I learned a great deal about myself during this period, and the results are on the pages of these two books, Towers of Midnight and The Way of Kings. Working on Mat sent me down a proverbial rabbit hole, as I studied—really studied—how a master approached the use of the third-person limited viewpoint. Mat changed my perspective on how to write narrative, and how to make characters live beyond the words stated about them. No, I talk about his viewpoints. I think I have improved at this. I like novels where a multitude of different threads, some hidden, twist together to a surprising conclusion.
However, I do think I need to learn to be more subtle—and The Wheel of Time taught me a great deal about this. Other characters, however, stand out as well—Pevara is an example. The subtle clues about how some of the Sitters who had been chosen were too young is another example of his very delicate hand. Little touches like this, however, are what makes a world live beyond the page. The biggest flaw in my writing of Towers of Midnight , however, has to be the chronology. All of my solo books have been basically chronological. Elantris had some funky storytelling where each group of three chapters happened concurrently, but most of my other books had a forward progression without much jumping back and forth in timeline for different characters.
Besides, We see his relationship with Tuon develop and by the end of the installment, Mat is officially married! Tuon reminisces on the fact that Mat is in love with her and wonders if she herself can ever be in love. So, that says that there is still a ways to go before the relationship storyline can be wholly done with them parting ways, but still as spouses. Also, funny how he is technically a noble now even though he has time and time again said how he resents them. There was no need to say which "he" she meant. His head swivelled, keeping watch on the surrounding trees.
But I ask your judgment. High Lady," he replied without hesitation. He won't get himself killed just to show how brave he is, I think. And he is. A man of many layers. And if you will forgive me, High Lady, a man in love with you. I saw how he looked at you. She thought she might be able to come to love him. Her mother had loved her father, it was said. And a man of many layers? This book does capitalize on Mat's development as a character.
In fact, it capitalizes on everyone's characters. Partially, this book really serves to make one reflect on how far we have come. Rand is a stone, the Dragon Reborn, and not the boy who conflicted with Moiraine when they left the Two Rivers; hell, he isn't the boy who made Moiraine be his lap dog in The Fires of Heaven. Mat isn't the complete goofball who was in denial and acted like a complete dumbass back in the first 6 books; he has found his groove, he is the general of the Band of the Red Hand, but from duty.
Mat has gained their respect as a general, not through force, but by his victories and actions and he still strives to not have to deal with war and to find peace and solace. Perrin is not the totally peaceful boy, he is a wolf in manshape, he does what he has to do, no matter what. He is suspicious, he has plans, he has goals, and he has ways of getting there, but he has also made mistakes, as with Aram. Egwene isn't the girl who left Two Rivers, she is the Amyrlin Seat, she is unbreakable and she has a vision, she is powerful in saidar and in presence.
Those are some examples of how far we have come. Who the hell is he really? In conclusion, Knife of Dreams is a perfect way for RJ to go. Thank him for all he has done and the world he has created as well as giving me a huge bitch slap in the face yet again and proving to me, making me remember, the brilliance in his writing and the pure skill of his storytelling.
RIP Robert Jordan. View all 3 comments. Action packed and full of excitement, this book starts tying up all the plot-lines that have been meandering throughout the last few books. Highlights include: Spoilers! Now if only he would master the Wolf Dream. Rand vs Forsaken! Fine, she Slaps down the pretenders to her crown and gets rid of some Black Ajah. View all 16 comments. I'm glad the last book Robert Jordan wrote was such a huge step up in quality from the ones before it. Seems like he was ready to get down to business finally.
No matter what you think of him as a writer, I don't think anyone can deny that it was a tragedy for him to die before he could finish out this thing that he'd been working on for so long, and so close to the end. I hope he knew his story had been left in safe hands his widow—who was also his longtime editor—picked Brandon Sanderson to f I'm glad the last book Robert Jordan wrote was such a huge step up in quality from the ones before it. I hope he knew his story had been left in safe hands his widow—who was also his longtime editor—picked Brandon Sanderson to finish it out from his notes, but I believe she might have made that decision after RJ had already died; feel free to correct me if I'm wrong about that.
So after much waffling about, most egregiously in book ten, Crossroads of Twilight a book in which absolutely nothing of import occurs , things finally start to happen. Rand doesn't get much showcase here you know, most of the time, I feel like Jordan really didn't know what to do with rand as a character , but he's trying to make an alliance with the Seanchan happen, and ends up having a confrontation with one of the Forsaken instead. Egwene finally gets here due. I have to tell you, her storyline is the most excited and emotionally engaged I've been in this series since probably about book five.
I don't even normally like Aes Sedai machinations, but I loved seeing her insinuate herself into the White Tower as their prisoner all the while refusing to stop viewing herself as the true Amyrlin, and gaining the trust and respect of the sisters in the Tower bit by bit, eroding Elaida's base of power.
