16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
Longwinded, laborious & dull,
By A Customer
This review is from: Crossroads Of Twilight: Book 10 of the Wheel of Time (Hardcover)
I have read and enjoyed all the previous Wheel of Time books and found Robert Jordan a masterful writer. However this book has changed that opinion.
There is no doubt in my mind that this book was written with one key thought in mind -to make the series drag on as long as possible in order to make as much money as possible! The only way to describe this book is 'longwinded' -it could easily have been compressed down to half it's length without loosing anyting. Let me illustrate with an example. At one point in the book an Aes Sedi arrives at the 'rebel' Aes Sedi camp with important news, news that us as a reader are keen to find out. Now in order to find out about this news we are forced to read through 2/3 pages of pointless detail, such as a detailed description of crossing the camp (mud underfoot, novices jumping out the way etc -which I might add had already been described a couple of times before!) this is followed by a page describing the exact order by which sub-sub-characters filed into the room. When we finally get to find out the news it's rushed through with little detail and you're left thinking 'what a let down!'. Unfortunately this kind of thing is repeated all too often thought the book.
Overall, this book does resolve a few questions/themes but most are only advanced slightly.
To conclude -I would definately not recommend this book to anyone who is not an avid fan of the series and even then I would suggest you wait until the next book is available, then read this as a prelude. The only reason I give this two stars is that it does bring the whole story forward, albeit one tiny laborious step, but a step nonetheless.