How do you end a fourteen book series? How do you end a series that you didn’t start? How do you end a series that so many people have grown up with? Well, A Memory of Light does all of those things to an impressive degree.
Sanderson and the Wheel of Time team have done a wonderful job of drawing this series to a conclusion. It isn’t perfect, some plot lines could have been done with a little more time devoted to them, and a couple, I felt, had some underserved survivals. However, looking at the sheer number of threads opened up in the previous thirteen books, so many get closed in enjoyable and satisfying ways I have few complaints.
Having read Sanderson’s Cosmere works, I had little doubt he would stick the landing here, but I still worried. There was so much these final three books needed to do, and especially this final book. It did most of them solidly, and a few absolutely outstandingly.
I cannot express how glad I am to have gone on this journey. Jordan’s world has felt real to me, and in this year of self-isolation these characters have felt as real to me as a lot of my real friends. I need a little more time for everything to sink in, but I have no doubt that this is in my top three series of all time, and it may well be number one.
Look out for, “Why should you read The Wheel of Time?”coming when I have the ability to articulate my love of this series more clearly.
If you like epic fantasy, I have only one thing to say to you. Read this series.
Go forth and read.