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Knife of Dreams,
This review is from: Knife Of Dreams: Book 11 of the Wheel of Time (Hardcover)
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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Initial post: 4 Aug 2008, 13:41:51 BST
J. Sellers says:
I am so glad Im not the only person to think like this, the first 4 books were absolutely wonderful, never read anything like them, but what on earth happened to Robert Jordan after this, did someone hit him on the head or did he forget his master plan for the story? I to am waiting for the story to end, but where is the next book? ANd have the forsaken all cleared off too?
Posted on 11 Apr 2012, 19:44:26 BST
G M Morris says:
Aycarumba summed it up for me, first few books were wondrful, a work of art, the last few were wandering repeats of the same stuff, I stopped reading when I finally got fed up with the eternal braid pulling, I'd love the series to close and I love them to be true to the start of the series. If they get good reviews I might pick them up again....
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