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  1. Rhienne

    Recomended Reading

    1. Authors name - Katherine Kerr 2. Series Title - The Deverry Cycle 3. Current Books in order in the series: Act One - The Deverry Books Daggerspell Darkspell Dawnspell (The Bristling Wood) Dragonspell (The Dragon Revenant) Act Two - The Westlands A Time of Exile A Time of Omens A Time of War (Days of Blood and Fire) A Time of Justice (Days of Air and Darkness) Act Three - The Dragon Mage The Red Wyvern The Black Raven The Fire Dragon Act Four - The Silver Wyrm The Gold Falcon The Spirit Stone The Shadow Isle The Silver Mage 4. Target Audience - adult 5. New book release date - N/A
  2. Rhienne

    The moiraine Thom romance

    There were hints, but it went from a mutual admiration that could have developed into something more to love, marriage and bonding with no in between. i agree with this. Nynaeve and Lan declaring their undying love for each other at the end of tEotW was a pretty big leap from their interactions together - and I would say there were a few more hints for them than there were for Moiraine and Thom - and they at least interacted a little more 'on page' before getting married and bonded. Thom and Moiraine hardly ever spoke to each other. Yes, they may have admired/liked each other, but they didn't really have a relationship at all, spending hardly any time together. They seem to have decided to get married and bonded after being separated for years solely based on Moiraine's trips through the rings which said it would happen (iirc).
  3. My favourite character would probably be Nynaeve. I love the way that she is written - one moment you are frustrated with her, the next you are laughing at her, and after that you are admiring her courage/loyalty/sense of justice. Close second. would be Rand; not because he's the hero, but because he just wants to what's right, and the way he battles to come to terms with his sad fate. Of the less major characters, I really like Tallanvor, Bashere, Gaul, Hopper, Galad, and Dyelin. The characters I have most respect for would be Lan, Moiraine, and Siuan. All three of them put aside their own desires to pursue their duty. I also have a lot of respect for Morgase, who is perhaps dragged through the mud more relentlessly than any other character but at the end is still able to have enough faith in herself to facilitate the rescue in Malden). The characters which make me laugh most are Mat and Birgitte, with Aiel humour and Nynaeve a little behind.
  4. Rhienne

    real opinions on Rand Al'Thor?

    Well to be honest, the first time I read the series I didn't find Rand very interesting. I didn't dislike him, but his chapters didn't do a great deal for me. I was much more interesting in seeing what was happening with Mat, Nynaeve, Elayne, Perrin, etc. I think I read the first book, saw him as a stereotypical hero character and wasn't that interesting (I tend to prefer the side-characters in most novels as they seem to be more diverse). On re-reads I have increasingly enjoyed him as a character, and have felt a great deal of compassion/pity for him as he tries to come to terms with his own death, and find the best way to deal with it. Now he is genuinely one of my favourite characters, but not because of his plot points - instead because of his internal struggles.
  5. Rhienne

    Ogier (full spoilers)

    It would have been nice to see a POV from Loial indicating how he felt about them, but I think all we got was the info that the Gardeners were fighting with the rest of the Ogier. Tbh, all of the Seanchan exotics got pretty short shrift - as far as I recall we only see them at the very end of the battle, and they are used as a 'clean up' force when the trollocs have already broken. Doesn't seem like the most sensible use of troops. I have to say though that while a bit more info on the Gardeners would have been nice I'm not surprised it wasn't included.
  6. Just a query as I'm not sure I understand the afterlife mechanism for the WoT. I thought characters were reborn when they died so I guess this means that they spend a bit of time in a (TAR like?) afterlife before being reborn. If this is the case for everyone then I wouldn't necessarily think Egwene talking to Rand has any bearing on whether she might be a Hero of the Horn. Unless you have a special awareness from being a Hero? Otherwise it could just be her familiarity in TAR helping her in the afterlife before she's reborn.
  7. Very vague spoilers: I think the problem with Egwene is that she had her low-point (mentally and emotionally) very early in the series when she was damane in book 2. From that point onwards her arc is pretty much a climb up. Even her Novice time doesn't dent her self-confidence an inch. Many of the other characters have the knocks to their confidence much later (e.g. Rand from LoC-tGS, Perrin from aPoD-ToM, Nynaeve from tFoH-KoD).
  8. I think its reminiscent of many political and religious bodies that get lost in the power-plays and manoeuvring so that they lose sight of the big picture.
  9. I agree with you on Egwene. I know a lot of people enjoyed her from KoD-tGS but while she has some awesome moments I found her White Tower plot very hard going, just because the Aes Sedai seem so hopeless and desperate for the leadership of an 18 year old girl. Rand, Mat, and Perrin have excuses for things going their way (being tavern, being the Dragon, battle memories, etc.), and even Elayne to some extent because she was born as daughter-heir to Andor - things which make it easier to accept supposedly older, wiser, and more experienced characters from 'getting in the way' too much. But for Egwene, there isn't anything. I think its a great idea for an arc, but my feeling is it all happens a bit too fast to be believable.
  10. Yeah, I found whole scene to be ok - Sermirhage got 'unlucky' with Cadsuane (and possibly Nynaeve) having paralis-nets which spoiled her illusion.
  11. Just a couple of random musings... Really enjoyed reading these. I had only vaguely followed the Q&A's so some of this was if not exactly 'new info' at least quite illuminating on some issues. I am really impressed by BS's admissions of where he went wrong, and I found the above quote quite touching. Full credit to him for being able to write something like that. I love the middle books, with their exploration of other plots and characters, but the first book presented to us Rand, Perrin, Mat, and Egwene as our main characters. I found this interesting as I felt the first book was very Rand-centric, with Mat and Perrin clearly being the next main characters, but Egwene didn't do much (in terms of action or character development) in the first book. We don't even get a POV for her (instead having a few from Nynaeve and one from Moiraine).
  12. Rhienne

    Quality Discussion Thread

    I think two of the worst structural decisions are: 1) splitting Rand's and Perrin's storylines so that we see Rand's epiphany from Perrin's viewpoint in a separate book and hundreds of pages after the event. This removes any dramatic tension from Perrin's scene because we already know the outcome of Rand's mental struggle. and 2) the Black Tower section of the plot. Having a large chunk of this occurring during AMoL felt really wrong. All the other plot threads were gearing up for the Last Battle, and the Androl-Pevara plot lagged too far behind for the first third of the book. This is a flaw that BS has accepted - he felt it would be structurally better to have the entire Black Tower plot occur prior to AMoL.
  13. I don't know if any of them would be likely candidates. My pick would have been Mat probably, especially as he seems to be known as gambler/trickster/son of battles from his past lives already. But as we know he doesn't become a Hero of the Horn, I would choose Lan with Nynaeve. I think Lan is a better candidate than Nynaeve, but their story together does have that fairytale quality (which I think someone else already commented on), and I think it would be especially nice for them, as otherwise they are only going to have a relatively short time together before Lan grows old and dies.
  14. I think it is somewhat ingrained in the Aes Sedai to behave in this way. Most of them are good people who want to help the world in one way or another, but they also have a very difficult time giving up power.
  15. I think you could argue that her arrogance and disrespectful and somewhat dismissive way of treating Rand (which can be extended to most characters other than Sorilea) contribute to her banishment.
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