Knife of Dreams
The Wheel of Time, book 11
by Robert Jordan
Perrin is still trying to save Faile, Mat makes unexpected progress with Tuon, Elayne takes the throne for real, Egwene is a prisoner within the White Tower, Rand gets into some trouble
All of the things that I felt were dragged out in the last book that started in book 9 finally wrapped up in this book. It felt like all the loose ends and everyone being spread all over the place were getting tied up and brought together in anticipation for the Last Battle that everyone’s been anticipating. However I do know there are three more books left and not everything was concluded, so there’s still quite a bit of adventure to go.
I like Perrin, but boy am I glad he’s finally reunited with Faile because that was probably the most dragged out bit of the story so far. She was kidnapped in book 8 and all he’s done since then is try to find her. Which shows a lot of his character, but come on. Her contrast to his desperation doesn’t make me feel better about that pairing either. Still not sure if that’s intentional or just me.
Mat and Tuon’s relationship comes to a turning point before they part ways to fulfill their individual responsibilities. I’ve been thinking for a few books that I miss Moiraine, so I’m delighted that Mat finds hope that she’ll return to the story. Elayne officially takes the throne, which was a long process of gaining approval. Egwene is still single-handedly saving the Aes Sedai. I didn’t really like the White Tower dynamic when the series started, but I’m invested in the way things have gone over there since our girls started their Aes Sedai training.
Rand is such a strange main character. I don’t really care about him, but also I really like seeing what’s going on with him. His relationship to Lews Therin is so interesting. He’s struggling with madness and duty and knowing how things will end for him. Loial on the other hand hasn’t really been a major player in most events, but I love when he’s around. He’s just a delight and he gets some attention in this one.
This is the last book that was written entirely by Robert Jordan and I’m eager to see how things wrap up with another author at the helm.