But she really only gets a couple of chapters. This is Mat's book and unfortunately, Perrin's; the less said about the ending of that endless storyline he's been mired in the better. Mat is leading a group in escape from Ebou Dar, and he's got his future bride Tuon in tow, the Daughter of the Nine Moons aka the heir to the Seanchan Empire. Both of them know the other will be their spouse, because prophecy, but neither is aware that the other knows. Once I accepted that theirs was going to be yet another romance built on the foundations of antagonism, I found their storyline entertaining.
I thought Mat acquitted himself well, although I still wish Jordan would stop with all the gender essentialism. Mat especially has a tendency to lump all women into categories as if they are a different species. And I simultaneously like and dislike Tuon. I enjoy her playful attitude, but I abhor her self-entitled attitude, and her blind insistence on her culture's deplorable traditions particularly the ones based on enslaving people in various ways, and dehumanizing them.
I also hated the way she tried to play games with Mat. Her goal was to maneuver him, not fall in love with him, whereas he's basically head over heels for her at this point, the poor guy. It was satisfying watching him upend her assumptions about him as a person, but I'm really ready for her to get a couple of comeuppances before I can fully like her. I still have the same problems with this series that I always have see my other reviews for this series if you want more details; I really don't feel like going into them all again here.
But I was so relieved to be feeling positive emotions again relating to this series while reading Knife of Dreams that I think a lot of my critical brain just went offline for a while. It's taken me three years to get this far in the series, and I'm so glad to have made it this far, even if large portions of my reading experience have been frustrating.
I've actually been reading a lot of Wheel of Time content online from major fans of the series, and while my experience is definitely not theirs, I still find it really enjoyable to see people talking so passionately and intelligently about WOT. But I will not lie when I say I am mostly excited to have gotten this far because I can't wait to see what Brandon Sanderson can do with this story and these characters, as I've historically responded really well to his whole thing as an author.
View 2 comments. Legend fades to myth and even myth is long forgotten when the Age that gave it birth returns again. What was, what will be, and what is, may yet fall under the Shadow. I truly love 'The Wheel of Time' wholeheartedly. The eleventh book of the series, the last one written exclusively by Robert Jordan before waking up from the dream.
Unlike the previous part that was somewhat subdued, without much action and decisive developments, in this the action is continuous and leads to the resolve of many of the issues that we have been dealing with so far. Battles unfold on all fronts and most of our heroes are involved, testing their abilities and courage.
These battles, of course, the writer describes them in his well The eleventh book of the series, the last one written exclusively by Robert Jordan before waking up from the dream. These battles, of course, the writer describes them in his well-known overwhelming way that carries to us the intensity of the conflict and the inner tension of the protagonists. There are, of course, also some different kinds of battles, equally difficult and equally important, to win people's hearts and create alliances that are necessary for the new challenges and the final battle that seems to be too close.
This is how most accounts close and the only one left in the other three books is the head-on confrontation with the shadow. All this are in a highly exciting book that overwhelms the reader with its action without departing from the virtues that made us love this series, like this continuous dive into the thoughts and feelings of the protagonists that sometimes makes us laugh, others to be moved and to sympathise with their difficulties and in general to have a complete emotional experience through reading hundreds of pages. The latter is also the author's great contribution to the genre as it is the main feature of many of the works that followed.
This enormous contribution and in good is remember it reading this book, which is the end of a great writing journey. View 1 comment. May 05, Brimm rated it it was ok Recommends it for: Those who've already read up to book 10 in this godforsaken series. Shelves: fantasy. Knife of Dreams, the elenth book in the colossal fantasy series the Wheel of Time, has been viewed as something of a return for Robert Jordan. After near unanimous agreement on the terrible quality of books and particularly book 10, Crossroads of Twilight, an page novel where literally nothing happens , fans and some critics have regarded this as a return to form.
Are they right? Has it Knife of Dreams, the elenth book in the colossal fantasy series the Wheel of Time, has been viewed as something of a return for Robert Jordan. Has it redeemed the series? While it certainly marks an improvement, I would argue that A Knife of Dreams is a simply mediocre effort and nowhere near on par with the earlier books in the series. The key thing that fans seem to be praising about this novel is its pace; and indeed, the fact that Jordan resolves plotlines that have been festering away for as many as three or four page novels is a welcome change.
However, there is no question that this book is overlong, and that Jordan still maintains the overdescriptive writing style that has destroyed this series' enjoyability. Jordan spends as usual way too much time describing the clothing of all the characters we meet, and, more damningly, takes up too much page space with unimportant plotlines.
