Some of the deaths worked for me, but some felt like "we haven't had a death in a while, better toss one in."
I really didn't like the total punt on the damane issue, not to mention the tendency (admittedly not a new one in this series) to use them as comeuppance for villainous women.
The Mat chapters, as always, were the best. Although I did like Androl and Perava.
The totally random, probably-should've-been-foreshadowed anti-balefire kamehameha from Egwene was still kind of awesome.
After all that, Padan Fain was a complete red herring. I'm kind of happy about that, although it did torpedo my theory about the endgame (I figured they'd use the Cleansing of Saidin trick again and toss him in the pit of with the Dark One).
Rand's trick with Moridin was moderately clever (as was Moridin's ploy with Alanna), but his big showdown with the Dark One was a bit anticlimactic.
Introducing two new villain factions at the very end? I get that the Sharans were hidden to preserve the Demandred reveal, but I don't think that was dramatic enough to justify the secrecy on such a major set of players. The Dark Aiel (I forget the proper name), on the other hand, I thought worked pretty well as a last-minute twist.
I thought Jordan could've wrung a bit more tension out of Rand's "death" before the inevitable reveal. It was treated so casually, there was no real question whether or not it was real.