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Deceptive Appearances
1 To Keep the Bargain
2 Unweaving
3 A Pleasant Ride
4 A Quiet Place
5 The Breaking Storm
6 Threads
7 A Goatpen
8 A Simple Country Woman
9 Tangles
10 Changes
11 Questions and an Oath
12 New Alliances
13 Floating Like Snow
14 Message from the M'Hael
15 Stronger than Written Law
16 Unexpected Absences
17 Out on the Ice
18 A Peculiar Calling
19 The Law
20 Into Andor
21 Answering the Summons
22 Gathering Clouds
23 Fog of War, Storm of Battle
24 A Time for Iron
25 An Unwelcome Return
26 The Extra Bit
27 The Bargain
28 Crimsonthorn
29 A Cup of Sleep
30 Beginnings
31 After


The Path of Daggers (abbreviated as tPoD) is the eighth book in The Wheel of Time series. It was published by Tor Books and released on October 20, 1998. Upon its release, it immediately rose to the #1 position on the New York Times hardcover fiction bestseller list, making it the first Wheel of Time book to reach the #1 position on that list. It remained on the list for the next two months. It is 685 pages long, making it the shortest book in the main series.

The title of the book is a reference to a Seanchan saying: "On the heights, the paths are paved with daggers."

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Plot summary

The Path of Daggers consists of a prologue and thirty-one chapters.

Elayne Trakand, Nynaeve al'Meara, Aviendha, and their coalition of channelers use the ter'angreal called the Bowl of the Winds to reverse the unnatural heat brought on by the Dark One's manipulation of the climate and then escape a Seanchan invasion by Traveling to Andor, where Elayne claims the Lion Throne.

Perrin Aybara moves into Ghealdan in an attempt to stop Masema Dagar, the self-proclaimed Prophet of the Dragon. At the end of the book, Faile Bashere is kidnapped by the Shaido Aiel.

Egwene al'Vere, Amyrlin Seat of the rebel Aes Sedai, finally manipulates her unruly followers into giving her more control, and they prepare Travel to Tar Valon to lay siege to the White Tower.

Rand al'Thor, with Asha'man and Illianers, attempts to repel the Seanchan invasion in Altara. In the end, the Seanchan army and Rand's forces fight to a stalemate when Rand uses Callandor on the Seanchan army. By wielding Callandor alone, the sword makes him temporarily insane, causing much destruction on both armies, leaving them both on the losing end. Returning to Cairhien, Rand is attacked by traitorous Asha'man, led by Corlan Dashiva, who attempted and failed to kill him.

TPoD Orbit cover.


One of the three primary protagonists, Mat Cauthon, is absent from the book, due to injuries sustained at the end of the previous book, A Crown of Swords. Robert Jordan had earlier done the same for Perrin Aybara, who had been absent from The Fires of Heaven.

tPoD is the first book in the series that finishes with no important achievement of the Light. Rand is on the run, his mental condition is declining, Faile is kidnapped, Egwene and Elayne are in uncertainty... The only milestone (use of the Bowl of the Winds and improving weather) in the book is reached in Chapter 5.


Elyane, Aviendha and Nynaeve around the Bowl.

The ebook of The Path of Daggers was released on 18 May, 2010. The new cover for the ebook was created by Julie Bell. It depicts Elayne Trakand, Aviendha and Nynaeve al'Meara around the Bowl of the Winds.

Statistical Analysis

See also the full statistical analysis for this book.

A Path of Daggers consists of a prologue and 31 chapters. These chapters are split up in to 33 different POVs.

POV % Chapters
Elayne Trakand 19.29% 80% of Ch2, Ch3 through 5, 87% of Ch6, Ch20, and 76% of Ch28
Rand al'Thor 16.35% Ch13, 14, 21, 73% of Ch22, 80% of Ch231, 47% of Ch242, 30% of Ch27, and 30% of Ch29
Egwene al'Vere 14.40% Ch15, 95% of Ch163, Ch17 through 19, and 15% of Ch30
Perrin Aybara 13.97% Ch7, 65% of Ch8, Ch9, 81% of Ch104, and 45% of Ch30
Min Farshaw 5.01% 70% of Ch27, and 70% of Ch295
Aviendha 3.80% Ch1
Verin Mathwin 3.28% 60% of the Prologue
Faile Bashere 2.90% 22% of Ch8, 19% of Ch10, and 40% of Ch30
Seaine Herimon 2.39% 74% of Ch26
Cadsuane Melaidhrin 2.36% 63% of Ch12
Ethenielle Cosaru Noramaga 1.76% 32% of the Prologue
Elaida do Avriny a'Roihan 1.58% 85% of Ch25
Galina Casban 1.56% 52% of Ch11
Sevanna 1.45% 48% of Ch11
Kennar Miraj 1.43% 26% of Ch24**
Graendal 1.37% 37% of Ch12
Toveine Gazal 0.85% 26% of Ch26
Moridin 0.84% 7% of the Prologue, and 14% of Ch2
Furyk Karede 0.72% 20% of Ch23
Assid Bakuun 0.63% 27% of Ch22
Morgase Trakand 0.62% 13% of Ch8
Varek 0.59% 11% of Ch24
Daved Hanlon 0.58% 24% of Ch28
Chulein 0.55% 13% of Ch6
Bertome Saighan 0.51% 9% of Ch24
Davram Bashere 0.35% 6% of Ch24
Alviarin Freidhen 0.28% 15% of Ch25
The Gholam 0.18% 6% of Ch2
Narrator 0.14% Ch31
Aran'gar 0.11% 3% of Ch16
Sheriam Bayanar 0.08% 2% of Ch16
Abaldar Yulan 0.05% 1% of Ch24
Quote 0.02% 1% of the Prologue
1 Chapter 23 has three points of view, two of which are from Rand al'Thor's POV. His first is 35% of the chapter and his second is 45% of the chapter.
2 Chapter 24 has eight points of view, two of which are from Kennar Miraj's POV and two of which are from Rand al'Thor's POV. For Kennar, his first is 21% of the chapter and his second is 5% of the chapter. For Rand, his first is 26% of the chapter and his second is 21% of the chapter.
3 Chapter 16 has four points of view, two of which are from Egwene al'Vere's POV. Her first is 35% of the chapter and her second is 60% of the chapter.
4 Chapter 10 has three points of view, two of which are from Perrin Aybara's POV. His first is 69% of the chapter and his second is 12% of the chapter.
5 Chapter 29 has three points of view, two of which are from Min Farshaw's POV. Her first is 53% of the chapter and her second is 17% of the chapter.