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Path of Daggers

Book Eight of The Wheel of Time
Series: Wheel of Time, Book 8
Length: 23 hrs and 25 mins
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For millions of fans around the globe, the wait is over. Sequel to the international blockbuster best seller A Crown of Swords, this epic volume continues one of history's greatest fictional journeys and the most extraordinary work of American fantasy ever published-- The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and worldwide best-selling series The Wheel of Time. The phenomenal tale that is mesmerizing a generation of readers now continues.

The Seanchan invasion force is in possession of Ebou Dar. Nynaeve, Elayne, and Aviendha head for Caemlyn and Elayne's rightful throne, but on the way they discover an enemy much worse than the Seanchan.

In Illian, Rand vows to throw the Seanchan back as he did once before. But signs of madness are appearing among the Asha'man.

In Ghealdan, Perrin faces the intrigues of Whitecloaks, Seanchan invaders, the scattered Shaido Aiel, and the Prophet himself. Perrin's beloved wife, Faile, may pay with her life, and Perrin himself may have to destroy his soul to save her.

Meanwhile, the rebel Aes Sedai under their young Amyrlin, Egwene al'Vere, face an army that intends to keep them away from the White Tower. But Egwene is determined to unseat the usurper Elaida and reunite the Aes Sedai. She does not yet understand the price that others - and she herself - will pay.

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awesomeness

loved it. Can't wait to start the next book. Getting used to the narraters now.

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Lost it’s way, just look at Wikipedia

Not a lot happens in this book. The events could’ve been condensed into a few chapters. I feel by this point Robert Jordan had lost his way with the narrative, getting bogged down in details that hindered the overall flow and suspense.

This is a common fault with successful fantasy authors, the get lost in the worlds they create and lose sight of their original aims.

Ready the wiki entry and move to the next book.

Michael Kramer and Kate Reading are excellent as ever

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Feels like half a book

Like the other Wheel of Time books this book is swamped with an excess of characters. This leads to little plot development. The Path of Daggers feels like half a book, as most of the plots are all left hanging.
The few that are feel anticlimactic.
The characters continue to be shallow with few redeeming qualities, with the exception of Perrin.
Rand shows little thought, gratitude or kindnesses to those who risk their lives for him.
When compared to the skilled character development of authors like Robin Hobb it is hard to see why this series is so popular.

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little flat

This book is a little flat compared to the books before it. Its a filler and not much happens but, the constant nagging of all the female characters seems to lesson which is great.

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  • Theodore, Australia
  • 31-10-2015

repetitive and unclear

the narrator continues to be excellent, but the story bogged me down....so much repetition....the women always looking daggers at each other, and rimging their hands. so much distrust, maybe it was a bridging book, but i felt there was not much forward momentum and the story was getting confused in a quagmire of stalemate. Sadly this book has turned me off the series and made me not finish it. maybe in a year or so i might pick it up again

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better than the others

imo better than the other stories. flows better less repeating and was interesting to listen to . always a lot of names to follow

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Boy this was a slog!

Can’t believe how bad this book is compared to the previous 7. It was tedious. It couldn’t hold my attention for more than a couple minutes. I can’t say what it was about because essentially nothing happened. Wow, what went wrong?

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Kate Reading is trash

her over the top performance sometimes detracted from my enjoyment. Alos annoying was the differing pronouncement of names between the 2 readers.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 13-08-2019

Barely anything happens

Here I am 2 books later and almost 50 hours later and the plot has barely progressed. A full trilogy could have been completed in the time it too to get through Crown of Thorns and Path of Dagger. I'm committed but I really hope it gets better soon, less sniffing and clothing description and some actual story progression.

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  • CJ
  • 08-11-2018

unrelated fluff

This book was just very disappointing after the climax of the last book. I found myself waiting for things that just never really fell into place.

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  • Grizzo40
  • 03-11-2018

The start of the doldrums...

It's at this point in the series where the plot progression starts to slip. The most significant event of the book happens pretty early on, and while we get to see its impact over the rest of the book, those events don't really seem all that significant. Egwene's story line could have been streamlined quite a bit, and the caravan of women gets so little accomplished traveling, when they could have just Traveled and spared us all the drawn-out details.

