Jun 182011

Towers of Midnight (Wheel of Time, #13; A Memory of Light, #2)Towers of Midnight by Robert Jordan

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Brandon Sanderson does an admirable job working to complete the Wheel of Time as laid out by Robert Jordan. While Jordan began to get off on academic tangents and new subplots with excessive detail on new characters way to late in the series for a reader to care to become invested in them, Sanderson has kept to the existing story very well. The story moves along much more quickly, which is a good thing.

Sanderson continues to present the world of the Wheel of Time in much the same way Jordan did, and during action sequences or other less intimate scenes, it still feel like Jordan. Things start to come apart where dialog or character musings dominate the page. The dialog is jarringly modern, in a David Eddings he-said-she-said kind of way. The metaphors just don’t seem to emphasize and support the alternate world, but instead set it at odds. Still, it seems a small price to pay to get to see the story continue to unfold and, one can hope, come to a close.

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