Book Review: A MEMORY OF LIGHT by Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson

Genre: Fantasy
Age Range: Adult
Star Rating: 2 stars
Series: yes - final book!

*SPOILER ALERT: contains SPOILERS for THE EYE OF THE WORLD, THE GREAT HUNT, THE DRAGON REBORN, THE SHADOW RISING, THE FIRES OF HEAVEN, LORD OF CHAOS, A CROWN OF SWORDS, THE PATH OF DAGGERS, WINTER’S HEART, CROSSROADS OF TWILIGHT, KNIFE OF DREAMS, THE GATHERING STORM and TOWERS OF MIDNIGHT*

Synopsis:

Book cover for A MEMORY OF LIGHT: title in pink on mountain with pink sun behind it

In the Field of Merrilor the rulers of the nations gather to join behind Rand al’Thor, or to stop him from his plan to break the seals on the Dark One’s prison – which may be a sign of his madness, or the last hope of humankind. Egwene, the Amyrlin Seat, leans toward the former.

In Andor, the Trollocs seize Caemlyn.

In the wolf dream, Perrin Aybara battles Slayer.

Approaching Ebou Dar, Mat Cauthon plans to visit his wife Tuon, now Fortuona, Empress of the Seanchan.

All humanity is in peril – and the outcome will be decided in Shayol Ghul itself. The Wheel is turning, and the Age is coming to its end. The Last Battle will determine the fate of the world . .

Synopsis taken from Goodreads. Add to your shelves here.


Review:

And I am finally done! Series completed.

This is the big final battle book, but it once more lacked tension or forward momentum. It didn’t feel like the characters were in danger, DESPITE multiple deaths (I will say, I was impressed it did kill off some of the major characters, even if some seemed to come back to life later), and the whole Rand-fights-the-big-bad? I have no idea what was happening there.

That’s a major component of the entire battle sequence, but it was so hard to follow. It seemed like a series of visions? The problem was, it didn’t feel like a fight between them, like there was any struggle between them. They were showing each other images and yelling, but the why of that? No idea, which undercut that.

The last battle itself is a MARATHON to get through. The chapter bearing that name is 220 pages long, which drags it out. It feels endless, and not in a good way. Chapter breaks would have helped with tension rather than just turning pages and pages. Plus, the battles goes on another 70-odd pages after that chapter.

Before the last battle, there are supposedly four separate battle fronts underway. Unfortunately, during those several hundred pages, I could only name three – Egwene’s, Elayne’s, and Lan’s. I don’t think Perrin’s solo adventure was one of the four, so, yeah, that wasn’t very clear.

In all, about as good a finale as I was expecting from this series, and I am so glad it’s over with now.


Read my reviews of other books by Robert Jordan (and those completed by Brandon Sanderson):

The Wheel of Time (this series):

For books written by Brandon Sanderson that aren’t the completion of this series, see his entry in Book Review Index Sa

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