I started pulling together my review for The Dragon Reborn and realized that it was almost word-for-word identical to my review for book 2. Once again, I had moments where I felt a little lost. But, quite honestly, that doesn’t detract from my enjoyment of a fantasy novel. Real life is a little crazy for me currently and I know I am not at my “reading best”. So, yes, I probably miss some details here and there that lead to a few HUH?s. That’s okay. What I need right now is a story in which to immerse myself – with characters who are believable and a magic system that excites me. The Wheel of Time has all of those things and more.
Is it perfect? No. Many of the reviews talk about repetitious writing and they are right. Jordan does tell us that Nynaeve is pulling or tugging her braid way too often. He also drags out certain scenes unnecessarily. It could have been a much tighter book. But it isn’t and I can live with that because the pros outweigh the cons by leaps and bounds.
4.5/5 stars. Highly recommended.