Wheel of Time Book 3: The Dragon Reborn, aka The McGuffin that glows, aka aka The Chosen One pisses everybody off, aka aka aka Perry lays some game.
So the book starts with Randy Thor running away from the camp he’s staying at. Which pisses everyone off. ‘Cus it’s a very inconsiderate thing to do, and you can only say “The Wheel turns as the Wheel wills” so many times before people break your jaw. This happens after the camp gets a visitor, and Min sees death in her immediate future. Spoiler alert: the visitor dies, but not before Min gets faked out and thinks that her death prophecy was wrong. So she feels good about life, then feels terrible about it. All the while, she’s fawning over Rand, and it’s annoying. Then, Moiraine sends her away to Tar Valon again to go tell the Amyrlin Seat what’s happened.
Lan, Perrin, and Loial all go hunting for Rand. Eventually, Perrin meets a young lady who notices his weird-ass eyes. They fight a lot. Then, they fall in love. You know—the usual.
The majority of the book is taken up by the stories of Perrin and Egwene, both of whom are learning the extent of their powers. Egwene is a “Dreamer,” which is exactly what it sounds like. She sees things in her dreams that are happening elsewhere and has some form of control in her dreams. Later in the book, we’ll learn that she has access to a place called Tel’aran’rhiod. (Fantasy books and their DAMN apostrophes!) This is a dream world that no Aes Sedai has been able to enter or use in centuries. Long story short: Egwene is kind of a big deal. Perrin’s wolf dreams are connected to this dream world as well.
So Egwene gets a glimpse of the big glowing McGuffin that Rand is going after and realizes that she has to go to where he’s going—a city called Tear—to keep him from being ambushed by the Black Ajah. She and her Angels all head out to beat him to Tear and stop the Black Ajah in their tracks. Elayne gives Mat a letter to deliver to the Queen of Andor; Mat finds Thom in Tar Valon, and they sneak out of the city together. While in Andor, Mat overhears a plot by the Queen’s new lover and General to kill Elayne. So he too is on the way to Tear.
So once again, everyone is split up and yet all being drawn to the same place. Also, we find out that some more of those Forsaken bastards have escaped their confinement and have now taken control of major cities. One is currently in Tear. Also, the reason Rand is going to Tear is to get something called callandor, which is a magic sword s’angreal that’ll make him crazy powerful.
And here’s the thing: not a lot really happens in this book. Not a lot has happened in any of the books really, despite being very long. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but it can get tiring waiting for something to happen.
I really like Perrin’s romance with the new girl named Faile, and I like Faile as a character. I really liked Egwene and her Angels working on their secret mission to find and stop the Black Ajah. The rest… I barely remember.
I’m excited for the next book, as this one set up a lot of stuff that could be really cool. But I think I gotta take a break for now. These books are slow reads, and my backlog is piling up. Sooooo I’ll be back eventually. Because I will not let these books beat me!
The Great Hunt
The Dragon Reborn
The Eye of the World
Until I return: Let the Dragon Ride Again on the Winds of Time