Some of my thoughts. Spoiler I enjoyed trying to pay attention to every time he felt the goosebumps throughout the book when he felt a female touch saidar, and he just passed it off as feeling uncomfortable or it being cold. All things I wouldn't have ever noticed on my first read through. Early book 2 quote spolier >> Spoiler Moiraine is talking to Siuan Sanche about Rand at the very start, and she says something along the lines of Rands blood making him like a rock next to clay compared to the other Emonds Fielders Manetheren blood. I think she definitely underestimated his stubbornness from the start, and he has always pushed her even when she was trying to help and guide him. I do agree though that she is extremely manipulative. Seeing how other Aes Sedai talk throughout the series, she is definitely very crafty with how she twists what she's saying. It always sounds so close to the truth, but knowing what she is really doing from having read it you can see the tiny loopholes she leaves for herself. My opinion of Winternight Spoiler So after finishing the book the whole of Winternight bothered me. Ishamael and/or the Dark One had narrowed down who they were looking for to Rand, Perrin, and Mat. (later in book 1 spoiler) Spoiler Padan Fain even admits to Moiraine when she questions him at Fal Dara that they had identified it as being one of the three of them three years prior to that Winternight They knew that one of these three were the Dragon Reborn, and the desperately needed to capture or kill him. They also showed the ability to move a large amount of Trollocs/Fades/Draghkar wherever they needed to south of The Blight. They weren't aware that an Aes Sedai was there to take them to Tar Valon so they had no reason to rush what they were doing, yet they went ahead with the attempted capture/kill of the Dragon Reborn. It seems a little silly to me that with the knowledge of who they were going after that they didn't bring more to do it, when they had the capability and the time. I know it's fictional, and there are other times throughout the series that I've said 'Oh it would've been better if they had done this', but that is one thing that bothered me more than anything my first read through, and just as much if not more this time.