“There are no endings, and never will be endings, to the turning of the Wheel of Time.
But it was an ending.”
A Memory of Light by Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson is the 14th (15th if you count the prequel) book in the Wheel of Time Series, following Towers of Midnight. It is also the final book in this epic fantasy series. As the synopsis above says, this series began in 1990 (I started reading it 15 years ago) and so spans decades of fandom. The complete series is nearly 12,000 pages and over 4 million words of reading. And it. is. so. worth it.
I feel a mix of satisfaction and sadness having come to the end of it. I’ve waited so long for the culmination of the story, that I’m going to have to get used to the idea that it’s over. I’m working on it. As far as this book goes, I will say that it is thrilling. It is epic. I laughed, I cried, I held my breath, I sighed big deep sighs of sadness and relief. To read this story is to live it, y’all.
To discuss the ending of such an epic series is difficult without spoilers. If you haven’t read this book, or this series at all, stop reading here. You need to read it, and I don’t want to ruin it for you.
I knew that there would be deaths when it came down to last battle, but I was so sad about lost characters anyway. I was so sad about Egwene, but even more so about Gawyn. To me he was one of the more heartbreaking characters because he so deserved to be a hero. Instead his attempts at saving the day just became a reason for the enemy to taunt us more. And, oh, Gareth Bryne and Siuan. I just can’t.
I was so please that our three boys survived though, and the loves of their lives. Indeed, one of my favorite moments at the end of the book was when Perrin found Faile. So, so sweet.
The only thing that left me feeling somewhat unsatisfied was Tuon and the Seanchan. I wanted her to face the fact that she can channel. I wanted them to face the lies they’d been telling themselves about women (and men!) who can channel. I was so frustrated that the injustice of that continued. Although, I’m not going to lie, seeing Moghedien in an a’dam at the end of all things was pretty awesome.
Really, I feel pretty content with how things ended up. It was such a long time coming, I’m glad this book about the last battle did not disappoint!
I give it: