This was my favourite Wheel of Time book so far, except for perhaps the first half of Eye of the World, where I was introduced to the world.
The writing was top-notch as usual. Jordan has a way with words, perhaps not on par with Guy Gavriel Kay or Rothfuss, but certainly perfect for the fantasy genre.
I liked The Dragon Reborn most—weirdly enough—because the main character, Rand, didn’t appear much. I liked him in Eye of the World, but he’s become somewhat of a little bitch now that he’s the Dragon Reborn and everything. (I hope that’s not a spoiler, but it is the title.). Might not be the best indication if I plan to finish this series…
Mat and Perrin really stood out in this book. Mat because he changed into a character I really enjoyed reading about (isn’t his whole absorb luck thing fascinating?), and Perrin is easily my favourite character in the series. I love his POV chapters and his internal conflict. Looking forward to seeing more of him, though I’ve heard rumours that there are some books where he is absent, like Rand was in this one.
Overall, I thought the plot and pacing was tighter. Have to keep reminding myself that most fantasy books clone Jordan, not the other way around. I’m still enjoying all the tropes, however.
Gotta pick up the pace, A Memory of Light will be published on Tuesday, and Brandon Sanderson is doing a signing where I live in February!