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Preview — The Path of Daggers by Robert Jordan
The Path of Daggers (The Wheel of Time #8)
For volume eight of his enduring Wheel of Time saga, Robert Jordan brings us The Path of Daggers, a distinguished new addition in what is certainly one of the most involving, complicated, and adored series in the annals of high fantasy fiction. Jordan is highly proficient at weaving an elaborate plot full of convoluted affair...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
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
Oddly enough, the story b ...more
It would be unfair to say that nothing at all happens here. I counted four fairly major events in the b ...more
1. No Mat POVs.
A Wheel of Time book without Mat, no matter how good, feels like it's missing something. Imagine reading any of the A Song of Ice an ...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
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
One thing I enjoyed in this book was the return ...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
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
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
"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
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
For whatever reason Mat was left out of the entire book. Last we knew of him he was caught in a potentially deadly situation (naturally, he doesn't die, but we don't know what happened to him either) and he's just left out o ...more
Even trying to make it through the chapter summaries at:
Was a test in my patience. (The website I linked has done an incredible job at summarizing the Wheel of Time, books, chapters, and characters....check it out!)
Even though this book is noticeably shorter, it felt very long.
This book is where the series comes to a screeching halt. Very abruptly as well, since book 7 had some action in it.
We do get some action in the last few chapters of this book, but they come so belatedly that they're sort of anti-climatic and not as impressive as previous books. They also feel forced and rushed.
The only incident that redeems this book is Egwene's plot-line. She finally gets things moving with the Salidar women. Elayne and Nynaeve's plot on the other hand was just so bor ...more
I get the feeling that Jordan is trying to wrap things up but doesn't know how. It starts well and ends with a big battle and a gut-punch of a cliffhanger, but the 300 pages in the middle never manage to build any momentum. Thi ...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