3 October 2014

Review: Towers of Midnight - Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson (13 of 14)

Just a quick warning before I start. This review will contain spoilers from the previous books! So if you do not want to know until you have read it I suggest you put off reading this for a little bit.

Rand Al'Thor has returned to the Light and the hope of the world has been restored, but now he must avoid battle with the Dark lest he face Tarmon Gai'don too early and destroy all hope given by the Prophecies of the Dragon. Egwene Al'Vere has repelled the Seanchan assault of the White Tower, now she must turn her attention to the Forsaken lurking in their midst. Perrin Aybara faces justice but as the Shadows trap closes he must unite with his accusers or fall. Elayne Trakand continues her quest to unite the countries of Andor and Cairhien under her rule so she can bring them to the Last Battle. Aviendha sets out to complete her final test to become a Wise One but what will be a right of passage could turn into a quest to save the Aiel from themselves. The Black Tower is under the control of the shadow and only those still loyal to Logain can do anything to reclaim their sanctuary. Matt Cauthon finally sets out on his quest to rescue Moiraine from the Tower of Ghenjei but what will the price of her freedom be? And will they all make it out alive?

Towers of Midnight is the thirteenth of fourteen books in Robert Jordan's fantasy series The Wheel of Time. The book in the second to be ghostwritten by Brandon Sanderson after the tragic death of Robert Jordan, but gives credit to both. It is the second of the three books that comprises what Jordan had meant to be the final book of the series. Upon its release the book went straight to number one in the New York Times Best Sellers List.

This book is very well written and acts as a perfect set up to the final book in the series. The main thing we see from this book is the development of Rand Al'Thor. We have seen him as a man given his power by prophecy up to this point but in this book he takes on an almost divine quality that makes him seem more powerful than ever. We see all three of our main protagonists finally accept the mantle of heroes as they all have to make sacrifices to save the world. We also see the first couple of skirmishes that are the very beginning of Tarmon Gai'don fought by the armies that Rand Al'Thor has placed in the Borderlands, as the rest of the world is yet to unite.

Another very good read with a fast pace throughout that keeps your jumping around from character to character so you never lose interest. This books acts as a perfect set up for the final book, tying up a lot of loose ends and setting the character up perfectly for Tarmon Gai'don.