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  1. Nah ... re-reading this series is almost like going back into an MMO. Way too much of a time sink. Would probably take a month to re-read this entire series and with all these characters and such I would need a box full of Advil to keep the headaches at bay. I remember enough important details to know exactly what is going on in the final book. RJ did a ton of minor character building in the previous books, but as we have seen it was done unnecessarily. Brandon is not going back and even touching 90% of the minor characters described in these books or the conversations that those people had. It is all about the main characters, as it always should have been.
  2. Well, it is hard for me to see, at this point, anyone dying. We have gone a long time without a major character even getting close to being killed, despite the freakin Chosen out there hunting most of them. We have had plenty " oooo this person is going to dieeee! " moments but never a " zomg I cannot believe they killed this character ! " I think the last time I felt anything like that was with Moraine. And now she is back .. soo ... I am not really sitting here waiting for anyone to die. Everyone will live happily ever after. I think the only character who has a real chance of dying is Rand. Every single thing these books have led up to is Rand sacrificing himself for the world to save the world. If he ends up living, I really think that would be an incredibly poor choice.
  3. I pretty much guessed how the opening of this book would play out. With the sacking of Caemlyn being the main thing we hear about and that event effecting the outcome of the big Meeting. How Elayne would find out about it and go rogue. I also predicted how Avi would show up during the meeting and tell everyone about how powerful the Seachan could become and how they will treat the Aiel. So far so good. I am predicting that Rand actually is forced to bow to the Empress, and not just because he is playing a game, but because he absolutely will need the power of the Seachan to win this battle. With the destruction of most of the White and Black Tower's, the DO will have a much easier time fighting the armies of Randland then ever before. The situation will be dire, and almost unwinnable with the Seachan. Somehow Mat will be involved, and will probably make Tuon promise or swear an oath not to attack anyone in the land anymore. Something like that.
  4. I'm really waiting to see just how accurate the prophecies of the Seachan really are. It seems like Tuon knew about Rand losing his hand and then she knew something about the coming eyesight issues Rand would have. It seems they have some accurate prophecies but just how accurate will they really be? Thats going to be a major thing I want to see unfold. I want to see what Rand is going to do once the truth about Taim is revealed and a majority of those in the Black Tower. Then that along with the attack on the White Tower may make him make difficult decisions, possibly resulting in him " kneeling " to the Empress. He will need the power of the Seachan if the White Tower is broken along with the Black Tower. I also want to see if the last line of the book reads To Be Continued. Or even better, " I win again Lews Therin ".
  5. My mind keeps going back to the days of Ewgene being captured by the Seachan. You learn of their ways toward Aes Sedai very quickly and how they train them like you would a dog. The torturing and the baiting was pretty jarring. Especially when Min is running and you " hear Ewgene screaming ", only to run into Nynaeve right at that moment. Then the moment when Ewgene is freed and leaps onto her torturer and does the same to her. Strong and tense moment.
  6. The Seachan channeler's are hardened weapons. They are like starved and beaten Bulls. They are starved of the power so when they finally get the chance to use the power they don't even care what they end up doing they just drink it in like it is their last meal. Those two things combined make for one incredibly deadly combination. On the other hand, the Aiel wise one's are great warriors, but nothing really in comparison to the Seachan. Really the only match the Seachan have are the Asha'Man. They are basically trained the same way, except the Asha'man are free and not dogs on leashes. I think this will have a very big impact on what Rand does when he learns about the Black Tower and how most of the world's asha'man are now in the hands of the DO. With that revelation mixed with the sacking of the White Tower? The world would have no defense against the Seachan armies. Brute strength vs. Brute strength will always favor the Seachan in the end. The Seachan is the biggest threat to this world that has been created. Far beyond the Chosen if you ask me. The Chosen have not lived up to their reputation in any way, shape or form and they are more like squabbling children then anything.
  7. Personally I think Androl is Logain. He has just been masking himself to be able to see exactly what is happening in the Tower and know that he senses the trouble and knows whats up, he is gathering his " army " and working to spring a trap.
  8. Yeah, I thought in Chapter 1 Rand is pretty much for sure that Demandred is the one behind the attack on Caemlyn. To break up this meeting, to divide the forces 1 at a time and take them out as they are weaker, etc. Oldest trick in the book indeed. Rand isn't falling for it, but I'm sure someone will. And then you have a new Chosen in Taim. Something tells me Taim is going to cause some major problems. The dude has an army of Dreadlords at this disposal! He is probably the most dangerous Chosen at this time.
  9. If the prologue is about the attack on Caemlyn I doubt it is still happening by Chapter 11. It is likely over by then. Also, Matt is not with Moraine or Thom, so that whole thing is over and done with. Which likely means, by this point the big meeting is over, the attack on the WT may have happened already and the demands of Rand are known to all. Moraine is likely with Rand and Thom at this point in the story. So Matt is likely going to this place to speak directly to his wife to see what he can fish out of her, or stop her altogether from continuing down this course. That is my theory anyway. Loved the read. Can't wait to read this whole thing. The prologue was fantastic, and this chapter 11 .. 2 pages of material is great also.
