Wednesday News: More Wheel of Time Casting Announcement

Wednesday News: More Wheel of Time Casting Announcement

With the first Wednesday of the month finally here, that means The Wheel of Time TV show is making another announcement.

Today’s announcement was another casting announcement. We already have the Edmond’s Field 5 and Moiraine…and today we got her trusty sidekick and love interest of Nynaeve… al’Lan Mandragoran.

Lan will be played by Daniel Henney, a Korean-American actor known for starring in films such as Seducing Mr. Perfect, My Father, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Shanghai Calling, The Last Stand, and Big Hero 6.

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Wednesday News: Wheel of Time Casting Announcement

Wednesday News: Wheel of Time Casting Announcement

If you’re a fan of The Wheel of Time series and are excited for the upcoming TV show there’s some pretty big news that just came out.

There’s already been one casting announcement, but probably the biggest announcement (or definitely top 5 casting choices) came out today.

drumroll please……..

The roll of Rand Al’Thor will be going to Josha Stradowski, a 24 year old actor from the Netherlands in previous works such as Just Friends, Caged, I Can Fly, and Sirene.

Literally as I write this there was another announcement for who would play the Role as Perrin. Was not expecting a second announcement, but the lucky one to play Perrin Aybara is Marcus Rutherford, known for his work in Obey and County lines.

With a Rand and Perrin, now cast, Nynaeve comes next, of course? The great Zoe Robins is the lucky lady to be cast as Nynaeve. She’s 26 years old and is known for her work in The New Tomorrow.

Mat, who I think everyone was most excited about, will be played by Barney Harris, who is well known for his roles in Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk, All Roads Lead to Rome, Sweet Maddie Stone, and Clique.

Anfd of course, the beautiful, the powerful, the hardheaded Egwene Al’Vere is cast as well. Couldn’t complete the Two Rivers 5 without Egwene after all. The role will be played by the absolutely stunning Madeleine Madden, an Australian actress who can be found in plenty of films and TV shows, but most notably the new Dora the Explorer movie.

Quote of the Day: The Path of Daggers

Quote of the Day: The Path of Daggers

“A secret spoken finds wings.” 
― Robert Jordan, The Path of Daggers 

“On the heights, all paths are paved with daggers.” 
― Robert Jordan, The Path of Daggers

“Sometimes six and six make a dozen, and sometimes they make a mess” 
― Robert Jordan, The Path of Daggers

“Do you believe a man must be hard?” she asked. She was taking a chance. “Or strong?” By her tone, she left no doubt she saw a difference.
Again Sorilea touched the tray; the smallest of smiles might have quirked her lips for an instant. Or not. “Most men see the two as one and the same, Cadsuane Melaidhrin. Strong endures; hard shatters.”
Cadsuane drew breath. A chance she would have scoured anyone else for taking. But she was not anyone else, and sometimes chances had to be taken. “The boy confuses them,” she said. “He needs to be strong, and makes himself harder. Too hard, already, and he will not stop until he is stopped. He has forgotten how to laugh except in bitterness; there are no tears left in him. Unless he finds laughter and tears again, the world faces disaster. He must learn that even the Dragon Reborn is flesh. If he goes to Tarmon Gai’don as he is, even his victory may be as dark as his defeat.” 
― Robert Jordan, The Path of Daggers

“How do you know when a woman wants to kill you?” Rand mused. “When she knows your name?” Dobraine did not sound as if he were joking.” 
― Robert Jordan, The Path of Daggers

“You got further plucking the chicken in front of you than trying to start on one up a tree. Especially when the tree was in another country and there might not even be another chicken.” 
― Robert Jordan, The Path of Daggers

“Kittens tangle your yarn, men tangle your wits, and it’s simple as breathing for both.” 
― Robert Jordan, The Path of Daggers

“It’s one of the things men are for, taking the blame. They usually deserve it, even if you don’t know exactly how.” 
― Robert Jordan, The Path of Daggers

“Peel the apple in your hand, girl, not the one on the tree, Lini’s thin voice seemed to whisper in her ear. Tears are for after; they just waste time before.” 
― Robert Jordan, The Path of Daggers

“Who knows a woman’s heart? Most women will shrug off what a man would kill you for, and kill you for what a man would shrug off.” 
― Robert Jordan, The Path of Daggers

Book Review: The Path of Daggers

Book Review: The Path of Daggers

Since I finished this book on Friday, and I am morally and internally obligated to cover it as soon as possible, and since this is the first book review after Friday, here it is.

The Path of Daggers is the eighth installment in The Wheel of Time series, and in my opinion is one of the better ones (at least from what I’ve read so far).

Unfortunately we don’t get any Mat in this book. He’s still recovering from his injuries he obtained at the end of the last book, but him being away is related to one of the main reasons I like this book so much.

About 75% of The Path of Daggers takes place over a few days/weeks. I think about the first half of the book is different characters doing whatever it is they were doing after book seven.

It’s nice because we aren’t rushing ahead weeks and months with no real progression. Not that it’s bad or anything, but I like the story being fleshed out days and weeks at a time.

So on one hand we don’t get Mat, but on the other hand we get a shorter timeline which I really enjoy. I guess you have to pick your battles right?

The last 25% ish of the book does a pretty big time jump, but in this instance it makes sense for the time jump.

Since the weather has been “corrected” and heavy snow falls now cover the land, all of the main parties are slowed down heavily.

Where normally people would take a week or two to get somewhere, the snow is taking people a month or more to get to the same place.

Hence the time jump. We just skip that month or so, and get ready for book nine which has a lot of stuff ready to go.

