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Crossroads of Twilight (The Wheel of Time #10)

3.79 of 5 stars 3.79  ·  rating details  ·  46,310 ratings  ·  1,028 reviews
In the tenth book of he Wheel of Time from the New York Times #1 bestselling author Robert Jordan, the world and the characters stand at a crossroads, and the world approaches twilight, when the power of the Shadow grows stronger.

Fleeing from Ebou Dar with the kidnapped Daughter of the Nine Moons, whom he is fated to marry, Mat Cauthon learns that he can neither keep her n
Hardcover, First Edition, 700 pages
Published January 7th 2003 by Tor Fantasy (first published January 2003)
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Kat  Hooper
ORIGINALLY POSTED AT Fantasy Literature.

Crossroads of Twilight was maddening. I read it years ago and ended up giving up on The Wheel of Time after this book. I tried again in my preparation for reading Memory of Light, and I just couldn't manage to do it again. So, as with Winter's Heart, I cheated by reading many of the chapter summaries at Encyclopaedia WOT. I skimmed the chapters involving Perrin's hunt for Faile because I remembered how slow, grueling, and painful they were when I read them
To help get you through a series that is always setting up future plot movement without a care for current pacing, I have invented the following

Wheel of Time Drinking Game

Take a drink whenever:

* A character makes a comment generalizing the opposite sex
* Rand's wounds are described in detail
* A woman sniffs or smooths her clothing
* Perrin smells an emotion
* "Good Two Rivers wool"
* Min's clothing's boyish nature is emphasized in a description
* Someone plays with their weapon (e.g., easing it from
I really need to mention the reason for my rating of the book; it is a strange one. The only reason I gave this book 3 stars and not 2 which it deserves more is that I never reread the books I rate with 2 stars while I just finished rereading this one. I mentioned 2 star rating as a big series fan.

What exactly happened during 600+ pages? Absolutely nothing, that is what. Another big part of the frustration comes from the fact that the previous book ended with a grand event which would surely cha
May 07, 2007 Steve rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Not even Hitler should be subjected to reading this
Shelves: fantasy
I will keep this short. In this book, absolutely nothing happens. There is no character development. There is no plot. Instead, the reader, who has so generously given Robert Jordan so much of his/her money over the course of the series, is treated to descriptions of dresses of characters whom we don't care about and who have no actual bearing on the plot. My advice to those slogging through this series: Read the last ten pages of this book, and then continue on to Knife of Dreams, a flawed book ...more
I consider myself a patient reader when it comes to "The Wheel of Time," but even I have trouble excusing Crossroads of Twilight, Book 10.

To be honest, although I recently read Crossroads of Twilight, I can't remember what happens. I actually found a summary on Wikipedia. The current plot summary is worth reading if only because each entry reads: Character / "continues" / To Do / Ongoing Plotline.

In short, not only is nothing resolved, but nothing happens.

The best that can be said in defense of
Mike (the Paladin)

A huge amount of this huge book take place simultaneously with Winter's Heart. The key words in this volume are "trying" and "continuing" as everyone continues "trying" something or is "continuing" with something that never seems to get tied up. We do get a slight move in one plot point...but it only tangles it more, doesn't move toward tying it up.

At this point I could have cried. This could have been one of the great Epic High Fantasy Series in the English Language. Instead
An entire one star because Goodreads won't let me go lower. This book is basically:

- 60% other viewpoints of the events at the end of Winter's Heart.

- 32% Aes Sedai pissing contests [WHAT is so interesting about Aes Sedai politics is COMPLETELY beyond me].

- 8% that makes up subplots that are somehow the most important things to happen in the book.

I'm completely convinced the only reason this vanity project of a "book" was only published because Robert Jordan's editor was his wife. Thankfully, I'
Hmmm. Well, the good news is it's not as bad as everyone says it is. The bad news is it's not all that great either.

In quickly scanning the last 10 or so reviews of this book, the complaints pretty much boil down to "it moves slowly" and "nothing happens."

I rather disagree with the latter.* The former, unfortunately, is pretty spot on. The actual problem with this book, as I see it, is not that nothing happens (see A Path of Daggers, which was great) or that it moves slowly (See The Fires of H
Eric Allen
Crossroads of Twilight
Book 10 of the Wheel of Time
By Robert Jordan

A Wheel of Time Retrospective by Eric Allen

I love the Wheel of Time series. It is, by far, and despite its flaws, my absolute favorite series of books. Oh, there's plenty of people out there who can point out why this series is awful and has been dragged on far too long. But you know what, I don't care. To me, this series is great. I thought it could do no wrong.

