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The Path of Daggers

Wheel of Time, Book 8
Length: 23 hrs and 25 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (986 ratings)
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Summary

For millions of fans around the globe, the wait is over. Sequel to the international blockbuster best seller A Crown of Swords, this epic volume continues one of history's greatest fictional journeys and the most extraordinary work of American fantasy ever published-- The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and worldwide best-selling series The Wheel of Time. The phenomenal tale that is mesmerizing a generation of readers now continues.

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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Good book

Really enjoying the wheel of time books so much, there greats I can't get enough of them

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Arduous

Very different style evident here, character development is surely important but entire swathes of this book seemed mere padding.

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what the hell is wrong here?

so first of all, wheel of time is an epic series and I'm loving it. BUT, this book and the last book, the editting has been getting worse and worse! to the point were I am pretty sure the last chapter is missing? Audible, not sure how I complain but I'll figure that out later. now I have to find an copy of the actual book and check... may stop buying the audiobook copy from here on in as a review for book 9 says the same thing. Very disappointed..

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Not as bad as expected

If you're reading this, it's probably too late to stop now. The book is distinctly "above average" compared to books 1-7. Very important things happen here, with very little stupidity, relatively speaking. If I didn't know better, I might suspect that Robert Jordan decided to embrace character development.

What he also embraced are way more words than the story deserves, as usual.

There are few action scenes though and the ending is not as impressive as the previous ones. It snuck up on me. When I heard "the last chapter", I had to pause and check if it was a metaphor.


TL;DR:
Book 8 is better than people say, but as usual, half of it is still boring. You will read it anyway. You've come too far to give up now.

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Bit slow

A kind of middle chapter in the story. Jordan is building up to something big

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Great performance of a good book

Would you consider the audio edition of The Path of Daggers to be better than the print version?

Yes

What other book might you compare The Path of Daggers to, and why?

Game of Thrones, similar themes with a more fantasy vibe

Have you listened to any of Michael Kramer and Kate Reading ’s other performances? How does this one compare?

Other books, as good as ever. Michael Kramer and Kate Reading are exceptionally good.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

No

Any additional comments?

No

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fast but good

Th3 story gets quite involved with all the different characters but its still a great book.

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tiresome

I haven't been driven to write a review of the series before this book, having read all of them up to book 12 years ago my memories of them were good, but oh...this one was just hard work. I am sick of the 'bulging' eyes, and worst of all, 'gaping' expressions. I have committed to listening to all the books, mainly because it's a good tale, and I like the central characters, but there's another reason...this was Robert Jordan's life work and I was so upset that he died before it was completed, I found that poignant, however, were he still alive and writing, I would be sending him a Thesaurus, and an editor to cut out all the stuff that isn't gripping. So glad I've finished this book.

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One of the top ten fantasy series ever !

Jordan's foresight in composing this series is incredible, so much so that this epic series outlasted the author, luckily Sanderson completed the final three books.

The characters are excellent and balanced, while the depth of description can baffle at times it only serves to illustrate and soon draws you deeper.

Simple put, listening or reading this series is hard to beat.

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  • Nigel
  • Warwickshire
  • 26-07-15

Too much padding

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

The basic concepts are good and the story is pretty good but there's so much unnecessary padding as if the author is trying to get as many books as possible from the series. Basically twice as long as it needs to be.

What other book might you compare The Path of Daggers to, and why?

The previous book in the series.

Which character – as performed by Michael Kramer and Kate Reading – was your favourite?

Matt

Was The Path of Daggers worth the listening time?

Over long.

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  • A. R. Ward
  • 14-05-15

It was okay.

Not the best book in the series, but it moved the story along. I hope the next book picks up. This book just didn't excite me like the one's before it.

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  • Nick Damato
  • 14-10-17

Very disappointed in this book

This is by far the weakest book in the series so far. Book 7 was starting to show the signs but I was so disappointed with this book that I felt compelled to write a review. While I actually appreciate Jordan's presentation of slower-paced, immersive books he seems to take this to a new art here. The pacing is inconsistent, he may spend 2 pages detailing a party walking through a portal in one section and 2 sentences in another. The story timing was disjointed it was more difficult than usual to figure out where in the timeline the section was occurring. Most of that is forgivable but this book just did not move the plot forward enough given the time invested. It's more than 90% people moving around thinking to themselves and probably less than 10% plot progress. Book 7 and 8 could have been easily combined into one book. A major set of antagonists is virtually missing throughout the entire book while excessive detail is wasted on some minor antagonists. Again, I like slow paced immersive books but there's a minimum of plot development that I expect per book and that was not achieved here. Bottom line: it's still worth reading but less enjoyable that earlier books. I was relieved when I finished.

