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Crossroads of Twilight

by Robert Jordan

January 5, 2003 | Hardcover

Crossroads of Twilight is rated 1.95714285714286 out of 5 by 70.

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

Perrin Aybara seeks to free his wife, Faile, a captive of the Shaido, but his only hope may be an alliance with the enemy. Can he remain true to his friend Rand and to himself? For his love of Faile, Perrin is willing to sell his soul.

At Tar Valon, Egwene al'Vere, the young Amyrlin of the rebel Aes Sedai, lays siege to the heart of Aes Sedai power, but 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, and nothing can hold the Asha'man themselves back from total power except the Aes Sedai and a unified White Tower.

In Andor, Elayne Trakland fights for the Lion Throne that is hers by right, but enemies and Darkfriends surround her, plotting her destruction. If she fails, Andor may fall to the Shadow, and the Dragon Reborn with it.

Rand al'Thor, the Dragon Reborn himself, has cleansed the Dark One's taint from the male half of the True Source, and everything has changed. Yet nothing has, for only men who can channel believe that saidin is clean again, and a man who can channel is still hated and feared-even one prophesied to save the world. Now, Rand must gamble again, with himself at stake, and he cannot be sure which of his allies are really enemies.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 704 pages, 9.5 × 6.5 × 2 in

Published: January 5, 2003

Language: English

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ISBN - 10: 0312864590

ISBN - 13: 9780312864590

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Rated 1 out of 5 by from Garbage What a complete waste of time. Don't bother with this book. 75% of this story is happening during Rand's cleansing of the source. Which could could have been summed up in one chapter. The last book, including this one, is why I will no longer be reading this ridiculously drawn out series. Good luck following the 35 plus characters who contribute little if not nothing to the story.
Date published: 2015-07-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love it. On too book 11. Cant stop reading these!!
Date published: 2014-06-01
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Great story - poor characters This book is, in my opinion, par for the course for Jordan. The story itself is great and is what keeps me coming back. The problems are with the characters. All of the main characters act as though they are early adolescents. Men treat women as if they are completely indecipherable and women treat men as if are all complete idiots. The relationships between women strike me as unrealistic as well, particularly between the women who are in love with Rand, the main character. While I have few hopes for any of this changing in Life of Dreams, I do hope Sanderson does a better job with these relationships and characterizations in The Gathering Storm.
Date published: 2014-01-12
Rated 3 out of 5 by from T Somehow lacking in the storyline - perhaps because there isn't any resolution with respect to one of the forsaken
Date published: 2013-11-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome Very very enthralling.
Date published: 2013-06-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A great series I've read this series twice and this part of the story is a great read.
Date published: 2013-05-31
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Better, but not good. This book was far and away better then the previous book in the series. Which he did say sorry for. Silly ending! Really! It is lacking in comparison to the first 4 or 5, so don't expect anything brilliant. It is simply nice to read about the characters you've read about in the years gone by. It wasn't a bad book. But it wasn't a good book.
Date published: 2007-07-18
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not up to RJ Parr but still good Although this book is a little uneventful the characters and depth is amazing...It is not one of his better books but as it is his book I dont know how anyone could give it a 1 star.....The series and the depth of the characters make this book and all the series amazing...It would be so much worse if it was shortened....but I do hope Robert Jordan wrote faster....If he dies or something before finishing this multi thousand page series I will be seriously upset..If you are reading a story just for the plot stick to short stories...but most good readers will put up with some filler to add to characters...there can only be so many wars/murders/sieges etc.
Date published: 2007-04-28
Rated 1 out of 5 by from A Waste of Words This novel would have to be one of the most pointless things I have ever read. It seems as though Robert Jordan is merely spewing out random words and hoping that people will not notice. After so many books in a series, it seems as though Jordan has run out of ideas and is just filling a few thousand more pages before finally putting his readers out of their misery. Hopefully Jordan will come to his senses and realize that he has lost his touch and when his next book comes out (in another 5 years to be sure) there will be something to regain the interest of his readers.
Date published: 2006-08-21
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Ho hum The beginning of this series left me breathless, anxiously awaiting the next installment. But lately the momentum of the series has stalled in a quagmire of women's problems and inocuous proceedings. Where's the epic battles? Where's the near death experiences? In all fairness, there are examples of those in this book, but not nearly enough to warrant me to be able to recommend it. Find another. If you like the series, you might be able to make it all the way through, it is neccesary if you intend to follow it to the end. But be warned, it's a struggle. **A book I would recommend over this one is The Unsuspecting Mage by Brian S. Pratt. It's the first installment of The Morcyth Saga and a great beginning for a new author. Battles, magic, gods, secret passages and intrigue, all the elements of a classic epic fantasy! Any fantasy reader will enjoy it.
