The Dragon Reborn by Robert Jordan - Book Review

The Dragon Reborn

The Dragon Reborn by Robert Jordan - Book Review

This is the third book of the fourteen part series, and arguably the climax of the last three books. It picks up after the events of “The Great Hunt”, with Rand al’ Thor as the proclaimed Dragon Reborn. Of course, almost instantly the group breaks and everyone goes off on their own separate quests. Rand is trying to reach Tear alone, while his friends follow him – Perrin, Lan, Moiraine, Loial – and get into all kinds of shenanigans along the way.

The other half of the gang goes to Tar Valon – Mat, Verin, Nynaeve, Egwene, Elayne, and Hurin. They too get into all kinds of trouble. The good news is that, after three books, Mat finally gets healed of the dagger’s curse. He also becomes a prime character, going off on a solo adventure with the beloved traveling bard.

Rand is still the star of the show though, and the climax is to be expected with him and the imposing forces of darkness, he’s been fighting against the last 2500 pages.

Book Details

Title: The Dragon Reborn
Format: Hardcover
Author: Robert Jordan
Language : English
Publisher : Tor Books
ISBN: 0312852487

This, “The Dragon Reborn”, is a good book, though, not great. The predictability is becoming intolerable. Secret murder plots, sudden heroic saves from unexpected characters, the good guys winning the last fight.

It might just be me, but I feel like there are no consequences for anything that’s happened in these books. Rand is the Dragon Reborn, so he must stay alive and continue to fight on and claim his destiny, but nothing really bad happens to any of the other characters. I would like some fire.

I know it is a fantasy book, but it is starting to drag at this point. Especially the climax! We know this was going to happen from day one. Everything (though this was in a way a pinnacle) is just getting fired up now. But the bad guys are the same. The heroes are the same. It’s just repeating itself. 8/10 because the writing is great and the world is still engaging.

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