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  • Greg
  • 25-06-17

This is where the story bogs down

Would you try another book from Robert Jordan and/or Michael Kramer and Kate Reading ?

If you've made it this far, you're already committed.

What do you think your next listen will be?

Next book in the same series, I guess

Have you listened to any of Michael Kramer and Kate Reading ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Yes, this one is just as good. They are really good.

Was Path of Daggers worth the listening time?

No, not worth the time. About 1/3 is worth listening to, the rest is bloated drivel. Jordan thinks we care about exactly what every character is wearing, in every scene. Purists might call this "world-building." The other 98% of us call it a waste of time.

Any additional comments?

So this is the book where I quit on Jordan 16 years ago initially. This story (books 1-4) starts out really great, and Jordan has some really top notch moments. But Path of Daggers man...Jordan really sucks with his female POV. Every female character has some over-arching personality trait that is super obnoxious, and he never ever deviates from that in any scene. His characters in general often feel like robots, just spouting off the same lines, giving the same glares, stares, etc in every. single. scene. Like i mentioned, the female POV's are particularly rough, and this book is loaded with storylines from the female characters. Blah. I literally find myself wanting Nynaeve, Faile, and at least 1/3 of the Aes Sedai to die. The dark one can have Perrin too. Wonder if we could trade those for the deaths of a few forsaken? I'd take that trade and I think the story would be much more tolerable.

I am going to continue listening to the series (at 1.75 speed) only because Brandon Sanderson finished the series and my brother said he crushed it. On to book 9! Can't wait for more descriptions of dresses!!

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  • mark warnock
  • 15-06-17

A Let Down

Male narrator continues to be lackluster. More importantly, this is more like a story within a story than any continuation of the previous books.

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  • GM PHILLIPS
  • 21-08-16

book 8<br />

beginning to get a little cumbersome, still worth the read though. e n d o

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  • Bryant
  • 02-12-15

Back on track from disappointing crown of swords

Back on track from disappointing crown of swords. Some interesting developments for rand, and to a lesser degree Perrin, Elaine.

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  • Chris
  • 02-03-13

Another stellar read!!!

What did you love best about Path of Daggers?

If you have read the whole series to this point, the depth of the character development is paying off in spades!

Who was your favorite character and why?

Master (or Lord) Matt Cauthen has grown into this exciting and legendary warrior/leader/horn blower!

Have you listened to any of Michael Kramer and Kate Reading ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

yes, and this is another GREAT performance

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

this is a dumb question

Any additional comments?

keep reading this WOT series... it just keeps getting better!

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  • Kory Johnson
  • 16-09-17

what happened? nothing

Jordan gets so caught up in characters in this book that he forgets to tell a story. I mean an entire book as a set up book, why put your readers through that. Matt, my favorite character, isn't even in the book. It's also getting annoying that everyone is a jumpy asshole ready to snap everyone's heads of for doing anything at all. If I hadn't heard from other readers that the last books were worth it to get through these middle books I would have quit the series right here. Here's to book 9, moving on.

7 of 9 people found this review helpful

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  • Craig H.
  • 26-01-10

Jordan rules

I have loved this book series for many years. It is a cult classic and a great sci fi fantasy series. I read everyday and I am now listening to the whole series again. I love this series and even the new book written by another author after Robert Jordan died.

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  • Paul K. Tribbett
  • 10-01-12

the best of the best

You are reading the best epic fantasy series there is. period. It may take a while to get into it but you will. There are 2600 plus characters but don't get scared teenagers read this every day. You will know these peoples as "friends" and "enemies" and like your own family. Read by the dynamic duo of recitation kate reading and michael kramer... they pull it all together .. I switch genres just to listen to them... It [the series] is really one huge wonderful story broken into 14 too short books that nobody wants to see ended..I can not express how good these books are. I have started 16 different friends reading TWoT and they are all addicted. You think that maybe the books are enchanted some how???
If fantasy is your genre you have arrived....... paul t.

10 of 14 people found this review helpful

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