Crossroads of Twilight by Robert Jordan
The only reason I didn't rate this book with only one point is that it isn't actually THE worst book I've ever read. But it ain't far, either. I've got a lot of things to say about this book, most of them bad:
1- on the editor's and copyright stuff page I noticed that Mr. Jordan has copyrighted some WOT-related stuff; is he planning a franchise similar to SW or LOTR? For his sake, it might be unlikely, 'cause that will be the day I stop reading any of his books, but worth discussing;
2- the prologue was too long;
3- the main characters are ignored and there are too many small characters developing into main characters;
4- too many characters altogether, that leading to..
5- action divided on too many levels, which makes it too hard to follow. I have often backtracked through the books trying to shed some light on too many ambiguous elements;
6- the ending makes you beg for more, but any more of this and I'll have a breakdown;
7- enough with the descriptions already!! (Don't get me wrong, they are good but also too often and with pointless details)
8- how long will we have to wait until the long awaited ending?
Well, that's about it. If the next book is like this one, then someone should probably prevent RJ from writing for editors and highlight the importance of his readers; after all, they buy the books.
Submitted by Erthona
I can understand why people would not like Crossroads of Twilight, especially if they are the type of reader that reads for the action to move swiftly. Robert Jordan does have a tendency to use writing elements longer than he should. (Think, Rand, or Matt or Perrin saying to self, '______knows more about girls.... , etc') It is true there was very little movement in this book, but I have to disagree that it is just 'filler.' Mr. Jordan is weaving a very complex, if not complicated story. In this book, just as he has often times done before, he introduces elements that seem to have no real purpose or connection with the ongoing story, only to have them appear as integral aspects later on, sometimes several books later. I think the reader will find, should he have the patients to persevere, that everything that was introduced in this book will ultimately be essential in creating a richer story, rather than just a wham, bam, thank you ma'am piece. In style, it reminds me of the difference between the original Star Trek, and Star Trek the Next Generation (There was a lot more photon torpedoes used with Kirk in charge). I think however, that should the reader read carefully, rather than just with an eye to being stimulated, he will find that, although different, this book will have its own unique rewards; just as Star Trek the Next Generation, though less action packed than the original, was as rewarding as the original.
Submitted by Dave
I have been a fan of this series for years, I have read all of the books at least twice, and the first 3 as many as 6 times. I won't argue that the books seem to have become bogged down in useless details, but I don't believe for a second that the myriad of subplots is hampering the series in any way. My favorite thing about the earlier books is that the characters all scampered off in their own directions, only to be suddenly slammed back together for a stunning climax. So we haven't seen that climax in CoT, but maybe that just means the next one will be all that much better. So much is poised to happen, I'm dying to read the next book! I'm sticking with this series to the end, and I encourage everyone else to do the same.
Submitted by Anonymous
This book is awful. The WOT series has been going downhill for a very long time now, but this one really takes the cookie. Not only nothing happens, but we actually go backward in time.
The first 400-500 pages cover a single day of utter and complete boredom, then we go forward for about half a week and well... more boredom. That's about it, except for the incredibly stupid mistake Egwene makes in the last two pages of the book, which is all the action you'll get in this book. I'm not saying those last two pages are well written, but they're the only actual content and regardless of how bad and stupid it is, you'll have to read it if you want to keep up with Randland.
If you wonder how an author can fill 700 pages with nothing (or about 2000 if you count books 8 and 9 as well): repetition, repetition, repetition, meaningless detail, fashion shows, sniffing/glaring/cold ignoring/fabric smoothing and other assorted annoying gestures we've already seen thousands of times performed by hundreds of characters, wine and tea drinking (at varying strengths, blends and temperatures), bathing, walking in circles and again repetition repetition repetition.
It is an endless loop of tedium, with highlights like thinking over and over again the same thoughts as in the past couple of books (Perrin), nearly falling of a chair (Egwene), staring at Lan training (Nynaeve - this is *all* she does BTW), walking a couple of miles (Mat, who is to be admired for not giving Tuon a good beating) and being completely or almost completely absent from the book (Rand, the Forsaken, Logain, the Dark One, the Seanchan, the Ashaman and Mazrim Taim, etc.).
I regret having bought it (which is a first for me) and to make matters even worse, it has made me regret having bought the rest of the series. My advice to readers: never spend more than the absolute minimum on new WOT books and certainly skip the hardcovers - they are large shells, devoid of all content and quality found in the early books in the series and are not worth their money.
Submitted by Sean Heffernan
By far the worst book I have ever read. The WoT series has turned into nothing more than a soap opera. Each new book doesn't even seem to have a mini story within it. Further there is only 1 significant event for the main characters. You can find that in the last few pages. I felt like I just watched a one hour episode of a soap opera.
In fact the WoT does read like a soap opera. People come back from the dead, people get kidnapped, there are about 7 story lines, people get murdered, items get stolen, lots of sex, corporate splits and power struggles. I'm still waiting for the affair...
Blah, why does he waste 100 pages reintroducing and telling us everything we learned in books 1 to 9.