So, I’m cruising along in the car on my way home and notice that ACOS is almost done. I started getting all excited to move on to APOD, but then I remembered…The Dark Tower will be in theaters 8/4 (major SQUEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!! moment), and I need to reread those books too. Let’s face it, I won’t go see the movie until I do. Soooooo, I’d rather start them sooner than later. I haven’t decided if I’m going to read one series and listen to audiobooks of the other yet, or if I’m going to jump back and forth between the two on both platforms. Decisions, decisions. Either way, there will be blog posts. So, all you avid readers of my poorly neglected blog, (yeah, all 1 of you), don’t be alarmed when you see posts about TDT, I shan’t relinquish my hold on TWoT…not when I’m in my favorite part of the series.
Until next time my darlings…
I’m already more than halfway through the book and I just realized I haven’t done a post about it yet. Oy vey! So, for once, there won’t be the endless rambling that generally comes with a post of mine.
Actually, I’ve just found out I’m incapable of doing anything short of rambling about this book. Brass tax: Mat, Elayne, Nynaeve, Aviendha, Thom, Juilin, and others are in Ebu Dar. Nynaeve finally clears her block. But, if you thought that would mean the end of her yanking on her braid, you were wrong. Lan manages to find her and all manner of hilarity ensues (just my opinion). All I really care about in this shortened version of what would have been, I’m sure, the longest post I’ve written to date since I began this blog, is Mat and his encounters with Queen Tylin. Oy, he’s such a dog and I love him. He gets the tables turned on him though when he comes across Tylin. Boy, oh boy does she ever do a good job of it.
Of course, there’s more with Rand and Min, Perrin, all the numerous Aes Sedai, and Aiel, Whitecloaks, Forsaken. Alas, I’m disappointing myself because I am writing this post as my Kindle is telling me I’m about 59% of the way through the book. Boo hiss boo and all that jazz. I shall have to make the next post extra long winded. And it will most likely encompass my views, likes, and dislikes of ACOS and APOD. Prepare yourself.
Just a quick note: prepare for my long winded ramblings. There’s just so MUCH I want to talk about in this book. Um, expect spoilers and lots of jumping around storywise. And so it begins…
Ohhhhh, finally! Mazrim Taim and the Asha’man are here. Rand gets the male version of the White Tower, aptly named the Black Tower, started with Taim’s recruiting and training assistance. All I can say is: WOOHOO! Ahem, moving along. Davram Bashere, Faile’s dad, takes the men who can’t channel and makes a pretty decent army out of them.
Two groups of Aes Sedai approach Rand; one in Caemlyn (sent by the Salidar rebel Aes Sedai), the other in Cairhien (sent by Elaida with lots of gold and jewels). You pretty much know the latter is not going to turn out well considering the source. (Also, dumbass Alanna, with the Salidar Aes Sedai in Caemlyn, and her immensely stupid act of bonding Rand without his consent doesn’t exactly go the way she planned it either.) Lo and behold, Elaida’s cronies capture Rand and Min in Cairhien. I’m sorry ladies, but you should have known that wasn’t going to go over well for any of you. Particularly after you keep him locked in a chest, only letting him out to beat him. The upshot (I guess?) of Rand being locked in the chest is that he starts interacting more with Lews Therin, allowing him to break the weaves holding him and massive ass kicking ensues. Oops, ladies, now some of you are stilled and you must swear allegiance to the Dragon Reborn. HA HA! Ahhhhh, then comes one of my favorite parts of the entire series when Taim and the Asha’man arrive to rescue Rand. Shaido Aiel has surrounded the Aes Sedai wagons as Perrin (yes, he’s back in this one!!) tries to rescue Rand as well. The Asha’man create a barrier to protect the Dragon Reborn and company, then Taim is all, “Asha’man, Kill!” I swear I get goosebumps every time ‘cus they just start dropping the Shaido like flies. Needless to say, the Shaido that can escape, do so…swiftly.
Perrin is Lord of the Two Rivers now. He feels ta’veren pulling him towards Rand so he embarks, with Loial, Faile (ugh), and his own army under the Wolf-Head Banner. They meet up with Rand in Caemlyn, then leave to Cairhien with him and Min. When Rand goes missing, Perrin races to free Rand from the Aes Sedai. He just happens to have his army (including Loial), some Aiel (woot!), Berelain’s Mayeners (ugh, that woman), some Cairhienen, some Aes Sedai that are in their own way loyal to Rand, and last but not least, his wolf brothers. (Thankfully Taim brings along the Asha’man to help out too.) Poor Perrin just does not enjoy battles, I’ll tell ya that.
