Wheel of Time 4 : The Shadow Rising (part 2)

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 fourth Wheel of Time book, with some post-read writerly thoughts at the very end.

To gain better understanding of what this is all about and see my reactions to the other books in the series, please refer to this blog.

This is part two of WOT4. For part one, click here.


Day 8 : Three Questions Asked

Oh yes! It’s good to be back. Now let’s see what’s in store for us...


Mayene? So that means Berelain??

And it’s a Perrin chapter?

Is Perrin finally going to meet his Hawk?

Right Berelain... that’s why you’re here... because you need ornamental ironwork.


Why is she there? A new way to trap the Dragon Reborn by bribing and seducing his friends..? What is she really up to?


The Ways? That sounds dangerous. Last time that black mist was guarding the entrance. It might just have been tracking Rand. Maybe it’ll be okay but it makes me uneasy to think of Perrin going into the Ways.


Loial would have to go with him, right? But will Loial leave Rand?


Not only Loial but now they want to take Thom along too? Poor Rand is really all alone... I doubt either Loial or Thom would come though.


And is that all the Falcon cares about? Being a hero in a song..?



“These farmers” are his family and neighbours, Falcon. I think he would also know how they might react and if they can and will defend themselves or hand him over....


They would hand him over wouldn’t they...?

And that’s what he’s counting on isn’t it?

Oh Perrin that was mean. Despite all the time I spend picking on Falcon, she decided to come with you and support you without any hesitation.


I get that you’re trying to drive her away but Perrin... this hurts deeper. It might leave lasting scars, and I don't think that's what you want.

Oh! Our first Faile POV! I wonder if I’m going to like her better after this. I do want to like her I just haven’t been given much to like so far.

Ouch!! But she has a point. Although the Falcon isn’t a serving girl or a farmer she doesn’t carry herself with the tact of a well educated woman. That’s probably on purpose to reject her up-bringing but usually when people reject their up-bringing a few strange traits stay behind like reflexes.


Uhh see I like these details? But again we are just being told that she can do it instead of discovering that she can play that same game too, and do it better.


I’d love to see the falcon to strike the hawk with her fan skills or hawking poetry (oh the irony)!


Didn’t Berelain use Ogier oath correctly then? She didn’t say oathbreaker, did she?


I read the pages through again but I could only find “Ogier oath” and she seems to use that correctly so I don’t get this section. What am I missing? What’s Falcon referring to?

Oh Mat my lad! How I have missed your observations about women!

This one made me laugh because it’s so true and also such a Mat thing to remark upon. Oh I’ve missed the lad!

Okay first question gets a pass. Not bad, Mat. Let’s see the other two questions you have planned.

Although I have a feeling something is going to go wrong. Soon.


Wait what? Another? And the savor...? As in savour? Are they... planning to eat him? They sound like hungry canibals.... “let him speak first, then we feast.”


What’s the strain though...? What’s straining? Are they out of practice? Or maybe the future is elusive?


Oh yes!!! He will be going to the Waste??

So he is accompanying Egwene? That’s cool because we have seen a lot of Egwene with Rand and in book one she was with Perrin so it’ll be fun to see the dynamic between Mat and her and also...!!


Yes!!!! Mat and spear-maidens!!


I mean Mat my Lad was the one I most hoped would go to the Aiel Waste so I’m really excited about that. I hope it’ll turn out as awesome as I hope it will. And hey maybe his luck will ensure that they always find both shade and water.


NO!! Mat my lad! Don’t you see what you have done!!

In your refusal to just accept their answer and take it in, you’ve asked an incredibly useless and stupid question instead of your carefully prepared one!


Uhh the daughter of the Nine Moons? Is she and Aiel spear-maiden...?


As long as it’s not Selene I’m happy.


Although Mat doesn’t seem the marrying type. Maybe he will be marrying without realising it..? Yep.


Aiel spear-maiden. Those women have him exactly where they want. At spear point.