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  1. I guess I would have to say that TPoD is the most underrated book in the series. I does drag for the first 300 or so pages but it you can get past there it actually picks up quite a bit. It certainly is not the best book in the series but its still a good read. Books 7 and 9 do get more love than the others in the 7-10 stent and with good reason. I have absolutely no problem with ACOS. I think it is a solid book and belongs in the same category as books 1-6. I think the problem with ACOS is just that the climax at Dumi's Wells is a hard act to follow. Also for me book seven was the point where the series itself began to seem extraordinary long. At the end of LOC when Rand made the AS kneel and had his own army of channelers I really thought the end was nigh. However, by the end of book seven it was apparent that there was still much more story to tell. Honestly upon finishing LOC I really thought that book seven or eight would be the final volume, but after reading book seven it was apparent that this would not be the case. I feel much the same way about Winters Heart. Not quite as good as ACOS but still a solid book. It does happen to fall between the two weakest books in the series and therefore I think it tends to get lumped in with them Unfortunately I really cannot defend COT it is truly subpar, and is essentially 700+ pages of nothing happening. Even RJ admited that COT was not up to snuff So to recap I would say that TPoD is the most underrated in the series. It has so slow parts, but the good parts are really good. ACOS is easily the best of the books in the 7-10 slump but I would not call it the most underrated as people do tend to give the most love of these four books, so it is at least recognized and being a cut above the other three. I will say that IMHO it should be lumped in with books 1-6. Winter's Heart is subpar when compared to books 1-7 but not so much as the fanbase would have you believe. I mean if you give books 1-6 an A then WH would get a B+. It a little below the standard but not devastatingly so. COT gets low ratings but it is not underrated because those low ratings are very much deserved. COT could have been condensed and included in the prologue to KOD.
  2. I think this is the most likely reason. RJ said that there was a hint to Asmo's killer in POD and in this volume we find that following Sameal's death in CoS Gren went to his stronghold to search for items of power. Given this is seems reasonable that she would do the same to Rhavin upon learning of his demise. Still it would be nice to have confirmation of this. And yes, answering the how and where questions would be great. I kinda suspect the where had something to do with the Waygate in Camylen, maybe a bit of foreshadowing was thrown in the mix.
  3. I'm not holding my breath on an actual Gren POV, but I do want more details on the incident, such as why Gren was there in the first place and how she killed Asmodean. In fact, I would greatly appreciate it if every detail on this incident included in the notes, or told to Harriet by RJ made its way into the Companion. I would also like complete character bios that, as much as possible, tell what happened them following the events of AMOL. I would also like to know Thom's full back story. I mean the series never even said where he was from originally.
  4. Very true, and this is comforting since for me the most important thing was that the story would end as RJ intended. Again quite true. Perhaps they intend to go into detail concerning Egwene's death in the encyclopedia and don't want to spoil anything.
  5. Certainly, I will always wonder how much of the final three books of WOT was truly Jordan's intention and how much had to be completely created by Sanderson. It is inevitable that certain answers will be forever lost due to Jordan's death. However, one thing that has always given me hope that the story did progress generally the way the Jordan intended is his infamous Fireside Chat. If you are unfamiliar with the Fireside Chat, this reveres to a party that the Rigney's has with their closest friends and family a few weeks before Jordan's death wherein RJ sat by the fire and told them the rest of the story. Now my understanding is that this telling was not very detailed and covered only the story arcs of the main characters, however, I do think that Jordan would have included his most current ideas for Rand's final confrontation with The Dark One. Thus, while many of Jordan's ideas for the story changed over the years his concept for the ending seems to have remained very much the same. Moreover, I would imagine that he would have mentioned the manner of Egwene's death given that she is one of the main characters. Also I think he would have revealed Demandred's identity. Frankly I never bought into the Roedran = Demandred theory. I mean the DO and Moridin often praised Demendred's efforts and taking control of Murandy just does not seem to warrant such high praise. Moreover, without the Sharan intervention in the last battle there was really no reason for Shara to even exist. So I remain confident that Egwene's death and Demandred's identity were as RJ intended. As to Demandred being a Blade Master I never for a moment doubted that he was one. Its is true that Demandred did show contempt for the primitive customs of the Third Age, however, we also know that there were Blade Masters in the AOL and, therefore, Demendred probably would not consider such a title be a primitive custom as it was prevalent in his own time. Moreover, Demandred was constantly out to one up LTT so if LTT had any skill with a sword them Demandred was sure to hone his swordsmanship as well.
  6. Just curious if there has been any word on when this will be published. I haven't heard anything in a while. Has anyone out there heard any news?
