Another day, another Wheel of Time novel to tackle. I’m making my way through this rather expansive series of books, and just finished #3. This one sure left me with a lot of stuff to think about!
The Plot (according to Goodreads):
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…
Okay guys, I’m going to start this review off with a tangent literally nobody needs. Remember how in the last post I talked about Lord of the Rings and its influence on Wheel of Time? I also mentioned that the further I got in the last novel, the less it felt LOTR-sy. Well, after this novel, it feels like something else. Like the Arthurian legends to be precise. I am not all too familiar with those, but there were *a lot* of things in this book that reminded me of them. I mean, just look at all the names – seriously, how did I not notice that before:
- Egwene al’Vere – Guinevere (Arthur’s love interest, Rand’s initial love interest)
- Moiraine – Morgan le Fay (sometimes also spelled Morgaine, a powerful enchantress)
- Perrin – Percival/Peredur (come on, that name is similar to Perrin!)
- Thom Merrilin – Merlin (wizened old mentor to Rand/Arthur)
- Artur Paendrag Tanreall known as Artur Hawkwing – Arthur Pendragon (both united Kingdoms)
- Caemlyn – Camelot
- Tar valon -Avalon
- Elayne – The Lady of Shalott (I don’t mean this as in their stories are the same [though, who knows. I have another 11 books to go, a lot can happen], but the Lady of Shalott is actually also named Elayne)
- Galad – Galahad, sometimes also spelled as Galath (Galahad is said to be the most perfect of knights – which is kinda how Galad is described a lot)
- Mordeth – Mordred (Mordred is instrumental in Arthur’s downfall, Mordeth is a dark character who so far has brought nothing but trouble)
- Gawyn – Gawain (powerful knight)
- Lan – Lancelot (unrivalled swordsman)
- Sword in the stone (well circle back to that in a bit!)
- Nyneave – Nimue, sometimes also spelled Ninieve or variations thereof
- Queen Morgase – Morgause (a Queen as well)
Those are two many things just to be coincidence. And as I said, I don’t even know much about Arthurian legends, so I bet there’s a lot more in the Wheel of Time books than I managed to spot. I’m actually going to get into the review of the novel now, so spoilers ahead!