This is NOT a review of the Wheel of Time books. I suppose you can call it a reaction blog... For it is a collection of my live reactions and thoughts to reading the Wheel of Times series for the first time.
The thoughts were originally shared on Twitter and have now been collected here for everyone's convenience. These are my full reactions from the third Wheel of Time book, with some post-read writerly thoughts at the very end.
To gain better understanding of what this is all about, please refer to this blog.
The Dragon Reborn
Day 14 : the day Mat met the Illuminator
It’s fun that they’re all this concerned about not being part of the Queendom.
The Queen really ought to make frequent visits to all of her lands if she intends to call them hers.
Yes. Right. The letter no one but the three girls and Thom know you have is the reason Grey Men are eager to murder you. Right.
Mat my lad. Sooner or later you’ll realise that the pattern’s pull on you is strong.
Congratulations Mat my lad!! You’re fully healed!!!
I did enjoy reading about his compulsive eating and struggling not to lick the crumbs, but I’m glad that he seems to have recovered and have his full strength now.
Hey hey, Thom! Are you looking down on horses? Horse meat tastes delicious. Nothing desperate about it.
In fact back in the Viking Age the Swedes refused to become a Christian unless they were still allowed to eat horse meat.
Great, I'm hungry now. I seem to have inherited Mat’s hunger.
Aha. It almost sounds like you’re going to have to accompany Mat and meet Morgase, Thom, to figure out what this is all about.
Is she okay..? Or has she been silenced by darkfriends? Or turned?
Word of advice: if someone offers you a crazy bet like this, as confidently as Mat my lad here, do NOT take the bet. You WILL lose.
Good going for Mat though, seems like have just got them some sweet rides.
Ohhh the Illuminator Egwene saw in her dream! Already?
Hmm I wonder why she will be important. And I did feel like the names were familiar. So these were the Illuminator we saw in the last book, no? Arguing while Selene was being all... mysterious and beautiful and distracting.
Ohh this makes me feel warm and nostalgic.
This is how it began. With Mat my lad being really excited ah the prospect of seeing Fireworks and Beltine.
Ahh... back in the day before the lads knew that Trollocs were for real and the Dark Lord was hunting them.
Mat my lad really has a soft heart.
Always wanting to help and make sure beautiful women he might want to dance with sonny go hungry.
I wonder how this will play out for him. Please don’t let yourself be corrupted to abandon this soft heart, Mat.
Oh yes, me too! I would love to see what Loial has written about his journey and what he will write about his three ta’veren friends.
Ohh that diss!
Moiraine feels quite harsh sometimes but there’s a lot of similarities between the Wisdom and Moiraine. More and more as I go along, it would seem.
On another note, I’m not wild about the Falcon. I’d be quite happy for her to leave.
Me neither, Perrin. I didn’t ask her to come either, and I don’t really want her there.
Can’t we just tie her up and leave?
I suppose the pattern wouldn’t let us, eh? She’s part of the pattern now.
She isn’t a very good listener. Asks questions although she took an oath not to do so. And she expect others to call her by her chosen name but refuses to give Perrin the same curtesy.
Oh no. Oh no. I see what’s going on here.
There’s going to be a love story here, isn’t there?
Oh no... I think I’d even prefer a relationship between Rand and Selene to this.
Tammaz. Wasn’t that what the male Illuminator in the last chapter was called..?
....I really don’t want this romance to happen, but I swear the signs are there. It’s in the works.
I hope I’m wrong.
Oh no, Loial, that does not sound good.
Of course, his stedding is nearby. So he is almost travelling homewards.
Does this mean that Loial won’t stay with us for much longer? Oh no, please don’t let him leave.
Well... Only if it’s dangerous. Loial needs to live.
Sweet sweet Loial. We have to ensure that he survives.
He MUST not die.
So, if he needs to go back to the stedding for that to happen, okay then.
Darkfriend alert! This sounds really suspicious!
Something dark and dangerous has been happening here and I do believe that Lord Brend is at the centre of it all.
Uhh shared dreams! Is this Verin’s Dreamworld or something else?
