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The Path of Daggers: The Wheel of Time Book 8 Mass Market Paperback – 1 Jan 1920

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 685 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books; 1st Mass Market Ed edition (1 Jan. 1920)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0812550293
  • ISBN-13: 978-0812550290
  • Product Dimensions: 10.4 x 3.9 x 17.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (129 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 867,153 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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Robert Jordan's bestselling Wheel of Time epic is one of the most popular fantasy series of all time for a reason. Jordan's world is rich and complex, and he's assembled an endearing, involving core of characters while mapping out an ambitious and engaging story arc.

But with the previous book, Crown of Swords, and now with Path of Daggers, the series is in a bit of a holding pattern. Path continues the halting gait of the current plot line: Rand is still on the brink of losing it, all the while juggling the political machinations around him and again taking to the field against the Seanchan. The rest of the Two Rivers kids and company don't seem to be moving much faster. Egwene continues to slowly consolidate her hold as the "true" Amyrlin (finally getting closer to Tar Valon and the inevitable confrontation with Elaida), and Nynaeve and Elayne keep on wandering toward the Lion Throne, again on the run from the Seanchan. Mat Cauthon is barely mentioned and fellow ta'veren Perrin keeps busy with politics in Ghealdan. The ending does provide promise, though, that book nine might match the pace and passion of the previous books.

If you're already hooked, you could sooner overcome a Weave of Compulsion than avoid picking up a copy of Path of Daggers. But if you're new to the series, start at the beginning with the engrossing, much-better-paced Eye of the World. --Paul Hughes --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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By A. Whitehead TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 10 Mar. 2004
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The Path of Daggers was originally published in October 1998 and was released two and a half years after the previous volume (which had ended on a cliffhanger), the longest gap between books in the series at that time. As a result, expectations for this book were high. When the book finally arrived, people were taken aback by its slimness (at least compared to other books in the series) and its failure to address that cliffhanger from the prior volume. Reviews of the book were negative and even today some fans continue to cite this as the weakest book in the series (although the majority agree that that honour goes to the tenth book). For a series that had almost been immune to criticism up to this point, this book marked a serious turning point for the worse.

The book opens in the aftermath of events in A Crown of Swords. Rand al'Thor, the Dragon Reborn, has been proclaimed King of Illian after killing the Forsaken Sammael. His satisfaction is short-lived, however. The Seanchan have returned in great force and in a blitzkrieg campaign lasting several weeks have swept through the south-west of the continent, conquering the kingdom of Tarabon and capturing the cities of Amador and Ebou Dar (the capitals of Amadicia and Altara, respectively) in rapid succession. Already fearing they might march on Illian next, Rand concocts a plan to bottle them up in Ebou Dar, but is unaware that there are those in his own ranks who are preparing to move against him.

Meanwhile, in Ghealdan Perrin makes contact with Queen Alliandre as part of his mission to track down and neutralise the increasingly insane and dangerous 'Prophet of the Dragon', Masema. At the same time, the leaders of the Borderlands have led a vast host southwards for an unknown reason.
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By A Customer on 17 May 2000
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This book was a big disappointment. Having being introduced into the series by a friend in Febuary 2000, I proceeded to read and purchase all of the WoT books in chronological order. I finished "A Crown of Swords" and went to the bookshop a week later to buy Book 8. After plodding my way through the uninspired plot I came up with several questions. Where's Mat? Why all the political business with Egwene...? Why o why the'folding of arms below breasts'? I thoroughly enjoyed the previous books but this was slow and almost put me off the WoT. Thankfully Book 9 should be out in a little while and Robert Jordan will have taken note of the negative reviews and described the action more graphically and reverted to his original skill and flair.
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Format: Hardcover
This series started off so well- action, pace, adventure, it had it all! Now it looks as if the Wheel of Time will have turned full circle by the time the series ends! Path of Daggers continues the deteriation of this series from its excellent beginnings to the current below-boredom threshold. If only I'd never started reading the series and didn't want to get to the end (if there ever is one?).
A pity Rand doesn't even get into the story until half way through the book, and then achieves so little he may as well not even be in it.
A little less colourful description of the scenery and a lot more plot development in the next book may restore my faith that the books do actually have an end- come on Robert, you can do better than this- just go back and read the first two books in the series and you'll get my drift.
In summary, if you haven't started reading this series yet, now is not the time to start! Wait another 4,6,8,or ten years until its finished(?), then it might be worth reading the whole story in one go, otherwise you'll forget most of the point of the series by the time you get to the end.
P.S. Sorry if you read this Mr Jordan, but after all the hype in the build-up to this book (your best ever, you've been quoted as saying)it was such a terrible let-down. As my teachers used to say 'must try harder'.
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I was not disappointed with Path of Daggers, but I would hope the next/last installment won't be long in coming. I re-read the whole series before reading it, and I think that made the difference in how enjoyable it was. If a measure of a good book is that it leaves you wanting more, Path has accomplished it's goal. I want to know what Cadsuane is going to teach the Ashamen and how Logain is going to gain glory. Who's is the other cage that Moriden has, and how Moiraine will return (Min's viewings NEVER fail)
I'm not after a 'quick' fix, but I would like a properly involved resolution with his next book. I would rather wait for a few years and have a 2000+ page finish, than to keep being strung along. Besides, there will always be another age and Rand can show up in someone elses head!
Bring it on!
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This book was a big disappointment. Unfortunately, Books Seven and Eight of the Wheel of Time have been the weakest entries in the series. What's worse is that the waits between books have been getting longer. Which means that the momentum that had been building up through the first six books has slowly faded away. The only silver lining for Wheel of Time fans is that this book ends with promise. If Jordan can't deliver the goods in Book Nine, it will be clear that his reach exceeded his grasp. Fans expect more after such a long build-up than countless pages describing a trip to a farm, or women squabbling like hens. Give us something to get excited about RJ! This just ain't gonna cut it!
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