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The Path of Daggers (The Wheel of Time #8)

3.87 of 5 stars 3.87  ·  rating details  ·  61,950 ratings  ·  943 reviews
The Seanchan invasion force is in possession of Ebou Dar. Nynaeve, Elayne and Aviendha head for Caemlyn and Elayne's rightful throne, but on the way they discover an enemy much worse than the Seanchan.

In Illian, Rand vows to throw the Seanchan back as he did once before, although signs of madness are appearing among the Asha'man.

Meanwhile, the rebel Aes Sedai under their y
Paperback, 661 pages
Published October 28th 1998 by Orbit (first published 1998)
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Kat  Hooper
ORIGINALLY POSTED AT Fantasy Literature.

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
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But these are all examples drawn from the literary canon. What happens when fantasy, a genre often prone t
Book 8 of the Wheel of Time really gets a bad rap. Contrary to common wisdom, plenty happens in this book. The problem, I think, is that nothing gets resolved. (Not having any Mat, especially after the cliffhanger at the end of book 7, doesn't help either.) Is it ridiculous for a fantasy series to still be setting things up 8 books in? Especially when that series was supposed to be 6 books long? OK, yeah, it is. But taken by itself, The Path of Daggers isn't a bad story.

Oddly enough, the story b
This is one of the slowest books of the series. Usually Mat saves the day even when nobody else does anything of value in a book, but this time Mat is not here. This is especially infuriating considering that his plot line ended in a huge cliffhanger in the previous book. Perrin's absence in book 5 is hardly noticeable; Mat's absence here is, especially considering the slow-moving overall plot.

It would be unfair to say that nothing at all happens here. I counted four fairly major events in the b
So once again, I started a Wheel of Time book expecting to FINALLY understand why so many people hate this series from Lord of Chaos onwards. And in general, really. I don't see it. Personally, I enjoyed both Lord of Chaos and A Crown of Swords. Maybe it's because I'm not waiting years for each book? Anyways, what made The Path of Daggers suck for me:

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
I really enjoyed this book and what a great series this is turning out to be. There was a lot more action in this one (which is number 8) and a lot of character development. I am listening to the series on audio book and was quite surprised when it suddenly finished right in the middle of so many major events. Now I have to start straight into the next book. How lucky they are all published and I do not have to wait weeks or even years for the next instalment!
I congratulate everyone who has the perseverance to continue on while envying those who had the force of will to just forget about how this epic story is supposed to end. Here we are at book 8 and like book 7, very little of the main plot actually happens. Most of the book are again devoted to describing in excruciating detail of how the main characters tend to act and think, with very little variation, mostly accomplishing nothing except introduce filler and making characters feel one-dimension ...more
The Wheel of Time series represents, for me, the perfect example of a guilty pleasure in the world of fantasy.

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
I struggled knowing what to rate this book as at first because I didn't live it as much as the previous 2 all the way through and it did seem a little slower in places, however I did think that it was filled with some interesting things and events. In the end I had to rate it a 4*s because it still interested me. I would have like it to be longer (as many have said) and more dramatic at the ending, but overall it was a good addition in the series.

One thing I enjoyed in this book was the return
It has its moments

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
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Richard Bray
I’m starting to wonder if I’ve made a mistake in deciding that I wanted to complete THE WHEEL OF TIME by reading all the books in the series consecutively. With THE PATH OF DAGGERS now under my belt, I’m eight books into the 14-book saga, and I can’t honestly say that I feel any closer to the conclusion than I was three or four books ago.

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
A Path of Daggers is the low point for me in the Wheel of Time series. It can easily be summed up as various groups of catty women vying for superiority over each other. Seriously, the first third consists of Elayne and Nynaeve, Aviendha, Birgitte, the rebel Aes Sedai with them, the Sea Folk, and the Kin, all trying to out-do each other on the way to the Farm. Once they get to the Farm, (view spoiler). Th ...more
Ivana Azap
There wasn't very much of Met in this book (I guess everyone need a break at some point of this looong story;)), so I will reminiscence on some details about Mat, that is the best bloody character I've ever read!!!

