While Jordan didn’t pen every single word in The Gathering Storm, his spirit is still present in every sentence. As Sanderson explains in his foreword, Jordan left detailed notes about the end of his series and even wrote certain scenes. While Sanderson does an exquisite job of integrating Jordan’s already-written scenes and vision with his own scenes and writing style, a long-time, very observant Jordan reader can tell that the style is just a little off from previous books. But if you haven’t touch any Wheel of Time books since Knife of Dreams came out in 2005, then it isn’t very noticeable.
While some purists will always have trouble with The Gathering Storm and subsequent novels due to Sanderson, he does a wonderful job stepping into Jordan’s shoes and helps pump new life into the series.
With the end in sight, I can’t wait to pick up Towers of Midnight (2010) and A Memory of Light (2011) and see how everything finally comes together –heck, I’ve been reading this series for over 10 years. The Wheel of Time is still one of the most epic fantasy series ever written and still keeps me flipping pages.