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So yeah, figured I'd do what I did last year, and jot down notes as I read, and post thoughts as I go through. I've made it through the Prologue so far! Go me!

Ah, nothing quite like getting a new Jordan cinder blockbook. Including the wonderful familiar feeling of gazing at the cover raptly... thinking "wow, that thing looks even more hideous than the smaller images would make you think!"


A Lan point of view. How odd! Have we had one of those since New Spring sprung? And yeesh, even Nynaeve's loving hubby is thinking about how manipulative she's gotten. I guess he's gotten past the broody wanting-to-dieness after his Aes Sedai "dying"? I mean, he seems determined here, but not actively suicidal - if anything, he's avoiding the thought of dying and not seeing Nynaeve anymore (although who knows why, I mean if I were married to her... *cough* nevermind. Call off the Nynaeve anti-defamation league hounds!)

"You are climbing back and forth over the same wall." I rather liked that turn of phrase, I'll admit. Very descriptive, and something a wolf might come up with. If wolves were, y'know, cognitive enough. You know what I mean.

And now I'm realizing just how little I remember of the previous books, even the one that just came out a year ago. I can't remember if we actually saw how Aram died before, or knew that he'd turned against Perrin. I'm thinking no, but I'm not sure! Damn Prophet. And yeesh, just as it looks like Rand might be stopping his little litany of women he's killed, looks like Perrin's starting to pile it on now. Oof.

And my next thought was "wow, okay, I really can't remember the last book. I could have SWORN Graendal was killed." But it looks like we're doing the lovely Prologue thing of winding back time (although it's at least not as bad as an entire BOOK that goes back in time and only takes place over a couple days, not that we'd ever have one of those in this series *cough*), and seeing just what happened. And what happened is that Graenny dear is still alive. Although I'm trying to figure out WHY she had the other two use Compulsion on the dude, since she obviously didn't know what Rand was up to at the time. It seems rather... convoluted. Contrived. Anyhow, gee, this couldn't POSSIBLY come back and bite Rand in the ass later. Nope.

We also see a bit more about the use of vermin as the Dark One's spies. And really, I'm not sure I like that - it gives us more info, but ruins the mystique and any little tattered remains of a feeling of "myth" that the books have left. Which somewhat goes with having a Lan point of view, for that matter. He's the big bad uber-Warder! We shouldn't be privy to his thoughts!

"She'd been played"? Is it just me or does that phrase... jar, in this setting?

More Galad. And wow, is he actually becoming slightly more human? *gasp* No wai! So surely he's not going to actually be killed, gotta wonder how he's going to get out of this now.

Also, the Prologue feels like it's dragging on a bit, despite being shorter (at a mere 40 pages) than probably most of them! I dunno why. Maybe because I'm distracted by sitting and trying to remember what the hell all I've forgotten about the previous book(s). *shrugs*

Nice touching moment at the tower by the Blight. Wonder if Lan and his Vast Army he ends up with is going to ride up and save the day at the last minute? Think the father will buy it? (Well, anyone reading this has probably read farther ahead than me, if not finished the book, so don't answer that!)

Oh, and it goes without saying - please don't include spoilers yet for chapters ahead of what I've been covering so far! The wind blows slowly, after all.



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Nov. 3rd, 2010 10:50 pm (UTC)
Graendal's death was so anti-climactic after her having been such a big part of the series so far, it makes me forgive some amount of contrivance to keep her alive. (Especially since a Forsaken *did* die in that scene, and if there's one thing Aginor and Balthamel have been known for all along, it's anti-climactic deaths.)

And yeah, we saw Perrin kill Aram onscreen.
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Nov. 4th, 2010 02:18 am (UTC)
I am reasonably certain that the resurrection of Forsaken was revealed to Rand's crew in either KoD or tGS.
Nov. 4th, 2010 02:35 am (UTC)
Actually, now I'm almost completely certain it was in Rand's dream convo with Moridin in tGS.
Nov. 4th, 2010 03:15 am (UTC)
I'm glad someone can remember this stuff!
Nov. 4th, 2010 03:34 am (UTC)
To be fair, I reread it last week...
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Nov. 4th, 2010 03:33 am (UTC)
Nah, Moridin let it spill along with the info that it took balefire to make it permanent. The implication was that he thought he was dreaming at the time.
Nov. 3rd, 2010 11:37 pm (UTC)
Just got my brick today, but I'm thinking of doing a re-read of the previous book before I start. It's only been a year, which is like nothing compared to the gap between books before, but I want to see how they flow into each other.

And dammit, why did it have to come out in November? There goes another NaNoWriMo down the drain... :/
Nov. 4th, 2010 04:05 pm (UTC)
"She'd been played"? Is it just me or does that phrase... jar, in this setting?

Sadly... get used to jarring :-/ .

I'm still not-decided about what I think about Graendal surviving, although I liked her enough (as a villain) that I won't complain too much. She wanted Compulsion put on the dude because that's what she does to everyone who comes to visit, and plus she was annoyed at Rand for trying to manipulate her, but I am not certain why she didn't place the Compulsion herself...
Nov. 4th, 2010 07:59 pm (UTC)
Well, that was pretty much my problem with it - I totally get Graenny using Compulsion, I just don't get why she'd be like "you and you... do that!" rather than just doing at least part of it herself.
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