Towers of Midnight by Robert Jordan
Book 13 in the Wheel of Time series
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Moridin gives a dreamspike ter'angreal, which blocks Traveling, to Graendal to trap Perrin so he can be killed by an invading Trolloc army. She in turn orders Isam to keep it placed in the World of Dreams so that the Asha'man with Perrin cannot form gateways. Perrin, who has been improving his Wolf Dream talents with the dead wolf Hopper, finds the dreamspike and starts moving it away. Since he can only jump within the radius of effect of the device, he can only make short hops. He eventually makes his way to Tar Valon, with Isam chasing him.Rand al'Thor visits the White Tower and tells Egwene that he plans to break the seals on the Dark One's prison. Rand tells Egwene that he wants to meet her again at the Field of Merrilor in the Borderlands to discuss the situation. Egwene, alarmed by the plan, sends many letters to rulers asking them to come to the meeting place to oppose it. Many armies gather at their meeting location so that Rand and Egwene can decide the fate of the world. Moving through Ghealdan, Perrin Aybara and his followers encounter the Children of the Light, who recently raised Galad Damodred as their leader. Jaret Byar and Dain Bornhald accuse Perrin of killing two Children of the Light, Lathin and Yamwick, an incident from The Eye of the World. They also accuse him of killing Geofram Bornhald, which occurred during the climax of The Great Hunt, as well as bringing Trollocs to the Two Rivers in an incident from the book The Shadow Rising. Perrin admits he killed Lathin and Yamwick, but denies the other alleged crimes. Both Galad and Perrin want to avoid a battle over this issue and when Galad discovers his stepmother Morgase Trakand is alive and among the refugees, Galad and Perrin agree to have a trial with Morgase as the judge under Andoran law. Perrin attempts to use the fact that the two men killed his wolf friends as a legal defense, but she judges Perrin to be guilty under a long unused mercenary law, since killing wolves in Andor is not a valid legal reason for self-defense. She suggests that Galad set the sentencing, and Perrin agrees to abide by the ruling after Tarmon Gai'don.
Egwene al'Vere plots to find the Forsaken Mesaana. She refuses to bond Gawyn Trakand as a Warder due to his disobedience and continual foiling of her plans. He sets off Egwene's alarms and wards intended to trap Mesaana while fighting with a Bloodknife, a Seanchan assassin left during the attack in the book The Gathering Storm. Egwene insists that Mesaana was behind the assassination attempt, and he secretly leaves to visit Elayne Trakand by Traveling since he feels his presence is unappreciated. Egwene sets up a dream meeting between Aes Sedai, Aiel Wise Ones, and Sea Folk Windfinders with the hidden agenda of drawing Mesaana into a trap. When Mesaana and the Black Ajah attack, the dreamspike moved by Perrin keeps Mesaana from escaping. Mesaana attempts to hold Egwene with an a'dam, but Egwene wills the a'dam unlocked and then breaks Mesaana's mind. Gawyn, having discovered the nature of the Bloodknives from a captured sul'dam and that Elayne is dreamwalking, returns by Traveling just in time to stop three Bloodknives from killing Egwene in her sleep. When she awakes, she finds that he is hurt so badly that she bonds him to save his life. Nynaeve is called back to the White Tower to be properly made Aes Sedai. Before going she helps to "Heal" the Asha'man Naeff of Madness. Once in the Tower she is forced to perform the Hundred Weaves Test. By a hair she is made Aes Sedai. After, she Travels to Myrelle and claims Lan's Bond. He is now offically her Warder. She remains dedicated to Rand.
Isam kills Hopper in the dream, forever ending any chance the dead wolf can be reborn. Perrin destroys the dreamspike by dropping it into lava created by a nightmare. He escapes Isam by returning to the real world, and he decides to bring his army to bear to save Galad's Children from the attacking Trollocs. Although the Children are in danger of being wiped out, the Trolloc army breaks after Perrin's forces charge down the hill. After the battle, Jaret Byar attempts to kill Perrin, but Byar is instead killed by Dain Bornhald, who no longer believed that Perrin killed his father Geofram due to the inability of Byar to give evidence in favor of the charge at the trial. Galad sets a light sentence for Perrin's crimes, and Perrin and Galad join forces and make their way to Andor. Graendal is blamed by Shaidar Haran for the death of three Forsaken (Mesaana, Aran'gar and Asmodean) and the myrddraal takes her away to be punished.Aviendha travels to Rhuidean to complete her ascent to becoming a Wise One. Along the way she encounters a woman, Nakomi, who questions her intents and those of the Aiel following the Last Battle. Upon reaching Rhuidean, Aviendha passes through the glass column ter'angreal and experiences the past of the Aiel as described by Rand. On impulse, she passes through the columns a second time and experiences visions of the future going back to the present. This time though she sees the destruction of all that is Aiel because of the Seanchan and the Dragons Peace, that Rand instills following the Last Battle. Leaving Rhuidean Aviendha ponders how to stop this future.
