I have read "The Wheel of Time" series, again and again, sometimes reading each entry, as many as 6 times. I know the story and the story line, backwards and forwards. I consider myself a HUGE fan. That being said, I find myself disappointed and let down by the final installment in the series. There was much left out and many loose ends left untied. These are just a few of the discrepancies I found, which left me dissatisfied. After Moraine was rescued, there is no mention of her bonding Thom, or marrying him, and no real reunion between the major characters. After Mat loses his eye, why doesn't he return to see Elayne, Brigitte, Perrin, and Rand, before heading off to see Tuon. It would have made more sense. There should also have been a brief period, where Tuon and Mat could have enjoyed some time together, before the final battle against the Dark One. Rand should have had some time to spend with both Elaine, Min, and Aviendha. Egwene should have had time to consolidate her rule over the White Tower and whatever happened to the second planned raid by the Seanchan. Gawyn was built up as a swordsman, better than any other. He had beaten the warder, Sleete, and another warder, at the same time. Sleete had beaten Al' Lan Mandragoran a few times, when sparring, and yet when facing Demandred, wearing three rings of power, that blurred his image and enhanced his speed and strength, he was easily defeated and killed, while Galad, who was also great with a sword, but not as good as Gawyn, without the rings, was able to hold his own for a while. I will grant that Al' Lan Mandragoran is the best of the three, but this aspect of the story left me dissatisfied. Egwene never invited her parents to the White Tower to witness her marriage to Gawyn, which also never happened. The Traveling People never found the song, Loial never addressed the Great Stump, and the situation at the Black Tower was anti-climactic, after being built up in the previous installments. The overall affect was that many parts of the story didn't get the treatment that they deserved, leaving gaps, and disappointment. There should have been two books. One to tie the many loose ends together and one to fight the final battle. As I said, I am a HUGE fan, and have read all of "The Wheel of Time", over and over, again. I have read , "The Memory of Light", three times since buying it, after waiting with great eagerness and anticipation, for its release. I was saddened to see that the final book was a let down.
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