Knife of Dreams

Knife of Dreams

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An eleventh installment in the best-selling series finds Rand al'Thor, the Dragon Reborn, preparing for a confrontation with the Dark One in order to save humanity, a feat that is challenged by the murderous Forsaken and Rand's need to acquire the remaining seals on the Dark One's prison. 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 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.
Publisher: New York : Tor, 2005
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780312873073
0312873077
Branch Call Number: SF JORDAN
Characteristics: 744 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm

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mellis5
Feb 25, 2020

A stupendous parting gift to fans of the series. Knife of Dreams is easily among the best written entries and wraps up so many plot threads that it's such a satisfying read.

YLPLTEENBOOKBLOG Aug 12, 2019

There are lots of twists and turns throughout this book. Knife of Dreams constantly shifts perspectives to show how the human forces are gradually realizing the need to be unified during the last battle. Human forces begin to root out the forsaken that have long clung to power in Kingdoms, all at a price of course. Rand’s stability continues to rock back and forth as he continues to see old friends as new enemies. There are several times when evil doers are done away with or finally overthrown. Fans can finally laugh at the fate of Eladia. Robert Jordan’s work never disappointed me when reading, everything seemed to be planned from the beginning as if it was just one big history book. Rating 5/5 @Ezekiel_Hannegan of the Yorba Linda Public Library Teen Book Bloggers

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Chinderixx
Nov 14, 2018

Though the beginning of Knife of Dreams was good, the rest of this book was kind of like the last four Wheel of Time Books. The plot didn't move too much and some characters, like Elayne, were super boring. I did like that the book spent a little more time on Rand and Egwene, but I didn't think it was enough time. I also think that too much page time was spent on Mat (who's side of the story only gets interesting toward the end), and Elayne and other boring characters). Perrin's story isn't too bad, but it would be a spoiler if I said why.
So Knife of Dreams was a little bit of a disappointment, but I'm hoping that the last few books that Brandon Sanderson wrote get better and help the plot get out of the hole it got stuck in.

But if there is one good thing about this book, it's the cover! It's absolutely fabulous! Hats off to the artist!

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Seankoppenhafer
Jul 09, 2013

In typical Jordan fashion, the amount of description in this book is over the top. I often found myself skipping 3/4 of a page because it contained so much description of rooms/people/places you'll be in once. With that said, the plot is somewhat more focused this book, and Mat's story is really great. Beware of Elayne's plot, though - it's a bore.

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jibb
Jul 23, 2012

This is the last book in the Wheel of Time series that Robert Jordan completed before his death. After the previous book, Crossroads of Twilight, brought the plot to a halt (800 pages of checking in with each character, seeing that nothing has happened, but hinting that something might soon), Robert Jordan has finally re-grown his ability to progress the plot. Although it's not the best written of novels, it's nice to see the plot we've been following for thousands and thousands of pages get moving again.

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julia_sedai
Mar 01, 2012

This is the last book that Robert Jordan wrote, and it's really good. However, fans of the series should keep reading! Brandon Sanderson did an excellent job with the next couple books! He really picks up the series. Keep reading!

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Chinderixx
Nov 12, 2018

"Just because a thing is a certain way doesn't mean it should be that way, even if it has been for a long time." -Tuon

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Chinderixx
Nov 12, 2018

"You may have convinced yourself I am no longer Amyrlin, Beonin, but it's time to start convincing yourself that I still am." -Egwene al'Vere

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Chinderixx
Nov 12, 2018

"I'm fighting a war. The fewer people who obey, the more chance I'll lose, and if I lose, everybody loses. If I could make everybody obey, I would." -Rand al'Thor

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Chinderixx
Nov 12, 2018

LEWS THERIN: "How can I hide? I am ta'veren!"

RAND: "You're dead."

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Chinderixx
Nov 12, 2018

LOGAIN: "You suspect a trap?"

BASHERE: "I always suspect a trap."

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Nov 12, 2018

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Chinderixx
Nov 12, 2018

Sexual Content: Some sexual references and innuendos.

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Chinderixx
Nov 12, 2018

Violence: Brief descriptions of gore during battle scenes.

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Nov 12, 2018

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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Knife_of_Dreams

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