by Robert Jordan
I’m reading too much Wheel of Time, and I know that you don’t care about it, so I will try to be brief. Since I’m not going to recommend you randomly read the third book in a series of fourteen, feel free to skip over this review; if you’re interested, start with book one. There also might be light spoilers.
Since we (mostly Rand but I’d like to think I helped) found the Horn in The Great Hunt, Rand is openly the Dragon Reborn (which has kind of a nice ring to it don’t you think?) and he’s trying to figure out what to do next. For the most part his answer seems to be “not much,” which is fine, because he’s not the focus of this book.
Yes, that’s right, the book is named after Rand, but he’s only in it for about ten pages. I didn’t mind this so much, since he spent the last book whining about how he didn’t want to be the Dragon, whining about who his father was, and whining about pretty much everything else going on. Ok, it wasn’t all whining; at times he kinda kicked ass. But it’s also nice to ignore him for once and see how the world is turning around him.
What’s happening is that Mat’s back, finally. He snatched up the wrong dagger in book one and was in a pretty bad mood till book three, in which he seemed to be in a serious dagger coma, not unlike the Taco Bell coma that you may be more familiar with. Anyway, they get him off enchiladas- I mean they separate him from the dagger, and he’s back, and he spends the rest of the book gambling and melting girls’ hearts with his devil-may-care attitude. He’s just so dreamy. He definitely became my favorite character in Dragon.
Other things happen, too. Mat finds Thom. Perrin meets a fly honey, but he doesn’t hit on her because he’s still upset about kind of being a wolf. The girls do something too, mostly involving Egwene arguing with Nynaeve and Elayne trying to squash it. Theirs has the makings of an interesting storyline, but it never really amounts to much, like The Walking Dead. They make negative progress in what’s built up to be an important quest, and I’m really not looking forward to following that particular plot element in later books.
Basically everyone’s racing towards Tear and nobody knows why, but it gets pretty exciting towards the end. I was told by one Wheel reader that you could basically stop after the first three books, and I guess I can see how the first three are kind of a trilogy. Nothing’s really settled though, so I’m going to keep reading.
Question: Has Robert Jordan come to dominate the world that Tolkien began to reveal? Answer: Possibly.