“…the world was changed forever”: An excerpt from Lord of Chaos by Robert Jordan

On a day of fire and blood, a tattered banner waved above Dumai’s Wells, bearing the ancient symbol of Aes Sedai.

On a day of fire and blood and the One Power, as prophecy had suggested, the unstained tower, broken, bent knee to the forgotten sign.

The first nine Aes Sedai swore fealty to the Dragon Reborn, and the world was changed forever.

Aside from the very short epilogue, these are the last three sentences of Lord of Chaos.  The sixth book in The Wheel of Time series ends with the violent overthrow of the way things have been for hundreds of years which leads to the last line, in which Aes Sedai kneel and promise to follow and obey Rand Al’Thor, the Dragon Reborn.

It’s interesting as I read along in the series, as the characters grow and change, events occur that seem to be huge at the time, but as the story moves on from those points, it becomes clear that those were really only smaller, less significant events.  Here at the end of book six, though, is a major change:  Aes Sedai not just bending the knee to swear fealty, but to the Dragon Reborn…a man who can channel the One Power.

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