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Knife of Dreams by Robert Jordan

Knife of Dreams

by Robert Jordan

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Series: Wheel of Time (11)

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The march to Tarmon Gai'don, the climactic last battle between the Dragon Reborn and the Dark One, begins in earnest. Faile's captivity with the Shaido, Mat's pursuit of Tuon and Elayne's war for Caemlyn come to a close, while Egwene's capture brings the Aes Sedai war to the heart of the Tower.



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Working through my very last re-read (well, re-listen) of these books. Getting ready for the release of the final book in the series in January. Starting to get a little bit sad. As well as a little bit relieved. :) ( )
  CiaraCat | Jan 9, 2020 |
This is last in the series written by Robert Jordan himself, and he gets to end on high note. After the plot had slowed to a crawl in book 10, book 11 takes off running. Several plot lines that had been dragging along for several books finally get resolved. It still had some frustrating elements, notably stupidity from the characters, but it beats nothing happening.

After a couple books of saying how important Faile is, Perrin's problem is finally solved. A couple important character moments regarding Aram happen along the way as bonus.

Egwene makes the best of her situation as a prisoner of the Tower, exploiting the divisions within Elaida's supporters. While good for Egwene, it really shows how the Tower doesn't live up to the image the Aes Sedai project.

Nynaeve doesn't get much, but she's really grown as a character. From the bully who always had to get her way, she encourages Lan to do what he needs to and even supports him. She uses some Aes Sedai deception, but it does give him time to properly prepare for the Last Battle.

Mat's group is finally moving, and we get to see Mat's strategic skills again. His prophecy with Tuon is finally fulfilled, it too having been dragged out.

Rand continues to seek a truce with the Seanchan, at a meeting that you just know isn't going to be what it seems. Min gets recognition for stupidity by insisting she stay next to Rand for this meeting. This results in Rand losing his hand in the battle.

Elayne's succession also finally comes to an end. After books of baths and deciding what dress to wear, the Lion Throne is finally occupied. The frustrating stupidity I mentioned comes to its peak when Elayne charges straight into "too dumb to live" territory. When her spy learns where the darkfriends and Black Ajah are hiding out, her "plan" is to walk through the front door with her 3 Aes Sedai (2 of which she suspects are Black Ajah) without knowing how many she'll be up against. Oh, and she tells the guards and Warders to stay too far away to do anything if things go south. Everyone but her realizes how dumb this is. While captured, she thinks to herself that there was no way to anticipate what her advisers anticipated. She also feels no guilt over those who died as a result of this poor planning.

Overall, Knife of Dreams was a return to form after the pacing issues of the few books. Now for the home stretch written by Sanderson. ( )
  High_Enginseer | Jan 6, 2020 |
... in which many a satisfactory comeuppance does occur. ( )
  Zoes_Human | Mar 5, 2019 |
A wonderful return to form, bittersweet as this was the last book that Jordan completed before his death in 2007. After the near-endless politicking, skirt smoothing, and cups of tea and kaf of previous books real progress was being made and the reader could start to feel that the Last Battle was imminent.

'Crossroads' had ended with the capture of Egwene by the Aes Sedai of the White Tower, and we were left with the question of who betrayed her. It would seem no one did, Egwene was simply too visible and unprotected. With skillful use of the world of dreams she stays in contact with the rebels and begins to sow serious dissension within the White Tower. Siuan and Leane continue to sway in the background.

Perrin is the hero of the series just because he finally brings an end to the terrible slog that was the captured Faile plotline. He creates an interesting alliance to do it as well. To be fair, reading the Plotline of Doom this last time it wasn't so bad as it was reading it the first time and seeing no end in sight. Morgase, Alliandre, Two Others and Two Aiel are also rescued.

Rand attempts to orchestrate an alliance with the Seanchan and stop all of this conquest nonsense until the Last Battle is over with. His meeting with the supposed Daughter of the Nine Moons predictably ends in disaster (see the cover). Meanwhile, Loial is finally bundled off to his arranged marriage

Galad becomes leader of the White Cloaks in the best way possible, Elayne is finally Queen of Andor, Nynaeve helps Lan in unexpected and cool fashion raise up the Borderlands, and Mazrim Taim may not be Demandred (even if he's supposed to be), but is definitely not a good guy.

The biggest shoe to drop though was Thom's revelation to Mat that Moiraine is alive and held captive by the Snakes and Foxes. His marriage to Tuon fades into the background.

