My rating: 4 of 5 stars
FINALLY. The plot is moving again. And not only is it moving it’s closing up some plot lines that have been going on for 2400 pages or so. Rand is back, finally. Perrin is interesting again, finally. The Rebels are… rebelling again, finally. Elayne is not dancing around politicking anymore, finally. Mat is cheeky, lucky and leading the Band of the Red Hand again, finally. How many pages has it been since we’ve seen the Band? I’m not sure. I lost track. That’s how long I’ve been waiting for these plot lines to move forward this significantly. THOUSANDS of pages. Not to say all those pages were boring. No no no. There was plenty of world building and character personality expansion. But all of that is FINALLY paying off into actual forward motion! HALLELUJAH!! finally.