February 17, 2012

Review : The Dragon Reborn by Robert Jordan

Title : The Dragon Reborn
Author : Robert Jordan
Reading Dates : 12 Jan 2012 - 16 Jan 2012
Total Pages :674
The Wheel of Time

From Amazon :
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 Loial the Ogier. Bedeviled by dreams, Perrin is grappling with another deadly problem--how is he 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....

Book Review of The Dragon Reborn.

The Dragon Reborn is mostly told from the point of view of Perrin Aybara. The pro is that I get a clearer picture of what’s happening in Perrin’s head. And with Perrin’s abilities as a Wolfbrother surfacing, I also know what’s going on with the other protagonists in the story. All this in addition to what readers are shown of what’s actually happening with the other characters of course.

The con is that I would have loved to spend more time following Rand this time round since he’s decided to go on the attack instead of letting himself be pushed into a corner.

Other than that, the ending of The Dragon Reborn was a bit of a let-down. While the build-up to the final confrontation in Tear succeeds in generating the needed tension and suspense, the actual event itself does not seem to warrant all the initial hoohah. Somehow, the ease with which the supposedly impregnable Stone of Tear was taken, seems to ridicule everyone’s earlier disbelief on how it can be done.

Still, The Dragon Reborn is one of my favourites in the series if for no other reason than this is when Rand makes his first significant move against The Dark Lord.

My conclusions :

  • Would I re-read the book ? Definitely.
  • Would I want to read the next book in the series ? Yes.
  • Would I want to own my personal copy if I didn’t already own it ? Yes.
  • Who would I recommend this too? All fantasy readers.
  • For those looking to read the book, would I recommend buying or borrowing the book? Buy it. The series is a keeper.

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