April 27, 2012

Review : Towers of Midnight by Robert Jordan

Title : Towers of Midnight
Author : Robert Jordan
Reading Dates : 22 Feb 2012 - 28 Feb 2012
Total Pages :941
The Wheel of Time

From Amazon :
The Last Battle has started. The seals on the Dark One’s prison are crumbling. The Pattern itself is unraveling, and the armies of the Shadow have begun to boil out of the Blight.
The sun has begun to set upon the Third Age.
Perrin Aybara is now hunted by specters from his past: Whitecloaks, a slayer of wolves, and the responsibilities of leadership. All the while, an unseen foe is slowly pulling a noose tight around his neck. To prevail, he must seek answers in Tel’aran’rhiod and find a way--at long last--to master the wolf within him or lose himself to it forever.
Meanwhile, Matrim Cauthon prepares for the most difficult challenge of his life. The creatures beyond the stone gateways--the Aelfinn and the Eelfinn--have confused him, taunted him, and left him hanged, his memory stuffed with bits and pieces of other men’s lives. He had hoped that his last confrontation with them would be the end of it, but the Wheel weaves as the Wheel wills. The time is coming when he will again have to dance with the Snakes and the Foxes, playing a game that cannot be won. The Tower of Ghenjei awaits, and its secrets will reveal the fate of a friend long lost.
This penultimate novel of Robert Jordan’s #1 New York Times bestselling series--the second of three based on materials he left behind when he died in 2007--brings dramatic and compelling developments to many threads in the Pattern. The end draws near.
Dovie’andi se tovya sagain. It’s time to toss the dice.

Book Review of Towers of Midnight.

Since the previous book, The Gathering Storm, it seems like I’ve been caught in a whirlwind, the excitement and revelations coming almost non-stop throughout the entire story. At no point, did I want to stop reading. Even events affecting the minor characters in the world of the Wheel of Time feel weighty and has me wondering what happens next.

The most fun I had in the book though was with the 3 male protagonists. I enjoyed their parts in the tale here because each of them seems to have come in their own. Not only have they gained confidence in their choices, they’re actually impressing or confounding many who have considered them to be fools, especially the women. Even putting them off balance at times. It was about time to have them put in their place.

As for my usual complain about the female characters in the series, they’re not so annoying here but I do think that Egwene has made too many wrong choices here. And I’m guessing that her hiding of certain facts to preserve the image of the White Tower will have a severe impact on the Last Battle. It will be interesting to see how things play out.

What more can I say ? At the end of the book, I wished that I had the last book in hand because I wanted to read it now. This next year is going to be a long wait.

My conclusions :

  • Would I re-read the book ? Definitely.
  • Would I want to read the next book in the series ? Yes.
  • Would I want to own my personal copy if I didn’t already own it ? Yes.
  • Who would I recommend this too? All fantasy readers.
  • For those looking to read the book, would I recommend buying or borrowing the book? Buy it. The series is a keeper.

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