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Knife of Dreams

(The Wheel of Time #11)

4.14  ·  Rating details ·  106,333 ratings  ·  2,238 reviews
The dead are walking, men die impossible deaths, and it seems as though reality itself has become unstable: All are signs of the imminence of Tarmon Gai'don, the Last Battle, when Rand al'Thor, the Dragon Reborn, must confront the Dark One as humanity's only hope. But Rand dares not fight until he possesses all the surviving seals on the Dark One's prison and has dealt wit ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 860 pages
Published December 2006 by Tom Doherty Associates (first published October 3rd 2005)
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Aaron (Okuyo) Toponce While I'm only in 12, and almost finished (80 pages left), there has been spanking, but I think it only showed up once. Yeah, there are a number of th…moreWhile I'm only in 12, and almost finished (80 pages left), there has been spanking, but I think it only showed up once. Yeah, there are a number of things about Jordan's writing that got old quickly, but spanking is hardly high on that list for me. What about Nynaeve tugging her braid? Or the explanation that saidar is the female half of the One Power and saidin is the male half? Or what about the constant changing of dresses in Tel'aran'rhiod? Or even that the Domani wear revealing dresses to enhance their large bosoms? Yeah, I wouldn't put spanking that high up on the list personally.(less)
Mathemilda There are a lot of repetitions, which are really annoying, and way too many details which add to the amount of pages but not to the development of the…moreThere are a lot of repetitions, which are really annoying, and way too many details which add to the amount of pages but not to the development of the story. In addition, with change of author comes change of writing style, and I would survive it. But what really disgusted me is blatant sexism of that author (do not think that his name is worth mentioning). An Ais Sedai ENVIES her warder because he is calm and physically strong?! Like a woman is incapable of keep her cool? And why on the Earth somebody with access to One Power will be jealous of physical strength? My, I bet the guy fancies himself as logical, just because he is a man.(less)

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Em Lost In Books
Now that the last minute rush to complete year long challenges are over, I am finally writing pending reviews albeit slowly.

Mr. Jordan finally got his act together and started tying the loose ends which resulted in some great events that really propelled the story in the right direction.

Perrin finally defeated Shaido to rescue Faile, I felt so relieved because reading his monologues where he eats himself with worrying about Faile were huge torture. Faile this, Faile that, I will do this or tha
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 ge
Merphy Napier
Apr 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: adult, fantasy, five-stars
Here's my video review ...more
Dec 18, 2013 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
Jul 31, 2012 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 -
Apr 16, 2012 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
Jan 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
*** 5+++ ***

A buddy read with the fabulous Tav'eren at BB^B!

This book was AMAZING!!!! Did I say that clearly? Absolutely FABULOUS!!!! WOW!!! My true love and admiration for Mr. Jordan has no bounds!!! This is the 11th book in the series and the last one before the death of the author. However, he was very good to us, the dedicated readers and found a young, but extremely talented writer, Brandon Sanderson, and gave him the notes in order for Sanderson to finish it in the spirit it was intended
Kat  Hooper
Mar 31, 2009 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
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 bit b
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
Aug 14, 2015 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
Eon ♒Windrunner♒
4.5 Stars

Wheel of Time in all its glory and Robert Jordan back to his best!

Action packed and full of excitement, this book starts tying up all the plot-lines that have been meandering throughout the last few books. Highlights include:

Spoilers! (view spoiler)
I'm glad the last book Robert Jordan wrote was such a huge step up in quality from the ones before it. Seems like he was ready to get down to business finally. No matter what you think of him as a writer, I don't think anyone can deny that it was a tragedy for him to die before he could finish out this thing that he'd been working on for so long, and so close to the end. I hope he knew his story had been left in safe hands (his widow—who was also his longtime editor—picked Brandon Sanderson to f ...more
Sotiris Karaiskos
The eleventh book of the series, the last one written exclusively by Robert Jordan before waking up from the dream. Unlike the previous part that was somewhat subdued, without much action and decisive developments, in this the action is continuous and leads to the resolve of many of the issues that we have been dealing with so far. Battles unfold on all fronts and most of our heroes are involved, testing their abilities and courage. These battles, of course, the writer describes them in his well ...more
Hasham Rasool
"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 returns again.

What was, what will be, and what is, may yet fall under the Shadow."

This book is a lot better than book 8-10 of 'The Wheel of Time.'

I feel a bit emotional as I know I am nearly finished 'The Wheel of Time'. I truly love 'The Wheel of Time' wholeheartedly.
May 05, 2007 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
Igor Ljubuncic
Jun 26, 2012 rated it liked it
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
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
Derf H
Nov 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Every time I read this series I love this particular book more and more. There’s so much going on and the pace is constant!!! LOVE IT!!!
Oct 12, 2014 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
Executive Summary: Slow in places, but nothing like the last few books. This book felt like a return to form for Mr. Jordan. Sadly it was his last.

Audiobook: Another fantastic job from Michael Kramer and Kate Reading. They really make this world come alive and have always made the slower parts of the series pass by much easier.

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I remember really enjoying this book on my first read. I enjoyed it just as much on my second. By this point in the series Mat was by far my favorite char
Jun 04, 2015 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
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
Jonathan Terrington

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
Mike's Book Reviews
May 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
Full Video Review Here:

As far as farewells go, Mr. Jordan couldn't have done a better job unless he had completed the whole series this strongly before he left us. Gone is all of the meandering and standing around of the past few books and right away this book starts off with the fire and urgency of the first 1/3 of the series.

I had written a much longer review but Goodreads deleted it for some reason when I moved it off of my scheduled shelf. So watch the video revi
Eric Allen
Sep 23, 2011 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
Jun 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Wow, what a breath of fresh air. It's like I was wearing a mask for months and it was finally taken off. (apropos of the current time?)

Knife of Dreams really did feel like I was reading one of the first 6 books of the series. The first 6 are so good, good enough, at least for me, to get me through the slog that was books 7-10. Which is insane to think that there were 4 books, 600+ to 800+ pages each that you have to "get through" to get to the really good stuff. But here we are.

Now don't get me
Susan Kennedy
Oct 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy-epic
This is such a great story. There is so much going on in this book all the way through. It definitely kept me interested throughout. I love following these characters and following the different story lines throughout. They are all pointed in the same direction, but it is enjoyable to have many smaller story lines throughout.

I love these characters and their development as the story unfolds. They grow and evolve along the way. New characters are brought in, new plots are added; there is always s
Shaun Hutchinson
My goal to finally finish the series that has been with me since I was 13 is nearly over. I can't wait to finish this freaking series so I don't have to ever think about it again.

That said, this book finally started going somewhere. Which was a relief. This was the first book of the series I didn't read when it came out, so everything that happened was new to me. So much spanking though.
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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

Other books in the series

The Wheel of Time (1 - 10 of 14 books)
  • The Eye of the World (The Wheel of Time, #1)
  • The Great Hunt (The Wheel of Time, #2)
  • The Dragon Reborn (The Wheel of Time, #3)
  • The Shadow Rising (The Wheel of Time, #4)
  • The Fires of Heaven (The Wheel of Time, #5)
  • Lord of Chaos (The Wheel of Time, #6)
  • A Crown of Swords (The Wheel of Time, #7)
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