The Wheel Turns
This last chapter begins in the morning. Everyone is set to go but the Loial starts singing to the oak tree in the Green Zone. The song lasted hours, I think. Why does Lan let it go on for so long? I dunno. But eventually Loial finishes and says that the Blight would never corrupt this spot. Really? The Green Man was unable to magically keep the Green Zone free of the Blight (he had to constantly be on hand to tend his garden) so how does Loial have the power to purify th
Against the Shadows
Oh, I'm excited about this chapter. Let's just jump right in, Okay? C'mon!
Rand is doing his thing: running away. Nynaeve and Lan are down, most likely dead. Perrine, Mat, and Egwene have scattered. Loial is still inside the cave, most likely (either that or looking at the tree corpse of the Green Man). Moiraine is somewhere, her screaming ended. Rand, though, is leaving all that behind him as he runs away. Unfortunately, he soon comes to a cliff. Ha, but don't th
The 48th chapter and the 720th page.
Ingtar is leading a group of mounted soldiers as an escort for the fellowship. Rand thinks that these battle-hardened soldiers are somehow "grander" than the more colorful, rested, and probably better groomed Queen's Guard. I thought that Ingtar was leading a band of gritty Border soldiers in a fight for survival against hordes of demon monsters. But it's more of a majestic honor guard of noble defenders of the Light.
But since only
What Follows in Shadow
The fellowship is in the Ways. They are standing before a collapsed bridge and trying to figure out their next step. Moiraine says, "the Wheel weaves as the Wheel wills." She says this a lot. On the one hand, she has this fatalistic view of the world. Things happen and there is nothing you can do about it. But on the other hand she's on a quest to destroy the Dark One. If she fails, if she is fallen right there in a pool of her own blood at the Dark One's feet, wil
Remembrance of Dreams
The fellowship, minus Moiraine and Lan upstairs in the attic Healing Mat, goes down to the inn library. It must be bigger than I thought. It holds something like four hundred books, right? So maybe it has five or six bookshelves, a long couch for Loial to lounge, and at least two chairs and a table to play stones. Now it has three teenagers, a twenty-something Wisdom, and a ten-foot tall Ogier. Master Gill must have had a large extra room that he felt needed a library
Weaving the Web
This chapter brings us back to Rand's POV in Caemlyn. Master Gill, in his generosity, gave Mat and Rand a free room with a view. Really, in these hard times and with so many out-of-towners looking for a place to stay, Rand gets a room with a large window overlooking the city. Nothing but the best for our heroes.
Mat is being a baby and refusing to do anything. He's not bathing or going downstairs for meals or exploring the city. I think he learned his "Let's Explor
Web of the Pattern
Well, we are 542 pages into the book. We've gone from Emond's Field to Caemlyn in a little more than one month's time. Let's keep going, shall we?
Rand and Mat are in the Queen's Blessing Inn in Caemlyn. I'm sure they smell like all kinds of stinky but that doesn't seem to bother Master Gill. They sit down and tell the complete stranger their tale. They leave out the Trollocs part because, hey, that just sounds crazy.
They're making plans for their next move wi
The Dark Waits
The chapter names have been getting ominous, lately. "The Dark Waits", "Four Kings in Shadow","Children of Shadow","Eyes Without Pity", and so on. Spooky.
Rand and Mat begin this chapter in the back of a wagon owned by Hyam Kinch (Chaim Kitsch), our setting's first Jewish character. If the Tinkers can have a Mahdi then the Caemlyn Road can have a Hyam.
From the back of that wagon Rand sees honest, God-fearing folks. You know the kind. Women in their bonnets and apr
Children of Shadow
This chapter does not start off well. In the pool of water at the center of the stedding, Elyas asks Perrin if he hates Egwene. Instead of instantly denying it he asks, "can you read my mind?" Seriously, is hating Egwene something you think about often?
