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Crossroads Of Twilight: Book 10 of the Wheel of Time (Now a major TV series) Paperback – September 16, 2021
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The tenth novel in the Wheel of Time series - one of the most influential and popular fantasy epics ever published.
Fleeing from Ebou Dar with the kidnapped Daughter of the Nine Moons, Mat Cauthon learns that he can neither keep her nor let her go, for both the Shadow and the might of the Seanchan empire are now in deadly pursuit.
At Tar Valon, Egwene al'Vere lays siege to the White Tower. She must win quickly, with as little bloodshed as possible, for unless the Aes Sedai are reunited only the male Asha'man will remain to defend the world against the Dark One.
Meanwhile, Rand al'Thor must gamble again, with himself at stake - not knowing which of his allies are really enemies.
'Epic in every sense' Sunday Times
'With the Wheel of Time, Jordan has come to dominate the world that Tolkien began to reveal' New York Times
'[The] huge ambitious Wheel of Time series helped redefine the genre' George R. R. Martin
'A fantasy phenomenon' SFX
The Wheel of Time series:
Book 1: The Eye of the World
Book 2: The Great Hunt
Book 3: The Dragon Reborn
Book 4: The Shadow Rising
Book 5: The Fires of Heaven
Book 6: Lord of Chaos
Book 7: A Crown of Swords
Book 8: The Path of Daggers
Book 9: Winter's Heart
Book 10: Crossroads of Twilight
Book 11: Knife of Dreams
Book 12: The Gathering Storm
Book 13: Towers of Midnight
Book 14: A Memory of Light
Prequel: New Spring
Look out for the companion book: The World of Robert Jordan's The Wheel of Time
- Publisher : Orbit (September 16, 2021)
- Language : English
- ISBN-10 : 0356517098
- ISBN-13 : 978-0356517094
- Item Weight : 1.03 pounds
- Dimensions : 4.88 x 1.89 x 7.8 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #128,731 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Reviewed in the United States on January 18, 2023
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The Wheel of Time is simply the best fantasy story ever told.
I have read many, and have found others enjoyable but nothing compares to the rich detail and unbounded imagination of the world Mr Jordan has created. It is that, a world, living and breathing, evolving and growing of the course of the story. Filled with such grand detail that you feel you know the charactors and are in this world with them.
I began to read some of the reviews and quickly realized that many of the readers out there seem to have a negative opinion of the latter books of the series.
I propose that this negative feeling may be due to the time between new releases, given that Mr Jordan tends to write with great detail on the subject at hand, be it action or building. This level of detail, seems to be causing difficulty with readers whom are expecting a quick resolution or movement of plot. It is my opinion that this detail is good and infact necessary to due to the vastness of the scope of this story.
Honestly if you are expecting a fast paced , get to the final resolution and end it with a bang kind of story, this isnt for you. This story takes its time to unfold and there are many sub plots and directions the story takes that dont reveal themselves in any great hurry. But that is what happens when you weave a grand epic of a tale. The time is well worth the out come, and if the nay sayers give the series that time to develop, they wont be disappointed. I see on the horizon at least 2 books to cover the colliding of charactors and plots in an action packed pages that the past several books have been leading up to. You must have faith that Mr Jordan actually knows what he is doing and he wont let his fans down.
I find it rather funny that the majority of the negative reviews also indicated that they will buy the next release. It must not have been that bad then.
This story is big, and it runs over a great length and depth. I can fully understand some of the impatience expressed in the reviews, but only if you have pre conceived expectations on what you thought should be happening. Look at the series of books as a single story, not sequels. Each is building on the last and advancing the story. Let the story be told at its own pace. Maybe not as fast as some would like, but it is advancing and with the same richness and detail. In time the story will be told and the lenghts taken to do it with be all that more rewarding.
Some have expessed that Mr Jordan isnt a great writer and that he has stolen ideas from others.....Well, if you listen to or read the interviews with Mr Jordan he flat out says that his inspiration was from the age old idea of someone being told that they were born to be the savior of all mankind, but he wondered if they would really except this just because they were told so and go run off to save the world. Or would they be reluctant and have great difficulty in accepting their fate, more having their fate thrust upon them and the manner they come to terms with it.
He also stated that givin the concept he chose to use, time being a wheel instead of being linear, that he wanted to use a sort of metling pot of many popular mythologies and relegions to give them a possible source and the reader something to relate to.
So you see, he didnt steal anything, he rewrote it in a very imaginative manner and made it his own, by redefining what was into something new and believable. In essence, he created a world.
If you like great story telling, then this series is a good choice. I do recommend though, that you read all of the books, back to back, as a single story in its entirety. You will appreciate the telling alot more that way.
If you can afford it buy the CD's and listen to it. I just did that and I have to say that you get alot more out of it than by reading, especially if you read causally.
Looks are well written. My only complaint about this one is that not much happened to speak of. I thought perhaps it was the slowest overall of the 10 I have read.
