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Crossroads of Twilight

Book Ten of The Wheel of Time
Written by: Robert Jordan
Series: Wheel of Time, Book 10
Length: 26 hrs and 4 mins
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The Wheel of Time is a PBS Great American Read Selection! 

Now in development for TV! 

Since its debut in 1990, The Wheel of Time by Robert Jordan has captivated millions of readers and listeners around the globe with its scope, originality, and compelling characters.

The Wheel of Time turns and ages come and go, leaving memories that become legend. Legend fades to myth, and even myth is long forgotten when the age that gave it birth returns again. In the Third Age, an Age of Prophecy, the World and Time themselves hang in the balance. What was, what will be, and what is, may yet fall under the Shadow.

Fleeing from Ebou Dar with the kidnapped Daughter of the Nine Moons, whom he is fated to marry, Mat Cauthon learns that he can neither keep her nor let her go, not in safety for either of them, for both the Shadow and the might of the Seanchan Empire are in deadly pursuit. 

Perrin Aybara seeks to free his wife, Faile, a captive of the Shaido, but his only hope may be an alliance with the enemy. Can he remain true to his friend Rand and to himself? For his love of Faile, Perrin is willing to sell his soul. 

At Tar Valon, Egwene al'Vere, the young Amyrlin of the rebel Aes Sedai, lays siege to the heart of Aes Sedai power, but she must win quickly, with as little bloodshed as possible, for unless the Aes Sedai are reunited, only the male Asha'man will remain to defend the world against the Dark One, and nothing can hold the Asha'man themselves back from total power except the Aes Sedai and a unified White Tower.

In Andor, Elayne Trakland fights for the Lion Throne that is hers by right, but enemies and Darkfriends surround her, plotting her destruction. If she fails, Andor may fall to the Shadow, and the Dragon Reborn with it.Rand al'Thor, the Dragon Reborn himself, has cleansed the Dark One's taint from the male half of the True Source, and everything has changed. Yet nothing has, for only men who can channel believe that saidin is clean again, and a man who can channel is still hated and feared-even one prophesied to save the world. 

Now, Rand must gamble again, with himself at stake, and he cannot be sure which of his allies are really enemies.

TV series update: "Sony will produce along with Red Eagle Entertainment and Radar Pictures. Rafe Judkins is attached to write and executive produce. Judkins previously worked on shows such as ABC’s Agents of SHIELD, the Netflix series Hemlock Grove, and the NBC series Chuck. Red Eagle partners Rick Selvage and Larry Mondragon will executive produce along with Radar’s Ted Field and Mike Weber. Darren Lemke will also executive produce, with Jordan’s widow Harriet McDougal serving as consulting producer." (Variety)

The Wheel of Time New Spring: The Novel 

The Eye of the World

The Great Hunt

The Dragon Reborn

The Shadow Rising

The Fires of Heaven

Lord of Chaos

A Crown of Swords

The Path of Daggers

Winter's Heart

Crossroads of Twilight

Knife of Dreams by Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson

The Gathering Storm

Towers of Midnight

A Memory of Light by Robert Jordan and Teresa Patterson

The World of Robert Jordan's The Wheel of Time by Robert Jordan, Harriet McDougal, Alan Romanczuk, and Maria Simons 

The Wheel of Time Companion by Robert Jordan and Amy Romanczuk 

Patterns of the Wheel: Coloring Art Based on Robert Jordan's The Wheel of Time 

©2003 The Bandersnatch Group Inc. (P)2003 Audio Renaissance, a Division of Holtzbrinck Publishers LLC

What the critics say

"Has all the breadth and depth that have made this fantasy author one of the acknowledged greats of the genre." (Publishers Weekly)

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Sometimes frustratingly slow

If you’ve gotten this far along (like me), you’re in it for the whole journey.
This series takes investment, and I can’t help but feel a little cheated on my return with this instalment.
After roughly 25 hours of listening, I can’t really think of any major plot developments- other than at the absolute end of the book.
Very slow, almost painfully so at points- my chest hurt at times just willing something significant to happen.
In the end- will I go back for more? Absolutely!

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The Wheel of Time turns......

#Audible 1 This series is arguably the modern Lord of the Rings. Rich, detailed and filled with a unique take on old themes and words, the Wheel of time is a Must Read for those who call themselves fans of High Fantasy Genre books.

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such an amazing series.

this series is truly well done. and the readers are phenomenal. I dont know how they do it.

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What a slog

Definitely the slowest and least enjoyable of the series - read it for completeness sake. The upside is that there are some gems in here (Matt and Shaidar Haran have great scenes), but Perrin was painful to read at times.

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Standard wheel of time, story building. No climax.

Great as always, things ramped up but epilogue came too soon, I felt the story arc of this one lacking but the order of progression needs to be how it is. I feel the pattern doesn't have something epic in each book. Still very enjoyable and this series has tons of content. 4 more to go!

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  • ben
  • 2019-04-17

Slow

The book lacked much action. I understand that this book was meant for a build up but it just seemed like lots of talking with little done.

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Very slow

this book is definitely the most boring in the series so far. I truly love the series but as they go on for me at least they are getting harder to finish and my mind wanders a lot easier while listening. hoping the next one is better.

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great!

wicked series. the book is a bit of a slog at times, but fantastic overall

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Thank you Audible #Audible1

The Wheel Of Time is the BEST fantasy series of all time, thank you Audible for making it a great litsen. #Audible1

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#Audible1

This epic saga continues ...as always narrated beautifully by Michael Kramer and Kate Redding. #Audible1

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  • Kristen H.
  • 2019-08-08

Seriously?