Perrin says that he loves Egwene. But, no, wait, she's Rand's girl, so not like that! In my opinion he hates her for being a symbol of everything he can't have. But he loves her because he's trying to act like the G
ETA: I'm just letting you all know that this is the blog post where I get really, really angry with a character (probably one of your favorites). Just so you know. Be prepared to get your hate on, too. I can take it.
Shelter from the Storm
Okay, I'm twenty-seven chapters into this book. How many more do I have left? Twenty-six?! I'm only halfway done. Well, let's get it on.
This chapter starts with a leaf icon and the first word is "Perrin" so I'm guess my favorite people
The Traveling People
Perrin, Egwene, Elyas, and some wolves were walking through the woods. Now, we have been told that Perrin and Egwene have been sharing time in Bela's saddle but have you noticed that it is never on screen? Every time we see them Egwene is always on the horse. I just find that odd, that's all. When Egwene did the sensible thing and offered Elyas an equal share of horseriding time he balked at the idea. "I said no, girl," he said as if her gender mattered, that Unibomber
Listen to the Wind
Early in the morning after the events in Shadar Nogoth, the fourth morning since fleeing Baerlon, Nynaeve finds herself to be a viewpoint character. I am not complaining. She, after all, is one of the few people with agency in this story. She isn't being pulled around by forces stronger or smarter than her. She's going because she chooses to go, because it serves her purpose. That, my friends, makes for a good character.
Nynaeve remembers that the Trollocs had com
Watchers and Hunters
So this is how Rand's day has gone. He woke up from a terrible nightmare where the devil was talking to him. Then he met a fortune-teller outside the inn, he met a peddler he thought had been dead for a week, he got threatened by a Whitecloak, he had a heart-to-heart with his Wisdom who just showed up out of the blue, and now he's settled down for an evening with Thom and his stories. I like how things are actually happening but the forward momentum seems to have sta
The Stag and Lion
Inside the inn there are many people crowding around, a lot of hustle and bustle. Rand notices there are real, honest-to-God employees at this inn. Back in Emond's Field it was just al'Vere, his wife, and his daughters running the place.
That gave me pause. Egwene has sisters? It never occurred to me. What about Perrin and Mat? Do they have siblings? I have the vague sense that they do. So they just run off from their families with only a note, huh? I'd go crazy i
The Road to Taren Ferry
So far this is my favorite chapter title. It just sounds so literary.
I think we've made it to the part of the story depicted on the cover. That's Lan and Moiraine on the front with Rand (I guess) in the background. And there's that batman/Draghkar (Drag Car) flying up there behind Robert Jordan's name. Moiraine looks tiny, too, as if she could fit her entire body inside Lan's chest piece if she curls up good. And it seems as if she's missing her right leg in
Tam, one of my favorite old hermit kooks, is experiencing a fever dream. He must have been poisoned by the Trollocs. It's rather sad, too, that he's talking to his dead wife, Kari. I've had two relatives, in their last years, lose touch with reality like that. In the middle of the night, with his father stabbed and his house ransacked, this must be especially hard for Rand. I like how he keeps cool.
Though nothing much happens for around six pages (seriously, he patches up
So just after Moiraine and her bodyguard wander off a peddler comes to town on his wagon. He seems like an okay guy. He's like a trucker, you know, telling his stories at every stop he makes. He's pulling into yet another no account town to sell his junk just to get by. The fact that he's constantly described in less-than-flattering terms just makes him more downtrodden and likable.
He's a bit of a doomsayer, though. Winter has been harsh all over the place (How big is
So in this Prologue, Lews Therin Telamon seems to be wandering around a ruined palace in a daze. Since it's filled with the bodies of people he knows I'm assuming it's his palace and he's some sort of ruler (clues like "first among Servants" and "wore the Ring of Tamyrlin"). He's covered in dust (I'm picturing folks from New York on 9/11 or Tom Cruise in the War of the Worlds remake) and acting kinda crazy. Is it some sort of PTSD?
Whatever it is that's making him nuts, a
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