Mazrim Taim

Basic Info






Cairhien Cairhien

Channeler Info



From Saldaea, Taim once declared himself Dragon. When Rand fought Ishamael in the skies above Falm, the disruption allowed Taim to escape from his trip to Tar Valon, where he was supposed to be gentled. Queen Tenobia sent Bashere to pursue Taim, which led Bashere to Rand in Caemlyn. Taim requested asylum and saved Rand's life shortly thereafter. Rand allowed Taim to live and gave him control over the Black Tower. He gave himself the title "M'hael", which means Leader in the Old Tongue.

Taim has developed a loyal following and has been revealed as a Darkfriend. It comes out that Taim had actually ordered the Asha'man to kill Rand in Cairhien. Rand has yet to address this problem. Taim was often thought of as the alter-ego of Demandred, but the author has debunked this theory.

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Interview Questions (13 total)

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We know Taim isn't who he says, and so does Rand. But wasn't Logain supposed to reveal him as a liar? What happened to that?
Read and find out. Don't you love it, guys?
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Did Taim have motives for coming to Andor after he escaped the Aes Sedai?
Ta-eem, (he said it phonetically) sure, he is a man who can channel. The Aes Sedai see him as a man who can channel. They will hunt him down and gentle him if they can. He has one safe haven in the world. A place were there are more men like him. Just maybe, if there are enough men like him, the Aes Sedai wont be able to come after him.
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Was Taimandred a deliberate ruse to lead your readers astray, or were you surprised (by the all of the theories connecting Taim to Demandred)?
I was surprised...but I wasn't going to disabuse you of it for a while. I like to watch you squirm.
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Would you please name one character who did not kill Asmodean? Will you please name one of the following: Lanfear, Graendal, Moridin, Shaidar Haran, Padan Fain, Semirhage, Demandred, Mazrim Taim, Slayer. I thank you for your mercy and if you can please explain why they didn't do it that would be a nice touch.
Padan Fain didn't because he wasn't in the right place at the right time. He would have if he had been in the right place at the right time, but he wasn't.
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At recent book signing following the release of Crossroads of Twilight, it was reported that you confirmed that the Forsaken Demandred has never posed as the man known as Mazrim Taim, who was introduced to Rand at the beginning of Lord of Chaos. Have you confirmed that Demandred has never posed as the man known as Mazrim Taim, leader of the Black Tower?
Yes. Demandred has never posed as Mazrim Taim. All right, those of who fell over from the shock of a simple, straightforward answer can get up off the floor now. Sometimes, simple and straightforward can be the most devious of all, as any student of Aes Sedai will tell you. <Maniacal laughter from the shadows!>
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Would Taim have recognised Flinn, in that position [at the end of Winter's Heart]?
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Is there anything you can tell us about Taim's choice to head to Andor after his escape?
Well, he really didn't have much other choice. He's a man who can channel. At that time, as far as he knows, any Aes Sedai that gets their hands on him will try to gentle him again. But the word is getting around: there are men gathering near Caemlyn, men just like him, and maybe there are enough of them that if they stick together the Aes Sedai will not be able to take them down. So he has no other choice. He can either spend a life on the run or he can enlist. He decided to enlist.
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How did Bashere and his army manage to track Taim hundreds of miles?
Because a man like Mazrim Taim leaves a trail, even when he is trying to travel quietly - traveling quietly is not in his character.
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It's been said that you mentioned that Mazrim Taim is not Demandred. There seems to be some confusion on whether or not you said that.
Mazrim Taim is not Demandred
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Can you please expand upon what Mazrim Taim was up to in Andor prior to meeting Rand for the first time?
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How old is Taim and has he slowed?
Taim has slowed, but one thing I am not going to reveal it in the books, so I'll tell you, men slow later than women do. And yes, he has slowed, and he is in his late twenties, yes his late twenties.
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Was Taim turned by a circle of thirteen?
RAFO. I will say that he was never a very nice guy.
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Was Taim a sparker or a learner?
He was born with the spark.
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