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.
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"Explodes with motion, as multiple plot lines either conclude or advance, and the march to Tarmon Gai'don, the climactic last battle between the Dragon Reborn and the Dark One, begins in earnest." (Publishers Weekly)
"The battle scenes have the breathless urgency of firsthand experience, and the...evil laced into the forces of good, the dangers latent in any promised salvation, the sense of the unavoidable onslaught of unpredictable events bear the marks of American national experience during the last three decades." (The New York Times)
"Jordan has a powerful vision of good and evil, but what strikes me as most pleasurable...is all the fascinating people moving through a rich and interesting world." (Orson Scott Card)
It's good to see parts of the many stranded stories within the Wheel Of Time moving towards completion. For a long time it seemed that things were just moving along but now it's difficult to put the book down. Can't wait for the next in the series.
It's a shame that this was Jordan's swan song, as this was a brilliant return to what readers were used to, and completely supassed my expectations.
Book 10 was very hard to finish reading as a novel, and even in audible form, despite the narrators excellent efforts, it was a fairly dull book.
Knife of Dreams not only corrected Book 10's problems, but it is possibly Jordan's best, if not very close to The Shadow Rising. This book has more action in it's prolouge than occured in the previous book!
It sets a relentless pace and moves the storyline along at an appreciated rate.
Mat is extremely funny as always, and this book brings a welcome, if bittersweet ending to the Faile-Shaido story arc.
Michael Kramer and Kate Reading brought their usual good work to the narration, I couldn't imagine Wheel of Time without them!
It was a shame Jordan died afterwards. Sanderson did a great job following up Jordan's work, but Jordan himself will be missed greatly.
The audio skips quite alot; sometimes at key narrative moments. Im not even confident that the last line of the book was recorded.
Not up to audibles standard
This was definitely a return to form for Jordan, where he finally begins to draw in the threads of the story together and you regain a feeling of momentum sadly lost in some of the preceding books.
Not so much about their performance. I've enjoyed the narrators work, especially as they have grown in confidence across the series and I've never understood the criticism that others have made about the narration. It has definitely felt more balanced as the female characters came to prominence in the story giving Kate a bigger share of the narration.
What did annoy me were the quality issues in the recording. I'd have put it down to a corrupted download but i see other listeners had similar issues so it must be in the original recording. Fortunately they seem to have got a grip on the editing so there was less double line reading than in the previous book.
I'd started to have concerns around book 6 which became fully realised in the following 3 to 4 books. Progress slowed, plots became more complicated, and some progress already made was undone in further plot twists which seemed unnecessary. More major characters were being added along with additional story threads and the end seemed to be getting further away rather than closer so this book was a welcome relief.
the story and performance by both narrators excellent. Unfortunately the audio would crackle and break or even skip often. Not so much as to lose track of what was happening but jarring.
Another excellent reading by the two speakers, although it's amusing hearing the differences in how they do the regional accents.
We'll paced with plenty of action across the characters and loved the Tuon Matt storyline development.
However the recording quality left a lot to be desired with static & stutters appearing every hour or so and although words fluid the appear to be missed it ruined my listening pleasure hence three stars overall.
as usual a really good book from Robert Jordan. I marked the review down as there appeared to be some problems with the recording, seemed to be some skipping
"Getting us there!"
I loved the first 7 books of this series, and then felt let down by the next three. I kept thinking to myself please just get me to the last battle! And then book 11 came, I almost didn't get this book, I didn't know if I had anymore to give to this series. Well I am so glad I did get this one, it restored my love in the wheel-of-time series. It returned to the core party, it tied off loss ends, and made a very good start at getting us to the final battle. I felt the urgency growing!
I will not give away anything, however I must say there is one very emontional part that was written to tug at the heart strings, and it did, I wanted to join the golden crain and stand by it in the last battle!
If you have read the last 10 books, you must, must get this one! If you are thinking of starting a new series with lot of life I can recommend this one now with no hesitation.
See you at the last battle!
"Better than the last few, but"
Well things finally get moving again in this one. We've been suffering through the last couple of books, but now we've got some action, and finally resolution to a couple of the plot lines. Only problem here is we're still hearing way too much about the Aes Sedai. They still come off sounding like a bunch of spoiled children arguing over their little plots while the world comes apart around them. It seems to come off as petty bickering instead of political intrigue, but you can suffer through that to get the rest of it.
Like others have said, too much Aes Sedai, not enough of Matt, Perrin, and Rand. But if you've gone this far, through 10 books, including a couple that were downright painful, then you'll be pleased with this. Now, stop reading reviews, you know you were going to buy it anyway. Just click add to cart and be done with it...well go on.
"Stuff is happening! It's happening!!"
You didn't make it here if you are not a WoT fan...(except for the one reviewer who seems to think skipping a few books is a reasonable thing to do...).
