Crossroads of Twilight (Wheel of Time, Book 10)

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Crossroads of Twilight (Wheel of Time, Book 10)

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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 nor let her go, not in safety for either of them, for both the Shadow and the might of the Seanchan Empire are in dead

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5 Responses to “Crossroads of Twilight (Wheel of Time, Book 10)”
  1. Tom E. says:

    Review by Tom E. for Crossroads of Twilight (Wheel of Time, Book 10)
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    Those who can appreciate great setup will really love this book. Personally, I thought the setup in books 8 and 9 were good … but this was absolutely stupendous. Fans of total plot inertia will be in heaven.

    I’ve grown to hate the character of Rand because whenever he makes an appearance the plot is in danger of moving incrementally forward. Thankfully, Mr. Jordan saves us from any threatening plot developments by keeping Rand almost totally absent from this book. And when he is introduced – briefly – towards the very end, Mr. Jordan quickly whisks him off to the sidelines before anything interesting can happen. Whew! I’m wiping the sweat off my brow becasue that was a close one.

    Have you ever wondered how many stripes should be on the dublet of an important dignatary from Illian? How many shawl twitches are appropriate when Aes Sedai negotiate momentous agreements? What kind of stool the general of an Aes Sedai army sits on, and how stable said stool might be? Well buckle up for a wild ride, amigo, because you’re going to learn all that (and more!) by the time you’ve tediously slogged to the conclusion of this book.

    Part of what really makes Mr. Jordan’s worlds so unique are the wonderful characters which populate them. I like nothing more than to scratch my head in befuddlement as yet another Aes Sedai is reintroduced into the plot whom I can no longer recall. It gives me an excuse to page to the back of the book and open up the ‘Robert Jordan Appendix of Useless and Irrelevent Characters’ which is always such a joy. I’ve created my own drinking game based on this called, […]

    For anyone who wants to play along the rules are simple:

    1.) Is the character you’re looking up totally irrelevent? Take a drink.

    2.) Do you have reason to suspect said character will remain totally irrelevent? Take a drink.

    3.) Does the character twitch her shawl? Take two drinks.

    4.) Is she looking “cross-eyed” at someone? Take a drink.

    5.) Do you know the exact design of the embroidery on the fringe of her shawl? Of course you do – take a drink. For your own sanity, consider taking another.

    Anyhow, I don’t want to pretend everything about this book is negative … there are a few positives.

    First off, Nynaeve is completely ignored. I suspect Mr. Jordan will make up for this oversite by indulging in an orgy of braid-tugging, yellow-shawled action in books 11-16, but you will be blessedly free of it in this tome.

    Secondly, Jordan has stopped even pretending to provide “setup” for future books with CoT. Nothing Of Any Signifigance happens – at all – in this novel. Nothing. There’s not so much as a cliffhanger. He’s no longer bothering to maintain any facade. I appreciate that kind of bold honesty. He’s just holding out his hand and saying, “Listen suckers … we all know you’re going to give me your money – so just hand it over. I could personally visit each of your homes and beat it out of you, but isn’t this more civilized?”. And, yes, I suppose it is more civilized. So I’d like to take this opportunity to thank Mr. Jordan for allowing me to voluntarily hand him my hard-earned money rather than forcing him to pummel it out of me in my own house. It is very much appreciated.

    I can’t wait for Volume 11.

  2. Zhakrin says:

    Review by Zhakrin for Crossroads of Twilight (Wheel of Time, Book 10)
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    PREQUEL TO MY REVIEW

    I shook my head incredulously. Light, of all the bloody ashes… I look over to the book. It lies there, as plain as it ever been, as plain as the horns on a trolloc. 700 pages. 700 bloody pages?! Blood and ashes. Of all the boneheaded, stubborn things… Well, there’s nothing for it now, I decided, and with a sniff of my nose I looked up from the book, and with a hard sniff, a sniff that in Ebon Dar might make strong men faint and women gasp, I turned sternly towards the keyboard. A memory flashed in my head unbidden. I am not sure where it came from; it could be from any of the nine books that I read before in this series, memories that would have been long resting in the cold, return shelves of the library, or in the scandalous embrace of another. “Blood and ashes,” I muttered through my teeth, and despite the gentle weather, I shivered and drew my coat closer to me, folding it carefully.

