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  1. People can say what they will about RJ's verbosity, BS is still the series' greatest weakness. Sanderson has two major failures: 1. Trying to tie everything up in AMOL only 2. Mischaracterizing Mat Although books 12 to 14 were supposed to wrap up all the plot lines, BS was still opening new plot hooks in books 12 and 13. The Slayer arc went on too long, and Perrin was wasted in AMOL as a result. The Black Tower arc was also unnecessary. Mat should have finished rescuing Moiraine in book 12, and the final two books should have been devoted exclusively to the Last Battle. This would have given us a much more believable ending. The mischaracterization of Mat is just too difficult to overlook. Mat has always been a pivotal character in the series, and to have him mischaracterized is to excise a part of the series' soul.
  2. No, all jests aside, the point of AMOL is that the only way for the Dark One to win is if all of humanity voluntarily turned to him. In other words, so long as one person resists him, the Dark One has failed to achieve victory. It might sound like a tall order, but remember that he has an eternity to work on it.
  3. Not really a horde, just a squad or two, and he didn't last very long either.
  4. I would say that's more his plan B. If he could overrun humanity with trollocs, he absolutely would.
  5. Doubtful. Ishamael only went to Hawkwing once he finished his conquests. Throughout the 3000 years, Ishamael's actions were designed to slow down or even regress mankind's progress. If his trollocs could have defeated Hawkwing, he could have started a second trolloc war.
  6. To put it simply, the Borderlands exist because everything north of them has already been consumed. Case in point, see Shienar. The Borderland nations have no leverage over the southern nations. They cannot just "let some Trollocs through", because those Trollocs will just raid and pillage borderland villages. We have some examples of such dynamics in real world history. During the Warring States era of China, more than 2000 years ago, the Kingdom of Zhao held the northern barbarians at bay. That did not prevent the other six Kingdoms from fighting each other or fighting with Zhao. The fact is, from the end of the Trolloc Wars until the beginning of The Eye of the World, a period of some 2000 years, Trollocs were a relatively minor threat. Artur Hawkwing fought an army of Trollocs and crushed them, even as he proceeded to conquer the borderlands along with every other known nation.
  7. Myrddraal can sense channeling. They are used in the ritual to forcibly turn channelers to the Shadow, where 13 channelers channel through 13 myrddraals. They have otherwordly abilities and can bind Trollocs to their will. I think the idea that Myrddraal are those trolloc spawns that would otherwise be able to to channel if they were human makes a lot of sense. However, I don't believe they were "exposed" to the OP or TP in the womb, no more than human channelers are "exposed" to the OP while in the womb. Instead, they are simply "throwbacks" to the human stock, and their otherwise affinity for channeling is twisted into their Myrddraal abilities. Thus, a Trolloc that gives birth to a Myrddraal in a stedding would simply have a Myrddraal baby.
  8. Sounds like you missed a lot of subtle hints about their growing attraction to each other. My advice is to just take it in stride and keep reading. The Wheel of Time is not meant to be read just once. The Eye of the World, especially, is a pleasure to read the second time around. You will certainly pick up all the subtle hints then (and not just about Lan and Nynaeve!).
  9. No, it was not obvious at all. You only think this because you have hindsight bias. Moiraine had no inkling that the Dragon Reborn would be associated with the Aiel. Nobody did. Nobody knew anything about the Aiel except that they were crazy badasses. People in Emond's Field knew Tam left the Two Rivers when he was young and came back with a wife and a babe. That's it. Nobody knew what Tam did, and most people did not even realize that Rand was born outside the Two Rivers. Nynaeve knew it, and she lied to her. It would have been highly unlikely for anyone else to tell Moiraine Rand was born outside. Therefore, although Moiraine likely had suspicions, she did not have any proof. Rand looked different, true, but everyone said that was because his mother was an outsider. Just because Rand's mom was an outsider didn't mean Rand was born on the slopes of Dragonmount. That would have been a huge assumption to make. The Trollocs attacked only 3 places on Winternight: Rand's, Perrin's, and Mat's. Therefore, it was clear that the Shadow wanted those 3 boys, and what the Shadow wants, Moiraine opposes. It would have been the utmost folly for her to take only Rand based on her suspicions and leave the other two boys: what if she was wrong? The Dragon Reborn would have fallen into the Shadow's hands then. As Moiraine is wont to say: "The Wheel weaves as the Wheel wills." The Pattern wove Rand, Mat and Perrin closely for a reason. If Moiraine had only taken Rand with her, and left Mat and Perrin to be killed or captured by the Shadow, then the world would have been doomed.
  10. I think that's debatable. While it certainly wasn't rape, Myrelle did take advantage of the situation. In any case, it's irrelevant, because nobody cared about the sex. It was the act of passing the bond that was considered a crime, because the Warder had no say in it.
  11. That's not really an issue. In AMOL, the Shadow already has a unified leadership.
  12. If you're referring to warding the Shadowspawn, there is also a passage in The Dragon Reborn where Lan and Moiraine did not sense a warded darkhound. Lan also mentioned how Aes Sedai and Warders are not able to detect gray men.
  13. 1. The Last Battle Trollocs overran the combined might of the borderlands. Even if this wasn't as massive as the Trollocs War hordes, Egwene only had a fraction of the Light side's forces. 2. Aginor hasn't been around for 3000 years, yet the Shadowspawn self-propagated just fine. We did hear about the Darkhounds, there was an army of them at Shayol Ghul. 3. Yes, Shadowspawn can be warded to avoid Aes Sedai detection. In The Great Hunt, one such draghkar almost killed Moiraine. 4. The light side had access only to a handful of "renegade" Ashaman. The Shadow had the bulk of the Black Tower And the Red Veils! There were around 100 Black Ajah Aes Sedai, so the Shadow could have fielded 3 full circles of 72, while the Light side would barely have been able to field one. 5. Trollocs and Myrddraal can't Travel, but Dreadlords and Red Veils can. While the Light side *could* have used Traveling to make hit and run attacks on the Shadow, we never see this happen. The point is, the LB could have been made much more exciting without needing to add the Sharans.
  14. In the Trolloc Wars, a united White Tower with more powerful Aes Sedai could not hold back the Trolloc Hordes, yet Egwene and her broken Tower could run roughshod over the Trollocs? The Seanchan knew to deploy assassins against the White Tower, why didn't the Shadow deploy warded draghkar and gray men? The Shadow had both Black Ajah and Taim's Ashaman. They also had the knowledge of the Forsaken. A circle of 72 would have outgunned anything the Light side could have fielded.
  15. The Sharans are simply unnecessary. The Shadow has the Black Ajah, half the Black Tower, Red Veils, not to mention the surviving Forsaken. It has countless Trollocs and Myrddraal, Gray Men and Draghkar. Instead of bringing in a new threat, BS should have made better use of what was already there.
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