Mat snorted. “I don’t want to be any bloody hero.”
Bit late for that. For all of them.
“How do you feel about your prophesied destiny? I must know, if I am to compose this epic."
“Feel?” Rand looked around the camp, at the Jindo moving among the tents. How many of them would be dead before he was done? “Tired. I feel tired.”
In The Shadow Rising , there is a feeling of settling. That’s not to say that things aren’t still happening, oh they very much are. Rand is coming into his own and forging a nation in a way no one would expect, Matt is coming into an entirely new destiny.
Perrin… this is among my favorite parts of the series. When Perrin hears about White Cloaks and trollocs attacking the Two Rivers, he breaks away from Rand–which despite all his grumbling Matt was unable to do–and goes to help. While some of his reasons for doing so far a bit mad, he ends up where he needs to be. And Faile. Oh Faile. They’re good for one another, even if it takes them forever to realize it.
We’re also getting yet more expansion of the world–seeing the Aiel waste as the Aiel see it, along with a direct look deep into the history of the world. We see another of the great cities in Tanchico, along with putting a more human face on the Seanchan. And that storyline in the Tower. Oh how the world is changing. And oh much I know is yet to come.
One interesting thing that I hadn’t really put together before reading a few articles before this reread:Once the main characters split up and leave Tear... we'll not see so many of the main characters together again until the last battle--if then. It's like knowing that one day you will pick up your child for the last time. You don't know it when it happens and there's a whole lifetime yet ahead of you. But it's still the last time.