Knife of Dreams (Wheel of Time, #11)
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Knife of Dreams (The Wheel of Time #11)

4.07 of 5 stars 4.07  ·  rating details  ·  49,517 ratings  ·  917 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...more
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Published (first published October 2005)
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Evgeny
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 -...more
Kat  Hooper
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...more
Jon
Brahm
May 05, 2007 Brahm rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  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
Knjigoholičarka
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...more
Alan
Instead of reviewing Knife of Dreams, I would like to take some time to talk about the future of the series.

Robert Jordan died of cancer. He tried his best to finish the twelfth book, but was not fast enough. Brandon Sanderson, a rising star in the fantasy world, is trying to finish what Jordan started.

However, Brandon, after reviewing Robert Jordan's extensive notes, quickly came to the conclusion that Mr. Jordan overestimated his ability to finish the series in one book. Brandon, as he was wri...more
Jonathan

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...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
Nicole
Jun 25, 2007 Nicole rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fantasy fiction lovers with stamina
I read the Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan because both my husband and best friend had read them. The best friend highly encouraged me to read the books - my husband warned me off.

The warning is not because the books are bad. The first few, actually, are very good. Great character development, interesting universe for those who love fantasy novels.

The warning is because these books never, ever, ever are going to end. Ever.

There are so far 12 books (including a prequel that came out somewhe...more
Nicole
May 02, 2011 Nicole rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fantasy readers
Finally! I don't remember when I started going through this series again, but I think it was last year sometime. It's taken me forever and I partially resent Robert Jordan for being so ridiculously prolific. It was like he was afraid to let it end. At this point, I'm really looking forward to finishing the series with Brandon Sanderson, who's not afraid to end a series.

On my previous read-through, I think the last Wheel of Time book I finished was Lord of Chaos. That was several years ago and i...more
Jerzy
HALLELUJAH AMEN, I've finished the last book Jordan wrote! Just 3 more to go before the series is over :)

So. I've heard that JRR Tolkien was a language nerd, first and foremost. He wrote Lord Of The Rings largely so that there could be characters to speak the Elvish tongues he'd already invented.

By analogy, Robert Jordan must have been a fashion designer nerd, and WoT obviously exists only so that he could dress someone in the clothes he invented. How else do you explain the thrilling contents o...more
Lady*M
4+ stars

Things are finally moving. In a way, Rand's is the least interesting plot line. That is not a flaw; the other characters' stories just have more action. Egwene rocks and Nynaeve shows the use of real Aes Sedai 'truth' and tricks Lan. Awesome. Tai'shar Malkier, Tai'shar Manetheren!

Perrin finally saves Faile and Mat - bless him - marries Tuon (which is the fact I cant get over even after all this time). Rand is approaching his breaking point - it is sad to watch even when you know what is...more
Ryan
I hope everyone reading this can agree that Empire is the best of the Star Wars films. Believe it or not, my favorite episode was Jedi when I was a kid.

How embarrassing.

Seriously, though, you have to admit that the start of Jedi is pretty solid.

It wasn't until I'd watched Star Wars several times that I realized my mistake. Actually, I've noticed that many people that have only seen the Star Wars films once often pick weaker installments as their favorites.

I wonder if Knife of Dreams will follow...more
Mark
This review stands for the entire Wheel of Time series.

The Wheel of Time appears to be in good hands with Brandon Sanderson penning the last Book (in three parts) of Robert Jordan's epic.

Although I have been reading these books for as long as I have been reading Katherine Kerr's Deverry novels, and will be reading them at least until 2012 when the final book is due out, I have enjoyed them so much that I am willing to ignore the length of time it has taken. It must be almost 20 years from first...more
Pedro António
After Crossroads of Twilight I must say I'm glad something actually does happen in Knife of Dreams.... just not enough to justify its length.

I feel like my Wheel of Time reviews are starting to all look the same, so I'll keep this one short.

Yes the annoying staples of the series are back (skirts, bosoms, stout wools, braids and so on).

