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The Dragon Reborn: Book Three of 'The Wheel of Time' [Paperback]

Robert Jordan
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Sept. 14 2002 Wheel of Time (Book 3)
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--for no man has done it in three thousand years--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 the Loial the Ogier. Bedeviled by dreams, Perrin is grappling with another deadly problem--how is her 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....

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From Publishers Weekly

Jordan continues his Wheel of Time saga (after The Eye of the World and The Great Hunt ). Three 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. Jordan's fast and absorbing adventure novel will keep the reader too entranced to worry about plot inconsistencies, numerous coincidences, lack of character development and Rand's inexplicably infrequent appearances. As light fantasy, however, it proves an enjoyable diversion.
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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As the seals of the Dark One's prison continue to weaken, Rand al'Thor struggles to master the madness-tainted power that marks him as the Dragon Reborn. At the same time, his friends and companions become caught up in the roles laid out for them by the Web of Destiny. Though it borrows from a multitude of legendary and literary fantasy sources, Jordan's multivolume series continues to exhibit a freshness that makes it a welcome addition to any library's fantasy collection.
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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3.0 out of 5 stars No More Nynaeve and Egwene! July 13 2004
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Format:Hardcover
Even though the Wheel of Time series is essentially supermarket pop fiction, I really enjoyed the first two books. The continent and its legends, plus the great story of seeing the Dragon Reborn, make the series a lot of fun. You're just drawn to pick up the next book because it's a world you want to return to.
That said, Robert Jordan is a frustrating writer who's capable of the most glaringly juvenile characterization and mannerisms in his writing. It can become very, very difficult to read someone who is utterly incapable of writing female characters. Half of The Dragon Reborn follows Nynaeve, Egwene, and Elayne, and their adventure at the White Tower (I'll avoid spoilers) as they progress to become Aes Sedai. This subplot really hurt the book, for me at least, keeping it from being anywhere near as good as the first two books.
The White Tower mystery was excruciating. The primary conflict comes from the girls being faced by an Aes Sedai who looks at them crossly and scolds them. The girls curtsy and scrape, then leave, only to be faced with another cold Aes Sedai who looks down on them. Repeat again and again, ad nauseum. The feeling of being flustered before someone with position or respectability is a common scene in the WoT books. It happens on almost every page. In the Great Hunt, at least, Jordan uses it well by having Rand stand up for himself, earning the reader's respect. But in this third book, it annoyed the hell out of me.
With Min gone, not a single woman in the White Tower was interesting. Is it just me? And the female characters the reader is stuck with have an annoying habit of "sniffing," as in "'Men are all fools,' she sniffed." I counted it used 23 times. 23 times!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Brought even further into their world. July 9 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Well Jordan has again made me go out and buy the next book in the series after I swore that I would take a break from the Wheel.
I enjoyed this just as much as the previous two, and it is too close to call which was the best so I will not trouble my self with superlitives. First and foremost Mat has really come along as a charcter. Obviously Mat has had some health troubles in the last two books, but now he has really come into his own as a character. What is best about his developement is that he is a more grown up version of the Mat we first met. There are no unusual changes or unexplicapble new demeanors. I was very impressed with Mat.
On the down side is Rand. I thought that everything Rand goes through makes sense, but it does not mean I have to like it. Rand is dealing with his gift and saidin the way Jordan tells you he should (I mean the way it was described men act who can channel). Rand is dealing with being the name sake of the book, and as I said, it fits, but I did miss the Rand's view point coming through.
A few more points:
a. The transitions between story lines is much easier to take.
b. Egwene and Nynaeve's (spelling)fighting is becoming a bit tiresome.
c. There are a few predictable parts (not horribly so).
d. With all the background info that Jordan gives, I there are few things I am not understanding about the foresaken and all that.
Absolutely keep going. You have gone this far, and this book if too good to give up on Jordan now.
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5.0 out of 5 stars by David Laing June 28 2004
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Format:Mass Market Paperback