And then Crossroads of Twilight came out.

This is the series that real
The Wheel of Time series represents, for me, the perfect example of a guilty pleasure in the world of fantasy.

This series is not actually written very well. Robert Jordan was not a very good wordsmith, and he really only knew how to say and describe things one way. His characters are generally unbelievable, and have ridiculous dialogue. The plot is tremendously predictable, and is heavily influenced (close to the point of being unoriginal) by the fantasy works that came before. The whole story i
Basically the whole book was about very little but I am so invested in these characters now that I enjoyed it anyway. You have to admire Jordan's skill. In seven hundred pages we never find out if Rand cleansed the source or not at the end of the previous book. That's how you make a story last through multiple huge volumes. Excited to move on to the next one of those volumes right now!
And this is where the series grinds to a complete halt. This is one of the worst books I have read all the way through (usually if a book is bad, I just stop reading). My husband was urging me to get through it because he promised the next book was better and the one after that much better, so I skimmed parts and kept hoping that SOMETHING would happen.

It didn't. The low point was the chapter wherein Perrin and company think about maybe going into the nearby town to buy grain, seeing as how they

Crossroads of Twilight is an ugly duckling in The Wheel of Time. Parts of the book are chronologically set in the same time span as the previous book and other parts are set in the 'current' time after the ninth book. Adding to the unorthodox chronological timing of this book is the fact that, of all the books in this series, this book is a 'filler' book. That is not to say that nothing worth noting happens in this book. (view spoiler)
William Cline
Brian Jacques’s Redwall series showed us that rich descriptions of mundane details can add warmth and color to an imagined world. Everyone who’s read Jacques remembers his descriptions of food (strawberry cordial, anyone?). Robert Jordan understood this, but he didn’t understand the law of diminishing returns. Every time Elayne walks into a different room in her palace, we’re forced to endure a long paragraph describing its wood paneling, the seating arrangement, the carpeting, how recently the ...more
Joby Walker
Every would be author of epic fantasy (or any long running series) should be required to (prior to being published) document the failings of The Wheel of Time with particular focus on this book.

It is really hard to comprehend how in a nearly 700 page book not only nothing happens, but nothing happens to a bunch of people you don't care about. Most of the book is the multitude of secondary threads reacting to the events at the conclusion of Winter's Heart. Instead of reading the book, I'd recomm
Jan 12, 2014 Jerzy rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: masochists
Recommended to Jerzy by: younger self (damn that kid)
Shelves: fantasy-scifi, wotf
So there's this theory, about epic poetry, that the storytellers (from the Iliad or Beowulf onward) use certain repeated formulations and structures to help them improvise a long story instead of memorizing thousands of lines:

I wonder if Jordan took the wrong message from this and intentionally re-used the same descriptions (rosebud mouth, damp bowstrings, etc) thinking, *That's what the great epics do and this is an epic, dammit*... without realizing that
With book 12 coming out in a few weeks, I decided to reread the last couple books in the series again. This is my third time through this one and it's quite a shame since it's probably the worst in the series. I love the series, but it certainly lost something in the latter half.

The most disappointing thing is that, though Jordan claimed time and time again that this was to be a twelve book series, nothing happened in this book. There is no possible way he could have finished this in two more n
This review stands for the entire Wheel of Time series.

The Wheel of Time appears to be in good hands with Brandon Sanderson penning the last Book (in three parts) of Robert Jordan's epic.

Although I have been reading these books for as long as I have been reading Katherine Kerr's Deverry novels, and will be reading them at least until 2012 when the final book is due out, I have enjoyed them so much that I am willing to ignore the length of time it has taken. It must be almost 20 years from first
Caroline Norrington
Your reward for ploughing through 700 pages of not much in Crossroads of Twilight? Nothing. It’s like Waiting for Godot.

I think most published books have at least one redeeming quality. A book with clichéd prose might have fantastic erst between the hero and heroine, a book where nothing happens might have poetic prose and deep insights, and a book with cardboard characters might have heart-pounding action. Jordan books are usually redeemed by their fantastic finales. For all the meandering repe
Pedro António
I knew the pacing slowed down dramatically in Crossroads of Twilight and my expectations about it were as low as they could be, even given how much I loved Winter's Heart. Still, Crossroads of Twilight managed to be a million times worse than I could ever expect.

