Author: Robert Jordan
Length: 674 pages
(My) Rating: PG - PG13
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This isn't due to poor writing.
This book is equally well-written and just as exciting as the previous books.
Rand has been accepted to be the Dragon Reborn by his followers, but he has a hard time believing it himself. Driven to prove or disprove the fact, Rand leaves his friends and journeys toward Tear to see if he can fulfill a prophecy that can only be done by the true Dragon. His friends pursue him, and Perrin learns more about his connection to the wolves. Mat recovers from being separated from the dagger, and tries to separate from the Aes Sedai as well.
Meanwhile, Nynaeve and Egwene adjust to the White Tower and begin their training to become Aes Sedai. However, their training is put on hold when they are asked to complete a dangerous mission that may not only cost them their lives, but their souls.
All events culminate at the Stone of Tear where they discover some new allies...and enemies.
Okay, so there is a lot more that goes on than that, but that's a fairly good summary.
The reason I don't like this book as much, is because I'm a main-character type of person. Rand is my favorite character, and you spend the majority of the book wondering if he's gone mad. You don't get things from his perspective until the very end of the book, and by that point, you're not sure what to make of him anymore.
This is a great book for the development of the other characters and furthers along their own personal stories. It also adds new characters and cultures, including the Aiel, who are some of my favorite people.
Even though this wasn't my favorite book, the books that follow it are. It is worth reading through this one. It has some really good moments that are made even better with a second read when you already know what's going on.
Still recommend reading it, especially if your favorite character isn't Rand. If it is, read it anyway. The series hits one of its high points with the next book.
On my scale, this book is probably PG for content, and PG-13 for length. There is very little in the way of sexual content, and very little swearing as well. This particular book contains more violence than some of the previous books, especially a scene where Rand cuts off a woman's head. (In later books this is explained, but it is one of the things that really makes you wonder if he's gone insane.)
The world that Robert Jordan has created also has its own swear words, which are inoffensive in general. There are a few British swear words that have made their way into the book, but those are even few and far between.