Crossroads Of Twilight: Book 10 of the Wheel of Time: 10/11 Mass Market Paperback – 6 Nov 2003
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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.
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)
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Over the last two or three books it has denenerated into a slow moving and over complicated story with so many characters that after two years I can't remember who is who.
I do a lot of writing in my own field and I know when a story is being padded out. Here all I can see is padding and no story.
I think I may leave the rest of the books and just buy the last one...if it comes out before I die of old age
Just 5 minutes ago, I made myself read a whole 4 pages of text dedicated exclusively to the seating order of the sitters of the hall.
Jordan seems to have switched his style. In earlier books he was progressing the plot at an acceptable rate. Things were happening fast, but and the level of detail was good; not too much, not too little. Things have changed. I shall explain:
Jordan has written entire pages going into extremely rich detail about minor characters nobody cares about nor is likely to remember 5 minutes later. It's just pointless. And the level of detail he goes into is SO high that you just get bored after you've read an entire 2 pages describing the interior of a single room or the appearance of a character that won't be mentioned ever again. I mean, why should I care what personality type some random Aes Sedai has when she plays no significant role aside from filling some pages for the sake of filling them?
I think this is possibly the most boring book in the entire series. It could be compressed into a few chapters and still deliver the same message! It's like Jordan felt he needed to rationalise every single thought and idea that went through a character's head.
It's just boring.
It can have two stars because I find the book is a good medicine for going to sleep. I normally have trouble getting to sleep, but this book is so boring that by reading it I can put myself out in less than 15 minutes.
After the events of the nineth book i had expected it to start on a path that would take us to the final battle. I enjoyed the leed up to the final battle (books 1-9 are my favorite fantasy books) but it seems Mr Jordan is unwilling to take us there just yet. The entire series could do without this book- and i am hoping the wait for the next book won't be long.
Please let the next book have some actual story in it instead of the characters continuing the same situation that they found themselves in, in the previous book.
A) Characters walking across fields.
B) Jordan bringing in ever more complex plot conspiracies that are increasingly hard to follow (especially as most of the non-central characters have names too similar to recall an individual role.)
This story started off as a masterpiece with tEotW gradually throughout the last nine books the plot has slowed and slowed until finally there is so much to consider time cannot move on at all. As far as I could tell most of the book was written over the same timespace as Winters Heart.
The only way this series could ever be saved now is if Jordan wrapped it all up quickly and stopped making it ever more complex.
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