Title: Wheel of Time: The Dragon Reborn
Author: Robert Jordan
Publication date: 2002
The Dragon Reborn—the leader long prophesied who will save the world, but in the saving destroy it; the savior who will run mad and kill all those dearest to him—is on the run from his destiny.
Able to touch the One Power, but unable to control it, and with no one to teach him how Rand al’Thor knows only that he must face the Dark One. But how?
Winter has stopped the war—almost—yet men are dying, calling out for the Dragon. But where is he?
Perrin Aybara is in pursuit with Moiraine Sedai, her Warder Lan, and Loial the Ogier. Bedeviled by dreams, Perrin is grappling with another deadly problem—how is he to escape the loss of his own humanity?
Egwene, Elayne and Nynaeve are approaching Tar Valon, where Mat will be healed—if he lives until they arrive. But who will tell the Amyrlin their news—that the Black Ajah, long thought only a hideous rumor, is all too real? They cannot know that in Tar Valon far worse awaits…
Ahead, for all of them, in the Heart of the Stone, lies the next great test of the Dragon reborn….
The third installment, The Dragon Reborn, from the series The Wheel of Time by Robert Jordan, is possibly my favorite one so far. By now I got invested in the heroes and heroines, I have my favorites and the plot has entangled enough to keep me on my toes all the time. I don’t say the others were not as good or interesting, but with the development of the story our involvement and interest are supposed to grow, is it not? Of course it is.
The stupid book blurb already did most of my job for me but I’ll try to put it under a better light where it actually sounds interesting 😀 So The Dragon Reborn (hopefully all of you knows who that is by now) secretly leaves the Shienaran camp in the Mountains of Mist to go to Tear to prove himself the Dragon Reborn. See, one of the prophecies about the Dragon claims that the Stone of Tear will only fall in the hands of the true Dragon. And the catch is – the Stone of Tear has never fallen before. Ha. Who doesn’t like an impossible mission?
But if we can take a second to talk about Rand, have you noticed how women flung themselves at him all the time? I mean, I get he is tall and handsome and noble and definitely powerful but… okay, that’s a very good point but still. He is childish, insecure, and awkward. Yet Egwene, Min, Elayne, Selene and many more to come are falling for him 😀 I wish I knew the secret…
Meanwhile, Mat and the girls are taken back to Tar Valon by Verin Mathwin, where Mat is finally safely separated by the cursed dagger. Then the Amyrlin Seat sends the three girls after the Black Ajah. And guess where they are going? Tear. It always seems that they are going apart only to be reunited by fate. “The wheel weaves as the wheel wills” as any Aes Sedai would have said.
But let’s take a step back and think about Amyrlin’s orders. I mean, I get that she can’t trust her other sisters not knowing which one may be from the Black Ajah, but c’mon – three untrained girls with so much power they could level a city? And you just sent them to the most degraded, dangerous and powerful adversary, who also has magic by the way, just for kicks? That’s literally the first moment so far that Jordan does something so illogical. Or at least I find it illogical.
After they arrive in Tear, Nynaeve, Egwene, and Elayne are captured by the Black Ajah before they can do jack shit. I’m quite happy that a great deal of this book follows around the girls since I find them way more interesting (so far) than the boys. I mean, each of the boys is ta’veren and all, and each of them has his special thing but…
So anyway, back to the Dragon who sneaks into Tear under the cover of night and is forced to fight another Forsaken. As usual, I won’t spoil you the ending and will leave you to enjoy fully the epicness of the moment and the book itself.
I must mention, however, that this is where the Aiel which also call themselves… wait for it… Dragon’s people! Or People of the Dragon, whatever. What you should know about them is that nobody knows much about them apart from being mighty warriors, killers, and they live in the desert and wear veils to cover their faces. They are fascinating if you ask me so I can’t wait for you to get to the next book where you’ll start learning more about them. I’ve always been intrigued by them and their nomad way of life and to be honest, their women are badass 😀 Not to mention their sense of humor (or lack thereof) – that would crack you up a few times, I promise. And how they fight, oh, my, it’s like a dance routine 😀 I always love reading about them.
5/5 from me. I can’t wait for the next one!
What about you? What rating would you give? What are your thoughts and takes on Wheel of Time: The Dragon Reborn?