I finished, and I'm very ambivalent too. I assume we're stuck with the new character POVs because it's easier for Sanderson to write the ones Jordan never wrote, but it does leave me feeling rather cheated. I don't give a tiny rat's ass about Gawyn or Galad and while I didn't mind Pevara & Androl or Talmanes, I would've rather read Nynaeve, Moiraine and Siuan. 700 pages of endless battle descriptions and
Nynaeve and Moiraine are barely in the book at all. What was the point of bringing back Moiraine in the first place? Surely some other (stronger) female channeler could've helped Rand at the Bore and we could've cut the last three books down to two?
Originally Posted by reckless
Egwene's agreement with Tuon was actually that they couldn't take any women from outside their territory without their explicit consent? So Moghedien being collared was pretty damned awful, even if I think the only thing we're meant to read into it is that she got her just desserts.
I certainly hope so. I really wish the book had spent some of the 700 pages it spent on battles trying to resolve that issue, or at least starting to resolve it. As it stand the very last thing said on the topic is that
Originally Posted by rjblue
. I also wish they'd spent a little more time resolving
everyone not wearing an Aes Sedai ring is fair game, including the Kin. I was waiting for Tuon to have to face that she could channel, but it never happened, eventhough they had a perfect opportunity when the command post was attacked
the men vs women theme that's been running throughout the series. I always thought that in the last book they'd realize they could achieve greater things if they just worked together, and instead the only thing even close to something like that is Galad and Perrin killing women and Aes Sedai and Asha'man bonding one another + Rand using all three powers to seal the Bore. So basically all characters just had shitty communication skills and acted like children all through 14 damned books?
It seems like a lot of people hated the epilogue, but that played out pretty much exactly as I thought it would
. My biggest gripe was probably the Sharans.
except the magic pipe. I did not guess the magic pipe.
It left a bad taste in my mouth.
Not only are the pseudo-Africans the only people to fight on the side of the Shadow, the Sharan channeler that Mat catches is mentioned again, only to point out how quickly she accepted her role, and how unusal that was! If you're very charitable while reading that, I guess it could be interpreted as "they have a shitty caste system", but it really came across as "pseudo-Africans make good slaves", which is not what I want to read, ever, least of all in a book written by two white guys. I don't know what Sanderson and his editors were thinking in letting that stand (it certainly didn't add anything to the story). Mat has some "Oh, I suppose I shouldn't have gotten my own slave if I'm trying to convince Tuon to stop enslaving people, and then sort of shrugs it off.
The fate of Padan Fain and Alanna also felt like afterthoughts.
In all I thought it was an okay end to the series, but it really drove home how the last three books could've been 2 with some editing and how much I would've liked Jordan to finish his series himself. I'm not sure I'd re-read the series again, even if I still love the first 6 books.