Most significantly, it's with this book that some of the repetitive phrases and descriptions really stand out. The smoothing of dresses and folding of arms is almost ludicrous.

Even knowing that the next book is pretty Perrin-heavy, I always want more of his story than I get, and that's certainly true here. Mat is completely absent, which is okay, since he still has a while before his story stops being frustrating anyway.

Rand. Ugh. His arc might be necessary for the ultimate endgame, but it's really hard to like his character in the middle books. The scenes with him but from Min's point of view are always better than the ones from his own.

Despite these issues, the book goes by pretty smoothly, although it's more about what it hints at for the future than for anything that's actually contained here. We've set up several really interesting conflicts in this book that will eventually pay off really awesomely. It's just a shame that the setup was so unremarkable, relatively speaking. I still love the series, but this book isn't among the best.

As for the listening experience, there were a few weirdly mispronounced words here and there, but overall it was excellent. I'm concerned that by the time I finish the series I won't be able to listen to any other narrators because I'll simply associate audiobooks with these two voices.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 28-07-2018

Having trouble with lots of words, and no point.

This book may be the last I read in the series. How many times is the author going to use the phrases "...smoothing her split skirts..." It's like a middle schooler trying to extend a too short essay.

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  • Nick Damato
  • 14-10-2017

Very disappointed in this book

This is by far the weakest book in the series so far. Book 7 was starting to show the signs but I was so disappointed with this book that I felt compelled to write a review. While I actually appreciate Jordan's presentation of slower-paced, immersive books he seems to take this to a new art here. The pacing is inconsistent, he may spend 2 pages detailing a party walking through a portal in one section and 2 sentences in another. The story timing was disjointed it was more difficult than usual to figure out where in the timeline the section was occurring. Most of that is forgivable but this book just did not move the plot forward enough given the time invested. It's more than 90% people moving around thinking to themselves and probably less than 10% plot progress. Book 7 and 8 could have been easily combined into one book. A major set of antagonists is virtually missing throughout the entire book while excessive detail is wasted on some minor antagonists. Again, I like slow paced immersive books but there's a minimum of plot development that I expect per book and that was not achieved here. Bottom line: it's still worth reading but less enjoyable that earlier books. I was relieved when I finished.

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  • Greg
  • 25-06-2017

This is where the story bogs down

Would you try another book from Robert Jordan and/or Michael Kramer and Kate Reading ?

If you've made it this far, you're already committed.

What do you think your next listen will be?

Next book in the same series, I guess

Have you listened to any of Michael Kramer and Kate Reading ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Yes, this one is just as good. They are really good.

Was Path of Daggers worth the listening time?

No, not worth the time. About 1/3 is worth listening to, the rest is bloated drivel. Jordan thinks we care about exactly what every character is wearing, in every scene. Purists might call this "world-building." The other 98% of us call it a waste of time.

Any additional comments?

So this is the book where I quit on Jordan 16 years ago initially. This story (books 1-4) starts out really great, and Jordan has some really top notch moments. But Path of Daggers man...Jordan really sucks with his female POV. Every female character has some over-arching personality trait that is super obnoxious, and he never ever deviates from that in any scene. His characters in general often feel like robots, just spouting off the same lines, giving the same glares, stares, etc in every. single. scene. Like i mentioned, the female POV's are particularly rough, and this book is loaded with storylines from the female characters. Blah. I literally find myself wanting Nynaeve, Faile, and at least 1/3 of the Aes Sedai to die. The dark one can have Perrin too. Wonder if we could trade those for the deaths of a few forsaken? I'd take that trade and I think the story would be much more tolerable.

I am going to continue listening to the series (at 1.75 speed) only because Brandon Sanderson finished the series and my brother said he crushed it. On to book 9! Can't wait for more descriptions of dresses!!

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  • Ivan Kvapil
  • 11-03-2016

Wheel of Meh

This book felt a lot like filler plain and simple, a few things happened but overall it felt like things remained static

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  • A. R. Ward
  • 14-05-2015

It was okay.

