The Liveblog of Time: The Great Hunt


Chapter 5: The Shadow in Shienar

Moiraine reveals more of her plan to Siuan: sheís convinced that Rand is actually the true Dragon Reborn, and sheís been deliberately distancing herself from him as a necessary step to him fulfilling that role. No more Deus ex Machina for you! He, Mat, and Perrin will take the Horn to Illian, due to the Aes Sedai currently in town being enough to separate Mat from the dagger before they go. So I suppose this will leave Moiraine to be our viewpoint for Egwene and Nynaeve in Tar Valon. And some stuff about how the Dark One is about to break out of his prison. SoÖthat wasnít really him who was killed in the last book? Iím sure itíll be clear in time.

Then, a quite unexpected shift to Geofram Bornhald as another new viewpoint character. Heís in charge of a whole legion in Tarabon, and we get a flashback that indicates another Whitecloak named Eamon Valda is currently after Elayne and Gawyn. Geofram proves to be the Anti-Villain he first appeared to be, as heís uneasy with what Valda has planned, and what his son might do. And now heís pared with Einor Saren, a member of the Whitecloaksí Complete Monster division the Questioners. And thatís all we get.

Then Liandrin goes to Amalisa and uses a hypnotizing spell on her, telling her that she needs to get Rand, Mat, and Perrin to Tar Valon secretly. Plus something about a Black Ajah that worships the Dark One, though I donít think thatís the remaining color in the seven (I didnít read that comment explaining them, since the book itself should have all the important information, or somethingís wrong). Not sure why Liandrin had to be so friendly with her before; maybe just to throw off Moiraine.

Finally, Fain has a brief scene where heís apparently the one who Rand heard laughing, and was also just telepathically spying on Liandrin. Someone comes into the cell to kill him, which heís been waiting for, though given that it ends there, Iíd say we have a Jaime Lannister situation.

There was never a chapter like this in book one, scattered among so many different viewpoints. Even the one where the heroes split up made narrative sense, while this one just seems to jump around at random. Geoframís scene especially stands out since heís nowhere near the others, and I guess Jordan just didnít want to do an even bigger flashback when he becomes more important. Despite that, we get some good progress here, and very tantalizing glimpses of the bookís subplots. Itís definitely taking off now.


Chapters like this, where the viewpoints are so departed from eachother, are going to be rather common from here on in. Moreso during the middle books, but even at the point the series is now (book 13 I mean, not book 2), there are still around 15 viewpoint characters.

Interesting though about what they've mentioned about the Ajahs so far, no? Particularly regarding how much or how little has been mentioned for each of them.
Sabbo 17th Apr 12