The Dragon Reborn

The Dragon Reborn

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Soon to be an original series starring Rosamund Pike as Moiraine!

In The Dragon Reborn, the third novel in Robert Jordan's #1 New York Times bestselling epic fantasy series, The Wheel of Time®, Rand al'Thor undertakes a journey to prove himself worthy of being the Champion of Light.

Winter has stopped the war--almost--yet men are dying, calling out for the Dragon. But where is he?

Rand al'Thor has been proclaimed the Dragon Reborn. Traveling to the great fortress known as the Stone of Tear, he plans to find the sword Callandor, which can only be wielded by the Champion of Light, and discover if he truly is destined to battle The Dark One. Following Rand, Moiraine and their friends battle Darkhounds on the hunt, hoping they reach the Heart of the Stone in time for the next great test awaiting the Dragon Reborn.

Since its debut in 1990, The Wheel of Time® by Robert Jordan has captivated millions of readers around the globe with its scope, originality, and compelling characters. The last six books in series were all instant #1 New York Times bestsellers, and The Eye of the World was named one of America's best-loved novels by PBS's The Great American Read.

The Wheel of Time ®
New Spring: The Novel
#1 The Eye of the World
#2 The Great Hunt
#3 The Dragon Reborn
#4 The Shadow Rising
#5 The Fires of Heaven
#6 Lord of Chaos
#7 A Crown of Swords
#8 The Path of Daggers
#9 Winter's Heart
#10 Crossroads of Twilight
#11 Knife of Dreams

By Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson
#12 The Gathering Storm
#13 Towers of Midnight
#14 A Memory of Light

By Robert Jordan
Warrior of the Altaii

By Robert Jordan and Teresa Patterson
The World of Robert Jordan's The Wheel of Time

By Robert Jordan, Harriet McDougal, Alan Romanczuk, and Maria Simons
The Wheel of Time Companion

By Robert Jordan and Amy Romanczuk
Patterns of the Wheel: Coloring Art Based on Robert Jordan's The Wheel of Time

ISBN: 9780312852481
Characteristics: viii, 595 pages :,map ;,24 cm.


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Jul 01, 2020

The Dragon Reborn is the second book of a series set in a world where women can do magic and men are cursed to go insane if they try. When a magician shows up at a small farming village with unknown goals, hidden secrets are revealed. I personally love this series because the books have a little bit of everything in them. There are mythical creatures, unbreakable friendships, romance, trickery and deceit. The books manipulate your emotions and control your perspective so it almost seems like you are in their world. The books can be harder to get absorbed in because at times there is an overload of sensory details that makes it seem almost boring and there are so many characters that you have to guess who they are by how their name is spelled but after a little while, the names change to pronouns describing what they are, rather than who. The books are all very lengthy so it takes an avid reader to get through them, but they demolish school reading requirements and are enjoyable to everyone. My dad got me into these books and still enjoys them and I got my friend in 6th grade to read them. Because of its appeal to all audiences, I would recommend this book and series to any fantasy lover.

Feb 25, 2020

The Slog won't start for thousands of pages yet, but Jordan's love for his ancillary characters starts to show in his tendency to spread the spotlight too thin at times. Readers who have already fallen in love with his world won't care quite yet anyhow, as seeing it from the eyes of everyone but the primary protagonist feels like a special treat.


In the previous book Rand announced to the world in a ray of blinding light whilst fighting Shaitan, that he is the Dragon Reborn. In the aftermath, Rand becomes distrustful after encountering Shaitan in the world of dreams. Despite having announced that he is the Dragon Reborn, still hoping that it is a mistake. With signs of madness already taking place Rand flees on his own to Tear, a city that holds a part of a prophecy that the Dragon must complete. Perrin Ay’bara, another one of Rand’s childhood friends follows him along with Moiraine and Lan. Perrin deals with his own troubles as his eyes turn yellow, and he starts talking with wolves. In the process he deals with retaining his humanity as the beast takes over. Once again, Robert Jordan wrote another fantastic read, with characters that are forced to take on unrealistic challenges or die anyway. Rating 4.5/5 @Ezekiel_Hannegan of the Yorba Linda Public Library Teen Book Bloggers

