I think a red herring depends on whether or not an individual reader perceives it that way. If you were fooled, the red herring was successful. I think some of them are still unrevealed in Original Quest, so no one can say how many we've seen, because we don't know how everything will turn out. But ultimately, I was just teasing @Llannen. :p I think Elfmom's mentions of red herrings causes more anxiety in readers than any actual red herrings in the books.