What’s most enjoyable about TPOD is that there is very minimal “mystical” confrontations.

The Wheel of Time series has an overall enemy who is, to sum it up briefly, Satan, and the good guys need to beat him. He has incredibly powerful lieutenants that are the main bad guys for most of the books, but TPOD doesn’t follow that rule.

TPOD has minimal interaction with these Darkfriends, and instead focuses on the other, regular enemies and their goals and ambitions. Allies become traitors, enemies remain enemies, and some “friends” show their true colours.

I’m a sucker for cliffhangers, and we have three different ones that we are left with at the end of the book.

Perrin and his group have two by themselves, and I think I’m most excited for those ones right now. We know Mat will be coming back with a vengeance after resting up for over a month, Egwene has rested her troops and is on the warpath, and Elayne has finally made it to her rightful place.

Plenty of story lines have me hooked right now which is good. Usually there’s only one or two story lines per book that I want to see unfold, and maybe by the end something interesting happens or is set up for the other characters, but as it is now, I’m excited to see what happens to just about every character/group.

Quote of the Day: A Crown of Swords

Usually my Thursday posts are the ones I like making the most, but with everything else in my life happening I just couldn’t find the time to make a post.

I’m a bit upset about it, but it seems like people like my Quote of the Day posts, so I wanted to make sure to get this one out for everyone to enjoy.

I just finished A Crown of Swords and have moved on to The Path of Daggers, which is breaking the usual cycle of reading a book between the Wheel of Time Books.

Hope you enjoy these quotes!!

“In a cruel land, you either learned to laugh at cruelty or spent your life weeping.” 

― Robert Jordan, A Crown of Swords

“If you don’t know everything, you must go on with what you do know.” 

― Robert Jordan, A Crown of Swords

Life is a dream—that knows no shade.

Life is a dream—of pain and woe.

A dream from which—we pray to wake.

A dream from which—we wake and go.

Who would sleep—when the new dawn waits?

Who would sleep—when the sweet winds blow?

A dream must end—when the new day comes.

This dream from which—we wake and go.” 

― Robert Jordan, A Crown of Swords

“Only a fool thinks a lion or a woman can truly be tamed.” 

― Robert Jordan, A Crown of Swords

“A woman would do a thing until you were sure she always would, then do something else just to fuddle you.” 

― Robert Jordan, A Crown of Swords

Book Review: A Crown of Swords

I just finished up A Crown of Swords just last week, and since I am morally obligated to review any book I finish recently as soon as I can, here it is.

Every time I open up a Wheel of Time book, I get a bit nervous about what’s coming for me.

I mean there are 14 books in the series, some of them are bound to be a bit more dull than the others.

Game of Thrones suffered from some dull moments, and there are less than half the amount of Wheel of Time books. So far, I haven’t been disappointing. For the most part, Wheel of Time books have a lot of moments that are spectacular, and some that are dull, but necessary.

A Crown of Swords fit that description, but one thing I will give it, that I don’t remember happening to me in any of the previous books, was that the events in the book seemed to fly by.

I’ll probably do a bad job at explaining it, but when I was reading it, I would sometimes find myself chapters further in the book, and twenty minutes had gone by.

You know the old saying, Time flies when you’re having fun. That fit perfectly when I was reading this one, and I don’t think I had experienced it in any other Wheel of Time book.

I think what made the book fun for me was Mat. As of now he is my favourite character, and he was heavily prominent in this segment of the series. That, mixed with other character plots and setting up future events in the series really made me enjoy the book a lot more than I was hoping for.

But, as much as I liked A Crown of Swords, it was not perfect. In fact, there were some classic Robert Jordan moments in it that get on my nerves whenever they happen.

Jordan likes to have an overarching villain throughout the series, which is fine, and give him some Lieutenants that sort of do his dirty work while we wait to get to the main villain.

I don’t mind the concept. In fact I’d prefer it because we can sort of see the main characters grow and become stronger over time, defeating more and more bad guys.

A problem that Jordan has though, is that he will introduce some bad guys, fleshing them out three or four books before they become relevant again, and then in a snap of your fingers, the main characters win against him/her.

Nynaeve’s conflict against Mogedhien was completely relevant. We know there’s a grudge there, and we know that the two of them fighting in some way was going to happen.

Rand and Sammael had a conflict brewing, and we knew the fight between them would happen eventually, but to me it sort of seems their fight this book was rushed and unnecessary.

Rand is scheming all the time, and I understand that, but he literally wakes up from nearly dying a few days earlier, and instantly he brings some allies to go kill Sammael.

I know the battle needs to happen, but the second after he wakes up after being passed out for a few days, and against an opponent that I don’t think was mentioned more than once in the book previously.

Rand has a lot of wasted time in this book, so giving him a few chapters to better set up the conflict between himself and Sammael would have made a lot more sense.

And the battle itself ends in almost an instant. Rand shoots off some Baelfire, and BAM, fights over. Rand doesn’t even confirm that Sammael died, he just assumes that nobody could survive that attack and leaves it there.

As annoying as this was, I am excited for what Jordan did for Mat at the end of the book.

In his last chapter, Mat is searching Ebou Dar for Olver, as the city is being attacked by the Seanchan Empire. Mat basically gets thrown and crushed by rocks as they attack the city, and that’s where it stops.

I hope that the book continues from there, or not long after. I know in The Path of Daggers, he isn’t present because of his injuries in the attack, which was the same as Perrin earlier, but Mat’s storyline is one of my favourite ones in the books, so I am excited to see where he goes from his present situation.

overall, A Crown of Swords is a great book. I’d put it in the upper half of the Wheel of Time books I’ve read so far.

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