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Knife of Dreams (The Wheel of Time #11)

4.12  ·  Rating Details ·  76,893 Ratings  ·  1,391 Reviews
As the very fabric of reality wears thin all portents indicate that Tarmon Gai’don, the Last Battle, is imminent - and Rand al’Thor must ready himself to confront the Dark One. But Rand must first negotiate a truce with the Seanchan armies, as their forces increasingly sap his strength.

Perrin has made his own desperate truce with the Seanchan - he would deal with the Dark
ebook, 775 pages
Published (first published October 3rd 2005)
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Robin (Bridge Four)

After 3 books that went basically nowhere with miniscule plot development FINALLY and I mean FINALLY the story took off and things HAPPENED


It’s like Jordan had a check list of things to tick off and he just went down the list….

✔ - Perrin looking for Faile and getting his woman back

✔ - Egwene actually doing something useful. Sure she had to get captured and put in the white tower to do it but finally her story arc is way more interesting.

✔ - Nynaeve and Lan finally ge
And so I've completed my last Robert Jordan book in a while. And a great one it was. I didn't quite feel that it was on the level of the early great ones like The Eye of the World, The Shadow Rising and Lord of Chaos, but it definitely takes the pace up after three almost disappointingly mediocre books.

In Knife of Dreams, interesting things start happening again, and we start moving towards a conclusion. I'm in doubt whether that's actually a positive thing, seeing as that means this all has to
Apr 16, 2012 Gavin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Robert Jordan's last entry in his epic Wheel of Time series was one of the best books in the whole series. It had none of the pacing issues that have troubled the previous three to four instalments. The result was we got a WoT book with all the normal good stuff plus a ton of major plot advancements. Right from the prologue this was a fun and engaging read!

So what happened?

Spoilers ahead!!!

Rand: He was fairly low key in this one but still managed to come to a few interesting decisions and had an
Jul 31, 2012 Evgeny rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
This book feels like a roller-coaster ride after the last book. The action began right in the first pages of prolog (Galad and Whitecloaks subplot). Things moves much closer to the Last Battle; three of the most annoying subplots which dragged on and on during the last three books were finally resolved (Perrin, Elayne, and Mat). Below are my thoughts about the major characters of the series and their development.

Rand shows up fairly briefly; one of the prophesies about him is finally fulfilled -
Maria Dimitrova
Buddy read with the Dragon Sworn over at BB&B

What a ride! CoT was one of the slower books (if not the slowest one) of the series so I was a bit accustomed to the boredom of political maneuvering and the characters just mull around doing nothing. So when this one started with a bang - the prologue was simply amazing (view spoiler) - I got so hyped that I could barely sleep. Following the prologue things slowed a bi
Kat  Hooper
Mar 31, 2009 Kat Hooper rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
ORIGINALLY POSTED AT Fantasy Literature.

Knife of Dreams is another huge installment (1.3 days worth of audio!) which suffers the same faults as the last several WOT novels. But, if you've made it this far, perhaps that won't bug you.

I have to say that Robert Jordan can surely set a scene; indeed, each chapter begins with a very detailed description of the setting, including such minutia as the style and oiliness of men's beards, the height of ladies' boots, every knickknack on every plinth, ever
Aug 14, 2015 Dux rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition




The sweetness of victory and the bitterness of defeat are alike a knife of dreams

All right, let us get down to it. Take
Eon ♒Windrunner♒
4.5 Stars

Wheel of Time in all its glory and Robert Jordan back to his best!

Action packed and full of excitement, this book starts tying up all the plot-lines that have been meandering throughout the last few books. Highlights include:

Spoilers! (view spoiler)
May 05, 2007 Steve rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Those who've already read up to book 10 in this godforsaken series
Shelves: fantasy
Knife of Dreams, the elenth book in the colossal fantasy series the Wheel of Time, has been viewed as something of a return for Robert Jordan. After near unanimous agreement on the terrible quality of books 8-10 (and particularly book 10, Crossroads of Twilight, an 800 page novel where literally nothing happens), fans (and some critics) have regarded this as a return to form. Are they right? Is Knife of Dreams really as good as such earlier volumes as The Dragon Reborn and Lord of Chaos? Has it ...more
Finally a book comes along that has restored my faith in the Wheel of Time series! The first four books were absolutely brilliant but I think anyone will agree that the series went a bit haywire after that, Robert Jordan kept introducing more and more points of view and random plot threads that just never seemed to go anywhere. The stories went from being 1000 pages of pretty much non stop awesomeness to being 600 pages of boring description with about 200 pages of actual plot development and I' ...more
Emma Deplores Goodreads Censorship
First of all, I'd like to clear up the misconception that the series is meant to be read all at once and even the terrible books are decent if you're not waiting a couple years for each one. I started reading the Wheel of Time in 2003, and for the first six books I ran out to get the sequel as soon as I finished the one before it. Well, then the books started to slow down, and I lost interest... finally, I realized I could skip #9-10 entirely, read online summaries, and continue to Knife of Drea ...more
Executive Summary: Slow in places, but nothing like the last few books. This book felt like a return to form for Mr. Jordan. Sadly it was his last.

