Nowhere as bad as I had heard it to be! Though that might have been because I went in with pretty low expectations.
Characters barely did much so I am guessing the aim was character development.
I feel like Jordan is setting up Egwene to be someone readers will love to hate. She was always stubborn but not that ambitious; Here we have her talking about how her great legacy she will leave behind! Probably will end taking everything wrong about Aes Sedai trying to be perfect.
Perrin torturing people was pretty heavy. How far we have come with a sweet kind boy.
Rather intrigued to see what happens with Mat and Tuon since she definitely seems up to something. Tylin is dead! Wow, that is so much better than what I could have asked for.
I had heard the ending makes up for the rest of the book... No, no it doesn't.But, just one more book left in the infamous "slog" I have yet to encounter; Makes it easier now that I am sure it was a myth.
Makes me want to groan every time there is an Elyane, Perrin, or Faile chapter; Sucks too since Perrin was one of my favorite characters. The way Jordan has handled him over the past few books is disheartening and now I could care less about what happens to him. Having said that, the moment where Aviendha, Elayne, and Min
find out Rand's pain was awesome. Elayne and Aviendha becoming first-sisters was neat too.
Why are the Forsaken so incompetent? It makes me think less of the Dark One's threat if he raises these idiots.
Tuon seems interesting but most things going on with Mat don't seem to be necessary to be written down. Hopefully no more Tylin; There is only so much Stockholm syndrome from Mat towards his raper I can handle (it's nothing. zero). What's more disgusting is that I have seen some people justifying this. Already not looking forward to the birth of a fandom once the TV series comes out.
"Not liking something does not mean you dislike it." That's about how I feel about The Path of Daggers.
It opens incredibly slow and has a ton of things that feel unnecessary. If they are actually important, then that might not have been the best way to do write them because a first-timer like me is likely going to find them frustrating. Though I never found it a chore to read the book, I did not enjoy it either and liked only about three things.
It is nice to see WOT go from fun little adventure to Rand having to kill his subordinates as they go insane. That said, not a lot of change with other characters in terms of growth. Egwene's plotline is interesting albeit a tad bit forced.
Nynaeve and Elyane's storyline is excruciatingly slow and unnecessarily prolonged. The only neat thing was the explosion that Elyane caused.
I would write about Mat but it seems even the book forgot about him too.
Where is the slog at?
A lot of people say that the slog is a myth and bunch others that it starts from book 6/7/8; I am leaning towards the myth. Although books 6 and 7 were a bit slow except at the end, no way they were boring and I never had to force myself to read. A Crown of Swords seems to be an obvious build-up book and for that part, it does a good job.
Great character growth for Rand, Nynaeve, Elayne, and Mat. Elayne and Nynaeve are finally bearable except for one part. Mat is a fabulous character and it just went on to show how selfless he can be when he offered his medallion to Elayne. Coming back to the one part, I have always overlooked the issues with gender in Jordan's writing as a lot of things made up for it. That said, Elayne and Nynaeve's reaction to Mat getting raped was just plain disgusting. On top of that Mat's comment about chasing the woman who raped him next time was just ridiculous. What on Earth was Jordan thinking?
Rand and Min seem to have the perfect dynamic in comparison to his other love interests. Like I mentioned for Lord of Chaos, this might be the only relationship that has made sense. She is the perfect anchor for his sanity and I cannot think of anyone better.
Perrin and Loial have been very disappointing. While Perrin is in character with his actions, he isn't getting any growth for a while now and I am just wondering why Jordan simply didn't kill Loial off.
I had to take a break from Wheel of Time but it is great to be back after being away for almost 6 months. Which is exactly what makes me question what I think of the first half of the book. I like the second half very much but I am not sure why I do not like the first. Could be that when I read it I was fatigued by the series after reading 5 books straight. Or, has the slog finally started?
The Adventure genre shed by TWOT seems quite distant now, and with 8 more books to go I wonder if it is the political aspect that people keep referring to as the slog; I don't think I would mind if done right. I honestly can't think of anything else that warrants 8 more books considering the story so far.
Loved storylines for both the Rand and the Black Tower; Can't wait to see what happens there. And, Dumai's Well battle was fantastic.
Though it was hinted earlier that Egwene will become an Amyrlin, it was quite sudden and happened much earlier than I had expected; Very much looking forward to that playing out. Gawyn and her getting together was just weird. Not that most relationships have started well in TWOT except for maybe Rand and Min.
Also, my dislike for the Trakand family grows more with each book. Though for others it is more of I like to dislike them, Elayne is just annoying.