Interesting. Thanks for that. Actually, I gave up on EOTW for the third time a few weeks ago. A bit after Rand talks to the big bad in a dream. I found I just didn't like it. While I understand character development and levelling up, I find the characters are starting a little too far back for my enjoyment. But maybe the fourth time is the charm.
I can also appreciate a better female presence. As much as I love Tolkien, by modern standards he certainly had a few blind spots.
However, for a moment there, it seemed like the monsters were after Rand's dad. That's interesting. Gave me an interesting idea for a story. The chosen one who saved the world 40-odd years ago, then settled back down to a normal life. However, the world is in danger again, and this over-the-hill ex-hero in his 60s needs to go adventuring again.