Title: The Path of Daggers
Author: Robert Jordan
Series: The Wheel of Time #8
Length: 23 hours (685 pages)
Release Date: October 20, 1998
Content Warnings: torture, kidnapping, war, death, sexual content, suicide
The Seanchan invasion force is in possession of Ebou Dar. Nynaeve, Elayne, and Aviendha head for Caemlyn and Elayne’s rightful throne, but on the way they discover an enemy much worse than the Seanchan.
In Illian, Rand vows to throw the Seanchan back as he did once before. But signs of madness are appearing among the Asha’man.
In Ghealdan, Perrin faces the intrigues of Whitecloaks, Seanchan invaders, the scattered Shaido Aiel, and the Prophet himself. Perrin’s beloved wife, Faile, may pay with her life, and Perrin himself may have to destroy his soul to save her.
Meanwhile the rebel Aes Sedai under their young Amyrlin, Egwene al’Vere, face an army that intends to keep them away from the White Tower. But Egwene is determined to unseat the usurper Elaida and reunite the Aes Sedai. She does not yet understand the price that others—and she herself—will pay.
I liked this more than book 7… but it’s not very memorable. Probably the least memorable book in the series so far. This book still suffers from the pacing issues in book 7, but not to the same extent, and there were some important and exciting developments toward the end. FINALLY, ELAYNE! I truly think books 7 & 8 could have been trimmed and condensed into one great book, but nobody asked me. Mat is not in this book.