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  1. Shadowspawn die going through gateways. Other than that, I agree with your point. I would think it would have been a much better plan to annihilate the major cities of the world with the Sharans while the Trollocs kept the Light armies occupied. Even so, I'm not sure a battle was even required for the Shadow. The Shadow was winning, the land was dying.
  2. +1 This hits the nail on the head for me, too. There simply were no magic moments in this final book -- no edge of your seat, I must keep my eyes open to see what happens next. There were no moments where I said to myself - WOW that was COOL! On the other hand, there were plenty of WTF moments, like when Eggy invents anti-balefire mid-battle, or when I realized that, yes, this stupid trading of dream-realities is the actual confrontation with the DO, or when we skipped right over the battle for the Black Tower, or when Perrin slept through the LB. My biggest pet-peeve, however, is the fact BS didn't make the story line up with the Epilogue RJ had written. The epilogue has Rand(?) carrying Moridin(?) out of the Pit alone -- no Nyn or Moiraine in sight. Conversely, BS has the 4 of them in the Pit. Am I to believe that Moiraine and Nynaeve walked out of the Pit long before Rand/Moridin without helping? There's no way.... There are a whole lot of different ways to get from point A to point B, and I admittedly hate a lot of the choices BS made, but, please, at LEAST get us to point B. It's clear that RJ did not intend the two women to be in the Pit. That should have been a starting point. You've got KOD as an end point, the epilogue as a target and some notes for the in between -- couldn't you at a minimum connect the dots?
  3. Ditto. The entire series felt like watching a movie at a theater. The ending felt like watching a made-for-TV movie while folding laundry.
  4. In fairness, healing stilling was supposed to be impossible, and we never saw one of the uber-healers try to heal anyone that was burned-out. I'm not saying your assessment is incorrect, just that it's not 100% certain from the evidence available.
  5. Just out of curiosity, was there ever any mention of Demandred's sword-prowess prior to AMOL? I never thought of Demandred as having any interest in the sword, then all of a sudden he's the greatest blademaster in the series. I'm wondering if I missed something...
  6. Exactly how I was thinking. Kind of surprised more people haven' t complained about it. It just felt so incomplete. If you had been following RJ, than you knew that he would never had written a huge epilogue with everything tied up. He wanted the world to be alive and he succeded in that. There are still a lot of things to discuss. We know he wouldn't have. That doesn't make it right. And again, I think it should be clear from our posts that we aren't aching for a Harry Potter-type epilogue where we know everything's okay and all questions are answered. A proper resolution winds you down out of the climax. I don't need to see Elayne's kids being born. I don't need to know Perrin and Faile go back to the Two Rivers or how the succession in Saldaea goes. That's different than what we're asking for. A little reflection by the characters now, that might be nice. Its what you would have wanted. Not what everyone wanted or even RJ. I've been pretty critical of this last book. That being said, we're in SO MUCH of a better place than if the series had ended with KOD. Perhaps I and others like me would have just preferred to go straight from KOD to a release of RJ's notes, but at least there's now AN ending. It may not be the ending we want or the ending we feel like we deserve, but at least we have an ending. I don't mind the lack of resolution.
  7. Speaking of... there were a few that would have been nice to see -- the Two-Rivers folk (male and female) and Sharina for a few.
  8. Logain's realization that he was going to have a decent future. Faile being found alive.... if only Perrin could have left her for dead....
  9. Ok, maybe I misinterpreted something, but didn't Seanchan launch another invasion of the White Tower that we never hear about?
  10. I agree that Fain needed more screen time.... and maybe to accomplish a little something more. I was waiting for him to convert some Darkhounds. I also liked the Compulsion trick on the Generals -- although it seemed like it would have been a lot tougher to pull off than they made it seem. Additionally, it seemed strange that Graendel didn't at least TRY to use compulsion on Mat... she did have access to the TP after all. Moggy getting collared wasn't right to me. Is it REALLY that easy to sneak up behind her and slap a collar on her neck? It's not that easy to sneak up on anyone, much less someone like her. I enjoy that it happened to her, but I would have liked a better lead up to it. Where were the rest of the Darkfriends? I wanted some more good secret agent stuff. There was a little, so maybe I'm just a little too greedy. Lanfear boggles me. Her arc was just.... weird. Shadar Haran go buh-bye. Sooooo..... he just poofed? Very strange ending for him -- it made some sense, but it was very odd.
  11. Seanchan only made a partial appearance (at a minimum the empire has to be 5 times the size currently in Randland), despite tons of on camera time. The Seafolk did next to nothing.... a few channelers worked on the Bowl of the Winds -- no other contribution of channelers or fighters, again despite tons of camera time. The Finns were completely out of the fight. The Isle of Madmen wasn't used. The ghosts that popped up all over the world were absent. The Shaido stayed in the Waste. I don't see that there was any real need to include Shara in the Last Battle, simply because it was mentioned a couple of times.
  12. Taim was absolutely not Demandred. Ever. Right from his first appearance, we are given information which undermines the whole idea, and really this just bears it out. Taim's corruption of the BT and his fight with Egwene gave him plenty to do, and while Demandred in Shara didn't receive enough foreshadowing for the role it went on to play, it does make sense - the references to Shara did lead to plenty of speculation that something was going on there. Taimandred makes no sense, and it makes no sense to claim it was once the plan and the plan changed. what information? After he was caught. My assumption (before we "knew" from RJ that Taim wasn't Demandred) was that Demandred took his place after Taim was caught by the AS, probably with the aid of the black ajah. The real Taim was removed (probably killed), and Demandred began posing as Taim.
  13. RJ stated flat out that he never intended Taim to be Demy and was surprised when people linked them so strongly. Methinketh RJ didth protest too much. +1 for Taimandred camp. I think the change ruined lots of RJ's plans as well. Taimandred was going to bring an awesome force to the LB.... instead, Taim brought tatters from the Black Tower and Demandred scooped up a nation we knew little about.
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