Telling mostly of the females side and of Mat, this book continues the saga of books 1 & 2 without lapse of time! I can see how a wonderful book made it to the NY Times best seller list! It deserved it!
This was the best of the Wheel of Time novels, to my opinion, and I won't say anything about the plot for fear of giving it away. However, if you're looking for an action packed starting point into this series, I'd start with this one, it covers the other two and moves quickly.
Of the first three of this series, this one was the best, in my opinion, and definitely held my interest to pull me kicking and screaming into reading the fourth, and so on. I had no problem following the plot of this book, but also in being able to follow the story of each character on into the next book. You could start with this book and read forward without missing entirely too much, but if you're anything like me, you'll want to start with book 1.
If you value your time and your money, I'd recommend you to stop reading this series at this point. The Wheel of Time was intended to be a trilogy, and the authors' decision of making it twelve books instead has certainly proved the be the downfall of this series. So why don't we read it as a trilogy? The end (no spoilers) leaves a lot of questions unanswered; however, it ends close to as it should have ended on the first place. Heed my advice, oh readers who have reached this far, for if you don't, you'll find yourself pretty soon damning the time you decided to continue reading this series after reading this review.
I really enjoyed how Robert Jordan put this book together. Yes, the entire series is about Rand and the ultimate battle between good and evil. Yes, Rand is pretty freaking important. But, hey, lets see what all these other characters are doing. Focusing on these other main characters was a great way to show that the main character, Rand, cant do it all on his own. If you have read up to this point in the series, you know that Book 1, The Eye of the World, was nearly completely from Rands point of view. So this is quite the switch to have nearly zero Rand point of view. But have no fear; nearly everyone is thinking of Rand, so he is still very much a part of the story.
If you have read my reviews of the first two books, you probably picked up on the fact that I felt there were some strong similarities to Tolkiens The Lord of the Rings. Well, here in Book 3, I am very happy to say that Robert Jordan is finding his own voice, relying less and less on well established fantasy tropes and creating his own world. This book was much more satisfying for it.
The Aiel also make a worthy appearance in this novel. They have been mentioned before, with brief glimpses, but in this book we get to see the warriors with their honor code and unique fighting abilities. I especially love that the Aiel bring the element of the warrior woman to the story in a believable, fully fleshed way. As we already know, Rand can channel and Perrin talks to wolves. Well, turns out the Wheel wasnt done with Mat and his special ability turns up in this book. It definitely makes things interesting.
Kate Reading and Michael Kramer were excellent readers, as always. They must keep sound samples to keep all the side characters straight. There was one side character that got some sort of New York Italian accent that threw me for a loop at first, but I guess with a cast of characters this large it would be hard to avoid doing such a thing for the entire series with at least some of the side characters.
The best thing about The Dragon Reborn in comparison to the first two books is pacing. The first two draaaaaaag on until suddenly things get ridiculously exciting in the last fifty pages. I felt like the Dragon Reborn did a better job of keeping things interesting throughout the whole book.
After reading the first two books of this series I was disappointed in this one. I had a hard time picking it up and continuing to read it. I just couldn't get into it that much. I did however manage to finish it. But after this I discontinued reading this series. It's just too long with descriptions and it gets really old after a while. I recommend reading books 1 and 2 and not continuing this series as it gets lame after that.
Very cool book. I have heard others say that this series tends to drag on, but I fell in love with it from page one. Magic that has limitations, women in power and ruling over entire nations -- simply superb.
hree thousand years ago the Dragon led the male mages of the world into entrapping the Dark One, but the cost was high: all male mages, then and thereafter, were driven mad. Now the Dark One is breaking free, and the only salvation may come through Rand al'Thor who may be a reincarnation of the Dragon and who must obtain the sword Callandor, held in the city of Tear. All of Rand's companions from the previous books find themselves, willing or not, moving toward Tear for a confrontation with evil traps. (synopsis by Reed Business Information, Inc.)
The 1st book in this series, Eye of the World, got the juices flowing decently enough, while the 2nd book, The Great Hunt, increased the juices even more. This one is a very good follow up to the 2nd book, and had me eagerly awaiting the 4th book in the series.