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The Dragon Reread

Jeff Lake, Micah Sparkman, and Alice Sullivan

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We're reading the Wheel of Time series of fantasy novels by Robert Jordan! We read them when we were younger, but now we are wiser. Why? Because they're so much fun! Adventure, magic, battles, politics, treachery, horses, braid-pulling... these books are top flight entertainment. They're also, as the kids say these days, "problematic". We'll dig into it as we go. We read about 5 chapters every episode, and we recap the events of the story, so you don't have to read along unless you want to. ...
 
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While Androl and Pevara lead a rescue mission that would make Nynaeve proud, Rand presents his organizing document to the Lords and Ladies (and Egwenes) of the land. The negotiation isn't going well until Rand gets a surprise assist from a long-dead frenemy. Your hosts are Jeff Lake (@jeff_lake), Micah Sparkman, and Alice Sullivan. Support us at ar…
 
Rand and Perrin catch up, then Rand and Aviendha "catch up". Meanwhile things are getting serious for Androl and Pevara, who need to get into each other's heads to get out of their predicament. Your hosts are Jeff Lake (@jeff_lake), Micah Sparkman, and Alice Sullivan. Support us at armadillo.club! Music: Treasures of Ancient Dungeon by Alexandr Zhe…
 
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Mat makes good his escape from the world of the foxy folk with the aid of luck, bombs, and an unexpected sacrifice. Egwene, Elayne, and finally Rand have arrived at the appointed meeting place, and it appears that the Last Battle is about to become the Current Battle. Your hosts are Jeff Lake (@jeff_lake), Micah Sparkman, and Alice Sullivan. Suppor…
 
Mat and his companions venture into the Tower of Ghenjei. They meet up with those foxy fellows, who are good at both riddles and skinning people. Mat will have to keep an eye out. Your hosts are Jeff Lake (@jeff_lake), Micah Sparkman, and Alice Sullivan. Support us at armadillo.club! Music: Treasures of Ancient Dungeon by Alexandr Zhelanov, license…
 
Perrin meets Elayne and they hash out the consequences of his kinda-rebellion in her kinda-kingdom. Faile takes care of the details for him since this is more of a talking situation than a hammering one. Aviendha gets some very bad news in Rhuidean. Then Rand finally meets the Borderland rulers and they give him the old Borderland slap test. Your h…
 
Perrin finally wins Galad over with his "rescue you and all your friends from Trolloc cookpots" plan. Combined with his previous plans ("destroy the Dragonsworn", "destroy the Aiel marauders", and "bring your mother back from the dead"), Perrin has finally convinced Galad that he might not be evil. Your hosts are Jeff Lake (@jeff_lake), Micah Spark…
 
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Egwene springs Mesaana's trap with a trap of her own. It turns out that Mesaana has another trap for Egwene inside her trap. Egwene has to figure out how to trap Mesaana from within Mesaana's trap that has sprung Egwene's trap. Also, Perrin is there. Your hosts are Jeff Lake (@jeff_lake), Micah Sparkman, and Alice Sullivan. Support us at armadillo.…
 
Ituralde's no good very bad day of siege ends when Rand arrives and gives him a special one-time demonstration of what happens when Trollocs meet a Dragon. Perrin attends his own murder trial and opts to tell the whole truth about his inclinations. It's a relief for him, but as a legal strategy it is not very effective. Your hosts are Jeff Lake (@j…
 
While Egwene consolidates her Tower power, things are getting desperate for Ituralde. Even if you win a street battle, if they're your streets it's a bad day. Then Mat uses a chancy tactic to deal with his squishy nemesis. Your hosts are Jeff Lake (@jeff_lake), Micah Sparkman, and Alice Sullivan. Support us at armadillo.club! Music: Treasures of An…
 
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Elayne has a really good idea and decides to mix it up with the Black Ajah by herself and gets a dagger in the side for her trouble. While Ituralde remains besieged, Rand visits Bandar Eban and inspires some initiative. Perrin meets Galad, who really wants to have a battle and is surprised that his stepmom is pouring Perrin's tea. Your hosts are Je…
 
Nynaeve finally takes the test to become a full Aes Sedai. Her success depends on her skill (which is good) and her tact (which is not good). Also, Ituralde leads a fighting retreat which goes well until it doesn't. And Mat gets advice on being a legend from Birgitte, a literal legend. Your hosts are Jeff Lake (@jeff_lake), Micah Sparkman, and Alic…
 
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