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Review of Knife of Dreams (Book 11 of The Wheel of Time) by Robert Jordan

I've been reading The Wheel of Time since the early nineties and I've been eagerly anticipating Knife of Dreams most of this year; I was especially looking forward to a return to form after the débâcle of Crossroads of Twilight (book 10). Unfortunately, I think the magic has gone out of this series, the latter half being consistently weaker than the first. That isn't to say I didn't enjoy KoD, but my reading pleasure was overshadowed by the feeling that what happens in book 11 should have happened in book 10.

I feel awkward reviewing this book, actually – Robert Jordan is an author you either like or don't like. He is by no means a brilliant writer – his descriptions are basically lists and his female characters are pretty much all the same – but his great strength is the scale of his vision, in terms of both the story of TWoT and the world it's set in. The books are at their best when they focus on the three main characters, Rand, Mat and Perrin, and there are significant developments for the latter two here. A couple of prophecies are also fulfilled, but it seemed like mere joining of the dots.

KoD is on a par with A Crown of Swords or The Path of Daggers – stuff happens, buth nothing with the huge significance of the cleansing of the taint in Winter's Heart. Yet we still move that bit closer to Tarmon Gai'don and the twelfth and final book in the series.

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