Date published: 2006-02-24
Rated 3 out of 5 by from O.K Although I love the Wheel of Time Series, I did not like this book as much as I expected to. The series as a whole is spellbinding, but this chapter of it did not meet the standards the others have set. IN all of the other books, there has been a climax that the book builds towards. In the CoT, there was no big bang of a finish. Although I enjoyed the book, I found the ending to be very unsatisfying. the climax cuaght you off gaurd, (which in this case is not a good thing), so it breezed past you before you realized what was happening. Unlike the rest of the series, as the book wound up, I was not desperatly reading, biting my fingernails as I read. I hope that the next book is more thirlling, and that the plot develops further.
Date published: 2005-11-28
Rated 1 out of 5 by from utter trash There are not enough words to describe the dismal quality of this book. It could be classified as a 6000 car trainwreck, each car filled with plutonium laced manure. I read this book when it first came out, then came back to it recently thinking that I'd forgotten what had happened in it. Boy was I wrong, I had erred in my judgement, as I hadn't forgotten what was in Crossroads of Twilight, there is in fact nothing of note that does happen. A more accurate title for this book would be Filling Robert's Pocket. I truly wish I could stop reading these books, but after reading them all, I'm suckered into finishing the series, I will however, not buy another book written by Jordan. I have lost my faith and trust in his abilities to respect his readers by writing a decent novel.
Date published: 2005-10-26
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Disposable CoT appears to have been written because of pressure from the publisher or to extend the series an extra book, because there is no reason otherwise to put out this disappointment. After the 9th book ,WH, I got excited about the series again only to be disappointed. Robert Jordan has a wonderful story to tell, but fails at writing the story well. His inconsistent style of writing is evident in this book as he 2 pages the smallest insignificant details about a caravan and then blows through the climax of the story in less than one. This is a book you can skip and probably still manage to read the next one without missing anything. My thoughts go out to those who had to endure this in the expectation that there was something more that would make the read worth while.
Date published: 2005-09-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Robert Jordan is an amazing author, everything he does is wild, exhilarating and just pure fun. The tenth book does have a lot of filler but honestly, The characters were developed a lot more and I think that he is just building up for the biggest and most amazing ending for the 11th book (Knife of Dreams). I don't think the series is too long at all, He is such a good writer I could read 50 of these, so a big thank-you to Robert Jordan, Never stop writing.
Date published: 2005-04-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Plot Builder I thought the book was well done myself. It was getting alot of things out of the way, setting up for the eventual conclusion. I found that in the Crossroads of Twilight a large number of important events occured, now of course none of them were as spectacular as seen in the previous book Winter's Heart , but they are important to the overall storyline. I am sorry to those who think differently, but I found that it was still well written and will still be buying future books. Cheers to Robert Jordan!
Date published: 2005-01-12
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Horrible! Pitiful! Complete Disappointment! This book goes absolutely Nowhere. It's like one of those really bad movies that you force yourself to watch because you think to yourself, It cannot possibly be this bad, it has to get better. I clawed my way through this entire book and I learned nothing that couldn't be summed up in a few short paragraphs. Jordan has not completely lost me as a fan, his first 3 or 4 novels got me hooked like a crack addict. I have to know what happens in the remainder of the WOT. After that I will NEVER even consider starting on a new Jordan series. Abyssmal.
Date published: 2004-09-19
Rated 1 out of 5 by from this book was completely awful and should beburned this book is an abobination to the series of WOT. it shouldnt even be in this series because it does absolutly nothin to further the plot. Also the main character (rand) isnt even written about until the end of the novel. None the less i shall continue to read these books and i hope that the next book in the this series is not a complete and utter disaster. Anyways Mr. jordan finish this series cause it's too frigging long.
Date published: 2004-06-19
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Horrible! Pitiful! Complete Disappointment!! This book goes absolutely Nowhere. It's like one of those really bad movies that you force yourself to watch because you think to yourself, It cannot possibly be this bad, it has to get better. I clawed my way through this entire book and I learned nothing that couldn't be summed up in a few short paragraphs. Jordan has not completely lost me as a fan, his first 3 or 4 novels got me hooked like a crack addict. I have to know what happens in the remainder of the WOT. After that I will NEVER even consider starting on a new Jordan series. Abyssmal.
