Thank you for the info. Although I have read all 13 novels twice now I missed the answer both times. It's in there if you read between the lines. I guess I should start reading the glossaries as well. Thanks again as it was driving me nuts.
The only implicit mention of her murder of Asmo was when (if I recall correctly) Moriding confronted her for now being responsible for the death of three of the Forsaken. This was after she ditched the castle that Rand balefired out of existance that had Arangar and whoever the other one was inside.
Was Arangar Asmodean reincarnated? I'm a bit slow working things out sometimes even when it's staring me in the face. It has to be because even though s/he had a female body, s/he channelled Saidin. I don't remember if in fact this body change was confirmed or even hinted at.
No, Asmodean was never resurrected (at least that we know of). If you go back and read the sections where he serves as Rand's teacher up until his death, you begin to get the sense that as time goes on his allegiances perhaps begin to shift. Whether it is because he is truly repentant or simply as a means of self-preservation (I think he realizes just how powerful Rand can become), I don't think we'll ever know. So, when he died, it either appeared that he had betrayed the Dark One or he actually had, and as such, resurrection was out of the question.
Earlier comments are correct. It was Graendal. Look in the glossary section of Towers of Midnight, it may even be in Gathering Storm. It states clearly that Graendal killed Asmodean. I was actually rather annoyed since Jordan said he would never reveal the answer and that the audience had all the information we needed to reach our own conclusions. I enjoyed the mystery and the fan debates.
It was a bit concerning to learn an answer of such a well-debated subject in a conclusive fashion only in the glossary. It would have been far better served to have come out in character interaction (in a non-ambiguous way) in one of the novels and THEN appeared in the Glossary of that novel and forward.
I agree with Michael. I've read and re-read so many times. I picked up The Eye of the World way back in 1997. For the life of me I couldn't figure out who Asmodean's murderer was. Out of desperation I ask you my fellow readers for an answer. I felt slighted when I was told that the murderer had been revealed through several "clues" in text and was confirmed in the glossary which I never read. It made me feel my reading skills were inferior to have missed the answer on my own.
Don't worry Arnold we're in the same boat. I'm a musician and I guess I tend to make an artistic interpretation of a story rather than a list of facts and figures, so to speak. Yes I absorb the little snippets, perhaps subconsciously, and they become part of the big picture, but the ability to cite these things escapes me. For example I kind of felt that Graendal was the murderer, but I can't say why I came to that way of thinking. What I didn't get was the whole reincarnation thing, the "who is whom" went right over my head. I'll read Memory of Light, then wait a while, and then armed with this new knowledge, start a final re-read of all 14 books in succession, just to sew all the tiny but important details into my somewhat tangled mental tapestry.