Mar 13, 2019

Jordan's books take me awhile to read because they are so dense with world-building and character arcs. The Dragon Reborn is no different- although the more I read of The Wheel of Time, the more I enjoy it. The title is a little inappropriate, since Rand only appears in the very beginning of the novel and the very end (maybe 5% or so of the story). I was excited to dive into Rand's head in this one and see what he was thinking, what he believed, and why he was making this journey to the Stone of Tear. Instead, we get mostly Egwene/Nynaeve/Elayne and Mat. A majority of the book is focused on the three girl's plights in the tower following their actions in the last book, The Great Hunt. We get to see more of the White Tower, Tar Valon, and the process of becoming an Accepted Aes Sedai. Mat's story is finally interesting, in that we get to see him as a character evolve beyond the guy with the dagger from Shadar Logoth, and into deeply flawed, yet deeply skilled person suddenly blessed with luck.
There are some parts in here that probably could have been cut (all of the ship travel scenes, for instance) and I would have preferred the last two chapters to be in more detail. All in all, The Dragon Reborn is a solid addition to the Wheel of Time series, and I'm excited to start the next!

Apr 18, 2018

The title of this book is The Dragon Reborn, so you'd think that this actually have a lot to do with Rand. Though it is about him, he's not really in it and it also rarely goes from his point of view. This book mostly focuses on the stories of Perrin, Egwene, and Mat.
Perrin and friends are at the camp they created at the end of the second book. After a Trolloc attack, (It seems like it's always a Trolloc attack that gets things going), Rand disappears and the rest of the group go on a desperate search for him, determined not to let anything bad happen. Meanwhile, Egwene, Elayne, and Nynaeve travel to Tar Valon to get Mat healed. Once Mat feels better, he goes on his own adventure. Eventually, all the characters meet up at the end.
Like The Great Hunt, this book starts and ends really strong. The middle section does not feel as long and boring as its predecessor, and that could be because this book is sorter and easier to read. The chapters are also generally shorter compared to the other books. I found a few characters, (like Zarine and Avienda), kind of annoying, but I liked the development everyone else got. This book had no bad words and that was really awesome.
So, I like The Dragon Reborn. I think it's better than The Great Hunt, but not quite as good as The Eye of The World. You could say that it is my second favorite book in the series.

Feb 14, 2017

My favorite Wheel of Time installment so far.

This book had basically four key points of view. Mat, the three Aes Sedai girls, Perrin and company (Moriane, Lan, Zarine), and Rand. Rand's part was very non-existent. Which wasn't necessarily a terrible thing. It's a 14 book series and seeing some other characters shine is very nice. I actually really like the blend of characters and the times chosen to follow them. Zarine was a great new addition to the series, and it's the most romance I've seen in the series yet; which I think is essential for adding dimensions to story. Some of the banter between Perrin and Zarine, and also Lan and Moriane was cool. Mat's part was great, I really enjoyed his character and I'm liking where he's going. He's really shaping up to be awesome. Yet, I think Rand could have had a bit more time. It's like he was the focus of the prophecy and turn of events, but you rarely saw him. I think a scene or two more of him struggling in the woods would have added to what his character had to overcome.

There were some cool new ter'angreal (magical items), and magics used, but I was hoping to see some more bizarre creatures or more of the Death Hounds. Seemed they were too short lived. The wolf thing is really cool and I'm eagerly waiting to see more Liken stuffs.

I didn't like the map they used in this one (it is different than the others), but the few drawings around it were neat.

Well, I'm off to The Shadow Rising =]

Dec 14, 2016

Almost 60 years ago a teacher in a small one room school in Northern Ontario read The Hobbit to us a little each day while we waited for the school bus to take us home. It opened a world of wonder. Now, once again I am exploring a wondrous world in the Wheel of Time series. This third book is the best so far, and I look forward to enjoying the rest of the series.

