The Path of Daggers: Chapter 17
Chapter Icon: Flame of Tar Valon
Point of View: Egwene
Egwene and the Hall meet a group of Murandian and Andoran nobles. She announces that the novice book is open for any woman regardless her age.
Egwene and the Hall ride to meet a group of Murandian and Andoran nobles standing in their way. They learn Gareth Bryne has been meeting with Talmanes which makes Lelaine and Romanda furious, but he shrugs off their anger. When they arrive at the meeting point, they discover that Talmanes is already there. Egwene asks why the nobles are there and is told that they fear to let them pass for fear of what the real Tower might think. Others say they worry about a battle between Aes Sedai, or between the Black and White Towers. Egwene tells them they intend to remain for a month, then leave without passing into Andor or moving through Murandy. They are uncertain. She finally tells them that the novice book is to be opened to anyone at all who wishes to be Aes Sedai, whatever their age.