Date published: 2004-03-19
Rated 2 out of 5 by from is it going to end???? This book was good just like any other from Robert Jordan. But this series is really too long it doesn't finish and it's just at the end that a little action beggins. Please Robert Jordan, just finish the serie.
Date published: 2004-03-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Still Good!! All you people who are saying that Robert Jordan needs to finish up are wrong! It takes time and I know that it is taking pretty long, but I for one think that these books are still amazing and I can't wait for the next one! I'm really sorry if you don't think so too, but stop complaining! I think that as the series moves on the characters are becoming more vivid, and they stick to their personalities so that you can tell who they are. Some people might say that you shouldn't be able to predict what the characters in books are going to do, but after this many books you should be able to tell. Your friends aren't always changing ae they? Why should the characters in books never be the same? Yes, sometimes they should be unpedictable, but you should still be able to say that you know them and thats one ting that I really like about these books. Sometimes you get books where the characters are always changing, which I think is really ignorant. Real people have personalities, get used to it! The story is becoming more comnplex and they're getting better and better. Although I must admit that I wish the next books will come out soon, but great works take time!
Date published: 2004-01-28
Rated 1 out of 5 by from boring characterization Too many characters, and not enough action(Rand, 3 wives?I say keep Min and waste the other 2)It might be most mens fantasy to have three wives,but this one makes me cringe.Egwene(hopefully shes gone now, one of the worst characters, along with all the other women that keep popping up and you couldn't give a care in the world for.I had to speed read about 350 pages in the middle of this book cause I was falling asleep after every second page. I hope Jordan redeems himself with the next book in the series because it will be my last if it doesn't improve. I'm not even going to bother with his new book New Spring, I read the short story, it doesn't sound hopeful and who cares. He should go back to the first age in which the world was broken, that he has based all these books on. Maybe then, he will learn how to finish it.Or read George R.R. Martins series, at least things evolve in his series and things don't drag on like a snail climbing a mountain. End it with a bang and stop worrying about your wallet.
Date published: 2004-01-03
Rated 2 out of 5 by from what a dissapointment I cannot take this novel on its on eight without considering the other novels in the Wheel of Time series. This one does not live up to the precedents set before it; it doesn't even sem like it is written by the same author as some of the other books. There is miniscule plot development in relation to its size, with what seems like pages dedicated to intricate ebs of aes sedai names and political intrigues which are contextully meaningless two pages later. I read 600 pages without encountering the narrative of the central character. Jordan has created a wonderful world, which is very realistic, but all he seems concerned with is validating its reality, and has forgoten plot and character development to enmesh himself in useless details. I as very dissapointed in this novel.
Date published: 2004-01-02
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Crossroads of Twilight Ho hum book. Basically it seems like Robert Jordan is trying to stretch out the series. Make something happen already! I don't think I'll be buying the next one. Time to wrap up the series if this is the best you can do. Even poor editing (lots of spelling errors, doubled up words, poor grammar) seemed to reflect the lack luster nature of this novel.
Date published: 2003-12-17
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not Again.... I too must agree with the comments presented earlier. I was very disappointed with this book - a far cry from any of his first three books. This book seems to be a compilation of the edits form the last book, with the story really not progressing that far. At this rate Robert Jordan is several books away from reaching the end of this series, and I for one will not be wasting my cash and time waiting on the rest of them. And what about the new one set prior to the WOT? This would have been better released after WOT was completed. Now, it's just another slap in the face to all the fans that Robert Jordan had built up at the beginning of this series, and is slowly losing.
Date published: 2003-12-12
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Very bad I noticed on the last one he seemed to be wondering a bit. I think he got lost on this one. Well, he must be getting paid by the word because there are lots of them. You can skip pages sometimes chapters and not loose anything. Things are repeated over and over and over. The plot wonders around going nowhere. There are so many subplots and characters that Im confused. It seems that he is too! I almost bought this book and Im glad I that I borrowed it so it wasnt a waste of money. I did read it all the way through to find some redeeming quality to it. Unfortunately I didnt. The next book he writes should pretend that this one didnt exist.
Date published: 2003-10-28
