Overview (No Spoilers):
I find myself thoroughly enjoying Jordan’s fantastical realm as I continue on this Wheel of Time adventure. Thankfully in this third book in the series, we veer away from Rand, who has been the one of the main focal points thus far, however has fallen into an exceedingly tiresome, whiny state of denial as to his destiny. Instead we are treated to perspectives from other main characters, specifically Mat who had yet to come into their own light. Up until this point in the story, Mat had been preoccupied by another troublesome one dimensional, yet wholly consuming concern, allowing him to exist within the periphery of the main story while still being a key character. In The Dragon Reborn we begin to see the inner workings of his mind and find his character growing exponentially in depth as he embraces ta’veren unlike his two friends that fight it tooth and nail. Additionally, as this tale progresses we learn more and more about both Perrin’s fight to keep some semblance of humanity and the powers that Tar Valon can wield, while simultaneously being introduced to new, intriguing characters that contain their own mysteries. Overall, The Dragon Reborn fit in flawlessly with its two preceding novels, continuing the story in a way that keeps the reader riveted and itching to picking up the next piece in the puzzle.
Additional Insight (Spoilers Abound):
- Is Mat really cured and freed from the dagger? I really enjoyed the story of his luck and how he embraced it to continue on his journey to become the hero. Will he end up supporting Rand? Can their friendship be saved?
- When will Lan and Nynaeve be reunited?
- Who is Zarine really? What role will she play in the future novels? Are her and Perrin destined to become an item?
- I enjoyed seeing Egwene start to pull away from Nynaeve’s authority and bossiness, even though their constant bickering grew tiresome.
- Will Egwene end up with Galad or Gawyn?
- Will Thom life? I feel as though this old Gleeman is rather difficult to kill and his story is not done.
- How will they separate Queen Morgase from Lord Gaebril?
- There were so many excessive risks taken by Nynaeve, Egwene and Elayne as they knowingly walked right into a trap. Why would Siuan Sanche let them leave Tar Valon and go on the Tear alone?
- When will Nynaeve finally be able to control her power without being angry?
- What will happen now that Rand has taken control of Callandor? What is the next step on his journey?