Knife of Dreams (Wheel of Time Series #11)

Knife of Dreams (Wheel of Time Series #11)

by Robert Jordan

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ISBN-13: 9780765337825
Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates
Publication date: 10/14/2014
Series: Wheel of Time Series
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 752
Sales rank: 165,734
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.40(d)

About the Author

ROBERT JORDAN (October 17, 1948–September 16, 2007), a native of Charleston, South Carolina, was the author of the bestselling The Wheel of Time®, with millions of books in print.

Date of Birth:

October 17, 1948

Date of Death:

September 16, 2007

Place of Birth:

Charleston, South Carolina

Place of Death:

Charleston, South Carolina

Education:

B.S. in physics, The Citadel, 1974

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 The sun, climbing toward 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. He tried to keep his mind empty, still, but small things kept intruding. The day was silent save for the thud of their horses' hooves. No bird sang on a branch, no squirrel chittered. Too quiet for the time of year, as though the forest held its breath. This had been a major trade route once, long before Amadicia and Tarabon came into being, and bits of ancient paving stone sometimes studded the hard-packed surface of yellowish clay. A single farm cart far ahead behind a plodding ox was the only sign of human life now besides themselves. Trade had shifted far north, farms and villages in the region dwindled, and the fabled lost mines of Aelgar remained lost in the tangled mountain ranges that began only a few miles to the south. Dark clouds massing in that direction promised rain by afternoon if their slow advance continued. A red-winged hawk quartered back and forth along the border of the trees, hunting the fringes. As he himself was hunting. But at the heart, not on the fringes.

 The manor house that the Seanchan had given Eamon Valda came into view, and he drew rein, wishing he had a helmet strap to tighten for excuse. Instead he had to be content with re-buckling his sword belt, pretending that it had been sitting wrong. There had been no point to wearing armor. If the morning went as he hoped, he would have had to remove breastplate and mail in any case, and if it went badly, armor would have provided little more protection than his white coat.
 
 Formerly a deep-country lodge of the King of Amadicia, the building was a huge, blue-roofed structure studded with red-painted balconies, a wooden palace with wooden spires at the corners atop a stone foundation like a low, steep-sided hill. The outbuildings, stables and barns, workmen's small houses and craftsfolks' workshops, all hugged the ground in the wide clearing that surrounded the main house, but they were nearly as resplendent in their blue-and-red paint. A handful of men and women moved around them, tiny figures yet at this distance, and children were playing under their elders' eyes. An image of normality where nothing was normal. His companions sat their saddles in their burnished helmets and breastplates, watching him without expression. Their mounts stamped impatiently, the animals' morning freshness not yet worn off by the short ride from the camp.

 "It's understandable if you're having second thoughts, Damodred," Trom said after a time. "It's a harsh accusation, bitter as gall, but--"

 "No second thoughts for me," Galad broke in. His intentions had been fixed since yesterday. He was grateful, though. Trom had given him the opening he needed. They had simply appeared as he rode out, falling in with him without a word spoken. There had seemed no place for words, then. "But what about you three? You're taking a risk coming here with me. A risk you have no need to take. However the day runs, there will be marks against you. This is my business, and I give you leave to go about yours." Too stiffly said, but he could not find words this morning, or loosen his throat.....

Table of Contents

Contents

MAPS,
PROLOGUE: Embers Falling on Dry Grass,
1 When Last Sounds,
2 The Dark One's Touch,
3 At the Gardens,
4 A Deal,
5 Something ... Strange,
6 A Stave and a Razor,
7 A Cold Medallion,
8 Dragons' Eggs,
9 A Short Path,
10 A Village in Shiota,
11 A Hell in Maderin,
12 A Manufactory,
13 Siege,
14 Wet Things,
15 A Different Skill,
16 The New Follower,
17 A Bronze Bear,
18 News for the Dragon,
19 Vows,
20 The Golden Crane,
21 Within the Stone,
22 To Make an Anchor Weep,
23 Call to a Sitting,
24 Honey in the Tea,
25 Attending Elaida,
26 As If the World Were Fog,
27 A Plain Wooden Box,
28 In Malden,
29 The Last Knot,
30 Outside the Gates,
31 The House on Full Moon Street,
32 To Keep the Bargain,
33 Nine Out of Ten,
34 A Cup of Kaf,
35 The Importance of Dyelin,
36 Under an Oak,
37 Prince of the Ravens,
EPILOGUE: Remember the Old Saying,
GLOSSARY,

