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  1. The Wheel of Time turns as history repeats itself - you know, that whole passage about memory fading to legend, legend fading to myth, and myth being forgotten before it all happens again? The one that every book starts with? The Dragon is reborn whenever he is needed by the pattern to restore balance. Last time it was LTT; this time it was Rand. The actual person is less significant than the greater role the person needs to fulfill to preserve the pattern. Same goes for other legendary roles, like the Gambler (Mat), Jain Farstrider (Noal), and Birgitte. You could even claim this for the
  2. I liked Androl, and in the end he was one of my favorite characters. Maybe it's because he was a BS creation - he did kind of seem to have a much more contemporary personality, now that it's mentioned. I really do wish there was more on him... That being said, I have to admit that I didn't really see that coming. I always thought Logain would rise to be the hero of the Asha'man and Black Tower...
  3. I think my favorite character was Perrin. He grew from kind of like the outcast kid in the group into the Lord of the Two Rivers, if not king of resurrected Manetheren, depending on what Faile might have helped him get from Elayne, though I suppose we'll never know. I also liked Androl, who despite being introduced as a physical weakling, was able to develop strength from alternate unexpected resources and defeat Taim to save the Black Tower. I really wish there was more on him... The most respected character has got to be Tam. A real, every-day, down-home hero who continues to remind us t
  4. The ending doesn't exist; it is merely an ending. The very end of the story emphasizes this unmistakably, for there are no beginnings nor endings to the turning of the wheel. There's nothing further to explain; it is whatever you make of it.
  5. Rand totally escaped in Moridin's body. The references to being pain-free and use of his other hand suggest that. Cadsuane also knew. What's less clear to me is, did this trap Moridin into continuing the existence that he was oh so desperately trying to end, or did it allow the death he'd been wanting via Rand's old body? But maybe even more importantly, does it matter? Somewhere near the end, Rand discovers that the fate of man is the ability to choose, because without that, he is a mere puppet. Does that not imply the ending is whatever you want it to be? It's not the ending; it's an end
  6. How was Olver able to blow the horn? How about pure adrenalin? That poor kid was terrified... Balefire has weird and unpredictable effects on the pattern. Cutting someone out of the pattern may undo some of their recent actions, but it doesn't necessarily undo things that may have happened as a side effect to those actions. Take, for instance, when Rahvin killed Mat, Mat's death unlinked him from the horn. Then when Rand cut Rahvin out of the pattern with Balefire, it was soon enough to "unkill" Mat, but it didn't restore Mat's severance from the horn. The horn is a strange artifact (i
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