Well, these forums seem dead, appropriately enough with the series ended. But I was having some weird Moiraine's World nostalgia tonight, which in turn made me think about the series and why I decided to stick it out til the end.
Honestly, I cannot say I liked this series. I liked parts of it. I liked parts of it a lot. Moiraine is one of my favorite fictional characters, period. I liked Rand, Mat, and even Perrin at times, even if I spent good chunks of the series not liking them. I liked the villains mostly. I liked the supporting cast mostly. I liked the story on a whole. But there is so much I cannot say I care for. The pacing is awful in my opinion, especially in the middle of the series. Jordan's views on sex/gender got awkward or tiresome (honestly, the Aes Sedai needed to prove they were all women? They had a problem with men joining at the White Tower?). Some (many) of the characters were just downright grating. And Min's existence rubs me wrong, if only because I liked her at first, then was disappointed in how she was used, to say nothing about how I feel about the harem in the first place. And then built up, highly anticipated events *cough*Moiraine*cough* are seemingly entirely tangential that I might've forgotten about Thom and Mat retrieving her altogther. And other times events just kind of happen without any satisfying conclusion, such as Suian's death in the last book. Not all of this can be blamed on Jordan, the last three books were in part written by another author from his notes. Sanderson's style is distinctive from RJ's, and it is not necessarily consistent with the tone of the previous books. But at least we got a conclusion, I can certainly be thankful for that..
Will I reread the series one day? Probably, almost undoubtably. Would I recommend the series? I don't think so, not unless the person was just dead set on some long fantasy reading.
So, does anyone else have some thoughts back on the series as a whole now that we've had a bit to digest the last book? If anyone will see this?