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Knife of Dreams (Wheel of Time Series #11) 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 508 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Yes, book 12, the final installment, is coming out. Robert Jordan had a large portion of the book written when he passed away, and before he died he dictated all the major events to his family. His wife is making this material available to fantasy writer Brandon Sanderson 'Mythborn series', who will complete the novel using Jordan's partial manuscript, story notes, and what he narrated to his family.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
For those of you who have lost hope in Robert Jordan during the last handful of novels do not lose heart! Knife of Dreams is a brilliant return to the quick and exciting writing style that we all fell in love with during the first few books. Don't get me wrong, there are a few slow parts, but that is to be expected. I like to consider slow parts not really "slow parts", but more of a section in the novel that gives us more depth into this world of the Wheel of Time. Many, many, many plot lines get tied up in this novel. I won't give any spoilers here, but I will say that you will finish this novel and feel a sense of relief. I often found myself gasping one moment and sighing the next in relief. Knife of Dreams is a brilliant novel, and I am glad that the last part of the story put out by Robert Jordan himself was a blockbuster hit. Go buy Knife of Dreams
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I haven't been disappointed yet with one of these books. Some people would say it gets slow rightaround this part of the series. After reading for the second time, I can only disagree. I recommend this book and all other WoT books, it's by far one of the best serie I've had the pleasure of reading.
GeraldTarrant More than 1 year ago
Robert Jordan didn’t waste any time in making it clear that KNIFE OF DREAMS was going to make up for the wheel-spinning that soured the last few books, especially CROSSROADS OF TWILIGHT. After reading CROSSROADS, I recognized it for what it was – a book designed to set up the climax of multiple plotlines – but that didn’t make it any less frustrating. In KNIFE OF DREAMS, we finally start to see the payoff. In the past, I’ve been frustrated by Jordan’s prologues, which have often extended almost 100 pages without any clear point. This time, he did it right – 13 pages of action with an interesting peripheral character. After those 13 pages, I still wasn’t convinced that Jordan would continue his momentum, but he finally wraps up a number of storylines that had been left dangling for the past three to four books. There’s plot advancement, action, some character development – everything that belongs in all fantasy books, to be honest, but had been missing in the recent WHEEL OF TIME installments. sudden shift actually makes it hard to judge this book on its own values. Is it a great book? I don’t think so, but I read it immediately after CROSSROADS OF TWILIGHT, and in that context this book has been a tremendous breath of fresh air for the series. As disappointed as I was at the end of CROSSROADS, I’m that excited to read the next book in this series, and it’s been a long time since I’ve been able to say that. Of course, I say this in 2013, when I know there are three more books remaining. At the time KNIFE OF DREAMS was published, it was supposed to be the penultimate chapter. Had I read it upon publication, I likely would have been worried that Jordan would try to wrap everything else up within a single tome, as there still remain a significant number of unresolved plotlines. But knowing what I know, I end this book feeling good about where the series stands (even if it did take way too long to get here) and I’m glad to see that Robert Jordan’s final book was a strong installment. No matter what you say about the middle books in this series (and I’ve been as critical as anyone), Jordan deserved to go out on a high note.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've read all of the series up to date and this was one of my favorites. The way he ties all the different scenarios together is genius.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you love Robert Jordan, you can love this book, but it's not everyone's cup of tea. Of all the Wheel of Time, this was my second favorite to number nine and I pitty anyone who only reads half of it becasue there are some great developments near the end. Also, this book focuses more on the characters and less on the specific action, which some people don't like but I love. One important rule of showbusiness that Jordan has always doen well: Always leave them wanting more. I'm desperate to find out what happens and where everyones' stories go. loved this book
Anonymous 7 months ago
Well writyen.
kayceel on LibraryThing 10 months ago
This one is probably my least favorite of the series, but that may be due to my lack of familiarity with this one (this is only my second time reading Knife of Dreams, as opposed to the three, four, five, six times reading the others...).Perrin saves Faile (just as she's about to escape, heh), Rand faces another Forsaken, Egwene, now a prisoner being held as a novice, steps up her work undermining Elaida's power in the White Tower, and Mat's relationship with Tuon intensifies. And 'stuff' is hitting the fan as the Dark One's touch in the world becomes more obvious, as food spoils, new growth refuses to sprout and the dead walk.
mbg0312 on LibraryThing 10 months ago
Satisfying Robert Jordan fantasy. Finally, the series is coming to an end. I remember discovering these in high school, picking them up again from time to time over the next 15-20 years. Now the end is in sight, even if Robert Jordan didn't make it.
DWWilkin on LibraryThing 10 months ago
