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Knife of Dreams (The Wheel of Time #11)

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Knife of Dreams (The Wheel of Time, Book 11)
Mass Market Paperback, 860 pages
Published December 2006 by Tom Doherty Associates TOR Fantasy (first published October 3rd 2005)
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Bettielee sadly, book 10 is the worst! book 11 is so much better, and yes, I really think the series gets better - mostly because of Sanderson's…moresadly, book 10 is the worst! book 11 is so much better, and yes, I really think the series gets better - mostly because of Sanderson's more-to-the-point writing! It's been 6 months... did you continue?(less)

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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 getting a
Feb 23, 2016 Markus rated it really liked it
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
Mar 18, 2014 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 -
Nov 28, 2016 Gavin rated it really liked it
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
Kat  Hooper
Mar 31, 2009 Kat Hooper rated it it was ok
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 18, 2015 Dux rated it really liked it




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

All right, let us get down to it. Take
May 05, 2007 Steve rated it it was ok
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

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
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
Jan 15, 2015 Phrynne rated it really liked it
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
Jun 22, 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
Aug 16, 2016 Eric Allen rated it really liked it
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
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
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 08, 2015 Ivana Azap Feješ rated it it was amazing
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
Apr 07, 2009 Alan rated it liked it
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
Jul 02, 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...
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
Igor Ljubuncic
Jan 07, 2016 Igor Ljubuncic rated it liked it
Shelves: robert-jordan
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
Aug 30, 2016 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
Richard Bray
Mar 03, 2013 Richard Bray rated it really liked it
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
Jul 22, 2015 Lilyan rated it it was amazing
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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
Jun 25, 2007 Nicole rated it liked it
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
Nov 03, 2010 Ryan rated it liked it
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
Feb 02, 2014 Lady*M rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, adventure
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
Jul 19, 2015 Melanie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
And so, finally, this series gets going again. I'm unsure whether this is just relative or actually objective but I'm just happy things have started moving again.

Egwene kicks some serious ass in this book, and her's is by far my favourite section. But they're all good, and I'm looking forward to what happens next and what Brandon Sanderson's input achieves.
Jul 08, 2016 Al rated it it was amazing
Incredible! This was one of the best books in the series.
Apr 19, 2015 Jerzy rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy-scifi, wotf
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
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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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