The worst example of this is Elayne; far too much time is spent with such an uninteresting character, and Jordan's political machinations are both shallow and boring. Sections like Elayne's, and those of minor charactors whose names you won't remember and who won't have any effect on the actual major plot, bring the pace of the book down quite a lot and make it, at points, a plodding experience.
And although several plotlines are resolved in this book, I can't say that Jordan does it all too well. After spending three agonizing books watching Perrin plot to rescue his wife, a 15 page battle in which this is finally done is incredibly anti-climactic and proves that Jordan really just had no idea where to go with the plot. Any attempt to tie threads like this in with the overall plot are absent, showing that Jordan just needed somewhere convenient for his characters to be while Rand takes his time getting ready for the last battle.
Similarly, when something dramatic finally happens in Rand's POV and I'm not talking about a certain incredibly dumb battle which pits Rand against a large number of foes , it is written so clumsily and is over so quickly that you feel as if Jordan is just writing these scenes so that he can placate the fans and get back to his love of dress description. Now, on the positive side, the pace has increased, despite my complaints, and anyone whose read Crossroads of Twilight will be thankful for that. Although nearly all the women in the series essentially remain one note characters with no likeable or interesting character traits, Egwene finally does becomes somehwat likeable after ten books, though her plotline is annoying left with not even a cliffhanger.
Similarly, Nynaeve has a touching moment here, words I certainly never thought I'd hear well, read myself saying typing. And of course, even while nothing of import happens in his plotline until the very end , Mat can still, fortunately, entertain you. Despite all these problems, there is a more serious issue that has been present in this series since book seven: Namely, when's it going to end?
Although Jordan has began resolving plotlines, he has also introduced several in this book. He promises to only deliver one more book, yet, without rushing the action even more, I find that its simply impossible to resolve all these plotlines within one book. On the other hand, I am really getting fed up with this never ending story, and I want nothing more than for it to finally reach some resolution.
It'll be interesting to see if he can worm his way out of this with the next and possibly last book of the Wheel of Time, A Memory of Light. Jun 26, Igor Ljubuncic rated it liked it Shelves: robert-jordan , fantasy. I just realized I never wrote a review on this one. In fact, I haven't written a review in a while, so there's all this artistic energy pent up in my nethers. This is another installment in the series where nothing really happens, but the nothing is ever so slightly more interesting than nothing in the previous books. Most of the action revolves around Aes Sedai talking over coffee, plotting, counter-plotting, and such.
There some warfare for those who like epic battles with banners flying and su I just realized I never wrote a review on this one. There some warfare for those who like epic battles with banners flying and such, but not enough to steal away from the stalemate that grips the series. Perrin is probably the one redeeming figure in this volume. All in all, not a memorable read, and not a book you will ever read twice. As the James Bond theme song goes: You only read twice, don't look for danger, cause the stranger is gooooooone.
Limerick we shall now, yes please: Mat and Perrin in battle they held, Rand's loss was one whole hand, Loial was married, Sevanna was harried, This book was rather bad. Regards, Igor Apr 06, Emma Deplores Goodreads Censorship rated it it was ok Shelves: 2-stars , epic-fantasy , fantasy. First of all, I'd like to clear up the misconception that the series is meant to be read all at once and even the terrible books are decent if you're not waiting a couple years for each one.
I started reading the Wheel of Time in , and for the first six books I ran out to get the sequel as soon as I finished the one before it. Well, then the books started to slow down, and I lost interest While I re-engaged enough to continue for a bit, my experience is proof that having them all well, the first 10 anyway available at once doesn't solve Jordan's problems. Of course the wait time contributes to the irritation readers feel, but it doesn't cloud their judgment; the bad books are bad, whether you have to wait in between or not.
Unfortunately, I would put Knife of Dreams into that category, although it is an improvement over, say, Path of Daggers. It is mildly entertaining. It's certainly readable. Occasionally things happen, although of course the book is divided between five major subplots Rand, Mat, Perrin, Egwene, and Elayne, or six if you count Faile , interspersed with some minor ones as well, and so while they may resolve their private conflicts, it remains unclear why, say, Faile's capture and rescue or Elayne's gaining the Lion Throne is important in the great scheme of the series.
Like in the previous tomes, scenes containing action are countered by the continuing focus on irrelevant power struggles between irrelevant female characters, complete with skirt-smoothing elevated by Jordan to an infallible barometer of female agitation , arm-crossing always "beneath her breasts" as if we were confused about where these crossed arms were going, above her head maybe and spanking, of all things.
The sad truth is that Jordan can't write political intrigue no matter how hard he tries. His strength is in action-adventure, which drew all of us in to the series in the first place but is sadly lacking here. Now let me add my voice to the chorus expressing disgust for Jordan's portrayal of women.
