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  1. My vote is still for Taim. With Demandred being so obsessed with Lews Therin, it makes perfect sense that when he was on his own initiative he'd try to get close to him. And Taim did approach Rand well before Moridin took all the Forsaken in hand. It also doesn't make sense that the shadow would not try to infiltrate the black tower. I think we can safely assume that Taim is a darkfriend, the only question is if he is Demandred or just a normal guy.
  2. Thx for posting. Make sure you watch part 2 also. Unfortunately I don't expect ToM to be as strong a book as the first one. For the first one he picked out what RJ had done the most work on and the 2nd book is going to be more of BS. Combine that with all the loose ends that need to be tied up before the finale that he could pass on in the first book and it will be impossible to maintain the flow. I still look forward to reading it, and I expect a lot of enjoyment from seeing where all these side stories go, but it won't be as good stand alone as the first.
  3. If the balefire went back that far then much of the chaos in Arad Doman would have been undone, the boy who did the poisoning would probably still be alive (since they wouldn't hunt for Graendal if she already didn't exist) and the Shaido might not have been gated all over the place by Sammael linked to Graendal. Basically a lot more would have changed than what did if the balefire burned back that far. Rand's balefire unaided goes back about 30 seconds. (Matt and the Darkhounds) Rand's balefire with an angreal goes back several minutes to an hour. (Rahvin) Rand's balefire with the biggest sa'angreal shouldn't be more than a couple days or a couple weeks at most if the ratios hold.
  4. BTW, thought on Mesaana and the Oath Rod test. If I'm remembering correctly from TGH, Rand asks Lanfear if she is a darkfriend and she's insulted by the question. If the forsaken consider themselves a completely seperate group from those lowly darkfriends, Mesaana can swear on the Oath Rod and say "I am not a darkfriend." I think she's someone who passed the test and is still in the tower.
  5. First of all, my favorite is Verin's chapter. Hands down. But one bit that I apparently found more significant and surprising than others is Egwene's tension with Gawyn after the rescue. After all they've been through, they finally get together and can't work it out. Also, Gawyn's rescue didn't really save Egwene, she would have been fine in the tower. This means that Gawyn still has to make that choice that will decide whether she lives or dies right? And now they're pissed at each other . . .
  6. I think the Perrin/Galad thing is understandable considering he has to leave some climactic events for the end of the next book. Originally this was designed to be one massive tome leading us to the Last Battle. I can't really fault his decisions on where to break it up considering the impossibility of following storylines with Rand, Mat, Perrin, Egwene, Elayne, Nynaeve, and Lan and having a climax in each of these in each book. Jordan himself did something similar when he was forced to break book 10 into halves. Just enjoy the Egwene storyline and we'll get more of Mat and Perrin next book.
  7. No one should be reading here who is afraid of spoilers, but just in case: MINOR SPOILERS BELOW From what Brandon Sanderson has said, this book contains more of Robert Jordan's writing than the final two will. He started by working where Jordan had left the most already done. This means that the Rand/Egwene story lines where probably more fleshed out for him than the brief bits pertaining to Mat and Perrin. Frankly, as nothing much new our surprising happens to Mat or Perrin in this book it's hard to review them. As is mentioned above, Mat is perhaps a little over the top in this book. He's always been one of the best characters at self-deluding himself (besides Nynaeve), but I think Sanderson pushed a little too hard trying to find his voice here. Nothing egregious was done to him, but his chapters are undoubtedly the weak point in the book. Perrin isn't even in enough to tell how well he is written. Masema bites the dust finally, but other than that there is no movement on his plotline. The Egwene storyline was masterful. Many of the minor character viewpoints revolve around this storyline and none of them feel extraneous. Siuan and Bryne finally get somewhere in their relationship just as Egwene and Gawyn reunite with unexpected tension in theirs. There are several groups plotting (all with intelligence) and it makes sense why Egwene comes out on top. My two favorite scenes in this book both involve Egwene. Verin makes a surprise appearance finally explaining what the h%$@# is going on with her. The other comes when the much anticipated Seanchan attack on the White Tower comes to pass. Rand's chapters, on the other hand, were painful to read. Not because they were poorly written, but because you get to watch him going further and further down the wrong road. Towards the end of the book, he encounters a couple people from his past who remind him of how far he is from the "good guy" we all knew in the first two books of the series. Those scenes in particular are well done and truly wrenching. He does make progress at the very end, and I'm hopeful that in the final two volumes we won't have to watch "iron" Rand drive more and more people away from him. Overall, a worthy addition to the series and Sanderson is proving to be as skilled a substitute as could be hoped for.
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