Crossroads of Twilight (Wheel of Time #10)
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
This book again has a lot of repetition and lots of wandering plot points that seem pointless. Furthermore, there are a couple of actual blunders where the narrative simply doesn’t make sense. For example, this passage: “Noel was out shadowing Juilin an...more
Effettivamente lo si potrebbe considerare come un enorme appendice al precedente volume, che svolge un duplice ruolo: m...more
I will say that the oth...more
At the end of the previous volume, "Winter's Heart", something BIG happened. It was world-changing, and very exciting to read.
This book, however, seems to serve ONLY as reaction to that event. There is very, very little movement in the overall plot, which is ridiculous for a book nearing quadruple-digits in page count.
For anyone who has gotten t...more
The series did eventually pick up again after RJ died. Otherwise I fear it would have entirely ground to a halt, which would have be very sad after the early b...more
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...more
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...more
Like the Wheel previous books, Crossroads follows a Rand al’Thor, Elayne Trakand, Perrin Aybara, Mat Cauthon, and several others. It seems that one of the main ensemble is missing from eac...more
Winter’s Heart involved a huge turning point, one that I had hoped would spell a new direction for the series that had begun to slow to a crawl. Well, as I said last week, slowing wasn’t quite the right word. Books 6-8 lacked focus, something I found and appreciated in book 9.
Crossroads of Twilight had no focus, and moreover, it really really did...more
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...more
For added hilarity, now that I've read it, I'm realizing that I probably read the next one, too. At least I think I did. But either way, pretty forgettable work.
I went ahead and slogged through Crossroads of Twilight again, with vague ideas of reading the rest of the series now that it's all out. Not muc...more
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...more
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...more
The eagerly awaited 10th installment (after 2000's Winter's Heart) in Jordan's monumental Wheel of Time has all the breadth and depth that have made this fantasy author one of the acknowledged greats of the genre. Like Tolkien's Ring trilogy, Wheel of Time is a single, extended novel rather than a series, and in Crossroads, new characters join the cast and old favorites grow ever more complex. Yet if the scope of Jordan's richly nuanced creation has won him millions of re...more
I like the Wheel of Time, and this is only my first time reading through the series now that it is almost complete. While there are a few, consistent problems with the whole series, it is never anything crippling. That said, Crossroads of Twilight, the second-to-last Wheel of Time book before the death or Robert Jordan is probably the weakest entry in it, while...more
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...more
Overall, it was a very difficult book for me to read; this book probably took the time it would have taken me to read at least two of the others. Basically, nothing happens. It's all small...more
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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