Hey everyone. This is my first post and I figured this would be a good place to start. I've been chewing on this thread for well over a week, and as I am towards the end of book 5 in my first reread, I have a few things that I would potentially change. These 3 things I feel are connected to some extent.
I should probably mention that I will probably not articulate this nearly as well here as I have in my head over the last week, but I will try.
Ever since we meet him in the Tower after being gentled and Min had her viewing of him, I was rooting really hard for him to have a major part or impact in the story. So obviously it follows that I was pretty disappointed in what became of him. I think he was severely underdeveloped and had so much potential .Maybe having him be the one to defeat Taim during the Last Battle. I really dont think his fulfillment of Min's viewing in AMoL fits with her description in FoH ( glory above all men). He does get a bit of redemption with his actions at the end.
2. A powerful male channeler as a sidekick to Rand
I understand that Mat and Perrin kind of fill this role( and maybe even Nynaeve to a certain extent) but I always wished Rand had a sidekick that he could confide in and share his experiences with. This is where I think points 1 and 3 tie in.
3. One of the Forsaken flipping
In the first few books, its somewhat of a common theme that "No one is so lost that he cannot be brought to the Light" or some several iterations of that. Naturally, Asmodean was a prime candidate for that. I think Lanfear and Moridin were as well, but to a lesser extent and for different reasons. It seemed like Jordan was leading towards Asmodean having a much bigger role before his thread was cut. With the emphasis on redemption early on in the series, I think this would have been a great avenue to explore in regards to the Forsaken. Even if Asmodean didnt survive until the end, I think having him eventually flip and maybe dying doing something heroic to save Rands' life or of Rands' companions would have had a nice touch. Having a former Forsaken at Rands side doing battle would have been epic.
To be fair, I am happy with WoT how it is and I dont necessarily think that these suggestions would make the series better. They could very well break it for all I know. These are are just things I remember wishing and hoping for when I first read through the series.
I think the Sharans showing up was not set up well. I like being surprised, but it can’t be cheap. There have to be clues I missed that are like glowing arrows after the fact but could have meant something else when first read. I still find no foreshadowing of an entire Sharan army.
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