I’m too invested to stop now, I’m sticking with the series to see how it ends and hoping some of the hundreds of unanswered questions will be answered. If I had been reading the series as they were released, I would have been absolutely livid after finishing this 10th book. Robert Jordan managed to fill an entire book with fluff and mind numbing descriptions. I could write a few sentences for people to read and they’d be able to skip this book entirely and not miss out on any plot developments. It blows my mind how little the plot moved. As usual Michael Kramer is amazing. Best reader in the game.

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  • Josh Baddley
  • 2019-05-09

We Get It, Aes Sedai Suck

"Who the hell cares?" If you know this series, you've probably thought that while reading this particular book. I love some of the characters, but I do not care about each and every Aes Sedai, their Ajah, their temperament, and whatever else Jordan tossed in to flesh this beast out. Perrin is always fun to read and Mat feels refreshing after the Aes Sedai scenes.

For a group of people who can wield phenomenal powers, they sure are pedantic and petty about the most trivial crap.

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  • brian woolf
  • 2015-05-03

BORING

this was a pointless slow boring book. I really wish I didn't bother with it

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  • Jessica
  • 2014-01-26

Almost nothing happened!

The only (ONLY) part of this book that impacts the story line is Matt and Tuon's courtship. Aside from that, I was bored witless. I read somewhere that Jordan was influenced by War and Peace. I couldn't agree more. This book removes all doubt.

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  • Robert Eric Koch
  • 2012-08-16

The Lowest Point of the Entire Series

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Crossroads of Twilight is a long, tedious, uninteresting entry into what has become a tired and bloated fantasy series. This is a book filled with plot threads stretched well beyond their logical breaking point. Consisting of five plot lines involving the core characters, most of which have been dragged through no fewer than four of the preceding novels, this entry fails to capture any of the excitement and wonder that made the first third of this long, LONG series so incredible. Characters are morphed beyond recognition, put into ridiculous and illogical situations in, I suppose, an effort to up the ante for the promised epic conclusion. After ten books one would think that Rand, Matt, or Perrin would finally come to accept their roles in the slowly unfolding drama but we are yet again subjected to endless exposition detailing their illogical and nonsensical reluctance. This book is boring and tedious and at times, unforgivingly silly. Unless you’ve invested countless hours in this series and, like myself, are determined to see it through to the end, I would in no way suggest this novel as any kind of standalone read. I’m not even sure it would make any kind of sense unless you’ve trudged through the previous nine. If you are a fan of the series, I suggest getting the audiobook – the stellar narration of Michael Kramer and Kate Reading make this bitter pill go down a lot easier and I assure you that the series does get better – particularly when Brandon Sanderson takes over after Jordan’s untimely death.

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  • Chris
  • 2011-07-14

Why was this a separate book?

Jordan was either making a money grab or filling in time while working out how to start ending the series. This "book" if it can be called so does nothing to advance the story line and could quite easily have been abridged and added as a prologue to a book that actually has some substance in it. To be honest I nearly fell asleep during some of the chapters with Jordan droning on and on about some endless drivel that has no other consequence in the greater scheme of things.

I think the problem with Jordan is that he has created so many characters and sub-plots/story lines that he felt he needed to try and bring them all up to date so he could proceed with the main character, Rand. Dedicating a whole book to this is a really a poor way of doing it.

I hope book 11 gets the story back on track. I've enjoyed the series generally. The concept is good, but the execution fails in a number of places and that drags down the overall enjoyment.

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  • Matthew
  • 2019-07-17

nothing happens

I've read this book twice, this was my first time listing to the audiobook. It's horribly boring. There are chapters, that I find myself asking why is this important, why is this included, and what happened to the tempo of the first 11 books. I think I didn't notice how bad it was reading the book because I'd take longer breaks, but listing to it really brings out the lack of progress in the storyline. Stuff does happen, but it's painfully drawn out.

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  • CJ
  • 2018-11-16

Reading this book is a chore.

Great series, this book seems focus on events mostly before the events of the previous book’s climax and spends a lot of time from the perspective of characters that are minor and new. I took my first real break reading this series during this book and i debated skipping parts of this book which was another first for me on the series.

I hope it gets better because I’m losing interest

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  • Sterlng Hayes
  • 2018-05-02

Skip this book....seriously...skip it

Literally nothing happened in this book. no story line development, no battle, no anything. you could skip this book entirely and have missed nothing more than people sitting around and talking about things that don't pertain to anything.

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  • RC
  • 2008-08-25

Low point in the series

While anyone reaching this far in the series will not stop having gotten this far, the action of this novel has been put on pause. To quote from wikipedia's plot summary:

"Perrin Aybara continues trying to...

"Mat Cauthon continues trying to...

"Elayne Trakand continues trying to...

"Rand al'Thor, the Dragon Reborn, rests after...

"Egwene leads the rebel Aes Sedai in maintaining..."

Literally no new action begins and no plot lines end. There are some interesting scenes, but Crossroads of Twilight merely rehashes and stretches a few chapters of Winter's Heart into an entire novel. Perhaps this review is colored by the powerful drama and high action of the other novels; Crossroads of Twilight is a novel of intrigues. Newcomers to the series should definitely not start here, and fans will not want to pass this by. Just be prepared for a different type of listen than the first nine novels.

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  • DG
  • 2018-05-30

Boring

That is the most boring one of the serie for now. I hope the next one will be better.