Author: Robert Jordan
Length: 681 pages
(My) Rating: PG - PG13 (for length)
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Rand now knows that he is a man who can channel, and he has to come to grips with knowledge that he will eventually go mad. Trying to keep the truth from his friends is difficult, and his only solution is to try and chase them away.
When that doesn't work, he turns his thoughts to running away. However, he changes his mind after Mat's dagger is stolen, and it is revealed that the influence will eventually kill Mat unless he gets the dagger back.
Believing himself free of Aes Sedai influence, Rand embarks on a quest with Perrin and Mat to save Mat's life. Along the way, he meets new and interesting friends and enemies.
Written in the same fast-paced and fashion as the first book, new cultures and societies are created by Jordan as he continues to write about his fascinating characters. I really liked the second book in this series, and though occasionally I wanted to smack some sense into the characters, it only made the situations more realistic.
Robert Jordan has a great way of writing detail without getting too bogged down by it. You can really picture everything that's happening, and though the situations are fantastic, the emotion behind them is very real.
This book was less confusing toward the end than the first one, and I really enjoyed it. So much happens, that I was surprised a bit surprised sometimes. I thought some of the events in this book occurred much later in the series.
I don't really have much to complain about with this book. It is pretty fantastic.
On my scale, this book is very similar to the first one. It is PG for content; it contains violence and action, but very little sexual content. The PG-13 is mainly for length. You won't find very many children under the age of 13 who will sit down and read a nearly 700 page book. Swearing is nearly nonexistent, due to the author's method of creating his own swear words for the characters, which are really fairly mild.