Not the best book in the series, but it moved the story along. I hope the next book picks up. This book just didn't excite me like the one's before it.

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  • Jason Hird
  • 28-03-2017

Mat isn't in it!

What disappointed you about Path of Daggers?

Almost nothing happened of interest in this entire book. Mat isn't in it at all even though the end of book 7 has him in an interesting situation. Seriously the witches move their plot forward, Rand thinks he's crazy, Perrin's wife gets caught at the end. That is really all you need to know happened. Worst book in the series at this point. I was left constantly thinking get to the point! Stop describing the stupid dress give me information that will actually do a damn thing in the 15 plots you already have happening.

What do you think your next listen will be?

Ready Player One.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Path of Daggers?

Cut almost the entire opening until the bowl is used. Then jump to where the meeting with the nobles happens.

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  • Kory Johnson
  • 16-09-2017

what happened? nothing

Jordan gets so caught up in characters in this book that he forgets to tell a story. I mean an entire book as a set up book, why put your readers through that. Matt, my favorite character, isn't even in the book. It's also getting annoying that everyone is a jumpy asshole ready to snap everyone's heads of for doing anything at all. If I hadn't heard from other readers that the last books were worth it to get through these middle books I would have quit the series right here. Here's to book 9, moving on.

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  • Steve
  • 24-07-2015

8 down...

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would recommend this series for anyone looking to make a BIG commitment to a single fantasy world

What did you like best about this story?

the huge expansive arc over the series

Have you listened to any of Michael Kramer and Kate Reading ’s other performances? How does this one compare?

Michael Kramer has also done the mist born series. very good

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

NO WAY!

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  • Texnik
  • 17-09-2017

Not as bad as expected

If you're reading this, it's probably too late to stop now. The book is distinctly "above average" compared to books 1-7. Very important things happen here, with very little stupidity, relatively speaking. If I didn't know better, I might suspect that Robert Jordan decided to embrace character development.

What he also embraced are way more words than the story deserves, as usual.

There are few action scenes though and the ending is not as impressive as the previous ones. It snuck up on me. When I heard "the last chapter", I had to pause and check if it was a metaphor.


TL;DR:
Book 8 is better than people say, but as usual, half of it is still boring. You will read it anyway. You've come too far to give up now.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 14-11-2019

Taking it further

The story proceeds, sometimes it goes very slow with a bit to detailed descriptions of characters not to relevant to the story and the book not moving forward.

Great job by the narrators, i like thats it's one male and one female and they both make the characters come alive.

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  • Craig
  • 28-10-2019

struggled through some chapters

I'm up to book 9 so the books are decent but I just feel some of the chapters were starting to get drawn out and I felt like I was dragged through the last part of the book. hopefully it will pick up again.

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  • Sara Tompsett
  • 15-10-2019

Slow but good

Great characters and story but needs to get a move on. If the wheel of time was made into 4000 pages say 10 books of 400 pages each I think it would be one of the best fantasy epics ever because I'm sure it puts some people off, it put me off for about 10 years because I had that many things I wanted to read. Saying that though I suppose that's part of what makes it what it is. Only 6 books to go, got to get it finished before the TV series starts!

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  • di9girl
  • 28-07-2019

Excellent!

Excellent continuation of this series, all the characters are included here so we get to catch up with all of them.

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  • Matt
  • 21-02-2019

Good book

Really enjoying the wheel of time books so much, there greats I can't get enough of them

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  • Anonymous User
  • 27-12-2018

Arduous

Very different style evident here, character development is surely important but entire swathes of this book seemed mere padding.

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  • Connor
  • 22-06-2018

what the hell is wrong here?

so first of all, wheel of time is an epic series and I'm loving it. BUT, this book and the last book, the editting has been getting worse and worse! to the point were I am pretty sure the last chapter is missing? Audible, not sure how I complain but I'll figure that out later. now I have to find an copy of the actual book and check... may stop buying the audiobook copy from here on in as a review for book 9 says the same thing. Very disappointed..

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  • Guðrún Pétursdóttir
  • 14-08-2017

Bit slow

A kind of middle chapter in the story. Jordan is building up to something big