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- Whole Series: Why don't the main characters share important information with their colleagues?
They keep secrets too often, and without good reasons or justifications.
- Volume 5: If Rand had killed Lanfear when he had the
opportunity to do so, Moiraine would not have "died." Lanfear almost killed Egwene and Aviendha.
Shouldn't this be enough to convince Rand to kill certain Forsaken women when necessary?
NOTE: I'll buy the theory that Rand's
inability to kill women is his fatal flaw and will be his downfall.
- Volume 6: When Alanna bonds Rand, why doesn't he force her to release him, or
still her? He has that fat man angreal on him. In Book 9, at least, he asks her to release him, but
she refuses. Rand sends her off to quell the rebellion in Haddon Mirk without giving it another thought, although
he feels as if Alanna is intruding on his relationship with Elayne, Min, and Aviendha.
- Volume 6: When Egwene tells Gawyn that Rand didn't kill Morgase, why won't Gawyn believe the woman
he loves? How can he love her, yet not trust her far enough to believe what she says she witnessed?
- Volume 8, p.205 hc: Considering all of the suspicious information about Alivia's background,
why doesn't anyone even consider the possibility that she might be a Forsaken?
- Volume 8, p.214 hc: The Aiel dreamwalkers foresaw that Masema will be great trouble to the
Car'a'carn, and that he must be killed to prevent it. They just tell Perrin to kill Masema, without telling him why. Why hold onto the secret?
- Volume 8, p.225 hc: Birgitte told Aviendha the truth about her identity; so why can't she trust
Lan with it later on? Nynaeve already knows, and Lan hardly ever talks. He doesn't seem the type to go
blabbing her secret to anyone else.
- Volume 9: Why didn't Rand and Lan just bring Nynaeve (with her Well) onto the roof and into the shop
with them? They could use a channeler with them in a Paidan Fain situation, especially since they consider it an
execution rather than a duel. Plus, Nynaeve can Heal. Leaving her behind seemed like a waste of resources.
- Volume 9: Rand now has enough information about the Seanchan to know how easily they can be defeated:
All he has do is open up some Gateways to the Seanchan continent, and send people to collar a bunch sul'dam
and leave them to be found in public. He could even have the Empress collared, if she is trained as a sul'dam
like her daughter Tuon. It would cause utter mayhem and the Empire would collapse from within.
- Volume 10: In order to rally support for her claim to the Lion Throne, why doesn't Elayne just enter
Tel'aran'rhiod and fly around, seeking camps of her potential allies, and then Travel to them? If she's
too pregnant to handle it, then Aviendha could do it for her. It would save Elayne a lot of time.
- Volume 10: Why doesn't Elayne enlist the help of Asha'man to counter the seige on Caemlyn?
Not only could Asha'man secretly Travel to bring in supplies, but they could also harass Arymilla's camp
without seeming to support Elayne. Sure, Elayne dislikes Mazrim Taim, but this idea should have at least
crossed her mind.
- Volume 10, p.268 hc: If Aes Sedai such as Sheriam can channel dirt off their clothes and
bodies, then why can't Elayne channel her dresses clean? And later in the book -- why do Elayne and Aviendha
need to bathe?
- Volume 10: Birgitte offers to increase her troops in the streets in order to stop the arsons of
warehouses...but why doesn't she just use those troops to guard the warehouses?
- Volume 10: And why not use the Power to set Wards around Caemlyn in order to instantly detect the fires
set by the arsonist?
- Volume 10: Elayne spends half a chapter complaining about Birgitte's hangover, but why doesn't she
just Heal that headache? She's done that amount of Healing before.
- Volume 10: Why didn't Aviendha or Elayne just channel to warm up their bathwater? Do they like
to watch servants struggle to haul warm water around the palace?
- Volume 10: When Merilille and Talaan escaped together, why didn't Elayne send some of the Kin who can
Travel to catch them? After all, they can be reasonably certain that those two are heading toward Tar Valon.
- Volume 10, p.500 hc: Alviarin is pissed off when she gets dusty, but can't she just channel Air
as she steps through her Gateway in order to avoid getting dusty?
- Volume 10, ch.23: Rand awarded Jahar Narishma with a Dragon pin, and Merise (Jahar's Aes Sedai) took it
away. Why doesn't Rand step in and say "He's MY Asha'man!"?
- Volume 10: Egwene could have melted the chains across the harbors to Tar Valon right away, or delay incoming ships with wind,
but she does absolutely nothing for a week. Why delay? She should have struck as soon as she Traveled to Tar Valon with her army.
- Volume 10: Now that Egwene melded the chain across the gates to Tar Valon into cuendillar, I guess it will be very difficult to open the
gates again. Wouldn't this be considered permanent damage to the city of Tar Valon? Wouldn't the common citizens be pissed off at Egwene
for cutting off their major trade routes indefinitely?
- Volume 11: Rand's decision to send the sul'dam and damane back to Ebou Dar with a message for Tuon seems stupid.
It allows the sul'dam to learn how to Travel. It would be more prudent to drop off a message for King Beslan and have him deliver the message.