Rand introduces the group to Loial, and he spends some time being his awesome self. Soon Moiraine comes down with Mat; sheís made a stopgap measure, but heíll still die if the dagger is removed and needs to get to stronger Aes Sedai quickly before it starts affecting him again. His apology is very well done, and with the daggerís influence over for now, can he please start being Rescued for real?
Then something Iím very thankful for, especially as Iím now in the middle of reviewing LOST
on Youtube: everyone sits down to compare notes. And after a Crowning Moment of Funny
where Rand stuns everyone with his story of meeting the royal family, the Eye of the World inevitably comes up, and Moiraine actually seems afraid of what it could mean, which is apparently stopping time, though thereís still no specifics on what the hell the title of the damn book actually is. Thatís really getting annoying now.
Moiraine is a bit pissed at not being told about the dreams until now, but says they canít go to Tar Valon anymore, but to the Eye itself (WHATEVER IT IS) in the Blight. So the good bulk of this bookís plot was pointless; thanks, guys. And the only way to get there in time is for Loial to go to the areaís Ogier grove, which the palace currently stands on, and find a spot that will somehow get them there in days. But he says it will kill them, and weíll have to wait until the next chapter to find out why.
After so many infodumps throughout the book, itís pretty neat to get a chapter like this, where we donít really learn any new information, but what we do know is laid out and refined. It would have been nice to know about this quasi-teleportation system before now (unless it was in there somewhere and I missed it among the ton of other backstory, which is entirely possible) but the rest fits very nicely, and even has a nice nod to the coincidences of their being provided the perfect solution to their problems, which hasnít worn out its welcome yet, though I am keeping an eye on it.