Chapter 6: Old Fear, and New Fear
Rand leaves with the rest of the group who stayed behind, which leaves Faile and Perrin to finally be able to talk. Faile is still a little uneasy, and it comes out that she was afraid they had come back under Aes Sedai control. I guess they could have compelled them, but I would think you would be able to notice. You would think Rand's reaction towards Colavaere would have been enough to convince her otherwise. Other than that, there isn’t really a weave to be able to control someone is there? You can maybe add the Warder bond in a sense, but that’s a different situation. Anyway Perrin seems to be catching some of Rand’s ideals in refusing to kill women. He refuses to let Faile and Dobraine kill Colavaere. Later on Perrin also stands up to Rand when it sounds like he may let the Aes Sedai prisoners be killed. More on that later.
Selande and her group try to follow Perrin and Faile around until Perrin sends them off, but not before Faile nods her head. I'm not positive yet, but it seems like Faile is leading this group. She has formed her secret spy group of sorts. She always talks about doing it for Perrin, and I doubt him telling her "no" is enough to stop her. Back in their rooms, it looks like Perrin has finally satisfied Faile’s jealousy until Rand busts in. He mentions Berelain is staying on the Sea Folk ship. Oh Rand, you need to be a better wing-man than that. Faile obviously has a spike of jealousy, and that whole situation is starting to make me wonder more. It seems the whole Faile-Perrin-Berelain triangle has lasted a decent amount of time. It started a couple books back, before Perrin left for the Two Rivers. Something has to give here soon; one of these two girls has to win. It’s pretty clear, as of now, that it will stay Perrin/Faile, but I’m waiting for the big bang to happen. I’m going to be annoyed if nothing happens and I have to spend the next 6 books listening to Berelain flirt with Perrin, and Faile getting jealous.
Back to the story. Rand asks Perrin one last time if he will think on leading the army against Illian. It leads to that scene where Perrin stands up to Rand about not harming the Aes Sedai. What is confusing is Rand says he won’t harm any Aes Sedai who does not deserve it. I know he is increasingly hard against Aes Sedai, but he couldn’t even kill them right after he broke free from his crate. His rage and hate had to be at its highest then, yet he kept it in check. That along with his personal rule of not harming women makes this confusing. Is he making an exception for female Aes Sedai? Anyway Rand leaves and says he could use Perrin in another spot if he won’t do Illian. Perrin and Faile then get some much needed alone time..
Chapter 7: Pitfalls and Tripwires
Once again, Rand tests the limits of his sanity as he walks around holding saidin to his fullest. He wonders over Berelain, and about her hiding Annoura's identity. It’s a valid question, and only adds to his problems. We also hear about another group of Aes Sedai who have just arrived. Sulin arrives and it brings Rand out of his thoughts. She has a group of maidens, as well as three Asha’man, who will travel with Rand on his three stops that night. First, they head to Caemlyn where they are snuck into the Palace. I was confused at first as to why he needed to be bound like a prisoner. We find out later it was in order to not alert Elayne to his presence (if she would have been there). I guess he is still trying to keep that clean break from her, but I’m just waiting for her to get his hands on him.
Once inside the Palace, Rand meets with Bashere and Bael (and their wives). Rand confirms that they are still supportive of him, and denies attacking the White Tower. Again, we find a gathering of Aes Sedai in the city. Is this another Elaida plot? Why do they all seem to be gathering in the cities Rand controls? Another thought is these could be Aes Sedai who came to the city in order to control events after Rand was taken. His recent return just put a damper on those plans. Word had also arrived of Colavaere’s coronation, and two nobles declared for the throne in Caemlyn. Luckily, it looks like Dyelin is legitimately behind Rand in his statement for Elayne to have the thrown. Dyelin has had the others arrested for treason and been made somewhat of a steward until Elayne returns.* Rand leaves one of the Asha’man in disguise in order to have messages sent back. He then travels to Lord Semaradrid and the High Lord Weiramon and leaves the other two with them. It sounds like the attack is about to start!
* My recent bone to pick is with Elayne. Yes, they found this bowl that "may" fix the weather or something like that, but why hasn't she left that for Nynaeve to figure out? She talks a lot about her people in Caemlyn, and was upset over Rand "giving" her the thrown. Why hasn't she jumped at the opportunity to head back there and set things straight? My only idea is that she thinks this will serve the greater good of the whole world or something. The longer she makes everyone wait in Caemlyn, not to mention Cairhien, the harder I think it will be for her. She either needs to find this bowl ASAP, or give it up and have Mat bring her back as quick as possible. I think Rand wins the "for the greater good category". So her job needs to make his life easier, and take care of at least one of those cities for him.