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Another one Bites the Dust Easily the worst book of the series. Mr Jordan has shown that he is no longer interested in writing this series and should stop damaging his flagship series with very poor attempts like this book. While some readers seem to think this book has laid the foundation to the next book, I urge the readers to re-read the entire series..... Mr. Jordan has completly changed his writing style, and he has been doing Nothing, but foreshadowing, teasing us into believing the next book will return to the past glory of the first three or four volumes. I have only one more thing to say.... readers, at this rate the series will take at least ten more books and at his current pace, that means another twenty years of reading and waiting. I for one am tired of the wait.
Date published: 2003-08-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Still like it I am a person who enjoys books that have description and character. In my opinion I think this book is great with the details.
Date published: 2003-06-23
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Crossroads of Twilight My vocabulary is not extensive enough to begin to express my disappointment in this book. All of the useful information could have been easily placed in five or six chapters. I was so excited after reading the first nine books that I read them all over again to refresh myself for book ten. The reason I may sound bitter is because I hated reading books. It was Robert Jordan's books that got me reading. I have already sought out other books to entertain me. I bought the hardcover book and all I have to say is never again. I will wait till I read reviews from this site before borrowing it from someone. I am sorry Robert Jordan but this is your first great failure. A lot nothing. Move the story on Robert and maybe I can be happy again. I hope this is not the Crossroads of your Twilight Robert!
Date published: 2003-06-05
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Crossroads of Twilight After waiting so long for book ten, I was sorely disappointed. Either this book was not written by Jordan, or he has become bored with the writing and is only fulfilling contractual obligations. Tons of lengthy narratives and very little dialog makes for a hard and boring read. It seems the author has forgotten how to show a story rather than tell it. Additionally, some people actually like to see a story wind up at some point. I won't be reading any more Robert Jordan for a while.
Date published: 2003-04-18
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Crossroads of Twilight While I agree with the previous reviewer that Jordan does a good job of presenting his world i fell rather insulted by her insunuations that we require more that what is given from Jordan. I am sorry but Crossroads is slow and ponderous to read and nothing really happens until the end. While that is okay in one book or two, jordan is making this too much of a habit. In any case wait for the paperback.
Date published: 2003-04-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from enjoyed the book What many people seem to overlook is that Jordan may not propel the plot forward but is, rather, rooting for dynamic character development. His world is so immersive because his characters are, in so many ways, a part of it. This is especially important in fantasy novels such as this one: J.R.R. Tolkien had a lot more background material - most of which he did not put into his trilogy - and I appreciate Jordan's attempt to give us everything by giving us an imersive experience of what his characters and his world is all about. I find it sad that many people need a step by step story to read and get through a novel.
Date published: 2003-04-16
Rated 1 out of 5 by from This is the series that never ends How could someone write a 700 page of filler, and have nothing happen. what a waste of my time. I wonder if this is a record on this site for the number of negative reviews. Wait for the paperback.
Date published: 2003-04-10
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Crossroads The book was a horrible disappointment, nothing of any importance happens, and Jordan is just milking his old fans for money with this book. If you haven't read it yet, don't bother! He had just about ruined the series for me with this book.
Date published: 2003-04-07
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Waste of time What a waste...I thought books 7-9 were getting slow until I read this thing! And you can get signed copies now. Is the signature 20 pages long? Just read the blurb from the publisher...it tells you the entire story of the book without hundreds of pages of filler.
Date published: 2003-03-20
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Crossroads of Garbage This has got to be the worst book in a series i have ever read in my life. The story goes nowhere and the book is mostly filler. And from all indictions it won't get any better. Jordan keeps saying that most of the reviews are positive. If he is this far gone don't expect book 11 to be good
Date published: 2003-03-12
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Waste of Time I want the hours I spent reading this book back. I kept hoping for something to happen and nothing ever did. A waste of my time.
Date published: 2003-03-12
Rated 1 out of 5 by from I've lost all Hope I have to say im really pleased that I didnt pay for this book. I borrowed it from a friend last week and it was a total disappointment. I dont mind an author being descriptive but this book takes it to a new level. Where is the action in this book? Where are the main characters? I read the first 100+ pages and it didnt even mention Rand, Perrin, or Mat. The entire book was a set up for the next installment. At this rate the series will be 200 books long and never finish. Jordan is obviously keeping this thing going to reap the profits, any other author would have finished the series by now and started another. Frankly I wish that he would open the Wheel of Time world to other authors so I could read their series. All in all a completely pathetic attempt that doesnt advance to story one bit.
