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The Path of Daggers: Book Eight of 'The Wheel of Time' (Wheel of Time, 8) Mass Market Paperback – Illustrated, February 25, 2020
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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 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. But signs of madness are appearing among the Asha'man.
In Ghealdan, Perrin faces the intrigues of Whitecloaks, Seanchan invaders, the scattered Shaido Aiel, and the Prophet himself. Perrin's beloved wife, Faile, may pay with her life, and Perrin himself may have to destroy his soul to save her.
Meanwhile the rebel Aes Sedai under their young Amyrlin, Egwene al'Vere, face an army that intends to keep them away from the White Tower. But Egwene is determined to unseat the usurper Elaida and reunite the Aes Sedai. She does not yet understand the price that others--and she herself--will pay.
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- Publisher : Tor Fantasy; Illustrated edition (February 25, 2020)
- Language : English
- Mass Market Paperback : 624 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1250252091
- ISBN-13 : 978-1250252098
- Item Weight : 11.2 ounces
- Dimensions : 4.32 x 1.27 x 7.56 inches
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So many characters who act imature. I can’t imagine this is youth fiction, but I think you need to be pretty immature to really like these books. Very graphic novelish.
So here I am. In the middle of the series. I think I can now say that I've reached the point that fans often refer to as the slump. The infamous slowing of pace that readers often point to in (and this is up for debate) books seven through ten. I want to address the so called slump, seeing as how it's such a pervasive topic when this series comes up.
Firstly, and you'll hear this a lot, the slump really isn't so bad for readers now a days for one simple reason; we don't have to wait for the books to come out. I can absolutely see why waiting for these books would be somewhat tortuous, especially seeing as how Jordan likes to end the books with a bang; often with some twist or large plot-changing event. So revving the pace way up at the end only to have your readers waiting for a couple years on your next installment is understandably frustrating. Be that as it may, I don't have to wait. And while I'll be reading something else before I go on, I could jump right into Winter's Heart if I wanted to. So that's one big part of it. The other is that I simply think it's overstated. Now, the next couple books could slow to a mind-numbing crawl, forcing me to eat my words, but even so, thus far the slowing of pace has not been so bad. It has been noticeable, but not nearly as noticeable as I anticipated. Yes, events have slowed. One of the biggest contributing factors to that is that our characters are so spread out. It may be ten chapters before you get back to a certain plot line. It's just the nature of the beast when it comes to these huge epics. I guess I also benefit from having anticipated it, but it really just isn't that bad. The Wheel of Time has never been a series of lightning fast pacing. Jordan is a very descriptive writer; he has been from the beginning. And sometimes that means a slower pace. However it also means a larger payoff, a bigger reward, when the weaves come together. And as I've mentioned before, I'm so invested in this world and story at this point that I'm willing to read through slower bits to see how the story unfolds. The Path of Daggers also happens to be the shortest book in the series, and it looks like Winter's Heart isn't much longer. So it's hard to get upset about a slower pace when I feel like I'm finishing the book rather quickly. Okay, that's enough about that.
There's not too much I can say about the story that doesn't dive into spoiler territory at this point. Jordan has woven many threads into this thing, many threads. And I enjoy reading about each one. I was glad to have Perrin get some great chapters here. Egwene's story is more interesting by the chapter, and as usual I can't get enough Rand chapters. I'm always a bit disappointed to leave one behind. I was surprised and a little bummed to have no Mat POVs at all in this one. I expect he'll have a fair bit next book to make up for it. Fingers crossed. Eight down and six to go.
This is a Wheel of time book through-and-through. There is action humor magic love and betrayal. And the author continues to hang the madness carrot I scared out for the reader to wonder. We do get to see rand go through some hard things And face some difficult facts.
The situation for many of the characters is fluid and ever changing it seems.The dynamics and interpersonal relationships as well as political maneuverings are Pull you in. What is amazing is with the introduction of so many different cultures George and personalities the author has them interacting ways that feel surprising but inevitable As well as smooth. There is nothing false or a natural about it.
Egewenes pov was particularly strong though her character has always been
engaging while pushing the story along. I dislike only one of the subplots surrounding her only because it has the feeling of a red herring. Otherwise it is all intriguing as to what will occur and how she will rise again to the challenge.
While this book will be twice the length of some other epic fantasies it is still short compared to most of the other stories written in the certificate at the same time side characterAre given plenty of room to grow and develop. Robert Jordan has a way to make the reader fond of them even if they're not the main character or a very important side character in this particular book. Seeing the clash of strong personalities makes me want to reach for some popcorn.
This book like the series so far is it is appropriate for young adults that above with no foul language but some mature moments that are not explicit. The curtain always is brought down before anything serious occurs But the characters are often nude At times for humorous effect.
It starts off quicker, with significant plot events happening early in the beginning of the book. (In the previous few books, it seemed like stuff only happened in the latter halves of the books.) A lot seems to happen, although there are cliff-hanger endings left unresolved. But I'm on to the next book now.
Oh, and I wasn't too bothered by the lack of the character Mat in this book, unlike many others on the internet.
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I love the way the characters develop and the detail around each individual group. So many smaller stories in one.
I am binge reading this series, I think I would have found it quite difficult waiting for the next one to be published. I love fantasy and these books will appeal to any teens and adults that like a good fantasy read. I imagine I will have a cup of tea and download the next one.
Basically, the whole book is a mess. Like the last couple, there is no clear direction, but unlike any of the others, this feels like it's missing a few pages. We seem to completely skip Rand's first encounter with the Seanchan and move on to the next. We get virtually no insight into how Rand feels about being an actual king which I would have thought would be a major thing considering how Jordan tells us every tiny thing happening inside the characters' heads. Some of the plot is told retrospectively in the thoughts of characters which is a HUGE authorial mistake and goes against the general rule of 'show, don't tell'.
Having said this, however, the good bits are good. Egwene begins to assert her authority over the Hall, Perrin and Faile begin to get along better, Rand uses Callandor for the first time since Shadow Rising, to remarkable and devastating effect. But most of these things could easily have been used in either the Crown of Swords or Winter's Heart. The only reason I can think of for this book to exist would be just to have the cliff hangers and open endings Path of Daggers has. Even though they are good hooks to get you to buy the next book, doesn't mean an entire book should be written as an excuse to write them; the endings would be difficult to fit into Crown of Swords, but would work as a beginning to Winter's Heart. Rand defeating Sammael and becoming King of Illian in Crown of Swords feels like a natural ending, but Jordan could have easily have Rand go against the Seanchan in that book. The two-battle ending worked in Fires of Heaven and could do so here as well. The usage of the Bowl of the Winds could have worked in Crown of Swords too. The rest of Path of Daggers could have acted as the beginning to Winter's Heart.
So, all in all, this, along with Crossroads of Twilight, is one of two books I've read that doesn't need to exist at all. Read only as a means to progress the story and speed read most of it to get it done faster.
However, as ever, Jordon's approach to progressing the story can be somewhat jagged, he will dedicate three solid chapters of over twenty pages a piece to one story arc, and then switch to a different arc without much warning.
This writing style, to the uninitiated, does appear to be "a holding pattern", but the story is anything but. As finally decisive action takes place in the epic that is The Wheel of Time.
Probably an error in the print run. Can't even tell you which edition is it as the copyright page is amongst the pages missing.