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I was really looking forward to this book and thought it would be a book about how Lan and Moiraine search for the Dragon Reborn.
***Potential spoilers ahead***
Whilst this book does have some really interesting background regarding the white tower, and some insight into the politics intertwining the ajahs, it wasn’t enough for me. Just as you’re starting to find out some interesting titbits, Moiraine leaves the white tower to quest for the dragon. You also get some history and more info about the black ajah and what they were up to prior to Rands introduction. But alas, for me, it was way too short (300 ish pages) especially if you compare it to the main body of books and whilst you get about 100 pages of book after Moiraine meets Lan, they hardly have any interaction, and it’s on the very last page she bonds him as her Warder. It was way too abrupt for me, as Lan seems to go from hating AES Sedai throughout the book to suddenly letting Moiraine bond him, it doesn’t make a lot of sense story wise.
I read this after reading a memory of light so it was lovely to read about Siuan again and her relationship with Moiraine. Some characters pop up from the main books (Elaida, Cadsuane and Sheriam) but they only have a few lines. It’s ok, but I wish there was more. I’m going to re-read the main series now as it seems a natural progression. It’s a must if you’ve read the main books, but just don’t expect too much.
Very good book. I thought it would be a good idea to read it before starting the series to get a background on the characters and world building but it's better read later on in the series. I think it said after book 8 or 10 on the Internet but don't quote me on that! I'm now reading book 1 of the series and it's superb. Definitely an epic fantasy in the style of Tolkien or Martin 🙂
This is the prequel to the work of art that is Wheel Of Time. Personally I found this book really challenging for a good halfway. The dialogue does drag and it's almost completely different in many ways in terms of pace and momentum. I'm glad I read it but grateful to have finished it. I'd call this more of a slog throug whereas WOT is more like a Ferrari on steroids lol.