This post contains spoilers for A Memory of Light.
I am so sorry, you guys, about posting this a week late. Work has been crazy. But that's not what you came here to read about. You came to read about my thoughts on the Wheel of Time.
I've already covered most of the major players of A Memory of Light: Rand, Mat, Perrin, Egwene, Demandred, Tuon, Rand's Ladies, and Androl & Pevara. But those are just the players I had major reactions too or the ones I had a lot to say about. There are other big players that fall into one of two categories: (1) though they were big players in the Wheel of Time over all, they didn't play a big part in A Memory of Light or (2) I didn't have strong reactions because they pretty much did what I expected.
Well, without further ado let's talk about my reactions to some of the miscellaneous characters of A Memory of Light.
Nynaeve & Lan
Both of these characters actually had pretty big roles to play, but my reactions pretty much are as follows:
- Lan == The Man. Do not mess with al'Lan Mandragoran.
- Nynaeve: Take that, healers who think learning non-magical healing is stupid. Nynaeve not only powns you all when it comes to magical healing, but she also saves the world without magic. Bam.
- THEY SURVIVE! *tears of happiness* I mean, if there was anyone I was sure was going to die it was going to be Lan. They prepared us for that from Book 1. But they survived, and now Lan is like the leader of the entire Borderlands. They can both live happily ever after in a brand-new shiny Malkier and I'm so freakin' happy for these two fictional characters. If anyone deserved to survive it was Lan and Nynaeve. And they did.
Is there really anything that sums up Thom Merrilin more than "exquisite"? I mean sitting there composing a ballad and killing the darkfriends who tries to get into the cavern? That was perfect. Perfect. Thom rocks.
That tricksey hobbit! Seriously, her campaign against the Four Generals in this book is probably the smartest plan the Forsaken ever came up with. Mad props, Graendal, for finally being a smart villain.
Oh hey, Alanna! I totally forgot you existed. And now here you are, trying to die and derail our boy. Not cool, Alanna. Not cool.
So I have decided that Alanna must be a darkfriend. You're welcome to disagree but nothing else makes sense to me. She bonded Rand upon prompting from Verin (who was a darkfriend). It makes sense that Verin was one of the three other Black Ajah she knew. If she wasn't Black Ajah, why didn't she get rid of her bond to Rand as soon as she realized Moridin was going to try to use it against Rand? Nothing else makes sense! But feel free to post your own thoughts in the comments.
I think Rand says it best when he makes that comment that the biggest difference between this life and his last one was that he was better raised this time. Tam al'Thor is an amazing father. And he is the man. The scene with him and Rand sparring one handed? Beautiful.
But my favorite scene was probably the one with Tam and Lan during the Last Battle. Tam is Rand's actual father, but in many ways Lan has been a second father to Rand. But Lan never usurped Tam's place in Rand's life, he just helped Rand grow into a man that is capable of ruling the known world. And to see these two men meet, and Lan to give this mere farmer such respect is beauitful. Because Tam deserves all the respect in the world. He deserves everyone bringing him flowers and undying thanks, because without Tam's amazing guidance as a father, Rand would not been the humble, good man he was at his core.
Tam raised Rand not to be a great leader or a king but to be a good man. And that was why Rand succeeded when Lews Therin failed.
I feel for Moridin. He's a bad guy. A really bad guy. But at his core, he's just a man tired of living, tired of fighting. He just wants it all to be over. Too bad the Dark One is never really going to give him what he wants.
I wonder if Moridin got to die or if his soul somehow got trapped with the Dark One. Because that would be the worst punishment. Eternal existence as the sole toy of the Dark One, the only person he has access to in his prison. And the exact opposite of what he wanted.
I'm not sure which end I hope for him. On the one hand, he deserves to be punished for all the truly terrible things he did. On the other hand, I sort of hope he just got blotted out of existence, as he wanted.
Well guys, that's all I got! What other characters do you have comments about? That you had strong reactions too? Or do you have a different theory regarding Alanna? Let me know in the comments!