Chapter28 (Letters): Rand is starting to annoy the Sea Folk. There are now two different Wavefinders who have been waiting to see him to no avail. Rand senses through the Warder bond that Alanna has been crying. I wonder why, could it be his rejection of her? Sulin gives him another letter, dressed as a palace servant. This would be her way of meeting toh for speaking to gai'shain as if they were Maidens. Apparently just going gai'shain herself wasn't shameful enough. Alliandre, queen of Ghaeldan, offers him her goodwill but is concerned about Whitecloaks... and the Prophet. Little does she know that some of the Dragonsworn are really Whitecloaks in disguise. How long till Niall's plan to have his men secretly stir up trouble as Dragonsworn shows signs of paying off? And will Niall be around to see it? His standing as Lord Captain Commander still seems shaky. A Gray Man busts in, totally missed by Rand's Aiel guards, and Rand is about to deal with the Gray Man himself before Taim Travels in and kills him. The Gray Man, not Rand. Taim says he is there to report on a new pupil with incredible channeling ability who can't be a Forsaken. Lews Therin has been yammering in Rand's head the whole time, and wants Rand to kill him. Lews wants to kill everyone. If Rand manages to cure saidin, what happens to Lews? Does the voice in Rand's head go away, having just been a symptom of the madness? Or does Lews suddenly become sane, and make for a wise advisor within Rand's mind? It seems odd that Taim would come all that way just to tell Rand about one student. Rand thinks Sammael sent the Gray Man. Could it be someone else? Another Forsaken? Shaidar Haran? Or if Taim is a Darkfriend, maybe Taim sent him just to kill him and look good in Rand's eyes.
Cut to Fain. Seems Fain can now sense whether anyone is a Darkfriend. It turns out he is the one who ordered the Whitecloak attack a few chapters ago. He wants to find a way to hurt Rand, but can't think of anyone important enough to bother with that he can get to.
Chapter 29 (Fire and Spirit): I'm guessing the title of the chapter is referring to the ending, since that's what Nyn uses for the climactic weave. Nyn is generally grumpy about everything here. She is on her eleventh day of scrubbing pots for her little outburst at the Cabal a while back. But when is Nyn not grumpy, aside from when she is with Lan or at least thinking about him? Thom and Juilin are back from scouting out Amadicia, and they've heard some interesting tidbits. The Whitecloaks and the Amadician army are both pulling back everything they have to within Amadicia except for a scattered few along the borders with Tarabon, and the ones keeping back the Prophet. There's been all kinds of rumors. The entire White Tower is now in Salidar, and is expected to invade Amadicia with an army of ten thousand Warders, according to one story. Another rumor says that Morgase is in the Fortress of the Light and will lead an army of Whitecloaks to recapture Andor. Elayne thinks this one is totally ridiculous, except that we readers know that Morgase really is in the Fortress of the Light. Thom and Juilin are called off to give their report to the Sitters. Nyn is not feeling that well, because Theodrin thought getting her to relax by sipping some wine wound up getting her totally drunk instead. And her weather sense is still going crazy, saying it is pouring rain when it is still hot and sunny. Most likely, it is supposed to be raining, and it would be if the Dark One or whoever weren't interfering with the weather. Nyn wants to take off to Ebou Dar to look for the weather bowl, but Elayne wants to stay in Salidar. And they can't leave anyway, it seems that Birgitte has told Uno not to give Nyn a horse without her say-so. Birgitte is a frustrating Warder as far as Elayne is concerned. By now, Nyn is steaming, so she goes to see what she can do with Logain. She has nothing else to do, and she is mad enough to channel. She takes his head in her hands and finds that physical contact helps. She senses a hole in his mind and weaves Fire and Spirit to bridge across it. Logain's eyes go wide. Nyn tells Elayne to go find Sheriam right away because SHE HAS HEALED LOGAIN!
Chapter 30 (To Heal Again): Okay, so that last chapter had a nice dramatic close, the way Nyn announces she has Healed gentling. But it's got a bit of being anticlimactic to it. We all knew deep down that sooner or later Nyn, or someone at least, but probably Nyn, would manage to heal stilling and/or gentling. If it turns out to be as impossible as everyone keeps telling Nyn it is, then why does RJ spend time having her investigate it? If it turns out that it can't be done, then any story used on her efforts is just useless filler and a pointless sidetrack. So I had a feeling that as soon as Nyn began working on this that she would eventually figure it out. But knowing it's coming doesn't mean it wasn't well done. Sheriam leads her group and assorted Aes Sedai in and they make a show of disbelieving to keep her angry, while shielding Logain. Siuan and Leane are there, Nyn Heals them both to the general surprise of everyone there. The Aes Sedai begin discussing whether they are going to gentle Logain all over again. Carlinya points out that they can't because of Rand. They can't ethically back Rand (a male channeler who is giving amnesty to other ones, and gathering them for education in channeling besides) while still gentling men, and they risk losing his support if he learns they are still doing so. her logic seems to carry some weight with everyone else. Now here's what I don't get: if they can't gentle Logain again, how do they justify shielding him? Gentling is permanent once it's done (at least it used to be), while shielding has to be maintained constantly. But either way, it's still keeping Logain from channeling. So shielding a male channeler should have the same issues, both ethical and practical, that gentling does. Right? I'm willing to bet that when Rand finds out Logain is being held in Salidar and kept under a shield he will not be pleased.
Cut to Siuan. She gets hugs from her old friends, Lelaine and Delana. Then she goes to see Gareth Byrne, and tries to levitate him with the Power. She can't even budge him. She seems to have saidar again, but can't do very much with it. She is a lot weaker than she had been before. So is Leane, it turns out. Why? If I had to guess, I'd say that Nyn somehow tired herself out with the Power on Logain, and that by the time she got to Siuan and Leane she didn't have much left in the tank. The two women make plans to go to the Sitters and see what their status is now. Siuan thinks she should be reinstated as Amyrlin. Yeah, right, like that's gonna happen. First, there's no way they will name as Amyrlin someone who has such a small strength in the Power. Second, Sheriam and company want tier puppet, their "biddable child". Siuan was a strong Amyrlin the first time around (aside from being blind to a plot against her, that is). She was no puppet, and none of the movers and shakers in Salidar want her in charge when they can't control her.
Cut to Elayne. Siuan and Leane badger Nyn to try Healing them the rest of the way. Nyn tells them you can't Heal what has been Healed already. But they refuse to belive her, until she tries and fails, as she predicted. Siuan is stubborn.. So is Nyn, for that matter.
Cut to Delana. Siuan meets with her to try to get Sheriam to let her in on the next meeting with the Wise Ones. After Siuan is gone is where the interesting bit comes. A woman is shown in making Black Ajah secret hand signals. But Delana can't sense the ability to channel at all. She calls herself Halima, a supposed friend and traveling companion of Cabriana. You remember Cabriana, right? Tortured into telling everything she knew by Semirhage? Delana thinks she can't possibly be Black Ajah, since she obviously can't channel. Halima is to be Delana's secretary, and turns out to really be Aran'gar. You may also remember Aran'gar, one of the resurrected Forsaken from way back in the prologue. This would explain why Delana can't sense her ability to channel, because we already know the Forsaken can mask that and keep others from sensing it. But... Siuan's closest friend now that Moiraine is gone is Black Ajah. Siuan may not be Amyrlin again, but this certainly means the Salidar inner circle is penetrated (if it wasn't already, one of Sheriam's cabal could easily be Black Ajah). It also means that the Forsaken have an agent in both Aes Sedai factions. That can't be good. This made for some pretty ominous stuff.