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Crossroads of Twilight

Book Ten of The Wheel of Time
Series: Wheel of Time, Book 10
Length: 26 hrs and 4 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (13,969 ratings)

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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)

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The Lowest Point of the Entire Series

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Crossroads of Twilight is a long, tedious, uninteresting entry into what has become a tired and bloated fantasy series. This is a book filled with plot threads stretched well beyond their logical breaking point. Consisting of five plot lines involving the core characters, most of which have been dragged through no fewer than four of the preceding novels, this entry fails to capture any of the excitement and wonder that made the first third of this long, LONG series so incredible. Characters are morphed beyond recognition, put into ridiculous and illogical situations in, I suppose, an effort to up the ante for the promised epic conclusion. After ten books one would think that Rand, Matt, or Perrin would finally come to accept their roles in the slowly unfolding drama but we are yet again subjected to endless exposition detailing their illogical and nonsensical reluctance. This book is boring and tedious and at times, unforgivingly silly. Unless you’ve invested countless hours in this series and, like myself, are determined to see it through to the end, I would in no way suggest this novel as any kind of standalone read. I’m not even sure it would make any kind of sense unless you’ve trudged through the previous nine. If you are a fan of the series, I suggest getting the audiobook – the stellar narration of Michael Kramer and Kate Reading make this bitter pill go down a lot easier and I assure you that the series does get better – particularly when Brandon Sanderson takes over after Jordan’s untimely death.

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Almost nothing happened!

The only (ONLY) part of this book that impacts the story line is Matt and Tuon's courtship. Aside from that, I was bored witless. I read somewhere that Jordan was influenced by War and Peace. I couldn't agree more. This book removes all doubt.

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  • Mark
  • Woodinville, WA, United States
  • 02-26-11

Not so bad.. if you re-read the whole series

I was one of those that gave up on WoT after trying to read Crossroads. I never finished. Several years later, and I gave WoT another chance. I bought every RJ audiobook and listened to the over again. I have to admit, Crossroads made more sense, even though not a whole lot still happened. It is indeed a book that's purpose is simply to build up the rest of the overall story. That is probably the biggest problem with the book - it is SUPPOSE to create more questions and answer none. But being able to continue on to Knife of Dreams immediately after finishing Crossroads, I gained a deeper understanding for the purpose of the book. I still think its the worst of the series, but I think most people were so horrified with the book that when it ended, there was great disappointment. KoD and Crossroads should have been a single book, but if you read the series over again, I don't think you'll find Crossroads so bad.

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  • RC
  • Detroit, MI
  • 08-25-08

Low point in the series

While anyone reaching this far in the series will not stop having gotten this far, the action of this novel has been put on pause. To quote from wikipedia's plot summary:

"Perrin Aybara continues trying to...

"Mat Cauthon continues trying to...

"Elayne Trakand continues trying to...

"Rand al'Thor, the Dragon Reborn, rests after...

"Egwene leads the rebel Aes Sedai in maintaining..."

Literally no new action begins and no plot lines end. There are some interesting scenes, but Crossroads of Twilight merely rehashes and stretches a few chapters of Winter's Heart into an entire novel. Perhaps this review is colored by the powerful drama and high action of the other novels; Crossroads of Twilight is a novel of intrigues. Newcomers to the series should definitely not start here, and fans will not want to pass this by. Just be prepared for a different type of listen than the first nine novels.

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skippable unless you REALLY love the characters

read these books multiple times. not sure why this one exists. mostly side story except for about an hour of the 40.

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Loved it!

One of the best series of fantasy stories around. The narration is excellent and helps bring the books to life. I've read and own the whole series on paperback and now own all of the audiobooks as well.

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  • Chris
  • Australia
  • 07-14-11

Why was this a separate book?

Jordan was either making a money grab or filling in time while working out how to start ending the series. This "book" if it can be called so does nothing to advance the story line and could quite easily have been abridged and added as a prologue to a book that actually has some substance in it. To be honest I nearly fell asleep during some of the chapters with Jordan droning on and on about some endless drivel that has no other consequence in the greater scheme of things.

I think the problem with Jordan is that he has created so many characters and sub-plots/story lines that he felt he needed to try and bring them all up to date so he could proceed with the main character, Rand. Dedicating a whole book to this is a really a poor way of doing it.

I hope book 11 gets the story back on track. I've enjoyed the series generally. The concept is good, but the execution fails in a number of places and that drags down the overall enjoyment.

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  • JH
  • 07-26-12

Winter's Heart: The Deleted Scenes

What disappointed you about Crossroads of Twilight?

Each chapter felt like a "deleted scene" from the previous book. This is not the same Jordan as earlier. Perhaps he got too side tracked with other projects or was ill, but clearly this book is the worst of the series so far.

Have you listened to any of Kate Reading and Michael Kramer ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

The performances are spectacular. Reading and Kramer consistently perform in this series.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

If you are a fan of "historical fiction", you might enjoy this book more than I. Story-wise it is very weak, but the details and plotting is very deep. Reminds me a lot of reading historical fiction novels.