Is Selene involved? She controls dreams, doesn’t she? Has she taken control over this city...?
No.... glory would be in everyone’s minds if it was Selene, wouldn’t it?
Is the king still alive or is he dead..? This sounds suspicious.
And cut off from Tear... strangely convenient with everyone heading towards Tear. Why though..? Is it really Selene’s doing?
Hmm that is odd indeed.
We might learn a lot by your returning to your stedding, Loial.
The Builders must know something of what’s going on.
Ah. Do you see now, Moiraine? Perrin is a strong ta’veren and he is part of this.
One leg of the tripod and you must protect him as surely as you would protect Rand.
....I didn’t mean for you to go and die, Moiraine. Just to take Perrin more seriously.
And wow Perrin’s wolf senses are really strengthening. I like the slow build of his superpowers. It’s always nice to see a hero in the making.
Day 15 : the day Mat delivered the letter
That doesn’t sound good.
We’re discovering an awful lot of different servants to the Dark One.
Will there be a new reveal in each book?
Ohh no. Is that where Mat’s luck comes from?
Because I’m really worried about where his luck comes from. But if it was from Ba’alzamon, why would he also send Grey Men after Mat..?
Maybe it’s more of a metaphor..?
Creepy! How did she get into his room and why is she watching him sleep? ...Is she actually a sparkly vampire called Edward?
In other thoughts: how come Perrin can see so much in his dreams? He seems to be a dreamer just like Egwene. But I thought that was a rare skill...?
My point exactly! How does he have those skills?
And the Foresaken ARE?? So more than Lanfear is free. Ishamael..? Are all of them loose or just several of them? How did they all get free?
Oh no Perrin... you’re usually more careful than this. Usually you think things through, but that seems to have stopped in this book. Why...?
It was one of the things I really liked about Perrin.
Okay so Sammael rules Illian. Where does Ishamael rule? My guess is on Tear.
And was that bale fire??? So it IS forbidden just like I thought.
Oh no... another Foresaken here too, I take it. They’ve assumed command all throughout the lands.
This guard is so going to regret treating Mat like this when Mat follows in Rand’s footsteps and climbs over the wall. I assume that's how he will get in. If that’s doesn’t work for Mat, there’s always Thom. He probably know a thing or two.
Good point Mat my lad. He is very self-aware. In fact, I would argue that in this book, Mat is self aware in the same way that Perrin was in the first two books. Careful and thoughtful.
Mat has many other nice qualities why couldn’t Perrin keep this one..?
Definitely dealing with a Darkfriend or Foresaken here! Servant of the Dark One.
Are they all beautiful and charming like Selene?
Is that how they’ve managed this? The power of beauty and seduction..?
See? Mat is fun and I adore the way he keeps bringing up things from home.
It’s something I always wished the other characters did. I expected for it to happen with Egwene but it only happened twice and then she seemed to forget about home. It’s nice to see someone who remembers what it was like to grow up in the Tw oRivers and let their childhood influence their current-day decisions.
See?? See?? Definitely a Darkfriend, at the very least.
Possibly a Foresaken planning to rule alone.
There were 12 Foresaken more, weren’t there...? So they could successfully rule each kingdom and queendom... rule all of the lands.
It’s interesting that he would assume it would be so easy to get a personal audience with the Queen. Actually, everyone seem to assume it's easy to get a private audience with the queen. What's up with that?
And Mat my lad seems to be really lucky, again.
This Tallanvor seems to be a decent guy who is the right side and not under the control of a Foresaken.
Hahaha! I had forgotten about the flower he put into his hair. That is funny and classic Mat.
Uhm, you’re getting a bit bold with your wagers here, Mat my lad.
And how do you plan to tell her? Do you think you’ll be alone with her? Or will you just blurt it out and be prisoned or killed..?
I like the fondness in her voice here even if ultimately the Princess is still in trouble.
It’s nice to see the Queen be proud of her daughter.
Uh uh see?? This guy seems to be using Whitecloak techniques. I’ll readily admit it: I’m not super fond of this. I don’t like this Gaebril person. I wonder which of the Foresaken he is.
He has to be a Foresaken or... a former Whitecloak.