>Robert Jordan / Brandon Sanderson – Towers of Midnight (Wheel of Time book 13)

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Tarmon Gai’don is upon us.  The last battle with The Dark One is here.  I know, I know, it’s been coming for at least 3 books now, but truly, it’s here.  Towers of Midnight by Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson is book 13 out of 14 in The Wheel of Time series.

In Towers of Midnight, Perrin’s ongoing conflict with the Whitecloaks and his Wolf Dreams get settled; the Moiraine saga finally comes to a conclusion.  To be honest, I didn’t very much care for Perrin and his issues (I actually completely forgot about the Whitecloaks).  Odd because Perrin is probably my favourite character in the entire series.  Anyways, his fight in the Wolf Dreams was breathtaking and made everything else worthwhile.  The authors of this book did a masterful job in narrating three battles that happened simultaneously.

What I felt was handled particularly poorly were two events that “went back in time”.  Basically something happened from one persons point of view and then the events were retold from another person’s point of view later in the book.  I don’t remember this being an issue in prior books so I’ll have to go back and see how Robert Jordan, and other authors, deal with his situation.  I believe another character just tells other characters in the past tense rather than the present tense.

I was not satisfied with the conclusion of the Moiraine saga.  I feel like more attention needed to be paid to this plot because of the amount of build up to it.

Aviendha showed up twice in the book and both times I felt her presence was forced.  The first time she met some random Aiel woman on the road and they started talking philosophy.  The sole purpose of that random woman was so Aviendha can talk philosophy with her.  Then the 2nd time she was shown the future of the races many generations after the last battle.  So that tells us

  1. who won the last battle and
  2. who survives

it was also so out of place that I found the entire piece excruciatingly long (even though it really wasn’t).

Not much more I can say about the book.  Towers of Midnight did what it needed to do: wrapped up some loose ends and prepared us for Tarmon Gai’don.  Let’s be honest here, if you made it to this review and this book in the series, you very well are going to finish the series.  Just read it and enjoy, but keep in mind, out of the last 3 books, The Gathering Storm, Towers of Midnight, and A Memory of Light, Towers of Midnight has the most original Brandon Sanderson material (based on interviews).

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