The Wheel of Time turns, and Ages come and pass, leaving memories that become legend. Legend fades to myth, and even myth is long forgotten when the Age that gave it birth comes again…there are no endings, and never will be endings, to the turning of the Wheel of Time. But it was an ending.
In January this year, the 14th and final volume in the epic Wheel of Time hit the shelves – almost 23 years to the day since the release of Eye of the World. Entitled A Memory of Light, the book is written by Brandon Sanderson, who took over writing the series after its creator Robert Jordan passed away in 2007.
In this penultimate volume of the battle of Good Versus Evil, the Dragon Reborn faces off against The Dark One, embodiment of all evil, with the fate of all creation hanging in the balance.
Sanderson faced the unenviable task of tying up all of the numerous plotlines of the series into a satisfactory conclusion, based on Jordan’s own notes.
Did he succeed? That is really up to the individual reader, but this writer found the ending to be satisfactory. The actual one-on-one battle between Rand and The Dark One was particularly clever in the way that they…no, that would be telling!
So, after 23 years, the saga has drawn to an end, and it is not the only one.
This year has also seen the release of Magician’s End, the final volume in Raymond E. Feist’s Riftwar Cycle, which began in 1982 and now spans a whopping 29 volumes. The novels that inspired the hit HBO series True Blood are also coming to an end with the published Dead Ever After by Charlaine Harris. This is the 13th and final volume in the adventures of Bon Temps’ very own psychic fairy barmaid Sookie Stackhouse.
Why not pick up one of these titles from the Library and see how a series, decades in the making, finally comes to an end.