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Crossroads of Twilight by Robert Jordan
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Crossroads of Twilight

by Robert Jordan

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Series: Wheel of Time (10)

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Whte world and the characters stand at a crossroads, and as the world approaches twilight, the power of the Shadow grows stronger.

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The tenth book of the Wheel of Time series is similar to A Crown of Swords in that there was an overlap between this book and the previous book. Rand and Nynaeve worked together at the end of Winter's Heart to cleanse saidar, and the impact of that effort was noticeable all over the world to anyone who could channel. This was another installment in the series where we spend a lot more time with Rand's friends then we do with him. Perrin gets closer to the Shaido who are holding Faile, Egwene get closer to Tar Valon, Elayne works to secure the throne in Caemlyn, Mat makes his escape from Ebu Dar. Ending on a cliffhanger, I'm looking forward to the next in the series, Knife of Dreams. ( )
  LisaMorr | May 23, 2020 |
My least favorite in series, nothing really happens, lots of set up for next book. ( )
  rolnickj | Mar 22, 2020 |
Final re-read (re-listen, really, in the car) in preparation for the last book coming out in January. IIRC, this is the book that nearly caused me to quit the series. Gonna muscle through it. ( )
  CiaraCat | Jan 9, 2020 |
The final book of the unnecessary books. There are probably 6-7 chapters in this whole book that are worth reading. Definitely the weakest book in the series by far. Can not wait to jump into Book 11 where it ramps up to being great again. ( )
  ONEMariachi | Jan 7, 2020 |
600 pages. 600 pages and very little moves forward. If book 11 wasn't already released, I'd be frustrated. Chapter 19 is the representative chapter of this book. Many pages of descriptions of each Aes Sedai entering the tent for a meeting, it felt more like reading a painting than a fantasy novel. Cadsuane gets a chapter where she walks from one side of a room to the other. While there were a few key moments for three characters, the chapters leading up to them were dragged out far too long.

The pattern since book 4 or 5 has been that most of the action happens in the last third of the book, but that doesn't happen this time. All of the key moments mentioned had one chapter apiece. We do see the Dark One's influence on the world again now that the weather was fixed, but even that was brief compared to endless descriptions.

Perrin get a major character moment that was hinted at way back in book 1, and was my favorite moment in this book. Unfortunately, he's not much closer to rescuing Faile. You do get some information on the goings on in the world, and something that been noticed for a couple books now is now recognized as a real problem, and a new one is introduced.

Rand only gets a couple chapters, but they both had an impact on the plot. That's right, he's so ta'veren that Jordan couldn't give him several chapters of nothing.

Egwene's siege continues. She's unwilling to storm the White Tower despite her general's advice, and now sisters are being murdered by someone wielding Saidin in her camp. She's pigheaded about that when Bryne suggests that sisters not wander around alone at night. While you can justify Egwene's plot moving slowly since it is a siege, the chapter mentioned earlier is one of hers. That said, some important information does come during her POVs, including an event that will force the siege to move forward.

Elayne is still working on her succession. An entire chapter dedicated to a bath happens. She gets slightly closer to becoming Queen of Andor.

As mentioned, there's A LOT of fat to be trimmed from this book. Much of it is the reactions of various channelers to the events at the end of Book 9. If all the fat were trimmed, the remaining could be split between the end of book 9 and the beginning of book 11, so the important parts are kept without taking 600 pages. ( )
  High_Enginseer | Dec 16, 2019 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Robert Jordanprimary authorall editionscalculated
Belt, LiaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Curlin, NevenTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Flaton, Johan-MartijnTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Gibbons, LeeCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kramer, MichaelNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Krejčová, DanaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Mitchell, EllisaMapssecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Nielsen, Matthew C.Illustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Reading, KateNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Sweet, Darrell K.Cover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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And it shall come to pass, in the days when the Dark Hunt rides, when the right hand falters and the left hand strays, that mankind shall come to the Crossroads of Twilight and all that is, all that was, and all that will be shall balance on the point of a sword, while the winds of the Shadow grow.
--From The Prophecies of the Dragon translation believed done by Jain Charin, known as Jain Farstrider, shortly before his disappearance
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.

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