While everyone waits for Moiraine to finish talking to Fain, Agelmar shares Lanís backstory: heís the son of the last king of what used to be the front line country against the Blight, until an extremely ill-timed coup by the kingís sister-in-law Breyan resulted in it being taken over when Lan was a baby. Breyan and her son Isam are assumed dead, so of course theyíll be coming up again somewhere.
And as good as that was, Moiraine comes in and reveals that Fainís been working for the Dark One for forty years, and was actually the one who led the Trollocs to the Two Rivers. Iím really kicking myself for not guessing that one, so itís pretty amusing that Rand does too. Heís been tortured into being compelled to follow the three of them, and was also Too Spicy for Yog Sothoth
regarding the Black Wind. Way to patch up your plot holes in the middle of your exposition. Then more arguing about who they can take with them which has already gotten old, so Iíll skip it.
If youíre going to spend a whole chapter on filling in backstory, make sure itís as good as this. Lanís past is awesome and gives me a whole new understanding of him, plus it introduces a future plot complication in a way that I have no idea what will come of it. And the explanation of what Fainís been up to is pretty disturbing and makes perfect sense. Last chapter I had assumed he would be killed here, but now I hope he sticks around at least one more book.