Crossroads of Twilight

Crossroads of Twilight

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Mat Cauthon flees the Shadow and the Seanchan Empire with the kidnapped Daughter of the Nine Moons, while Perrin Aybara seeks to free his captive wife, and Egwene al'Vere seeks to reunite the Aes Sedai. Reprint.

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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.

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Mat Cauthon flees the Shadow and the Seanchan Empire with the kidnapped Daughter of the Nine Moons, while Perrin Aybara seeks to free his captive wife, and Egwere al'Vere seeks to reunite the Aes Sedai.

Publisher: New York : Tor Fantasy, 2003
Edition: 1st mass market ed
ISBN: 9780812571332
Branch Call Number: JOR
Characteristics: x, 846 p. : map ; 18 cm


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Sep 23, 2018

Crossroads of Twilight is really boring. Seriously, nothing interesting or important happens for 600 pages. Maybe Robert Jordan should have called this book "Crossroads of Nothing" or "Boredom at Twilight."
This book coincides with events that take place during Winter's Heart and mainly goes from the perspectives of Perrin, Elayne, Egwene, and Mat. I think that for the most part, these four characters were really uninteresting (with maybe the exception of Egwene), and I was confused as to what a lot of this story had to do with anything.
In Winter's Heart, we last see Elayne saying that Caemlyn is under attack. In this book, the characters seem to completely forget about that. (I think that Elayne acted too dumb in this book to be likable). We also go back to Perrin's point of view and see him searching for Faile, but unfortunately, the book doesn't go anywhere with that and Perrin doesn't get any closer to finding her. Egwene does stuff, and Mat is running away from the Seanchean while spending a lot of time trying to get to know Tuon. I think the most interesting part of this book was about Rand, but it only goes from his point of view for about 15ish pages. Another thing that bothered me was the length of the prologue; a whopping 86 pages. I don't really think it had to be that long. Anyways, I hear that the rest of the series gets better after this book, and I'm excited to see if that's true.

Jun 06, 2018

Okay, truth time. I’m not finished this book yet. I’m still working on it sporadically, and I’m close enough to the end that I feel capable of reviewing it. But I will warn you - only the most devout Wheel of Time fans will make it through the Crossroads of Twilight. I’ve been working on this book for a year and a half. It’s not that it’s a bad book, it’s just a little slow. And it’s tough to pick back up again if you put it down, because there are so many characters that you pretty much forget who everyone is. I found myself questioning who Min was after a month. So don’t put it down unless necessary.
Here’s the bad news - a few of those dragging storylines are still here. Faile and Morgase are still captured. Mat is still doing something I don’t really care to understand (unpopular opinion, I know). Valan Luca is still there. Ooh, and Rand is still a frustrating character and Moiraine is still dead (We miss you, Moiraine!).
But here’s the good news: The White Tower storyline is fierce and moving quickly. You’ve got Egwene and Siuan killing it with the rebel sisters. You’ve got Alviarin and Elaida questioning each other while still working together (until the twist!). You’ve got Sheriam being Sheriam, but more of a basketcase, which, while it is a little sad to see, is still character development. You’ve got Romanda and Lelaine, feudy as ever. And you’ve got Cadsuane, the Meryl Streep of the White Tower. I have no justification for that statement off the top of my head, I just feel like they would look somewhat alike.
Here are my suspicions: The Seanchan have been quiet lately. Something’s going to happen with them soon. This Shaido storyline is going to wrap up soon (well, maybe that’s just wishful thinking). Siuan is going to play a smaller role than one would think in the last battle as a former Amyrlin (which is disappointing, because she’s a personal favourite).
So yeah, the beginning’s a little slow. And yeah, by beginning I might mean first 550 pages. But it gets good when you reach Egwene’s part. And just remember, if you can get through this you can get through anything (plus Knife of Dreams is supposed to be really good. I’ll let you know.)
- @freckleface675 of the Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

Aug 30, 2016

Haven't read this one. Read most of the series and love big thick reads, but gave up. Too much repetition. Read somewhere his wife was his editor and if it's true, it shows. Don't remember the characters name, but she was always pulling at her braid. Good detail every once in a while, but it came up every time she was in a scene. Ok, we get it - she pulls her braid when she's upset! Don't have to tell us every other page!

Apr 21, 2015

Was disappointed in this book in the series. I love the series but the author uses ridiculous names for character's and he never solves the main 3 male characters problems in this book. I think if you skip this book in the series, you'd not miss much.

Sep 04, 2014

Very slow book with a lot of useless descriptives that dont add anything. A bit of a bore!

Jul 23, 2012

Not the high point of the series. Although the plot began to drag over the past few books, Crossroads of Twilight brings the plot to an almost complete halt. Eight-hundred pages of checking in with each character, seeing that nothing has happened, but that everyone's getting ready. Without any progress in the plot to distract, Robert Jordan's writing tics (over-elaborate descriptions of food and dress; repetition of the same sniffing, shawl twitching, braid-tugging, etc. gestures; all the male characters complaining about how bizarre women are and vice versa) really start to grate. Fortunately, the plot finally picks up again in the next book, giving you something to look forward to.

Mar 03, 2010

Easily the worst book of the series. Nothing happens!

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Sep 23, 2018

"We rode on the winds of the rising storm, we ran to the sounds of thunder. We danced among the lightning bolts, and tore the world asunder." -Anonymous character

Sep 23, 2018

RAND: "But I shouldn't have expected events to wait on me, should I, Cadsuane?"
CADSUANE: "Events never wait on anyone."

Sep 23, 2018

"And it shall come to pass, in the days when the Dark Hunt rides, when the right hand falters and the left hand strays, that mankind shall come to the Crossroads of Twilight and all that is, all that was, and all that will be shall balance on the point of a sword, while the winds of the Shadow grow. " -Jain Farstrider


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Sep 23, 2018

Perrin Aybara continues trying to rescue his wife Faile Bashere, kidnapped by the Shaido Aiel, even torturing prisoners for information. In addition, Perrin is approached with the suggestion of alliance with the Seanchan to defeat the Shaido. Mat Cauthon continues trying to escape Seanchan territory while courting Tuon, the heir to the Seanchan leadership. In the process, Mat discovers that Tuon is a sul'dam and can be taught to channel the One Power. Elayne Trakand continues trying to solidify her hold on the Lion Throne of Andor. It is revealed that she is expecting twins; but the identity of the father (Rand) is kept secret from others. Rand al'Thor sends Davram Bashere, Logain Ablar, and Loial to negotiate a truce with the Seanchan. They return at the end of the book to tell him that the Seanchan have accepted the truce, but demand the presence of the Dragon Reborn to meet with the Daughter of the Nine Moons. Egwene leads the siege of Tar Valon; but is kidnapped by agents of the White Tower after successfully blocking its River Port.


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