Crossroads of Twilight is the tenth installment of Robert Jordan’s epic fantasy series, The Wheel of Time. And it is by far the weakest book in the series as I’ve read them so far. There is no big reveal or battle of the ages. Its 680 pages are filled with little more than filler story, politics, and grumbling.
Like the Wheel previous books, Crossroads follows a Rand al’Thor, Elayne Trakand, Perrin Aybara, Mat Cauthon, and several others. It seems that one of the main ensemble is missing from each book. In the case of this volume, it’s Nynaeve who is suspiciously missing from the story. And really, Rand is practically himself. After they’ve cleansed the male-half of the power, they must have taken an extended nap.
Elayne is pregnant with twins (Rand’s of course) and putting up a political fight to become Queen of Andor. Perrin is trying to rescue his wife, Faile, from the Shaido at the same time she tries to plot her own escape. Egwene, the rebel Aes Sedai, and an army are camped outside of Tar Valon, poised to attack. Mat is on the run from Seanchan-controlled Ebou Dar, all the while trying to keep Tuon, a Seanchan royal he accidently kidnapped, hidden. And there are, again, several other chapters that are told from some random character’s point of view.
While not bad, per se, Crossroads was boring. I do wish to continue the series and finish it. I need that closure. But getting through this particular installment was a chore.