Almost there. Book 11, the last of the Jordan books. By now I believe Jordan knew he was sick.In the reread before The Gathering Storm, and after 20 years, new perspective on the series has come to light. One that Jordan was dying as the final books were generated.We also learn that as the series gets popular, Jordan can afford to hire assistants to work for him and try to keep track of all the elements. But that must have been a waste of money.Still errors exist in the grammar. Then the errors of characters who have met previously running across one another, the fans did a much better job for free then the paid staff. The Hubris of Jordan, and the horrible description of battles in what is a series that is to culminate in a battle. By a man who went to the Citadel. Perhaps that claim is false. The teach military history at the Citadel, tough perhaps Jordan flunked all the medieval history elements which is where fantasy battles reside.But why stick with a series for so many books. I have told how the author breaks the rule of Show don't Tell, by telling and telling and telling even more. We have POV errors though maybe not as bad as others. (Listen to the Audio Books where they try to keep each chapter by the sex of the first POV character. That becomes confusing, especially trying to hear when each of the readers tries to sound like Rand or another character from a different POV.)The answer is that 1800 named characters make a rich story. The Travelogue and history fest of this prophecy coming to fruition, even where it does not make sense in so many places, is full and enrapts you in its depth.Knife of Dreams does have too much Tell again. The chapters of each of the Protagonists (more than one, another rule broken) get started and pick up speed, and then switch across the world to the next... A few Arcs are tied up, but too many are left hanging.The time frame again is too much is happening all at once, when before months were given to developing the growth of the characters. These are all still young people who are making decisions way beyond their years and experience.But better then several of the last, and the end may be in end sight... If left to Jordan, he was probably told to finish it at 12. With his death, stretching the 12th book into 3 books, so 14 books may be a sop to his memory. Just being content that it is nearly finished, and nearly complete means getting through this book, finally there is a light at the end of the tunnel.
caldrik on LibraryThing 10 months ago
I've been waiting for this book for a long time. Robert Jordan started his series a long time ago, and it started well. But somewhere around the fourth book it started to lag, nothing happened anymore, and none of the characters were likable. I hung right up to this book, hoping that some of the old wonder and excitement could be found again, and also because I feel compelled to finish any series I start.And I wasn't disappointed. A lot of the lag was still in this book, but there were moments that were very, very good. Some of the more annoying characters did some wonderful things. I wouldn't say this was the best book in this series, but it is certainly much better than the previous, oh, six books.I am very sad that Robert Jordan passed away before he could finish the series. Good luck to whomever is saddled with the task of wrapping the whole thing up.
glenline on LibraryThing 10 months ago
Everything that makes this series great is present in this book. The poltical maneuvering rivals Machiavelli, the battles are exciting, the characters real, and plenty of surprises. In a sense Jordan tells small stories within the story line. Each story has its own merits making it difficult to evaluate the book as a whole. For instance, if you thought the story line was moving too slow (not in this book but true of the previous book), you would still want to read what happens in a Hell for someone unaquainted with one. As usual Jordan mixes in humor and a mix of human emotions that stir the heart and the imagination.
Threlicus on LibraryThing 10 months ago
This one was slow going for me, surprising in a Wheel of Time book. I felt like it used a lot of the minor characters whom I had lost track of in the long time it has been since I read the previous volume, and I think my enjoyment suffered as a result.
jenreidreads on LibraryThing 10 months ago
It's sad that Robert Jordan couldn't finish his epic series on his own, but I think this, the last one he wrote before passing, was one of the best. The ending had a lot of punch to it. Very excited to get to The Gathering Storm!
nEtVolution on LibraryThing 10 months ago
This was the last book of the a somewhat drawn out tale that at times lacked plot progression. However you can't help but be drawn in to the tale of the chosen one's rise from a small town boy into powerful force upon whose shoulders the hopes of humanity must rest.
rbtwinky on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Better than what Jordan has been putting out of late, but it still felt a little off. A lot happened in this book for a change, but a good bit of it felt rushed through. There were really awesome parts, however, and some really interesting points of view. I loved Egwene's manipulations inside the Tower. Mat and Tuon were a joy, especially her point of view, where he was always referred to as "Toy." I also got a big kick out of Romanda's point-of-view chapter.
clong on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
At long last Jordan comes through with a book that recalls much of the magic of the first five books of the series. Not only do Rand and Mat and Perrin and Egwene and Elayne and Nynaeve all see their stories move forward, but several important plotlines that had been hanging (and in some cases just ignored) for book after book after book are finally resolved. After getting glimpses of Tuon¿s character for the last few books, we learn quite a bit more about what has turned out to be one of the more intriguing characters in the series. And several annoying bad guys finally get their comeuppance. This is a very different kind of fantasy than you would get from Martin or Erikson. In Jordan's world the good guys always win in the end, and the bad guys ultimately prove to be surprisingly incompetent. The prose still wanders at times. There is still plenty of the stereotyping characterization that some people find objectionable in Jordan¿s writing. But the man shows that he hasn¿t completely forgotten how to weave a story to a satisfying conclusion. I would probably have given the book an overall rating of 7, but as it's soooo much better than recent books in the series, and I loved the superbly moving ¿Golden Crane¿ chapter, I'm going to give it a 8/10. I am left with some hope that Jordan will be able to bring the series to a reasonably satisfying conclusion, though it is hard to see how he will pull that off in only a single additional book.
slaveofOne on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
After getting bogged down for several books following Lord of Chaos, plotline and character development surged forward again in this so fast I was not prepared for it. It's been awhile since Jordan touched me emotionally, but he did it again in this one--easily a stand-out book in the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Perhaps the best series ever
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I loved this book it was very eventful and each main characters story unfolded like a flower. It bad the other books make more since. This book kept you on the edge not knowing or expecting what was going to happen next! Great book. ?
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