In Crossroads of Twilight, book 10 of the best selling Wheel of Time series, Mat Cauthon is fleeing from Ebou Dar with the kidnapped Daughter of the Nine Moons, whom he is fated to marry. He learns that he can neither safely keep her nor let her go, for both the Shadow and the might of the Seanchan Empire are in deadly pursuit.
Perrin Aybara seeks to free his wife, Faile, a captive of the Shaido, but his only hope may be an alliance with the enemy. Can he remain true to his friend Rand and to himself? For his love of Faile, Perrin is willing to sell his soul.
At Tar Valon, Egwene al'Vere, the young Amyrlin of the rebel Aes Sedai, lays siege to the heart of Aes Sedai power, but she must win quickly, with as little bloodshed as possible. Unless the Aes Sedai are reunited, only the male Asha'man will remain to defend the world against the Dark One, and nothing can hold the Asha'man themselves back from total power except the Aes Sedai and a unified White Tower.
In Andor, Elayne Trakand fights for the Lion Throne that is hers by right, but enemies and Darkfriends surround her, plotting her destruction. If she fails, Andor may fall to the Shadow, and the Dragon Reborn with it.
Rand al'Thor, the Dragon Reborn himself, has cleansed the Dark One's taint from the male half of the True Source, and everything has changed. Yet nothing has, for only men who can channel believe that saidin is clean again, and a man who can channel is still hated and feared - even one prophesied to save the world. Now, Rand must gamble again, with himself at stake, and he cannot be sure which of his allies are really enemies.
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"Has all the breadth and depth that have made this fantasy author one of the acknowledged greats of the genre." (Publishers Weekly)
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Avid fan of Sci-Fi and Fantasy, but still enjoy other forms of literature.
I started listening to this series and was realy engrossed in the story line all the way to book 9 when things started to go downhill. I have not yet listened to book 11 through to 13, so my review does not encompass those books.
-The book barely puts any focus on the 3 main chareters in the book. Rand, Mat and Perin. What little is mentioned about them does not drive the plot forward signifiantly one little bit.
-There is not a single cohisive advancement in any of the millions of other plot lines introduced in this book, with the reader strugling to keep up with the multitude of events happening.
-Most of the book is read by Kate, who is annoying to listen too, especially when she starts saying "Ohh light!" Too much drama and pleading in her voice.
-Too many charecters are portrayed as narrow visioned blind fools, especially the Aysaday, which is odd considering their reputation and supposed age they live which one would assume would supply at least a pinch of wisdom. Too much stereo typing and too many shallow charecters.
-With the advent of the rediscovery of traveling, and talking to each other in dreams, you would have assumed that the charecters would have had better ability to comunicate with each other critical events. Such as the cleansing of the male part of the one power and the fact that while guarding rand somebody had seen a woman chaneling the male half of the power was spotted along with many other critical things.
-How any times does the reader have to go through everything reexplained every time a new book comes out? Would it not be wise to assume the reader would rather get on with the plot rather than having half of the past 9 books summerised into the tength each time a charecter is reintroduced?
-I heartily recomend skipping this book and the reader would be no worse for loss of plot lines.
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