When one sees the title, The Dragon Reborn, one instantly thinks that Rand al’Thor will once again provide the majority of perspective of how the story is viewed by the characters. However, Robert Jordan throws the readers a curve by hardly allowing us to see through Rand’s eyes until the climax of the book. As a result The Dragon Reborn gives us a grander sense of the story that Jordan is writing as Egwene, Perrin, and Mat dominate the book to show that as the whole epic progresses they will have a majority impact on events.
While some that have reviewed this book dislike the turn from Rand, I think it was a masterful move because we learn that the Dark One’s forces are growing in numbers and dangers from Black Ajah to more Foresaken on the loose. Focusing the majority of the book on Rand would have made these revelations come out of the blue without much explanation or forced into exposition. Instead we’re treated with Egwene navigating the World of Dreams, Perrin’s internal battle with his wolf-self along externally with Faile, and to finally see things through Mat’s eyes and get his perspective of everything that has happened. None of these dominating new points-of-view undermine the story
Given how fast I raced through this book and how fun it was to read, I recommend this book!