Taken out of that context, yeah this book is probably not as good as some of the rest. But unless you are going to read this book without reading the rest before and after, then you have to judge it as a part of a greater whole, and the Wheel of Time is one of the best fantasy series I've read. Jordan is able to tap into the thrill and excitement and wonder that not many others can.
A major criticism for this book is the excessive description of dresses and tea pots, etc. That stuff didn't really bother me. In fact, I like how descriptive Jordan is. The following is a couple paragraphs from the book describing a cool scene I liked. Minor spoilers, but no names or major plot elements are revealed here. This is just an example of the descriptive qualities I like in this particular book:
"At the next crossing street, he turned to his right at the same unhurried steady pace, then suddenly flattened his back against the front of a stable that stood hard on the corner. The wide stable doors were shut, and likely barred on the inside, but the smell of horse and horse dung hung in the icy air. The inn across the street was closed up tight, as well, its windows shuttered and dark, the only sound aside from the wind the creak of its swinging sign he could not make out in the night. No one to see what they should not.
"He had a moment's warning, the sound of boots quickened in an effort not to let him out of sight too long, and then a cowled head was thrust cautiously around the corner. Not cautiously enough, of course. His left hand darted into the cowl to seize a throat at the same time his right made a practiced stop-thrust with the dagger. He half expected to find a breastplate, or a mail shirt under the man's coat, and he was ready if he did, but an inch of steel sank easily beneath the fellow's breastbone. He did not know why that seemed to paralyze a man's lungs, so he could not cry out, until he had drowned in his own blood, but he knew that it did. Still, tonight he had no time to wait. No Guards in site at present did not mean matters would stay that way for long. With a quick wrench, he slammed the man's head against the stable's stone wall hard enough to crack a skull, then shoved his dagger to the hilt, feeling the blade grate as it dug through the fellow's spine."
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Just 5 minutes ago, I made myself read a whole 4 pages of text dedicated exclusively to the seating order of the sitters of the hall.
Jordan seems to have switched his style. In earlier books he was progressing the plot at an acceptable rate. Things were happening fast, but and the level of detail was good; not too much, not too little. Things have changed. I shall explain:
Jordan has written entire pages going into extremely rich detail about minor characters nobody cares about nor is likely to remember 5 minutes later. It's just pointless. And the level of detail he goes into is SO high that you just get bored after you've read an entire 2 pages describing the interior of a single room or the appearance of a character that won't be mentioned ever again. I mean, why should I care what personality type some random Aes Sedai has when she plays no significant role aside from filling some pages for the sake of filling them?
I think this is possibly the most boring book in the entire series. It could be compressed into a few chapters and still deliver the same message! It's like Jordan felt he needed to rationalise every single thought and idea that went through a character's head.
It's just boring.
It can have two stars because I find the book is a good medicine for going to sleep. I normally have trouble getting to sleep, but this book is so boring that by reading it I can put myself out in less than 15 minutes.
What lets this book down is endless, pointless descriptions of what the characters are wearing, what the room looks like, and we even get somewhat detailed descriptions of the personalities of what are clearly minor characters. Egwene's chapters are incredibly dull and frankly boring.
I get what Robert Jordan was doing, and he does a brilliant job of describing the location and characters in each chapter so you can picture it all in your head. Furthermore, his habit of 'reintroducing' near on every relatively important character is actually quite helpful as 10 books, 100s of characters and 1000s of pages into the series, it is easy to get some mixed up or forget who they are.
But way too often it's just too much, and some basic descriptions would get the job done. I honestly would rather have some more action and intrigue than the endless descriptions.
Even the very last chapter is incredibly boring. Unlike the previous books, this one ends with a bit of a cliffhanger, but nothing exciting or explosive. The most interesting plot development is when Perrin comes across a haunted(?) village. It could have been the saving grace of this book, but instead it's left open and vague and I can only hope it gets more attention in the next book.
I feel like even 3/5 is generous but this series does have me engaged enough to finish off the last 4 books and learn where the story ends.
There is very little progress on any of the main (or minor) treads of the story and I find myself wondering what was the actual point of this book, and if I'd skipped straight from Winter's Heart (book 9) to Knife of Dreams (book 11) would I really have missed anything significant? I don't actually think I would have.
I would say that Robert Jordon is a very good writer and if this book had been written by a lesser man it probably would have struggled to the bang average 3 stars I rated it. One thing that does irk me a bit about Jordon's style is the chapter after chapter after chapter from the same character view point, especially when it is a not particularly exciting character (Egwene, Elaine, Nyneave, you know the ones!). I much prefer a new character view point with each new chapter, so I'm really hoping Brandon Sanderson changes this with The Gathering Storm (book 12) and the final 2 books in the series.
Love the entire WoT series though. I've invested a lot of time in the series I'm getting excited now I'm just about onto the last 4 books and a conclusion to this monster epic is in sight, but I'll also be a bit sad when it's done. I doubt the next series I move onto will be as grand or epic! I mean, WoT make Lord the Rings look small!
For all his faults as a writer and the contradictions of his plot, there is something magnificent about Jordan’s history and if you’ve got this far you are going to need to know what happens next. So bite the bullet and keep reading!