The End of an Epic: Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time series comes to an exciting conclusion with A Memory of Light.
A 23-year, 14-volume epic fantasy series comes to an end with Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson’s A Memory of Light. It’s been an emotional and dangerous journey for Rand Al Thor-the Dragon Reborn-and his friends, but the time has come to put an end to the Dark One’s influence over the world.
To recap the story of the series so far: Over 3,000 years ago, magic users called Aes Sedai accidentally bored a hole into the prison of the Dark One-an evil force that is bent on ending the world. In the process of trying to reseal this prison, the source of magic that the male Aes Sedai used was tainted with the Dark One’s power. Because of this taint, male Aes Sedai began going insane, using their extraordinary powers to break the land into pieces. To stop them from breaking the world apart, female Aes Sedai started a pogrom to gentle (sever magical ties) or kill all the male Aes Sedai.
Fast forward 3,000 years, to a small, rural farming community called the Two Rivers, where a boy who will become the world’s savior and his friends-who will have their own parts to play in changing the world-embark on a journey with an Aes Sedai named Moiraine. Fleeing the servants of the Dark One with Moiraine, the Two Rivers folk eventually find themselves on separate paths that will all lead to the same destination: The Final Battle with the Dark One.A Memory of Light follows Rand’s friends and allies as they battle to hold back the tide of darkness that threatens to swallow the land before Rand can fulfill his destiny and fight the Dark One himself. Will the newly crowned Queen Elayne save her burning capital city of Caemlyn? Will Mat reconcile his love of the Seanchan Empress Fortuona (may she live forever)? Will Perrin stop Slayer’s wolf genocide? Will Logain cleanse the Black Tower of the Dark One’s influence? And most importantly: Will Rand survive his fight with the Dark One, or will he have to sacrifice himself to save the world? All of these questions and more are answered in this final chronicle of the Dragon Reborn.
Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time series is a thrilling epic fantasy story in the vein of Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings or George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Fire and Ice (A Game of Thrones for the HBO watchers out there). Jordan’s characterization is thorough, his fantasy world is one of the most fleshed-out I’ve ever read, and his protagonist is one of the deepest, most multi-dimensional characters I have had the pleasure of getting to know. This series is a must-read for all teen and adult fantasy-lovers out there. Enjoy!