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)
This is the most boring of the books so far. I'll be honest at this point they all seem more or less meshed together, but the only thing significant that happens in this book is the cleansing of Saidin and the introduction of a few new characters (daughter of the nine moons.) There is a little bit of plot advancement with some of the other characters, but nothing that couldn't ahve been written into another book. This entire volume could be summarrized in 5 minutes. If you've made it this far in the series, you're gonna listen to it, but be aware of the monotony.
Okay- I am too invested to stop now.
What a series (equal to War and Peace or LOTR) it would have been if the author had stumbled across the concept of plot unity. Is there a plot??? If not for the incredibly over the top purple prose (God help me if I read about another "dark furrowed frown" , or "eyes like limpid pools" I will cry) I would say that this was a novel by a deconstructionist using stream of consciousness technique.
During book 9 and 10 the author keeps dropping dozens and dozens (no exaggeration) of new characters- going through lengthy descriptions of their appearance and personalities- and then off they go to never appear again (perhaps- but my guess is that Tor is NEVER going to end this series so maybe they will re-appear).
Okay- I guess I have been reading to much Jordan because I wander from my main point. If this guy had taken a simple writing course he would have learned:
1. Unity of Plot
2. Keeping the number of "main" characters managable (I would settle for 50 at this point)
3.Cut down the crazy over the "top silver beaded braided petty coat up to one side" descriptions. Or at least do such descriptions once. Really, how many over the top descriptions do we need of Fael's hawk like face and dark eyes?. "Please- get ON WITH THE STORY " I keep thinking.
Book 10 served what purpose? My guess is that Tor was on him to write a book- so he did. What was the plot?- I could not guess...because there is not one...25 new characters introduced...but no action on the main ones. So the only reason for this book has to be contractual.
My theory- Jordan (RIP) was paid by the word. And if you are paid by the word then why settle for one word when 10 will do?
A potential GREAT SAGA ruined by the violatiion of basic authorship. A real shame.
First of all let me say I love this series. Every time a new book has come out I've re-read (or re-listened to as of late) all the books leading up to the new one again, ever since Eye of the World came out so long ago. Fans all know that Jordan has always been over-descriptive to the point that sometimes it detracts from the story, but the series up to now has been great in spite of it. I'm not sure there is a name for what Mr. Jordan did in this book. At one point I realized that I had been listening to a description of a bath for 30 minutes. After over four hours into Part 2 (of my downloaded medium) dealing with Elayne's politics I realized that absolutely nothing had happened to advance the story in any way, shape or form for that entire duration, and there was no end in sight. If this were any other author and/or series, I'd have put this down long ago. I've steeled myself to power through it so that I can move on to the next book in the series, but it's been sheer torture. Very disappointing.
As this is the tenth of the series, I am a fan, but this book was a disappointment. There is very little action and Jordan isn't spending the time setting the stage either. he uses much of the book describing details which no one will remember or probably care about - such as great detail as to what each of many of the Sisters are wearing. If the first or second book was like this, I would of stopped at that point.
This series is starting degrade. Most of the main plot lines are completely abandoned in this book. Many of the main characters are not even mentioned but in passing a handful of times. I am really hoping that the next installment of this series picks up because this must be the worst book in this series so far. Most of the new subplots in this installment of the series lead to dead ends. Many chapters that went nowhere left me feeling like I wanted my time back. I don't mind good details to help me visualize the scene, but when things are told from a slanted characters perceived opinion it is very difficult to know what is really going on. Especially when the character that Jordan describes the scene through is irrelevant to the rest of the story or even the scene.
Ive read/listened to all 10 books now and i have to say that this is a dissapointment to the series. In CoT, Jordan gives Rand about 15 minutes worth of reading time. Jordan adds even more subplots, resolves none, and the time spent on the other main characters is mainly drivel(in my opinion). While he may be painting a necessary picture, its hard to like a book where most of it is either about characters u dont know enough to like or the ones u do like doing little of interest.
However, if u have come this far, u will want to read this book in anticipation of book eleven(supposedly very defining) and may even enjoy it. I know i did in parts. Patience is a virtue and u will need it for this one. Jordan has created a new world with his series and it is only because he has taken his time to make it real. Love it or hate it, its not like u can stop now after 8000+ pages.
I've loved all of this series. I only just got into audio books as I travel alot now. The reading of this book is just astounding. It adds depth to the story and it's read almost the way I hear it in my head when I've read others of this series. If you love Jordan you should get this.
Stephen King fanatic, but I also like all Horror writing. Big fan of Fantasy writing too
I read books 1-5 and couldn't get enough. Well now I've had enough. Books 9 and 10 are such a big let down that I may never finish the series. Or I'll read the last one just to see the last battle if it ever comes.
I hope that Mr Jordan will see what he is doing to his faithful readers, and come back to actually writing something good.
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