The Great Hunt by Robert Jordan
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Rand stays in Fal Dara to long and is forced to meet the Amyrlin Seat, we discover that the Amyrlin Seat is working with Moiraine to bring the Dragon Reborn to power, if they are caught they will be severely punished. Darkfriends attack Far Dara and free Padan Fain from prison, they also take the The Horn of Valor and the parasitic dagger that Mat found in Shadar Logoth. Being separated from the Dagger will kill Mat, if they can't find it and reunite Mat with it until the Aes Sedai can cleanse him of it's influence.
Ingtar leads an army (including Rand, Mat and Perrin) after the Darkfriends in order to retrieve The Horn of Valor and the Dagger. Once they cross the River Erinin, Ingtar reveals to Rand that if something happens to him Rand is to be placed in charge. Ingtar also gives Rand the Dragon Banner as Moiraine instructed. Rand has been distancing himself from Mat and Perrin in order to protect them so they are snubbing him, thus at night Rand is sleeping close to Hurin (the sniffer) and Loial when they bed down next to a mysterious rock (Portal) and disappear from the camp.
With Rand, Hurin and Loial's disappearance Perrin is forced to reveal to Ingtar that he can communicate with the wolves, so they can continue to follow the Darkfriends.
Rand, Loial and Hurin find themselves in an alternate world where they meet the mysterious and beautiful Selene, she forces Rand to use the One Power to get them back to the correct World, then eggs him on to sneak into the Darkfriends camp and get the Horn of Valor and the Dagger. The Dagger has given Padan Fain power enough to kill a Fade. After Rand and Loial retrieve the chest containing the Horn of Valor and the Dagger Selene convinces Rand to take her to Cairhien. On the way there Selene sneaks out of the inn, in the middle of the night after Captain Caldevwin acts suspicious of them and question her about her identity. She instructs Rand to meet her in Cairhien. Caldevwin sends an escort with Rand, Hurin and Loial to Cairhien. Once in Cairhien to Rand's joy he finds Thom Merrilin. Thom has a girlfriend and a new life and regretfully tells Rand they should make a clean break. Unfortunately their reunion was observed and as a result Thom's girlfriend was killed and Thom has to flee Cairhein, unfortunately Rand had already left Cairhien, so Thom leaves alone.
Ingtar gets to Cairhien to late while Rand and Loial were visiting with Thom, Padan Fain knocked Hurin out, stole the Horn of Valor and the Dagger and set the inn on fire. They try to use the Ways to follow Fain, but the Black Wind is guarding the Waygates. Verin insist that Rand must open a Portal if they are to get to Toman Head in time.
Fain gives the Horn of Valor and the Dagger to the High Lord Turak leader of the Seanchan (invaders).
Liandrin Aes Sedai tells Egwene and Nynaeve that Rand needs their help. Min and Elayne insist on coming with them, but Liandrin is a Darkfriend. She takes them to Toman Head and betrays them. Egwene is captured and leashed, Min is also captured but as she isn't an Aes Sedai she has little value to the Seanchan. They keep her alive to keep Egwene in line. Nynaeve uses the One Power to open the collars they use to leash Aes Sedai and with Elayne and Min's help frees Egwene.
Rand, Mat, Perrin, Hurin, and Ingtar arrive in Falme on Toman Head and Mat feels the Dagger's presence. They break into High Lord Turak's room to retrieve the Horn of Valor and the Dagger. Turak catches them and they have to fight their way out. Ingtar reveals to Rand that he is a Darkfriend, but repents, Ingtar stays behind to die so the others can escape.
Determined to rescue Egwene, Rand insist on going back the others insist on going with him. Mat blows the Horn of Valor and with the Heroes of the Ages and rallied under the Dragon Banner, the group battles both the Seanchan and the Children of Light (who arrive to attack the Seanchan). Rand fights Ba'alzamon in the sky and wins. A badly wounded Rand is saved by Min.
Selene reveals herself as Lanfear (one of the Forsaken), and instructs Min to tend Rand (Lews Therin) well until she comes back for him, before disappearing.
Book Two ends with Mat, Egwene, Nynaeve, Elayne and Verin returning to Tar Valon. Moiraine and Lan join Perrin, Hurin, Min and Loial and stay with Rand.
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