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)
I found myself surprised to reach the end if this book because NOTHING happened to advance the story. We do not know how the cleansing of the male half of the power has effected Rand, we don't know about Faielle and we don't know how the hunt for the black ajah goes in the tower. I was thoroughly disappointed with this book.
Less filler, more thriller.
LET ME CLARIFY: I am an avid fan of the series. I love it! It is common knowledge that books 7-10 are a slog and something to survive while Knife of Dreams graciously waits on the other side.
There were literally hundreds of pages (10-12 hours) of bickering women and zero plot. I almost deleted it off of my phone on several different occasions. There were a couple moments of brilliance, but they were short-lived and were not enough to remove the bitter taste from my mouth. I found it arduous to listen to, and was at a point of rejoicing when it finally said "end of book 10."
I suppose Knife of Dreams....I need some encouragement.
I love them. No complaints here.
Angry dissapointing sadness.
High expectations being readily deflated.
I've been told by many that the series picks back up at book 11. I'm grasping on to that hope. CoT was a struggle. ALSO, I went the entire book trying to figure out what the heck "Crossroads of Twilight" is/are.
Alternate Naming Choices:
Crossroads of Headaches
Crossraods of I Didn't Know It Was Possible To Zone Out This Much
Why Women Hate Everything
Love Triangles: Do Them
Nothing happens in this book, it's really that simple. You could probably skip this book and not miss a thing. Yet here I am buying the next book in the series waiting for Sanderson to redeem the series.
Actually having any character development or any plot progression. There was literally only 1 small piece of character development in the entire book.
Being 10 books into the series already I'll continue listening.
but am really glad to have read a review for the next book which let me know that the main characters end game is near at hand. i have to say, without that review i would probably not have continued with this series. books 8, 9, and 10, although good, did not give me what i wanted from the series.
when i start a series i want the characters i like most, and their place in the story, to be the main focus. the last three books seem side lines even though they fill in needed info pertaining to the story line. but there are so many other characters' parts that i often got lost in who was who and why they were important.
so, if anyone else was getting tired of the 'sideline' stories, have heart. all in all, this is a wonderful series. and most importantly to me, it is a long series. i hate to have a good story end, so am happy that i still have more books to go.
i can not say enough good about the narration. Kate Reading and Michael Kramer are as always great!
Great story and very good narrators
The story gets a 6/5 and really the narration is good I just quibble over pronunciation more than any thing. While I'm making a note to check how it's spelled in the book I've missed the last few minutes of the story hehe. But that's ok I guess. Two voices that are very different is nice though
Love to read, and to listen as well.
Kate Reading and Michael Kramer's performances definitely makes a fantastic story greater. I have taken to looking for their readings and then deciding what story/genre I would like. Their consistency throughout a series astonishes me, and is the mark of true professionals. I unfortunately now am afraid to purchase other series as the readers aren't the same and pronunciations are different (even on the same reader).
The story is great concerning Crossroads of Twilight. Matt Cauthon has definitely stepped up from being an annoying character to becoming my new favorite, as he grows and matures whilst learning responsibility and still keeping his boyish outlook on life. All in all, a rest story!
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