Towers of Midnight

Author: Robert Jordan
Book #13 of Series: The Wheel of Time
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Published year: 2010


Moridin gives a dreamspike to Graendal, which blocks Traveling, to trap Perrin so he can be killed by an invading Trolloc army. She in turn orders Slayer to keep it placed in Tel'aran'rhiod 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 Slayer chasing him. Rand al'Thor visits the White Tower and tells Egwene al'Vere 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. Following this, Rand moves back toward Bandar Eban, where he performs a Ta'varen action, showing that the city, who thought they were starving, were not going to starve. He also meets The Potato Soldier 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. They also accuse him of killing Geofram Bornhald, as well as bringing Trollocs to the Two Rivers. 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, 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 on the White Tower. 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. 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 Mesaana's defeat and the Myrddraal takes her away to be punished. Mat Cauthon encounters the gholam near Caemlyn. He and the Aes Sedai Teslyn Baradon fight it off. After, Mat plots to get rid of it. Mat meets Elayne Trakand 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 medallion 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 Cairhienin nobles, to convince the Cairhienin to make her queen of Cairhien. Mat, Thom Merrilin, and Noal Charin enter the Tower of Ghenjei to attempt to rescue Moiraine Damodred. 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 one of his eyes, 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 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.