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  1. We've gotten reliable news that Keira Chansa will be portraying a young Siuan, so that would mean Maria Kennedy could not be playing the older version of Siuan. Pretty sure that leaves her as Verin, or maybe Elaida, but Verin is more important in Book 1&2 than Elaida. Also do we know if its been confirmed that little Robyn Betteridge is playing young Moiraine?
  2. Tenesmus' review of AMOL. I need to comment on the series as a whole before wrapping up with AMOL specific comments. I began reading WOT at the end of 1990. I read EOTW and TGH back to back and thought they were pretty darn good. It wasn't until I read TDR that I realized I was hooked. Then I waited patiently for each volume. I loved them all, but then I remember after ACOS, I thought, "Still pretty good, but I hope the next one is better". Rand and Sammy's battle just seemed like it was phoned in. I got TPOD and remember being quite pissed at the end. I think what really set me off was Egwene's ending in that book. All the war build up and it ends with them opening a gateway. I literally stood up, yelled, "WHAT THE F@#$!!!" and slammed the book onto the table next to me. I thoroughly enjoyed WH and felt re-energized as a fan. COT came out, and instead of being angry like TPOD, I felt used by what I thought at the time was a self indulgent author. Though, to be fair, on a re-read it grew on me. KOD came out and, again, I felt energized as a fan. When I heard RJ passed, I was surprised at how sad it made me feel. I was unprepared for the melancholy I experienced at the thought of never seeing these characters in my mind again. Not ever getting a new book was a secondary sadness. I felt like the Dark One had in fact won TLB and destroyed the Pattern. When I heard that BS would finish the story, I read a couple of his books and enjoyed them. BS completed a thankless task. I have closure. I don't focus on what was written, I think of the story, the characters, the scenes, the moments. The story is RJs, some of the words are BSs. So be it. I know the end, and that is good. I'll leave the sanctimonious parsing and pedantic quibbling to others and just say, "Thank you." I personally believe that Rand's new pipe is just a terangreal from the stash that works for non-channelers. That is MY ending, the way RJ inended. Now for AMOL specifically, There were some very touching and well crafted scenes; Rand/Tam, Noal/Olver, Perrin's arc, Egwene's arc, Lan's arc. All very well done. I even enjoyed the brief Moiraine POV and her tea. I think BS' hands were tied when it came to certain details that RJ left undone. BS probably didn't want to create or change existing canon,and played it safe just connecting the dots that RJ left behind. I can't fault him for that. Most of the time when he strayed off the ranch, he did it well; Androl, Perrin. When he was just conencting the dots, it sometimes came off flat; Fain, Demandred. I am really interested in reading Demandred's arc in the upcoming anthology for this reason alone. I give it a solid "B," not quite a B+, but how could it be? I honestly think we got this ending 2-4 years earlier than if RJ completed it, and we would have been critiquing it just as hard, for some of the same reasons. All is well. The Wheel, she keeps a' turnin'.
  3. Just finished...Whew! Satisfied. Mat/Fain= Clunky. Needed at least one chapter, paragraph, sentence, something prior to that last scene Perrin/Faile= Meh. Perrin's last scene should have been in Mayene, where he finds Faile and Galad both dead. His POV ends with him crying in Berelain's arms... Noal/Olver= Most emotional scene. Tam= Very well done. Birgitte= Yay! Happy ending! Moiraine= OK. Book not big enough to do her justice Rand's time in SG= Well done. Overall, strong work. An enormous undertaking. I could quibble, but I won't. I'll just send a heart felt and meaningful "Thank you" to Harriet and Brandon.
  4. I really hope this story is Logain's road trip, or it may even be Loial at the Stump, Should be good
  5. I Foretell that Avi will forget the names of her future children when she thinks about changing thier names
  6. I Foretell that the "kid" Slayer saw lurking in an alley in the Town was actually Padan Fain scoping the place out, and that Fain's current target is none other than Shadair Haran
  7. If this was done correctly, every main charecter would die. Each death would be a meaningful sacrifice that acts as a puzzle piece that builds on the previous death and lays the foundation for the next death, so that when the final charectar dies it is the coup de grace that brings about the ultimate defeat of the DO. THE END
  8. It will end up being Roedran. He is mentioned in Chapter 1, and is being set up for something. at the FOM. At the pace this last book will need to flow, it would be too jarring for it to be anyone else. Shara is even looking less likley. We got a hint of red viels in TOM, so if something was coming out of Shara, we would have been given a tiny glimpse in either TGS or TOM. Maybe Shara comes after TLB, when all has been torn asunder.
  9. I think Androl is a very old nomad gifted with the abilty to Travel. I think at some point he will be revealed to be quite old; kinda like the lone male equivalent of The Kin, moving from place to place, staying long enough to make a difference, but never long enough to get tied down. I wouldn't be suprised if he has run into Cadsuane at some point over the years. Could the act of creating with the power also stem the taint effects? Could he be disciplined enough wiht the power to only have made gateways to Travel over the years?
  10. I keep picturing Androl making teeny tiny death gates and flicking them over and over off the tips of his fingers like boogers.... Sorry, I digress. We have to expect Naeff to show up in a disguise at some point, right? I wonder if Androl got 13 Ogiers and 13 channelers then he could compel someone to the Light?
  11. I am not complaining. I have been nothng but impressed with how this series is being brought to a conclusion. It just struck me as odd when Talmanes mentioned the Myrdraal stuck full of arrows becasue in the snippet prior to that one he thought about how all his crossbowmen were guarding thier flanks. So I thought, who the heck shot the Myrdaal full of arrows, because there is never any mention of archers in the Band or later with Guybon.
  12. Just a minor observation. I believe it is the second (maybe third) snippet with Talmanes POV in the Prologue. In it Melten is treating Talmanes and calls him Dreadbane for the first time. Talmanes says something to the effect of, "it had about seventeen arrows in it at the time." Shouldn't it be "bolts" instead of "arrows." I don't believe there are any archers in the Band, only crossbowmen, and they shoot crossbow bolts, not arrows. Excellent Prologue, by the way.
  13. Anyone else think the 'child" that Isam saw hiding in the shadows was actually Padan Fain?
  14. Am I the only one who thought the child that Isam saw ducking into an alley was actually Padan Fain? Just saying... it was the first thing to pop into my head as I was reading it.
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