This article summarises the events of Book 8 of the Wheel of Time – The Path of Daggers

PLEASE BE AWARE THIS SUMMARY MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS FOR BOOK 8 OF THE WHEEL OF TIME

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 by the Dark One’s manipulation of the climate, and then escape a Seanchan invasion by Traveling to Andor, where Elayne initiates her claim to the throne.

Perrin Aybara moves into Ghealdan to stop Masema Dagar, the self-proclaimed Prophet of the Dragon; but unknowingly rescues the deposed Queen Morgase of Andor from the Prophet’s men. He then secures the oath of fealty from Alliandre, Queen of Ghealdan. At the end of the book, Faile Bashere is kidnapped by the Shaido Aiel. Egwene al’Vere, Amyrlin Seat of the rebel Aes Sedai, manipulates her unruly followers into giving her more control, and they Travel to Tar Valon, before their siege of its White Tower.

Rand al’Thor, with Asha’man and Illianers, attempts to repel the Seanchan invasion in Altara. Though successful in early skirmishes, Rand loses control while wielding his sa’angreal ‘Callandor’, forcing a stalemate. Returning to Cairhien, Rand is attacked by traitorous Asha’man led by Corlan Dashiva, who fail to kill him. 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 Book 5, The Fires of Heaven.