The man was a hell of a storyteller. Coming up with a system of "rules" for things like magic is tricky, and most authors tend to take the route of only showing you a little bit, to leave it open to interpretation and modification. (George R.R. Martin does this, but be fair, he's really good at it too.) Jordan took the risk and basically turned it into a sort of arcane science. Kudos.
It's not only his magic system that drew me to the books, but the intricacies of their politics and the details he put into each of the cultures and their histories. For example, you can read random dialogue from the likes of Domon, without any of the description, and know the guy is from Illian.
The story could end so many different ways that's why I am so really excited for it. But I can say one thing for certain: I don't want Rand to die.
I don't want him to kick the bucket either. I'm not sure if I'll be able to contain the urge to skip to the last couple of pages, scan through those, then go back to the beginning to see how the heck they got there. I also don't want Lan to die. Cally me silly, but while I get a little bored of Perrin/Faile I do like Nynaeve/Lan.
The Wolfbrother concept is awesome, but Perrin/Faile rub me the wrong way most of the time. He has gotten better in the last books however. I have to give him that.