The pacing is once again the main issue with the book. What happens is great, but not enough for a novel of over 800 pages. It starts off strong, falls down to Cro...more
Richard Bray
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...more
Mo
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Jeane
Re-read- this was my review from 2010-The last book wasn't bad, but it was a little slower moving then the previous books. However, Number eleven was strong in every part that the previous books lacked. This was the last book that Robert Jordon wrote and it was not a disappointment. I love how everything is really coming together. Mat, Perrin, and Rand are all moving closer to each other and things are really mounting up to Tarmon Gai'don (okay at this point if you have no clue what I am talking...more
Joey
This book was not bad; I really liked some parts of it, and it gave me a bit more hope for the series in general. Some of my usual complaints are still valid in this book (as they have been in all previous, such as the nonsensical sexism, the schmaltzy middle-school romanticism, the completely unbelievable gestures/habits of characters, etc), but overall it is getting back on track.

I really loved Egwene's storyline in this book; it was lovely seeing her character development in the face of huge...more
Alex Ristea
What.

Can you imagine if this book is where it all stopped?

Darren was right—this is where Jordan really got back into form. Everything is being set up for a conclusion. Plots and character arcs are becoming tighter. It’s all starting to converge.

For better or worse, we’ve been through almost 10,000 pages of Wheel of Time. If you’ve read this far, chances are you like the series and have become hopelessly attached to the characters. I’ve been fortunate enough to read through without any wait betwe...more
Ekaterina
11's book finished and it was ok, I still love Mat and he IS lucky, as it seems the other ta'veren are miserably married/bonded, losing parts of the body and being bullied every time they make an appearance... I love winning man - not stuck suffering-for-the-sake-of-the-world losers. Also I was asking myself how one can first - come up with so many random filler-characters and their clothes and houses and ideas about the political situation in the country (wherever they are) and second - with th...more
Wealhtheow
END THE SERIES ALREADY!

When your books require 20 page glossaries of all the characters, when each character has been tortured, gone mad, gained sixteen new powers and had passionate love affairs with several True Luvs, it might just be time to end your series.
Oren Klein
Action! Action! Action!
A lot is happening in this book.
One of the best in the series.
Jim Kennedy
I first gave this 4 stars, but on mature reflection this was because it just feels like a 4 relative to the direness of the last few books. So I'm down to 3. I liked it :)

This is a vast improvement on the series. Makes me sort of glad I persisted. So many tortuously dragged out plot lines are cleared up. (view spoiler)...more
Claire
Whew I finished number 11. Probably the hardest book for me to get through. I felt like banging my head against the floor rather than read a few hundred pages regarding the way Elayne is dressed and how she hates drinking goats milk. Actually quite a few of the female characters I have grown to loath. Except for Egwene, only in this book have I come to be more appreciative of her role. On the other hand are the male characters that are colorful and for the most part interesting enough to allow m...more
Amic Deep
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Parcoast
So after two months and about 30,000 airline miles I finally finished this one. It was a sheer act of will. The good news is that the delay was more due to my workload, the holidays, and my overall lack of time, not the book. Finally this series is picking up again! And some of my less-favorite plot lines are getting resolved! Hallelujah! I gave this a celebratory 4 stars for those two reasons alone.

Things I want to know at this point:
1. What is with all of the darkfriends everywhere? They nee...more
Eric Allen
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 did not need it on to ridiculous length, subplots bogging down all forward momentum, and most of the fast paced action from the first five books utte...more
J.R.C. Salter
Right from the first few pages, I got the feeling that this book was something different to the previous few. While it took some time to get there, I was proven correct.

This feels like the beginning of the end and it finally ties off some of the plot threads that started as far back as Crown of Swords. Mat, Perrin and Elayne all have a proper climactic ending and once this book was over, I felt that we could get down to the remainder of the plot instead of dragging out story lines over the cours...more
Malou
Jul 17, 2012 Malou rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People too invested in the series to quit
July 17, 2012 - Thank god the quality is improving again, sort of...

It took me quite a while to finish this book, though I'm glad for its improvement from the last couple of WoT books. It still has the same problems as the previous books though, repetition, repetition, repetition, and a bunch of useless horse names (among other facts) that do nothing but slow the story down.

Yes, I love detailed stories that allow me to experience the world in which I'm suspending my disbelief. Details that grind...more
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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...more
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“There is some delight in ale and wine
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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