They are all the same person, and not a likeable one at that. All she meaning every woman in the book seems to care about is garnering power and deference from others, and therefore every woman in the book spends most of her time trying to one-up every other woman in the book. I'm beginning to suspect that Jordan actually created a matriarchal-type society to express his views on why in his opinion women are catty and incompetent and men should rule all. Not that his men do much better, of course, but at least they don't smooth their skirts.
Then there is the continuing shallowness of all scenes featuring our supposed villains. I've come to dread these, because they boil down to one of two scenes: A A baddie kowtows to a higher-ranking baddie, who in turn kowtows to an even higher-ranking one, and so forth up the line, with all conversations consisting of "Obey me or else! And the circus that seems to be going on inside the main characters' heads. I've read a fair bit of fantasy, and am used to telepathic communication and the like. But Jordan overdoes it.
Let's take a look at Rand's head, for instance. First there's the insane Lews Therin and another guy. Then there's the matter with seeing Mat and Perrin whenever he thinks about them all three try to push these visions away rather than using them for anything useful. And then he's formed a partial mind-meld with FOUR different women. He and Min are now having bizarre interactions in which they don't say or do anything, just sort of toss emotions back and forth.
Then of course there's Mat with his dice and other people's memories, and Perrin and his wolves and his constant, irritating "sniffing" of people's emotions. Any one of these elements would be standard for fantasy; ALL of them is overdone. We can't relate. Despite that whole mess, though and numerous other weaknesses other reviewers have remarked on, and I will refrain from repeating , the book is worth reading if you're planning to see this epic through.
Do what I did--skip 10 maybe 8 or 9 as well , and get 11 from the library. Oct 12, Phrynne rated it really liked it. Over 30 hours of audiobook entertainment. I must admit to a feeling of relief to have finally reached the end although I did enjoy most of it. There were parts that were really slow but there were also some really good parts especially when they featured Rand or Matt.
This seems to be the norm with these books though. For some reason despite their frequent lack of action and repetitive qualities they have something which drags the reader in and makes them want to carry on - and on - and on. I wi Over 30 hours of audiobook entertainment. I will continue to the end. I believe the next book is even longer than this one so my next review will be sometime in March Finally a book comes along that has restored my faith in the Wheel of Time series!
The first four books were absolutely brilliant but I think anyone will agree that the series went a bit haywire after that, Robert Jordan kept introducing more and more points of view and random plot threads that just never seemed to go anywhere. The stories went from being pages of pretty much non stop awesomeness to being pages of boring description with about pages of actual plot development and I' Finally a book comes along that has restored my faith in the Wheel of Time series! The stories went from being pages of pretty much non stop awesomeness to being pages of boring description with about pages of actual plot development and I'd considered quitting the series many times.
It's only the fact that I've been buddy reading the series that pulled me through, that and the fact that I've now read over pages in this world which is a LOT of reading hours! Anyway, all is almost forgiven because Knife of Dreams reminded me how much I loved the earlier books and it also proved that the most recent offerings just couldn't compete. I'm sad that this is the last book Robert Jordan was able to finish before he died and I'm a little nervous about Brandon Sanderson taking over the series for the remaining three books.
I'm going to hope that he was able to create a fitting end to the series though and the fact that he had Robert Jordan's blessing and used his notes to help him makes me think we'll at least get to see the ending Robert Jordan was aiming for. So what was so great about Knife of Dreams? Well we finally start to get some resolution to things that have been plodding along at a snail's pace for ages now.
Perrin finally has a chance to rescue Faile, Rand takes on another of the forsaken, Mat and Tuon's courtship gets even more confusing for him, Nynaeve outwits Lan in a moment of utter brilliance, Egwene shows the world her backbone and totally earned my respect, we finally find out what Moiriane's letter to Thom was all about and it's going to lead to something fantastic!
I think the only chapters I didn't enjoy were the ones about Elayne, she's annoyed me for a long time now but I got so fed up of hearing about her pregnancy mood swings. I also hated the way she constantly puts herself into dangerous situations using Min's visions of the babies being born healthy as proof that nothing bad can possibly happen to her. I'd actually quite like to see her made to suffer for that but luckily for her Birgitte is always on hand to save the day. Aviendha has been stuck on the sidelines for several books now so I'm actually glad to see her being removed from Elayne for a bit and hope that means she'll be given a chance to shine again.
I still think the weird love square would be much better off as two separate couples.
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Min and Rand fit together perfectly while Elayne and Aviendha are far more upset about leaving each other than they ever have been about parting from Rand. Anyway, Knife of Dream left me excited about the Wheel of Time series for the first time in ages and I'm looking forward to seeing how Brandon Sanderson does at pulling all the different threads together ready for the big finale.
