Thought this book was the worst yet. Pretty much every character is the same.
The book is just one big fight with every character pretty much doing the same thing. Character X fights a trolloc and kills a few. Next character 2 pages later does the same thing. The only 'characters' that he even seemed like he tried to make them characters were Mat and Androl. Mat gets praise about how great a general he is but all you ever see is Mat send an order here, send an order there and the characters are like, "Wow he's such a genius." Or...I don't know about this Cauthon guy. Demandrads thoughts, "I've gotta be fighting Lews Therin because no mortal of this Age could be so good!"
Ok, wonderful...but why does everyone merely think this? All I ever saw was Tam shoots his bow and doesn't miss. 3 Pages of this and next PoV switches to Lan hacking people with his sword cuz he's so good and throw in some words about how tired he is because of all the fighting. 2 Pages later...next PoV...about as bland as can be. Next PoV, same ol' thing except perhaps they're fighting some shara with strange axes and maybe in this PoV a message will fall out of the sky saying "go here and do this" and the characters like WoW, this general is so good! Rinse and repeat this for pretty much the whole book.
What is Rand doing? He pretty much does nothing except see mirror realities and has some tea with the dark one while Nynaeve and Moiraine just kinda chill. Perrin? He goes around in the wolf dream in the flesh, fights Slayer for a few pages here and there to fill chapters in the book while lanfear shows up sometimes to feed him information. Perrin defeats slayer, hoorah. It was SO exciting.
To sum up, this book was pretty much: 2-4 pages of a PoV of a character hacking away at a trolloc or some other enemy. Switch to another PoV rinse and repeat. Soo bland! You can never really get into a character because all it is is the character fights a little for a few pages and switch to next one. Very disapointed in this book. VERY! After the intial honeymoon wears off with people, I think the criticism will come in droves for how generic it all comes off...stale.