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Publisher's Summary

Now an original series starring Rosamund Pike as Moiraine!

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.

The seals of Shayol Ghul are weak now, and the Dark One reaches out. The Shadow is rising to cover humankind.

In Tar Valon, Min sees portents of hideous doom. Will the White Tower itself be broken?

In the Two Rivers, the Whitecloaks ride in pursuit of a man with golden eyes, and in pursuit of the Dragon Reborn.

In Cantorin, among the Sea Folk, High Lady Suroth plans the return of the Seanchan armies to the mainland.

In the Stone of Tear, the Lord Dragon considers his next move. It will be something no one expects, not the Black Ajah, not Tairen nobles, not Aes Sedai, not Egwene or Elayne or Nynaeve.

Against the Shadow rising stands the Dragon Reborn....

The Wheel of Time®
New Spring: The Novel
#1 The Eye of the World
#2 The Great Hunt
#3 The Dragon Reborn
#4 The Shadow Rising
#5 The Fires of Heaven
#6 Lord of Chaos
#7 A Crown of Swords
#8 The Path of Daggers
#9 Winter's Heart
#10 Crossroads of Twilight
#11 Knife of Dreams

By Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson
#12 The Gathering Storm
#13 Towers of Midnight
#14 A Memory of Light

By Robert Jordan
Warrior of the Altaii

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

Listen to more books in The Wheel of Time series.
©2003 The Bandersnatch Group Inc. (P)2003 Audio Renaissance, a Division of Holtzbrinck Publishers LLC

Critic Reviews

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

Featured Article: To Everything, Turn, Turn, Turn—The Wheel of Time Beginner's Guide


Fantasy fans of the world, rejoice! The long-awaited premiere of The Wheel of Time screen adaptation is finally here. There's magic, romance, adventure, and a truly terrifying villain—you can’t ask for much more than that! If you’re as excited as we are, read on. This post will give you a basic understanding of the Wheel of Time books, as well as everything you need to know about the upcoming Wheel of Time television series.

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

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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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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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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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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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Not so bad.. if you re-read the whole series

I was one of those that gave up on WoT after trying to read Crossroads. I never finished. Several years later, and I gave WoT another chance. I bought every RJ audiobook and listened to the over again. I have to admit, Crossroads made more sense, even though not a whole lot still happened. It is indeed a book that's purpose is simply to build up the rest of the overall story. That is probably the biggest problem with the book - it is SUPPOSE to create more questions and answer none. But being able to continue on to Knife of Dreams immediately after finishing Crossroads, I gained a deeper understanding for the purpose of the book. I still think its the worst of the series, but I think most people were so horrified with the book that when it ended, there was great disappointment. KoD and Crossroads should have been a single book, but if you read the series over again, I don't think you'll find Crossroads so bad.

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  • CJ
  • 11-16-18

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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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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  • RC
  • 08-25-08

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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  • Robyn
  • 05-17-13

Tediously slow....

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.

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  • David
  • 07-01-19

The weakest entry in the Wheel of Time?

Probably my least favourite book in the series. The momentous events of the previous book are let down by a structure that sees the reader visiting each of the main characters exploring their own side-stories, but only up to the same point as the end of that last book.
The result is what feels like a collection of short stories that do not interact with each other and are themselves cut short when they get ‘up-to-date,’ even if that means they do not reach any kind of real moment or conclusion themselves.
It’s a long exploration of character and minor plot development - okay if you love the world of the Wheel of Time, but turgid if you want to see the main story progressing.
Reading the first and last chapters of each storyline would probably achieve as much as reading the whole book.
Kate Reading and Michael Kramer are excellent as always.

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  • Cameron Wood
  • 09-12-19

Don’t bother

Nothing actually happens in this entire book. Just skip to book 11 or give up on the series. I’m hoping book 11 is better (ratings look that way) but this was hugely disappointing.

