Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Towers of Midnight by Robert Jordan & Brandon Sanderson

Title: Towers of Midnight (Book 13 Wheel of Time Series)
Author: Robert Jordan & Brandon Sanderson
Reviewer: Karen
Genre: Adult Fantasy
Rating: Like
Alerts/Warnings: Moderate Violence
Premise: "As the seals on the Dark One's prison crumble and the armies of the Shadow boil out of the Blight, Perrin Aybara, hunted by specters from his past, must seek answers in "Tel'aran'rhiod" and find a way to master the wolf within him--or lose himself to it forever. Meanwhile, Matrim Cauthon prepares for the most difficult challenge of his life, as The Tower of Ghenjei awaits." (King County Library System)
Opinions: My husband introduced me to this series as soon as we were married. In fact, my husband loves this series so much that he rereads it on a regular basis. I love the world that was originally created by Mr Jordan and the work that Brandon Sanderson is doing to complete this series after Mr. Jordan's passing a few years ago. There are few minor drawbacks to the Wheel of Time Series. First, is that the overall series is really detailed and therefore extremely long. Also, there are so many different characters that play vital rolls that some times it is hard to recall who is who. However, those characters are so detailed that they pop off the pages and become real to the reader as he/she delves into the story. The final drawback was a chronological confusion in regards to Tam Al'Thor. The events surrounding the group travelling with Perrin Aybara occur simultaneously to events in the previous book and you don't get caught up with the other stories until about two thirds of the way through the book. So there was some confusion when Rand's dad Tam seemed to be in multiple places at once. As long as you keep in mind that the that particular story archs is slightly out of chronological placing as to when everything else takes place, then you should be fine (I hope that made sense).

The Towers of Midnight is the second to last in this series and Brandon Sanderson is doing a fantastic job and beginning to tie up all the loose ends. The story continues to be compelling and made it hard to put the book down (but we still had to at times due to the need of sleep and cramping of the hands from holding the 800+ page book). As the story is beginning to wrap up I was pleased to see some happy events occurring and people getting to meet again after long absences from each other. However, as the book is drawing near to the Last Battle there are several battles and assassination attempts that may be gruesome for younger readers. Still I feel that the authors did a good job at not making them overly graphic.

Overall, this was a very good read and I'm eager to see how the story ends in the final volume tentatively scheduled for release sometime next year.

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