Mat Cauthon encounters the gholam near Caemlyn. He and the Aes Sedai Teslyn fight it off. After, Mat plots to get rid of it. Mat meets Elayne to discuss building dragon artillery according to former Illuminator Aludra's specifications. They bargain over who gets to keep how many dragons, and Mat agrees to let Elayne borrow the foxhead ter'angreal he wears to block the power so that she can make copies. He and Redarm commander Talmanes lure, fight, and herd the gholam, and Mat uses the extra copies to trick and wound it. The gholam falls into a Skimming gateway formed by the Kinswoman Sumeko which Mat hopes will lead to endless free fall. When Perrin and his group arrives, Morgase convinces Elayne to let Perrin administer the Two Rivers under Andoran rule. Elayne uses the dragons, and a promise of estates in Andor for Cairhienen nobles, to convince the Cairhienen to make her queen of Cairhien. Mat, Thom Merrilin, and Noal enter the Tower of Ghenjei to attempt to rescue Moiraine. Mat uses his luck to proceed to her location, while Thom uses music, Noal uses fire, and they all use iron weapons. Along the way, they encounter many of the fox-faced Eelfinn, whom they are able to repel. Once they find Moiraine, Mat makes a bargain of safe passage without attack from the Eelfinn by agreeing to give up 'Half the light of the world",which turns out to be his left eye, but he forgets to mention the snake-like Aelfinn. The Aelfinn harry them during their escape, and Noal, revealed to be Jain Farstrider, sacrifices himself to give them extra time. Mat, Thom, and Moiraine escape only when Mat realizes that the Eelfinn gave him his ashandarei polearm during his previous visit because it is a key that can make an exit portal. Moiraine reveals that during her time in captivity the Eelfinn and Aelfinn slowly drained her ability to channel so that now she needs the powerful bracelet angreal to channel with any kind of strength.
The Black tower is on a knife's edge with tension among the Logain followers and those of Taim. The Sisters sent from the former Amyrlin Elaida, to Bond Asha'man, are being rebuked to Bond Asha'man by Taim, instead offering only Soldiers and Dedicated, mainly followers of Logain. Gateways are not able to be made anywhere in the Black Tower, indicating that a Dreamspike Ter'angreal is there as well. Back in Camelyn, Olver and Talmanes are playing Snakes and Foxes, an unbeatable childrens game, that Olver manages to win. He discovers Verin's letter to Mat and opens it. Unable to read and understand it he passes it to Talmanes, who discovers that Verin warns of an unguarded Waygate in Caemlyn that the Shadow is using to attack the city. Talmanes flees his tent to see the city in flames and calls to arms that Trollocs are attacking. Lan, having gained an army, prepares for a last stand at Tarwin's Gap, which is over flowing with thousands of Shadowspawn. The book ends with a prophecy from "The Prophecies of the Shadow" that predicts the demise of the world at the hands of the Lord of the Evening, and the death of Perrin.
About the Author Robert Jordan
Robert Jordan was the pen name of James Oliver Rigney, Jr. (October 17, 1948 – September 16, 2007), under which he was best known as the author of the bestselling The Wheel of Time fantasy series. He also wrote under the names Reagan O'Neal and Jackson O'Reily. Robert Jordan was born in Charleston, South Carolina. Robert Jordan served two tours in Vietnam (from 1968 to 1970) with the United States Army as a helicopter gunner. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross with bronze oak leaf cluster, the Bronze Star with "V" and bronze oak leaf cluster, and two Vietnamese Gallantry Crosses with palm. After returning from Vietnam he attended The Citadel where he received an undergraduate degree in physics. After graduating he was employed by the United States Navy as a nuclear engineer. He began writing in 1977. He was a history buff and enjoyed hunting, fishing, sailing, poker, chess, pool, and pipe collecting. Robert Jordan described himself as a "High Church" Episcopalian and received communion more than once a week. Robert Jordan lived in a house built in 1797 with his wife Harriet McDougal, who works as a book editor (currently with Tor Books; she was also Jordan's editor). Robert Jordan died September 16 2007.
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