai
Mar 01, 2012

Brandon Sanderson does such a good job on this book! I like how he didn't try to mimic Robert Jordan's style, but just wrote in his own style. Although this makes it seem different from Robert Jordan's books, it is still great! He really picks up the series and gets it moving along.

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AGaasenbeek
Nov 29, 2010

After almost becoming fed up with the series because of incredibly slow progress, I am happy to say that this installment reignited the magic for me. Faster pace, consistent writing, enjoyable all in all.

aaronjacklin Sep 09, 2010

My wife read it first and I could tell it wasn't Jordan by glancing at a random page - shorter paragraphs and more dialogue per page.

When I finally got to read it, none of that mattered. Sanderson doesn't try to copy Jordan's style. Instead he gets the spirit of the world and the characters right.

The story moves quickly and resolves a major conflict that has been building for at least half the series. Can't wait for the next installment.

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Haldenj
Sep 03, 2010

This is one of the best books in the Wheel of Time series. I cannot wait to see how it concludes in the next two volumes.

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polarbear790
Jul 24, 2010

I really enjoyed this volume in the Wheel of Time series. Don't know if most die-hard Robert Jordan fans will but I think Sanderson did a good job of maintaining Jordan's style. This volume moved along a bit faster than some of the previous eleven, partly because of the events themselves.
I liked that the various plot threads 1) were visited more often so I did not forget what was going on there and 2) are beginning to come together.

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torna001
Jun 10, 2010

I absolutely loved this book and welcomed the fresh perspective by Sanderson. Moves along at a more rapid pace then Jordan and doesn't seem to get bogged down.
Keeps true to Jordan's characters, although Mat was a bit serious in this one.
Can't wait for the next book!

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Chinderixx
Dec 09, 2018

"You may not have a choice about which duties are given you. But you can choose why you fulfill them." -Tam al'Thor

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Chinderixx
Dec 09, 2018

TAM: "So I won't stand any whining on the subject."
RAND: "I wasn't whining-"
TAM: "I know. Kings don't whine, they deliberate."

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Chinderixx
Dec 09, 2018

"We all think to change the future, Egwene. I think I might just have a chance at doing so." -Verin Sedai

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Chinderixx
Dec 09, 2018

"How do I outthink an enemy I know is smarter than I am?"-Rand al'Thor

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Chinderixx
Dec 09, 2018

"Dream on my behalf, Nynaeve. Dream for things I no longer can." -Rand al'Thor

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Chinderixx
Dec 09, 2018

MAT: "We're trying to rescue you!"

JOLINE: "Do we look like we need rescuing?"

MAT: "Well, you're still here, aren't you?"

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Chinderixx
Dec 09, 2018

"We can't go back, Mat. The Wheel has turned, for better or worse. And it will keep on turning, as lights die and forests dim, storms call and skies break. Turn it will. The Wheel is not hope, and the Wheel does not care, the Wheel simply is. But so long as it turns, folk may hope, folk may care. For with light that fades, another will eventually grow, and each storm that rages must eventually die. As long as the Wheel turns." -Thom

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Chinderixx
Dec 08, 2018

"As the plow breaks the earth shall he break the lives of men, and all that was shall be consumed in the fire of his eyes. The trumpets of war shall sound at his footsteps, the ravens feed at his voice, and he shall wear a crown of swords." -Egwene al'Vere

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Chinderixx
Dec 08, 2018

SORILEA: "We have to do something about that man, He has grown worse since we last met.

CADSUANE: "He has. He's surprisingly accomplished at ignoring my training."

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Chinderixx
Dec 08, 2018

"You press us for results, boy. And yet you deny us the tools we need to get them. Whether you name it torture, questioning, or baking, I call it foolishness." -Cadsuane Sedai

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Dec 08, 2018

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Dec 08, 2018

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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Gathering_Storm_(novel)

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Chinderixx
Dec 08, 2018

Violence: Some scenes of descriptive blood and gore. There is also some off page violence mentioned.

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