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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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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Good book! June 30 2012
By lyss
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
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. Save yourself some cash and purchase three at a time for free shipping!
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Format:Mass Market Paperback
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 characters increases the plot depth of the series. Furthermore, Jordan's prose, specifically in the opening scenes of the book dealing with Perrin's wolf dreams, and Rand's struggle with sanity are exceptional.

Unfortunately Jordan has begun to entrench his annoying habit of falling back on superficial mannerisms instead of character expression. His characters seem to always react the same way to the same issues. Furthermore, the relationship between male and female characters is so juvenile and boring that I almost have to stop reading. (Luckily I am listening to this series on audio so the readers keep me moving!)

This book could have been a lot better, but as a whole it was more enjoyable than book two, the Great Hunt for the Horn.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classical Fantasy Reborn Nov. 3 1998
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
The greatness of classical good versus evil fantasy has indeed been reborn in Jordan's lavishly brilliant world. His eye for detail and amazing skills bring his characters to life. The first two books have developed the characters and with this book, having developed the characters to the point that we care and understand them. Jordan sets them off in an epic of adventure, romance, and mystery. We find three seperate paths and watch as they slowly entwine at the end in a spectacular climax. Jordan puts us in the middle the action, we almost feel as though we are standing in the middle of the redstone columns and feel the power flowing through us as Rand grasps Callandor. Everytime I open up a Jordan book, I know I'm in for a good time. The pages hook you and slowly carry you until the explosion of events at the end and Jordan resolves all yet leaves much. I will definitely look forward to The Shadow Rising. So far The Wheel of Time is, in my opinion, undoubtedly, one of the standards and epitomes of fantasy.
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3.0 out of 5 stars No More Nynaeve and Egwene! July 13 2004
By A Customer
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 Here the series begins to bog down Feb. 21 2006
By Jerry
Format:Mass Market Paperback
For those of you who have yet to read the next installments, be warned, they get really slow and tiring. The first two were great, they followed Rand mainly and had lots of action and fights etc.
Now we get into more character development and even more character development. Most of the book I'd toss out, saving the scenes with Rand, though that would probably reduce the book by 300 pages, but a smaller book is better if it is more enjoyable.
At least this book still has some interesting parts, enough for me to recommend it.
**A book I would also recommend is The Unsuspecting Mage by Brian S. Pratt. This, the first installment of The Morcyth Saga is a great beginning for a new author. Battles, magic, gods, secret passages and intrigue, all the elements of a classic epic fantasy! Any fantasy reader will enjoy it.
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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
Robert Jordan's third and probably best book in his Wheel of Time series digs deeper into the plot, and develops the characters further. Read more
Published on June 29 2004
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Pivot point for the series
This is, in my mind, the best of the first three books, and a total pivot point for the entire series as a whole. Read more
Published on April 17 2004 by Steven Butterfield
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