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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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What disappointed you about Crossroads of Twilight?
Each chapter felt like a "deleted scene" from the previous book. This is not the same Jordan as earlier. Perhaps he got too side tracked with other projects or was ill, but clearly this book is the worst of the series so far.
Have you listened to any of Kate Reading and Michael Kramer ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?
The performances are spectacular. Reading and Kramer consistently perform in this series.
You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?
If you are a fan of "historical fiction", you might enjoy this book more than I. Story-wise it is very weak, but the details and plotting is very deep. Reminds me a lot of reading historical fiction novels.
8 of 9 people found this review helpful
The worst in the series so far. Little bits of excitement, but they are few and far between - and just too many random characters who I have no real intersest in...... The reviews say book 11 is better, so I will press on, but really this one was a waste of a credit.
9 of 11 people found this review helpful
Clearly setting the story up for the closing books. A lot is aes sedai back story and dealings
1 of 1 people found this review helpful