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review 2015-12-09 00:00
Towers of Midnight
Towers of Midnight - Robert Jordan,Brandon Sanderson This is the book that truly returned this series to fulfilling its potential, at least for me. Numerous story lines and subplots are finally wrapped up to clear the way for the Last Battle. Perrin has finally stepped into his role and begun to accomplish what he was responsible for all along. Mat has returned to his irreverent character while fully accepting his role as a reluctant hero. Rand has truly embraced his role and begun the leader that was needed.

Beyond these three main characters there was a powerful, though short, subplot involving Aviendha. Her visions of the future serve as a reminder that the Last Battle, while necessary for the survival of all, does not guarantee the survival of all. Egwene alternated between a competence and arrogance. She is a competent leader in the White Tower and demonstrates her skill at both politics and battle. However, her treatment of Gawyn is belittling to him and unbelievably irrational. While she accepts the need to moderate herself before sisters, she demands almost unquestioning obedience from Gawyn, even when she has not ordered him to do something. She grows angry and frustrated when he does not act in accordance with her unannounced wishes. Her treatment of Rand is similarly disheartening as she assumes that his course of action is wrong with out analyses or review. Elayne is similarly frustrating and continues to serve largely as a waste of attention in this series. Her political maneuvering is mediocre, though it is painted as genius in the story. However, this is all somewhat unraveled in her treatment of Perrin. By threatening Perrin she overplays her hand to gain exactly the fate she is attempting to avoid. Her standing with lords appears to be more important that taking a course of action that is necessary to prevent blood shed, and she seems blind to reason solely because her prerogative is not accepted unquestioningly. Brandon Sanderson has done a wonder with the female characters in this story, though there was only so much he could accomplish with the frustratingly arrogant and one dimensional creatures created by Robert Jordan.
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review 2015-02-19 18:33
That silver lining didn't last long
Towers of Midnight (Wheel of Time, #13; A Memory of Light, #2) - Robert Jordan,Brandon Sanderson,Kate Reading,Michael Kramer

The author change did improve the quality of the writing in the sense of cutting down the purple in the purplest of proses. But as a downside of the improved craft, it highlights the disturbing content of the writing.


The misogynistic taint that undermines the so-called-but-not-really-powerful-after-all strong women of the series. The ridiculous premise of gender determining and distinguishing how people use and control the fantasy magic. That this is nothing but the boyz's story. The harmful allusion that insanity can be cured.


All the things I've mentioned before and conveniently forgotten.


And to add insult to injury, the White Wizard of The Wheel of Time series doesn't save herself but is saved by three men.


I hope Jordan is enjoying his reborn life as a woman who hates all things Wheel of Time.








P.S. Still shipping Mat and Birgitta.


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text 2015-02-10 14:15
Have I mentioned...
Towers of Midnight (Wheel of Time, #13; A Memory of Light, #2) - Robert Jordan,Brandon Sanderson,Kate Reading,Michael Kramer

...how much I hate this book's (series', authors) attitude towards pregnant women?


Not to mention the subtle undermining of female authority in all forms.

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review SPOILER ALERT! 2013-05-17 01:58
Towers of Midnight
Towers of Midnight (Wheel of Time, #13; A Memory of Light, #2) - Robert Jordan,Brandon Sanderson

Caution: This review contains minor spoilers.


I have the impression that Brandon Sanderson, who has done an outstanding job with the Herculean task of finishing Robert Jordan's epic, The Wheel of Time, is tremendously fond of Perrin Aybara. I have this impression because there's an awful lot of Perrin in this book. I didn't count the chapters, but trust me: if you like Perrin, you'll like Towers of Midnight.


I don't dislike Perrin, but at this point in the story, there are several plot threads with rather interesting content, and I find most of those more engaging than his story. There's one in particular that I was dying to know about, and after 700 pages of mostly Perrin, I was getting extremely impatient. I won't post it here because it's too spoilery.


That's my primary complaint about Towers of Midnight, and it's why I'm giving the book four stars instead of five. I actually prefer the way Sanderson writes many of the characters, and if it had had more of any other character to balance the Perrin scales, I'd give it a higher rating.


On the plus side, Aviendha gets one of my two favorite scenes in the book; Mat gets the other. Again, I'll say no more, because they're both major spoilers.


PS: I still detest Tuon. I despise the way she treats Mat.


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review 2013-04-09 00:00
Towers of Midnight
Towers of Midnight - Robert Jordan,Brandon Sanderson,Kate Reading Another awesome chunk of the Wheel of Time series. Brandon Sanderson has done such a good job with these final three books! This one wasn’t quite as smooth as the previous book (lots of tense scenes happening simultaneously, with no break), but it was still very enjoyable. I’ve really enjoyed the addition of Androl and Pevara’s story. They lend a bit of intrigue and newness that the series probably needed at this point. Everything is gearing up toward the Last Battle, and the stuff happening at the Black Tower was definitely my favorite part of this book. I’m very much looking forward to seeing how it all ends in the final book![Reviews and more at Another Novel Read.]
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