So this is the final instalment in the Wheel of Time series which was actually written by Jordan himself before he died. I had heard before going into this one that it's the beginning of Jordan bringing all the threads back together in order to compose the final instalment A Memory of Light after this one which would have made a 12 book series but in actuality when Sanderson took over after this it ended up that he and Jordan's wife agreed splitting the final book into 3 books would be for t So this is the final instalment in the Wheel of Time series which was actually written by Jordan himself before he died.
I had heard before going into this one that it's the beginning of Jordan bringing all the threads back together in order to compose the final instalment A Memory of Light after this one which would have made a 12 book series but in actuality when Sanderson took over after this it ended up that he and Jordan's wife agreed splitting the final book into 3 books would be for the best otherwise it would be gigantic.
I do certainly think that this book does show the beginning of Jordan's attempts to contain and draw in the series. Some of the problems and situations our characters have been facing are resolved at long last some of which I wish had been resolved a little quicker! We all know which two characters I am talking about! I found that in this book Elayne and Matt were probably my favourite two storylines because of how they were more prominent and exciting. The situation with Elayne trying to reclaim her status and gather support has been ongoing for a while now and seeing some of these supporters questioned and resolved either for or against her made me very happy.
I also loved hearing about the way that she's progressing with her own internal struggles and seeing the way that this change had affected the way she approached scary situations and intimidating people. As for Matt I think his story in this book certainly interested me most because of how much focus we had on him as a character for once and the way that he seemed to be actually taking a role in the world once more and the ongoing problems following him.
It seemed as though Matt had accepted his fate and was, although not exactly embracing it, content to see it through and discover what his future might hold and who may be a big part of it. Faile and Perrin's storylines were the ones which have been irritating me the most since they were separated due to unforeseen events.
They have each been struggling to get themselves out of the situations they've been sucked into and there's been a lot of fixation on them despite an often disconnect between them and the rest of the world. I was very happy to see some of the problems between them and their situations come to a close and seeing Faile overcome her pettiness somewhat was certainly refreshing. Perrin seemed to come into his own more once the problems were facing him head on and he was near to his goal, which meant that I could read about him and admire his determination, not be irritated by his lack of action and constant moans.
Egwene was also a fantastic character at some points of this book despite being in her own predicament. When she walked into her situation without planning in book 11 I was somewhat worried at what might become of her and what she may be reduced to, but she remained every bit herself and dignified throughout her ordeal. I love her and admire her, and I think she's certainly one of the much more interesting female characters within this book and the series as a whole.
I cannot wait to see what she does next because she's so resilient and strong. On the whole, although Rand is usually the central character, I felt that this book focused more on some of the others which was nice to bring their storylines a bit up to date with his own. I have a feeling that the next three books will have a different tone to them with Sanderson in charge, and hopefully the various plentiful threads will be all tied together in them to make a superb ending for the series!
Executive Summary: Slow in places, but nothing like the last few books. This book felt like a return to form for Mr. Sadly it was his last. They really make this world come alive and have always made the slower parts of the series pass by much easier. Full Review I remember really enjoying this book on my first read. I enjoyed it just as much on my second. By this point in the series Mat was by far my favorite charac Executive Summary: Slow in places, but nothing like the last few books. By this point in the series Mat was by far my favorite character.
This book is a lot of Mat. This time around I still enjoyed his parts the best. We also probably get one of my favorite revelations of the series during his chapters. Tuon is an interesting character, but I don't think I appreciated how horrible she actually is. Her actions towards slavery and particularly the way women who can channel are treated like animals is appalling. Yet despite all that, I still find her parts particularly enjoyable. I'm not sure how to resolve those conflicting feelings with each other. We also finally get some resolution to one of my least favorite subplots.
Perrin used to be my favorite, but for the last several books his chapters have been frustrating. Now things can move on, and if I remember correctly, I enjoyed the rest of his story much more than the middle parts. Nynaeve had a relatively small part in this book, but what she did is yet another reason that despite all the braid tugging and skirt straightening that she became one of my favorites of the series. The stuff with Rand has also gotten much better and a few of the most interesting chapters in the book belong to him. Egwene's chapters are probably my favorite after Mat's.
In the last few books she was starting to really come into her own, and her circumstances in this book let her really shine on her own. Elaine on the other hand I found a bit of a struggle to read. It seemed as though her story was dragged out a bit too much. Things are finally moving along by the end of the book however. The last few books seemed to be a lot of moving pieces around, and this book seems to finally be moving things along. It really is the beginning of the end of the series, and sadly the last complete book we got from Mr.
This series gets a lot of deserved criticism for it's length, but I feel like with this book we were finally getting the quality of those first few books that made me fall in love with the series in the first place. It's a shame he didn't get to finish it on his own, but as a rather biased Brandon Sanderson fan, I hope Mr. Jordan would be content with how the rest of the series turned out. I know I am. Knife of Dreams is one of my favourite books in The Wheel of Time series.
