Rand, with Min, is on the run, and Caduane, in Carhien, is trying to figure out where he is headed.
Mazrim Taim, leader of the Black Tower, is revealed to be a liar. Faile, with her companions, is a prisoner of Sevanna's Sept.
With Elyas Machera, Berelain, the Prophet, and an "army" of disparate forces, Perrin is moving through country rife with bandits and roving Seanchan.
In Ebou Dar, the Seanchan princess known as Daughter of the Nine Moons arrives. In Tar Valon, the schemers and counter-schemers in Elaida's White Tower are shaken to the core when the rebels appear suddenly outside the walls.
Jordan has come to dominate the world Tolkien began to reveal... The evil laced into the forces of good, the dangers latent in any promised salvation the sense of the unavoidable onslaught of unpredictable events bear the marks of American national experience during the last three decades. - The New York Times