Egwene, Nynaeve, and Elayne:
Min and Siuan Sanche:
To be honest, I'm pretty pleased with my list. I think I covered most of the main points. Let me know if you think I should add any others.
Now on to the review:
Robert Jordan still has my attention. I want to know more about these characters and their particular paths. I have read the first 7 books before, but I am only remembering certain images and plot arcs. I'm missing chunks of the story. Rereading the books has been wonderful because it's mostly new again. One thing I really liked about this particular book is that you hear a lot about the main character, but you hear it from other people. Rand doesn't have many chapters where he is the voice. It's a nice change of pace.
As I've mentioned in previous reviews, I have a problem with the women of books like these. The haughtiness in particular is a bother. With romances changing sides and new love interests being introduced... I don't think it's ever going to go away. Oh well.
I remember the last time I read these books, I was in college. I was taking an history class about ancient Asia. The parallels I saw in that class and this book were really exciting. The Aiel are like Mongols. There is even a Silk Road. I recommend looking in to it. It's really quite fascinating.
Really enjoyed this book, looking forward to the next one!