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The Dragon Reborn

(The Wheel of Time #3)

4.26  ·  Rating details ·  252,475 ratings  ·  6,280 reviews
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 D
Mass Market Paperback, 624 pages
Published September 14th 2002 by Tor Books (first published October 15th 1991)
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May 03, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5/5 stars

Not much actually happened in The Dragon Reborn but it was more engaging than the previous two books.

The Dragon Reborn is the third book in The Wheel of Time by Robert Jordan. The title of this novel may be The Dragon Reborn, this title implies that Rand will take the central role again, but the main characters of this book were actually Mat, Perrin, and Egwene. If I’m not mistaken, Rand has only like three or four small POV chapters. This doesn’t mean that Rand wasn’t important to th
Sean Barrs
Jan 06, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 4-star-reads, fantasy
This was a hugely important book for me. This is a fourteen book series, and after the last book I was practically ready to stop reading it. I had to have a six month reading break because I was that frustrated with it. I thought that Rand was characterised horrendously, and I felt that he regressed to an early state. All in all, Robert Jordan had gone backward in his character development of his hero. So, this book had to win me over to keep me reading.

And it did. It so bloody-well did. My fait
Apr 09, 2016 rated it did not like it
Shelves: fantasy
DNF @ 30%

Dear Wheel of time I am breaking up with you.

This wasn't easy decision as I don't like to leave things unfinished.My friends keep on telling me how great you are and that I should give you another chance but I think that this relationship has already taken too much of my time and I just can't look past your snail pace and many obnoxious characters.We definitively had our good moments but every time we are together I keep thinking about other series and keep glancing on other books on my
Jessica ❁ ➳ Silverbow ➳ ❁
Reviewed by: Rabid Reads

The Dragon Reborn is where things really start getting good.

PLEASE NOTE that I am speaking strictly from the REREAD perspective. If you have never read the series before, the first two books are spectacular. Spectacular x5, even. It's only knowing what's coming and being impatient to get to the even better parts that makes books 1 and 2 merely enjoyable when compared to the depth of imagination and interconnectedness as the series progresses.

BUT. All of that epicness mus
The Wheel of Time, book 3: The Dragon is reborn and his and his friends destinies and paths have been foretold, but are their futures fixed? Although this book focused a lot more on the female leads and the world of the Aes Sedai, it still didn't really grab my attention, like the previous two books, so much of this work is world building... where's the story? Where's the characterisation? Ultimately it feels so much is revealed by exposition, whereas I much prefer stories where key moments and ...more
Em Lost In Books
While this book is titled Dragon Reborn, it definitely is not about Rand al’Thor as the title suggests. This book paves way for Mat, Perrin, and Egwene to shine.

Mat, Perrin, Rand, and Egwene all got their separate story arcs here as they all went their different ways in the start of the book. Rand appeared only in 2-3 chapters. So when Rand went in to Tear to take Callandor and put the rumours down for once and all; it was Mat, Perrin and the girl gang (Egwene, Nynaeve, Elyane) who took the cen
Matt's Fantasy Book Reviews
Mar 10, 2022 rated it it was amazing
The best book in the series so far

I had a great time reading The Dragon Reborn, and am happy that each book in the series so far has been better than the previous one. The pacing of this book was much more enjoyable, and the second half of the book is far more exciting. This is the first book in the series where the story really starts to take on the grand scale that this story is steadily marching the reader towards.

Even though Rand is definitely the main character of this book, I appreciated t
Dana Ilie
May 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
The third book in the series is a bit strange, in my opinion. It draws away from Rand, who I firmly believe is the main character, despite the infinitely large cast.The book instead follows the various subgroups that are in a quest to follow Rand, and his path of destruction, whether they know it or not.
Mat finally gets a POV chapter and stops sucking and starts being a fount of pure, unadulterated awesome. Perrin stops mid-story to do a little blacksmithing; central to Perrin’s character. He’s
Jul 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
*** 5 ***

"...“Til shade is gone,
til water is gone
Into the shadow with teeth bared
Screaming defiance with the last breath
To spit in Sightblinder’s eye on the Last Day.”
― Robert Jordan, The Dragon Reborn..."

An amazing continuation of this epic series! I can not help but keep falling deeper and deeper in love with everything about it... Writing a review, the way I fan-girl over this series, is absolutely worthless. I have no objectivity left and honestly, attempting to describe this intricate
Nimrod Daniel
Jan 13, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
A very compelling continuation of The Wheel of Time series, but not amazing as The Great hunt.

