Towers of Midnight by Robert Jordan & Brandon Sanderson

Trolloc armies overrun the Blight, crops thrive one moment and wither the next, and entire villages disappear only to reappear somewhere else.  The Pattern is unraveling and Tarmon Gai’don draws near.  Rand al’Thor, the Dragon Reborn, has a plan for the final battle with the Dark One but is it genius or is it madness?

 

Perrin Aybara is part of that plan but first he must deal with an army of Whitecloaks determined to see him killed as justice for the two Children of Light who died at his hands.  He must also deal with a deadly unseen foe, likely a Forsaken, who seems determined to force his path.  Perrin will seek answers in Tel’aran’rhiod, the World of Dreams, the place in which all of the possibilities for the Wheel of Time connect—the place in which death becomes the final death and there is no longer the possibility of rebirth.

 

Meanwhile Mat Cauthon, another ta’veren, finally confronts the gholam which has stalked him since Ebou Dar.  He also confronts the Aelfinn and the Eelfinn, creatures beyond the stone gateways which have toyed with him and left him hanged, his memory stuffed with recollections of other men’s lives.  To save a friend’s life, he will enter the Tower of Ghenjei and attempt to win the game that cannot be won.

While much of the focus is on Perrin and Mat, we also catch up with a number of other characters.  Sisters are being murdered in the White Tower and Egwene al’Vere, now the recognized Amyrlin Seat, lays a dangerous trap for the Forsaken she suspects is hiding among them.  Elayne, now Queen of Andor, makes her move for the throne of another kingdom.  And Aveindha nearly steals the story with the visions she receives in the Rhuidean . . . .

There’s a lot going on in The Towers of Midnight and I loved all 861 pages!  The end is nigh, storylines are converging and I’m anxiously awaiting Memory of Light.

Dovie’andi se tovya sagain–it’s time to toss the dice.

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