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 affai...more
Reviewed by: Rabid Reads
So . . . I debated long and hard about how to rate THE PATH OF DAGGERS, book 8 in Robert Jordan's WHEEL OF TIME . . . I think by now it's pretty obvious that I love this series, but . . .
1. No Mat.
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
This will forever be THE BOOK WITHOUT MAT....
When The Wheel of Time began there was Rand, Perrin and Mat. I didn't even like Mat very much. It wasn't until maybe book 3 or 4 (seriously they start to run together) that his character became semi interesting. Now he is one of my favorites and he is missing the entire book.
Instead we have Aes Sedea shenanigans. Really I'm still of the opinion that if you can channel the on ...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
So what actually happened in this 8th WoT book?
Most of our favourite characters went on much as the have been doing for the last few books!
Egwene - She ...more
A buddy read with the WoT fanatics at BB&B!
This book was a bit slower, a bit shorter and all together the book that felt most as a set-up, transition book of all up to now... The action was a bit choppy, which is not very typical for Jordan, but the banter made the book - all the characters with their quirks and the intricate games of hierarchy and politics, are deliciously masterful, but still, this book suffered form the lack of one of the main characters - Mat was MIA.... The ...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
The stuff that went down: (view spoiler)[
- The bowl of winds is used at last and the weather is wrested from the dark one’s control. Winter is coming…
- The Seanchan attack!
- The Seanchan are attacked by Rand and his army!
- Rand use ...more
This keeps on getting better and better! I can't get enough of this world! There're simply no words to describe this!
One of the major plotlines from the past several books finally found it's resolution - the Bowl of Winds was finally used and the weather is on it's way to normal. Though I guess that going from extreme heat and drought to torre ...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
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 book was short but packed with exciting events in the end. I'm looking forward to know what's going to happen next.
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
Comecei a ler esse livro com expectativas bem baixas devido comentários dos fãs, mas acabei me surpreendendo bastante.
Até a metade é bem parado, só um ou outro capítulo do Perrin e o restante das meninas, o que não foi ruim, dado as circunstâncias (se tivesse capítulos do Mat seria melhor).
Egwene me surpreende cada vez mais, até estou começando a gostar dela. Ela tem novas responsabilidades, mas é tratada como uma marionete. Ao ...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
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
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
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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