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Path of Daggers, The by Robert Jordan

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Submitted by
(May 21, 1999)

I feel that Jordan suporessed alot of his idea that he wanted to save some for the 9th book which is ok.
In the other books he covered years in the path of daggers he covered days and it wasn't as spellbinding
as the first ones. Jordan is my favorite author I just felt put out by Path of daggers.

Submitted by Anonymous
(May 09, 1999)

Generally, what I find attracts me to a fantasy book is the whole creation of a mythos. The
recreation of an environment that feels like you are living something out of the mythical past
and which shares some aura of mystery and wonder. Robert Jordan managed to create this in his
Wheel of Time series. He has created an intriguing universe that has all of the ingridients for
an amazing Fantasy Trilogy. The problem is that his latest book "Path of Daggers" is showing signs
of weakness. The book is mired in pointless details. It reads more like a bad realist novel than
a Fantasy novel. There are no more mysteries being developped no more wonderous things in hidding.
Instead we get bogged down with minutiae that seem to have little bearing on the story line or that
do not add anything to the grander canvas of the world. Frankly, the book could have been half its
size. It failed to grab my attention and I read it like I read a magazine, I skimmed the pages.
There was nothing rivetting in it. Very little if any new information was divulged and the time
spent on the so-called character development seemed more of a waste of time than anything else.
If Jordan is trying to do a bildungsroman he really should concentrate on one character. It is
hard to concentrate on the step-by-step development of every single character. In the end the
whole loses by his overreaching for an impossible goal. Another big problem with this last
installment in the series is that the plot has become almost predictable and has become tyring.
Rand faces another foe, defeats him and learns a little more about himself. Hum-dee-dum... Can we
get something more out of it? Is there something more to be had? It seems a great shame that a
series with such a bright future has started showing signs of decay. There is no longer any sense
of wonder in the books, all it feels like is like another episode of a soap opera (which may be what
he is going for, since soap operas do very nicely). Far be it from me to expect a great work of
liteature to come out of the genre of fantasy, but an author could at the very least do the genre
justice. I feel that this last installment of Jordan's series is an example of what is wrong with
the fantasy genre in general. You get an author with a great idea, have him publish one or two good
books and then it's all about the sequel. Each year we get a new book. I sometimes wonder, do the
authors sit and map out the course of the book ahead of time? Is there a grander vision? Or do they
take the attitude of, oh well I'll think of it when I have to write the next one? It certainly
seems like "The Path of Daggers" is more of a "I'll think of it when I get to it" kind. Do I want
to read the next book in the series? Unfortunately the answer is "yes." It is unfortunate, because
the only reason for doing so is out of a morbid sense of curiosity. The books bring me no more
pleasure. I will always cherish the first three books in the series, for they show what good
fantasy can do when treated well, but I will mourn the rest for they truly show how even good
ideas can go bad.

Submitted by Joseph Howard
(Apr 27, 1999)

I have been following the Wheel of Time series since I was in the fith grade, after
I finished the Lord of the Rings I was lost untill I found tWoT. I am now a senior
in high school and have just finished tPoD, while I, like some of you, was disapointed
with the absence of Mat in the book, I have come to see that Jordan does nothing in the
story w/out reason. If you haven't noticed this after having read the first seven books,
I dare say there must be something wrong with you.

Submitted by Anonymous
(Apr 25, 1999)

After reading negative review after negative review, I felt I had to add my own. You all bought the book and
claim the series is incredible (which it is), so why spend your time pointing out its faults? And before you complain
about typos in the book, re-read your own review! Please! "scermishes" for skirmishes??

There have always been people who complain about the most recent book of the series not being good enough.
Maybe by not having Mat in #8, Jordan has done just what he wanted to do. He built suspense for book #9!
(Oh, and I'm sick of hearing about suspense being some evil publisher's scheme instead of a positive, enjoyable
literary device.) Your expectations are too high if you plan for a book to live up to your fond memories of your
previous favorites. By the time you are reading book #10, A Path of Daggers will probably be a treasured
memory and you will all complain about how book #10 wasn't nearly as good as #8.

Submitted by Sauron the Dark Lord
(Mar 14, 1999)

Jordan was on course to possibly rival The Silmarillion (well,
OK, so nothing could compare to that in my mind..), but he faltered badly
with Path of Daggers. Even still, the story he is attempting to tell
in a dozen books was better told in one (mentioned aforehand). Is
anyone really expected to pay $24.95, get filler, and be happy? I'm
not demanding another Rand-Forsaken battle cliche, but this book was a
chore to read (and not because it was difficult and complex, but simply
due to its boring plot). Hopefully, the critical reaction to this
waste of pulp will be a slap in the face to Jordan and he'll get his butt
back in gear....

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