There’s a very interesting decision by Jordan to push Rand to the background so Mat and Perrin would shine in his absence and it worked very well. In The Great Hunt I felt like Perrin barely had a focus on him in comparison to The Eye of The World, and so as for Mat. Mat had even less focus than Perrin in the first 2 books, and both of them felt like nice additions to the cast but no more than that. In
Merphy Napier
Jul 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, four-stars, adult
Here's my video review: https://youtu.be/vyaeZ2NAChI ...more
Ahmad Sharabiani
The Dragon Reborn (Wheel of Time, #3), Robert Jordan

The Dragon Reborn is a fantasy novel by American writer Robert Jordan, the third in his series The Wheel of Time. It was published by Tor Books and released on September 15, 1991.

The Dragon Reborn consists of a prologue and 56 chapters.

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, Moiraine, La
Dec 18, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"The alarm gongs sent echoes crashing through the Stone, but Rand paid no more attention to them than he had to the roar that had come before, like muffled thunder from somewhere below. His side ached, the old wound burned, strained almost to tearing by the climb up the side of the fortress. He gave the pain no heed, either. A crooked smile was fixed on his face, a smile of anticipation and dread he could not have wiped away if he had wanted to. It was close now. What he had dreamed of. Callando ...more
Mar 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: wheel-of-time, 2019
The third chapter in the mammoth Wheel of Time saga and I’m finally starting to realise why there are fourteen books. The scope of the story Robert Jordan is weaving finally becomes evident in The Dragon Reborn.

After two books of Rand being the focal point of the story he is barely featured in the third installment. Instead the spotlight is directed toward Perrin and Mat, who so far have come off looking like Rand’s peripheral sidekicks.

Mat has finally arrived in Tar Valon to be healed of the po
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The Dragon Reborn is my favorite book in this series so far. A few reasons for that are I’m pretty comfortable in this world now and can focus on the story more than all the parts, places and lore. The other reason is the character are becoming more developed and while at time I want to box their ears for fighting against their destiny/power/specialness so much instead of embracing it and just going with
Mayim de Vries
Jul 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
“The breaker of bonds; the forger of chains. The maker of futures; the unshaper of destiny.”

Destiny is a nasty business. Rand al'Thor learns this lesson quickly. He is the Dragon Reborn, the Chosen One who will save the world... and destroy it at the same time. How does somebody, who in the future is bound to succumb to the madness which will lead him to murder all the loved ones, cope with something like that? Rand is embarking on the winding path leading him to become what he is destined to be
Aug 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020, fantasy
I love this!! Most of the book was more like a journey and the resolution was neatly wrapped in like the last 50 pages or so. I’ve read many don’t like Egwene, Elayne, Moraine, etc the female rep but I honestly love them all. Even Mat grew on me in this book, I don’t hate him at least anymore. We only had a few Rand passages of Rand pov -which worried me when I first learned about it- but fear not, it was absolutely fine. Can’t wait to read the next one. I would’ve started it now but it was neve ...more
Aug 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"And it was written that no hand but his should wield the Sword held in the Stone, but he did draw it out, like fire in his hand, and his glory did burn the world. Thus did it begin. Thus do sing his Rebirth. Thus do we sing the beginning."

And a new beginning it is indeed.

Notes to myself, major spoilers: (view spoiler)
Deborah Obida
Jun 28, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adult, fantasy
The Dragon Reborn is the third book in the WoT series and so far the only one worth it's hype in my opinion. The plot progression and character development is at a snail's pace, it's only after three books that I finally started caring about the characters, even at that, it took me three whole months to finish this book, yes it was that uninspiring. Despite that I'll still continue this series, I'm invested now and wants to know how it all ends.

“Always plan for the worst, child, that way all
Aug 14, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 to 4 stars

Much the same as the first two. Readable, sometimes interesting, sometimes confusing, occasionally boring, often using too many words to get to the point, and a lot of plot points seemingly pulled out of thin air (or other, much darker orifices!)

So far, the plot for these books move along like the poster child for Deus Ex Machina.

I feel like since there are about 800 books in this series, my reviews are at risk of getting repetitive. So, with book three now done, I am trying to fig
Tina Haigler
Apr 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
"Pedron Niall's aged gaze wandered about his private audience chamber, but dark eyes hazed with thought saw nothing."

Really, what can I say that hasn't already been said? This is the best high fantasy series I've ever read, hands down. So much so that I am reading it all the way through for a second time. I am not a re-reader of anything, but it's 2020 so anything goes. I know it's massive, but it's worth all the time spent, every second. Plus, honestly, with books this big and a series this lon
May 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
This is one where they walk a lot.

No mention of plot, since this is the third book in a fourteen book series, and I'd hate to spoil anyone.

