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The Dragon Reborn (Wheel of Time Series #3)

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The Dragon Reborn is the third book of the Wheel of Time series by author Robert Jordan. After reading the book I was both very happy with some parts and somewhat disappointed with other parts. But overall The Dragon Reborn was a very good book. I strongly recommend rea...
The Dragon Reborn is the third book of the Wheel of Time series by author Robert Jordan. After reading the book I was both very happy with some parts and somewhat disappointed with other parts. But overall The Dragon Reborn was a very good book. I strongly recommend reading the first two books of the series as to not be confused with what is happening in this book. Even having read the first two books readers will be confused and mislead until about the middle of this book because of the way Jordan puts everything together, but the book is more exciting for that reason because you never know what will happen next. As with all of his other books Robert Jordan puts a lot of detail into his book in terms of setting and characters, and this lets the reader delve deeper into the story itself. The Dragon Reborn is a continuation of Rand trying to fulfill prophesies of the Dragon, but he tries to do it alone and leaves his companions to try and track him down so he doesn't get himself killed. As with the previous two books this one is also a cross between The Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter but it only has a few chapters that have anything to do with magic, while the rest of the book is fighting monsters and traveling. With the complexity of the book it is geared more towards a young adult to adult audience, and not recommended to a younger audience, first of all for its complexity but it also has some stronger language and scenes that are for the most part inappropriate for children. In all a great read that would make the reader want to continue on with the series until the end. The one bad part about this book is the abrupt ending.
I would definitely recommend this book to any fantasy fan.

posted by Sno_Kat on February 17, 2011

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2 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

A Dragon Reborn but an idea recycled

I read this book with high expectations from Robert Jordan. In many ways I received what I hoped for, and in many ways I was sorely disappointed. A Dragon Reborn, in which our hero Rand has finally begun to assert his calling in Jordan's interesting clone mythology -see...
I read this book with high expectations from Robert Jordan. In many ways I received what I hoped for, and in many ways I was sorely disappointed. A Dragon Reborn, in which our hero Rand has finally begun to assert his calling in Jordan's interesting clone mythology -see references to similarities in LOTR - is truly not a disappointment, but it is not a stringent success either. In this story comes the first warning signs of an incredibly complex universe that will only become dauntingly entangled within its own complexity. Many intriguing ideas - like the House of the Black Ajah- and many traitorous surprises will baffle the reader with Jordan's skill and literary precision. However, many problematic cases remain and we soon will begin to view the Wheel of Time for what it truly is - a snake choking upon its own failure to resolve its profundities adequately. Case in point? That of the Dark One theirself, whose encounters with Rand remain perplexing, especially this recent showdown in which Rand assumes the inherited weapon, faces the Dark One, and yet again defeats them. The problem itself rests in the glaring fact that Rand has done this repeatedly and now we get a subtle editorial note within the script that suggests the Dark One wasn't really *the* Dark One, but Ishmael. Shame on you old chap for the deception. Strange intimate plotting aside - and indulgence in Jordan's rich and quite unbalanced characters - the showdown inside of the Stone is definitely commendable, but annoying actionwise- I wish he'd stop making us pantomime every fight move with his vague phrases. Mr Jordan nearly tripped while trying to tie this story together. If he keeps adding more knots and strings, he'll only mummify himself in the confusing result.

posted by Anonymous on December 9, 2007

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