A Memory of Light by Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson

And it came to pass in those days, as it had come before and would come again, that the Dark lay heavy on the land and weighed down the hearts of men, and the green things failed, and hope died.’ From Charal Drianaan te Calamon, The Cycle of the Dragon.

In the Field of Merrilor the rulers of the nations gather to join behind Rand al’Thor, or to stop him from his plan to break the seals on the Dark One’s prison – which may be a sign of his madness, or the last hope of humankind. Egwene, the Amyrlin Seat, leans toward the former.

In Andor, the Trollocs seize Caemlyn.

In the wolf dream, Perrin Aybara battles Slayer.

Approaching Ebou Dar, Mat Cauthon plans to visit his wife Tuon, now Fortuona, Empress of the Seanchan.

All humanity is in peril – and the outcome will be decided in Shayol Ghul itself. The Wheel is turning, and the Age is coming to its end. The Last Battle will determine the fate of the world..

Can’t really comment on the synopsis, given that I’ve only read the first seven volumes of the series, but it was written by Harriet McDougal, Jordan’s widow and Wheel of Time overlady, and will appear on both the Tor and Orbit Books editions of A Memory of Light.

The cover itself is pretty, and fitting for the title of the novel, after all the previous volumes were black. It’s simple and classic, if predictable. Good enough for me.

  • Locusmortis May 23, 2012 at 9:49 am

    The UK cover is phenomenally dull, just like the rest of the series UK covers. It may be a rather cynical thought but it seems like since the publishers know the book will sell anyway that they can get away without having to pay a freelance artist for a cover.

  • Charlotte May 24, 2012 at 12:41 am

    @Locusmortis LOL. It’s true that they’re boring, but I don’t really like the US cover art either. Something about them seems too… overdone, I guess? As if they’re trying a little too hard to be epic. I know I’m in the minority here, but if you line up the covers side by side there’s a uniformity to the UK art that the US seems to lack; it’s a little all over the place. *shrug* Just my two cents.

  • someguydd May 29, 2012 at 12:58 am

    I do like this version of the aes’sedai symbol