If you have yet to finish AMoL, STOP READING RIGHT NOW! This thread WILL contain whole book spoilers. So, now that we have a thread devoted to the end of the book, it's time we payed attention to the rest of the book as well. What parts did you like? What parts didn't you like? Which part surprised you and which was obviouse? There are really very few parts I would change, but they DO exist. I will name theme here: 1. Rand's conversation with Tuon: I felt this was cut short. Rand had her on the run, with his logic, showing her that HE had a bigger right to rule over these lands than she did. She stopped him by saying he lost his right because h had abandoned these lands. This where I'd change things. The conversation as I see it in my mind would go like this - Tuon saying he lost his right, because he left the land. His response would have been "So did Arthur Halkwing." She would say that the land has not been abandoned, for they, his decendents, had come back.. Rand's response would bave been "so have I." 2. Shaidar Haran's death: I don't really know what exactly I'd change with this, except that his end was so... Disappointing. The Hand of the Dark, not like anything they've seen, and he simply ended. No fight, no nothing. Rand came to find him dead, with a lame explanation he was "no longer needed"... What does that even mean?! Why wasn't he needed? He could have fought Rand too. 3. Padan Fain's end: the moment this white fog appeared in the valley near SG, I said to myself (and Raam) that Fain had finally arrived. It was also clear to me that Mat would fight him, and be somehow immuned to his power because of this ordeal with the dagger. But somehow it was just... Not right. Fain is an Anomaly of the pattern, existing in this time only. Something new and special... And he was killed by Mat like someone waving off a fly. I found it lacking, at best. My thory was that Fain would be used to kill the DO, being the Anomaly that he is, and his already big part against the shadow, with Rand's wounds and the cleansing of Saidin. The things I liked most: 1. Lanfear. She was brilliant in this book. I liked every scene with her. Brilliant plot, fitting to her personality throughout the series. 2. The walking dead: Mat's use of the people of that town was BRILLIANT! The seemingly innocent chapter a few books back, showing the DO's touch on the world, used in such a grand way... It was beautiful... 3. Rand's fight with Moridin - I was simply wrong about that. Someone indeed had a theory about Callandor and the true power. It didn't seem right to me. But Callandor's flaw played beautifully at the end. Controlling Moridin, the use of the true power against the DO. The seals breaking just at the right moment. It was a great scene... 4. The great captains' betrayel - Took me a while to understand what the hell was happening. Bashere, a darkfriend? By the second one, it was clear, but it was still a beautiful scene. I was actually surprised that Egwene hadn't thought one of the Forsaken trying something like that through the world of dreams. At first, the jumping between PoVs annoyed me. But I have to admit that it was a brilliant way to mask the moves of the betraying great captains. A VERY well written strategy.