Just when you think the action is going to start either Jordan switches story lines or nothing happens. The new prequel looks promising but this book is nowhere near the quality of the others. I listen on the bus to/from work and this one insures I get extra nap time each day!
Of course, since I have read the entire series, including the prequel, I liked this book. Many readers of this series are waiting for the climax, but this book merely sets the stage for it (and we may be way off stage as yet). Jordan is in no hurry and apparently needed to develop the parallel plots for the major characters (and I think this is why he released also a prequel to this series this year). I enjoy the detail and the manner in which Jordan develops his characters and plots, so I found this book very enjoyable. There is a lot happening to the characters in this book, but nothing much is resolved. What is wrong with that? If you have a relationship with this series, then this is an interesting book. Not the best book in the series, not the most exciting, but a good read. I prefer the audio version of this book to the printed version. The reader does a capable job on this book. Frankly, I think the printed book is difficult to complete. If you have not read the previous 9 books, then wait until you have and then I think you will find you'd rather listen to the audio book than read the print version.
When I started this series I thought is was to be a trilogy, then book 4,5,6, etc. came out but it captivated me. Never did I experience a world so intriguing since the Lord of the Rings. Book 9 started me thinking that Robert Jordan was milking this story and was just dragging his feet. Book 10 was a full confirmation that he likes to hear himself talk because this book was a complete letdown. Nothing but another boring chapter in each of his characters? stories! Unfortunately I?m starting not to care about the characters any more! Book 11 better be the end of this tale or Mr. Jordan has lost me as a reader for good.
Jordan started this series out on fire. The first 5 books or so were a great read with good pacing and enough twisting of plot that you kept coming back. I am about half way through this one, and the pattern seems clear to me. Originally, reports were that this was going to be a ten book series. I get the feeling Jordan slowed the story down and is trying to milk it for all it's worth. Maybe success went to his head, but he needs to get back to the formula that made him popular in the first place. As invested as I am in the series, I am no longer rushing out for the next book as it hits the shelves. I'll wait for the next one to come out in paperback.
All that said, I am hoping this will be easier to listen to than to read. If you're even remotely interested in seeing what's going on here, don't start in the middle. Go get the first book and work your way through the series, or this one will seem even worse.
You can actually skip this book, wait for the next one in the series, and find that you didn't miss anything. If I could rate it as half a star it would be more accurate.
He writes wonderfully, but his story and plots no longer makes and sense, and no one ever stays in character any more.
He may also want to go back and read some of his first books. When all the clans where brought together the Shaido numbered in around 60,000. Then about 25,000 died at thier first encounter with Rand, then another 40,000 at Dumies Well (or how ever its spelled). Big problem there, but maybe the brotherless bolstered thier ranks. All of a sudden with ten steppes they have 70,000 and they will join another 10 steppes. What these guys breed and grow like rabbits.
Sorry althought the writing style is pleasant to listen to the story is nonsense.
Yawn. Another book by Robert Jordan full of beautiful descriptions and characters. Unfortunately nothing happens. Plot and storyline have been forgotten and Jordan seems to be content with providing a book that has no content. Skip the book and read the Publisher's Summary, you'll be well prepared for the next in the series. Hopefully by then, Jordan will remember how he began this series and provide a good storyline as well as good writing.
Timothy & Judd, other reviewers, are right. I enjoy Jordan's prose, but Crossroads is too convoluted. The interesting characters from the first couple books in the series are lost in a miasma of spear bearers dancing about in subplots that do nothing to advance the stories. Maybe Jordan's trying to build a cast of thousands for the final confrontation between Rand and the Dark One. Maybe he's forgotten that there's a finale coming. Or what it is. Whatever, if he doesn't stop meandering I may not attend The Breaking of the World.
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I agree with other reviews..this book is tedious as well as poorly edited. Could be the editor got bored and didn't pay attention. Just be aware that you'll hear a lot of repeats of sentences.
While listening to this book, I reorganized my kitchen cabinets, sorted thru a couple boxes of tupperware looking for lids that went with bowls, spot cleaned my carpet, helped grand daughter with homework for a whole week...and on and on.
I just didn't have to pay any attention as the ONLY parts that are important is the marriage of Rand to his women and Aviendah and Elayne becoming sisters.
So the book should have been no more than 10 minutes long.