- Create your FREE Amazon Business account to save up to 10% with Business-only prices and free shipping.
Other Sellers on Amazon
Download the free Kindle app and start reading Kindle books instantly on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required. Learn more
Read instantly on your browser with Kindle Cloud Reader.
Using your mobile phone camera - scan the code below and download the Kindle app.
Enter your mobile phone or email address
By pressing "Send link," you agree to Amazon's Conditions of Use.
You consent to receive an automated text message from or on behalf of Amazon about the Kindle App at your mobile number above. Consent is not a condition of any purchase. Message & data rates may apply.
Knife of Dreams (The Wheel of Time, Book 11) (Wheel of Time, 11) Hardcover – October 11, 2005
|New from||Used from|
Enhance your purchase
Now an original series starring Rosamund Pike as Moiraine!
Since its debut in 1990, The Wheel of Time® by Robert Jordan has captivated millions of readers around the globe with its scope, originality, and compelling characters.
The Wheel of Time turns and Ages come and go, leaving memories that become legend. Legend fades to myth, and even myth is long forgotten when the Age that gave it birth returns again. In the Third Age, an Age of Prophecy, the World and Time themselves hang in the balance. What was, what will be, and what is, may yet fall under the Shadow.
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.
Unbeknownst to Rand, Perrin has made his own truce with the Seanchan. It is a deal made with the Dark One, in his eyes, but he will do whatever is needed to rescue his wife, Faile, and destroy the Shaido who captured her. Among the Shaido, Faile works to free herself while hiding a secret that might give her her freedom or cause her destruction. And at a town called Malden, the Two Rivers longbow will be matched against Shaido spears.
Fleeing Ebou Dar through Seanchan-controlled Altara with the kidnapped Daughter of the Nine Moons, Mat attempts to court the woman to whom he is half-married, knowing that she will complete that ceremony eventually. But Tuon coolly leads him on a merry chase as he learns that even a gift can have deep significance among the Seanchan Blood and what he thinks he knows of women is not enough to save him.
In Caemlyn, Elayne fights to gain the Lion Throne while trying to avert what seems a certain civil war should she win the crown...
In the White Tower, Egwene struggles to undermine the sisters loyal to Elaida from within...
The winds of time have become a storm, and things that everyone believes are fixed in place forever are changing before their eyes. Even the White Tower itself is no longer a place of safety. Now Rand, Perrin and Mat, Egwene and Elayne, Nynaeve and Lan, and even Loial, must ride those storm winds, or the Dark One will triumph.
The Wheel of Time®
New Spring: The Novel
#1 The Eye of the World
#2 The Great Hunt
#3 The Dragon Reborn
#4 The Shadow Rising
#5 The Fires of Heaven
#6 Lord of Chaos
#7 A Crown of Swords
#8 The Path of Daggers
#9 Winter's Heart
#10 Crossroads of Twilight
#11 Knife of Dreams
By Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson
#12 The Gathering Storm
#13 Towers of Midnight
#14 A Memory of Light
By Robert Jordan
Warrior of the Altaii
By Robert Jordan and Teresa Patterson
The World of Robert Jordan's The Wheel of Time
By Robert Jordan, Harriet McDougal, Alan Romanczuk, and Maria Simons
The Wheel of Time Companion
By Robert Jordan and Amy Romanczuk
Patterns of the Wheel: Coloring Art Based on Robert Jordan's The Wheel of Time
Frequently bought together
Special offers and product promotions
Robert Jordan lives in Charleston, South Carolina. He is a graduate of the Citadel.
Amazon.com Exclusive Content
Amazon.com's Significant Seven
Robert Jordan kindly agreed to take the life quiz we like to give to all our authors: the Amazon.com Significant Seven.
Q: What book has had the most significant impact on your life?
A: The King James version of the Bible. That seems a cliche, but I can't think of any other book that has had as large an impact in shaping who I am.
Q: You are stranded on a desert island with only one book, one CD, and one DVD--what are they?
