Crossroads of Twilight by Robert Jordan
I started the Wheel of Time series ages ago. After reading the first book I was in awe of the grandeur of this tale. So much happened! In the first book alone! Naturally, I started my Wheel of Time collection then and there. After reading the boring, waste of time and effort that is Crossroads of Twilight I've realized what a waste this series has become. So much time passes between books that any character beyond the main dozen or so have gotten lost in this vast story. The characters I've been truly interested in are spoken of around once every 400 pages or so. This book more than any of the others has been a wasted effort by Robert Jordan. I assume at this point he must be laughing all the way to the bank. Mr. Jordan, take the hint from your readers: end the series! I haven't spoken with a single person who found Crossroads of Twilight even slightly interesting. Honestly, I've held on to my hope that the books will pick up again with each new novel, but, with the exception of Winter's Heart, it hasn't happened. At least give us an idea of how many books there will be. I, for one, have given up on the series. I don't intend to pick up another Robert Jordan novel until the series finale is published. Even then, I'm not sure I'll be able to work my way through another Crossroads of Twilight, so please, I beg of you, give your faithful readers some hope that an end is in sight!
Submitted by MC Spearing
I gaze thoughtfully at the hefty volume of Jordan's Crossroads of Twilight before me. It calls to me, "Michael, heave forth thy review!" What can I do but comply? The bulky, broad tome squats in my livingroom with Berber carpeting ponderously froglike on the lightly scarred cherry end table that we bought for $14.75 at an afternoon yard sale on North Bishop Street in Bellefonte six years ago on August 9th. It was muggy and hot that day, and rain was in the forecast. Winds were from the southeast. This book, tenth in the redoubtable collection thus far, wears a fanciful clay-based cover with lavender letters emblazoned high across its glossy embossed surface. Although the grass depicted in the cover art is off green (sort of like split pea soup), there are at least six oak-looking trees standing sturdily shoulder to shoulder in the background, and this is interesting because there are six horsies there, too! Think of that, will you? The folk on the horses on the cover on the grass in front of the trees deck out nattily in frilly shirts or tunics, or bodices, some with lace, some with out lace, some fastened high and some -- you guessed it -- fastened low. There are white bone buttons and brown stone buttons and buttons made of wood. There are pants, leggings, pantaloons, boots, shoes, pumps, flats, caps, hats, gloves, belts and buckles galore, not to mention rings, bracelets, nose and tongue-bobs. Leather abounds, but -- oh ho! -- there are brocades and silks in purplish colors as well as in bluish hues. Well, there it is. I left out the travelogue stuff, but, hey, the important and most exciting things of this string of novels long ago swallowed up in the quicksand of endlessly over-description and wallowing, circular, plodding, meandering plots are all here. PS -- Don't even buy the paperback.
Submitted by Jack
This book starts well enough as Jordan introduces some interesting new characters but he´s just repeating his infuriating trick of starting a new plotline in the prologue and not returning to it later in the book. He did this as well in Path of Daggers. I remember reading that one in 1998. It´s now 2005 and we´ve seen next to nothing of the borderland army since. Hardly surprising though when you consider Mat arrived in Ebou Dar in 1994 and didn't leave until 2002. When you consider the super fast pace of the first five books, you wonder how did it come to this. Not much happens in Crossroads. The most interesting chapter is Gathering Darkness. The rest is just the usual rubbish about women having baths and deciding what they´re going to wear.
Submitted by bustereq
I thought Wheel of time was a great series. As I kept reading the series I realized that Jordan hooked us all in, with a good book or two and is now milking this for all it is worth.
I can hear his editor saying "They're all best sellers. Can you stretch please this trilogy over 20 volumes, we'll all get rich. You don't even need to expand on the story line, just fill in the gaps with worthless filler".
My advice to anyone who hasn't purchased this book/series yet - don't bother. I've become so bored with this series that I' m putting it aside, I don' t even care how it ends any more.
Submitted by firstname.lastname@example.org
Out of the whole Wheel of Time series, I think this was the worst book. It didn't flow and NOTHING happened except for Egwene's dumb mistake in the last three pages. Mat and Tuon didn't get together, Perrin didn't rescue Faile, Elayne didn't become Queen, Rand didn't do anything...etc. The only thing that made me give it at least a 2 is the reactions everybody had about the Cleansing, that was good the way it all linked together. Seriously, the next book better be really good if only to make up for this one.