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The Liveblog of Time: The Fires of Heaven
Hmmm, about half right, half wrong. I'm somewhat amused by your characteristion of the Forsaken too.

The Aes Sedai politics are going to take, if not center-stage, so at least be a very significant B-plot for a good portion of the series from now on, and that means memorizing the names of a huge number of seemingly irrelevant Aes Sedai, whose manueverings makes little sense if you can't remember who they are and who they're allied with... Along with some other troubled subplots this is a good part of why the series kinds of declines (although both this book and the next one, Lord of Chaos, are very good)

On the other hand, the stakes are only going to keep getting higher from now on. Until now we've been (basically) dealing with a bunch of adventurers, but now they're going to start throwing armies around (which oesen't preclude a bit of adventuring on the side)
Arilou
Despite how hard it is, I'm going to try my best from now on to spoil nothing in these comments. If something I want to say could be considered a spoiler, I won't say it... which probably means I'm going to comment less than usual. :/
Sabbo
I always did like that particular culture clash. Not so much for ones involving the Seanchan, however.
Sabbo
The Darkhounds aren't actually new, they attacked Moiraine and Perrin back in Book 3, remember?
Arilou
Ah, so much to read! It's nice to see that you were still going at this though.
Sabbo
It might make the entire Nynaeve/Elayne travel section better if you view it as sort of a comedic roadtrip with a rather self-unaware POV character. It might have been what RJ was going for rather awkwardly.
nightwyrm_zero
For me, Galad's plot throughout the books was... unexpected. In part.
Sabbo
Hm. I wonder whether other readers became disinterested in your liveblog, or whether they decided to follow my lead and avoid putting spoilers in the comments. (And thus stopped commenting)
Sabbo (edited by: Sabbo)
I'm still reading, just stopped commenting since I don't know if Eegah looks at them.
montagohalcyon
Of all the "evil" characters, I think I like Fain the most. Well. The person who was once Fain. His sense of identity is weird.
Sabbo
I've just finished the final book in the series, by the way... Feels very odd, since I've been reading the series since the early 90's...
Arilou
I still need to get that book, but I have no money. ;_;
Sabbo
I was just looking through the chapter names now... And it seems that he indeed doesn't show up in this book. It's mostly about... everybody else pretty much. Just not the Two Rivers.

Mind you, I'm not certain; even individual chapters can have multiple characters, and who's to say that Perrin doesn't get a spotlight in a small part of one of them?
Sabbo
IIRC this was something that annoyed the fans enough that RJ more or less made everyone always have their own subplot in every book... Which is not neccessarily a good thing.
Arilou
Perrin indeed does not appear in this book.
nightwyrm_zero
You'll get a lot more simultaneous viewpoints later, although usually not as obviously so.
Sabbo
I wonder whether all the important Aiel have been introduced yet.

...Although it suppose it would be hard to figure out.

EDIT: And huh. I had thought that the "The Fifth, I give you" chapter came later. :/
Sabbo (edited by: Sabbo)
Just posting to give an indication that I still follow this. (I'd answer your question at the end, but I know you wouldn't read the answer. :/)
Sabbo
A pity then that he was a bit more preoccupied with the Andoran royalty then, no?
Sabbo
A woman with those kinds of thoughts...

Would join the Green Ajah? :P
Sabbo
Huh. Your installments seem to getting progressively shorter. Don't have much to say?
Sabbo
Uno, one of the Shienarans.
montagohalcyon
Huh. When I got to this point in the series, I did consider it contrived. It just didn't make sense to me that they were there.
Sabbo
I had forgotten that the telescope was invented at this point. Makes the skills of the four Great Generals even greater, when you consider that they were skilled before these had been developed.
Sabbo
Sammael was at this fight? I'd forgotten that any of the Forsaken were. :/
Sabbo
I actually considered bringing this up during your last update, but didn't want to spoil it. Really, it does kind of suck that we don't get to see Mat's battle, no doubt about that. That being said, the climax of the book is still to come, and I think it's one of the better ones in terms of the series.
BaleFire
Well, at least you've still got a few chapters left.
Sabbo
Hah, I was wondering what you'd end up thinking about this chapter. It took me by surprise too when I first got to it.
Sabbo
Charred bodies? Sounds pretty dead to me.

Sabbo
And that is this book's climax. (As opposed to chapter 45 when you thought you'd skipped it. :P)
Sabbo
Aw. Well, I guess I did notice your later tendency towards shorter posts, containing summaries rather than comments.

If there are any plot points you're interested in finding out sooner rather than later, feel free to ask. Whether spoilers matter much after you've mostly given up is, I suppose, a matter of personal opinion.
Sabbo
It's not Lanfear. The answer is not revealed until the next-to-last book, though, so feel free to keep guessing.

Well, I've been enjoying your blog, at least. Didn't find it dull at all. Hope you press on and finish the series someday, whether or not you keep posting!

(Personally, I found it growing long around the 8th installment, but for most people that seems to happen sooner. In any case, the last few are definitely worth the wait.)

And on that note, if you're looking for something else to read you should check out some of Brandon Sanderson's own original novels.
montagohalcyon
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