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  • AJH
  • 06-28-19

A lull in an otherwise great series

Delving too deep into side stories? Adding too many characters to a cast that's already borderline impossible to follow? Feels like he was dragging his heels with the storyline in this book. Bring on the meat

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  • Mr G Mendes
  • 09-02-17

Slowest yet

Clearly setting the story up for the closing books. A lot is aes sedai back story and dealings

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  • Rhikthomas
  • 09-09-19

Slowly getting there

Lots of nuance in this book. Slowly adding to stories of key characters and filling out the depth. Hopefully a bit more action in the next one!

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  • James Garbutt
  • 06-26-19

Underwhelming

I read the reviews on this book and thought it was harsh. As all the other books have been brilliant. However this on just treads water. Nothing happens. Not reading it wont really make any difference in the next and final book I'm sure. Each both previous to this has been 5 star for me. However this is a real let down

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  • J. Tooze
  • 06-10-19

No real ending

Mid way through the recording totally changes and is poor. The story is probably one of the least interesting and very drawn out.

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  • Texnik
  • 10-02-17

Barely worth a review

Only 1-2 hours are worth listening in this audiobook.

I can't say you should skip it because there are a few good scenes here and there. I skipped a few chapters and read their summaries.

Why? Imagine a large "boom" and your ears ringing afterward. The last scene in the previous book was the "boom" and half of this book is ears ringing. The rest is mostly filler. Both halves have their good parts, but most of it is a Waste of Time.

Do this:
Buy the audiobook.
For every chapter, read its summary on encyclopedia-wot.
If the summary is interesting or you aren't bored yet, listen to it.
Repeat.

Take this from someone who thought the previous book was one of the best so far.

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  • tir
  • 12-31-21

Beautiful

My life has changed so much over the year I have read this series not so much the things that are in my life but my outlook on it. With a heavy heart I finish the last book and can confidently say with a tear in my eye this is the best book series I have read in my thousands of hours of reading and listening to them this is the first and likely the last book series that has made me cry at the end and if you are apprehensive about reading a 14 book series I can tell you now that you will not regret it at the end a phenomenal story all the way through with a pair of incredible readers makes these books my favourite of all time.

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  • Nick
  • 04-13-18

Frustrating

I kept waiting for eomething to happen and when it did the epilogue arrived. One or two characters story arcs not progressing is to be expected but everyone's is frustrating

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  • oneofthe band
  • 07-01-17

Nothing much happens.

Plot development almost stops. Even the scenes with Matt drag. Perrin is at his most annoying.

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  • Kelvin Antaw
  • 12-12-21

As deep & complex as all the novels in the series

A favourite. Without spoilers this is the novel where the balance is returned & Shadar Logoth is dealt with, in an unexpected way.

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  • Dainjah
  • 08-31-21

What the??

After an exciting last chapter in the previous book there was a hope we were accelerating into the tail end of the series.

But what? More female characters detailed brooding, sitting around for chapter after chapter to make decisions about needing to make decisions. Or maybe how hard it was to find a specific book, but not cause that book being searched for had any major bearing on the story.. Just tricky finding a book.. What the ??

Again as an audio book I often use these to clear the mind and ease me Into sleep. It is a great book for that no doubt, but I still enjoy having a few parts in a book that I find engaging, that may even keep me awake for a bit.

After 26+ hours, sadly this book was only a snore.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-11-20

Audio quality was a bit poor

I found the audio quality went in and out at a number of point throughout the book.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-29-20

Nice

Little slow for my taste. Not as good as earlier books. But the characters are amazing and I care about them a lot.

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  • Mitchell
  • 07-13-20

Boring

Skip this one and read a synposis of it. theres a few good moments but by the Dragon reborn it is a drag.

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  • Kerry G. Bolton
  • 06-02-20

Very slow, hard going

I was hoping this book was going to produce some real action instead of just reading about characters being angry with others all the time. Rambled mess. I really struggled with this book, indeed the series so far and am persevering in the hope it gets better or else i am just so far at odds with those that rate this series. Yet to be convinced, and theres only 4 books left!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-10-18

Amazing!

The story was great. really enjoyed it. focused mainly around Peran, Matt and Egwene's stories.