At any rate - there are no long courtships (well...except for "Precious" and "Toy" - but it's not annoying), everyone has pretty much fallen into his or her role, and we're back on track, making significant progress toward the last battle.
There's excitement, and victories, and...well, there are still 3 more books (was going to be 1, but Sanderson wisely changed it to 3. The first of the three is even better than this one, BTW).
I would strongly suggest going back through the first 11 again before starting the last three - but short of that, DEFINITELY do this one. If you go back and listen/read a second (or more) time, you'll notice that this series is ... amazingly ... coherent...
Anyway - after ... a thousand or two pages of ... seemingly little movement - this book (if not the one before) gets things back on track.
If you're a WoT fan, and I KNOW you are (except the lady who skipped a few books), you WILL like this one.
"So, you'll read it anyhow"
So, if you're like me you're in for a nickel, in for a dime on this series. If you've read the other 10, you're bound to read this just to see what happens.
Welcome to Knife of Dreams, the second to last book of the Wheel of Time series and well...its good, but its no Great Hunt, Shadow Rising, Fires of Heaven, its not even a Crown of Swords.
Dont get me wrong, its still enjoyable because Jordan is finally getting around to fulfilling all of the prophecies and foretellings that characters have had over the last 10 books, but I get the feeling that while he still writes in big blocky paragraphs, he is rushing to tie things up.
Overall, if you've read the entire series you're reading one of the better ones since book 7, but read w/ gaurded expectations as this isnt a mind blowing experience.
"Good luck Robert"
If you follow Robert Jordan you are probably aware by now that he is currently fighting a life threatening disease and his family and fans face the prospect of loosing a literary genius. Robert Jordan has given fans of fantasy one of the great epics, as I write this I pray that he he is given the the time to write us an end for this great work and goes on to create many more. Many thanks Robert and may God speed you back to good health. Start at the beginning and read them all… some slow paced….. some fast….. some lows but many highs…. Overall, authorial brilliance.
"Love the story .. But audio jumps"
Goes without saying, I am a fan of the story. I of course agree it tends to go off in too many side plots, and it is easy to get confused who is on the side of the shadow, pretending to walk in the light. That being said, I am still a fan and can't wait to see how it all ends.
Only complaint about this particular audio book is that in part three somewhere, Reading is narrating a part about Egwene in the Tower, and it all of a sudden jumps to Kramer narrating about Matt or Rand (forget which one), in another part of the book. Feel like I lost some reading there.
Well I must say it is indeed getting a little better with this series. The last two editions in this series have been tragic disappointments with one pointless side plot after another. At least with this latest edition of the Wheel of Time, there seems to be a progression of the main story lines as well as some action that was sorely lacking in the last few books. I hope that the next few editions continue on this (hopefully) upward progression back to the original plot lines.
"Better, but only because of Mat Cauthon"
The past 3 books have mostly been awful, if judged on their own and not as a whole with the entire series.
This one is definitely better, but only because of the Mat Cauthon story line. I would have thought I would enjoy Perrin's as well, but it is attached to yet another situation where a bunch of female characters are being held against their will. And, of course, as soon as she is rescued, Jordan immediately writes another set of his female characters to walk with bravado into another obvious situation for things to not go as planned and one of them gets taken against their will.
I agree with many of the other reviews. Jordan is as verbose as ever, but everything reads rushed and sloppy. I can't help but feel that there was too much time spent on things that just don't have enough literary value to the story.
It's worth it just for the Mat Cauthon parts, though. Mat has consistently been the most interesting and consistently quality reading character out of all of the later books. Perhaps making up for the fact that he spent so much of the earlier books annoyingly under the influence of or chasing the dagger from Shadar Logoth.
"Yeah, right, you'll buy it anyway, just like me!"
Sure, read the first TEN books and skip number eleven cause some reviewer didn't like it? RIGHT!! the book was a good one, and I have the same complaint as the other ten from RJ, too heavy with Aes Sedia plotting, too light on the boys, and a total setup for number twelve. Ain't it grand!!
We RJ fans will always happily spend our money on books in this series and complain later, at the same time trying to get our friends hooked on the wheel of time series and extolling it's virtue to the world.
Robert Jordan is know for taking his sweet time with setting up plots and even more for resolving them(even more for describing everything). This book is no different from the other ten in that respect. It starts off really slow, but after about a third of the way through begins to heat up.
Perrin/Faile plot is finally resolved. Mat/Tuon plot comes to a head. And for once all the time spent on Elaynes' story leads somewhere. All in all a huge improvement over the last few books, but still lacking some of the grandeur and pace that made the earlier books so captivating. My biggest complaint is that Rand, once again, barely gets a piece of this book(my favorite character). Rand is so darn cool, use him more RJ.
With one more book to go(supposedly) u wont want to miss out on this one. I almost forgive RJ for the last 3 in the series... almost
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