About the ending: It will be usual to have the big explosions at the end of the books - exception CoT, all explosions delayed - better get used to it. So what is important at the end of TGH? - The Seanchan are introduced, with a'dam & damane. - Rand is wounded, and Lanfear turns up to heal him just enough to stay alive - and he begins to accept his mission. - The split between Rand and Egwene, which began at the Eye, when Eg shrunk back from him when she realized he could channel, becomes permanent. Min's a bit cruel when she says "You threw him away for the White Tower", but still right on the mark. Great scene. She picks him up quite literally, grumbles about his weight and her fate, but she will support that lummox through many bad days to come. - Fain escapes, too bad. Bayle Domon escapes too, but we'll be glad to meet him again. - Falme? It will fall under Seanchan rule again soon enough - who cares?