I'd be okay with the plot not moving too much, a lot of my favourite moments in the series weren't particularly relevant to the story but it seems to me that Crossroads of Twilight's one and only aim was to prove what we knew already - n
Richard Bray
CROSSROADS OF TWILIGHT seems to primarily serve two functions in the WHEEL OF TIME series.

First, and most importantly, it’s about slight changes in the characters of Perrin and Matt. Perrin’s wife Faile was abducted two books ago, and this is the first time we get an extended peek at how Perrin is handling that. As her period of capture continues, we see Perrin becoming harder. Perrin has long been portrayed as something of the proverbial gentle giant. With broad blacksmith shoulders and his axe
Alex Ristea
I've only read two books since finishing Crossroads of Twilight, and I honestly can't tell you anything about the plot.

Here is where I believed all the rumours I heard about this series getting slow.

Jordan kept teasing me. Just enough plot to make me want to keep reading, but always right on the edge.

Also, I don't enjoy when we get to within a hundred pages of the ending, and it doesn't feel like an ending. I want to be entertained!

Currently the book is better than Winter's Heart. It's not even close. I'm only 200 pages in.

Save Faile!!! I might burn the series if anything happens to her, come on Perrin do the impossible! (Perrin is one of the main reasons I continue to read)

Wow. I can't say I'm amazed, but this book is by far the best one. I'm only about 300 pages into the book. The plot's moving, people are actually doing something in regards to their plans. at the end I might be able to say I really liked this book with
I can see where many people find this book...frustrating, but I think that one must look at the bigger picture. The Wheel of Time connot be viewed as many seperate books, but instead as one large book, just in seperate sections (because if it was one book it would probably be ove ten thousand pages long).

The book was a bit boring, but never so much that I wanted to stop reading. Maybe that is because I like Jordan's style of writing so much. I'm going to assume that if you are thinking about re
Basically the first four hundred pages of this book happens while Rand was doing something cool -from winter's heart- and the rest of the book is about what happened after..never mind if it's important or not!
I do not want to say nothing happened in the book, but Crossroads of Twilight didn't give me the feeling of a 'book' but rather a very long Prologue to book 11, or maybe not even that, but none of the plot lines progressed much, there was no considerable climax or serious cliff hangers (vie
Tania Johansson
There is no question that Robert Jordan was a master at the craft. I thoroughly enjoyed book ten of the WoT series.

I think my one criticism would be that at times there is an overload of unnecessary information. If it wasn't for this, I would certainly have given it a higher star rating. On occasion, I found my thoughts wandering a bit when he goes into the detail of the clothes of every person in the room and their facial expressions, etc. Some significant portions could have been omitted with
Chariti King Canny
This series is brilliant. There is just the right balance of fantastical detail and speed of reading. The way the author writes, as I get more and more involved in the story, the more plausible everything seems... the perfect fantasy novel. There are rare moments where he gets a little too tied up in detailing the scene environment, but overall, this is an excellent story.
He does follow the story formula, which probably is what adds to the simplicity and readability of the storyline. However, t
Andrew Georgiadis
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A stale breeze crept through the radiator as I typed, its tendrils touching my pale, sun-deprived skin and causing shivers beneath my thin white cotton-shirt and drab grey hoodie. Central air had been installed long before we came to this house, a welcome addition in a neighborhood struggling to get with the times. A copy of Crossroads of Twilight lay next to me, nestled atop the worn fibers of a faded cream carpet whose replacement was long overdue, and was teeming with the fluf
This is where the series finally starts to get its legs back under it, and I think I figured out why: Jordan went about writing it the wrong way.

Let me explain: Following book six, Lord of Chaos, the series separated into five major storylines, which have thus far stayed pretty independent of each other. They've progressed at different rates, with different narrative structures, and have occupied different amounts of page space, and overall they synced up pretty poorly. The five major stories th
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Librarian Note: There is more than one author in the Goodreads database with this name.

Robert Jordan was the pen name of James Oliver Rigney, Jr., under which he was best known as the author of the bestselling The Wheel of Time fantasy series. He also wrote under the names Reagan O'Neal and Jackson O'Reilly.

Jordan was born in Charleston, South Carolina. He served two tours in Vietnam (from 1968 to
More about Robert Jordan...
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