Nov 01, 2015

is this a good book or does it suck


Nov 19, 2012

3rd book in the wheel of time series. Very good book and gets going a lot faster then the last one. It's also a bit shorter which makes it an easier read. Really liked how all the storylines came together at the end while still setting up the overall plotting of future books. Would continue to recommend this series but I always have to take a break from the world after each book before jumping back in. Classic fantasy.

Oct 24, 2012

The final book in the series is coming out January 2013. I'm madly trying to reread the entire series before then. This one is the next on my list. What a great series! And the new paperback artist is fabulous!

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Apr 18, 2018

NYNAEVE: "Matrim Cauthon, what under that light are you doing here?"

MAT: "I came to bloody rescue you. Burn me if I expected to be greeted as if I had come to steal a pie."

Apr 17, 2018

"One pretty woman means fun at the dance. Two pretty women mean trouble in the house. Three pretty women mean run for the hills." -Mat Cauthon

Apr 17, 2018

"I will fight the best I can. Because there's no one else, and it has to be done, and the duty is mine. I'll fight, but I do not like what I've become." -Rand al'Thor

Apr 17, 2018

"Just because fate has chosen something for instead of you choosing it for yourself doesn't mean it has to be bad." -Min


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Apr 17, 2018

Rand al'Thor, having been declared the Dragon Reborn by Moiraine Damodred, secretly goes to Tear to prove himself. Along the way he is hunted by Darkhounds and Darkfriends. After leaving in secret, Moraine, Lan, and Perrin follow always one step behind. Rand leaves in his trail a pattern of weddings and strange events. Perrin comes across an Aiel warrior that was captured and in a cage. He frees him, earning a friendship with Gaul, a Stone Dog, who will accompany Perrin on his travels. This event is witnessed by a hunter of the horn, Zarine "Faile" Bashere, who joins the party as well.
Min reports to the Amyrlin Seat, while Moiraine, Lan Mandragoran, Loial, and Perrin Aybara follow Rand. En route they acquire Zarine Bashere (alias Faile), battle Darkhounds, and discover that the Forsaken Sammael rules in Illian.
Mat Cauthon is taken to Tar Valon by Verin Mathwin, Nynaeve al'Meara, Egwene al'Vere, Elayne Trakand, and Hurin. Immediately after arrival in Tar Valon, Hurin departs to report to King Easar in Shienar. The Amyrlin Seat, Siuan Sanche, sets Nynaeve, Egwene, and later Elayne, to hunting down the Black Ajah, and therefore to Tear.
In the White Tower, through the use of a sa'angreal by Aes Sedai, Mat is healed of the corruptive influence of the ruby dagger of Shadar Logoth. Once healed Mat defeats Galad Damodred and Gawyn Trakand in a practice sword battle, using a quarterstaff. This wins him enough money to gamble with and escape from Tar Valon; at which Elayne entrusts Mat with a letter to her mother Queen Morgase. Mat finds Thom Merrilin, and they together travel to Andor, where Mat delivers the letter and learns of a plot by Lord Gaebril, to murder Elayne. To prevent that murder, Mat pursues the killers to Tear.
In Tear, Nynaeve, Egwene, and Elayne are betrayed by Juilin Sandar (under the influence of Liandrin) to the Black Ajah and imprisoned in the Stone of Tear, whence they are rescued by Mat and a repentant Juilin. Faile falls into a trap meant for Moiraine, and Perrin risks his life to rescue her. Rand and the Forsaken Be'lal duel in the Stone of Tear, until Moiraine kills Be'lal with balefire. Ba'alzamon disables Moiraine and attacks Rand, whereupon Rand takes Callandor (a more powerful sa'angreal), and apparently kills Ba'alzamon; but Moiraine argues that the Dark One, having no tangible body, is not represented by the dead man. Egwene, remembering a prophecy, instead deduces that the corpse is possibly Ishamael, Chief among the Forsaken. The Aiel in Tear conquer the Stone in loyalty to Rand.


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