I happen to think that it is one of the stronger books in the series, though no doubt readers who have had to trudge through three slow, plodding novels in a row would think otherwise. Indeed I would suggest that it is only the positioning of this novel which prevents it from being accepted as, if not the best work by Robert Jordan, then the second best. I find it poetic that Robert Jordan saved his best for his last compl Knife of Dreams is one of my favourite books in The Wheel of Time series. I find it poetic that Robert Jordan saved his best for his last completed work and for one are glad he left us with this particular volume.
The pace picks up in this particular novel, leaving behind the slow plotting of the previous books. The one slower section through the novel is the storyline centred around Perin and Faile, however since events are occurring rapidly throughout that narrative it reads easier than anything in the previous three novels. As well as the pace improving there is a range of important plot elements which reach a sense of conclusion. There are also plot points which are finally introduced into the overall narrative. I feel that little else needs to be said here to convince anyone to pick up or drop the series.
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Though it wasn't really made public knowledge until a bit later, by this point in the series Robert Jordan's health was failing him, and this was the final book that he was able to complete before his death. With the series dragging plotlines that it did not need on to ridiculous length, subplots bogging down all forward momentum, and most of the fast paced action from the first five books utte Knife of Dreams Book 11 of the Wheel of Time By Robert Jordan A Wheel of Time Retrospective by Eric Allen.
With the series dragging plotlines that it did not need on to ridiculous length, subplots bogging down all forward momentum, and most of the fast paced action from the first five books utterly absent for so long that many fans of the series had forgotten there could be such a thing in a Wheel of Time book, Jordan finally pulled the series out of its rut, and set it back on it's path to the inevitable conclusion. All of the side stories that most people found to be so objectionable in the previous three books came to an end in spectacular fashion, and the entire book has a deep feeling of time running out, events crashing toward a conclusion, and of a world on the edge of destruction.
For the first time we had a faint glimmer that the end of this series was in sight. It was the return to form that we had all been awaiting for nearly a decade, and it did not disappoint.
The world is falling apart. Despite recent victories over it, the Shadow threatens to engulf everything. The Pattern itself seems to be unraveling, allowing people and places long since gone from the world to walk it once more. Wards are failing. Food spoils far too quickly.
Rats and ravens, eyes of the Dark One, are everywhere. And much of the world is still at war. Perrin makes a deal with the Seanchan in order to decimate the Shaido Aiel and take his wife back. Holding his fractous army together by sheer strength of will and determination to see Faile once more, he pushes onward, dealing with the Dark One, as he puts it, to see the deed done. Elayne secures her throne, though I'm not entirely sure how she managed to do it, or that she even deserves it.
She displays quite a bit of stupidity, getting herself captured as a result and sending hundreds of men to their deaths in a rescue attempt. The men who gave their lives for her freedom deserve far better than she, in my opinion, and she can't even be bothered to feel the slightest bit guilty over it. Rand comes to the realization that he cannot fight the Last Battle with the Seanchan at his back, and believes that the only way he can win is to make a truce with them.
However, the peace talks explode when the supposed Daughter of the Nine Moons turns out to be Semirhage in disguise.
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After discovering that the entire Seanchan army is after Tuon as an imposter, Mat rejoins his army and starts a war unlike any the Seanchan have ever seen to get her to safety. All that is, all that was, and all that ever shall be may yet fall under the Shadow. The Last Battle is coming. The world is not ready for it. And Rand al'Thor, the only hope of victory, is sinking deeper and deeper into darkness and insanity. The Good? Elayne's, Perrin's, and Mat's storylines that have bogged the series down over the last three books come to an end.
These are three storylines that I felt were unnecessarily dragged out to ridiculous lengths for no real reason, and it basically ground the ENTIRE series to a complete halt. Each and every one of them comes to an explosive conclusion that is all the better for having had to wait so long for it.
After all of the build up, it was great to finally see a pay off on these storylines. The fast paced action of the earlier books in the series returns in full force. All of the politics bogging down the previous several volumes take a back seat to the resolution of these three storylines, as the gears of the series finally start turning again, and some much needed focus returns.
For the first time since this series began, there is an ending in sight. This book is the one that I like to think of as the beginning of the end. The mood and tone of this book so perfectly convey a sense of everything being on the brink of destruction with time fast running out. You can FEEL the headlong rush into the Last Battle like an avalanche rumbling through the ground if not actually seen quite yet. Things seem so hopeless for our heroes. They're out matched in every way imaginable, and their Chosen One, is insane and lost in the despair of his position.
At this point it seems as though his defeat at the last battle is inevitable. He's given up all hope of surviving, and in fact welcomes the idea of death. When I finished this book, I honestly could not see any way that Rand could overcome everything that's against him.
