Just another example of what I had in mind, though to me this one is somewhat more galling than most.
Laras hesitated. "Fool girl. You ain't Aes Sedai".
Seriously? Ain't? From Laras?
There were no instances of "ain't" at all in books 1-10. There were an entire two instances in the Knife of Dreams, and thus by extension in the whole series. Those two were within seconds of each other, by the same person, some nobody NPC.
I know it's a nitpick to some people, but it really is as out of character for the whole series, and definitely for Laras, as if she were to say "OK". Jordan was very purposeful and careful with the vocabulary he assigned both the whole series as well as specific characters.
Oh well, I'm a critic at heart. Even though I did enjoy this book more than not. Just had to wince at times. At fairly frequent times.
You caught on that too! That bugged me through the entirety of the book! I even told that to my friend when she asked me how it was. I don't remember ain't in KoD, but it definitely struck me as out of place and uncharacteristic of any character when I read it here.
Other then that I didn't really feel that there was too big a difference in how the characters 'should' act. Mat seems a bit 'whiny' by some standards, but I see that as a natural extension of the one he loves being out of his protection. Egwene, for once, and Nynaeve, became tolerable. I was upset there wasn't enough Faile, though her one major scene was badass.
I've always had the problem, since like book 5, with the disbursement of character chapters. WTF was Elayne in this book? I missed her
and yet I was treated to like 30 chapters of Egwene, and, while she is badass in this book, she pales in comparison, imo, Faile. I'm hoping the next book has more: Elayne, Faile, Mat, Logain, Taim, and Trolloc#4 (like serious, we don't get enough Trolloc POV here, I feel this series is racist towards them)