The Dragon Reborn by Robert Jordan
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Rand sets out for Tear on his on to claim Callandor and fulfill the prophecy.
Moiraine, Lan, Loial and Perrin follow hoping to be of help to him. A young girl who calls herself Faile (Falcon) attaches herself to the group.
Egwene, Elayne and Nynaeve take Mat to Tar Valon to be healed. Once he is healed the Amyrlin refuses to let him leave Tar Valon since he was the one who blew the Horn of Valere. When the Amyrlin task Egwene and Nynaeve with finding the Black Ajah she gives them letters signed by her that allows the bearer to do whatever they wish. Elayne is determined to go with her friends but wants to let her Mother (Queen Morgase) know what she is doing, so they ask Mat to carry a letter from Elayne to the Queen and give him one of the Amyrlin's letters so he can leave Tar Valon. Before he leaves he meets Thom and Thom accompanies him. While Matt is in Caemlyn delivering the letter to the Queen, he overhears one of the Queen's advisors plotting to kill Elayne and the two women with her. Mat and Thom set out for Tear to save them from the assassins. Once they get to Tear they hunt for Elayne, Egwene and Nynaeve but can not find them until Thom's cough gets worse and Mat insist he go to the Wisdom. Mat discovers the women had been staying there but shortly before Mat and Thom arrived the Black Ajah's took them prisoner and took them to The Stone Keep. Mat determines to break into the fortress to rescue them but realizing how sick Thom is he insist he stay with the Wisdom.
Faile springs a trap meant for Moiraine and falls into a coma. Moiraine refuses to waste time on helping Faile and leaves for the stone keep with Lan. Perrin determines to save Faile no matter the risk and enters the dreamworld with Hopper as his guide. After numerous attempts and much danger he succeeds in rescuing Faile, but is seriously wounded in the process.
Egwene is able to use the Power in the dreamworld and she subdues the guard outside their cell, but she can't unlock the cell door. Luckily Mat comes along and unlocks the door for them. Once the three of them are able to use the power Nynaeve heals Egwene and Elayne and they set out to find all the Black Ajah. Unfortunately they are only able to capture the two Egwene subdued while in the dreamworld as the rest flee.
Rand claims Callandor and defeats Ba'alzamon again.
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