Sunday, February 4, 2018 7:33:48 PM
By Linda This chapter is very long so I will be breaking up my read-through into parts. Loial notesLoial writes that it was the darkest time before the dawn. The dawn will be of a new Age; the risk is that it will be of Shadow and not Light—a false dawn. Lan POV If a man is knocked down and gets back up to fight, then he is truly dangerous. In this chapter, Lan and Rand, in particular, are referenced as dangerous, but many of the men—and women—qualify. This scene sets the scale of the chapter:...
Tuesday, December 19, 2017 6:19:32 PM
By Linda Nynaeve POVThe Pit of Doom is like a black hole sucking everything into a vacuum. It affects time: fifteen minutes have elapsed since they entered, while days pass elsewhere. Also notable is that the eclipse that heralded their entry no longer applies even here. However, Rand froze after touching the empty darkness, and is not affected by the pull of the Pit. Giving his all to the duel, Rand can’t spare any effort to keep from sweating. Nynaeve thinks Rand is not weaving, but simply...
Tuesday, November 21, 2017 7:02:26 PM
By Linda Olver POVOlver tries to make Bela go faster, but she ignores him to stay safe in the middle of the group for her and Olver’s own good. Wisely, she conserves her energy. None of the adults in the group think a child should be at the forefront of danger, but Olver disagrees. As they travel, he daydreams of being a warrior, earning respect from the Shaido and avenging the death of his father. The caravan has lost 15 people in a few days in the Blight, and Olver wishes Noal were there...
Tuesday, November 21, 2017 6:58:05 PM
By Linda It is Perrin who drifts into nothingness as he lies wounded, but Rand is “drifting” between the Dark One’s nothingness and reality, between all of time and here-and-now, and Faile’s group are directionless as they decide where to go next.Rand POVRand’s contact with the Dark One’s blackness in his previous POV has brought him outside of Time, which is where the Dark One is imprisoned. The Dark One’s nothingness that wants to consume is a black hole personified. Shaitan can’t create...
Thursday, October 19, 2017 7:26:08 PM
By Linda Perrin POVPerrin and Slayer are currently evenly matched in dreamwalking prowess; in order to beat him, Perrin needs to extend his skills some more and get ahead of the Darkfriend. At least he sees through Slayer talking as a distraction—and the fact that Slayer felt he needed to do that shows he was under pressure and will ultimately be outstripped by Perrin. Slayer’s philosophy is to kill or he will be killed. For a long time, Perrin feared that he would turn into an animal. However, ...
Friday, September 29, 2017 10:12:49 PM
By Linda Mat POVMat’s damane, unnamed as yet, despite being immediately eager to cooperate with and please her captors, is making gateways, a weave she learned by watching Aes Sedai. Such prompt acceptance of the collar is rare, but no one doubts that it is genuine—Stockholm syndrome.Mat feels guilty about enslaving the Sharan damane. He also hugely admires Tuon, even while thinking about how she also is a channeller—just one that hasn’t let herself touch the Source. Yet. Tuon is a Nemesis...
Friday, September 29, 2017 8:44:46 PM
By Linda Egwene POVUntil the advent of the Sharans, Egwene had thought the Seanchan one of the worse groups around. Like the Whitecloaks, she will ally against those she is against because of something that is actually far worse.The Amyrlin is not willingly meeting with Tuon; she is going because Tuon demanded it. "I needed to meet you," Fortuona said. "You are my opposite.”A Memory of Light, Considerations Egwene had expected that Rand’s treaty with the Seanchan would be enough. She assumed...
Tuesday, September 19, 2017 4:39:21 AM
By Linda The Wheel of Time is steeped in symbolism - layers and layers of it, like an onion.Here is a copy of the presentation I gave at JordanCon 2016 on symbolism in the series.This is an embedded Microsoft Office presentation, powered by Office Online.For further reading, there is my essay on Robert Jordan and FreemasonryI have written detailed analyses of some of the different forms of symbolism: Animal Symbolism Number Symbolism Alchemical Symbolism even the Inns are symbolic:
Tuesday, August 22, 2017 6:11:46 PM
By Linda Egwene POVAt first, Egwene feels immediate and extreme hatred for the Seanchan noble arriving at her camp, only to discover it’s someone she knows and likes—Min. Min’s message from Mat that Bryne is leading their army to destruction is discounted, even though the Aes Sedai and their army just barely survived the last disaster. Part of the problem is that the Amyrlin discounts Mat’s abilities as a general as well as his good sense. She thinks Mat is trying to save her from shadows—but...
Thursday, July 27, 2017 7:20:22 PM
By Linda Perrin POVThe chapter title is about testing to find the weakness in your opponent. Perrin is referring to Slayer, but we see little of him in this chapter.Perrin is searching for Graendal, who found the weakness of the Light’s armies: there is only one person devising the strategy for each army. Corrupt them and they lose the battle and the army. At first, Perrin assumed that Graendal was giving orders to Darkfriends in the camps to sabotage the battle, but her plan is more effective. ...
