Genre: epic fantasy
Length: 766 pages
Setting: the world of The Wheel of Time series, soon after the events of Knife of Dreams
Interest: It’s the twelfth book in the Wheel of Time series. I’ve invested this much time – I need to see it to the end.
Summary: Lots of little things happen to get everyone ready for the final battle. Rand is trying to unite all the lands so the they can fight the Dark One together. He fails to get a peace treaty with the Seachen. Instead, the Daughter of the Nine Moons declares herself Empress and stages an attack on the White Tower in order to leash as many of the Aes Sadai as they can. Egwene has been at the White Tower. Elaida, the improperly elected Amrhyn, has been trying to break her and failing. Egwene is successful at defending the White Tower and is formally elected Amrhyn (after Elaida is taken by the Seachen), bringing a reconciliation with the rebels.
Final thoughts: A good book that I sped through. I didn’t notice a big change in style, since Jordan died before he could do more than outline the end of the series. There were a few times it was a bit too descriptive for my tastes. I’m just not interested in what the Taraboners wore compared to the Domanis.
For 700 pages, the summary doesn’t seem like much happened, but we followed the action from 10-15 different characters’ viewpoints. I was most disappointed with a lack of Matt and Perrin in the story, and Elayne never even showed up. Even so, I still highly enjoyed the book and am looking forward to the next one.
Title comes from: The weather throughout the book was overcast and everyone remarks that it felt like a storm was about to break. Plus, the Dark One is gathering his forces for the last battle.
Reading challenges fulfilled: None since this is a review of a book from a previous year.
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