Sunday, January 12, 2014
Crown of Swords Read-Along, Week 3
Welcome to week 3 of our Crown of Swords Read-Along! This week, we read chapters 9-12. Remember that everything in this section as well as everything that's come before (6 books worth) are fair game for spoilers, so read at your own risk!
Nicola may just be a very ambitious, somewhat foolish woman, but it should also be remembered that she joined up with Elayne and Nynaeve on their way to Salidar at the same time that "Marigan" did. So, there are other possibilities as well.
Egwene was very right in rejecting them. Yes, it could possibly damage her down the road, but I'm a firm believer that you should never let anyone hold anything over your head. Even if the consequences are dire, you'll still be in a better position than when someone is holding you hostage over something. We'll just have to wait and see if Nicola and Areina are bright enough or brave enough to follow through on their threats.
I can't say much about the dreams because I know what most of them turn out to be, though I'll admit there are a few I'm not sure about. Obviously Gawyn and Egwene have a lot of obstacles in the future. The ones about Mat and the Illuminator display, and about Logain were both interesting. Keep an eye on both of those. I don't remember what the significance of the one about the female eagle touching Egwene is, though. I have an inkling of what it might pertain to, but can't remember for certain. Anyway, I always love the dream sections. Always so interesting. :D
|Egwene al'Vere Source|
I think this will be the tipping point one way or the other. Even if things don't actually "tip" yet, these powerful names will draw and sway others, which can only work in Egwene's favor. Though not sitters, the six were pretty much running things before Egwene was raised Amyrlin. Obviously the Hall, as well as other sisters, trust them. So this is a big deal.
Despite the amount of time it takes to read these books, Egwene is actually moving pretty quickly. The way she talked in the past about "one day" being the Amyrlin in reality as well as name made it sound like it might be years. Of course, finding the sisters doing things against Tower law certainly speeds up the process. Egwene's smart enough to use such things to her advantage. Go her!
Yeah! Okay, time to fangirl about Lan and Nynaeve. When I first read the series, I pretty much lived for their romantic scenes. As soon as Moiraine died at the end of book 5, I was very excited to see how this story line would play out. I wanted to throw book 6 against the wall--despite how awesome it was--because Lan wasn't in it at all except for that 1.5 page scene where he comes to Myrelle. So, I'm just gonna tell you that we will get some Lan/Nynaeve action in this book, albeit not for a few more weeks, and it's awesome. Kind of a famous/infamous WoT scene, actually. Very excited over here!
Is it just me or is the
creepiest picture EVER?
Yeah, I think the headaches must be Halima's doing. How could they not, knowing that she's secretly Balthamel? I never thought about them being Compulsion. Scary as that would be, it would also be kind of cool. It would mean that Egwene is somehow resisting it without even realizing it. But the Forsaken could also just be ingratiating him/herself to Egwene so s/he can manipulate things with the Tower in some way.
I gotta say, this is actually a pretty smart scheme for Balthamel. Because he was one of the first Forsaken to die, I never think of him as the brightest crayon in the box, but this is pretty smart. Of course, given the whole second-chance-resurrection-in-a-woman's-body thing, he's probably doing the DO's bidding, rather than his own, which means it wasn't exactly his idea. But we've already seen Egwene defending Halima, even if it's just in her own head, so it seems to be working well for the Forsaken.
I don't see how Egwene could ever figure out Halima's true identity on her own. They'll need a male channeler--Rand, or one of his Ashaman?--to realize it.
This has nothing to do with the actual story, but has everyone heard about the whole HUGO award thing that's going on right now? They've found a loophole that might allow the Wheel of Time series as a whole to be nominated for the prestigious award. It has to do with the fact that no single installment has ever been nominated or won, so they can present it as all one story in many parts. I haven't looked into it more than reading a few articles, but I think you can vote for it once the nominations come out, so we should all keep an eye on it. This is one of the most influential fantasy series since J.R.R. Tolkien was writing, so I really hope they give it the award. More information at THIS LINK.
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