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The Dragon Reborn (The Wheel of Time #3)

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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 t
ebook, 624 pages
Published September 14th 2002 by Tor Books (first published 1991)
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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
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  ·  review of another edition
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
"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
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  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 15, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Angela James
Mar 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Nov 11, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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
Jul 31, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Hasham Rasool
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 Rand really annoying.

I love this book so much Alhamdulillah! I feel great to come back reading 'The Wheel of Time'.
Jeannette Nikolova
- 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
**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
May 29, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This third book was better yet than the first two of the series. However, Jordan is driving me nuts in the way he portrays his women. They are constantly folding their arms, scowling, and telling the men-folk that they are "wool-headed idiots" or "sheep-headed fools" or something along those lines. Frankly, I don't know why the men put up with that. Even Lan, who is essentially Aragorn, lifted straight out of Tolkien and plopped in the middle of this story, tolerates being treated like a twelve- ...more
Will Collins
Feb 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Sep 06, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sometimes artists send very direct signals about their intentions.

By 1965, many of Bob Dylan's fans were shocked by his electric sound. These fans wanted Dylan to continue to write acoustic protests like "Masters of War" and "Only A Pawn In Their Game," but Dylan had moved on. There had been plenty of warning: Dylan's fourth album was Another Side of Bob Dylan and the next was Bringing It All Back Home.

If The Great Hunt started to signal that Rand's quest wouldn't be a short one, featuring armie
 Adriana ♩♪
This one was very slow at the beginning. Like many people, I also thought Rand was characterised awfully in this book. I did not like him at all. I am glad I kept going as the story shifted to great female characters. It was also nice to see another side of Mat’s personality once he was freed of the dagger/curse.

I did like to find out more about the Aiel way of life and their connection with Aes Sedai, although It’s still a bit frustrating to see how the people from Emond’s Field, except Nynaeve
Mar 18, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Cathy (cathepsut)
I read #1 and #2 a while before this. But characters and story are very memorable, so I got back into it without any problems. I liked it, although it took me a while to make my way through those 700 pages. The books would work as stand-alones, although I recommend to start with the first one for maximised fun. Just ignore that it reads like a rip-off of LOTR at first glance.
My favourite characters in #3 are Perrin and Egwene. I don't mind that there was very little about Rand, as I don't actual
Nov 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition


*still needs more Lan
Jul 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Stavolta ho impiegato per 1 volume della Ruota lo stesso lasso di tempo con cui di solito ne leggo 2 (vedi L'Occhio del mondo + La grande caccia). Come spiegarmelo? Nella seconda metà del libro la mia attenzione è calata drasticamente; tutti i dettagli che Jordan è solito fornire e che nelle vicende precedenti trovavo essenziali, stavolta erano ridondanti. Non eravamo più in sintonia.

Il Drago Rinato, dal punto di vista tecnico, è un "meh" a cui ho dato 4 stelle perché lo colloco all'interno di
Feb 11, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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The book continues where Rand is coming to terms regarding his status as the Dragon, but as they tell you it is not easy being the chosen one because the crown you have is full of thorns, and the decisions you take have strong repercussions on the people following you. Although Rand is just coming to terms, Morarine has something completely different planned for him which
I can say for sure it is my favorite book in this series so far, I really enjoyed it.

This book unlike its two prequels is not centered on Rand but other characters. Other characters are developed much more and although they're again on to help Rand even if they don't know it, it's them that are important in their each way.

I also feel that now I know much more about the world Jordan created, I can understand things, roles much better and that's another reason I enjoyed this book more than previou
This series is just getting better and better and The Dragon Reborn was my favourite instalment so far. There are just so many different plot lines going on and all of the characters have their own paths to follow which is keeping me totally hooked.

We see less of Rand in this book than we did in the first two and a lot of what we learn about him comes second hand via rumours that the others hear. It's obvious that he's still struggling against his destiny and he also seems to be going slightly c
Maria Dimitrova
Buddy read with the cult from BB&B. Thanks for the discussion and the interesting tidbits here and there in your comments people ^_^

Finally! This is the first book of the series that I actually liked from start to finish. The previous two were good only in the last third. This one, however, was a wild ride from page one. I had to pace myself to savour it. I'm grateful to all the WoT cult members that got me through the first two books because all the suffering was so worth it. And now I'm o
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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
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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)
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“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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