The Liveblog of Time: The Great Hunt

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Chapter 7: Blood Calls Blood

Weíve skipped the whole process of Mat being healed, so I guess there wasnít anything important there we couldnít surmise anyway. But itís clarified that theyíve only bought him a few months, and they need the dagger back to fully separate him, which of course would entail someone else having to carry it back.

But for now Moiraine and Siuan have a chat about a prophecy left on the dungeon wall, along with another Aes Sedai they let help, Verin, an extremely old Brown and The Spock. The high points are that Lanfear, another of the Forsaken and Lews Therinís girlfriend before he met his wife, is now wandering around, and the Watchers, who Iím pretty sure we heard about in book one but I may be remembering something else, are coming back. In either case, Jordan is nice enough to give us a recap that theyíre the descendants of the army Artur Hawkwing led across the ocean that never returned. And one thing I need to compliment is that while book one had a couple bad pieces of As You Know, that problem is solved here; much like Chloe OíBrien or Walter Bishop, itís fully believable that the quasi-autistic Verin would prattle on like this about things everyone in the room already knows.

Then things get a lot more interesting when Verin reveals that sheís figured out one of the three guys is the Dragon. And sheís not going to tell anyoneÖbecause she wants to study his breakdown from the One Power. Iím really liking this woman now.

Perrin sees that Mat is okay, and we learn he was hanging out in the garden during the whole attack, right before which one of Amalisaís flunkies was about to call the Aes Sedai on him. So, Liandrin also wants any handy bargaining chips, I guess. He meets Rand, and to my surprise and gratitude they actually have a real conversation about Randís jerky behavior, and he explains it as much as he can. It ends on a bad note when Rand says he still canít stay with them, but itís more than I was expecting at this point.

Lan comes in next, and informs Rand that Siuan wants to see him. Again. And this time thereís really, truly no getting out of it. But we still have to endure a quite long sequence of Lan telling him how to act, and getting dressed in a whole new outfit (which Iíve gathered is a big thing in this series Iíll have to get used to), the one important part of which is the armband with the symbol of Manetheren, which Lan had made for him. And now can we please be done with the stalling on this? How much else can possibly get in the way?

More infodump to start out with, and this one widens the storyís scope substantially, making it a bit more clear how this series lasted so long. And I really hope we see more of Verin, as she really tied the whole scene together and made what might have been clunky exposition actually work. The rest of the chapter is less interesting, though Rand and Perrinís talk is much appreciated. And it doesnít hurt that it ends with a promise that Rand is finally going in to see Siuan.

Comments

Verin's fun. Her motives are a bit more obscure than Moiraine's; I wasn't sure if I should trust her.

The Watchers are a group in the area near Tarabon (hmm) who await the return of Hawkwing's armies someday. I don't think they themselves are descended from him or that expedition though.

I was kind of amused by picturing Lan trying to instruct Rand how to look and act like a lord rather than a farmer in a few short minutes.

I'm sure I didn't notice any of the lengthy clothing descriptions until the internet pointed it out. It's unfortunate that's already happened to you. :(
montagohalcyon 18th Apr 12 (edited by: montagohalcyon)
I didn't really notice many lengthy clothing descriptions either, the first time, but I did notice a few. Most notably about fancy clothes worn by people who don't think they should be wearing them, and a few of the times women tug on their clothes... or their hair.

But yeah. Verin. While she has little focus in the middle books, her presence in the early & late books more than makes up for it.
Sabbo 19th Apr 12
Verin is pretty much the most awesome character in the books. I'm serious.
Arilou 19th Apr 12
Bar Mat. Mat still beats out Verin.
Sabbo 19th Apr 12