He's fallen so far, and has so far left to go that I just didn't see how he could possibly prevail. The feeling of hopelessness that permeates this book is so excellently played that you would swear that the author meant for him to fail. It is spectacularly done, making this one of my favorite books in the series. Rand, Perrin, and Mat, the three original heroes of the story all go through some very good character development in this book, showing how far they've come since the beginning, and how far yet they have to go before they can pull things together and turn their headlong rush toward defeat into a victory.
This entire book is a study in how to bring your characters to the brink of destruction before they finally overcome, and that they sink even deeper in the next two books only to come out on top as a pay off for it makes this book, as the catalyst for those changes, all the better now. In this book Robert Jordan reminds all of his faithful fans why it is that we're still reading the series, and it was all we could have asked for and more. The Ugly? Dear God do I hate this character. Her insistence that she's indestructible because Min saw that she would give birth to two babies gets her into ridiculous amounts of trouble.
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Her faith that she will come out the other side completely unscathed displays her arrogance and stupidity in full force, getting hundreds of people killed in the process, including several Aes Sedai, and their warders, not to mention her own armsmen, who have pledged their lives to protect hers.
She is a selfish child who cannot be bothered to think of the consequences of her actions, and of how much blood will be spilled because of them. And people wonder why I hate her so much.
All you need do is read this book and you will know why. She has not learned from a single one of her past mistakes, continuing to make them over, and over, and over again. When she offers the throne to another, we are treated to one of the biggest loads of BS ever put to paper when this character replies with how much more suited to the throne, and to ruling a nation Elayne is. Let me remind you that this is immediately following one of the stupidest things that Elayne has ever done in her life, resulting in hundreds dead, a thousand maimed or otherwise wounded, and several Aes Sedai dead.
On what world does this even begin to prove how much a better ruler Elayne will be? That characters who have previously shown themselves to be intelligent continually praise her utter stupidity and lack of anything resembling common sense as bravery and sharp wit really grates on me.
It feels so contrived because the plot needs them to say it, but these are things that these characters really would not and should not be thinking and saying. It really feels like a case of the author needed something to happen regardless of how the characters would react to it so none of them are true to themselves in order for it to happen. Elayne is not only one of the stupidest figures in all of fiction, but she makes everyone around her stupider by osmosis.
She has lost each and every restraining influence on her save for Birgitte, and frankly, the woman proves herself not up to the task of babysitting utter dumbasses who have been raised since the cradle to believe that the entire world will bow before them. Birgitte just needs to lock herself in a closet with the girl and slap her silly until some of the stupid falls out, but she refuses to do it because Elayne saved her life. In conclusion, this book was excellent. It makes extraordinary use of mood and tone to create an atmosphere of hopelessness, and a sense of things coming to an end.
After quite a few volumes of really nothing happening, and no forward motion in the overall plot of the series, things finally begin moving forward toward an ending that is finally within sight. A lot of the superfluous storylines that had been dragged out FAR longer than they should have come to an end, and a lot of the characters go through some very good development. The one dark spot of this book is Elayne and her utter stupidity and selfishness. I felt that it was offensive enough to knock a star off of the rating, and so I can only give this book four stars.
This book was a return to form for the series, and got the gears turning once more, bringing some much needed action and forward motion to a story that had been stagnating in political maneuvering for almost a decade. As the last book written by an extraordinary author before his death, it reminds me what we all lost with his passing. Almost every aspect of this book was a beautiful display of excellent writing and storytelling, giving epic payoffs for all of our patience in sticking with it to this point.
Thank you, Mister Jordan, for giving us such a great series. I hope that wherever you may be now, you have found peace and relief from the disease that ended your life. It's strange to say, but these books have changed my life, influencing me deeply over the last twenty years. When he died it felt as though one of my best friends had passed away.
However, he has left us such a legacy in The Wheel of Time, that his name may live on forever, or until the Wheel turns and a new age begins, leaving memories that become legend. Legend that fades to myth, and so on and so forth. Check out my other reviews. This was a weird one. About midway, though, it suddenly picked up and became a page turner. The usual cast of characters is here, more or less: Mat and Perrin and Faile seem largely wasted, as their chapters consist of page after page after page of strategizing.
Neither do Min or Aviendha, which is. Thom is likewise sidelined, serv 3. Thom is likewise sidelined, serving largely as a supporting character to Mat. Elayne has a substantial number of pages devoted to her plight, but for the most part absolutely nothing happens. Rand is also pretty interesting and takes part in a crazy battle that really shocked me. Lews has definitely overstayed his welcome though. Essentially, this was two books in one: the first terrible and the second fantastic. Knife of Dreams is the eleventh book in The Wheel of Time. This book made significant progress on a few of the storylines.
