The Path of Daggers (The Wheel of Time #8)
Rand al'Thor, the Dragon Reborn, has conquered the city of Illian, struck down Sammael the Forsaken and shattered the armies of the invading Seanchan. Nynaeve, Aviendha and Elayne have broken the Dark One's hold on the world's weather and are poised to retake the throne of Andor. And Egwene al'Vere, leader of the exiled Aes Sedai, marches her army towards the White Tower....more
This was essentially Interlude: the Book. No plot development, no character development, no setting development, no... development. At all. And you don't need to tell me it gets worse. I know.
The chapters written from the viewpoint of the main protagonists are downright boring. Quite the opposite is true ...more
The best thing I can say about The Path of Daggers is that it is significantly shorter than the last few novels have been -- only 700 pages (mass market paperback) compared to the 900-1100 page novels that have preceded it. There is much less of the repetitive backstory. I guess Mr. Jordan finally realized that new readers aren't jumping in at this point.
However, that's not to say that there are 700 pages of plot here, either. For again, most of the pages ...more
Oddly enough, the story b ...more
Logan Mountstewart from William Boyd's Any Human Heart comes to mind. Henry Miller's Tropic of Cancer qualifies, I think. And before we certify all shepherds as pure-at-heart heroes, check out Halldor Laxness's Bjartur in Independent People.
But these are all examples drawn from the literary canon. What happens when fantasy, a genre often prone t ...more
It would be unfair to say that nothing at all happens here. I counted four fairly major events in the b ...more
One thing I enjoyed in this book was the return ...more
When I began reading THE WHEEL OF TIME, I was a senior in high school, so I was able to read the first seven or eight books consecutively without having to wait ...more
Blood and bloody ashes! -Mat Cauthon, all the time
"I read a book once." -Mat Cauthon
“It was a simple truth; the Creator made women so men would not find life too easy.” - Matrim Cauthon
"Yes, I'm alive. I'm usually pretty good at staying alive. I've only failed one time that I can remem ...more
This series is not actually written very well. Robert Jordan was not a very good wordsmith, and he really only knew how to say and describe things one way. His characters are generally unbelievable, and have ridiculous dialogue. The plot is tremendously predictable, and is heavily influenced (close to the point of being unoriginal) by the fantasy works that came before. The whole story i ...more
I returned to this series after having given up on it long ago. A big part of the reason I made the decision to do this was the quality of Brandon Sanderson's solo writing. I realized he had finished the series, and thought that if I could just wade through some of these slower paced books I would finally find out how this ends.
That is still my plan, and the attitude with which I am reviewing this book.
There are moments in this story that reveal the author's skill. The charac ...more
There are no beginnings or endings to the Wheel of Time series but there is plenty of room for re-reading. However, unfortunately - at least for myself - this is the point in the series where everything started to become slow. I don't find that it became any less enjoyable, but nothing really happens in this book and in the two following. From books 8 to 10 the material could easily have been condensed into one solid 800 page novel rather than three separate 600 to 800 page novels.
What Robert Jo ...more
Usually I write a million words reviewing a book I finished, but not this time. First of all, 'Path of Daggers' is book 8 in a long series. Nothing I write about the characters and the plot will have any meaningful sense. The books must be read in order. If you are curious about 'The Wheel of Time series', the best place to start is with Book 1, The Eye of the World. The ...more
Overall I feel like an actual quote from the book describes it perfectly: "Weiramon heard him and repeated the same thing, but using twenty times the words, and flowery enough for a garden in spring.". The long, verbose clothing descriptions are back, and so is skirt smoothing and all the recurring traits that prevent the series from being even better than it is.
The pacing is all over t ...more
I remember when this book came out and looking at it at Waldenbooks. It looked really cool and I prodded myself to get on with this series. At the time I was at Book 4 or so.
I finally did get to this book, after slogging through some of the previous storyline that had seriously stalled. One frustrating element is how some Forsaken are brought back to life instead of staying dead. Of course they have new names, so it's even more diff ...more
Overall, it keeps the pace and general atmosphere of the series. I did feel more tension and a greater sense of uneasiness with so many powers at work. Perrin's chapter are nice and a character I thought I wouldn't see again shows up. Not much of Mat... Looking forward for Winters' Heart!
As tretas iam começar todas ao mesmo tempo e... continua no próximo livro.
This book wasn't as good as the previous stories. The first 7 books slowly showed Rand getting stronger and gaining ability and power. He has some minor setbacks from time to time but for the most part he made decisions that seemed to work. This did not seem to go his way in this book. There were many setbacks and a lot of his decisions seemed wrong. He was having a more negative reaction to the taint in the power and therefore could not use it as much. Matt was nowhere in this story, ...more
"Who would sup with the mighty must climb the path of daggers. On the heights, all paths are paved with daggers."
The Path of Daggers, the 8th installment in the Wheel of Time series. It makes me go crazy how I have already reached this far. Now, this book was pretty good. Honestly, I'd say its a step-up from A Crown of Swords so let's address some topics quickly before covering the major of the major stuff.
1. Mat is not present. Unfortunately, he is absent for the entiret ...more
The thing is, alongside book 7, this was probably the worst of the series. I read it many years after the original four books, but while I remember those clearly, I have no idea what happened here. ...more
I enjoyed many things about this book, particularly with the various competing interests across the Wheel of Time world seemingly plotting and scheming and lining up for control of, variously, Rand, the Amyrlin Seat, The White Tower, The Black Tower, Andor, and Cairhien. Once again, Jordan threads numerous tales together through the b ...more
"Robert Jordan has come to dominate the world Tolkien began to reveal."--The New York Times The Wheel of Time turns, and Ages come and pass. What was, what will be, and what is, may yet fall under the Shadow. Let the Dragon ride again on the winds of time. THE WHEEL OF TIME Book One: The Eye of the World Book Two: The Great Hunt Book Three: The Dragon Reborn Book Four: The Shadow Rising Book Five: The Fires of Heaven Book Six: Lord of Chaos Book Seven: A Crown of Swords Book Eight: The P ...more
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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