  10. The only thing that, I do not think anyway, that has been mentioned is the Ogier. Who knows? He could have turned some of them to the shadow and made a grand army full of violent and dark Ogier. That would be a site to see on the battlefield! Hey, anything is possible with the Forsaken.
  11. According to those visions the Aiel have a blood-feud with the Seachan. As I remember, since I read it recently, the Aiel continued to try and convince the Seachan to release the wise ones they were holding captive but it was always met with silence. So after a year and a day, it all became a blood-feud. And in the Aiel world, that means War is already at hand, so the killing of that patrol was pretty much just business as usual. Throughout you do see a shift in the ideals of Ji'e'toh and all that, but the means to the end is something Avi already see's occuring. The capturing of Wise Ones ( in TGS the aiel are already talking about this and it becoming a blood fued ) and that becoming the inevitable war between them and the Seachan. The only thing that makes it impossible for the Aiel to be victorious is the fact that the other nations of the land are bound by the Dragons Peace and will not enter the war against the Seachan. If that happened from the start, something tells me the Aiel would be victorious. Since then alone were able to fight the Seachan into a Stalemate. With everyone else at their backs, a victory is highly likely.
  12. The Hunger Games - The DO's victory over everyones worst fear ... fighting hungry. Something the DO has been working at for what, 7 books now.
  13. When it comes to Callandor. Why doesn't Avi simply try and identify the object? As for that 3rd object being a dreamspike. No way. That is in a dagger's sheath. No way you put a dreamspike in something like that. 0% chance in my mind of that being a dreamspike.
  14. Couldn't the destruction of the Ferry be simply the way the world is headed? It could have been the taint, or the people in that area could of abandoned the place and used the wood for fires during their travels. Everyone is feeling the pull, and as the other lines of the opening show ... most people KNOW it is the end and are either too hungry to care or simply wandering to the north somewhere.
  15. I don't think this series ends with this book to be honest. Too much shown in Avi's future for the last battle to be IT. Unless they lose or Rand dies. But. even then, you could have future books about the war against the Seachan. And tbh, the Seachan are far more powerful then even the armies of the DO have shown so far. They have hundreds, possibly thousands of well trained people who can channel just begging to be loosed on the world. Right now the only thing holding the Seachan back is well ... the last battle. Once that is over, they will want to conquer everything, which is already destined for them. So who knows. The last battle is going to be intense, epic even. But man, the war against the Seachan could dwarf all of it combined.
  16. Personally with the future that Avi saw there is no way around letting the Seachan go free. It is known to her now that the Seachan will oppress her people and they will sometime in the future be shattered, broken and hunted into extinction. It also shows her how powerful the Seachan will become. The White Tower will fall, the Asha will be hunted, and pretty much the entire world will fall under their rule. So I think Avi, knowing this, will try and convince the kingdoms of the world to unite together after the last battle to take out the Seachan.
  17. I think one of the things she asked of the snakes and foxes was how to properly seal the dark ones prison. And now she has escaped with that answer. So now she will be able to assist Rand in properly doing the job this time.
  18. He probably WAS going to ask for peace, but that is until Avien arrives and tells him what she saw in their future if such a thing occured. And then, they will probably hear about the attack on the white tower by the seachan and I doubt at that point they will even think about peace with the Seachan. What role Matt will play in the overall Seachan theme will be interesting though. Matt's opinion on the whole matter could have a large effect on Rand's thinking. You also have that other Seachan soldier, forget her name at the moment, wanting peace with the mainland. So who knows. So many different possibilities it is hard to say. In the end Tuon may just want Rand to bow to her, thus fulfilling that other prophecy that the dragon will kneel before the crystal throne and perhaps a promise .... Who knows, things could get so bad at the White Tower that Rand will see no other way for peace with the Seachan, or atleast for Seachan to stop their conquest, other then kneeling and perhaps giving promises for the future of the Seachan after the last battle. Something like that. What will the world be able to do if most of the aes sedai are dead or captured in the white tower? many hundreds of new channelers into the seachan ranks, perhaps thousands. Eventually a force is simply too strong for you to face.
  19. For a series that has dragged on for as long as this one, I am still in shock that the final book will even be released. What with the death of the author and everything else going on. I would love to see this book released around Christmas time ( which is something TOR and Harriet should really shoot for ) but you know, this is a series that has lasted over a decade now. Waiting a bit more is nothing to be at this point. Just knowing this IS the FINAL book is enough for me. I can certainly understand pure frustration though. I think this is the single longest running single book series in the history of books. What makes the wait worse is that the last 2 books have actually been really good and the stage is set VERY WELL for the final book's events. I'm downright anxious to see what happens with the Seachan, with Rand, with everyone really. I mean this is the last book! It's finally here! Well .. way over there anyway. I seriously expected something to happen like the initial draft bursting into flame or something and them just saying forget it, we'll do without a last book. At this point, I expect things like that with this series. I mean lord, I believe I was 14 or so when I read the first 2 books lol. Think it was 7 years ago when I first read the words " the end is coming, and fast! " or something like that. I wanted a September release or something, but whatever. I'm in pure whatever mode with this last book. I'm excited and anxious, but ... whatever. I just can't wait for them to hit November and say " we need another month " muwahaha ... oh how the Dark One will laugh.
