The Dragon Reborn
A series as enormous as the Wheel Of Time
is bound to have Fandom
alike bickering about where exactly the series jumped the shark
and which books are better left forgotten
And while I love this series, Book 3 is where our relationship became flawed. While the book in itself is not the worst in the series, it's here where several things started to manifest that would plague The Wheel Of Time
The Dragon Reborn continues right after the previous book. Egwene, Nynaeve and Elayne (from now on called the Supergirls) go back to Tar Valon so the link between Mat and the Shadar Logoth dagger
can be severed, while the rest camps out in the Mountains of Mist, waiting for a revelation on what to do next. Rand however disappears overnight and is on his way to Tear, forcing the others to chase after him. The Supergirls on the other hand are tasked by the Amyrlin Seat to follow a group of Mooks
to Tear, while Mat is tasked to bring a message to Elayne's mother in Caemlyn, where he overhears a conversation about a plot killing the Supergirls. Of course, now he has to travel to Tear as well.
This book is one big Road Movie
plot and while the former books had a limited number of subplots, we now have to follow three separate groups traveling to Tear. Three? Yes, because we don't see Rand's viewpoint until the very end of the book. In a novel with his damn title on the cover.
While Mat is Rescued From The Scrappy Heap
after removing his bond to the dagger and meets up with fan favorite Thom Merrylin again, resulting in the most enjoyable parts of this book, the other groups have less luck. Moraine's group meets Faile, a character almost universally considered as The Scrappy
of the canon - though granted, in this novel she is just annoying.
And the Supergirls... well. Nynaeve is getting flanderized heavily by taking a slighly Jerkass
character and reducing her to being angry and ripping her hair out constantly. Yes, the dreaded braid-tugging begins. The other two characters remain flat, petty and are constantly bickering. Unfortunatly, the Supergirls' viewpoint encompass the majority of the book. So if you cannot stand those characters or if you expect compelling villains, you are in for a hard ride. Both female characters and villains are Jordan's definite weak points.
Supergirls, isn't that what Leigh Butler called them in her series of reviews on Tor.com?
13th Jul 09
Yes, I've read those a while ago but not before writing this review. Dunno how that happened.
26th Jun 10
I think Supergirls have been a fan nickname for a while now.
11th Aug 10
What an awful review.
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8th Feb 11
Yeah, Jorden quite clearly made the supergirls immature.
They get called out on it HARD from book 7 onwards, to the point of Never Live It Down.
1st Oct 12
On the one hand, I acknowledge that this series has many, many flaws, but on the whole I think it has more strengths than flaws. Probably the largest flaw, and the one that has caused many a reader to simply give up, is that Jordan started getting lazy just when things were starting to really pick up. It's like at some point after book five, or possibly book six, he gets cold feet about actually moving the plot forward. With the exception of one HUGE plot point, not much of note happens in books seven, eight, nine and especially ten. That's four very long books wherein the plot just slows to a crawl. For many, that's unforgivable and I can totally understand that. However, I can say with assurance that if you can make it past those, even if you have to resort to reading plot outlines on fan sites or something instead of reading the actual books, book eleven is worth it, and from my understanding the rest (which I've yet to get to) are as well.
12th Apr 13
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