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4.0 out of 5 stars Dont be such Cynics
Robert Jordan set out to create one of the greatest fantasy Epics of all time, and up till now has been amazingly successful. However, everyone is complaining that this book is too short, or that it took to long to come out etc. This is simply not true. Since he started Robert Jordan has been giving more than should be expected of any writer. But many people have been...
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2.0 out of 5 stars Thoroughly disappointing
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...
Published on 10 Mar 2004 by A. Whitehead


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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Thoroughly disappointing, 10 Mar 2004
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A. Whitehead "Werthead" (Colchester, Essex United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Path Of Daggers: Book 8 of the Wheel of Time: 8/12 (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. Nynaeve, Elayne and their loose and fractious alliance of Sea Folk Windfinders, Aes Sedai and Kin have recovered the Bowl of Winds from Ebou Dar and now have to use it to restore normal weather to the world, unaware of the consequences of their actions. And in the White Tower Elaida walks a fine line as she is blackmailed by Alviarin into doing things that will shatter the sisterhood, whilst her secret agents continue their hunt for the Black Ajah.

A plot summary of Path of Daggers sounds exciting, and the news that the book features a significant military showdown between Rand and the Seanchan should be impressive. However, The Path of Daggers is beset by numerous problems that prevent it from being fully enjoyable. First off, the level of filler in this book is much worse than any previous volume. There are several chapters where characters are riding along arguing with one another, or discussing the plot, or making it clear how much they hate one another. These points are slammed home again and again by Robert Jordan for no clear purpose. The battles between Rand and the Seanchan are intriguing and the messy ending to the engagement is an important moment in the series, but it comes far too late in the book. Perrin's story proceeds at an absolute crawl and he barely has any screen-time in the book, whilst Mat has none. Jordan's point that Mat is recovering from his wounds and thus isn't doing anything interesting in the story at this moment is well-taken, but at the same time the ambiguity of Mat's fate in the prior volume was part of what made the book's ending powerful and interesting. It being completely ignored for four and a half years until Book 9 was annoying. However, re-reading the series now this isn't so much of a problem.

Up until The Path of Daggers, the structural and writing problems with the series could to some extent be ignored because the story was still compelling and the reader was encouraged to read on no matter what. However, at this point and through the next two books these problems start to actually interfere with the readability of the books. The pace slows to a crawl and events that would have been covered in a few chapters in previous books now span entire novels. For some reason Jordan ignored the basic writing maxim that as you build up to a series finale you have to increase the pace and intensity of events, and as a result the series becomes somewhat more difficult to read in-depth from this point on.

The Path of Daggers (**) doesn't suffer from quite so many problems as it did on first release, but it still represents a significant failure in both writing and editing that makes it a shadow of the book it could have been. The book is available in the UK from Orbit and in the USA from Tor.
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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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This review is from: The Path Of Daggers: Book 8 of the Wheel of Time: 8/12 (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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2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointment, thy name is The Path of Daggers, 31 Aug 2006
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This review is from: The Path Of Daggers: Book 8 of the Wheel of Time: 8/12 (Mass Market Paperback)
What has happened to this series?! The first 6 books were great, setting higher standards for the genre. So without a doubt this has to be the biggest disappointment EVER of the series. It takes 5 chapters to get to a farm and get up a hill!!! Whenever an action scene materialises (which is rare), its always about weaving the flows of the one power or something thats completely irrelevant about someones clothing or how that asha'man was looking at me funny. And what is the constant obsession with Perrin and Faile's feelings towards each other? The progress in this book is non-existent. Instead of actually interesting stuff we're given dull feelings, details about clothing and the mind numbingly boring shaido! WE GET IT ALREADY, THEY HAVE NO HONOUR! Only buy this book if you want to complete this series.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Dont be such Cynics, 9 Nov 1999
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This review is from: The Path Of Daggers: Book 8 of the Wheel of Time: 8/12 (Mass Market Paperback)
Robert Jordan set out to create one of the greatest fantasy Epics of all time, and up till now has been amazingly successful. However, everyone is complaining that this book is too short, or that it took to long to come out etc. This is simply not true. Since he started Robert Jordan has been giving more than should be expected of any writer. But many people have been spoilt and now expect this all the time. Give the guy a rest. And those people complaining about the plot, calm down. It may be a bit fuzzy for most of the book, but the plot was so complex at the end of the last one that he needed to slow down a bit and start trying to tie up loose ends. Dont worry. It will pick up again.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as the rest but still worth the money, 17 Oct 1999
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This review is from: The Path Of Daggers: Book 8 of the Wheel of Time: 8/12 (Mass Market Paperback)
Although perhaps not as good as the previous books 'The Path of Daggers' continues a story of epic proportions.I believe the series' length is a strength not a weakness and dread the day my favourite fantasy series comes to an end.It is great that Robert Jordan has created a story so complex in a genre that is full of books that appear to be identical to each other.I hope the series continues it's excellent run.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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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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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1.0 out of 5 stars Does Robert Jordan think his readers have gone senile, 27 Feb 1999
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Myself and my daughter waited on tenderhooks for this book to come out and having both read it feel very let down. Almost nothing dynamic happened, there were no ideas worth pursuing. We got the distinct impression that this is a cynical attempt to extract money from his loyal fans. Its about time the story concluded and we were all put out of our misery. I for one will not buy another episode unless it is the last.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Slower and slower the Wheel turns....., 9 Nov 1998
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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 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Tale Goes On (and on!), 19 Jun 1999
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This review is from: The Path Of Daggers: Book 8 of the Wheel of Time: 8/12 (Mass Market Paperback)
Robert Jordan has yet again created a masterpiece of intrigue and magic! The 'Path of Daggers' takes us another step along in the ever growing web which is 'The Wheel of Time' series. The book (in true Jordan style) drags out each sub plot to its longest possible conclusion, whilst the much-mentioned final battle inches ever closer, with frustrating lethargy. The Path of Daggers does still, however, retain the old Jordan magic, although one hopes that the series will move away from its current 'x-files' style of unfulfilled expectation, and eventually get to the point somewhere down the line. Until this occurs, however, the series still, (remarkably), maintains its interest factor, and whilst being as frustratingly unfulfilled as the other books in the series. The 'Path of Daggers' provides us with a fascinating (and addictive) mix of political machination, mystic battle, and social interaction, creating a truly enjoyable read!
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