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 the Dark One. But how?
Winter has stopped the war—almost—yet men are dying, calling out for the Dragon. But where is he?
Perrin Aybara is in pursuit with Moiraine Sedai, her Warder Lan, and Loial the Ogier. Bedeviled by dreams, Perrin is grappling with another deadly problem—how is he to escape the loss of his own humanity?
Egwene, Elayne and Nynaeve are approaching Tar Valon, where Mat will be healed—if he lives until they arrive. But who will tell the Amyrlin their news—that the Black Ajah, long thought only a hideous rumor, is all too real? They cannot know that in Tar Valon far worse awaits…
Ahead, for all of them, in the Heart of the Stone, lies the next great test of the Dragon reborn…. -Goodreads
My Rating: 5/5
By far the best book of the series so far.
I was glad to see very little of Rand and more of Perrin, Mat, and everyone else as they are far more interesting. Mat’s character developed a lot in this book, and I love him! – Mat’s attitude and gambling addiction is just a great mix for entertainment.
Perrin’s character is developing but I hope to see more development in the next book because I’m just waiting for him to embrace his ‘wolfness’ – he has done it a few times and those scenes were awesome, but his inner conflict, while being necessary and making him more two-dimensional, drags his story a little.
This story itself was just must faster paced than the first two in the series. It is far more focused on the plot rather than endless depictions of the world (even though those themselves are incredible). There is a little political intrigue, a bit of a love story, and some character development I’ve been waiting for over three books! (I can’t be less general than that without giving away spoilers).
This was an amazing book and I’m so glad I got into this series. This classic-style fantasy isn’t normally my sort of thing these days, but these books are written so well, it’s hard not to love them.
(Possible) SPOILER SECTION
No spoilers for this review – I might come back to it in the future, or possibly start writing some discussion posts on the books and characters of the series.