Date published: 2003-03-11
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Way to Wreck it True enough that robert jordan is posponing the enevitable. I could figure out the ending by now and just plain imagine it, but it's still worth buying or borrowing.
Date published: 2003-03-10
Rated 1 out of 5 by from It didn't surprise me... Well, I waited for a couple months before buying #10, because I was afraid that the trend of the last few books would continue. I read it last week, and I am sad to say, I was correct in my assumptions. I don't have much too add to all the previous complaints, except that the writting was exceptionally poor. Perhaps I never noticed before because the story was at least somewhat interesting; but this time I couln't help notice all the run-on sentences, and various grammatical mistakes. I wouldn't want to try and make an audio book out of this one - unless I had the lungs of a blue whale.
Date published: 2003-03-06
Rated 1 out of 5 by from On and On and On and on and.... Thank God I borrowed this book and not purchased! I have nothing but contempt for an author that milks a series! I must admit, the first few books were very entertaining and I used to look forward to the next but after book 6,7...Jordan is blatantly obvious in his stall tactics. Not even interested anymore in the ending.
Date published: 2003-02-27
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Boring This was the longest most boring book that I have read in this series yet,I kept reading hoping it would climax at some point but nope it didn't happen.Mr. Jordan's attention to sorounding detail's of the million's of characters is way overdone,and what's worse is this book has gotten no farther in the story than where the last one left off at.I have read hundreds of fantasy novels and this was the most detailed go know where book yet.Sorry Mr. Jordan but this one was a disappointment.
Date published: 2003-02-16
Rated 2 out of 5 by from disappointed fan of series This is a very disappointing addition to a wonderful series. It has sunk to the level of a soap opera. The book sets a scene but does little or nothing to advance the story.
Date published: 2003-02-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good book To those readers who seem to like hasty books..... i have to disagree about the book being a disappointment. Yes, he did have a large amount of filler in the novel, but is it really that bad? His novels have never had this much filler before, so how can you get mad just because of one book? Every good series has at least one book with filler, you can't really blame the guy. In my opinion, Robert Jordan is a great writer and has come to bring a excellent and interesting world to life. (Sorry for bad spelling, i had to type this message rather quick.) =)
Date published: 2003-02-15
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Didn't I read this already??? It seems to me the RJ has figured out what he wants to do for the rest of his life - continue this series. This volume is mostly a rehash of what has gone before with very little new material. At this rate we will have to wait for another 10 volumes for this series to be concluded. I was hooked after reading the first volume in the series but am now not going to even consider purchasing the next book without some indication that progress will be made.
Date published: 2003-02-13
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Once more into the dark...and this is dark. As all the others who have written here, I am a huge fan. So much so that in waiting for one of the books to come out, I got impatient and started to write it myself! ;-) Of course, it didn't turn out so well, but anyway... The Crossroads of Twilight was something I really looked forward to. I knew Jordan could do great things with it, he had certainly set himself up enough. ... And BOY did he ever let us down! There is only one simple thing I can say about this book...You know how every book has filler? That crap that is there just to take up space, make the book longer, and we put up with it because we know it can't ALL be action. Well, this ENTIRE book is filler. Jordan spend 700+ pages on crap that, while passing along tidbits, should have been condensed into one chapter. ... Maybe two. Ironically, the only actual action that happens in the whole book is at the end, and I mean the VERY end, the last page to be exact. People are saying wait for the paperback, I say save your mone
Date published: 2003-02-13
Rated 1 out of 5 by from On the up side.... Nynaeve does not tug on her braid. Not even once!
Date published: 2003-02-10
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Previously on The Wheel of Time It's very disheartening that Robert Jordan has become so successful that he has ceased to be edited. In this latest installment, we spend several hundred pages reviewing where the multitudes of characters were at the end of Book 9, and 20 pages of new action. It's like watching a tv show where you get 48 minutes of Previously on The Wheel of Time, and 2 minutes of new show. On the liner notes, Robert Jordan says he's going to write until they nail shut his coffin. Obviously we'll have to wait that long for him to wrap this up. It's sad for a series that had such brilliance.
Date published: 2003-02-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from wonderful Robert Jordan is and will always be an amazing fantasy writer and I will always love his work.I have always wanted someone to write a story that lasts longer then three books. Thanks to a great writer.
