Sunday, November 23, 2014
Towers of Midnight Read-Along, Week 1
Welcome to week 1 of our Towers of Midnight Read-Along! This week we read the Prologue-Chapter 4. Remember that everything in this section as well as everything that's come before is fair game for spoilers, so read at your own risk. Eivind Fonn is hosting this week and will probably post his answers over at Dab of Darkness. Hop on over and check out his answers as well!
|The Forsaken (Source)|
Well, we know the DO can bring them back, so Rand is actually right about the balefire thing, scary though it may be. Balefire seems to be the only thing that the DO cannot bring someone back from. So, anyone who wasn't balefired could feasibly return. Ugh. Seems never-ending, doesn't it?
|Padan Fain (Source)|
I remember, so I won't spoil, but yeah it's been a while since we've seen him. And note that he's no longer one man or the other, or even two. He's more like a creature of darkness. He seems to be one with the fog that follows him around, which incidentally is the same stuff that was making trollocs squeal in Shadar Logoth so long ago. Rand pretty much burnt that city off the planet, and now it's like a wandering death. *shivers* I guess it's only fitting that this...stuff, which we originally saw in book 1, would play some kind of role in the Last Battle.
|Kandoran flag (Source)|
The border in Kandor is actually a super-cool story line for this book. I'm excited for everyone to read it. Lan is funny. Despite how loyal and stubborn and honor-ridden he is himself, he never seems to expect that from others. He doesn't understand the sway the memory of Malkier still has over Borderlanders. Because of that, he doesn't expect many--or any--followers. But we're already seeing that that probably won't be the case. I also loved that the first guy that showed up knew him from back when he was with Bukama, in New Spring. Awesome detail to bring into the book.
I totally loved this part! They do such a good job with the awkwardness of the reunions, and yet it comes off poetic. Or even prophetic. It definitely seems there will be a conflict, but Rand also "seemed" to be mad, and now he's flabbergasting everyone. I guess we'll just have to wait and see.
|Perrin Aybarra (Source)|
I think I said this before, but I love that Perrin is finally embracing his wolf-ness. It's about time! He needs to be a good padawan and learn everything about being a wolf. It's the only hope he has--in my opinion--of maybe finally defeating Slayer (who I certainly hope we'll see again--if that story line was just left fallow that would suck!) and being of use to Rand in the Last Battle.
|Galad Damodred, Lord Captain |
Commander of the Children of the
Surprisingly, Galad is being really logical about everything. He's willing to work with Aes Sedai (though I think he ought to be careful not to call them witches to their faces) and is really effective in explaining why to his men. When he spoke with the one guy about it, he told him that they were the lesser of two evils, and pointed out how the Pattern was starting to unravel. Now, I don't think the Aes Sedai are evil (obviously) but he's a good leader because he can explain it to his men in a way that they can't deny, but without being condescending. They can see the Pattern shuddering and can't deny his logic, so they trust him. While Galad, as we've seen, is far from perfect, he's way more level-headed than any of the Lords Commander since Bornhald, who died at Falme in book 2. He may just be the best thing that could have happened to the Whitecloaks.
Favorite lines in this section:
Light, she thought. I'm wrong. I can't think of him only as the Dragon Reborn. I'm here for a reason. He's here for a reason. To me, he must be Rand. Because Rand can be trusted, while the Dragon Reborn must be feared."Which are you?" she whispered unconsciously.He heard. "I am both, Egwene. I remember him. Lews Therin. I can see his entire life, every desperate moment. I see it like a dream, but a clear dream. My own dream. It's part of me."The words were those of a madman, but they were spoken evenly. She looked at him, and remembered the youth that he had been. The earnest young man. Not solemn like Perrin, but not wild like Mat. Solid, straight-forward. The type of man you could trust with anything.Even the fate of the world. (pg. 84)
I also loved at this part that his ta'veren-ness kept the Sisters of the Hall from speaking. I remember reading it the first time and thinking that they were being surprisingly quiet. Especially as Rand and Egwene were skipping formalities for the most part and calling one another by their first names. I actually loved that they did that, but I think the Hall might have had some objections. :D Just a few. Luckily, the Pattern made them shut up and listen, witness, rather than interfering. Very cool. Pattern: 1 Hall of the Tower: 0
Also, how cool was it when Rand made that apple orchard bloom and fed the town. Loved that scene! And the man felt a pull to follow Rand, presumably to battle. I have a feeling there will be a lot more of that to follow.
"This was a time to lift one's sword and choose a side, then spill blood to give a final color to the dying land." (pg. 54)Cool Beans.
Also, I thought Graendal's word for the "wave of wrongness [that] washed over her, a warping of the air, the Pattern itself rippling" (pg. 32) was interesting. She said it was called a balescream. Totally creepy name. Kind of gave me chills.
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