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Path of Daggers

Book Eight of The Wheel of Time
Written by: Robert Jordan
Series: Wheel of Time, Book 8
Length: 23 hrs and 25 mins
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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
  1. The Eye of the World
  2. The Great Hunt
  3. The Dragon Reborn
  4. The Shadow Rising
  5. The Fires of Heaven
  6. Lord of Chaos
  7. A Crown of Swords
  8. The Path of Daggers
  9. Winter's Heart
  10. Crossroads of Twilight
  11. Knife of Dreams 
  12. The Gathering Storm
  13. Towers of Midnight
  14. A Memory of Light

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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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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Aes Sedai

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

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  • 2018-09-18

Good performance. Slow book.

Not the best book in the series.  Seemed to drag in a lot of places. #Audible1

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Save money skip this book nothing really happens

save your money and skip this book The Story does not move forward and nothing really happens it's just an unfortunate example of when authors are trying to make money. don't get me wrong the quality of the writing was there the audible reading was good but just nothing happened in the story if you didn't read this and moved on to the next book you would not have missed anything none of the story progressed

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Nothing happened

Not a bad book but literally only moving the plot along. Only worth listening to if you are trying to through them all.

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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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  • Anonymous User
  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Mr. L
  • 2019-02-12

Torture

I'm not about to suffer anymore until Brandon Sanderson can take over. Yeah screw that, I'm dropping this garbage. DO NOT LISTEN TO ANYONE WHO RECOMMENDS WHEEL OF TIME.

Seriously, it started off pretty good but now the formula is filled with so much fluff that not all I'm thinking is: who the fck cares? Who are these people, why should we care, why are we still discussing random made-up servant number 300.

It's like that from books 5-now. And probably continues this way. It's boring, terrible writing: fluff. Please authors, listen to this reader and listener: THIS IS WHAT NOT TO DO. I'm not getting your book to fall asleep.

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  • Jason Hird
  • 2017-03-28

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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