Monday, July 3, 2017 8:44:12 PM
By Linda Egwene POVEgwene witnesses one of Bryne’s “mistaken” orders born of Graendal’s Compulsion and is going to investigate why it occurred. Without seeing it herself, she would not be willing to entertain the idea that there is something wrong with him and his tactics. She also notices how sickly Gawyn looks, but cannot imagine the cause—the bloodknives’ ter’angreals leeching his life away. However, she is well aware of his resentment at not yet fighting directly in battle. As Elayne’s...
Thursday, June 15, 2017 7:35:27 PM
By Linda This is one of a series of shorter chapters with quick scenes that show the pace accelerating as everything tips into the abyss of the Last Battle.Lan POVWith some thorough investigation and analysis, Lan’s doubts have become real concerns that the battle plans of the Borderlander army are being sabotaged. Agelmar’s efforts are not good enough to counter the Shadow, even though they have evaded suspicion until now. Baldhere, who originally raised doubts, is convinced that only...
Friday, May 19, 2017 8:01:12 PM
By Linda Bryne POVFrom Bryne’s viewpoint, his battlefield dispositions are working well; there is no conflict or confusion over them, unlike the evident cracks in the Borderlanders’ army. It was a shot-down raken that disrupted the camp—Egwene’s forces not being used to large aerial fighters. The Tower army are increasingly needing the Seanchan to augment them, although if the Seanchan were under Bryne’s command at this time, they would have been needlessly wasted in the near future like his...
Sunday, April 2, 2017 4:36:36 PM
By Linda Siuan POVSiuan boldly tests the Amyrlin (despite being a VERY junior Aes Sedai) but then realises that even more intimate memories could have been passed on to the Shadow. Myrelle, who, incidentally, now has new Warders (plural) from the Black Tower, informed the Aes Sedai about the Turning and how that could be seen in the person’s eyes. However, Siuan is not sure what form this difference takes and how obvious it is really is: If we can't tell, Siuan thought, then we're already...
Monday, March 27, 2017 8:15:47 PM
By Linda Tuon POVTuon believes her cumbersome garments are assassin-proof and will let her free quickly if she is attacked. However, she has to promptly recognise an attack to be able to save herself. Beslan doesn’t understand Mat anymore – he has changed since his visit to Sindhol, and yet not. After some pressure from the Empress, the King of Altara has accepted that he has to remain to rule and not go off to battle. Tuon consciously followed omens—fate—to marry Mat, and have a child by him....
Monday, March 27, 2017 7:56:50 PM
By Linda Gawyn POVGawyn doesn’t recognise Demandred’s original name. Who and what the Forsaken were before their fall has been completely dwarfed by what they became. Their demonization was well-earned—and they gloried in the fame and power it gave them. Egwene’s Warder relies on the bloodknife rings to keep himself from being seen. He knows this may kill him—or that is how he interpreted what Egeanin said. The rings endow power similar to that of Myrddraal—to be not easily seen, especially in...
Friday, January 27, 2017 6:33:30 PM
By Linda Egwene POVThe higher the status of the Sharans, the fewer tattoos they have (see Costume article). Their male channellers are feral, and take pride in how dangerous they are. They have been dehumanised in their upbringing, and glory in that, because the fear they now arouse in others is a type of power. As former breeding stock, they have never had power. The male channellers wear rampant, aggressive vine tattoos from an early age, while the female channellers have a tree tattoo on...
Tuesday, December 13, 2016 6:23:47 PM
By Linda Siuan POVYukiri used a cushion of Air to break their fall through her open gateway. Fortunately it offered a fine escape route. It strikes me that tents are not very strategic, and later we see that the Seanchan are ambushed and trapped within their command tent. Yukiri is probably thinking that using Air to prop up a channeller would enable him/her to fly. Siuan broke ranks in complaining to Yukiri about her weave, apart from being ungrateful. She is still not following traditional...
Tuesday, December 13, 2016 6:19:35 PM
By Linda Egwene POVRomanda uses traditional Aes Sedai Healing as battlefield emergency medical aid, which is how this type of Healing was actually used in the Age of Legends. Gawyn makes a good observation about the senselessness of the Trollocs trying to hold the area against all odds and with huge losses. "It's like . . . like the Fades think that even after a rout like this one, they're in a good position.” A Memory of Light, Into Thakan’darEgwene listens to him and orders the army to pull...
Friday, November 18, 2016 7:47:09 PM
By Linda On the surface, the chapter title refers to Mat choosing a patch for his eye, but Elayne has to choose which ground to fight on, and Egwene has to choose whether to avoid Tel’aran’rhiod. Elayne POVThe chapter also shows the danger of not looking below the surface. Years ago, Bryne advised Gawyn and Elayne against being over-confident or lulled by appearances. Be careful of currents, he'd said. River currents are one of the most dangerous things under the Light, but only because men...