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The Path Of Daggers : " Wheel Of Time " : Book 8 : [Hardcover]

Robert Jordan
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29 Oct 1998

With The Wheel of Time, Jordan has come to dominate the world Tolkien began to reveal. Jordan has created a universe so detailed that elaborate commentaries have developed on the Internet, news groups debate the fates of characters, sites on the World Wide Web attempt to foretell events looming in the promised eighth, ninth and tenth volumes of this series.' New York Times

The Wheel of Time has proved to be the most significant and biggest-selling fantasy series of recent years, its popularity and importance growing with each new novel. The eighth book, THE PATH OF DAGGERS, takes the story on to greater heights.

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  • Hardcover: 604 pages
  • Publisher: Orbit Books; 1st. Edition edition (29 Oct 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1857235541
  • ISBN-13: 978-1857235548
  • Product Dimensions: 16.2 x 24.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (107 customer reviews)
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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


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

A powerful vision of good and evil. (Orson Scott Card)

Epic in every sense. (SUNDAY TIMES)

A great read... the volumed only get richer as they go along. (LOCUS)

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Thoroughly disappointing 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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Bored...Zzzz. 17 May 2000
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Format:Mass Market Paperback
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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1.0 out of 5 stars Slower and slower the Wheel turns..... 9 Nov 1998
By A Customer
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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4.0 out of 5 stars The Wheel continues to weave... 20 Aug 1999
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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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2.0 out of 5 stars A Disappointing Addition to a Great Saga 25 April 1999
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Format:Mass Market Paperback
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 16 days ago by D. A. Lowe
5.0 out of 5 stars Another excellent book in the series.
The book continues to detail the adventures, misfortunes and doubts of the three main characters.
As usual there are twists and turns, but that is what is to be expected in a... Read more
Published 3 months ago by spyder02
5.0 out of 5 stars The Path Of Daggers: Book 8 of the Wheel of Time
Part 8 of a very good series of books. Would captivate anyone who is into fantasy with magic.Buy all 13 books!
Published 3 months ago by henikeljb
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book
The story gets better and better. The world has lost a fantastic writer in Robert Jordan. It will be a long time before we see the likes of him again.
Published 4 months ago by Siobhan
4.0 out of 5 stars good book
I bought this as a gift so havent read it. it arrived in good time and my son was delighted with it.
Published 5 months ago by MT64
5.0 out of 5 stars amazing book
Should read the author is amazing it's a real shame that such a great writer has passed away. All his books are amazing.
Published 5 months ago by Alb-Tech
5.0 out of 5 stars good book
and the plot thickens as we read more into the world where the 'wheel turns', I got drawn into the story at all stages.
Published 6 months ago by Rev. P. A. Edwards
5.0 out of 5 stars great book
brilliant book. all the wheel of time books are great. fantastic stories. and a great price. I am sure you'll agree.
Published 9 months ago by David Howard
5.0 out of 5 stars Epic
The epic that is TWOT continues to gather depth and pace toward what will no doubt be an awesome finale
Published 11 months ago by P. Larcombe
5.0 out of 5 stars Thrilling
In this instalment of the series he hints at possible future events. A great read ans well worth recommending but you've' probably started the series anyone so hurry up an finish... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Daniel Adams
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