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The Dragon Reborn

(The Wheel of Time #3)

4.24  ·  Rating details ·  178,873 ratings  ·  2,928 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 1991)
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Zac Wood It is deep and complex (and third in a series). There are descriptions of graphic violence. I haven't encountered any blatant sex, just blushing and…moreIt is deep and complex (and third in a series). There are descriptions of graphic violence. I haven't encountered any blatant sex, just blushing and looking away or avoiding certain thoughts...

Appropriate? Depends on the kid, I guess, but I think they'd be happier with something lighter at first.(less)

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Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
Love it!! Nuff said!

Mel ❤

Bookdragon Sean
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
Jessica ❁ ➳ Silverbow ➳ ❁ Rabid Reads-no-more
3/7/16: WoT #3 buddy (re)read in BB&B ! I'm thinking I might read it again just b/c. LOVE it.

Reviewed by: Rabid Reads

NOTICE: this reread is in preparation for finally biting the bullet and reading book 14. That means I HAVE NOT read book 14 yet. Please be mindful of this in the comments, both for me and for others who may or may not have progressed past this point in the series. Thank you.

The Dragon Reborn is where things really start getting good.

PLEASE NOTE that I am speaking strictly f
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
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
Jun 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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
Jul 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
*** 5 ***

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 and complex plot seems to me an insurmountable task.

If you are even slightly interested in the genre of Classic Fantasy, or High Quest Fantasy, and I would say the restrictions of those labels are fa
Robin (Bridge Four)
Marches buddy read with Buddies Books and Baubles

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 it.

Shorter review for me than normal since
May 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
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 highly enjoy these books, but they 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 this one. A surprise, since this is th
Liam Degnan
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: ✰✰✰✰

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 exceptionally
Jun 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
I don't think I have ever been this invested in a series before and i'm so happy! I understand some people's reasoning for not liking The Wheel of Time, as yes... it's filled with a lot of cliches and tropes (at least in the first book) However, I just happen to love each and every one of these tropes! While I'm glad more modern fantasy has developed and become more original, I just find it so refreshing to go back to the genre at its core and this series just makes me so happy for them reasons ...more
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
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.

Angela James
Mar 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2012, fantasy, reread, my-faves
In my previous "review" of the second book in this series, I mentioned that there are a number of kind of obvious signals a man wrote this. I don't mind that, I'm not saying that's bad, it just amuses me. Below is my proof from this book that you can tell a man wrote and designed this world (and this map!) In the lower right corner, I offer you the phallic symbol. In the overall picture of the island of the Aes Sedai, and the waters surrounding it, I invite you to admire with me the startling si ...more
Dec 15, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2011, audio
I'm continuing my reread, in preparation for next year's grand finale, but I'm sorry to have gotten a bit behind in my reviews.

It's crazy to think that the events from this book, book 3 in the Wheel of Time, The Dragon Reborn [US] [UK], were actually supposed to be the conclusion to the first book in the trilogy. With that in mind, it's not too hard to fathom how things have come to be. This is a turn off for a lot of people, but really, you can't go wrong with more is better, not with The Wheel
Nov 11, 2012 rated it liked it
The Wheel of Time series represents, for me, the perfect example of a guilty pleasure in the world of fantasy.

This series is not actually written very well. Robert Jordan was not a very good wordsmith, and he really only knew how to say and describe things one way. His characters are generally unbelievable, and have ridiculous dialogue. The plot is tremendously predictable, and is heavily influenced (close to the point of being unoriginal) by the fantasy works that came before. The whole story i
I think my journey to finally get to the Wheel of Time is almost as long as the series itself. I was recommended that series in the mid 90s by a friend and bought the first 8-10 books in German (in Germany, due to 1000 english words roughly being 1500 German words, books are often split in two halves) and read the first 3, which would be The Eye of the World and half of The Great Hunt.
As the books seemed very slow, especially for my action-craving younger self (waves to the past) I moved on to o
Hasham Rasool
"The Wheel of Time turns, and Ages come and pass, leaving memories that become legend. Legend fades to myth and even myth is long forgotten when the Age that gave it birth returns again.

What was, what will be, and what is, may yet fall under the Shadow."

This book opens with Perrin! I actually have sympathy Perrin. His confidence have developed.