    “I never saw run-on sentences before that extended this long,” I brooded darkly. That is, if a reader can brood, and I detected a twinkie in the hard, frozen reaches of my freezer. Readers are just supposed to FAWN at Robert Jordan, and this is most decidedly out of the ordinary. “I am going to write the review,” I decided, and light be blasted! But what is it that the review needed? Is it a woman? I frowned, and wringled my nose, a move that is more a force of habit than out of irritation. Women! What does Robert Jordan find so hard to understand about them? I wondered. Light! By the way he talks about them once every paragraph, this novel is more fit as the pre-puberty study of a taraboner stable boy than a fantasy novel! I shook my head, quickly banishing the thought. No, no… perhaps there is some grander conspiracy at work here… The ageless face of an Aes Sedai looked out at my memory, laughing at me, tugging suggestively on my lower intestine and her braid at the same time.

    That did it, I decided, I’m really going write a review this time. The memory at the edge of my consciousness tugged again at her braid, hard, and bit her lip as hard as she can. Light, would that woman ever shut up? Women. I can never understand them. I’ve decided to read the words more carefully, however, the names just started to give me a headache. Bevedine or Beradine? or maybe it is Bevin and Moadine and veradine and bevelleihillbillienineOtwoOneOdine. I can never remember their faces. Only the songs, like some rude limerick, ring mockingly at my ears… “There once was a man with a name like Jordan, sold his book and want to be like Tolkien, so he went out one day and started to write, and next thing you know he screwed the children of light… whitecloaks that is, Altarian sea… ”

    I sighed, put down my keyboard, and rubbed my eyes. Light! I must be getting on with the review.

    CHAPTER ONE: TIME TO BE GONE

    The Wheel of Time turns, and Books come and pass, leaving memories that become legend. Legend fades to myth, and even myth is long forgotten when the Book that gave it birth comes again. In one Book, called the Tenth Book by some, a Book yet to be written, a Book already burned, a yawn rose in the Crossroads of Twilight. The Yawn is not the beginning, there are neither beginning nor endings in the Wheel of Time (not if Jordan is still paid by the word.) But it is a beginning.

    BEGIN REAL REVIEW

    OK look here guys, I admit, the first few books had been fun. And you know why? I got one word for you. DragonBall. It is pretty cool when Goku went out and kicked some ass each episode huh? Yeah, one forsaken each book. Super Rand attack. But let’s face it. There’s only so much that he can DO, before we realized that the Wheel of Time is about as complicated as Pokemon when they are still out there collecting Gym Badges. “I defeat the Aiel Guardian! I receive power-up — Heron Mark V. 2!”

    Yeah. The guy is running out of ideas.

    So what does he do? Can he save some shred of dignity and credibility by ending the series gracefully, in an ultimate episode of Wheel of Time Extreme! ™ and a final showdown between Super Rand W and the Dark One?

    No.

    He tries to make it into a series of intrigue, of mystery, of boring dialogue.

    Which is pretty sad folks. I mean, that kind of depth takes PLANNING. It takes EFFORT. Also, it takes the wisdom of seeing a dead horse, and refrain from beating it.

