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  1. The ones that I expect to happen that will annoy me. - It's not clear to all the AS and Egwene that Rand deftly manipulated her into doing exactly what he wanted. - And following on from that, she dances away from publicly having to admit Rand was right and she was wrong about the Seals. The ones that will probably happen that would annoy me. - No '2nd tier' character dies - one of Elayne, Egwene, Nynaeve, Moraine (permanently), Avi, Min, Faile, Suian, Gawyn, Galad, Fortuona, Loial kicks the bucket. Now I like a few of these, but hello Last Battle. - And even more if AT LEA
  2. I think #24 the imperfections are not the obvious ones cured by technology, but more subtle - complacency, arrogance against those who would question the status quo that the AOL is the pinnacle and there is almost nothing left to achieve. The quote is not a bolt out of the blue IMO. We know from Aginor that part of the reason he turned to the Dark is he chaffed under the restrictions that society was at the apex and he should not do research (at the time not the unethical kidnap people and experiment on them sort). I can see the AOL as being much like we've been told Hawkwings time was (wi
  3. An excellent list! I'll add in Fortouna having an a'dam snapped onto her neck by Avi in front of the Seanchan nobility. This occurring after she finds out the Seanchan Empress can channel and see's it as the way to make the Seanchan agree to release all the damane who want to be released immediately and agree not to take anymore ever. Dire future vision averted. On the Great Captains I agree with Suttree that Bashere has proven himself 'on screen' in APOD. The Great Captain that has always seemed out of place to me is Gareth Bryne. Agelmar and Niall were commanders in the Aiel war and al
  4. That was a great prologue. It feels like 100% Jordan magic. And Casco. Anyone can buy it. Just put in a US billing address, it's not like they need to physically send it out to you :)
  5. Hoozle is right. Just enter a US billing address. Here from Australia I was able to use my Australian issued credit card without problems. I got the ebook, publisher got their money, dragonmount gets their cut, win-win-win in my eyes.
  6. He only got nailed by Toram Riatin because Rand turned his attention to the bubble of evil that appeared and Toram took advantage. Up till that point they were pretty evenly matched. Lan later killed Toram 1v1 in WH but it wasn't completely one sided either, Lan definitely took some hits as well. Rand was toying with Riatin, which is dangerous. Rand wore gloves and was taking the fighting as a game. If anyone tried doing task X wearing gloves, a considerable disadvantage. Only when Rand got distracted did he get hit. Rand was on the back foot (but not yet hit) when distract
  7. That he destroys the CK in itself isn't an issue. There's an inherent risk as shown with Semirhage that even as Zen Rand he needs to sleep or rest without having to guard his back 24/7 from potential CK thieves. And that the DO won't be defeated by (or just by) the One Power, so he doesn't want to have something that makes him think that's possible. All good. However once he's Zen Rand the problem I have is he could have given the CK one last run then destroyed it. Go to the Blightborder above World's end in Saldaea, send a 20 mile wide, 1 mile high sheet of Fire racing north to burn a ma
  8. I agree with Elayne - she's still annoying, but not quite so much. In books 1-4 when she was just an Accepted and Daughter-Heir she was my favourite female character. Then as she assumed responsibility she started to exhibit some of the bad behaviour of the Nobles/Aes Sedai in the series. She still does, and I still don't like her character currently, but it did tone in down from her peaks of annoying. Mat - his growth took place earlier, it was across TFOH, LOC and KOD that he accepted the full responsibilities of leadership and caring for the men under his command - without the whining o
  9. Showing the AOL too early would have ruined the story. My favourite bit of the whole series (so far) is Rand in Rhuidean going through the glass spheres. The glimpse of the AOL after seeing during and right after the Breaking gave the human faces to the fall of civilisation from the AOL to when the WOT starts with Rand and Tam. It's only after we're all acquainted with and supporting the current characters and by extension their world, can it's fall be truly appreciated in the way intended. Whilst, if he had lived, I would have very much liked a book or books from before the Bore being ope
  10. Now I get for plot reasons why the Forsaken couldn't be super smart and logical in the first few books or the TR folk would have been toast before they acquired any power. However by WH or at least KOD, it would have been nice to see a race to see who wins because they are the most intelligent in using their full forces and abilities, not the still on-going who can communicate the least, trust the least and act in the stupidest fashion to let the other side win by 'Not QUITE as dumb as the other side' victory.
  11. If Rand hadn't been so squeamish the sensible thing would have been to dress all Asha'man as Altaran's wander into Ebou Dar like anyone else and let them wreak havoc. Asha'man don't need to wave hands as they throw fire or the like as Aes Sedai do, so they could basically have wandered around pretending to be part of any crowd wondering what the hell is going on, whilst weaving Saidin to blow holes in palaces, barracks and Seanchan patrols and Damane. Unless they started waving their hands over their heads and shouting 'It's me! Attack me', they could have blended in and caused massive chaos.
  12. Ishamael wasn't completely free all the time. A good 20 year stretch would have allowed some significant defensive building beyond what they've done. Though I blame the Aes Sedai more. Even if they were unwilling to go into the Blight, sending a DECENT number of Aes Sedai to the Borderlands to help defend them whilst they construct defensive positions shouldn't have been too taxing. And help construct them - as Elaida noted when building her palace it doesn't take much strength to bind stone with the Power. The Aes Sedai could have helped make the borderlands a much stronger shield. Since the
  13. It is never wise to put all your eggs in one basket. Also, the Seanchan could match those numbers with the damane they have in Ebou Dar. Yes, because jumping into a city in which hundreds of thousands of Seanchan just recently landed is strategic genius. Rand was whipping the Seanchan and Damane until Ebou Dar when the Seanchan were up to 200 - 500 damane and 50 thousand soldiers (all fresh from being sitting around Ebou Dar) against Rand's battle weary remaining < 50 Asha'man and 5000 odd remaining troops. I.e. it took the Seanchan 4 - 10 times odds to force the Asha'man onto the back
  14. The central conceit you are making is indeed what Egwene believes - "Pretty much the whole world is riding on her". Which, like it or not, just isn't true. As a 4th Wall/Reader you KNOW this. Egwene hasn't been empowered to save the world, RAND has, and therefore Egwene's actions throughout the series, which appear to accomplish little more than consolidate her own political power annoy a large fraction of the reader base. And even if you decide to stay "in universe", there is no excuse for this. After all, the prophecies aren't about her, they are about HIM. And she isn't relying on
  15. The Crystal Throne has never been stated or implied as a title for the Empress/Emperor. The Empress being the Empire yes or the Nine Moons, but not the Throne. With the exception of the Amrylin Seat, which is clearly stated as both, it's always the Empress is the Empire or the King is the Kingdom, not a throne or crown or the like. No where else in any prophecies is an object or land stated so explicitly as what's to occur. It's blade that cannot be touched, People of the Dragon, slay them with the Leaf etc. Not Callandor, Aiel or drive them away by telling them they were followers of the
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