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  1. I personally felt the ending was perfect. There are no real endings (except Rand's)- the last battle happened and then it ends. A new age begins. The characters that live on undoubtedly start new stories - that is a given. Any tidy wrapping up of each story line to me would be a disappointment. I personally thought it was well written - and my own curiosity about the characters is allowed to fill in gaps, as it should be. No final book in a series has ever satisfied me as much - so many authors try to wrap everything in a tidy little bow. It is fitting to me that in a world we never got
  2. I disagree. On Love: There were plenty of moments where love played a major role on screen Perrin searching for Faile.... Berelain and Annoura and Galad.... Mat and Tuon's relationship (honestly, its a different kind of love but that's how real love is between people - its not always weeping and golden streams of light and all that junk), the growing relationship between Pevara and Androl which was fantastic, the moments between Rand and Aviendha etc etc. There were plenty of heartwrenching moments and they all had to do with Love ... but yes the focus of this book was Sacrifice (which is
  3. Just finished, truly loved it. Laughed, cried (multiple times, have headache - and I don't often cry) and felt truly satisfied about how it all wrapped up. All questions were not answered - as it should be for a world as large as this one. It is not for one man to know all things about a world, not even Robert Jordan, and certainly not me the reader.
  4. I thought it was great. Truly great. Enjoyed every minute of the last 20 hours I spent reading the book. Hope everyone else at least got a small measure of the enjoyment I did! Most satisfied I've been with the end of a series ever, and I've read a lot of series.
  5. Ah well, can't please everyone: My take on this is simply that Luckers and others saw this as a chance for them to put their own stamp on the Wheel of Time - they had been reading this series closely, imagining the ending, looking for foreshadowing and closely watching characters for decades and this was the chance to have their vision of the series fulfilled. When BS and the rest of Team Jordan didn't allow them the access that had hoped for and expected, it was a huge disappointment. I would feel the same, if I were in their shoes. However, I have greatly enjoyed BS's take on the WoT.
  6. I picked up the Eye of the World at the age of 10 to try to be more like my cool older brother. Now I'm 32, and my 12 year old nephew is looking forward to the next book as eagerly as I.... Except he hasn't had to wait a ridiculous amount of time: lucky little bastard.
  7. Hell, I wouldn't be surprised if Mat could be convinced that collaring Marath'damane is better than having channelers wandering loose. As much as he sees himself as a protector of people, including Aes Sedai or channelers, he could easily be convinced that people need protection from channelers. If he spent time with damane and sees them as happy and content in their positions, I could believe that he may be convinced that long term the Seanchan way is for the best. Of course, that would be a slow transition, so I don't expect it over the course of this book. If there were going to be o
  8. My first thought is Bashere and a ter'angreal that protects him from Zen Rand's presence, including the light that blinded Torkumen and drove him insane. I never bought into the Bashere is a darkfriend theory because he was around Rand so much, but this could make it possible. Second thought was a mundane, Rand has an angreal or Sa'angreal.
  9. yeah, Richard Rahl was my thought. I truly hate those books but he basically fought 30 of the best swordsmen in the world and beat them all. Also, he's one of those stupid "no matter what challenge arises, he always rises just above his opponent" heroes that truly cannot lose in anything he does. Mostly that's just poor writing but that's true of many of these other swordsmen too...
  10. Stormlight for me. Really loved Way of Kings.
  11. Well, if you were immortal but spent 99% of all time locked in a box... wouldn't you want to stop the cycle? The wheel itself is his enemy, in times past when he has 'won' the wheel just spins out some new hero and a new set of circumstances and he is eventually back in his prison. Such is the nature of the wheel of time. Which reminds me of something I've thought before... Mat is often referred to as having the Dark One's own luck. The Dark One seems to have pretty terrible luck as far as I can tell, I mean the entire world is out to get him and his followers are all relatively incom
  12. Elayne did give him the court bardship and forgave him for crimes 'known and unknown' in Andor. He wondered to himself who told her. I assumed that was referencing the Taringail thing. Though you would think it would merit more discussion and perhaps not such a warm welcome.
  13. Robert Jordan did confirm that a myth from the age before the Age of Legends about 'Lenn, who travelled to the moon in the belly of a fiery eagle' was a reference to John Glenn.
  14. I assumed this was in the first moments while it was still forming, when the link can still fail. I thought the Aviendiah scene was fine - perhaps a little over the top but nothing too jarring for me. And even RJ had them really over the top in one scene and then pretty normal in the next sometimes. The Androl/Pevara scene felt very RJ to me and was overall pretty well done. Though frankly the entire chapter feels weird to me just because I've only listened to maybe one audiobook ever... don't like the format much.
  15. Indeed it does, no doubt about that - I've already referred to the seanchan several times in my posts. But how do the guardians 'balance' the servants, things are balanced when they are on opposite sides. If the guardians strengthened the servants or doubled or emboldened or whatever then the interpretation would be clear. Also, if it was But instead of And, it would be clear that the balance was seanchan vs aes sedai/ashaman... instead it seems to imply an opposition to me. And yes, Tommy, I happen to think this prophecy supports the idea that Avi's vision comes true. I like the conce
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