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

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
Pedro António
The series' pace is supposed to slow down starting with The Path of Daggers and it surely wasn't exageration.

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
Ed B
Yeah. This is where I stopped reading Jordan's Epic series. Why? It probably had to do with the fact that I was reading them as they came out on paperback--which I was at a rate of about 1 a year until after book #6, then it was once every other year. I have a short attention span, and an even shorter memory. In the middle of this book, I realized that I had so forgotten which characters were which--and what plot line in which they were involved--that I could not identify with them anymore. I di ...more
Greg Strandberg
Wow, what a great cover! After that, it's pretty much downhill.

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
Igor Ljubuncic
This was one of the first reviews I made here on Goodreads, so time to expand now and add some extra words before slaying you softly with a limerick. As you may have noticed, I'm doing a WoT series of reviews, but we'll get to the others, in due time, leave no book unturned, leave no author unmolested.

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.
This is probably only a 3 and 1/2 stars book for me, but I'll tip Robert Jordan the extra half star for the series as a whole being so engrossing this far.


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
Ward Bond
"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
I'm not sure if it's growing worse or if the repetition of it is finally getting to me, but I can no longer stand how the women in this series are portrayed. They're always in a snit over something, crossing their arms under their breasts, glaring down their noses at those silly men, or bickering with each other. Half the time, I have no idea what they're upset about - and I'm a woman. It's annoying and is seriously detracting from what is a magnificent scope of a story. Although I'm intrigued b ...more
Mike (the Paladin)
I know there will be disagreement here but at this point I could see things sliding down hill. In this volume we tie up one minor plot point...and open up a couple of new ones...meanwhile the other main plot points hang in the wind. For the amount of ground covered, this book had a lot of wasted and repetitive dialogue and description.
I have reviewed this book; the review can be found here, on Booklikes, and here, on my blog. (Also, go check out Leafmarks - it's going to be terrific.) However, I will no longer be posting reviews on Goodreads, due to its recent changes to terms of service and, far worse, the boneheaded and incomprehensible way it is proceeding with the new policy. Deleting content, almost randomly, and without warning (whatever they may have said) is wrong, and a half-hearted apology later doesn't make it all ...more
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Another, 672-page, book down, only six more to go. The late Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time fantasy saga features a cast of thousands; he seems to have added an average of six new characters per paragraph. There are Maighdens and Mogedians, Galinas and Garinas, Karinas and Kurians, Seaines and Saerans, and the latter two are of course wondering what's up with Seara. The book teams with minor characters who've done some most likely evil deed a couple of volumes back and whom Jordan couldn't be both ...more
I think there were exactly 5 plot events in these 600 pages: (view spoiler), though that last one might not count since it isn't even shown -- just the lead-up and the aftermath. And as usual, the most fighty-explosivey of the few events ...more
There's a definite drop off in the quality of this series. It doesn't start with The Path of Daggers, but it definitely contributes to the overall decline. There are some good parts in this book, mostly those that involve Rand, but everything else is just... not really there.

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
2.5 Stars

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.
Feels like dragging at some points.
But the cool stuff in it equals it out.
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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 17 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)
  • Winter's Heart (Wheel of Time, #9)
  • Crossroads of Twilight (Wheel of Time, #10)
  • Knife of Dreams (Wheel of Time, #11)
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 Gathering Storm (Wheel of Time, #12)

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“The Wheel of Time turns, and Ages come and pass, leaving memories that become legend. Legend fades to myth, and even myth is long forgotten when the Age that gave it birth comes again. In one Age, called the Third Age by some, an Age yet to come, an Age long past, a wind rose above the great mountainous island of Tremalking. The wind was not the beginning. There are neither beginnings nor endings to the Wheel of Time. But it was a beginning.” 62 likes
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