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Chapter 46: Fal Dara

First there’s a few pages of just riding, including another weird bringing up of Egwene’s time with Aram. I don’t know where this is going, if anywhere, and I really don’t care. Finally they reach the city of Fal Dara, in the country Shienar, which is this world’s Gondor equivalent as the military society on the front lines against the Dark One’s land, the Blight. Though there is one nice difference, as Fal Dara isn’t actually the capital city but sort of a suburb of it, going by the map.

The presence of Moiraine, Lan, and Loial all combine to get them a surprisingly warm welcome, a pretty neat twist. This includes more hints to Lan’s past as everyone calls him Dai Shan, and he insists that part of his life is over. They meet the city’s ruler, Lord Agelman, who begs them to stay a bit as all signs point to an invasion from the Blight in the next couple weeks, but Moiraine and Lan insist they have their own fight. It’s a complex situation where no one’s really the bad guy, and I’m interested in more of it.

And then, sweet vindication. The man who’s been following them this whole time is caught, and it is indeed Padan Fain. He says that’s not his real identity, but one of several he’s adopted in his fight against the Dark One, but his whole spiel is obvious BS and Moiraine demands some time alone with him.

Fal Dara, Gondor similarities and all, offers a completely different kind of city than we’ve seen before, and the situation they’re in is an instantly engaging moral conundrum. Our heroes are basically taking a long shot that they’ll stop the whole war, while leaving all these people to die in the battle to come. And judging by there being thirteen more books after this one, they don’t do very well. And of course I’m quite interested to learn what Fain’s deal is.

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