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The Path of Daggers: Book Eight of 'The Wheel of Time' (Wheel of Time, 8) Audio CD – Unabridged, November 11, 2008
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In the Stone of Tear, the Lord Dragon considers his next move. It will be something no one expects, not the Black Ajah, not Tairen nobles, not Aes Sedai, not Egwene or Elayne or Nynaeve.
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Michael Kramer has narrated over 100 audiobooks for many bestselling authors. He read all of Robert Jordan’s epic Wheel of Time fantasy-adventure series as well as Brandon Sanderson’s The Stormlight Archive series. He received AudioFile magazine's Earphones Award for the Kent Family series by John Jakes and for Alan Fulsom's The Day After Tomorrow. Known for his “spot-on character portraits and accents, and his resonant, well-tempered voice” (AudioFile), his work includes recording books for the Library of Congress’s Talking Books program for the blind and physically handicapped.
Kramer also works as an actor in the Washington, D.C. area, where he lives with his wife, Jennifer Mendenhall (a.k.a. Kate Reading), and their two children. He has appeared as Lord Rivers in Richard III at The Shakespeare Theatre, Howie/Merlin in The Kennedy Center’s production of The Light of Excalibur, Sam Riggs and Frederick Savage in Woody Allen’s Central Park West/Riverside Drive, and Dr. Qari Shah in Tony Kushner’s Homebody/Kabul at Theatre J.
Kate Reading is the recipient of multiple AudioFile Earphones Awards and has been named by AudioFile magazine as a “Voice of the Century,” as well as the Best Voice in Science Fiction & Fantasy in 2008 and 2009 and Best Voice in Biography & Culture in 2010. She has narrated works by such authors as Jane Austen, Robert Jordan, Edith Wharton, and Sophie Kinsella. Reading has performed at numerous theaters in Washington D.C. and received a Helen Hayes Award for her performance in Aunt Dan and Lemon. AudioFile magazine reports that, "With subtle control of characters and sense of pacing, Kate’s performances are a consistent pleasure."
- Publisher : Macmillan Audio; Unabridged edition (November 11, 2008)
- Language : English
- ISBN-10 : 1427205086
- ISBN-13 : 978-1427205087
- Item Weight : 1.08 pounds
- Dimensions : 5.23 x 2.19 x 5.8 inches
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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.
I decided to skip making a review of "A Crown of Swords" and go straight to this book, because...well, there wasn't really anything to say about ACoS. It was pretty much the same as LoC. In fact, if LoC hadn't been so doggone fat with description and pointless details, I think that it, Crown of Swords, and Path of Daggers could have been combined into two books, rather than three.
Robert Jordan's biggest flaw as a writer, I think, is that he doesn't know what to focus on. He has such a great story, world, and characters, yet he spends his time on the wrong things entirely. A lot more story, action, and character development could be packed in if the more mundane happenings and excess description was gotten rid of. Oftentimes, however, he tends to skip over details that I actually want to read about, such as Elayne's test to become Accepted, or her relationship with Rand, or Rand's interaction with his Asha'man, to name a few. It is tantalizing to think of what a glorious, 5-star series this could have been and remained if this one problem had been gotten rid of.
What I think is provoking so much negative feedback for these books, more than anything else, is the slow progress. I suffer a lot less from this, since I started the series later than most readers and can read the books back to back, but when these books were being published, series' loyalists had to wait up to two or three years between books after Lord of Chaos was published, and little enough progress is made in each one.
But then, the Wheel of Time never has been a series for immediate action and gratification. These are slow-paced books that were written to be satisfying in the long run, rather than in the immediate, and if you go in thirsting for action and excitement and nothing else, you might be disappointed. On the flipside, I've found that going back and reading the series over, after reading several books in, makes for a much richer experience than the first time.
The first time reading, most characters seem really minor, and get brushed aside easily and forgotten. After reading through several books and getting an idea of who the characters are and where they're going, I can really savor the storylines and character interaction, as well as the staggering complexity of the plot. I'd advise new readers of this series to do the same, read several books in, then go back and start a second time. It makes everything better.
Anyway, "Path of Daggers" benefited in no small manner from its slightly better focus. Elayne is more prominent in this book than any other character, which counts for quite a bit with me, as she doesn't get on my nerves the way that most of Jordan's female characters do. I personally found Egwene's POV to the be the most boring, as it moves sluggishly and is too preoccupied with politics to be very enjoyable. The plot itself takes place over the time frame of about one month. Then again, I guess all the plotlines are too slow to one extent or another, even in the shortest book of the series. (Not counting the prequel.)
All and all, it's a good book, though it could do with a lot less bitchy secondary characters (Cadsuane, Nynaeve, the Maidens) and with more Rand, Mat, and Elayne. I'd also like to see more focus on the excellent and colorful magic system, the One Power. It deserves more of a forefront in the series and more frequent use than it is getting.
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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.