A: The one book would be whatever book I was currently writing. I mean, I hate falling behind in the work. The one CD would contain the best encyclopedia I could find on desert island survival. The DVD would contain as much of Beethoven, Mozart, and Duke Ellington as I could cram onto it.
Q: What is the worst lie you've ever told?
A: It's hard to think of one since I am genetically incapable of lying to women and that takes out 52% of the population right there.
Q: Describe the perfect writing environment.
A: Any place that has my computer, a CD player for music, a comfortable chair that won't leave me with a backache at the end of a long day, and very little interruption.
Q: If you could write your own epitaph, what would it say?
A: He kept trying to get better at it.
Q: Who is the one person living or dead that you would like to have dinner with?
A: My wife before anybody else on earth living or dead. That's a no-brainer.
Q: If you could have one superpower what would it be?
A: That depends. If I'm feeling altruistic, it would be the ability to heal anything with a touch, if that can be called a superpower. If I'm not feeling very altruistic, it would be the ability to read other people's minds, to finally be able to get to the bottom of what they really mean and what their motivations are.
See all books in the Wheel of Time series.
From Publishers Weekly
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
- Publisher : Tor Books (October 11, 2005)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 783 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0312873077
- ISBN-13 : 978-0312873073
- Item Weight : 2.14 pounds
- Dimensions : 6.4 x 2.17 x 9.54 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #20,701 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- Customer Reviews:
About the author
Reviews with images
Top reviews from the United States
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.
After 3 books that went basically nowhere with minuscule 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 done 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 little relationship fleshing out and one of my favorite moments of the series. Way to go all Aes Sedea on your man Nynaeve. This is probably the only time I will approve of such a move.
✔ - Avienda cutting strings from Elayne. Maybe it will be her turn with Rand again soon.
✔ - Rand outing another of the Forsaken. The price might be a little heavy but he just keeps on swimming. Actually I love him and Min together, she seems to get him better than anyone else and I love how in her own way she is just as strong or actually stronger than him. (view spoiler)
✔ - Mat and Tuon playing courting games that seem more like battle strategy I LOVE THEM SO MUCH TOGETHER
✔ - Thom finally telling us what is in that letter that Moraince left for him how many books ago. Well we get to read it AND I’m so excited about where that is going to lead our crew.
✔ - The Elayne the Daughter Heir finally finding her place. Whether it is on the Lion throne or not you will just have to read to see. Her arc is actually my least favorite maybe because so much time is spent on the pregnancy and sometimes she is so smart and THEN she does that very stupid thing towards the end that just leads me to believe she isn’t even close to ready to be a Queen.
✔ - Birgetta being awesome as always. Why would we need Galad or Gawyn again to protect Elayne??? I just don’t know. I’m pretty sure I know who Gaidal Cain is reincarnated as *crosses fingers* that is my favorite deviant in training (view spoiler)
And Much Much more…. A few characters get the comeuppances that they deserve and it is so gratifying.
Was it worth going through three pretty slow books to get to some awesome? The jury is still out. For me yeah probably since Sanderson is finishing out this series and I read ~200 books a year so no biggy. But for someone else who doesn’t get to read so much and has to pick and choose probably not unless you are into extreme worldbuilding.
Very excited to start the into the end with my favorite Epic Fantasy Writer the fantastic Brandon Sanderson.
Book 11 is much like book 9 in that many subplots come to their end while fewer are created. It is also sadly the last book fully written by Robert Jordan in the series. He planned out and written many important parts of book 12 that was so massive they had to separate into three books. The story of what happen and how it was complete is on wiki or can be heard by listening to Brandon Sanderson speak on the writing process and how this series impacted him when he came aboard.
The book will be satisfying to the reader. I feel that there could have been more in some ways… which odd considering how much there is to the series. Some will want more action, excitement, humor or romance depending on their taste but this story as well as the series remains consistent in being well rounded. It does not become a complete filled with battle after battler nor does it become navel gazing romance.
