The Dragon Reborn (Brief Plot Summary)
Mat, Elayne, Egwene and Nynaeve return to Tar Valon where Mat is Healed. After this is done, he starts showing unusual luck, speaking the occasional word of the Old Tongue in everyday situations and remembering battles long since fought. Rand heads alone for Tear, followed by Moiraine, Lan, Perrin and Loial. On the way, Perrin meets Faile. Nynaeve, Elayne and Egwene also head for Tear on the trail of the Black Ajah, as do Mat and Thom, via Caemlyn. Mat rescues the girls after they have been captured. The Stone of Tear falls to Rand and a couple of hundred Aiel. Moiraine kills Be'lal with Balefire and Rand proclaims himself the Dragon Reborn, before fighting and killing Ishamael.