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1011 pages, Mass Market Paperback
First published October 15, 1994
“First things first; take care of what can be done now before worrying too long over what might never be.”
“Then forget honors and remember the Last Battle. Everything I do is aimed at Tarmon Gai’don. Everything I tell you to do will be aimed at it. You will aim at it!”
“Of course.” Taim spread his hands. “You are the Dragon Reborn. I don’t doubt that; I acknowledge it publicly. We march toward Tarmon Gai’don. Which the Prophecies say you will win. And the histories will say that Mazrim Taim stood at your right hand.”
“A fool moans when fortune takes him down, and it takes a true fool to moan when fortune takes him up.
“Never make a plan without knowing as much as you can of the enemy. Never be afraid to change your plans when you receive new information. Never believe you know everything. And never wait to know everything.”
“Duty is heavier than a mountain, death lighter than a feather.” Once you had that mountain firmly on your shoulders, there was no way to put it down.
“A wife isn’t a trooper to go running when you shout. In some ways, a woman is like a dove. You hold her half as hard as you think is necessary, or you might hurt her.”
“Never be hostile unless you must, Moiraine had said, but above all never be overly friendly. Never be eager”
“I am the Dragon Reborn. Denying won’t change it. Wishing won’t change it. I’m not the man you knew back in Emond’s Field."
“You need a name. In the Old Tongue, Aes Sedai means Servants of All, or something very close. The Old Tongue doesn’t translate easily… Another word in the Old Tongue is asha’man. It means guardian, or guardians. Or defender, and maybe a couple of other things; I told you, the Old Tongue is very flexible. Guardian seems to be best, though. Not just any defender or guardian, though. You could not call a man who defended an unjust cause asha’man, and never one that was evil. An asha’man was a man who defended truth and justice and right for everyone. A guardian who would not yield even when hope was gone.” The Light knew, hope would go when Tarmon Gai’don came, if not before. “That is what you are here to become. When you finish your training, you will be Asha’man.”
“Kneel and swear to the Lord Dragon, or you will be knelt.”
“We are always more afraid than we wish to be, but we can always be braver than we expect.”
“He had tried talking with others here, philosophers and historians, learned women and scholars, and it was like trying to pin down an Aes Sedai. They were certain of what they were certain of, and about the rest they drowned you in words that could mean anything. They either grew angry when pressed - they seemed to think he was doubting their knowledge, apparently a deep sin - or they increased the torrent of words till he did not know what half of them meant …“
Never have I read a series that I like so much based mostly on worldbuilding, plot and cultures while disliking or struggling with most of the characters.
ღ Loial finding out his mother and Erith are searching for him. Since he needs a wife to take him into hand and get him settled.
ღ - Perrin finally meeting his in laws and finding they are just as hard and manipulative as his wife can be. They were funny though and it might have been my favorite happier moment this book
ღ - Min getting her shot at Rand. It is about time and I love the way she has decided to go about it.
ღ - Avienda and Elayne meeting up again after the Avienda spent some time with Rand….Man you would think that guy was Casanova instead of a woolhead that has no clue what to do with women.
ღ - The big battle at the end and why Perrin had to take the fight to them. It was intense the the buildup was supurb.
ღ - Egwene getting pulled into a very handsome mans dreams about her and *cough* getting her groove on *cough*