Who Killed Mrs. Trakand?

MASSIVE SPOILER ALERT for anyone who has not read, or not finished, A Memory of Light (Book 14 of the Wheel of Time) by Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson!

Books Judging by the search strings which bring traffic to this blog, there is a great deal of anger out there, or at least upset, among readers of A Memory of Light about the fact that a certain Mrs. Trakand, née al’Vere, does not make it to the Fourth Age.

There is also a natural tendency for said shocked readers to want to blame the young Amyrlin’s untimely exit on Brandon Sanderson, the writer who was both fortunate enough, and maybe unfortunate enough, to be brought in by Robert Jordan’s widow, Harriet, to finish off the series. It is well known that Robert Jordan left detailed notes, outlines and completed sections of text. Still, readers of the final three books, The Gathering Storm, Towers of Midnight and A Memory of Light, are often left guessing which plot points were taken from Robert Jordan’s notes and which were Sanderson inventions.

So should Sanderson carry the can for Egwene’s death? No, that is just wishful thinking on the part of fans who have built up a love for Jordan over the years and are in denial over his disposal of their favourite character. Recall that the Epilogue of AMoL had been written by Jordan before his death and was tacked on pretty much unchanged by Sanderson. That Epilogue includes a scene where Cadsuane is approached by a clutch of the surviving Aes Sedai wanting her to become the new Amyrlin. That pretty much dispells any doubt.

Personally, I think Sanderson was as hurt about Egwene’s death as many or most other fans.


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