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?
Spoilers for the previous two books in the series.
- After spending the previous two books mostly in varied stages of illness, Mat comes into his own in this book, and quickly becomes my favorite character. His parts have just the right mix of dangerous adventure and humor. And humor is needed sorely indeed, what with pretty much everyone else taking themselves super seriously.
- Jordan’s excellent worldbuilding continues to draw me hook, line and sinker into the story. We get to see a lot of new places and peoples, and it’s great fun, especially the Aiel.
- The plotline of the Elayne, Egwene and Nynaeve is much more interesting this time around, with the reveal of the existance of the Black Ajah among the Aes Sedai.
- The climax is awesome, and much more satisfying than in The Great Hunt.
- The book felt a bit formulaic, and shares quite a few plot elements and structures with the previous one.
- While I generally like Nynaeve, some of her choices and plans made me want to shake some sense into her, and her and the other girls’ behaviour towards Mat after a particular scene was off-the-charts infuriating.
- Every single person from Emond’s field being a total badass really pushed my suspension of disbelief at times. Of course, if there happens to be some reasonable explanation for this in the future, it’s all good, but for now the complaint stands.
- Braid tugging. So much braid tugging and skirt smoothing. And it is especially irritating, because it would’ve taken about five minutes to edit out.