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  1. As for the Seanchan, I think part of the point is that things aren't perfect, and aren't going to end perfectly. 


    Also, Jordan had planned on writing a few "outriggers" that took place fifteen years later and seem like they would have heavily concerned the Seanchan Empire, Mat, and Perrin. Some have speculated that some of the issues people have may have been addressed then.


    Maybe not. We'll never know. Jordan only committed a two sentence pitch to paper about the idea. Everything else was in his head.

  2. I think the Bubble of Evil was mainly a plot device to put off the trial and to try have the timeline make some sense. I agree with you on not needing to see Rand's epiphany again. I didn't even like the scene much myself. Apparently it's a favorite of many , though . . . I also agree with you on Egwene's bargain, though a lot of people dislike it, because they don't like Egwene playing the politician and trying to slowly unite all channelers under the White Tower.

  3. I think Sanderson said that Egwene in this novel was more Jordan, and that Rand was more him. It should be noted that Jordan plotted out many scenes, or left direction on them, but the number of finished scenes/chapters he wrote is less than people initially thought. Sanderson sometimes wrote the ins and out of scenes Jordan sketched, and apparently over 50% of the plotting for these three books is all Sanderson. Jordan would sometimes have major plot points for characters plotted, but leave no direction on how they got from point A to B.

  4. Because you noticed the chronological dissonance, I'd best mention this now. Some plotlines are a month behind at the end of tGS. Those character arcs play catch up in Towers of Midnight. However, what's... interesting... about it all is that Sanderson jumps back and forth between plotlines. So you'll be reading about Perrin (who is a month behind), then jump ahead thirty days to a Rand chapter, then jump backwards thirty days to a Mat chapter... then... you get the idea. It's jarring at times, especially with one character who seems to be in two places at once.

  5. I'm glad you enjoyed it. Unfortunately, some of the very small plot lines and characters that Jordan may have continued are dropped by Sanderson, probably because the scope was so big and Jordan had left a lot to write without instructions. I'm sure many readers were relieved by that, but in your entries you clearly bring them up and wonder where Jordan was going with some of them...

  6. Jordan could have handled Aram, better. The kid felt lost since leaving his family and the Way of the Leaf, his life without purpose or meaning. He was constantly shadowing Perrin hoping to find something to believe in, but Perrin largely ignored him and felt uncomfortable around him. Without Perrin's attentions, Aram found Masema, and Masema had a strong set of beliefs that Aram latched onto.


    See, when summarized like that, it makes a lot of sense, but it all came out of the blue in the novel, and you have to piece together what happened afterwards.


    Much the same can be said about Aran'gar and her purpose with Egwene and the rebels...

  7. The next books are still good quality, the pace just slows down. More politicking and focus on subplots involving secondary and even tertiary characters. Sometimes it can be difficult on the first read because you're itching to see certain things NOW, not later. They stand up better if you ever pick up the series again... Or if you are a patient person who enjoys the expansive plotting.

  8. Good luck. I've taken up the same endeavor myself, and have finished the first two novels. I have to say I think GotM is very much a "mixed bag" that left me wanting, and I really only began to connect to characters and the plot in the last fourth of the book (otherwise I just felt indifferent). DG is a far more entertaining book, and Erikson shows a lot of improvement as an author, though I'm still not bedazzled by the series.


    That's only my opinion, of course. I hope your experience with GotM is much better. The plot certainly begins and moves a lot faster than in other long fantasy epic. I'm sure you're well aware that many people swear by the series.

  9. Some other reasons, in addition to hoping she'll be a "biddable child", is that she has close ties to the Dragon Reborn, which the rebels hope will bring his favor and the favor of other nations. In addition, this isn't ever directly stated, and I'm going to put this in spoiler tags just in case though they're not really spoilers,

    but the rebels are very disorganized. At this point they're likely hoping to negotiate their way back into the Tower, to reach some compromise with the White Tower. Picking an Amyrlin tells the Tower that they're serious, but raising an Accepted is pretty much a sign that they're willing to negotiate. They likely believe that once things are settled Egwene can step down, and as she's only an Accepted everyone can get off with some penances (if that) and she won't face exile or execution.

    As for the written law, "the Amyrlin Seat is Aes Sedai" of course doesn't mean what the rebels construe it to mean. At best (in their favor) is the idea that the Amyrlin Seat is supposed to be the embodiment of Aes Sedai. More likely, their entire legal code was likely written and then translated out of the Old Tongue. It's my belief that what the legal code was really saying was that "the Amyrlin Seat is the servant of all", but the words aes sedai were left untranslated, whether due to a misunderstanding then or what I don't know.

  10. That they can, but this isn't why Delana can't sense her ability to channel. You may remember from the prologue that Aran'gar used to be male and the Dark One transmigrated his soul into a female body. He - now she - still channels Saidin, as the soul is still male.
    I had been wondering about that. I figured becoming a woman would transfer her channeling over to saidar by default.



    There are so many fine details to the metaphysics, fine details that nobody in the universe would ever be able to know. Jordan confirmed in interviews that souls are inherently male or female, not neutral, and that which half of the source can be touched is based on the soul. Shai'tan messed around with that a bit, transmuting a man's soul into an available woman's body. I don't think it's major spoilers, but Aran'gar was

    Balthamel, the man accompanying Aginor at the end of The Eye of the World

    before being given a new body by Shai'tan.

  11. In one of the Forsaken chapters, Rahvin or Sammael senses one of the women channeling the same way Rand does. Sorry for the lack of specifics. It applies to all males, not just Rand. It's not a heavily studied subject. Nor would male channelers themselves necessarily pick up on the connection quickly. The reaction isn't unnatural in any way, it's just goosebumps.

  12. Male channelers can sense when a woman is channeling. It causes goosebumps and a prickling feeling on their skin. This was discovered in The Shadow Rising on one of Egwene's and Elayne's visits to him in Tear.


    You're going to start feeling like a lot of plotlines are getting stretched out over the next few books, I'm sorry to say. Jordan almost seems to lose his way to a number of major plots and a number of sideplots, though he does bring it back together again. Lord of Chaos is still pretty epic, though. It has one of the greatest moments in the series. Enjoy.

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