I give this a 3 based on the strength of the series, not this book. As a stand alone this book is terrible. I don't expect every book in a 12 book (or more) long series to be great, but the last couple of books have tried to do far too much. The story being told through the experiences of small groups or individuals was fine when the viewpoints and actions were limited. The range of storytellers, activities, and motivations is now so great that it becomes a distraction rather than a vehicle to move the story along. I did not need 4 books worth of the consolidation of Andor's rule. I long for the good old days of books 1-5. I will read the next book, as I am certain everyone else who has gotten this far will as well, but I hope for some improvement.
Robert has a bad habit of dragging things on and on with some of his key plots. Finally, after two previous books, he wraps up a plot he started with Perrin which ended up being anti-climatic...Sometimes there is just too many plots and too many characters to keep track of just what is going on. This diminishes true character development in my opinion and only causes confusion. Also he tends to repeat the same things over and over and over again such as Rand pulling in saidin. After 10 previous books that describes this, I don't need to be told again what Rand is feeling when he does this. I think, with the series coming to a close, Robert will finally be forced to make a book fast paced and more entertaining instead of very plodding. We shall see. I will go ahead and give this book four stars rather than three for the author finally wrapping up a couple of plots.
Fantastic. Tremendous conclusion. I look forward to the final book 12. I'll miss Robjet Jordan's writing.
I enjoy these tales, but endless minor character development, repetative language and a few virtually meaningless chapters,you're left scratching your head. Huh! I would have given this book a 3 or 4 star rating based upon the story, but after one chapter of Follet's 'Pillars of The Earth', I realized 'Knife of Dreams' isn't even close.
I tried to listen to this five times, it is the most boring thing I have ever listened to. Have insomnia, the only thing this is good for is sleep.
I listened to 11 of these, just to find out the autor is dead. Im pissed off right now. Thanks lots Robert, thanks.