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Chapter 49: What was Meant to Be

Rand wakes up after a few days, in the countryside. Mat, Hurin, Nynaeve, Egwene, and Elayne are on their way to Tar Valon, while Moiraine and Lan have shown up here. Randís in no mood to talk, but after learning that his fight (which also melted his sword, sadly) was broadcast across the west coast Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann style and everyone is calling him the true Dragon Reborn, he pretty much has no choice. And as a bonus, this also comes with letting himself accept that heís adopted, thank god. The rest of the Shienarans are still there, and ready to pledge themselves to him, but his reply is a cliffhanger. Though given the title of the next book, it loses something now.

This is all setup for the next book, but there is some nice rumination on how Rand is pretty much a Failure Hero by this point. Egwene is free no thanks to him, and he didnít make it to his promised showdown with Fain, so now Emondís Field is in danger. So I assume book three will focus on him growing into someone who deserves to be called a hero. And of course, his finally accepting everything rather than keeping up the Shinji act is quite a load off the whole story.

Comments

Good prediction. It'll be very much Because Destiny Says So and Prophecy Twist from now on.
wheelreader 24th May 12
It's not really a cliffhanger given the epilogue outright confirms it, I don't know why the chapter ends that way. Dramatic weight?

And now, the book in which a) Rand disappears for long stretches b) ta'veren effects begin to go beyond Contrived Coincidences c) Forsaken and new types of Shadowspawn everywhere d) Mat starts to become a pretty cool guy e) Aiel actually do stuff.
montagohalcyon 24th May 12