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Knife of Dreams: 11/14 (Wheel of Time) [Hardcover]

Robert Jordan
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31 Oct 2005 Wheel of Time (Book 11)
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. But Rand dares not fight until he possesses all the surviving seals on the Dark One's prison and has dealt with the Seanchan, who threaten to overrun all nations this side of the Aryth Ocean and increasingly seem too entrenched to be fought off. But his attempt to make a truce with the Seanchan is shadowed by treachery that may cost him everything. Whatever the price, though, he must have that truce. And he faces other dangers. There are those among the Forsaken who will go to any length to see him dead - and the Black Ajah is at his side. 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 Maiden, 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 while traveling with Valan Luca's Grand Traveling Show and Magnifiencent Display of Marvels and Wonders, 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. For reasons of her own, which she will not reveal until a time of her choosing, she has pledged not to escape, but Mat still sweats whenever there are Seanchan soldiers near. Then he learns that Tuon herself is in deadly danger from those very soldiers. To get her to safety, he must do what he hates worse than work. 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.

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  • Hardcover: 784 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books (31 Oct 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312873077
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312873073
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 16.5 x 5.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (118 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,013,537 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Robert Jordan was born in 1948 in Charleston. He was a graduate of the Citadel, the Military College of South Carolina, with a degree in physics, and served two tours in Vietnam. His hobbies include hunting, fishing, sailing, poker, chess, pool and pipe collecting. He died in September 2007.

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Jordan has come to dominate the world that Tolkien began to reveal (NEW YORK TIMES)

Epic in every sense (SUNDAY TIMES)

On very rare occasions, very talented storytellers create worlds that are beyond fantasy; worlds that become realities. Robert Jordan has (MORGAN LLYWELYN)

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43 of 45 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Knife of Dreams 5 Aug 2006
After falling in love with the WoT series after reading The Eye of the World and the subsequent 4 or 5 books, I began to feel that maybe the story was unravelling out of control with the arrival of books 8 to 10.

After the monstrosity that was book 10, Knife of Dreams certainly attempts to rekindle some semblance of a plot into the series, but I can't help feeling that Jordan has significantly altered his sense of the world, and through trying to convey a land that is changing with the coming of Tarmon Gai'don, has lost contact with the very things about the story that we all loved.

The pace has definitely quickened and some plot threads are tied off, yet even reading what should be exciting revelations about Rand, the ta'veren, Aes Sedai etc.. seem to become bogged down in characters dress codes, hairstyles, warder bonds, inner voices, feelings (often of contempt for the opposite sex) or simply their preference of wine over goat's milk! It seems that no man can talk about women without listing all the ways in which they confuse him, no woman can speak to men without telling them they are 'woolheaded'. There are so many Aes Sedai, Asha'man, Tairen and Cairhienin nobles, Gai'shan, Windfinders, Wise Ones, maids and Seanchan officers with their own story lines that I have to keep re-reading just to keep up with characters of little or no consequence! Please let the Last Battle come soon, and just let it be dealt with in the style of the original Jordan!
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nearly the end? 21 Oct 2005
By Paul
Can we really be getting close to a conclusion? Many of the minor plot threads seem to be pulled together in this 11th book in the series. Having slogged through Crossroads of Twilight I was thrilled to be pulled along at a good pace. Much of the last few books seemingly endless digressions were avoided here.