Mat and his Band of the Red Hand (excuse me while I have another nerdgasm) head off to Tear and pick up Olver (so adorable!) along the way. Rand then sends Mat and Aviendha, to Altara to bring Elayne back. He’s supposed to protect Egwene and Nynaeve as well in the process. (Oh sheesh, I’m sure anyone that knows the females in this series can easily guess how they react to needing protection from *gasp* a man…Oy vey.) Anyway, eventually Aviendha, Elayne, Birgitte, Nynaeve, plus Mat and some of his Band, head off to Ebou Dar. Mat is still looking for his future wife. (Man, I can’t wait for his Ebou Dar storyline with Queen Tylin in A Crown of Swords, ‘cus that is just some funny shit right there.) Of course, Thom and Juilin are with the group as well.
(Ugh, so much that I’m forgetting to put in here. Ah well, that’s what happens when there are 55 chapters of awesome.)
I suppose I should note that this book is the first taste we get of Nynaeve attempting to heal stilled women. I shall give credit where credit is due. As annoying as I may find her most of the time, she is pretty awesome with the healing. Given what she accomplishes down the road, I almost start liking her in this book…sometimes, almost. More credit where credit is due: she’s managed to capture Moghedien and hold her with an a’dam.
Egwene gets a summons from the Salidar Aes Sedai and is raised to the Amyrlin Seat. Oh, how naive of those women to think they’ve found themselves the perfect puppet for their schemes. I rather enjoy reading about, or listening to, how Egwene and Siuan have their own schemes in mind. And let’s not forget Elayne’s blah blah iloveyousomuchcakes moments with Gawyn.
On top of all this, there is some seriously odd weather going on. The heat will just not go away. Hence the above-mentioned trip to Ebou Dar. I’m sure the ladies will find the Bowl of the Winds (in the next book) and eventually use it (in The Path of Daggers…the 8th book, in case you were wondering) to fix the weather.
So much I missed, but it’s time to stop writing about it and start listening to it. Forgive any grammar/punctuation errors. I claim lack of sleep as an excuse for any mistakes in this post. Another quick note: I will be reading this one (and all others to follow) when time allows, then listening to the audio books when I’m in the car. After five books, I realized that just listening to them isn’t enough for me. My nerd would like the written word. Hey, be thankful I’m not double nerd reading and playing the audio book at the same time. Though I have considered it occasionally…
Rand leads the fight, along with Mat and others, against the Shaido Aiel. Rand and Aviendha…well, let’s just say, bow chicka wow wow. (D’oh, now she has ‘toh!) Which, naturally, pisses Lanfear off. (Btw, I find that extremely humorous.) Sadly, Moiraine and Lanfear die. But, um yeah, not so much. (Spoiler!) Oooooh and Rand attacks Caemlyn. Also, I have one word for you… balefire.
I have total nerdgasms whenever Mat’s “memories” are involved. Hey, dying is a pretty big price to pay for what he received. But, man oh man, does he become a badass! So geeked for his upcoming storylines.
Nynaeve traps a friggin FORSAKEN with an a’dam…She still drives me bonkers though. Nynaeve and Elayne are on the hunt for some rebel Aes Sedai.
Poor Siuan is stilled and friggin Elaida is friggin Amyrlin for far too long. Such a shame I have to wait so long for her to get what’s coming to her. *sigh*
Oh, and Egwene continues as an honorary Wise One with the Aiel and becomes pretty bad ass herself after this book.
Perrin is absent from this one. I’m torn here. His absence also means Faile is absent, no loss there. But, but it’s Perrin. And, as much as I dislike some of his character development after Faile entered the picture, he still has a place in my heart. And he will do some pretty amazeballs shit eventually.
Alrighty, I believe I’m ready to get this party started. *turns on audio book* Ahhhhh, much better.
I can’t explain how stoked I am that I’m on this book, but let me make a short list:
1) Rand weilds Callandor and does some awesomecrazyinsane One Power weilding too
3) Awesomeness ensues in Tanchico with Elayne, Nynaeve and a friggin FORSAKEN
5) Matt’s enters TWO ter’angreal, interacts with the Aelfinn, then later the Eelfinn…and is officially cemented as my fav WoT character
7) Perrin returns to the Two Rivers and becomes a badass (Unfortunately Faile is with him. Thus begins the ruination of Perrin’s character.)
9) Crazyness ensues at the White Tower
10) Aeil (duh)