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Knife of Dreams

by Robert Jordan

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Series: The Wheel of Time (11)

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Fiction. Science Fiction. HTML:The Wheel of Time turns, and Robert Jordan delivers 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 the Last Battle, when Rand al'Thor, the Dragon Reborn, confronts the Dark One as humanity's only hope. But Rand dare not fight until he possesses all the surviving seals on the Dark One's prison, and until he has dealt with the Seanchan, who threaten to overrun all nations this side of the Aryth Ocean.

The winds of time have become a storm, and things that everyone believes are fixed in place forever are changing before their eyes. Not even the White Tower itself is any 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.

"Robert Jordan has come to dominate the world Tolkien began to reveal." ‚??The New York Time
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Much better than book 10, seeing as things actually happen. ( )
  Vitaly1 | May 28, 2023 |
I feel like I'm almost done, even with three books left to read, but this is the end of the Robert Jordan books, and onto Brandon Sanderson. Mr. Jordan did a nice job with this book, finally finishing some arcs that have lasted for the last several books. Andor has a queen, Perrin gets Faile back, and Mat marries.
I was very happy to get some Rand chapters. Mat's story with Tuon is one of my favorites, and I'm glad that Perrin got Faile back (unlike most fans, I actually like Faile). I hate reading the Elayne chapters; she is the worst while thinking she knows so much. I've lost track of how often she's been captured and rescued while thousands of people have lost their lives in the fights to recover her. And her using her pregnancy to justify her whiny, childish behavior makes me crazy.
Anyway, while there are still detailed descriptions of everyones' clothing and lots of spanking and punishments, this book felt more tightly edited and written. ( )
  N.W.Moors | May 28, 2023 |
2nd read on this book (first was back in '06 when it came out). Very excited to finally tackle the final 3 in the series. ( )
  boredwillow | Mar 4, 2023 |
It seems that the fun has been restored to the Wheel Of Time series after a brief hiatus of a volume or two. To my satisfaction, some long-awaited conclusions to some of the side-stories finally saw resolution and one also gets the feeling that we are finally ramping up to the conclusion of the Wheel Of Time story. ( )
  HowHop | Feb 5, 2023 |
The first half of this book is great! So many incredible events, just boom one right after another. Shifting strategies leading to unlikely alliances, hubris leading to tragedy, love leading to angst, horror leading to heroism, and a princess leading her retinue into a dive bar. It's almost too much.

The second half isn't as good, regressing back to overdescribing and too many uninteresting characters running around to keep track of. There are battles, and they're fun but have become kind of rote now, playing out much the same way with few surprises.

Still, this book is a step in the right direction. For many, books 7 to 10 are a slog. For me, the slog started in book 4. But we're coming out of it now! ( )
1 vote KGLT | Oct 17, 2022 |
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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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Mitchell, EllisaMapssecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Nielsen, Matthew C.Illustratorsecondary 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
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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. (Prologue)
The Wheel of Time turns, and Ages come and pass, leaving memories that become legend.
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Fiction. Science Fiction. HTML:The Wheel of Time turns, and Robert Jordan delivers 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 the Last Battle, when Rand al'Thor, the Dragon Reborn, confronts the Dark One as humanity's only hope. But Rand dare not fight until he possesses all the surviving seals on the Dark One's prison, and until he has dealt with the Seanchan, who threaten to overrun all nations this side of the Aryth Ocean.

The winds of time have become a storm, and things that everyone believes are fixed in place forever are changing before their eyes. Not even the White Tower itself is any 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.

"Robert Jordan has come to dominate the world Tolkien began to reveal." ‚??The New York Time

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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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