In fact, a couple of the ongoing storylines seem to have reached a conclusion, which I was happy to see. I was even happier about the brief but significant continuation of one particular storyline of interest to me, and I enjoyed all the other ongoing storylines. I have more comments hidden within the spoiler tags below. I was half hoping that the prequel New Spring that focused on Moiraine might have been a hint that her story would finally come back up in book I thought maybe Jordan wrote a book focusing on her to bring her back to the interest of his readers after neglecting her for so long.
I was very happy to see it, though. I never really did understand why all the characters seemed so convinced Moiraine was dead. Especially the characters who had been through the mirrors themselves. Back in book six, when we learned about the Bowl of Winds being in a storage room full of artifacts, I had it in my head that another mirror or some other artifact that could get Moiraine out would be found there and that the letter she had written Thom included instructions about it.
So I was completely wrong there. After they finally found the bowl but not Moiraine, I started to realize I was going to have to wait a while for any kind of resolution. I was also glad that Perrin was finally able to rescue Faile. Hopefully Perrin can start getting interesting again. His part of the story was starting to get on my nerves because it was mostly angst. I was also happy that Elayne seems to have finally won her throne, if only to see that storyline finally wrapped up. There were quite a few identity revelations and hints in this book, about various Forsaken as well as Noal.
His part of the story has seemed a little skimpy lately, although usually what little there is of it has been interesting. I might write a review at some point, but for now I will just say Knife of Dreams was a vast improvement over the previous books, especially Crossroads of Twilight. Improvement in terms of plot, if not characters. No wonder when he bears the heaviest burdens and the largest griefs. Every eye is on every move he makes, and everyone with leadership responsibilities wants to tell him what to do, control him or kill him.
He has many secrets he cannot tell, but he must carry the WOT on his back alone… Egwene is also finding the higher meanings of her existence under the torture of her worst enemy, Elaida, the false Amyrlin Seat. Elaida is not going to have any rebel Amyrlin fighting to remove Elaida as leader of the Aes Sedai! Elayne is fighting many battles on many fronts - she wants to be queen of Andor; her hometown full of her supporters is under siege; she has vicious competitors for her throne; and spies and Black Ajah are everywhere underfoot.
Plus she is pregnant! Perrin cannot focus on anything except getting Faile back. She has been a slave prisoner of the evil Shaido tribe of the Aiel for almost 60 days! It means war, but a very careful war. Unfortunately, the Shaido have a great many Wise Ones with the ability to channel the Power, while Perrin has only a few men and women able to channel. I can affirm he did not get to the Last Battle. However, gentle reader, I am not full of despair. Jordan left behind notes and drafts which explained how he wanted WOT to be completed.
Sanderson courageously decided to take it on! So, be brave too, gentle reader. The series WAS finished in published books 12, 13, and OK, I will start the review, like always, with the Mathrim bloody Cauthon :D I understand that you will certainly think that I talk gibberish, 'cause that guy is not the main character - it is Rand, the Dragon Reborn himself, the guy who can channel But my choice will always be Mat. Mat is great general. In fact, she is calling him "Toy".
You have a pet name for me, so I thought I should have one for you, Precious. Now, that killed the goat. Or perhaps your mother? Obviously, Selucia miscounted with the ants. Perhaps I will be able to educate you yet. An owl hooting twice means someone will die soon. A lion can have no mercy.
Bloody Matrim Cauthon is my husband. That is the wording you used, is it not? If I die I will die as who I am.
I have removed the veil. I love you Mat, even if that weird woman took you from me. But, I think that you deserved a woman that will always keep your attention ; Great recommendations :D Aug 26, Khai Jian KJ rated it really liked it. Book 11 of the Wheel of Times series: Knife of Dreams. Finally, Robert Jordan managed to pull it off in this book! After a few slow paced books, this book managed to tie up all the events leading to the Last Battle which is coming soon. Its more action packed as compared to the last few books. My favourite plot line is still Egwene's plot line!
It's interesting to see the change of an annoying little village girl who eventually became the Amyrlin Seat and starts to be invovled in political maneu Book 11 of the Wheel of Times series: Knife of Dreams. It's interesting to see the change of an annoying little village girl who eventually became the Amyrlin Seat and starts to be invovled in political maneuvering sorry for the little spoiler here.
It's so sad that this was Robert Jordan's final book in this series that he wrote himself. The last 3 books in this series were written by Brandon Sanderson after Robert Jordan's death and I can't wait to start them after this amazing read! Nov 28, C.
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Cabaniss rated it really liked it Shelves: books-i-own , fantasy. The ending, as usual, was very interesting and left a lot open for the next book. Perrin is the thing that disappoints me most in this series. He started out as my favorite character in book one but I have not been thrilled with his character progression throughout the series.