We have conclusions to Faile's abduction by the Shaido, a fufillment of at least one prophecy in Mat's tale as well as some good action sequences and a dash of humour. Elaine finally stops whingeing and whining to actually get something done. Rand figures less in this book, much less than he has in previous instalments but his section of the book is memorable. The number of minor plot threads resolved or on track to resolution are too numerable to account but fans of the series, who began it as I did with the first book more than 15 years ago, will be mightily pleased that we will probably live to read the final chapter.
This was a real return to form for RJ and he deserves much praise for it.
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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Building to a diminuendo 14 Mar 2006
I have spent sooo long reading this series. Upto book seven I thought it was amazing but since then it has definitely seen a downturn. The last one was awful, and to be honest this one's not much of an improvement. I have re-read the previous books three times now so that I can get the numerous plots clear before I start reading the latest, but not this time, and that did partly detract from my enjoyment of this volume.
The problem though is that just not enough happens, the book should be half the size, endless chapters of the female characters "straightening their skirts" gets just a bit wearying. A few loose ends are tied up but not near enough to justify the end of the series in one more volume; there is just no way this can happen. Even the most parsimonious writer might struggle to wind up all the plots, not to mention the last battle, in less than another 1000 page volume and Robert Jordan could never be accused of being an economical writer.
I really do hope the next two plus are an improvement, because the story had such promise.
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Books 1,2,3,4,5,6, and 11??? 21 Oct 2005
At last!! Robert Jordan has finally returned to his old form. This is his best effort since book 6, and closely follows the form of those previous outings. He concentrates more on action, and actually getting things done, than his drawn out character development. Lots of sub-plots come to an end, with others nearing their conclusion. Yet one thing still ends up frustrating me. RJs tireless efforts to make the male half of the species seem little more than ignorant losers, completely unable to take care of themselves. This can be so annoying when you consider that the best characters, (such as Mat), get everything they set their sights on done. Whereas the women of the book spend more time conniving, drinking honey sweetened tea, and just moaning for all their worth. There is no better example of this than the Aes Sedai, in my opinion.
That aside though, this is an exceptional read, and one that i strongly recommend to old and new readers alike. It is clear that the last battle is upon us, and that everything is coaleasing fot that final confrontation.
All in all, a splendid read.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Better, 22 Mar 2006
By Rylin
The wait, oh the wait. And finally when I get it it is actually better than the last couple. However, Having waited so long for it, I found that after reading the first chapter, I had to go back and reread several of the more pitiful ones preceding it just to remember who was who, what they were doing and why. Not the main characters to be sure but the mulititued of supporting characters.
Is this over complicated or what? Now I like a convoluted plot with many characters but this series is getting way too many, maybe he should have a cataclysmic disaster which kills off half of the supporting cast so all we have to deal with are a few main players.
Better but still not worth a better rating.
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Published 17 days ago by stavros stavropoulos
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A return to form.
Published 1 month ago by Shazzam
4.0 out of 5 stars ... is very well layer down for the reader to enjoy an atmospheric
More of a action filled suspense in this follow on from the previous book and now coming towards the final outcome the build up is very well layer down for the reader to enjoy an... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Michael Clarke
4.0 out of 5 stars Finally back on track
Great book, after labouring on this journey for the last 3-4 books this finally picks up and I'll probably be getting the next book in a few hours
Published 4 months ago by CC32
4.0 out of 5 stars happy customer
good copy of knife of dreams book eleven of robert jordons.Delivered in good time only thing i would say is was a slice was on the front cover would say it was a good copy not very... Read more
Published 4 months ago by david longstaff
5.0 out of 5 stars Knife of Dream: book 11 of the wheel of time
Part 11 of a very good series of books. Would captivate anyone who is into fantasy with magic.Buy all 13 books!
Published 5 months ago by henikeljb
3.0 out of 5 stars Necessary ... but boring ...
A necessary read for the series but very boring & hard going in places!
I read two other books in the time of reading this as I needed the break! Read more
Published 6 months ago by Mr. C. Weightman
3.0 out of 5 stars badly used
The book quality was a bit worse than I expected after previous purchases , but all in all was okay
Published 6 months ago by Bisanzio
5.0 out of 5 stars Loving every word
Second time through the series and it' as good as ever, well and truly hooked me from start to finish
Published 8 months ago by JL
5.0 out of 5 stars great book
great book fab story I am reading all 15 of these books the are good action and just what I wanted.
Published 9 months ago by David Howard
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