This is classical fantasy at its best, and possibly also classical fantasy at its most descriptive. I enjoyed this one, but these books take me a long time to read.

I'm not the biggest fan of descriptive prose, and don't feel the need to find out about every character's clothing in detail.

It took me a while to get into the third book. A surprise, since this f
Eon ♒Windrunner♒
Re-read time over at BB&B

This is another excellent WoT entry by Robert Jordan. Unfortunately I let a week pass after finishing this one, reading a bunch of other books and also making some inroads into the next WoT book before thinking of writing this review. So basics it is. And some random shout outs.

- Rand is on a dangerous mission to the stone of Tear in order to find out the truth. To be the Dragon, or not to be the Dragon.
- Matt is healed in Tar Valon and shows some pretty cool fighting sk
Jan 19, 2022 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: shitlist, dnf, mar22tbr
The most overrated Fantasy series of all time.
Booktube rant: https://youtu.be/cFf179LlUL0
Look, if this is your favourite series, I'm glad for you. I really am. But in my opinion, the Wheel of Time is trash.

- Dialogue
People keep adressing each other with their job. "Blacksmith", "Farmboy", "Whatever". Also, the dialogue is ridiculously absurd often enough.

The characters are the worst collection of Mary Sues and Gary Stus ever written. But I guess that's fine because they're t
Valliya Rennell
3 stars
**Although this is a spoiler free review (spoilers are hidden), there may be spoilers for previous books in the series (scroll down)**

*braid-tugging intensifies** After finishing The Great Hunt, I was dying to get into this. The ending wit the Battle of Falme, the blowing of the Horn, the Seachan, oh it was so perfect. I could not wait to see where the follow up would take me because WOW I felt exhilarated and hyped up. Although I still think The Dragon Reborn is a good novel, but compare
Mar 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The Great Re-Read of the WoT (for me) continues!

Well, since this was my fifth time reading this book, I kinda rather knew what to expect, but I think I tend to enjoy it all the more because of it. So many details. So many characters. So much foreshadowing!

And so much abuse for Matt! I mean, come on. The poor trickster DOES pour most of it on himself, true, but he has a heart of pure gold. I can't believe how those women treat him. After all that he did?? Oh, woe...

I was laughing my ass off about
Nov 13, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks, 2017
2.5 stars.

So far I struggled with all books I read from this series. I normally enjoy journey books, but the ones from Wheel of Time might be the exception.

The plot development at this installment moved at snail speed. The last 15% of this book was nice, but it wasn't worth the time I had to spend reading the other 85% about inn descriptions, skirts smoothed, braids tugged and dice tossed. The constant repetition during most of the book had me wondering how this book passed the edition phase.

Apr 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Like the first couple of WoT books The Dragon Reborn started a little slow and then developed into quite an engaging and exciting read. I like Jordan's storytelling style. He manages to keep me interested in the characters and the happenings even when not a lot is actually happening!

Despite being titled The Dragon Reborn this book was notable for the distinct absence of Rand as a POV character. That meant that Perrin, Egwene, and Mat had to pick up the slack. It was the making of both Mat and P
Rachel Reads Ravenously
4 stars!

First read in 2003/4 ish
Audiobook reread 2021

The first five books of this series I might do comparison reviews because those were the five books I read all those years ago. Also, it’s difficult to summarize these books once the series gets going because there would be massive spoilers with every single review and since this is becoming a tv series, I don’t want to ruin it for anyone.

I honestly didn’t remember much about this book except that when I first read it, I liked it. Instead
Jan 03, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
“We rode on the winds of the rising storm,
We ran to the sounds of the thunder.
We danced among the lightning bolts,
and tore the world asunder.”

4.5 Stars: ✰✰✰✰½

Been falling a tad behind on my review-writing haha, but I always catch up =]. My reviews from this point out might get somewhat shorter, because the deeper you go into a series (especially one so long as this), the harder it is to write full-length reviews without spoilers. Unless I have something exceptionally good, or ex
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Robert Jordan was the pen name of James Oliver Rigney, Jr., under which he was best known as the author of the bestselling The Wheel of Time fantasy series. He also wrote under the names Reagan O'Neal and Jackson O'Reilly.

Jordan was born in Charleston, South Carolina. He served two tours in Vietnam (from 1968 to

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“We rode on the winds of the rising storm,
We ran to the sounds of the thunder.
We danced among the lightning bolts,
and tore the world asunder.”
“Til shade is gone,
til water is gone
Into the shadow with teeth bared
Screaming defiance with the last breath
To spit in Sightblinder’s eye on the Last Day.”
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