  7. Would you care to expand on this a bit? I'm not really sure what you are getting at. This page of notes does seem to convey the same basic idea contained in the ending to AMOL, that evil cannot be destroyed, that people cannot be forced to oppose evil (ie be good) but that the only way to keep evil in check is for people to freely choose to oppose it. If you are referring to Rand and the DO using the threads of the pattern to create alternate realities Sanderson freely admitted that that was his own interpretation of Jordan's notes on the ending.
  8. I think it was. Brandon was once asked about this and he gave the very Jordanesque answer, "You have to have the DO's permission to use the TP and Rand didn't have it." Seems to imply that it was, in fact, Rand's link with Moridin that allowed him to use the TP. However, one thing we have to remember is that the body swap was definitely Jordan's idea as it was in his ending. Rand using the TP may or may not have been Jordan as it very well could have been Sanderson's invention. Therefore, it is possible that Jordan was using the bond as a Chekhov's gun alluding to the the body swap despite Rand's use of the TP. We will not know for sure until Brandon reveals which parts were him and which were Jordan, if Harriet ever allows him to so do.
  9. Oh yeah, a Valan Luca book. That would be a top seller But truth be told a Shara book would be interesting. I'd kind of like to see a book/series about Demandred's rise to power in Shara. Particularly I'd like to know more about to prophecies of Boa the Wild and how Demandred manipulated them to convince the Sharans he was their savior.
  10. Given that he had Alivia prepare him clothes and other necessities for his escape I would say it had to be premeditated. I think the chain of events went something like this -Rand goes through the door in Tear and asks the Aelfin how he can defeat the DO and live. The Aelfin of course answer with some convoluted riddle. -Through a stroke of luck Rand encounters Moridin in Shadar Logoth the two have their balefire streams cross and a connection between the tow is established. -I can't remember when it happened exactly but I know at come point Rand figured out that Moridin was Ishaemal thus he knows that a soul can be transported from one body to another thus he starts to figure out the Aelfin's riddle. -Rand probably realized at some point that there was a connection between Moridin and himself and theorized that this link could be used to transfer his soul into Moridin's body. I'm sure Rand was not 100% sure that the body swap would work but he had Alivia make preparations in the event that it did.
  11. I would guess he knew it would happen because of something the Finns told him. Given that he had a post TG escape plan I would assume that he either made the body swap happen or at least helped in along.
  12. While I would have read and probably enjoyed all of RJ's additional WoT books the only one that really interested me is the prequel about Tam. Tam was always one of my favorite characters and I've always been curious about Karyie al'Thor's back story, in particular I'd like an explanation as to why the DO or Ishameal had her soul at the end of TEotW.
  13. I not sure about these calculations as there are a few things that you need to take into consideration: 1. KoD came out in 2005 2. Jordan's writing was slowed considerably due to his illness 3. RJ was bound and determined that the 12th book would be the final volume of WoT As the typical interval between books in the later half of the series was two years book 12 probably would have come out in early 2008 at the latest. It is uncertain whether RJ really could have told the rest of the story in just one book (I strongly suspect that TOR would have talked him out of it) but I think he would have gotten it done in no more than two books. Therefore, if a 13th book were necessary even making a conservative estimate the series would probably have been completed no later than 2011. If memory serves I believe RJ stated that IoH would have been about six books so giving him two years for each book were at 2023 when he finishes this series. So all things considered RJ would likely have been somewhere between his late 60's and mid 70s before he began to write the prequels and outriggers (assuming he stuck to his original plan). So yes, realistically we probably would not have gotten much more in the WoT world than the five planned books. However, the OP's question was not what additional stories might RJ have realistically written but rather what stories would you have liked to have read?
  14. Excuse me? Yeah, never mind that. Kind of misread something in your response the first time through. Just a misunderstanding, sorry about that Anyway, I'm not trying to start anything just curious as to what quote you were referring to.
  15. Not sure what you mean. The very quote you provided says the opposite as he is open to writing outside of the main sequence. Regardless there are a number along these lines: Yes, he does say that he's open to writing outside of the main sequence and I addressed this inaccuracy in my memory. However, he also states that he will not write any more stories about THESE CHARACTERS (i.e. the characters in the main sequence) but he might wright a story that takes place in THE NEXT AGE. Apparently he changed his mind because the prequels do not take place in "THE NEXT AGE" and the Outriggers would have involved "THESE CHARACTERS." The point is that at one point he clearly changed his mind about what additional stories he would wright in the WOT world. Therefore, we cannot assume that had he lived the prequels and Mat/Tuon is all he ever would have written in this world.
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