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Gardens of the Moon by Steven Erikson

After giving up on The Name of the Rose, I had no library books in the house to read. So, I turned to my Kindle and found an E-authored book to read! This was provided free by Tor as part of a monthly book club.

Published: 1999

Genre: epic fantasy

Length: 666 pages

Setting: various locations within the Malazan Empire Continue reading

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Kushiel’s Avatar by Jacqueline Carey

Published: 2003

Genre: epic fantasy

Length: 702 pages

Setting: from the world’s equivalent of Europe to the Middle East to Africa, 10 years after Kushiel’s Chosen

Interest: It’s the third Terra D’Ange book Continue reading

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Towers of Midnight by Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson

Published: 2010

Genre: epic fantasy

Length: 843 pages

Setting: the world of The Wheel of Time series, soon after the events of The Gathering Storm

Interest: It’s the 13th book in the Wheel of Time series with one left and I want to know how it all ends. Continue reading

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A Dance With Dragons by George R. R. Martin

Published: 2011

Genre: epic fantasy

Length: 1152 pages

Setting: the worlds surrounding Westeros, concurrent with events occurring in A Feast For Crows

Interest: I reread the Song of Ice and Fire last year (although it looks like I didn’t write up my summary of A Feast For Crows) and didn’t finish this book. Continue reading

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The Gathering Storm by Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson

Published: 2009

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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New Spring by Robert Jordan

Published: 2004

Genre: epic fantasy

Length: 334 pages

Setting: 20 years before the events of The Eye of the World, the first book in the Wheel of Time series

Interest: It’s a prequel to the Wheel of Time series, which has me very interested. I’m not sure how it escaped my attention for as long as it did. Continue reading

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Kushiel’s Chosen by Jacqueline Carey


Published: 2002

Genre: epic fantasy

Length: 700 pages

Setting: various countries around Terra D’Ange, soon after the events of Kushiel’s Dart

Interest: It’s the second Terra D’Ange book Continue reading

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