I really like Perrin, Matrim and Egwene.

I find Rand very annoying. He runs away from the group. I do understand why what has happened to him but I find R
Dino-Jess ✮ The Book Eating Dinosaur ✮
Far out this one took me some time! But I'm putting it down to the time of the year that I embarked on it. Picking up a fantasy book over Thanksgiving, heading into Christmas was probably not one of my wisest choices.

I experienced this book in all the formats. I switched between audio, hard copy and e-copy as I went along and I have to say, I really enjoyed the audio. Especially the guy who does the male POV's, he's fantastic with the voices. Especially Lan's. *swoon*

I found this dragged a lot
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 fightin
Jul 31, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
The prophesies of the Dragon Reborn must be fulfilled, including the one about the sword which is not a sword. The Dark One still hunts three boys from the Two Rivers in their dreams and in reality. The aftermath of the events in the end of the previous book sends disturbance waves throughout the whole land.

Unlike the previous book, this one has Rand's POV for about 10 pages total; now it is his turn to take a backseat for Perrin and Mat as well as wonder girls (Nynaeve, Egwene, and Elaine). Ma
I know that I’ve rated this (book 3) with the same number of stars as the first two, but I have to admit that I liked it better. There was less of Rand (who I’m having difficulty feeling sympathy for right now) and more of the other folks from Two Rivers.

I loved the amount of page-time spent with Egwene, Elayne and Nynaeve! The women in this book aren’t just supporting characters, they are integral to the plot. The Aes Sedai remind me a bit of Frank Herbert’s Bene Gesserit—they are powerful, nob
The Dragon Reborn is by far the best one of these books yet. Jordan is clearly getting his feet under him writing-wise (although I know this will start changing for the worse around book five or six, depending on who you talk to), and a lot of the things that annoyed me in the first and second books are either gone or much softened here. I'm long past thinking this is a LOTR clone. He does make one puzzling choice that I feel sort of ruins the flow of the book as much as it helps it, so narrativ ...more
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Nov 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
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3.5 stars

As always, I am not sure that I have so much to say about this book seeing as it is the third in a series. This book stands up pretty well to the quality of the first two but I did start to notice some flaws.

First off, I have seen this about this series everywhere but for some reason did not notice Nynaeve's braid tugging until this book.


The first time I noticed it, I was actually kind of amused because of how it is a running jo
Jeannette Nikolova
Oct 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
- So three books in and stereotypes are forming.
Rand can do no wrong, Perrin is always constipated and Mat is annoying.
Oh, and each one thinks the other two are better than him in talking to girls. Always.
"Oh, I wish Perrin was here, he's so much better than me when it comes to girls."
"Why are Rand and Perrin not here, they know how to talk to girls..."
In every scene when one of them is talking to a young female.

Still, Perrin is my favourite so far. And, of course, I like Galad.

- Also, how very
William Collins
Feb 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Fantastic book.

This might be my favourite book in the series. It's tough to choose between the first three books. The Great Hunt probably has the best middle, but the last third of Dragon Reborn probably has some of the best chapters of the whole series.

I definitely recommend the whole Wheel of Time series.
Nov 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing


*still needs more Lan
**Caution - contains spoilers if you haven't read the first two books.**

The Dragon Reborn takes a slightly different approach by stepping back from Rand, only really showing his perspective at the end. Most of what we discover about him is through the eyes of other characters. This provides a distance between the naive and confused farm-boy Rand who has so far been swept along by events, and the harder one who has learned something of using the Power and manipulating people that we begin to know
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Librarian Note: There is more than one author in the Goodreads database with this name.

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

Other books in the series

The Wheel of Time (1 - 10 of 14 books)
  • The Eye of the World (Wheel of Time, #1)
  • The Great Hunt (Wheel of Time, #2)
  • The Shadow Rising (Wheel of Time, #4)
  • The Fires of Heaven (Wheel of Time, #5)
  • Lord of Chaos (Wheel of Time, #6)
  • A Crown of Swords (Wheel of Time, #7)
  • The Path of Daggers (Wheel of Time, #8)
  • Winter's Heart (Wheel of Time, #9)
  • Crossroads of Twilight (Wheel of Time, #10)
  • Knife of Dreams (Wheel of Time, #11)
“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.”
“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.”
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