My rating: 5 of 5 stars
In this penultimate volume of the Wheel of Time series the author, Brandon Sanderson, finally manages to wrap up several of the plot strings that have been weaving their way through the previous 12 novels. Many have criticized the series for its labyrinthine myriad of seemingly interminable story arcs. To be fair, a few of the books do chew through hundreds of pages without much actually happening. Such is not the case in Towers of Midnight. So much happens in this book that we really get a sense of almost frenetic pacing and urgency, of rushing headlong into the Final Battle. Refreshingly, the veils of secrecy and miss-communication that characterized much of the series have been, for the most part, lifted in this installment. People actually start talking to one another for a change, revealing their heretofore closely guarded secrets. I found myself more than once exclaiming, “Finally!” as one or another such revelation unfolded.
Most of the resolutions revolve around Matt and Perrin, with Rand only making three appearances “on stage”. Similarly we see quite a bit of Elayne and Egwene in this book and a mere cameo by Nynaeve. Aviendha has a very interesting scene as well.
Fear not, though, intrepid readers. There are still plenty of mysteries left unsolved to fill another book, not to mention some battle or other that everyone seems all worked up about.