Towers of Midnight

Towers of Midnight

Book - 2010
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The penultimate novel in The Wheel of Time series. 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. This novel brings dramatic and compelling developments to many threads in the pattern. The end draws near.
Publisher: New York : Tor, 2010.
ISBN: 9780765325945
Characteristics: 861 pages :,illustrations, maps (some color) ;,25 cm.
Additional Contributors: Sanderson, Brandon - Author

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Chinderixx
Dec 15, 2018

PERRIN: "How are you going to protect yourself?"
MAT: With my wits."
PERRIN: "Planning to find some of those, then? About time."

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Chinderixx
Dec 15, 2018

PERRIN: "You know, Mat. Your wife is probably going to expect you to be taught table manners."
MAT: "Oh, I've been taught. I just never learned."

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Chinderixx
Dec 15, 2018

"When change comes, you can scream and try to force things to stay the same. But you'll usually end up getting trampled. However, if you can direct the changes, they can serve you. Just as the Power serves us, but only after we surrender to it." -Egwene al'Vere

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Chinderixx
Dec 15, 2018

ELAYNE: "I'd make you Captain-General if you asked, but I don't think you want it.
GAWYN: "What makes you say that?"
ELAYNE: "Well, you've spent the majority of your time here moping around these gardens."
GAWYN: "I have not been moping. I've been pondering."
ELAYNE: "Ah, yes. I see you've learned to speak the truth creatively, too."

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Chinderixx
Dec 15, 2018

RENALD: "Captain-General! What are you doing here?
BIRGETTE: "Getting rained on."

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Chinderixx
Dec 15, 2018

ELAYNE: "I'm only suggesting reasonable solutions."
MAT: "The day you become reasonable is the day I eat my hat."

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Chinderixx
Dec 15, 2018

ELAYNE: "Are you mad?"
MAT: "Sometimes I think I might be."

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Chinderixx
Dec 15, 2018

"Nobody walks a difficult path without stumbling now and again. It didn't break you when you fell. That's the important part." -Tam al'Thor

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Chinderixx
Dec 15, 2018

MIN: "You wool-headed fool! Three days? What have you been doing for three days?"
RAND: "Existing, Min.
MIN: "I wasn't aware that was such a difficult task."
RAND: "It has been for me at times."

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Chinderixx
Dec 15, 2018

JOLINE: "Thanks, however a word of advice. Considering the company you often keep, you might want to learn to control your language."
MAT: "Considering the company I keep all too often, it's bloody amazing I don't swear more. Off with you Joline. I need to write a letter to Her Royal bloody Majesty Queen Elayne the prim."
JOLINE: "Are you going to swear at her too?
MAT: Of course I am

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Chinderixx
Dec 16, 2018

Because the beginning was slow and a little weird, I didn't think I'd like Towers of Midnight. But after finishing it, I have to say that I enjoyed it and I think that this book continues the story in a exciting way and gets all the main characters prepared for The Last Battle. A lot of loose ends are tied up and a lot of characters who haven't interacted since Lord of Chaos or previous books before that actually talk to each other again (like Rand and Egwene and Mat and Perrin).
While The Gathering Storm was mostly about Rand and Egwene, this book is all about the other characters like Perrin, Faile, Mat, Elayne, Lan, and Aviendha. Brandon Sanderson manages to juggle a bunch of plot lines and characters successfully and I actually found myself eager to find out what would happen next. Things that I liked were the fact that Rand gets his act together and has some really sweet and epic moments, that characters like Galad and Perrin got to work together (and pull a Law and Order like trial), how Mat and Perrin got some spotlight after being ignored in some of the previous books, and that a certain character gets to come back. I also liked that Sanderson wrote in such a way that made some of the scenes really easy to visualize.
One thing that I found really confusing was Perrin's storyline. Most of his story takes place during events in The Gathering Storm, but what was most confusing was having a character be in Perrin's camp in one chapter but then have that character be in a completely different location in the next (Tam al'Thor is a good example of this). While Mat was pretty funny, some of the things he did bothered me. I also thought that there was just some terrible couple parings, but oh well. I also wish the whole Tower of Ghenjei scene was a bit longer as it was really interesting and kind of epic and creepy at the same time. I wish Rand was in this book more but again, oh well... (I should mention that my favorite chapters were 3, 13, 15, 32, 55 and the epilogue).
In all, this book was pretty cool and I think it was a fantastic setup for A Memory of Light. I'm really excited to have finally reached the last Wheel of Time book and hope that the final volume is just as good or even better than this book.

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danomcd
Sep 12, 2012

After a couple misses in this series this book finally returns to a clear story line and begins to wrap up this epic series. This book is a definate reason to return to this series and give it another try.

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julia_sedai
Mar 01, 2012

Such a good book! Brandon Sanderson is finishing this series off brilliantly. I am loving his books almost more than the original written by Robert Jordan (but perhaps that's because the plot is finally ending!). The next book comes out January 8, 2013, I believe. It's going to be a loooong wait.

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kosaboys
Jan 09, 2012

does anybody know when book 14 is coming out.can't wait

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Frillice
Jul 18, 2011

I nearly didn't forgive Mr Jordan his sad passing but Brandon has restored my faith that there are two brilliant authors in this world.

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jademoon
May 14, 2011

And we finally get the second-to-last installment of WoT! Old problems are solved and new problems are brought up as the world prepares for the Last Battle. I enjoyed this book, and am really looking forward to the last book.

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dboyceman
Mar 08, 2011

Awesome - Brandon has picked up the series and is adding his own twist to personalities that is very enjoyable to read.

ziggys Mar 02, 2011

cant wait for the final book

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MisterRaven
Mar 01, 2011

Sanderson as revived the series, both in taking over the series after Jordan died in 2007, and with his amazing writing style.

Librarymans Nov 25, 2010

Really good addition to the series. Missing a couple of my favourite characters, but still really good. Sanderson has managed to keep the feel of Jordan's writing.

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Chinderixx
Dec 15, 2018

Chinderixx thinks this title is suitable for 16 years and over

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Mar 01, 2012

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Chinderixx
Dec 16, 2018

Frightening or Intense Scenes: The Tower of Ghenjei scene may be a little scary for younger readers.

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Chinderixx
Dec 16, 2018

Violence: Some descriptive scenes of violence and gore.

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Dec 15, 2018

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