On the Thirteenth Depository we are running an extensive recap series on where we left all the characters as part of our preparations for The Gathering Storm. Some beautiful maps accompany these. This week the focus is on the complex situation in Altara, where Mat and Perrin, and a large supporting cast, have been active for two books now.
Linda's and Dominic's dialogue on The Gathering Storm Prologue will commence mid-week. On our forum, much discussion has already occurred on the chapters released so far (and on the older books too of course); and we are running a Predictions Competition for The Gathering Storm.
A study of the three Red Amyrlins is planned to conincide with the release of the final two articles of an extensive series on the Aes Sedai: one on the early history of the Aes Sedai and another on the extremist view of male channellers as unbelievers. Finally, essays in preparation include Wheel of Time
shipping and Perrin and Faile parallels.
If you have any further questions, be sure to visit the blog linked above or the related discussion boards. I plan on having a review of The Gathering Storm go live just after midnight my time on the 27th, as the publishers, Tor, have been gracious enough to send me a review copy a week before the official release date.