This is the last book to be written completely by Jordan in this series. As you well know by now (at least you should if you've kept up with the series, and if you haven't, go start at book one) Jordan passed away before he complete his series. Luckily, he left notes and another author took up the reins to continue where he left off, but that is next book. This one, it is still all Jordan.
is still a prisoner of the Shaido Aiel and Perrin will stop at nothing
to save her. This means he has aligned himself with the Seanchan in
order to rescue her, which is much like dealing with the Dark Lord
himself in many people's eyes. Rand is taking care of things in Tear
and Cairhien and is still troubled by sickness. But he too has to deal
with the Seanchan as he seeks out an uneasy truce until the last
battle. Egwene is coming into her own as Amrilyn, but something
unexpected happens that will force her to reevaluate her battle plans.
And Elayne, well she is still trying to gain the throne of Andor.
really am not that fond of Elayne. I can't quite pinpoint why, but I
just find her uninteresting. And all this talk about her pregnancy in
the book doesn't help matters. Sure it's an important thing, but not
one that needs such devoted detail. Nynaeve isn't much a part of this
book or Aviendha, and I missed both characters quite a bit. At least
Egwene is always an interesting and redeeming character. She's strong,
stubborn, and quite wonderful at times. Rand is as weird as ever. I
know he's supposed to be and I know I say this in nearly every review of
the book, but I miss the Rand from the first book. Perrin is also
nothing like himself and while I used to like him, I don't in this
book. Luckily for the boys, Mat is as charming as ever and really comes
into his own in this book.
The prologue of this book is a
hundred pages long. Just the prologue. So that should tell you
something. There is a lot of detail here as in all of Jordan's books.
But thankfully, he actually had a little bit of action in this one as
well. Not as much as there used to be in the book, but enough to
finally start moving the plot along. And he even resolved some of the
stories that he already had going, which is very rare for him. That's
not to say there aren't still plenty of mysteries though, because there
are. This is one complicated mess of characters and intrigues and it
takes some sorting out to keep up.
It will be interesting to
see what the next books hold. Jordan was a great writer and it's my
hope that Sanderson, his replacement, can keep true to his story and
Knife of Dreams