Nay friend... nothing could dampen the quality of the story! You miss my point entirely. It's neither the beginning or the ending of a story that makes it great. It's the setting, the people, the culture, the sacrifices, the bravery, the endurance, the suffering, the selflessness... it's the great qualities of heros that most men so rarely have an opportunity to let fly in this controlled day in age. An army of smurfs can't change who Moiraine was, the heart of Logain, the amazing history of the Aes Sedai... and so on.