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  • School & Library Binding: 846 pages
  • Publisher: Econo-Clad Books, Div. of American Cos., Inc. (Dec 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0613677986
  • ISBN-13: 978-0613677981
  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 10.9 x 4.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (221 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 698,523 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Robert Jordan was born in 1948 in Charleston. He was a graduate of the Citadel, the Military College of South Carolina, with a degree in physics, and served two tours in Vietnam. His hobbies include hunting, fishing, sailing, poker, chess, pool and pipe collecting. He died in September 2007.

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With Crossroads of Twilight, Jordan's gargantuan fantasy sequence The Wheel of Time reaches its tenth huge volume and hits some of the consequences of its own sheer scale. Jordan is running so many story lines--the struggle with the covert agents of evil, the creation of a male magic that is not polluted, the war with magic-using dragon-riders from across the sea, the adventures of a travelling circus--that he has to spend almost all of this book just keeping us in touch with the movements of his characters and how they are getting on.

This is a book with a fair amount of incident, but nothing you could really call a climax. One of Jordan's strengths has always been his ability to send things off at interesting and imaginative tangents, revealing that his is a stranger world than we have begun to know--there is not enough of that here, and rather too much in the way of confrontations and kidnappings and dilemmas of conscience that recapitulate things he has done before. His decent, lumbering "grey" style means that there are no moments when the writing thrills us either--this is a book for those who have committed to Jordan's sequence for the long haul rather than one for new readers to sample. --Roz Kaveney --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Jordan has come to dominate the world that Tolkien began to reveal (NEW YORK TIMES)

Epic in every sense (SUNDAY TIMES)

On very rare occasions, very talented storytellers create worlds that are beyond fantasy; worlds that become realities. Robert Jordan has (MORGAN LLYWELYN)

A powerful vision of good and evil (ORSON SCOTT CARD) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful By N. Hanes on 1 Jan 2003
Format: Hardcover
Having spent over £150 on the series so far, and having thoroughly enjoyed the earlier books in the series for the fresh new world and characters RJ brought to life, I like many others am now in the position that buying each book is now a certainty if just to know how it turns out, and for the expenditure so far to not have been a complete waste.
Unfortunately this now seems to entail buying books which really arent up to scratch. I wont include any spoilers, for the main reason there isnt anything to include. In essense, not a lot happens - there is build up for things to happen later, but over 600 pages of unneccessary detail, and Aes Sedai saying 'what was all that channeling?' per end of book 9.
If you've got this far in the series, you're going to buy the books anyway....but wait for the paperback. For what you're going to receive in this book, paying even the paperback price is too high. Detailed characterisation is good, but for less than minor charatcers ? And only about 4 chapters on Rand....its not as if hes important to the story or anything.
Be prepared for a very long haul for the end of the Wheel of Time. If CoT is anything to go by, we'll be lucky to see it concluded by book 20, as each book now covers only a couple of days in the worlds timeline. Hopefully RJ will get back to form soon, but in the meantime try Steven Erikson's series Malazan Book of the Fallen - after WoT you'll find it harder to get to grips with since it packs in more plots, twists and action into one chapter than WoT now gets in an entire book, and reading the two series one after the other WoT now comes a very poor second.
But you'll buy the book anyway, like I did.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By C. Donaldson on 6 Jan 2003
Format: Hardcover
Seeing how this book has been given 5 stars by one other reader I am starting to wonder if I am maybe a bit too shallow for Jordan's epic.
As soon as I saw the book was available I snapped it up, intending to devour it over the Christmas break. Well, devour it I did but only because I was waiting (nay, PRAYING) for something of significance to happen.
OK, several events were set in motion but nothing of import was really _achieved_ and I was left asking myself "Do I really want to buy book 11 anymore?". The answer is of course yes, but only because I know he _can_ make an exciting story and because I have invested too much time not too.
3/4 of the book is recounting the events of Book 9 from the viewpoint of the other players in the story, and the Forsaken (if most of us are guessing correctly) and Rand only make guest appearances. At this rate, the number of different threads that Jordan focuses on in CoT will take another few tomes to complete in and off themselves and if they are recounted in this fashion I seriously doubt I have the stamina for it.
More happened in the first few pages of a friend's book than in the entirety of CoT and I can no longer recommend this series to anyone other than existing fans even though book 9 was for me a return to form that had me waiting with baited breath for book 10.
In summary, could have been worse but could have been so much better.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Lauren on 27 April 2003
Format: Hardcover
Okay, let's be sensible here. I'm not going to start cursing and muttering wildly
(even thought I would like to) but the truth of the matter is I was so disappointed with
Jordans latest book that I was almost in tears.
Over six hundred pages and the amount of progression in the book could be
measured in negative numbers.
The amount of 'shawl and braid tugging' almost had me grinding my teeth. The over
the top descriptions practically had be skimming over the entire book. With far too
much emphasis on minor (and boring) characters, Jordan appears to have forgotten
exactly where he had originally planned to go.
A long time fan of the series (okay, it's more like an obsession) I was so
disappointed with COT that I will definitely think long and hard about spending any more
money on the series.
A definite disappointment but long time readers must read it otherwise they will
not be able to follow all further books (due to the pain staking amount of detail).
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 4 Jan 2003
Format: Hardcover
Well, I am a big fan of WoT and have read and re-read the series several times. The standard of writing in Crossroads of Twilight is of Jordan's usual high quality with descriptions, characters, and places all vividly portrayed in his unique style.
However, while all of this is enjoyable, unfortuately nothing of note happens in this book. I mean, absolutely nothing. The one major event of the story occurs on the very last page, leaving the reader hanging in a dreary Empire Strikes Back kind of way.
I had heard rumors that Jordan planned on finishing the series in 12 books but if he keeps up at this pace, it will never end!
I will keep reading as long as Jordan keeps writing but we may all be old and gray by the time he ever gets round to gathering together all of the threads, old and new, he keeps weaving.
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55 of 58 people found the following review helpful By S. Flaherty VINE VOICE on 30 Dec 2002
Format: Hardcover
If anyone has read 'Fever Pitch' by Nick Hornby (an excellent book, I'd give it at least 4 stars were I reviewing it) there's a section in there where he's describing his feelings as an Arsenal fan in the 70s, when Arsenal were not bad enough to get relegated yet not good enough to win anything. He describes the resulting stasis as being terrible. I'm not a football fan yet, reading the 'Wheel of Time' series, I know what he means.
This book has been long awaited by anyone who's read the last nine, something Jordan must be aware of. Even the most diehard fans (and I'm one of them) must be wanting Jordan to get on with it, to advance the plot a little. This book doesn't do that. There are sections dealing with Perrin, Mat, Egwene, Elayne and (briefly) Rand himself, but none of them really take the story anywhere. Perrin starts out on a search & rescue mission for Faile and by the end of the book he's still on a search & rescue mission for Faile, Mat is trying to leave Seanchan territory and still is at the end of the book, the siege of Tar Valon and the choosing of the Queen of Andor go precisely nowhere and Rand does nothing of significance. 680 pages and hardly anything happens.
To be fair, it does seem, in all the above cases, as if something is about to happen (in fact the Egwene and Mat storylines do have significant events happen right at the end, but even these just set up a situation for the next volume to deal with), so volume 11 may well have a lot of action in it. But I would have liked some here, I've been waiting over a year after all. Even if it meant the book being longer, I don't mind 1100 page novels, in fact I quite like them.
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