The Dragon Reborn

Macmillan Audio (The Wheel of Time, Bk. 3). Jun. 2023. 26:05 hrs. ISBN 9781250880765. $44.99. FANTASY
This third installment in Jordan’s “Wheel of Time” series introduces listeners to new perils, unexpected machinations, and political intrigue. Multiple points of view span across three Ta’veran, swept up by the great wheel, all from the same small town; three women on a quest to tap into Saidar, the female side of the One Power; and the powerful Aes Sedai and her warder. Rand must admit that he is the Dragon Reborn while Mat and Perrin struggle to come to terms with their own strange abilities. Nynaeve, Egwene, and Elayne search for Black Ajah, those working to bring back the dark one. Narrator Rosamund Pike, who also stars in the popular Wheel of Time television series, masterfully weaves voices and accents from a myriad cast of characters into a rich tapestry, transporting listeners into this world of magic and wonder. Pike’s adoration for the source material is evident in her nuanced performance, rich with varied pacing, appropriate emphasis, and lush vocals. This beautifully read audio will appeal to listeners looking for an accessible, dramatic presentation.
VERDICT A superior creation to be purchased by libraries that have acquired Pike’s new recordings of the first two books or those looking to provide a version for fans of the popular television series.
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