The seals of Shayol Ghul are weak now, and the Dark One reaches out. The Shadow is rising to cover humankind.
In Tar Valon, Min sees portents of hideous doom. Will the White Tower itself be broken?
In the Two Rivers, the Whitecloaks ride in pursuit of a man with golden eyes, and in pursuit of the Dragon Reborn.
In Cantorin, among the Sea Folk, High Lady Suroth plans the return of the Seanchan armies to the mainland.
In the Stone of Tear, the Lord Dragon considers his next move. It will be something no one expects, not the Black Ajah, not Tairen nobles, not Aes Sedai, not Egwene or Elayne or Nynaeve.
Against the Shadow rising stands the Dragon Reborn. – Goodreads
Despite a strong start that really engaged my interest, the first quarter of the book lagged greatly for me because of the basic, and what felt like unimportant and unnecessary, romance problems that drove the majority of the story in that section.
That being said, once everyone got on their way from Tear, the story really picked up and I enjoyed all of the twists and turns as much as I have in any of the other books. And, even though I don’t much care for romance, I was still quite happy for what happened in chapter 53.
Overall a strong book, just not as strong as The Dragon Reborn due to the few snares in pacing at the beginning. However, it still has me eager to begin the next book.