New to the site and forums and still straightening myself out, hence the non-WoT name and avatar. I met a couple local folks who are on the site and thought I'd check it out. I've read about half the books so far. Actually, I stopped reading at whatever book where they are looking for the cloud bowl. I decided to start a re-read of the series. Right now, I've read the prequel and am almost through book #1. I've always been a fan of Arthurian legend (and especially the Mists of Avalon, which I read about 20 years ago), and the bits of lore that Jordan pulled from that are what got me interested in the beginning. I also enjoy the "easter eggs" he throws in that clue the reader in that the Age of the books is a future Earth somehow or another. And, well, aes sedai are just cool. I'm Wiccan, so anything that has elements of women training in a mystery magical school appeals to me. Aside from the whole taint on the male half of the energies, I kind of wish magic really worked like the system in the book. The threads concept is really interesting. I'm slowly filling out my profile, but I'm from Baltimore, MD. I know there's at least two more folks here from Maryland. I'm really looking forward to meeting more fans. Most of my local scifi/fantasy friends are not into these books.