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The Dragon Reborn (Wheel of Time #3)

[A quick note: Another milestone reached. I am slowly working my way through all 14 books of this series. Being as dense as it is, reading one to two chapters each night is working well for me. Usually, towards the end, I find myself reading up to five or six because the story picks up to a point where I canโ€™t put it down. Thatโ€™s always the best feeling, because most times is such a sweepingly slow epic, that I have no trouble setting it down at the end of the night.]

โ€œ๐…๐จ๐ซ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ๐ง๐ , ๐๐ž๐š๐ญ๐ก ๐ข๐ฌ ๐š๐ง ๐ž๐ง๐ž๐ฆ๐ฒ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ฒ ๐ฐ๐ข๐ฌ๐ก ๐ญ๐จ ๐ญ๐ซ๐ฒ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ข๐ซ ๐ฌ๐ญ๐ซ๐ž๐ง๐ ๐ญ๐ก ๐š๐ ๐š๐ข๐ง๐ฌ๐ญ. ๐…๐จ๐ซ ๐ญ๐ก๐จ๐ฌ๐ž ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐ฎ๐ฌ ๐š ๐ฅ๐ข๐ญ๐ญ๐ฅ๐ž๐จ๐ฅ๐๐ž๐ซ, ๐ฌ๐ก๐ž ๐ข๐ฌ ๐š๐ง ๐จ๐ฅ๐ ๐Ÿ๐ซ๐ข๐ž๐ง๐, ๐š๐ง ๐จ๐ฅ๐ ๐ฅ๐จ๐ฏ๐ž๐ซ, ๐›๐ฎ๐ญ ๐จ๐ง๐ž ๐ฐ๐ž ๐š๐ซ๐ž ๐ง๐จ๐ญ ๐ž๐š๐ ๐ž๐ซ ๐ญ๐จ ๐ฆ๐ž๐ž๐ญ ๐š๐ ๐š๐ข๐ง ๐ฌ๐จ๐จ๐ง.โ€ โ€”Robert Jordan

Wheel of Time is a sweeping epic best known for its wide cast of characters, magic, and world building. The third installment most heavily follows Perrin, Egwene, Nynaeve, and Mat as the pieces are set in motion for the dragon to be reborn. This installment is a race against time as Rand slips away from his friends and embarks on a journey to reclaim a famed sword that will give him great power.

I love reading a chapter or two before bed each night. Iโ€™ve grown so comfortable with the world and the characters, its a grounding experience before I close my eyes for the night. In this installment, I really liked getting to delve deeper into some of the other characters. The first two books made Rand a key player, and while I missed him in this one, the others made up for it. I especially enjoyed following the young women of Two Rivers and watching them grow and expand their powers and abilities. Perrin is also a big favorite of mine. Getting to see him with a new character/potential love interest left my heart with all kinds of warm fuzzies.

This book did move a bit slower in some places (as usual; the all seem to). The beginning especially felt like it dragged. I did appreciate the end, the way all the players were moved like pieces on a chess board, right into place where they needed to be. It was a great illustration of the wheel weaving storylines together, with each player as a single thread. This was fun and felt very true to the underlying theme of the books.

I canโ€™t help but think thereโ€™s a reason we didnโ€™t see much of Randโ€™s POV. I think heโ€™s changing, the power is taking him, and perhaps driving him a little mad. Iโ€™m certain Robert Jordan hid this from us to make him seem more mysterious. It will be interesting to see how he grows in later books.

Yet again, this book feels mostly plot driven. The internal struggles of each character arenโ€™t highlighted very well IMO. While itโ€™s obvious they exist, like Perrinโ€™s grappling with his loss of humanity, and Randโ€™s madness, I dislike that Jordan didnโ€™t delve deeper into the emotions and feelings of these struggles. Theyโ€™re simply thereโ€”thatโ€™s all. One of the reasons these books donโ€™t get a higher star rating from me is that the lack of portrayal of internal struggle in favor of plot events leaves it feeling a bit dry at times. ๐Œ๐˜ ๐‘๐€๐“๐ˆ๐๐† ๐Ÿ‘.๐Ÿ“/๐Ÿ“โญ๏ธ


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