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The Dragon Reborn

(The Wheel of Time #3)

4.25  ·  Rating details ·  222,531 ratings  ·  4,352 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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Sky I don't think the vocabulary is particularly complex. The book contains a lot of very detailed descriptions of people and environments, but I think th…moreI don't think the vocabulary is particularly complex. The book contains a lot of very detailed descriptions of people and environments, but I think the language is generally easy to understand. On a sentence level, the structure is mostly straightforward. However, the author is very verbose. The language may be simple, but there is a lot of it.(less)
Patrícia I read the first four books when I was 12. Loved them, but as I am rereading them now I see I didn't understand a lot of what was happening. So it mig…moreI read the first four books when I was 12. Loved them, but as I am rereading them now I see I didn't understand a lot of what was happening. So it might be a reading best saved for later.(less)

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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: fantasy, 4-star-reads
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 ➳ ❁
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 fro
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
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
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
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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
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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
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
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
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
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 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 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
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
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
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.

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 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
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
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: ✰✰✰✰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
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
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
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
Dec 15, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audio, 2011, reread
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
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
Angela James
Mar 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reread, my-faves, fantasy, 2012
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
Jay Kennedy
Mar 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
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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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