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  1. Astus

    Robin Hobb

    I've only read her Soldier Son trilogy and I enjoyed it somewhat. Well, I found the middle entry to be excessively depressing but the final book did present a decent enough conclusion. Still, I don't think I would really recommend it to anyone.
  2. Maybe being brought back was the punishment? ;)
  3. You know a book hasn't left the best impression when you use the title of a different one! :P
  4. Someone really just needs to headbutt Merise.
  5. How would his death 'shake the will of men'? Maybe in his heyday but I don't think by the time of his death.
  6. I just checked to find the chapter. It was in LOC, Chapter 44. http://encyclopaedia-wot.org/books/loc/ch44.html
  7. Mat's medallion stops Saidin as well. Arangar tries to channel at him in one of the books and her weave falls apart. I can't recall the book atm, it was during a dance or something in Salidar. As I can recall, the lightning was a byproduct of whatever Rahvin was doing and not that he was actively shooting out lightning bolts. Mat affected in the same way when Adeleas and Vandene were chucking rocks at him with the power.
  8. I think they made too much of a point of the Palace (or was it Inner City) being like a defensible city on its own without giving it such a use unless you know trollocs are going to use the same path that Rand did in TEOTW Hopefully the destruction doesn't reach that point though.
  9. Reading through New Spring at the moment and a reunion I'm looking forward is Moiraine + Siuan. Each woman thinks the other dead and because of how they started the journey together. It might happen in the background (or not at all which would be horrible) as events with more prominence will be detailed but I do hope that it can be seen. Just like, Siuan pacing in her tent grumbling and the like and then she feels a slight tingle (that Moiraine seems to feel when Siuan embraces the source in NS) as well as the feeling of another woman embracing the source and stage clear for the emotional reunion.
  10. So, it turns out that good ol' Ishy has amassed quite a bit of AoL goodies, judging by Graendal's reaction. You'd wonder why they didn't just set Aginor to working with that stuff, or if not, then participating in the Trolloc creating centers in the Blight. Figuring out ways to improve them or perhaps alter then in whatever way. You know, evil scientist stuff and not the useless douchebag agenda. The dude actually creeped me out when he first showed up. I suppose it helped that at the point I still held the Forsaken in such a high view (as bad guys) but still.
  11. Weren't they all in Camelyn at the end of KoD? They're the ones who kidnapped Elayne. I think they're all dead now. Nope, they were a bunch of BA from that same group of 13. I don't think they all died. Falion and Marillin got away with Shiane and Mellar. (I don't if I'm missing anyone). I'm referring to Jeaine, Rianna and Berylla. None of which have been seen since TFOH.
  12. I was hoping to see Moghdien's (formerly Liandrin's) cronies pop up again. It's been what? 8 books since she sent them away? I know it has been postulated that they were behind Masema's continued degradation but it would be nice to actually see them appear in some capacity. The final curtain is about to be drawn.
  13. It was inferred in the actual text. Pretty clearly. Once in a conversation between Graendal and Moridin and later reinforced in the 'conversation' between Graendal and Shaidar Haran. Moridin - "Aran'gar is dead. Lost to us - and after the Great Lord transmigrated her soul the last time. One might think you are making a habit of this sort of thing Graendal." Graendal - "I like to serve Nae'blis>" Moridin - "Surely you do not imply that Aran'gar had turned traitor." He implies that she's done this sort of thing before, directly causing a Forsaken's death and with her reasoning prior being that the person she killed was a traitor. Now, who fits that bill perfectly? EDIT - Already stated. lol. And at the top of the page no less! Yeah, we'll go with that.
  14. I think I could definately go for this one. The womanizer vs the seductress. And maybe Mat will get lucky and Graendal will rip Tuon's mind out and replace it with a Compulsion which gives her a personality that doesn't suck so much. Hey. Just a wait a sec there... There are only so many things that can go right for our heroes. I think this might be pushing things a bit too far in that direction
  15. It's been said that the BUT was Mat's ashandarei. In that it served a dual function in getting them out of the TOG. It was one of the answers he received way back in TSR but many didn't connect the pieces.
  16. Are you serious? No, really? Please say no.
  17. I'm the same way. I tried to like her early on in the series for Mat's sake, but I just couldn't do it. She's horrible. There's nothing I like about her. Her one scene in this book just reconfirmed my opinion of her and I could taste the bile in my throat while reading it. The future vision showing the world that she's working towards (and it is the logical extension of the Seanchan Empire continuing exactly as it is now) just confirms how grotesque her character and her cause is. She really just disgusts me and I hate that they have paired a character like that with a character like Mat. It is the worst match up I've ever read in any story. Heh. Almost the same reaction here. I tried ignored most of Tuon's comments about the Damane and her general attitude and succeeded for the most part. She gained a lot of points for standing up to Darth Rand in TGS despite being an 'enemy' or as close to it. Then that comment about enjoying breaking the Damane in arrives and every one of those points she's managed to nab in my books evaporates. I know it's a product of her society and that she is a strong woman but I cannot reconcile myself to the fact that she continues to view the Damane as animals. I'm hoping she gets one of those 'doses of reality' that many characters seemed to get in TOM (Perrin, Galad, Gawyn etc.) because if not then I'm hoping she gets a bus dropped on her.
  18. I liked this arc. Though I've got to admit, it was a bit disorientating at first when she went back into the columns but I suppose that the was the intended effect. It was sad to see what became of the Aiel and what they had been reduced to but Aviendha's the one to change it I guess.
  19. I have a sinking feeling that his demise will ultimately be underwhelming. As in he reveals himself grandly then gets offed in a manner similar to Be'lal while in the midst of a monologue Honestly though, sfter all the build up and sneaky stuff, I'm hoping for something big.
  20. I didn't like the letter from Mat. That was the only part I found jarring. Seems like a cheap way to get a comic effect. Otherwise, it was smooth sailing. So glad to see Moiraine saved (YES!!!) and so sad to see Jain end in such a way. If only Mat could have figured the function of his weapon just a bit earlier! :(
  21. The scene with Rand and Tam was powerful. I really, really liked it.
  22. He was talking about what could have happened had he come into contact with them pre-VOG. That he most probably would have blasted them away with the True Power and thus doomed the world or some such. I didn't get the indication that he still has access but you never know.
  23. It was nice to finally get to see some BT action. I mean, we've got some slice of life action from Samitsu but we've yet to really get one from an Ashaman (or Dedicated. Whatever lol.) Some creepy stuff is going down and Taim is still a douche.
  24. It was nice to have a couple of things turn out as anticipated in regards to Graendal killing Asmodean and Mesaana being Danelle. I was surprised to see things going well for the most part, with resolutions all around. Set a nice tone. Of course, that was before the last few chapters. And that's when the worries returned, haha.
  25. I'm past the point of caring. It would be nice but yeah, my ship of interest has sailed.
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