The characters of Mat, and Perrin have overshadowed the “main” character of Rand for a long while now, and it comes out a bit more here. They seem to have the most growth and are constantly facing different and unique situations. Rand seems to be stuck a bit in growing harder as he faces more and more problems. He is also a bit stagnate in that it feels he is basically waiting for the end of the series at times or for one last thing that will help him become to man he needs to be. He is interesting but it is the characters around him such as Min who are more so. I think his struggle is unique among protagonist in all the series I have read but I believe that Robert Jordan had to make his main set of characters all the more interesting to balance Rand situation. Rand’s storylines are by no means boring but I do fell as a character that many of the changes personality wise we see in him happen off page and then we are exposed to him or another event that pushes further down becoming a harder person.
I really do enjoy seeing had all the other main characters have grown. The characters growth can easily be seen and are fitting for the characters who left the Two Rivers in book one or were introduced to early one in the series. It is odd in some ways consider how little time has passed in the world and see how the characters have grown into leaders. It might feel like they are a bit too competent at times but the in-world reasoning is sound and the cream does rise to the top. The Taverin element of the story helps with this as well. The circular nature of the universe in its very name, “Wheel of Time,” further adds to this. The suspension of disbelief is almost easy in this book.
This series is something I encourage all to read at least once if they are into epic fantasy or want to see how an author can handle such a large series fairly smoothly. For the most part nothing takes the reader out and only a few situations slow the pace or a seem a bit off. For the causal reader it is an invest of time but a good one.
Top reviews from other countries
Sadly, it is the last one written by Robert Jordan. While I have no doubts regarding Brandon Sanderson’s abilities, I will miss Jordan’s writing style. Luckily, he left behind extensive notes, so we will get to see the true ending that he envisioned for his story.
The last few books have involved sidequests for Perrin and Mat that have dragged on a bit, Perrin’s in particular. Egwene in my opinion has the best chapter in the book, as her story arc ended as a real cliff hanger in Crossroads of Twilight. Elayne also in the thick of things, annoying at times, but active. Very little Nynaeve, though she’s had enough chapters so far in the saga to be my favourite of the three.
As always, decent ending to the book, and leaves you desperate for the next one in the series.
This feels like the beginning of the end and it finally ties off some of the plot threads that started as far back as Crown of Swords. Mat, Perrin and Elayne all have a proper climactic ending and once this book was over, I felt that we could get down to the remainder of the plot instead of dragging out story lines over the course of four or five books.
Unfortunately, for the most part, he doesn't have much to do except court Tuon. Until the end where he commands a decent battle for the first time since Fires of Heaven. It is in this book that Mat and Tuon's relationship hits a long expected moment in an unexpected way and makes you think whether it would have happened at all if Mat had not walked through the Ter'angreal in Tear.
Again, his story is basically tying up the plot of his rescue of Faile. Again, we get an exciting battle where allegiances are shifted in unexpected ways. At one moment I was genuinely surprised by one character's actions and saddened it ended like that. The only benefit I can say of stretching this story across four books is that when Faile and Perrin are finally reunited, you get the same elated feeling that Perrin feels. If maybe for a different reason.
As before, this is another tying up of Elayne's fight for the throne, though most of this is contained within the last couple of chapters, with a couple of interesting side plots that have a small amount of bearing on the outcome.
For the first time in this series, I can safely say Egwene's story is one of the most interesting and well written portions of the book. In perhaps the only plot point of Crossroads of Twilight, she was taken by Aes Sedai of the White Tower, and in this she tries to use it to her advantage. Reading about her sowing seeds of dissent and refusing to back down just because of a few punishments makes me feel how far the character has come. It is in her story that one of my favourite scenes to date occurs and is simply her walking into the mess hall and sitting down to eat. I'm not going to spoil why this is good though.
And here is the weak point of the novel. Rand has virtually nothing to do. Oh he gets to battle Semirhage, and suffers yet another lasting injury, but he doesn't get much else. It seems that Jordan is just trying to shoe horn him in because he's the main character, and that he can't allow Rand to do anything until the others' stories are finished.
All in all, a fantastic return to form, and here's hoping it gets better from here.
Bring on Tarmon Gai'don!!! (please...)