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Now an original series starring Rosamund Pike as Moiraine!

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 seals of Shayol Ghul are weak now, and the Dark One reaches out. The Shadow is rising to cover humankind.

In Tar Valon, Min sees portents of hideous doom. Will the White Tower itself be broken?

In the Two Rivers, the Whitecloaks ride in pursuit of a man with golden eyes, and in pursuit of the Dragon Reborn.

In Cantorin, among the Sea Folk, High Lady Suroth plans the return of the Seanchan armies to the mainland.

In the Stone of Tear, the Lord Dragon considers his next move. It will be something no one expects, not the Black Ajah, not Tairen nobles, not Aes Sedai, not Egwene or Elayne or Nynaeve.

Against the Shadow rising stands the Dragon Reborn...

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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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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
  • 11-08-18

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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  • Texnik
  • 09-17-17

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.


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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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  • Steve
  • 07-24-15

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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  • Anthony M. Padgett
  • 01-29-15

Odd words clash.

What made the experience of listening to The Path of Daggers the most enjoyable?

Continuation of a great epic.

What other book might you compare The Path of Daggers to, and why?

"Game of Thrones" for obvious reasons.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

N/A

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

N/A

Any additional comments?

There are several words in the text which are badly mispronounced. Most Americans will not agree with me when I say that "HERBS" has an 'H' and it is pronounced.
An arrow is NOTCHED to a bow and not KNOCKED.
The word LEAPED is pronounced LEPT.
There are others but one would not want to be called pedantic. Overall I am enjoying the Series and particularly the performances of Michael and Kate. It's just that once in a while a mispronunciation has me jumping around and screaming at my Kindle.

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  • Dan Hargreaves
  • 07-22-21

A great book, but the story is slowing down a tad

A good addition, it is a little slower thannprevious books as new arcs have started so it must build again. It does pick up later though.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-30-21

All this I don’t hurt women bs

So tired of the women in this story apparently none of the main characters can bring themselves to harm women irrespective of strength, crime or one power.
All rand does is sulk now getting real tired of this. Would have thought after getting moraine killed he’d have some sense… nope.
He didn’t even flinch killing the dark friend in book too then suddenly in book 3 onwards he’s all “keep all women safe and alive”

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  • tracey pashley
  • 06-08-21

Is this The Slog'?

I found most of this installment good, however there are some slow parts. Also things are generally up in the air on all the threads this time hence 4 not 5 *

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  • Jamie Snr
  • 04-10-21

Good but not great...

This book was smaller than its predecessors in the WOT series, and was the weakest yet on plot-line and content. it was not bad, but a bit rudderless in areas. The biggest flaw was no chapter (not one) regarding Matt - that's a bit clunky. Nevertheless , good but not on the par with the rest do far......

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  • Scattybeth
  • 04-05-21

Second time with Audible

Michael Kramer and Kate Reading's reading is spot on as always, this is one of the better books before "The Slog" and I've enjoyed reading it for the 3rd time.

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  • Juan Gonzalez
  • 03-13-21

SLOG

Aptly named the start of the start of the slog. I'm not sure if I can finish the Wheel of Time if there's another 3 'Slog' books...

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  • Panda
  • 03-07-21

Epic Fantasy

This is an good book, continuing the journey of Rand Al-Thor and his companions, treachery abounds in this chapter, things begin to unravel and what comes next, who can say.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-07-19

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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  • Dragonfly
  • 11-28-17

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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  • Miss
  • 09-10-16

awesomeness

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

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  • Kristopher
  • 07-19-16

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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  • Katy
  • 10-31-15

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-12-21

better then I was told

not sure if it because I did listen to it through audible or because I actually expected nothing to happen but I enjoyed this book way more than I thought I would. Despite being considered the 'worst' in the series there were several time I found myself shocked and excited. Although it is shorter then previous books and perhaps didn't have that exciting of climax and can certainly say that the minute to minute reading was enjoyable and for a majority of the time kept me on the edge of my seat.

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  • Dainjah
  • 08-15-21

Did its job in putting me to sleep

I have used this series as a way to clear the mind to get to sleep. I think this book was the best at getting me a good drift to sleep as nothing really happens.

Maybe a chapter or two I can recall held my attention at all. Given its primary use as a sleep aid. It should be rated higher, but I guess I was hoping to have been kept awake at least an hour of the audio book LOL..

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-03-21

Great book

Great book in the WOT series that brings the epic strory to new heights! Love it!

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  • Callum
  • 02-19-21

Slow

I heard the slog was coming up but it exceeded my expectations of have slow it was gonna be. You can look up chapter summaries that are a sentence long that summarise a chapter that took an hour to tell. I feel like Jordan’s overdescription gets even worse in this, hundreds of hours later were still hearing about how every identical aei Sedai scowls in frustration for the hundredth time. The later books better be good to make this worth it, although I’m starting to doubt they can redeem it given how slow things are getting.

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  • AndyandBec
  • 11-19-20

a book where it feels like nothing much happens

WoT is a long series so I suppose there are going to be lulls in it. Hopefully this book is setting things up for book 9 and not an indication that the series is in decline. I remember reading these as a kid, waiting each year for the new one to come out, I gave up at book 10, hopefully this time around I make it to the end.