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Crossroads of Twilight (The Wheel of Time #10)

3.81  ·  Rating Details ·  63,850 Ratings  ·  1,447 Reviews
In the tenth book of The 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
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Hardcover, First Edition, 704 pages
Published January 7th 2003 by Tor Fantasy (first published 2003)
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Best Wheel of Time Book
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Zach
Aug 06, 2016 Zach rated it it was ok
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
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Markus
We rode on the winds of the rising storm,
We ran to the sounds of the thunder.
We danced among the lightning bolts,
and tore the world asunder.


Is Crossroads of Twilight the weakest Wheel of Time book I've read so far? Probably.

Is it still amazing? Pfft, it's a Wheel of Time book. Of course it is.

In terms of plot development, this book has nothing to offer. Absolutely nothing. But the world and the characters are so fantastic I don't even mind. And since for the first time, none of the protagonists
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Kat  Hooper
Mar 31, 2009 Kat Hooper rated it did not like it
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
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Evgeny
Feb 26, 2014 Evgeny rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
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
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Steve
Jan 27, 2015 Steve rated it did not like it
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 ...more
Adam
Dec 05, 2011 Adam rated it liked it
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
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Ryan
Oct 25, 2010 Ryan rated it it was ok
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
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Eric Allen
Dec 20, 2012 Eric Allen rated it did not like it
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
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Mike (the Paladin)
Dec 20, 2012 Mike (the Paladin) rated it did not like it
Shelves: fantasy
IIIIIIEEEEEE!!!!!!!!

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
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Kyle
Nov 11, 2012 Kyle rated it liked it
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
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Maria Dimitrova
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Ten months ago I would have taken one look at this book, read a couple of chapters and promptly given up because basically nothing happens. It's a testament to Mr. Jordan's ability to spin a web of characters, events and places around the reader, that now after reading all the previous books in the series I didn't find this boring at all. Slow and frustrating at times but not boring. I remember bitching about books 1-3 with their slow build-up and e
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Dux
Aug 13, 2015 Dux rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: epic-fantasy
Honestly, I can't. I can't I can't I can't.

Do you know how to tell when you are seriously being f'd up? When you are reading one of Perrin's POVs and you NO JOKE start tearing up, not because you feel for his character or anything, but because you're so damn frustrated.



That was me. I'm so sad because I started this series, just thinking, just thinking that it might become my favorite series of all time. Somehow, I still believe that. OMG! HOW DID YOU PEOPLE GO THROUGH THIS EVERY 2 YEARS!!??

I ne
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Jonathan

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)
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Doğan
May 25, 2016 Doğan rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Eziyet gibi bir okumayla daha karşınızdayım. Lafı çok uzatmayacağım. Bu kitabı okuduktan sonra Kışın Yüreği'ne o kadar laf söylediğim için pişmanım. Zaman Çarkını okuyanlar bilir Aes Sedailerin %95'ine gıcık oluruz. İnsanlar bu kadar Aes Sedailere gıcık iken 30 bölüm + Ön söz + Son söz, yani toplamda 32 bölümlük bir kitabın 25 bölümünü Aes Sedailere ayırmak niye? Sonuç olarak elim 11.kitaba gitmiyor. Üzgünüm.
Phrynne
Oct 12, 2014 Phrynne rated it liked it
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!
Igor Ljubuncic
Feb 13, 2015 Igor Ljubuncic rated it it was ok
Shelves: robert-jordan
This isn't the worst book in the series without a reason. Nothing much happens really, and the action has ground to a halt. But it's not a jolly kind of a halt, more sort of a large coal-ferrying train has snagged a buffalo corpse (or maybe it was alive at the time of collision), and now it's dragging it to a three-mile stop, while leaving red skid marks on the rusted rails. And the wheels are screeching. And a blind albino boy is playing banjo on his porch, watching the whole thing.

Perrin wants
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Shobhit Sharad
It was almost a relief to read this book after hearing so much negative about it.

I think this book solved its purpose. The purpose of this book was to show how frustrated and annoyed everyone in this book is. And that is what it does to you, and so you understand them better. That it does it by incredibly tedious and long chapters, with almost nothing happening in them is what describes the story better.

Perrin, Elayne and Mat are all waiting for their respective conclusions but there are so many
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Ivana Azap Feješ
Aug 03, 2015 Ivana Azap Feješ rated it it was amazing
Shelves: epic-fantasy
I was pretty much pleased with the role that Mat played in this book - though it was written on fair little amount of pages :D

Taking responsibility takes all the joy out of life, and drains a man to dust. -Mat Cauthon, Crossroads of Twilight, Chapter 1: Time to be Gone

And I will say that it was a book for catching the loose ends - to figure where is who etc.
Except the major development with the Egwene!
But that is just the thing that you need to read for you to enjoy it ;)
Good book, high recommen
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Joby Walker
Apr 06, 2010 Joby Walker rated it did not like it
Shelves: fantasy
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
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Dalibor
Oct 20, 2015 Dalibor rated it did not like it
O Gospode...
Jerzy
Apr 19, 2015 Jerzy rated it did not like it
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:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oral-for...

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
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Andrew Georgiadis
Dec 20, 2012 Andrew Georgiadis rated it it was ok
cynical $$ press

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
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Susie
Sep 12, 2016 Susie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who are willing to ride out the entire series
Shelves: fantasy, borrowed
OK, what the hell was that that I just read? I’ve been enjoying the series, even through the slow parts, until now! This book can basically be described as, “boring, boring, boring, CLIFFHANGER!” Yep. Even Mat wasn’t able to come up with as much of his usual comedy and became as reflective and sombre as the rest of them (the majority of the book was inside thoughts and sombre reflection). And all of them, despite their apparent strategic intelligence, don’t have the intelligence or foresight to ...more
Kaitlin
This is the book which slowed down my wheel of time reading immensely and although I always found myself enjoying the story when I was back into it, it wasn't as captivating as some of the other books in the series. That's not to say that things don't still happen, but they're slow, more slow than most of the other books in the series to be sure, and certainly not as evenly focused on the different characters. This book in particular focuses largely on Elayne's storyline which is thought by many ...more
Sarah
Crossroads of Twilight is notoriously the lowest rated book in the Wheel of Time series but I have to say I still like it a million times more than A Crown of Swords so it was actually much better than I expected it to be. I can understand why it's not the most popular book because there really isn't much progress made on the plot and there are no exciting battles or events like usual.

This book is over 800 pages long and yet it feels like pretty much nothing happened so I see why people are star
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Ruth
Apr 03, 2010 Ruth rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
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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!

Vladimir
Nov 14, 2014 Vladimir rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Počeo sam sa čitanjem polovinom jula, završio polovinom novembra... samo toliko od mene...
William Cline
Aug 31, 2013 William Cline rated it it was ok
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
Richard Bray
Feb 03, 2013 Richard Bray rated it it was ok
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
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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
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Other Books in the Series

The Wheel of Time (1 - 10 of 14 books)
  • The Eye of the World (Wheel of Time, #1)
  • The Great Hunt (Wheel of Time, #2)
  • The Dragon Reborn (Wheel of Time, #3)
  • The Shadow Rising (Wheel of Time, #4)
  • The Fires of Heaven (Wheel of Time, #5)
  • Lord of Chaos (Wheel of Time, #6)
  • A Crown of Swords (Wheel of Time, #7)
  • The Path of Daggers (Wheel of Time, #8)
  • Winter's Heart (Wheel of Time, #9)
  • Knife of Dreams (Wheel of Time, #11)

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