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6

Date

Jan 11th, 2013

Type

Verbatim

Reporter

tiffranosaurusrex

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  • 1

    tiffranosaurusrex

    When I received my book a couple of weeks ago, Mr. Sanderson offered to answer questions about A Memory of Light to thank me for not revealing anything. I'm posting them here for you people :). Before you all say "Why didnít you ask _____?!", when I finished the book, it was late at night and I was extremely overtired from reading all night. This is what came to mind at the time. Also, I didn't want to pester him with too many questions so I had decided ahead of time to limit myself to four.
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    tiffranosaurusrex

    Why the decision to leave out the glossary at the end?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Harriet suggested this. She liked the idea of RJ's words being the last ones in the series, and felt that it was right.

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    tiffranosaurusrex

    What did the other letters Verin sent say?

    Brandon Sanderson

    This is one of those I'd rather not answer, as I wish to leave it to fan discussion.

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    tiffranosaurusrex

    Why didn't Rand immediately find Mat and put him in charge of the armies?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Rand knew where Mat was (the visions.) Therefore, he knew that Mat was with the Seanchan—so in going to find them, and bring them into the battle, he was doing just that. (To an extent.) Also, he understands that with Mat—unlike Perrin—swooping in and ordering him about is a good way to get Mat going the opposite direction. However, Mat also finds his way to where he needs to be. So, Rand decided to let the Pattern work on Mat, and instead focused on preparing Perrin .

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    tiffranosaurusrex

    If you had to think into the future of Randland, what do you picture the remaining heroes doing?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Well, in RJ's notes, Perrin was to be involved in the Outriggers (which would be the story of Mat and Tuon in Seanchan.) So Perrin would make his way there, eventually. (I don't know how that would have worked with Perrin's new obligations.) From here, I stray away from canon (meaning what RJ wanted) and into my own imaginings. I imagine that Rand went to see the world, becoming like Jain Farstrider. Min joined him, and they saw the world. Aviendha and Elayne spent decades, maybe centuries, leading their own people before retiring to join the other two.

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    tiffranosaurusrex

    I'm very satisfied with his answer to the last question. It's basically what I had imagined for Rand myself.