  20. Thats what happens when you try to create too many characters lol. You lose track of some. All in all, who cares. I think the author was just trying to rid the final book of any no-name people noone cares about. Everyone knows book 12 and 13 were not edited very well, so this slipped through the cracks as well.
  21. I think Moraine will get along with Egwene but will be completely on Rand's side in the meeting, if she gets there in time. Either that or Moraine somehow now knows how to properly seal the dark one away forever and will relay that information to Rand as long as she can be one of the people to assist. The main thing I ponder about when it comes to the last book is the Seachan. Too many possibilities. They have a force far strong enough to battle anyone in the world and they are currently about to fully invade the White Tower using travelling. How this effects the overall battle is going to be a major point to what will happen with the rest of the book. I think this event may become the intro of the book, or atleast happen in the very early chapters. Perhaps it occurs during the meeting when Egwene and many others are away? I see the Seachan totally destroying the white tower and then news of this being brought to the meeting somehow, which will completely shape the turn of events from then on out. I don't have much thought on Moraine at the moment. Cool that she is back and all, but its just another Aes Sedai to throw into the pile. Well, 1 Aes Sedai that Rand actually likes anyway. Not too many of those to go around.
  22. I for one have never disliked Egwene. However she does have the tendency to think she is ALWAYS correct on whatever the issue may be. Whether she is speaking to a king, the Amyrlin, the Dragon Reborn, Aes Sedai, whatever. She is pretty self centered and arrogant. I have never disliked her though, despite that. I think her time with the Seachan in book 2 really shaped who she became through the rest of the series. That constant reminder in the back of the head that she can be used as nothing but a pet / tool for someone else had to really throw off her entire psyche. Which of course made me enjoy that part of book 12 even moreso. I probably re-read that section 10-15x just because it was so dramatic and well written. I especially do not agree though with what Egwene is doing at this point in time in the storyline. In regards to assisting the Dragon Reborn in his trials. Or should I say, her unwillingness to assist.
  23. I'd say the big drop off begins around book 7. Book 8-10 are a waste of paper in my personal opinion. Sure cool things happen, but they fill about 30 pages of 650+ page novels. Crossroads of Twilight is perhaps the best example of a waste of paper. It literally takes 400 pages for anything remotely interesting to occur in that book and the interesting section is not all that interesting. Book 8-10 are pretty bad. Book 11 is better. Book 12 and 13 are fantastic again thanks to the new writer speeding along the story telling and actually getting things to happen. Perhaps that is what Jordan would have done as well, but we'll never know. The whole of the series is fantastic even with the big drop off in the later novels. The main thing Jordan did badly was create WAY too many small storylines and he created WAY too many characters. Literally hundreds of names characters with descriptions, back-story's and storylines to go with it. Very hard to keep up with them all by book 6 or so. You can also literally skip entire paragraphs or pages or sections of a chapter without missing anything. Jordan had a strange way of being able to describe a wall with terrific detail for an entire page. Or spend far too much time describing how someone is reacting to a certain topic of a conversation or whatever. It gets boring and old real fast. Books 1-6 are amazing things. Book 7 is pretty good. Book 8-10 are pretty bad. Book 11-13 have been terrific. Can't wait to finally get to end this series and then hope for a movie trilogy or HBO series ala Game of Thrones.
  24. I personally think the Black Tower will become a shell of itself once it is all said and done. There will be plenty of male channelers left but they will be greatly reduced in numbers, or a majority will be Black Asha'man. There were hundreds of Black Ajah in the Aes Sedai and those women were not mad, in some way. The men were. All of them have the taint and will be uniquely prone to going the way of the Dark One. Who better to manipulate the madness in men then the one who created it? Either the Black Tower will be gone completely, and the Asha'man left in shambles, or the war will just seriously deminish their numbers in the end. Making those Male/Female circles even more necessary. Or perhaps the joining of the Black and White Towers even more necessary. Taim though. I just do not see it. Although, storyline wise. Demandred has been the least talked about / worked up Forsaken while the Black Tower and Taim have been the least talked about / worked up storyline of the whole book. We learned more about minor characters in the Kin then Taim in the Black Tower. That is pretty suspect. Still, i think Demandred is just someone around Taim manipulating the man's madness.
  25. With so much going on in this last book, what do you think the timeline will be? What will take place first? The trip of Moraine/Matt/Thom to Caemlyn? The Field meeting? The Seachan attack on the White Tower? Avi's trek back? Min's discovery on how to properly seal the bore ( or proof that the seals need to be broken by Rand )? Personally. For some reason I think the Seachan will do their thing first. If it happens at all. In this series the " bad " people always seem to have the first word. Or perhaps, along those lines the first event will a Taim POV.
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