Date published: 2003-02-09
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Cash Cow I agree with everyone else's assessment: Nothing Happens! Jordan has got himself a nice little cash cow here, and he's going to milk it for all he's worth. He's got so many different threads on the go that he can't possibly advance them all more than a little bit in each volume. And on top of that, most of his prose ends up being descriptions of dresses and furniture. How many times do we have to hear about braziers and stand-lamps? I'd slogged through all the books so far with increasing difficulty but Jordan will not get a dime more of my money.
Date published: 2003-02-08
Rated 1 out of 5 by from What a waste of time and money RJ has out classed himself as this storyline seems to have hit a stalemate. After reading the first book in this series I was hooked but noticed that Jordan's tendency is to rewrite actions done by his characters even though they may have already crossed or interacted with previous characters. Although I have purchased a hardcover of his last 5 books I will not be buying any more unless I can get them for under $20. With a list price for this volume at $41.95 I was lucky to buy it for under $30. Anything more and I would have asked for my money back. In this volume Jordan repeated the last part of his previous book at least 3 times. He also let his characters simply run around like chickens with their heads cut off with out letting them really accomplish anything. There is no closure to any action even thought there a few times I thought there would be. I pride myself as a devoted fantasy fan and will often do little more than read and if I can find the right book and can usually absor
Date published: 2003-02-07
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Wait for the paperback... While Jordan is a great author, he is choosing to do nothing in his stories of late. We are following the storylines of maybe 5 or 6 people, and you would hope that he could at least resolve one situation. Perhaps he is stretching out this series so it will last the 12 books predicted. Again, he is a great author, with excellent descriptions, but I fear the only book worth buying will be the last, which I expect will bring us back to Jordan's normal high calibre of writing. Do not waste your money on this book, if you have to read it, which I did, then wait for the paperback. This book is just filler from a parasitic publisher or author, or more than likely both.
Date published: 2003-02-04
Rated 1 out of 5 by from WORST BOOK EVER!!! This book SUCKED OUT LOUD! I wish I could give it a lower rating than poor. This book hit rock bottom and is showing signs of digging. Nothing happened. repeat: NOTHING HAPPENED!! Waste of time and money. I gotta tell ya 'Robert', not only has your prose not developed (it has been >10 yrs you know) your characters are becoming as believable as sock puppets. I suspect your next book will be $50 and contain random letters from you and the 1000 monkeys banging away on archaic typewriters. God I feel ripped off. What a waste of trees. At least I know what to use when I run out of toilet paper.
Date published: 2003-02-01
Rated 2 out of 5 by from ??????!!!!!!!!!! I do no believe I spent over two years waiting for this. I loved his first few volumes, but now this is becoming tiresome. What is happening? I can not wait for this to end now. I will finish this series but WILL NOT buy another one of his books!!!
Date published: 2003-01-31
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Crossroads of Twilight This is a pathetic attempt at a continuing series. There is nothing here to advance the story except for the last few pages. There was so many things that seemed to be coming to a head at the end of the last book, but none of it comes up in this volume. This book is completely disposable in regards to furthering the story or characters.
Date published: 2003-01-31
Rated 1 out of 5 by from :-P Poor, poor, poor :-P Nothing happened in this book, it was an effort reading it, and I would recommend you read it to prepare you for the next one instead of for fun, unless you like books made of talking and diplomacy.
Date published: 2003-01-26
Rated 2 out of 5 by from What a Disappointment I am actually thoroughly disgusted with this book. It was extremely anticlimatic and the only exciting thing that happened in the entire book occurred within the last 5 pages. This book didn't have a climax, and nothing of any importance occurred. I am in love with this series, and had to defend Winter's Heart from all the bad talk about it, but this book deserves to be destroyed. At least in Winter's Heart, Saidin was cleansed. This book has nothing to keep the reader interested. And is it just me, or does the subplot following Mat bore everyone else silly? I don't think i could read another sentence about Valan Luca's travelling show or how Mat has the worst luck with women. How did it take two and a half years to make this book? It was truly a huge dissapointment and the next book to come out BETTER be good.
Date published: 2003-01-25
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Save your time and money This was the most disappointing book yet of the series. Not only did the book fail to link (or even advance for that matter) any of the divergent plots from the last novel but it wasted even more print to add new perspectives from secondary characters. As much as I enjoyed the start of this series the last few books have been worse than horrible. I doubt I'll even waste money on future paperback releases. I wish I could give this book less than a one, it deserves a zero.
Date published: 2003-01-25
