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The Knife of Dreams - a knife-jab that woke up the Wheel of Time.,
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This review is from: Knife Of Dreams: Book 11 of the Wheel of Time (Hardcover)
I am very pleased to say that some plot lines are finally tied up in this book.
I will get the bad stuff out of the way first.
The books continue to contain lots of padding-out material. Demonstrated by the fact that Perrin (arguably the joint second most important character's) latest exploits have all been about rescuing Faile... a plot spanning a total of THREE NOVELS.
For example, in the first three novels, Perrin had left his home pursued by Trollocs, got lost with Egwene and learned he could communicate with wolves, traveled through the ways to the Blight, met two of the Forsaken, particpated in the Great Hunt - a thrilling story of a chase across the world, become the bannerman of the Dragon (when the Horn of Valere is found and sounded!), then chased the Dragon across the world, meet his wife-to-be, and witnessed Rand drawing Calandor.
In the latest three novels, his wife got captured, investigated some flour with weevils in for some reason, got some soldiers together, and launched an assault again the Shaido. The latter two events happening in the Knife of Dreams.
And that's just Perrin. Mat has been riding across Ebou Dar with the circus for the last two novels.
Methinks Jordan is losing his touch.
I am rather tired of the world of the Wheel of Time, myself. In short, The Wheel of Time world, known only as Randland as Jordan has not been kind enough to provide another name, is a world of "hard-packed dirt roads", bay geldings, embroidery and lace cuffs, and an endless stream of angry women - each one more stubborn and predicatbly hard-willed as the last.
I digress. You all know whats wrong with it.
Let's look at the positives.
Yes, I think there have been some very postive things about A Knife of Dreams.
Without giving too much information away, one of Mat's plot threads finally ends, and also one of Perrin's. So it is worth reading for that at least.
There is a reduction in sniffing, mentions of Bela, random Aes Sedia, and hair caught in nets. And silverpike (I never thought I would see the day). Though you may grit your teeth at the constant mention of pillow-friends.
What else is good? Well the end of the epilogue is a magnificent cliffhanger. Gosh, its worth reading just to reach the last line of speech. My, my.
However, to make the book worth reading, go straight to the first Rand chapter. It's called News For The Dragon, and is about half-way through.
I will fill you in on what happens from page one up until then:
You're up to speed.
Seriously though, Knife of Dreams does at last make progress through the plot, and there is a definate sense that the saga is coming to an end. Though I don't think the last book will be quite the BANG we were hoping for. Still, time will tell.
Time will also tell how Jordan will condense 3000 pages of storytelling (I estimate) yet to come into a 1000 page novel. And still include plenty of sniffing, Sea Folk diplomacy, and three pages per chapter dedicated to Elayne's cups of tea.