The Gathering Storm

by MW Cook

We’ve been holding our breaths for a long time.  But now it’s finally out.  The Gathering Storm.

Many Wheel of Time fans have been worried and disappointed over the years.  The first half dozen or so books in the series were wonderful.  After that…things started to drag on a little.  Don’t even get me started on book ten, Crossroads of Twilight.  I think one thing happened in the whole book.

But we kept on reading.  Why?  The plot was incredible.  The story was huge.  We fell in love with the characters (or we hated certain ones so much we just wanted to see them fall).  For some reason or other we endured the low points in the series to reach the point we’re at now.

And then Mr. Jordan died.

We’ve been worried ever since.  Branden Sanderson, his replacement, is a very good writer.  But how would he be able to hold that massive torch that Jordan left behind?  Was there any reason to hope that he would be able to fill those shoes?

I’m almost done The Gathering Storm.  And let me tell you something.  Sanderson pulls his wieght.  And then some.

For those of you who gave up on the series, I have a plea: Don’t give up yet!  Pick up whatever book you were on because The Gathering Storm redeems silly problems like book ten and all other plot-dragging from the other books.

I may be called a fool for saying this, but I believe this book may be the best in the series.  I’m not sure yet, but it’s at least in the top three.

The plot is moving at an incredible pace now.  Not only are my questions being answered, but I’m having fun.

If you’re into fantasy, I commend The Wheel of Time to you.  If you’ve tried and given up on the series, I encourage you to give it a shot.  If you’ve been worried about someone else finishing Jordan’s masterpiece, don’t be.

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