Audiobook: Another fantastic job from Michael Kramer and Kate Reading. They really make this world come alive and have always made the slower parts of the series pass by much easier.

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I remember really enjoying this book on my first read. I enjoyed it just as much on my second. By this point in the series Mat was by far my favorite characte

Knife of Dreams is one of my favourite books in The Wheel of Time series. I happen to think that it is one of the stronger books in the series, though no doubt readers who have had to trudge through three slow, plodding novels in a row would think otherwise. Indeed I would suggest that it is only the positioning of this novel which prevents it from being accepted as, if not the best work by Robert Jordan, then the second best. I find it poetic that Robert Jordan saved his best for his last compl
Oct 12, 2014 Phrynne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Over 30 hours of audiobook entertainment. I must admit to a feeling of relief to have finally reached the end although I did enjoy most of it. There were parts that were really slow but there were also some really good parts especially when they featured Rand or Matt. This seems to be the norm with these books though. For some reason despite their frequent lack of action and repetitive qualities they have something which drags the reader in and makes them want to carry on - and on - and on. I wi ...more
Nov 25, 2016 OhWell rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy-world, magic, wot
I might write a review at some point, but for now I will just say Knife of Dreams was a vast improvement over the previous books, especially Crossroads of Twilight. Improvement in terms of plot, if not characters. (view spoiler)
Jun 04, 2015 Kaitlin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So this is the final instalment in the Wheel of Time series which was actually written by Jordan himself before he died. I had heard before going into this one that it's the beginning of Jordan bringing all the threads back together in order to compose the final instalment (A Memory of Light) after this one (which would have made a 12 book series) but in actuality when Sanderson took over after this it ended up that he and Jordan's wife agreed splitting the final book into 3 books would be for t ...more
U ovoj knjizi sve žene "frkću". Ja znam da žene cokću, uzdišu, kolutaju očima, ali nikada ih nisam čula da "frkću". Frkću mačke i psi kada im nešto nadraži nos.

Takođe, izgleda da u celom Džordanovom svetu ne postoji žena kojoj se ne može pripisati barem neki stepen histeričnog ponašanja. Osim Egvene. Ta je mrtva 'ladna. Sve ostale se nešto inate. E, to je prava reč. Sve su bolesno tvrdoglave, sve se inate, sve se prave pametne. Ponekad se zapitam da li je Džordan živeo zatvoren u sobi bez prozo
Eric Allen
Sep 23, 2011 Eric Allen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Knife of Dreams
Book 11 of the Wheel of Time
By Robert Jordan

A Wheel of Time Retrospective by Eric Allen.

Though it wasn't really made public knowledge until a bit later, by this point in the series Robert Jordan's health was failing him, and this was the final book that he was able to complete before his death. With the series dragging plotlines that it did not need on to ridiculous length, subplots bogging down all forward momentum, and most of the fast paced action from the first five books utte
aPriL does feral sometimes

Once again, Mat’s story is the most fun to read! Tuon, Mat’s Seanchan fiance, simply will not believe her ‘Toy’ is a respected general fighting wars for his best friend, Rand al’Thor, the Dragon Reborn! However, she is learning, finally, in this book, that he is not JUST a fascinating young gambler and a ‘pretty’ to queens…

Rand, on the other hand, is all sorrow and serious business. No wonder when he bears the heaviest burdens and the largest griefs. Every eye is on every move he makes, and ever
Ivana Azap Feješ
Aug 03, 2015 Ivana Azap Feješ rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: epic-fantasy
OK, I will start the review, like always, with the Mathrim bloody Cauthon :D
I understand that you will certainly think that I talk gibberish, 'cause that guy is not the main character - it is Rand, the Dragon Reborn himself, the guy who can channel...
But my choice will always be Mat. 'Cause he makes me laugh every bloody time :D
Here are my tops of the book (where he is finally caught in the women net ;)).

Mat is great general.
“Uncase the banner, Macoll. This time, we’ll let them know who’s killin
Igor Ljubuncic
I just realized I never wrote a review on this one. In fact, I haven't written a review in a while, so there's all this artistic energy pent up in my nethers. This is another installment in the series where nothing really happens, but the nothing is ever so slightly more interesting than nothing in the previous books.

