I thought that we should start some discussion about the flaws present in the wheel of time story. I have read all the reviews on all the books but have not found many people discussing them so I just wanted to know whether there really are flaws in the story or have I gone mad reading this series. I will mention some below and would appreciate if you people can comment on it. Otherwise, I will make an appointment with my doctor.
Well to begin with, let me talk about the Forsaken. In the beginning of the series, we were told that the Forsaken are powerful Aes Sedai from the age of legends capable of doing things that are not possible to do in this world or can not be done now as people have forgotten how to do them. Now, read the books and tell me if the forsaken truly know about everything that is to be known about the One power, then why do they keep on attacking Rand and Co with shadowspawns ( Trollocs, fades, draghkars, darkhounds etc) when they know that Rand would be able to sense them and be alerted to their presence as soon as they get near him. Even Moraine and Lan could feel shadowspawn. Don't the forsaken know this simple fact? or is this just Jordan's way of adding a little excitement in the story from time to time. It happens many times to Rand especially when he was in the Aiel waste.
My second point is concerning the Forsaken Belal who was in Tear and Moraine balefired him. In the book we are told that he is practically ruling Tear and did so for a long time. Does it not seem strange to you that during all this time he never ventured down in the great holding of Tear. I mean Rand went down there and found a powerful Angreal of the fat little man. Why didn't Belal try to find it? I mean, if you could use the one power and there was a possibility of enhancing your power with an Angreal, won't you be looking for something like it? Also, Loial mentions that he was known as the net weaver (i.e he weaves traps). So my question is, in the story what net did he weave that a 10 year old could not have woven? I mean, Rand was not lured to Tear, he went there of his own free will. Plus when the black sisters, obviously working for Belal, kidnap Egwene, Elayne and Nynaeve they tell them that they are bait. Bait for who? Rand did not even know about their presence. He even mentions this fact at the end. So why weren't Egwene and co killed by the black sisters on the spot?
Going further, Belal wanted to have Callandor, the sword. Did he not know that the sword was flawed? How was he planning to use it then. I mean can you imagine Belal linking himself with two women in a situation where the women are in control. I can not. It goes against his character. Obviously "Callandor being flawed" idea was developed later by Jordan just to satisfy the readers who criticized him for making Rand leave one of the most powerful Angreal in Tear because it had made Rand invincible and taken the suspense out of the story. But his idea back fired as he could not change his already published work.
Sammael was known as the greatest general in the age of legends. What did he do throughout the series to merit this claim. It is obvious from the story that the man does not know anything about warfare.
Look at the character of Aginor in book 1 and then compare it with the character of Dashiva. They appear to be totally different persons unless of course being reincarnated causes brain damage.
I guess that is more than enough for the time being. I would like to read your comments on these and some other time I will write about some of the other stuff that is wrong in the story. If you have also noticed a flaw in the story, feel free to add it here. Thanks