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Painful I kept hearing that Elvis song A little less conversation, a little more action... The first 5 or 6 books really sucked me in. I was utterly absorbed in the books (the way it should be). But this one... I can not express how utterly disappointed I am. If you must buy, do your best to wait for paperback.
Date published: 2003-01-23
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Did I miss something? As far as I can tell, nothing occurred. RJ, I'll keep reading them as long as you keep writing them but man, please, kill someone or have someone turn out to be a darkfriend...anything!
Date published: 2003-01-23
Rated 1 out of 5 by from what a waste This is one of those books where absolutely nothing happens. It was a huge let down. Here I am waiting two years for this book to come out and then nothing. Wow can't wait to read #11.
Date published: 2003-01-22
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Cash cow? A book that goes nowhere! 2 years since his last one and half the book happens before the end of Winters Night. Disappointment, just doesn’t convey what I’m feeling. Jordan has me hooked on this series but it will be a cold day in hell before I purchase anything else he writes.
Date published: 2003-01-21
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Till next one ... Prelude is the best part. We can think that a great battle is preparing, tho we only hope for it. All principals personnages are at the same point of the book 9. Robert Jordan a great narrator. The story's still fun to read, but a serial author should deliver some progression in the main story.
Date published: 2003-01-21
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Dutchman In each successive book less has happened. In this RJ has finally done it. Nothing at all happens, nada, zip, zilch. Don't despair though, you can still spend 700 pages buried in paragraphs of prose about the colour of fabric, or the heaving of bosom, or any of the other things we can not live without. This thing is supposed to go to 14 books? At two years per book, plus an extra for the last one to come out in hardcover, I will not be touching this series again for 10 years. It's tough to walk away after 10,000 pages but trust me, you will thank me.
Date published: 2003-01-20
Rated 2 out of 5 by from What were you thinking Robert ? This book is thick but doesn't really say anything. When reading it I got annoyed that nothing really happened. Everyone pretty much did nothing in the book. All that time wasted reading it :(
Date published: 2003-01-20
Rated 1 out of 5 by from What a shame... I must say folks, I've been a huge fan of the series for many years now and this is by FAR the worst book of the series. As a loyal fan, I feel betrayed, cheated and quite bewildered as to how could the books' quality drop so much. I may be completely off track, but it seems to me that Tor and RJ now take us fans for granted to the point of having the nerve to release a book in which absolutely nothing happens, in a clear attempt to stretch the series out as much as possible and make as much money as possible. The series was absolutely amazing until the end of book six. Book seven was still very good, but that's when the font got larger for an illusion of size and the storyline started to suffer. Book eight was pretty disappointing, however book nine made me believe RJ was back on track and made me look forward to book ten. After waiting for over two years and this is what we get?? I will want to see how this goes, but for now on I'll wait for paperbacks.
Date published: 2003-01-19
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Skip this one This book did ABSOLUTELY NOTHING to further the overall story of the Wheel of Time. 690 pages of drivel, and not one significant plot point. Save yourself the $30 and wait for the next one - you won't have missed a thing. Robert Jordan seems to keep forgetting that the whole point of a book is to tell a story, not waste paper.
Date published: 2003-01-18
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Wheres the ending? This book does not end, it just stops. I got to the end and had to make sure that my copy had all the chapters. I love the series but this book was just a set up for 11. The next book should be very exciting if the set up in this book comes to be. I just hope it is not another 2 years or more.
Date published: 2003-01-17
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Did something happen? Wow. 700+ pages and not a thing happened!! Huge disappointment. Can't wait for #11!!
Date published: 2003-01-16
Rated 1 out of 5 by from More Filler This book is nothing more than more filler. It is going to be the biggest disappointment when all these plotlines that were worked on for over 5 books be ended in an abrupt manner, because Robert Jordan can't have all these subplots going any longer if he wants this story to end in 12 books. As it is, this book solves virtually nothing in terms of any of these plotlines. I think Robert Jordan, or his editors, have lost control of this story and have to either get some serious movement going or ruin the whole series.
Date published: 2003-01-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from What a book?!!!#$@#$$#!!!!! Let's just say that I bought the book, took off the rest of the day from work and wolfed it down in less than two days. I feel like a cigarette,I'm spent. Excellent book. It was amazing and I don't want to spoil it for anyone. It was well worth the wait, all I want to know is when in the world are we getting book eleven? Let's not take another two years off as I was almost tempted to say the hell with it, I'm gonna buy only book series that are finished from now on. Well, quality takes time and I guess this was definitely quality.
Date published: 2003-01-08