    If you want an in-depth novel, I would suggest Gene Wolfe. Now that is complexity without obfusication, and true depth folks. This book is like watching the Thought of the Day from the Jerry Springer Show.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Review by for Crossroads of Twilight (Wheel of Time, Book 10)
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    For those readers anxiously waiting for the Dark One to lash out with the first fell stroke of the Last Battle, you’ll find it here in the Crossroads of Twilight. No, the vast armies of Trollocs and their Eyeless taskmasters don’t boil forth from the Blight to overrun the heart of Randland, leaving only carnage and destruction in their wake; instead, in a dazzling and completely unforeseen plot twist, Shai’tan unleashes his legions of weevils against our unsuspecting heroes, and no one’s grain is safe. I’m getting chills now just thinking about the brilliance of the move. Just think: weevils in the grain require winnowing, and winnowing cuts down on the profit margins of merchants, and lower profit margins means bankruptcy. I absolutely cannot wait for book 11, where we will surely see the entire economy collapse, and then it’s just a small matter to bring this incredible series to a close. The Dark One will be revealed as an evil loan shark, and he’ll break free from the Central Bank of Shayol Ghul and repossess every palace, dress-shop, and circus on the continent. I just hope Cadsuane can teach Rand some creative re-financing options before the situation becomes hopeless.Some other notable developments:The quality of tea has really taken a nosedive since the early books in the series, and it’s starting to negatively impact the morale of our heroes. After all, what’s the upside of fighting off pure evil if you can’t even get a decent cup of tea when you’re pregnant and temperamental?The Dark One inappropriately touches one of his minions. I’m expecting a sexual harassment lawsuit in the next volume.Hundreds of dresses are described in such intricate detail that I was able to sew exact replicas. I’m wearing one right now, in fact. For hundreds of other patterns, you can shop at wheeloftimewardrobe.com.We are introduced to the riveting social intricacies of the gai’shain laundering subculture.Perrin gets bored with his own plotline and breaks out of character for a minute before returning to form.Woolheads battle ninnies and hilarity ensues. Braid tugging is on the wane. Someone sniffs.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Review by for Crossroads of Twilight (Wheel of Time, Book 10)
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    This is perhaps the worst book in the series so far. After a wait of over two years, we’re presented with a series of unconnected snippets in which absolutely nothing happens. There is no forward movement whatsoever in the overall plot, and no issues are resolved. Most of the major characters are presented for a few brief chapters in which they essentially tread water, and we leave all of them at the end of the book pretty much where we found them at the beginning.It’s pretty clear now that Jordan has no intention of wrapping this up in the forseeable future and going on to another project. It’s sad to see a talented writer decide to milk a single concept for the rest of his career, rather than finishing it off and seeking a new challenge, but I’m convinced that this is the case with Jordan. The only question is, how many people will still be reading this series 10 or 15 years from now when it finally ends with book 17 or 18? I know I won’t be. As far as I’m concerned, this series is dead.

  5. Matthew says:

    Review by Matthew for Crossroads of Twilight (Wheel of Time, Book 10)
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    I started reading this series at the beginning of high school, now I am about to finish college, and I think I will have completed grad school, a postdoc, and gotten tenure by the time this series is finished. After finishing the first 6 books, I was mesmerized. They were outstanding; fantastic characters, cool story, etc. I started getting disappointed with book 8, and it has only gotten worse. Even after book 8, I defended the series to all of my disappointed friends who had thoughts of abandoning WOT, explaining away their criticisms saying that the recent unremarkable additions to the series were merely foreshadowing awesome events to come. But after reading book 10, I am going to have to side with them, my patience has worn thin. I don’t think I will be able to abandon the series entirely, but I keep getting excited for the new releases only find myself frustrated and annoyed after finishing them. As stated by many others, the plot goes absolutely nowhere in book 10. Nowhere! I still don’t know how that is possible considering the size of the book, but it’s true. As I pushed on through the book, I began to get worried because it didn’t seem like anything big was going to happen, and that feeling climaxed to disappointment as I reached the end. Unfortunately, you can summarize this entire book in about five lines. Also, as previously stated by other reviewers, Rand, the main character mind you, barely plays a role and the other characters progress at a turtle’s pace. I am talking about the slowest turtle that has ever been or will be on the face of the earth. Robert Jordan needs to realize that he doesn’t need to explain every little detail if he has already explained it before, multiple times. If you’re reading book 10, chances are you have heard of Aiel, know what an Ajah is, and are familiar with the Seanchan. I like details, but I don’t need them repeated to me just to fill up space. Considering that the cover price of this book was more than any of the others, I suggest the next one be free to all who purchased this one. I don’t know how many more chances I can give Mr. Jordan to redeem himself.

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