Most of the action revolves around Aes Sedai talking over coffee, plotting, counter-plotting, and such. There some warfare for those who like epic battles with banners flying and su
Jun 24, 2016 Doğan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Son dört kitaptaki olumsuzlukların tam tersi olmuş bu kitapta. Gayet akıcıydı ve kendini güzel okuttu. Adamı bayan betimlemeler hâlâ vardı ama olsun. :) Herhalde rahmetliye öleceği malum olmuş. Neredeyse 10 kitapta okuduğum tüm olaylar bir yerlere bağlanmış. Açıkçası B.Sanderson'a tamamlayacak pek bir şey kalmamış. Böyle bir şaheser yarattığın için teşekkür ederim Bay Jordan, umarım daha güzel bir yerdesindir...
Nov 08, 2016 Manveer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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So this was originally meant to be the penultimate book, eh? This was a refreshingly fast paced read after the much slower last few installments.
Nov 05, 2016 Emerson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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"When the Wolf King carries the hammer, thus are the final days known. When the fox marries the raven, and the trumpets of battle are blown."

Com imensa tristeza finalizo o último livro escrito pelo Jordan.
Ao contrário do livro anterior, este livro deu uma retomada no ritmo usual da trama. A história andou.

Finalmente o arco do Perrin foi finalizado. Eu já não aguentava mais essa perseguição para resgatar a Faile, Luz!
Também curti o fim desse arco do Mat com a Tuon. Gosto cada vez mais do personag
May 08, 2014 Eduarda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
E mais um livro terminado. Esse teve bastante ação e capítulos acabando de maneira emocionante, principalmente na metade do livro. Deu uma esfriada depois, mas as coisas continuaram acontecendo a todo momento e o livro acabou em pontos bem cruciais.

Tem uma coisa que eu estava querendo muito que tivesse acontecido nesse livro, principalmente porque é o último escrito pelo Jordan, mas acabou que nem rolou. Acho que ainda falta um bom tempo para acontecer.

P.S.: Depois da consolidação de um certo ca
Nov 15, 2016 Susie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, borrowed
This book is bittersweet. Sweetly filled with many glorious details and action that were very lacking from the previous few books, but bitterly it is the last that Jordan ever wrote himself. At least he ended his last full part on a high, though.

A lot of the prophecies are starting to tie up here, with the Shadow being knocked back in surprising degree. For all of the Shadow’s small gains, they keep having some rather major losses. Perhaps their greed keeps getting the better of them, their in-f
Richard Bray
Mar 03, 2013 Richard Bray rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Robert Jordan didn’t waste any time in making it clear that KNIFE OF DREAMS was going to make up for the wheel-spinning that soured the last few books, especially CROSSROADS OF TWILIGHT. After reading CROSSROADS, I recognized it for what it was – a book designed to set up the climax of multiple plotlines – but that didn’t make it any less frustrating.

In KNIFE OF DREAMS, we finally start to see the payoff. In the past, I’ve been frustrated by Jordan’s prologues, which have often extended almost 1
C.P. Cabaniss
Nov 28, 2016 C.P. Cabaniss rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, books-i-own
3.5 Stars

This installment in the Wheel of Time series kept a steady pace, and for the most part was a lot of fun. The ending, as usual, was very interesting and left a lot open for the next book.

Perrin is the thing that disappoints me most in this series. He started out as my favorite character in book one but I have not been thrilled with his character progression throughout the series. He and Faile have a relationship that I can't seem to get behind.

Mat is probably the character I have grown
May 08, 2011 Lilyan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Third Re-Read

Aaaand we're back on track my fellow WOT-ers! after 3 books of whining female channelers, running after Faile, having to read Shaido chapters and scratching our heads at Halima's purpose, Knife of Dreams has swooped in to save the day and wrap up some undesirable plots! Yee haw!

I'm pleased to say that Perrin has his Falcon back, thank the lord Jesus, Elayne has sorted out her shit at long last and Egwene's plot has gone into motion after being stuck with those old farts for what fee
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Librarian Note: There is more than one author in the Goodreads database with this name.

Robert Jordan was the pen name of James Oliver Rigney, Jr., under which he was best known as the author of the bestselling The Wheel of Time fantasy series. He also wrote under the names Reagan O'Neal and Jackson O'Reilly.

Jordan was born in Charleston, South Carolina. He served two tours in Vietnam (from 1968 to
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The Wheel of Time (1 - 10 of 14 books)
  • The Eye of the World (Wheel of Time, #1)
  • The Great Hunt (Wheel of Time, #2)
  • The Dragon Reborn (Wheel of Time, #3)
  • The Shadow Rising (Wheel of Time, #4)
  • The Fires of Heaven (Wheel of Time, #5)
  • Lord of Chaos (Wheel of Time, #6)
  • A Crown of Swords (Wheel of Time, #7)
  • The Path of Daggers (Wheel of Time, #8)
  • Winter's Heart (Wheel of Time, #9)
  • Crossroads of Twilight (Wheel of Time, #10)

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And some in girls with ankles fine
But my delight, yes always mine
Is to dance with Jak O’ the Shadows

We will toss the dice however they fall
And snuggle the girls be they short or tall
Then follow Lord Mat whenever he calls
To dance with Jak O’ the Shadows.”
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