March 23, 2012

Review : The Path of Daggers by Robert Jordan

Title : The Path of Daggers
Author : Robert Jordan
Reading Dates : 4 Feb 2012 - 5 Feb 2012
Total Pages :643
The Wheel of Time

From goodreads :
For millions of fans around the globe, the wait is over. Sequel to the international blockbuster bestseller A Crown of Swords, this epic volume continues one of history's greatest fictional journeys and the most extraordinary work of American fantasy ever published--The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and worldwide bestselling series--The Wheel of Time.

The phenomenal tale that is mesmerizing a generation of readers now continues.

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.

Book Review of The Path of Daggers.

The Path of Daggers has the slowest pacing of the entire Wheel of Time series so far. Worst, the entire story seemed to drag on that I almost gave up on finishing the book. I probably would have except it is book 8 in the series.

The story told here is not entirely without interest. Some significant turning points in the story are reached; most important being that Rand finds himself biting off more than he can chew. Yet, the telling of the tale seems lacking. Too much time is wasted in building up to these events. If I weren’t a fan of the series, I would have simply stopped reading altogether. It is only the wanting to know what happens next that kept me glued to the tale.

After the earlier books, The Path of Daggers was a let-down but not a book you could skip and keep abreast of the story.

My conclusions :

  • Would I re-read the book ? Probably.
  • Would I want to read the next book in the series ? Yes.
  • Would I want to own my personal copy if I didn’t already own it ? Yes.
  • Who would I recommend this too? All fantasy readers.
  • For those looking to read the book, would I recommend buying or borrowing the book? Buy it. The series is a keeper.

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