This is a rant post, not intended as an insult to the series of the writing of such, but to the characters themselves. Spoilers for at least book 7 are present here. So I'm on another read of WOT, I mostly listen during my ride to and from work with the lovely Michael Kramer and also Kate Reading. I'm in the early stages of Crown of Swords, and holy Light The Aes Sedai are HORRIBLE. The absurd amount of entitlement is just... unbearable. The freshest example to come to mind is Kiruna trying to maneuver Rand while he has her with an oath of fealty and as a prisoner in all but name. This man has numerous nations behind him, legions of men and women tearing other nations down in his name, the allegiance and respect of at least half (might be wrong here) of all the Aiel, and has managed a ridiculous amount of achievement in disciplines ranging from political intrigue to battle strategy to battling ancient deity-like creatures with centuries of knowledge. Aes Sedai: "But you don't know what you're doing and I know better!!" This isn't a dig at the writing, because they are still written brilliantly (infuriatingly consistent, RJ is), and having read the series in completion as well as the World of WOT, I understand their roots and how they've devolved from their ancient raison d'etre, but blood and ashes for very long-lived people (some of whom dedicate their lives to ancient knowledge and other scholarly endeavors), so so many of them are about as dumb as a box of rocks.