Book 5 of one of the great epic fantasy series of all time is where the depth of the world spanning plot of intrigue and magic really starts to move along.
While the characterisation of relationships between men and women can be a bit dated and cliched - although saved by its humour - and the pacing can be inconsistent with long slow stretches culminated in rapid advancements in the plot, ultimately the sheer scope of the genuinely epic fantasy story and the deep and engaging character arcs with likeable and by now long known characters, make this a great read in a great series.
This is my third read of the series. I read my first series when the books were being written and we had to wait forever for the next book. Nyneave still irritates me no end. The military stuff is boring BUT I love the twists and new characters and think Mat and Egwene's characters are very well developed. I find it interesting that the landscape is eerily similar to global conflict in the 21st century and can see sone parallels with military history.