Towers of Midnight (Wheel of Time Book 13)

Anyone with a liking for reading fantasy books should have stumbled across the Wheel of Time series, a truly masterful series of books that follows a group of friends as they discover that one of them is the Dragon Reborn, a male sorcerer destined to battle the Dark One in an ultimate conflict of good versus evil.

Unfortunately the original author of this epic series passed away before completion, but he left a very complete set of notes and Brandon Sanderson was selected to pen the final books. The number of books in the series has expanded to allow Sanderson to do justice to Jordan's notes, with Sanderson completing Books 12, 13 and 14.

I will be honest I found the first of Sanderson's contributions (The Gathering Storm - book 12) a little hard going. I didn't feel it paced well and just didn't feel it matched the craftsmanship of Robert Jordan. However, Towers of Midnight is masterfully written, and an excellent book. It's left me quite excitedly looking forward to the release of the final book of the series in paperback.

I'm not going to detail the plot of the story either from the perspective of the whole wheel of time saga or for this book alone, plain and simple it would be too easy to put in spoilers, so I will make some observations.

The character development in this book of the main leads, Min, Elaine, Egwene, but especially Rand, Mat and Perrin is superb, if you've enjoyed any of the rest of the series I think there will be things to find for you here. As with the rest of the series the detail of the world, combat and the system of magic series is excellent, Sanderson has continued very well with Robert Jordan's obvious logic and understanding of how to build an entrancing universe.

Plain and simple if you have picked up and enjoyed any long fantasy series then the wheel of time is a series you should try (if you struggle with long books then this is not for you, the series racks up in the region of 12,000 pages to read). The Towers of Midnight is a great read, that I would recommend a ten out of ten from me.