The Gathering Storm by Robert Jordan & Brandon Sanderson Review

The Gathering Storm is book twelve in the Wheel of Time and the first book released after Robert Jordan’s death. Brandon Sanderson took the reins for the series and this is the first of the three books Sanderson wrote in this series.

As you can probably guess by the fact I am at book twelve, I really enjoy this series. The previous book, Knife of Dreams, really was a return to form in my eyes, after a few weaker entries. The Gathering Storm continues in the same vein and is another strong book in this series. In fact it might be my favourite Wheel of Time book so far, it is most definitely in the top two with The Shadow Rising.

We pick up the story immediately following the events of book eleven. Some of those events we get a lot of follow up to, others are clearly being left for the next book. We get very minimal view points from Perrin, a few more from Aviendha, Nynaeve and Matt, with literally zero from Elayne. Rand is a big part of this book and I love the work put into his development. But being real, this is Egwene’s book and I couldn’t be happier about that.

The Gathering Storm has a couple of my favourite moments from the series so far, and multiple times had me audibly cheering or just laughing with excitement. This is so different from the slog of books nine and ten. This isn’t a glacially paced story with little happening, but a big event at the end to try and save it. There is always something happening and if it’s not immediately plot relevant it is at least interesting in and of itself.

I can’t say too much without spoilers, but by the end of this book I can really see the way everything is going to come together. This series is looking to build into one of the most epic climaxes in fantasy.

Absolutely loved this.

5 Stars


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