Robert Jordan's third and probably best book in his Wheel of Time series digs deeper into the plot, and develops the characters further. In this one, Rand finally accepts that he is the dragon reborn, so he ventures away from Moiraine to Tear to declare himself the dragon reborn to the world. Rand only actually shows up in a grand total of about 10 pages throughout the book though. Egwene is training to become and Aes Sedai, but the Amrylin Seat sends her, Elayne, and Nynaeve on a quest to find the Black Ajah. Mat is sent to Tar Valon to recover from the Dark One's curse[remember that dagger he got in the first book?] because he is extremely weak. After recovering, Mat tries to leave Tar Valon, but finds escape tough, but he meets up again with Thom Merrilin who helps him escape. Mat also now carries the Dark One's taint, making him extremely lucky. Perrin meets a girl called Faile, and with Faile, Moraine, and Lan travel to Tear to stop Rand from declaring himself the dragon reborn. So unless you have a problem that Rand is absent for the majority of the book, then pick up this book and read it. Also, if you found the previous books in this series not dark enough, then have no fear, as this one has many storylines circling around evil, and it is the goriest one thus far.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Pivot point for the series April 16 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is, in my mind, the best of the first three books, and a total pivot point for the entire series as a whole. This is the book where the main characters truly come into their own, settling into and accepting their roles and fates in the world Jordan has carved for them from the depths of his own imagination.
This book also starts a habit that Jordan continues through the rest of the series of more or less leaving a main character (or two or three) almost completely out of the book. When you think about it, it is a natural and necessary offshoot of the multidimensional world he has written: he has so many parallel storylines developing on so many different planes that to follow them all steadily through each book would be nearly impossible to write and dizzying to read. You can get lost in this series easily enough as it is.
In this book...though the title practically screams otherwise...it's Rand that gets voted off the island, though to great effect. Jordan does a great job in "Dragon" of containing his sprawling habits: within a hundred pages, the storylines have been set, the characters cast in all different directions away from each other, and by the end of the novel are smartly and resoundingly drawn back together in pulse-pounding fashion. Jordan would do well, in fact, to revisit this lesson before inking another word of the now terribly overweight series (an odd parallel to the fattening of America: as we demand more food, so Mr. Jordan seems to think we demand more words. I for one say: not so!).
This book stands proudly alone but serves mightily as a turning point for the now ten-volume epic. Start with "Eye of the World," and I guarantee that once you've finished "Dragon," you too will soon be groaning with the rest of us for RJ to end the madness and give the series a wrap.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Another great one!!
Published 2 months ago by Maria del Carmen Jenkins
5.0 out of 5 stars Good book!
Although so far the second book was my favorite, Robert Jordan has no problem with writing compelling novels that guarentee you will be buying the fourth afterwards. Read more
Published on June 30 2012 by lyss
4.0 out of 5 stars (3.5 Stars) Another inconsistent yet interesting Robert Jordan read.
In many ways this third volume of the Wheel of Time is a vast improvement over the first two books. The deepening of Perrin as a character and the development of the main female... Read more
Published on July 19 2007 by E. Haensel
4.0 out of 5 stars Here the series begins to bog down
For those of you who have yet to read the next installments, be warned, they get really slow and tiring. Read more
Published on Feb. 21 2006 by Jerry
4.0 out of 5 stars A Good book
Everyone loves these books its that simple
not his best but i like it. All fantasy readers should read these books no questions asked
Published on June 22 2004 by "joquinn2812"
2.0 out of 5 stars Like A Bad Soap Opera
It goes on and on. This is where it ended for me. After slogging through book one and two and enjoying some good ideas with spots of good and bad writing - I just could not make... Read more
Published on June 12 2004 by Gregory
4.0 out of 5 stars Extremely good - but not as good as tGH
This book was very good and features one of my favorite fight sequences between Matt, Galad, and Gawyn. Personally, that scene alone is worth reading this book. Read more
Published on June 8 2004 by J. Stoner
4.0 out of 5 stars Extremely good - but not as good as tGH
This book was very good and features one of my favorite fight sequences between Matt, Galad, and Gawyn. Personally, that scene alone is worth reading this book. Read more
Published on June 8 2004 by J. Stoner
4.0 out of 5 stars The Dragon Reborn
Okay so the title is a little misleading. When I read this book I was prepared to have it be all about Rand al Thor. Read more
Published on June 1 2004 by "timmian"
5.0 out of 5 stars It still goes on strong.
The author has kept the story going on strong without any signs of losing the plot's focus, which I believe is the number one priority to an on going series. Read more
Published on May 23 2004 by Toothfairy
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