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  1. It was a nice little read. I think it could have been interwoven into the Prologue of aMoL to provide a lot more context to what was happening. The Bao-Wyld (i.e., Beowolf) parallel to Demandred makes a lot more sense when this scene is added which maps to Beowolf confrontation with Grendel and Grendel's mother. That being said, didn't the Wyld prophecy require Bao to die in the pits and be reborn? It seemed like he just went down and came back up, unless they are implying that "Demandred" died in there once he decided to take up the "Bao the Wyld" role for real and not as a scam. One point I was confused about is why Demandred had to masquerade as a slave and work his way up from there. It seems more logical that he would leverage whatever available Darkfriends he had access to in Shara to start out in more of a position of power. Another contradiction is that Bao obtains Sakarnen so he would finally have the power to beat Lews Therin, but he tells Taim in aMoL (when he gives Sakarnen to Taim) that he wants to beat Lews Therin without the sa'angreal to prove he is better. Also, what was the "City of Dreams", and why did Mintel risk his soul to come to see Bao?
  2. Mat probably didn't know about horizontal gateways until recently, and didn't realize the risk to the cannons because he did not fully understand the One Power threat (previously he'd mostly seen what some da'mane or Moiraine could do). When he first envisioned the cannons he thought about them firing from 2+ miles away out of range of channelers, but not out of range of berzerker-robot Demandred in a 72-link + sa'angreal. Also, he didn't have to wait till dawn per se, but he needed to wait for roughly half the Trollocs to cross the river so he could split the army. He's outnumbered overall so he needs to outnumber the enemy in local concentrations wherever he can to reduce their advantage. That part was mostly clear. What I understood less was why he sent the Seanchan away so they could make a surprise return. I mean, it's not like he sent them away to flank the enemy, but just to kill time and come back later? That seemed kind of odd, because in the meanwhile his troops were getting decimated. Also, why in the Light did Androl only use the lava-spewing gateway that once? He should have gotten himself in control of a large circle and dumped lava on the whole lot of them.
  3. Mat probably didn't know about horizontal gateways until recently, and didn't realize the risk to the cannons because he did not fully understand the One Power threat (previously he'd mostly seen what some da'mane or Moiraine could do). When he first envisioned the cannons he thought about them firing from 2+ miles away out of range of channelers, but not out of range of berzerker-robot Demandred in a 72-link + sa'angreal. Also, he didn't have to wait till dawn per se, but he needed to wait for roughly half the Trollocs to cross the river so he could split the army. He's outnumbered overall so he needs to outnumber the enemy in local concentrations wherever he can to reduce their advantage. That part was mostly clear. What I understood less was why he sent the Seanchan away so they could make a surprise return. I mean, it's not like he sent them away to flank the enemy, but just to kill time and come back later? That seemed kind of odd, because in the meanwhile his troops were getting decimated.
  4. So basically, we're screwed but future generations of readers that can read all the books straight through will get the full impact of the ending? Where did he state this? He said 10,000; not 100,000. 100,000 would be over a quarter of the book.
  5. I echo this sentiment completely. I was disappointed in Crossroads of Twilight when it came out because I felt there was so little plot progression, but now I find it to be one of my go-to books for picking up and flicking to a random page because there are so many little things to pick up on. I've either matured as a reader or I know all the main plot points by heart so I have nothing else to do but start digging deeper (probably both). My fear (which was present even before Luckers' review) is I'm going to like aMoL but years from now will have little reason to scour through it for those secondary character / plot-point nuggets. Luckers, do you feel like some of the 'missing' secondary sub-plots were written (or at least considered) but cut out of the book? After all, River of Souls is going to be released in that upcoming anthology. Maybe the problem was that some of those sections were cut out without inserting some kind of nod to their occurrence in the remaining sections. I mean, that doesn't really redeem some of the superficiality concerns, but might help to explain why some things weren't mentioned at all. Thanks Luckers. I've found your opinions to be substantially unbiased and reliable, and appreciate the review.
  6. Today's memory is funny, although it's not really such a huge secret given that he left the Stedding years before he should have to see the world.
  7. Ogier populations were decimated in Randland due in part to the Breaking but much more so to the Longing. Even 3000 years probably is not enough to recuperate. However, there are probably many more Ogier in Seanchan because they never went through the Longing (stedding must either be more abundant there or they were moved less during the Breaking) and Seanchan is just a lot bigger. That being said, it's not like they brought their whole population over on ships with the Corenne either. All that being said, I agree that the Ogier involved in the Great stump probably only number 20000-30000 and won't do much by themselves to turn the tides. Never thought of it before, but I guess the male Aes Sedai that built the Ways were only helped by Randland Ogier, and were totally disconnected from Seanchan, as the Ways do not appear to connect to Seanchan.
  8. Could be anybody that took a beating in the Last Battle. Egwene, Elayne, Amys, etc.
  9. Today's Memory. Pretty self-explanatory. Bad stuff happens. Although, this is on a world-scale. Couldn't be the Trollocs no army would wipe out a world-spanning species in a few hours. Has to be a Dark One event. My guess is that the Dark One waits for the solar eclipse (or perhaps was responsible for moving the earth / moon into position) and then holds it there, so one side of the world bakes while the other side is steeped in night. Could be anything though really. Maybe all the food in the world disappears after Rand breaks the Seals.
  10. Well so much for midnight release. Ummm... how does Faile end up on Bela?... Bela is in the White Tower stables right now right?
  11. I was thinking something like that. But... what time zone would they be using? Tor is based somewhere in Canada right, or did I imagine that?
  12. Yeah could be a nightmare or something. I mean the Blight is appearing at random all over in a spotty fashion but it's a pretty big jump from that to a whole region 1000 leagues south of the conventional Blight-border
  13. Because it was in public, and Taim doesn't want most of the people to know they're trapped. I mean, Taim's gameplan is to lie to everybody that there's no division between him and Logain (that's the task he's put Mezar and Welyn to at least), so what the heck is the point of going through that effort and then publicly harass / intimidate / attack Logain's most ardent supporters? That would call out the lie to the people he's trying to assuage of suspicion. Taim doesn't have the manpower to stop a stampede of people from leaving the Black Tower; he only has a few people stationed at intervals around the perimeter; it would be easy to breach that type of enclosure with a concentrated effort, assuming you had enough people (and assuming that Taim's people also can't use gateways to bring in support when that happens, which we can't assume necessarily because there are 'keys' to the Dreamspike and maybe Taim can share the key). As far why he doesn't just start Turning people en masse, keep in mind we don't know the specifics of the 13x13 trick, but my guess it that it kills all the Fades involved, so you can't just Turn the whole Black Tower in a single night unless you have 13000 Fades lying around. Plus, it would be very difficult to implement the 13x13 trick at the Black Tower itself because all the channelers would feel the presence of the nearby Shadowspawn (unless they were all warded which would make implementation more difficult). So, you'd either have to kidnap people and take them to someone who knows the Dreamspike key for Traveling, or put a hood over their head and leave through one at the checkpoints where channeling is possible again. So Taim could obviously have his cronies take Androl and his group, but it would be noisy and he's trying to keep everybody oblivious. He probably figures he has nothing to lose by biding his time, unless he has sufficient outright power to quell any resistance even if organized.
  14. wondering the same thing. the article does mention it being an excerpt It's just the first scene of Chapter 3 - this is from Brandon's Facebook posting:
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