AMoL prologue - part 1

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This is my first post as I read through AMoL. In this post I look at the pre-prologue prophecy, and the start of the prologue.

Other posts can be found here. This post will definitely contain spoilers. If you haven't read all of the WoT series, including AMoL you read on at your own risk.

Just a scheduling note, there is no schedule. It's not like I'm getting paid to do this, these blog posts are to help _me_ enjoy this book. So I'm reserving the right to take forever to write any of these blog posts, or abandon them entirely.
I have to say, that I've been delaying starting to read this book. I've been a bit nervous about beginning. With such a long wait, I'm a bit worried that my expectations are a bit high. I've read about half the prologue now, and I've got a big grin on my face. If the rest of the book is this good, we're going to have a great time.


What Happens
The book starts with a note from a book in the Fourth Age, which is beyond the time that the books are set in.
...All was shattered, and all but memory lost, and one memory above all others, of him who brought the Shadow and the Breaking of the World. And him they named Dragon.
So they're talking about Rand, and I guess Rand gets his way and gets to break the seals. The start of the paragraph talks about how bad things get. This is quite ominious, but perhaps not all that surprising given how bad things have been getting anyway. It does seem to contradict the visions that Aviendha had though, which was of a world functioning quite well, unless you were an Aiel.

I'm roughly half way through the prologue, and have read through five scenes. We start of with the last gasp of the Andorian succession story arc. Lord Jarid is being a dunce, and all his men desert him. We see Talmanes leading the Band (or what he's got left) against the Trollocs taking Caemlyn. Seem's he's one of the characters that is going to die, which I didn't predict. And so far it's not at all certain they will get the canons. Though seems I'm right that Caemlyn is going to fall.

We read from Isam about 'the Town', and learn a bit more about the red veiled Aiel. Seems these are not just one type of people, but a few different variations on corrupt Aiel. Some can channel, some can't. Isam gets tasked by one of Moridin's mindtrapped choosen. Sounds like Cyndane. He is tasked to kill Rand, and given some of these red veiled Aiel to help. I'm finding these Samma N'Sei (the red veiled Aiel) a little confusing. Some are the 'Talentless', who can't channel. Some can. But the pair that are assigned to Isam are noted as having been 'turned'. So maybe there is a shadow program to corrupt a large part of the Aiel population that stayed back in the waste. Maybe the Samma N'Sei have only recently started being created. But that doesn't make sense, as I'm sure word would have gotten out.

And we get to see the confrontation between Leilwin and Nynaeve about not disposing of the Domination Band.

Commentary
The battle at Caemlyn is all very exciting, and I'm sure we'll hear more about it soon. Talmanes is showing just how awesome he is. He has a little speech with some mercenaries that he's trying to convince to join the fight, playing it cool about how he's just slain a Myrddraal, and has taken a Thakan'dar blade forged wound, and hence will soon die. I really hope an Aes Sedai gates in and heals him, because I'm going to miss his very dry sense of humour. I can see him being played very well by William McInnes.

I was kind of hoping that Isam might be dead by now. In the last book Perrin struck him in the belly with a dagger. I didn't get the sense that a great deal of time had passed between then and this passage, so it seems slightly off that Isam has only got a bit of a twinge now. Perhaps this is some aspect of his dual personality, maybe he can avoid impacts of wounds by switching personality. Though I thought he was fighting Perrin with his Isam face on, rather than his Lord Luc face. Though thinking back, Perrin does flee that scene, rather than continue the fight, so it should have been obvious to me that Isam wasn't mortally wounded (and Perrin was severly wounded).

All in all, a good start to the book.


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