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Publisher's Summary

The Wheel of Time is a PBS Great American Read Selection!

Now in development for TV!

Since its debut in 1990, The Wheel of Time by Robert Jordan has captivated millions of readers and listeners around the globe with its scope, originality, and compelling characters.

The Wheel of Time turns and ages come and go, leaving memories that become legend. Legend fades to myth, and even myth is long forgotten when the age that gave it birth returns again. In the Third Age, an Age of Prophecy, the World and Time themselves hang in the balance. What was, what will be, and what is, may yet fall under the Shadow.

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. 

TV series update: "Sony will produce along with Red Eagle Entertainment and Radar Pictures. Rafe Judkins is attached to write and executive produce. Judkins previously worked on shows such as ABC’s Agents of SHIELD, the Netflix series Hemlock Grove, and the NBC series Chuck. Red Eagle partners Rick Selvage and Larry Mondragon will executive produce along with Radar’s Ted Field and Mike Weber. Darren Lemke will also executive produce, with Jordan’s widow Harriet McDougal serving as consulting producer." (Variety)

The Wheel of Time New Spring: The Novel

The Eye of the World

The Great Hunt

The Dragon Reborn

The Shadow Rising

The Fires of Heaven

Lord of Chaos

A Crown of Swords

The Path of Daggers

Winter's Heart

Crossroads of Twilight

Knife of Dreams by Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson

The Gathering Storm

Towers of Midnight

A Memory of Light by Robert Jordan  

Warrior of the Altaii by Robert Jordan and Teresa Patterson  

The World of Robert Jordan's The Wheel of Time by Robert Jordan, Harriet McDougal, Alan Romanczuk, and Maria Simons 

The Wheel of Time Companion by Robert Jordan and Amy Romanczuk 

Patterns of the Wheel: Coloring Art Based on Robert Jordan's The Wheel of Time

©1998 The Bandersnatch Group, Inc. (P)2008 Macmillan Audio

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A step up

listened to all of the books but I have to say that the narrators really stepped up their game in this one. 10/10 performance from both of them. bravo

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First taste of a disappointing book

This book was more about moving chess pieces and it was done painfully slow with needless detail that seemed to be used only to squeeze out another book.

Nothing of significance happened other than where people have been placed ready for the next book and with multiple groups on the precipixe of something significant that the next book will have a hard time keeping up with them all, meaning some that have been set up with a cliffhanger will have to wait half the book or more to even be brought to attention.

With so little going on, we never heard a word fr Matt that seemed to be on potential trouble at the end of the precious book

Until I read the next book, it feels like some of the plot lines could have been staggered a bit to have some significant moments happen in Theo's book and some in the next book instead of none in this book and a bunch in the next.

Performance was amazing as ever and Jordan still surprises me with how he can make me hate Nyneave even more each book and frustration with Elayne on how arrogant they are about being better smarter and better than others
At lease Eqwaine planted her feet a bit and started making good decisions.

The shortest book so far seed to be the longest to get through and woukd have been better off trimmed down and combined with the next book to make one larger book with more substance and focus on the confrontations and battles

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A weak entry

Though the narrators did and excellent job, I found the book itself slow and, in parts, almost boring. Definitely one of the weaker entries in the Wheel of Time series.

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Fantastic

What a great book ! This series is by far one of my favourites! I would suggest it to everyone

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Bit of a boring book

Yet again, Michael Kramer and Kate Reading do a fantastic job.
Path of Daggers is a bit of a dull book. I liked certain parts though and it’s not hard to get through

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Yet another AmAZing book in the series

Although this is one of my favourite series, I feel like this book was a lot of set up and seemed pretty slow at times compared to the others before it.

Still very well written and an amazing book to read or listen to, and the performance by Kate and Michael is always a pleasure. Looking forward to the next book in the series for sure, left off on a heck of a cliffhanger!

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Highly underrated

Kramer and Reading once again give a spectacular performance reading a fantastic novel filled with some of the largest character moments to date. Jordan once again proves himself a master of the craft, weaving a tale full of phenomenal battles and political intrigue.

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A wonderful story

you can tell by now, compared to the first few books, the author and voice actors have hit their stride, every moment, every sentence has meaning and pushes a narrative. Looking forward to the next few.

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The beginning of the slog

This book drags on forever. With the introduction of so many secondary characters it’s difficult to keep them all straight.

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Catswain is formidable, excited to see her and rands dynamic would love to see her talk to matt

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2019-08-13

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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  • Grizzo40
  • 2018-11-03

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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  • CJ
  • 2018-11-08

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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  • Bradley G.
  • 2018-07-28

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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  • Greg
  • 2017-06-25

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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019-07-18

Most Boring out of the series

Honestly nothing exciting happens. Just read a summary and don't waste your money. Its only a filler.

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  • MNFishman
  • 2019-07-02

It's finally over!

As I am 8 books in, I'm committed to the story, but this book was painful. NOTHING HAPPENED, but it sure took a long time for it to pass! Mind numbing descriptions of pointless details weaved with swirling lists of characters I couldn't remember and cared even less about. Here's hoping #9 picks up the real story again.

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  • Travis
  • 2019-04-02

Worst one so far

In my opinion book eight is the most pointless and by far the worst book of the series. I also need to say a lot of the characters are starting to drive me nuts. The entire story is great but the individual stories of the characters have got to be the most annoying of any book I’ve ever read or listened to. It’s like watching those horror movies and you see people that do things that make zero sense to were it’s almost hilarious. Especially the women characters.

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  • Nick Damato
  • 2017-10-14

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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  • Ivan Kvapil
  • 2016-03-11

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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