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Review of a Memory of Light

Donald Bruce Cowin



blog-0056953001361468873.jpgI have read "The Wheel of Time" series, again and again, sometimes reading each entry, as many as 6 times. I know the story and the story line, backwards and forwards. I consider myself a HUGE fan. That being said, I find myself disappointed and let down by the final installment in the series. There was much left out and many loose ends left untied. These are just a few of the discrepancies I found, which left me dissatisfied. After Moraine was rescued, there is no mention of her bonding Thom, or marrying him, and no real reunion between the major characters. After Mat loses his eye, why doesn't he return to see Elayne, Brigitte, Perrin, and Rand, before heading off to see Tuon. It would have made more sense. There should also have been a brief period, where Tuon and Mat could have enjoyed some time together, before the final battle against the Dark One. Rand should have had some time to spend with both Elaine, Min, and Aviendha. Egwene should have had time to consolidate her rule over the White Tower and whatever happened to the second planned raid by the Seanchan. Gawyn was built up as a swordsman, better than any other. He had beaten the warder, Sleete, and another warder, at the same time. Sleete had beaten Al' Lan Mandragoran a few times, when sparring, and yet when facing Demandred, wearing three rings of power, that blurred his image and enhanced his speed and strength, he was easily defeated and killed, while Galad, who was also great with a sword, but not as good as Gawyn, without the rings, was able to hold his own for a while. I will grant that Al' Lan Mandragoran is the best of the three, but this aspect of the story left me dissatisfied. Egwene never invited her parents to the White Tower to witness her marriage to Gawyn, which also never happened. The Traveling People never found the song, Loial never addressed the Great Stump, and the situation at the Black Tower was anti-climactic, after being built up in the previous installments. The overall affect was that many parts of the story didn't get the treatment that they deserved, leaving gaps, and disappointment. There should have been two books. One to tie the many loose ends together and one to fight the final battle. As I said, I am a HUGE fan, and have read all of "The Wheel of Time", over and over, again. I have read , "The Memory of Light", three times since buying it, after waiting with great eagerness and anticipation, for its release. I was saddened to see that the final book was a let down.


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I am 2 weeks removed from reading the last chapter of "Memory of Light" and feel the same. The more I think of the last book the more sticks out at me for loose ends and questions that were not answered. What happened to the Shaido? And again...the lost song...I was so excited to finally reach the climax of the series. And now left with such disappointment. Gawyn's death was a good death and I did like how Demandred met his demise. Was really shocked to see Egwene die off...I thought Perring would wake from the dream before she did. In hindsight it feels as if Mr. Sanderson and TOR rushed the last installment out just to get the Jordan fans who have been screaming for the Wheel Of Time books to be released and brushed the series off as a lost cause. I know that Mr. Jordan left his final notes for Sanderson to pick up his pieces and all but, I believe that he has to be turning in his grave with how his masterpiece was ended.

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Yes I agree. The final three books have been such a let down. I'm a huge fan and the books have been such a major part of my growing up. I know that many people didn't like the introduction of so many minor characters but I love it because it flesh out the story and add such degree of realism to the much plowed tale of unlikely heroes thrust into centre stage of the world on the brink of cataclysm. I find the minor characters and their threads in the story illustrate the  complexity of the Lace of Age. I was interested in seeing how their future unfold and wether or not Min's viewing of them come true and how it can come true. The ambiguity of the prophecy and Min's viewing were like an extra dimension that add flavour to the story. All the subtlety and passion in character development is lost I think in fovour of finishing the book.

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So I'm thinking about writing some "Fan fiction", I'd like to wrap up the loose ends, and give myself some closure (lol). I'd like to see both Avienda and Min, with child. I'd like to see Loyal go back to Shedding Shangtai, as a hero. I'd like to see Perrin and Zarine go to Saldea and assume the throne. I'd like to see Lan and Ninaeve begin rebuilding Malkire, and maybe a baby in their future. I'd like to see Rand enjoy life, and have a few adventures. I'd like him to find the "Traveling People" and teach them the "Song", since he has all the old memories now. I want to take Mat and Tuon, to her homeland and restore order there, and maybe have a large battle with those people with the tattoos. I'd like to see Perrin find a litter of wolf pups, and have one of them be the reincarnation of "Hopper". The Creator owes these boys some peace, love, and happiness. I'd like to make it happen. Just thinking out loud.

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