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In The Path of Daggers, the eighth novel in Robert Jordan’s #1 New York Times bestselling epic fantasy series, The Wheel of Time®, Rand al'Thor engages in battle wearing the Crown of Swords and wielding Callandor against a force unprepared for the wrath of the Dragon Reborn.
The Seanchan invaders are heading for Illian—and Rand's army of Asha'man soldiers. When they meet in battle, some of the Asha'man are afflicted by madness, unable to control their channeling and unleashing raw power.
The madness extends to Rand himself. He has been hearing the voice of a man believed to have been the previous Dragon Reborn. Besieged by visions and debilitated whenever he uses the One Power, Rand chooses to attack the Seanchan with Callandor. The sword consumes him with a berserker rage, felling ally and enemy alike. And when he regains his senses, Rand finds himself less trusted by those who were once the most loyal.
Since its debut in 1990, The Wheel of Time® by Robert Jordan has captivated millions of readers around the globe with its scope, originality, and compelling characters. The last six books in series were all instant #1 New York Times bestsellers, and The Eye of the World was named one of America's best-loved novels by PBS's The Great American Read.
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#4 The Shadow Rising
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The eighth book of Jordan's bestselling The Wheel of Time saga (A Crown of Swords, etc.) opens with a renewed invasion by the Seanchans, a conquering race whose arsenal includes man-carrying flying reptiles and enslaved female magic-workers as well as powerful soldiers, many of whom have joined the Seanchans out of fear of the Dragon Reborn. The Dragon himself, Rand al'Thor, appears in only a small part of the narrative, but during that time he endures the ugly experience of seeing his magic kill his friends, heightening his fear that his destiny is to slay everyone he cares about. The first third of the book is a little slower paced than is usual for Jordan, emphasizing the growth of relationships, but the action picks up soon enough. More compact than some previous volumes in the saga, this one has the virtues readers have come to expect from the author: meticulous world-building; deft use of multiple viewpoints; highly original and intelligent systems of magic; an admirable wit; and a continuous awareness of the fate of the turnip farmer or peddler caught in the path of the heroes' armies. Unlike some authors of megasagas, Jordan chooses his words with care, creating people and events that have earned him an enormous readership. For sheer imagination and storytelling skill, if not quite for mythic resonance, The Wheel of Time now rivals Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings. 500,000 first printing; $500,000 ad/promo; author tour.
A Bit plodding
I love the series and continue to read it multiple times. This book is good, though when compared with the others to this point, it’s a bit plodding. Still recommended, it get’s you and the story to the next book. Hang in there. It’s worth it. You won’t regret it.
This is a slower one..
Although a fan of fantasy series, I’d somehow never heard of the Wheel of Time until news of Amazon Prime shooting the series. I LOVE good sprawling epics with worlds that pop into life, stocked with great characters, and the promise of 14 in this series made me settle in with glee, so I started getting through the books one after the other a few weeks ago.
Most volumes spend the entire book weaving characters together and setting the scene for an epic battle in the final chapters. 8 books in, there are so many threads woven by the Wheel that it takes time to pick up and follow the patterns of each development.
This book does not follow previous templates, but I’m guessing the next book will explain what happened. Nice to break the monotony of that particular plot rhythm too.
Yes, I have to commend Robert Jordan for creating so many strong main female characters, but now wonder if he actually knew many women well.
While the author does a really good job fleshing out his world in intriguing detail, my major gripe is how, without fail, EVERY SINGLE female character “plants fists on her hips” at some point. Every single one. Actually, at regular intervals too. I do not know a single woman who actually does this. It’s so cartoony I groan every time this phrase pops up yet again every few chapters. They get a little 1 dimensional after a bit, but there are yet more books to go. We’ll see.
Ah well….while the pace sometimes plods, I’m too far in to stop now, and have to see how things end so Book 9, here I come.