**** THIS ENTIRE POST IS A SPOILER IF YOU HAVE NOT FINISHED BOOK TWELVE **** There was a point in The Gathering storm that put me off, so to speak. In chapter 28 'night in hinderstap' Sanderson introduces what are essentially zombies (though not technically undead) in an odd violent and cyclical way of life. At dark they turn into mindless killers and by daybreak awake in their beds as if nothing had happened. At first I didn't think that this was true to the world Jordan had created and it was, for a while, the only thing in book 12 that I didn't enjoy. Then I started thinking about it a bit more. Jordan has a way of subtely mentioning things in book after book that you think are only mildly important, then, when least expected, he refurs back to them and uses them in amazing ways. -- For instance: In the first book you are introduced to Shadar Logath, a city of its own evil that is almost the flipside to the Dark One's form of evil. The two evils react violently to one another. Later in the series it is revisited as well as mentioned several times. By book .. 9? i want to say .. he has rand use the city as a filter, for lack of a better term, to cleanses Saidin of the Dark One's taint. -- Back on topic: It made me start thinking of WHY there would all of the sudden be something that made little to no sense to in the world, and here is what I up with: Over and over Jordan emphasizes how dangerous balefire is and how even the dark one is hesitant to use it. He reiterates time and again how it will tear the weave of the pattern of time. Yet he never shows anything happening that portrays Balefire's effects on the world. Until chapter 28 in book 12.. Or so I think. Did anyone else get that impression or does anyone agree/disagree?