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Ahhh great, rookie mistake and I accidentally deleted what I had written so far, which was a good 20 minutes of work. Oh well.
Anyway I wanted to get you guys something tonight, and see if there was any feedback on ways I can do these write ups better. As most of you have probably noticed, my English/grammar is average at best. I tend to write how I talk, and once I get into the mood of remembering what happened in these books and my thoughts on them, everything I was taught seems to go out the window and I just type. I don't have a whole lot of hours to go over them either each day, so I figured you guys would be happier with a good size blog every couple days (with the possibility of some mistakes). That plus every hour doing this is an hour I could have been reading! I know there are those out there who see these mistakes and have to point them out. Just let me know if I should review more. I won't be offended, I promise :)
Also, I've noticed I go up and down on my blogs as far as detail on the chapters. Some chapters I write mostly on what happens, while others I go on a long rant about one thing or another. Reading back on one, I realized that I summarize the events greatly, and for someone who didn't read the chapter recently, they'd have little clue to what I was talking about (Well maybe not for most of you). Either way, I was trying to decide if I should stick more to details on each chapter and what goes on. I don't have the skills to flourish my words and paint a picture, but I'll do my best.
There was something else I meant to mention but I'm drawing a blank. Anyway I just want to do this right for you all. You all take the time to read what I write, and I just am curious as to what you think after 6 books. As I said when I started this way back when, this is my first time doing a blog of any kind. I'll take any criticism, so don't worry about hurting my feelings.
I think I allow for multiple answers in the poll, not sure if that means you can vote more then once or not but you'll figure it out. Just elaborate in the comments if you feel the need.
Once again we begin with a prologue that throws many POV’s at us, and catches most of the other characters up to date. We start off with Elaida, and I immediately pointed an imaginary finger in my head at her and said “Ha, sorry about your luck sucker!”. I can’t wait until she finds out her glorious plan to capture Rand failed. She really does seem to think a lot of herself, even to go as far to build herself a new palace. Granted, in her mind it is for the Amyrlin, but I doubt she would have supported it if she wasn’t the Amyrlin. Elaida then goes through her reports and we hear news of two sisters who are in Ebou Dar with Elayne and Nynaeve, but they haven’t reported in a while. Finally, Elaida ponders over the rumors of Morgase with the Whitecloaks, but doesn’t believe them any more than Elayne does.
Elaida decides to send 50 Aes Sedai and 200+ soldiers to the Black Tower to take care of that nuisance. Ha! For those Sisters sake, I hope word of Dumai’s Wells returns before they leave. Otherwise they’d be traveling to their death. Alviarin has arrived by this point, and based off their interactions, I’m pretty confident that Elaida is not Black Ajah. She really does hate Alviarin, but Elaida can’t do anything about it at the moment. She is conveying some more rumors and news, when Elaida has a foretelling! “The White Tower will be whole again, except for remnants cast out and scorned, whole and stronger than ever. Rand al’Thor will face the Amyrlin Seat and know her anger. The Black Tower will be rent in blood and fire, and sisters will walk its grounds. This I Foretell.” I don’t like the sound of most of that. The White Tower being whole and strong again definitely seems like a good thing for the good guys, but the rest looks bad for Rand. We’ll see how it turns out.
Sevanna is next, and we are back in time just before the fight at Dumai’s Wells. I have no idea how the other Wise One’s let her get away with half the stuff she does. Well I kind of understand why they do now, but not how they let her get away with it before she had them kill that one Wise One. She acts completely out of character for an Aiel, and just about gets them all killed. Sevanna is so confident of their victory that she orders an all-out attack on the Aes Sedai wagons. She realizes Rand’s Aiel have arrived, and still forces the Aiel forward. We see the process of Rand breaking free, followed up by the bloodbath the Asha’man cause. It really is terrifying from her point of view, and she barely makes it out alive. What is this device she keeps referring too?
We jump back to Alviarin as she is leaving Elaida’s rooms. She is a little worried about Elaida’s foretelling and what it might mean, and is a little shook up all the way back to her room. She doesn’t find any peace there, though, as Mesaana appears! It’s led to believe she is disguised as one of the sisters in the Tower, or at least Alviarin thinks so. Mesaana has made it impossible to see her weaves or sense her ability, though. She has Alviarin report everything that Elaida said, and then delivers her own orders. It’s clear that Alviarin has had her meetings with many of the Forsaken, but in the end Mesaana tells her to serve only her. The big kicker here is Mesaana teaches Alviarin how to Travel! I don’t like this at all.
The Whitecloaks also suffer a huge loss in this chapter. Pedron Niall is playing stones with Morgase, and it appears some political game is going on between the two. Either way it’s unimportant as Omerna comes in and kills Niall! You kind of saw this coming, but not from Omerna. Valda is smart, though, and sets it up this way so he can show up and kill Omerna and wash his hands clean of the assassination. Asunawa then enters and it’s clear that he and Valda don’t like each other either, but there is nothing stopping Valda from becoming Lord Captain Commander now. Valda doesn’t seem to have the qualities Niall had, and the Whitecloaks just went from bad to worse. Things just continue to pile on as Niall’s secret informer sends a message confirming (what I take for the Seanchan returning, but it is lost in blood. I’m starting to get a bad feeling here.
Lastly, we see our boy Gawyn in the aftermath of Dumai’s Wells. He’s still being sulky over not being able to kill Rand. He sees an Aes Sedai fall from an Aiel bow, but isn’t able to save her in time. They are attacked by a group of Aiel, and manage to fight them off. We end with them making camp and Gawyn planning on returning to Tar Valon ASAP.
Look for more tomorrow!