Genre: epic fantasy
Length: 909 pages
Setting: the Wheel of Time universe
Interest: It’s the 14th and final book in the Wheel of Time series.
Summary: We are finally at the Last Battle so we see all the last-minute maneuvering of the Forsaken and the forces of Light. A giant Trolloc army is threatening the inhabited lands at several points. Rand forces a peace between all the nations (including the Seachan) so they can combine and fight the Trollocs on multiple fronts. The forces of Light are nearly defeated by the Forsaken several times (a group of rogue Aiel with male channelers shows up, lead by a Forsaken, the Asha’men are controlled by one of the Forsaken who is Turning Asha’men to the Dark One, one of the Forsaken is manipulating the major generals of the four armies through their dreams, etc.). Mat takes charge of the armies, using all of his memories to win. Perrin protects Rand from Slayer in the World Dream. Rand battles the Dark One, ultimately reforging his prison.
Final thoughts: A sweeping, grandiose, and satisfying end to this series that I’ve been reading over a decade. This is definitely not the book to start on. If you don’t want to read the 10,000 or so pages of the series, the author has recommended starting at book 10 or so. Personally, I’ve enjoyed the whole series immensely, and was quite happy with how it ended. In fact, I had a hard time putting it down, which is problematic when the book is nearly 1000 pages long.
As for this book, the amount of ground that had to be covered to get everyone in the right position and fighting a long series of battles was immense, but it happened. We also got to see the battle from almost all the named characters, it seemed like. In fact, one of the hardest things in reading this series is keeping all the characters and factions straight. Not everyone made it to the end (although Jordan and Sanderson are not as cruel as Martin in that respect). Not all the mysteries were explained (I would have like to know more about Cadsuane, personally), but that’s OK. It was still enjoyable.
Title comes from: It’s the final battle against the Dark One and it’s the memory of Light that sustain Rand in his battle.
Reading challenges fulfilled: 35/100 in the Read-a-Latte Challenge