Just finished (I too started the series too late) overall: best books ever yadda yadda yadda disappointment: Fains quick vanquish. I do see how we already had a lot of focus on matt, and if he had a drawn out battle with fain it could have made him over shadow poor-ole' perrin. My predictions that turned out wrong: 1 I thought rand would "turn" at least one of the forsaken. Maybe Elan Morin Tedronai (Ishamael, moridin) because of their wierd bond. Or lanfear, since she hinted at not obeying the dark one right through the series. Or even demandred, who sometimes seemed like he wanted to make the world in a positive way. I was hoping that while the dark one was showing Rand how he would re-make the world, without maintaining his promisses to the forsaken, Rand might have somehow projected this conversation over the fields of merrilor. Demandred might have seen this and then WHOA look out dark one, rand now has forsaken on his side! (thats how I saw him winning) 2 My alternate theory was that rand was going to destroy the one power outright - combining the two halves of the one source with the dark ones true source may cancel them out (dark-matter style) and thus defeat the dark one... WAMMIE.