In a Massive Series, All Paths Are Paved With Daggers
The Path of Daggers is book 8 of 14 in The Wheel of Times series. It is the shortest book of the series (not counting New Spring). That, in and of itself, isn’t a problem. It’s still 672 pages after all, which is room for plenty of story. But Jordan compounds it by glacial plot progress, even by his standards, by devoting far too much time to weaker, secondary plot threads, and by a cliffhanger-heavy, climax-light ending. He also, for the second time, leaves a main character out of a book entirely. And where the first time the character’s immediate storyline had come to a full conclusion, here we’re left hanging after a cliffhanger in A Crown of Swords. 11 of the 30 chapters, or 259 pages of the book, are devoted to just two, weak storylines.
But The Path of Daggers does have its strengths, including Egwene’s continuing political maneuvers and the Altaran campaign (fulfilling the promise of a new War of Power from Dumai’s Wells).
The cover may be the best of the series. It’s both beautiful in its own right and in step with the story. The hardback cover art, that is. I don’t really care for the new e-book cover. It’s too X-Men-esque for my taste.
Supergirls ‘It’s a Trap!’ Counter: The Path of Daggers-0, total-6
Original or new cover? New. (Original 3, New 6)