Path of Daggers

Book Eight of The Wheel of Time
Series: Wheel of Time, Book 8
Length: 23 hrs and 25 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (18,021 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The Wheel of Time is a PBS Great American Read Selection!

Now in development for TV!

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 Seanchan invasion force is in possession of Ebou Dar. Nynaeve, Elayne, and Aviendha head for Caemlyn and Elayne's rightful throne, but on the way they discover an enemy much worse than the Seanchan.

In Illian, Rand vows to throw the Seanchan back as he did once before. But signs of madness are appearing among the Asha'man.

In Ghealdan, Perrin faces the intrigues of Whitecloaks, Seanchan invaders, the scattered Shaido Aiel, and the Prophet himself. Perrin's beloved wife, Faile, may pay with her life, and Perrin himself may have to destroy his soul to save her.

Meanwhile the rebel Aes Sedai under their young Amyrlin, Egwene al'Vere, face an army that intends to keep them away from the White Tower. But Egwene is determined to unseat the usurper Elaida and reunite the Aes Sedai. She does not yet understand the price that others - and she herself - will pay. 

TV series update: "Sony will produce along with Red Eagle Entertainment and Radar Pictures. Rafe Judkins is attached to write and executive produce. Judkins previously worked on shows such as ABC’s Agents of SHIELD, the Netflix series Hemlock Grove, and the NBC series Chuck. Red Eagle partners Rick Selvage and Larry Mondragon will executive produce along with Radar’s Ted Field and Mike Weber. Darren Lemke will also executive produce, with Jordan’s widow Harriet McDougal serving as consulting producer." (Variety)

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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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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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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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Wheel of Meh

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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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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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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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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  • 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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  • willyb
  • 09-07-20

not the best in the series

better books than this one in the series. a little slow with alot of politics of the realm coming together

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  • Bellatori
  • 09-06-20

Loved in print even better in audio quality

There are very few sci-fi or fantasy series that keep you reading to the end out of pure pleasure rather than duty and determination to finish. Game of Thrones was the latter. Malazan was somewhere in the middle but this is definitely the former. The two readers are excellent and the change from one to the other breaks up what can become a monotony in what are long books.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-19-20

heading

Much better than the previous two or three.
But still far too many strange names to keep track of, and the pronunciation of some names keeps changing throughout the series.

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  • L N Seviour
  • 01-28-20

Mid-Slump

The performance is great as usual and has remained consistent throughout the series. Unfortunately, this is in the middle of the infamous mid-series slump and pertinent chapters are interspersed throughout so many fillers which really hurts the pacing.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-14-19

Taking it further

The story proceeds, sometimes it goes very slow with a bit to detailed descriptions of characters not to relevant to the story and the book not moving forward.

Great job by the narrators, i like thats it's one male and one female and they both make the characters come alive.

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  • Craig
  • 10-28-19

struggled through some chapters

I'm up to book 9 so the books are decent but I just feel some of the chapters were starting to get drawn out and I felt like I was dragged through the last part of the book. hopefully it will pick up again.

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  • Sara Tompsett
  • 10-15-19

Slow but good

Great characters and story but needs to get a move on. If the wheel of time was made into 4000 pages say 10 books of 400 pages each I think it would be one of the best fantasy epics ever because I'm sure it puts some people off, it put me off for about 10 years because I had that many things I wanted to read. Saying that though I suppose that's part of what makes it what it is. Only 6 books to go, got to get it finished before the TV series starts!

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  • di9girl
  • 07-28-19

Excellent!

Excellent continuation of this series, all the characters are included here so we get to catch up with all of them.

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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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  • Dallas Kennedy
  • 05-29-20

Poor audio book editing

Brilliantly involved story with many threads. however not a lot happens in this book.
some of the characters are noticeably less whiney however.

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  • Kerry G. Bolton
  • 05-19-20

Slow drudge but im hoping it will pickup

Man this book was a waste of time quite frankly, nearly nothing much happening and im seriously considering to give up on the rest of the set. Im stubborn so will continue so really hope it gets better. I think rhis book could have been compressed into about 4 -5 chapters max, rest padding.

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  • Richard McKenna1
  • 07-24-19

better than the others

imo better than the other stories. flows better less repeating and was interesting to listen to . always a lot of names to follow

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  • Degsius Maximus
  • 02-27-18

Boy this was a slog!

Can’t believe how bad this book is compared to the previous 7. It was tedious. It couldn’t hold my attention for more than a couple minutes. I can’t say what it was about because essentially nothing happened. Wow, what went wrong?

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  • Liam
  • 07-29-16

Kate Reading is trash

her over the top performance sometimes detracted from my enjoyment. Alos annoying was the differing pronouncement of names between the 2 readers.