This will be just like my other thread, except about books 9 to 14, and the prequel. Book 9 has done it. Its the second time this series has approached what I see as true greatness! (the other time was dragon reborn. Though my favorite moments in the series might arguably be the ones from the book I hate most, book 4: perrins defensive battles of the two rivers) I admit, the first arcs with Perrin and Elayne were slow and dragged on too much. My two favorite characters... and thier arcs are the weakest part of the book. Go figure! But still mostly enjoyable and alright overall, I wouldn't necessarily call them bad by any means! What stole the show was Two things: 1. Mats arc with trying to get out- surprise meet up with the seanchan who befriended Elayne and worst female of the series (Nyenaeve)..topped off with who Tuon is! 2. Rands cleaning of the male source- a truly grand epic ending to the book! I am at a loss for words.... except to say that this book is great mainly due to knowing who these characters are from previous books and the context needed therein, but I dont mind because that was simply amazing! Especially after my mood was very soured by books 7 and 8 being kind of terrible. So this is my thoughts in short, so far. Book 1: okay Book 2: good Book 3: masterpiece Book 4: garbage Book 5: good Book 6: great Books 7 and 8: What an utter disappointment in every conceivable way. Book 9: just barely shy of being a masterpiece. Close.