Ah, nothing quite like getting a new Jordan
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.