habitual wrote:I've been biting my tongue on this for quite awhile just because I'm happy the series was actually finished, but, I hated the last book.
Between the mistakes and the poor character writing I'm at a loss.
I'll post a more comprehensive review soon.
Given some space, there are a lot of things I didn't like about the book. Mat's inexplicable return to being a rogue, the swordfights with Demandred, the wildly inaccurate power levels of the channelers, and the inaccuracies in the distances between some areas really bugged me. I actually liked how Sanderson wrote Mat in the previous two books, but I didn't like him in this one, especially his last minute heroics at the end of the book (both Mat and Perrin's final acts seemed tagged on after someone remembered that the other two ta'varen were supposed to be with Rand at the Last Battle).
To be honest, I wasn't happy with a lot of the book. The conflict at the Fields of Merrilor was contrived, the Last Battle itself was poorly put together (Jordan was MUCH better at writing big battle than Sanderson), and Mat's plot was terrible. That said, I did enjoy what was done with Demandred (aside from how he was taken out), Perrin's battle with Slayer was enjoyable (although not his encounters with Lanfear), and Rand's confrontation with the Dark One was very well done.
To be honest, I just wanted a satisfactory conclusion to the Dragon/Dark One conflict, and I got it, so I'm relatively happy with the book even now. I'll probably give the whole series a read through in the next few years, assuming I can make it through the Nynaeve/Elayne sections, and we'll see how it holds up.