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  • GB
  • St. Louis, MO USA
  • 03-27-18

Not Much Going on Here

What would have made Crossroads of Twilight better?

After all of the action and activities of the first nine books, it seems like the author ran out of plot. Although all of the sub-plots were brought up in this book, it seemed like every one of them was waiting for something to happen. Instead of actions, adventures, and obstacles to be overcome, the author spent most of the time introducing new characters just so he could describe them in great detail with no apparent need to make them a meaningful part of the story. Yes, there seemed to be plenty of political intrigue, but that does not substitute for an actual story.

Has Crossroads of Twilight turned you off from other books in this genre?

No, I have really liked all of the previous books in the series, even a couple in the middle that seemed a little slower. There is a whole lot of things that need to happen to bring this series to a conclusion and I just don't understand why we aren't any closer to that conclusion after this entire book. The characters are interesting. In general, the interactions between the main characters are good.

Which character – as performed by Kate Reading and Michael Kramer – was your favorite?

In this book, I found Elayne to be the most interesting. She had a lot going on: trying to consolidate power, keep a kingdom moving, and worrying about Rand. Kate really seems to make the most of Elayne's and Egwene's characters throughout the series. I like the new Taraboner accent that I first noticed from Kate in this book. I like Michael's interpretations of the Saldaens and Illianers (especially the Illianer accent).

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Crossroads of Twilight?

I would cut out the parts about Egwene's headaches. I would cut out some of the internal squabbles she has with the rest of the hall. Probably a little more about Elayne's trips to see people she had to get to back her becoming queen.

Any additional comments?

I suspect this was about the time the author started to get sick. I hope that it gets better when Brian Sanderson takes over and brings his energy to the plot.

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Yawn

I've loved every book in this series up until this one. Nothing happens, literally nothing exciting goes on. But you learn about every single rebel aes sedi, so many names you just get lost in The Who's who of it all. I'm hoping the next book picks up. Also micheal Kramer reads faster then ever and Kate reading still sounds like a robot.

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  • Robyn
  • 05-17-13

Tediously slow....

The worst in the series so far. Little bits of excitement, but they are few and far between - and just too many random characters who I have no real intersest in...... The reviews say book 11 is better, so I will press on, but really this one was a waste of a credit.

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  • Mr G Mendes
  • 09-02-17

Slowest yet

Clearly setting the story up for the closing books. A lot is aes sedai back story and dealings

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  • David
  • 07-01-19

The weakest entry in the Wheel of Time?

Probably my least favourite book in the series. The momentous events of the previous book are let down by a structure that sees the reader visiting each of the main characters exploring their own side-stories, but only up to the same point as the end of that last book.
The result is what feels like a collection of short stories that do not interact with each other and are themselves cut short when they get ‘up-to-date,’ even if that means they do not reach any kind of real moment or conclusion themselves.
It’s a long exploration of character and minor plot development - okay if you love the world of the Wheel of Time, but turgid if you want to see the main story progressing.
Reading the first and last chapters of each storyline would probably achieve as much as reading the whole book.
Kate Reading and Michael Kramer are excellent as always.

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  • AJH
  • 06-28-19

A lull in an otherwise great series

Delving too deep into side stories? Adding too many characters to a cast that's already borderline impossible to follow? Feels like he was dragging his heels with the storyline in this book. Bring on the meat

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  • James Garbutt
  • 06-26-19

Underwhelming

I read the reviews on this book and thought it was harsh. As all the other books have been brilliant. However this on just treads water. Nothing happens. Not reading it wont really make any difference in the next and final book I'm sure. Each both previous to this has been 5 star for me. However this is a real let down

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  • J. Tooze
  • 06-10-19

No real ending

Mid way through the recording totally changes and is poor. The story is probably one of the least interesting and very drawn out.

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  • Booger
  • 05-22-19

Mediocre

Mediocre story with bad pacing and a lot of side characters boring stories. The weakest book of the series.

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  • Carl
  • 05-18-19

Filler

Poor book for storyline. Start, Middle and End
are poor. Kramer and Reading are incredible as always.

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  • Kieran
  • 02-28-19

Great Narrators couldn't save this mess

Nothing of any importance happens in this book. A total waste of time. Read the summary online and move on to the next one. No one would publish this based on its own merits.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-26-19

disappointed

I have read all the books up to Winters Heart. I am starting to dislike some of his characters. I find myself wanting Egwein to be pulled down as much as Elyda this book makes me want to give up reading the rest as lost. All the women know better and every single one jumpes to the wrong conclusion and dosent seem to think that anyone else knows more than them. The books used to be good and I always looked forward to the next but now I have lost interest thanks to this one

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-10-18

Amazing!

The story was great. really enjoyed it. focused mainly around Peran, Matt and Egwene's stories.

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  • Nick
  • 04-13-18

Frustrating

I kept waiting for eomething to happen and when it did the epilogue arrived. One or two characters story arcs not progressing is to be expected but everyone's is frustrating

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  • oneofthe band
  • 07-01-17

Nothing much happens.

Plot development almost stops. Even the scenes with Matt drag. Perrin is at his most annoying.