This novel raises plenty of questions, but it was mostly about laying to rest many old rumors, old plotlines, and finally gets everyone pointed towards the Last Battle. This was the book that really pulled me back into the series back in the day and then, of course, worried that we would never see the end of it.

Thankfully, there was a plan and Brandon Sanderson was brought in to finish the series. I liked what he did, but the fact remains we'll never know just how Jordan would have done it.

Up next I finally read the full-length 'New Spring' and have a last taste of pure Jordan before heading to the finish line.

The Wheel of Time

Next: 'New Spring'

Previous: 'Crossroads of Twilight' ( )
  ManWithAnAgenda | Feb 22, 2019 |
Took me a while to read this one...I would read some, put it down for a few months, read some more, etc. I was really glad to see that storylines that have been buzzing around for 5 or 6 books now are finally starting to come together with a sense of closure. Perrin finally finds Faile....Mat and Tuon establish their relationship and his place as a leader of the Seanchan...Rand starts kicking ass (finally), but at a price to be explored later. The point is, this was Jordan's last work before his death, and you can see here that he is starting to bring this monster saga to a close. I am looking forward to reading Brandon Sanderson's adaptation of the last 3 books based on Jordan's notes and recordings, but this one was a welcome move forward in a saga that has been mired for several volumes. ( )
  utbw42 | Dec 3, 2018 |
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Jordan has said that readers will be sweating by the end of the book, and he's probably right. Sweating or not, they'll also be dreading the long year or two before the 12th installment.
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Kramer, MichaelNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Mitchell, EllisaMapssecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Nielsen, Matthew C.Illustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Reading, KateNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Russo, CarolCover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Sweet, Darrell K.Cover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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The sweetness of victory and the bitterness of defeat are alike a knife of dreams.
--From Fog and Steel by Madoc Comadrin
In memory of Charles St. George Sinkler Adams
July 6, 1976 - April 13, 2005
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The sun, climbing towards midmorning, stretched Galad's shadow and those of his three armored companions ahead of them as they trotted their mounts down the road that ran straight through the forest, dense with oak and leatherleaf, pine and sourgum, most showing the red of spring growth.
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The Wheel of Time turns, and Robert Jordan gives us the eleventh volume of his extraordinary masterwork of fantasy.The dead are walking, men die impossible deaths, and it seems as though reality itself has become unstable: All are signs of the imminence of Tarmon Gai’don, the Last Battle, when Rand al’Thor, the Dragon Reborn, must confront the Dark One as humanity’s only hope. But Rand dares not fight until he possesses all the surviving seals on the Dark One’s prison and has dealt with the Seanchan, who threaten to overrun all nations this side of the Aryth Ocean and increasingly seem too entrenched to be fought off. But his attempt to make a truce with the Seanchan is shadowed by treachery that may cost him everything. Whatever the price, though, he must have that truce. And he faces other dangers. There are those among the Forsaken who will go to any length to see him dead--and the Black Ajah is at his side....Unbeknownst to Rand, Perrin has made his own truce with the Seanchan. It is a deal made with the Dark One, in his eyes, but he will do whatever is needed to rescue his wife, Faile, and destroy the Shaido who captured her. Among the Shaido, Faile works to free herself while hiding a secret that might give her her freedom or cause her destruction. And at a town called Malden, the Two Rivers longbow will be matched against Shaido spears.Fleeing Ebou Dar through Seanchan-controlled Altara with the kidnapped Daughter of the Nine Moons, Mat attempts to court the woman to whom he is half-married, knowing that she will complete that ceremony eventually. But Tuon coolly leads him on a merry chase as he learns that even a gift can have deep significance among the Seanchan Blood and what he thinks he knows of women is not enough to save him. For reasons of her own, which she will not reveal until a time of her choosing, she has pledged not to escape, but Mat still sweats whenever there are Seanchan soldiers near. Then he learns that Tuon herself is in deadly danger from those very soldiers. To get her to safety, he must do what he hates worse than work....In Caemlyn, Elayne fights to gain the Lion Throne while trying to avert what seems a certain civil war should she win the crown....In the White Tower, Egwene struggles to undermine the sisters loyal to Elaida from within....The winds of time have become a storm, and things that everyone believes are fixed in place forever are changing before their eyes. Even the White Tower itself is no longer a place of safety. Now Rand, Perrin and Mat, Egwene and Elayne, Nynaeve and Lan, and even Loial, must ride those storm winds, or the Dark One will triumph.
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