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Publisher's Summary

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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Find something else to do during this book

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.

'Nuff said?

7 of 12 people found this review helpful

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Tedious listening

I loved (for the most part) the first 8 or so books of this series. I hated this one. It is tedious; filled with politics and useless nonsense. I can't believe it's the same author.

3 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Matt
  • CAMILLUS, NY, USA
  • 03-06-04

Worst of the series thus far.

Let me start by saying that I really do love this series and can't wait to listen to/read the next book. Let me also say that also some reviewers criticize the narrators, including myself in the beginning, but they have grown on me and I really hope they do all the future novels as well.

With that said, this is by far the worst book in the series yet. NOTHING HAPPENS! You could easily skip to the end of this book, read the practically non-existant climax, and wait for the next book to come out in a year or two. Jordan's main problem is about 5 story lines going at once with, not only no resolution to any of them, but little actual progression of them at all. Basically all the characters in the book are where they were when it started. Not only that but 30 to 40% of the book takes place during the end of the last one. This series has really started to dive since the end of book 8 and I'm really hoping the next one gets me excited about the series again (New spring is not that book).

3 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Howard
  • Concord, MA, United States
  • 05-22-09

WHAT A SHAME.

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.

4 of 7 people found this review helpful

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Plot flies around in every direction

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.

6 of 11 people found this review helpful

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Amazing.

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.

7 of 13 people found this review helpful

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Tedious

I now remember why I almost didn't finish reading these books. what a waste of time this book was. nothing happens that could not be encompassed in a single chapter. A series of passages all involving women glaring at each other.

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the most forgettable of these books.

This is the only WoT book where I found myself happy to be done. it feels as though he took book 9 & broke it in 2 when it became too long. Unfortunately all of the least exciting parts ended up in book 10. worth getting through for book 11!

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Character Development and Exposition

Like the previous 9 books, I greatly enjoyed the character building and world building of Robert Jordan. I also agree with many other reviewers on this one that this iteration is not nearly as exciting as previous books in the series. The plot gets thicker but does not move along much farther than where we left off with Book 9 Winter’s Heart. Still an enjoyable read(listen) and Good set up to get me excited about Knife of Dreams.

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Exceptional well written book in the series!

Robert Jordan hits a home run with this book! I can wait to hear what happens next.

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  • Zigg
  • 06-22-15

A lot of prattle

This book adds very little real content to the overall story. I am glad I only listen whilst I drive otherwise my time would have been entirely wasted.

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  • Frantisek
  • 03-01-13

Average

Done it! Listened while working through the whole 14 books. Not bad - not brilliant either. Too much describing of what are people wearing, limited dictionary of dialogues and male-female relationships/interactions painfully similar, predictable -boring (Mr Freud would find it certainly interesting though :)

Maybe because English isn't my first language, maybe I'm spoiled by other writers or maybe Robert Jordan just isn't my type of author but haven't I been working at the time of listening I would considered it time wasted.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Laura Concannon
  • 04-04-17

Slow but still great

Not the best book in the series though as always Robert Jordan enthralls! Can't wait for my account to renew so I can download the next book in the series.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Jules
  • 01-21-13

Loved it!

As with all the books in this great story - I absolutely loved it. And I'm loving catching up on the story with audible in readiness for Book 14!

0 of 1 people found this review helpful