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Crossroads of Twilight

Crossroads of Twilight

by Robert Jordan

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 704 pages, 9.5 × 6.5 × 2 in

Published: January 5, 2003

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0312864590

ISBN - 13: 9780312864590

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 CHAPTER 1Time to Be Gone The Wheel of Time turns, and Ages come and pass, leaving memories that become legend. Legend fades to myth, and even myth is long forgotten when the Age that gave it birth comes again. In one Age, called the Third Age by some, an Age yet to come, an Age long past, a wind rose in the Rhannon Hills. The wind was not the beginning. There are neither beginnings nor endings to the turning of the Wheel of Time. But it was a beginning.Born among the groves and vineyards that covered much of the rugged hills, the olive trees in evergreen rows, the ordered vines leafless till spring, the cold wind blew west and north across the prosperous farms dotting the land between the hills and the great harbor of Ebou Dar. The land lay winter fallow still, but men and women were already oiling plowshares and tending harnesses, preparing for the planting to come. They paid little mind to the trains of heavily laden wagons moving east along the dirt roads carrying people who wore odd clothes and spoke with odd accents. Many of the strangers seemed to be farmers themselves, familiar implements lashed to their wagon boxes, and in their wagons unfamiliar saplings with roots balled in rough cloth, but they were heading on toward more distant land. Nothing to do with life here and now. The Seanchan hand lay lightly on those who did not contest Seanchan rule, and the farmers of the Rhannon Hills had seen no changes in their lives. For them, rain or the lack of it had always be
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From the Publisher

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

Perrin Aybara seeks to free his wife, Faile, a captive of the Shaido, but his only hope may be an alliance with the enemy. Can he remain true to his friend Rand and to himself? For his love of Faile, Perrin is willing to sell his soul.

At Tar Valon, Egwene al'Vere, the young Amyrlin of the rebel Aes Sedai, lays siege to the heart of Aes Sedai power, but 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, and nothing can hold the Asha'man themselves back from total power except the Aes Sedai and a unified White Tower.

In Andor, Elayne Trakland fights for the Lion Throne that is hers by right, but enemies and Darkfriends surround her, plotting her destruction. If she fails, Andor may fall to the Shadow, and the Dragon Reborn with it.

Rand al'Thor, the Dragon Reborn himself, has cleansed the Dark One's taint from the male half of the True Source, and everything has changed. Yet nothing has, for only men who can channel believe that saidin is clean again, and a man who can channel is still hated and feared-even one prophesied to save the world. Now, Rand must gamble again, with himself at stake, and he cannot be sure which of his allies are really enemies.

About the Author

Robert Jordan was born in 1948 in Charleston, South Carolina. He taught himself to read when he was four with the incidental aid of a twelve-years-older brother, and was tackling Mark Twain and Jules Verne by five. He is a graduate of The Citadel, the Military College of South Carolina, with a degree in physics. He served two tours in Vietnam with the U.S. Army; among his decorations are the Distinguished Flying Cross with bronze oak leaf cluster, the Bronze Star with "V" and bronze oak leaf cluster, and two Vietnamese Gallantry Crosses with palm. A history buff, he has also written dance and theater criticism and enjoyed the outdoor sports of hunting, fishing, and sailing, and the indoor sports of poker, chess, pool, and pipe collecting.
Robert Jordan began writing in 1977 and went on to write The Wheel of Time®, one of the most important and best selling series in the history of fantasy publishing with over 14 million copies sold in North America, and countless more sold abroad.
Robert Jordan died on September 16, 2007, after a courageous battle with the rare blood disease amyloidosis.

Editorial Reviews

"Jordan has come to dominate the world Tolkien began to reveal." -The New York Times on The Wheel of Time® Series

"Complex plotting, an array of strong characters, lavish detail, and a panoramic scope make his series a feast for fantasy aficionados." -Library Journal on The Wheel of Time® Series

"The Wheel of Time [is] rapidly becoming the definitive American fantasy saga. It is a fantasy tale seldom equaled and still less often surpassed in English." -Chicago Sun-Times on The Wheel of Time® Series