Book Watch - Crossroads of Twilight
Since book 7 Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time series has slowly mired itself deeper and deeper into a rut. Too many characters and sub-plots have ground the story down to a halting lurch where it seems to take 12 chapters to cover an event that should only take one. Crossroads of Twilight (Book 10) is the worst yet thanks to way too many non-essential characters and details the reader could care less about. Read on, IÃ‚'d warn you about spoilers but nothing really happens.
I just finished the book last night and I felt so incredibly violated I almost tossed it out the window. Nothing happened, the entire thing is an interlude that could have been condensed to three chapters and included in a real book instead. Remember where everything stood in book 9? ThatÃ‚'s good, you pretty much donÃ‚'t need to read this one if you do. Perrin is still chasing Faile, Mat is slowly on the move with LucaÃ‚'s travelling show and Rand is barely even in the book.
What happened Robert Jordan? The series started out so well, why did you have to go and get all masturbatory on us? We donÃ‚'t care what this or that Aes Sedai is wearing and we sure as hell donÃ‚'t need to know the name of each one in the camp. Kill some characters off! Seize control of your sub-plots and wrap them up, focus on your main characters a bit more and dear god inject some life into them. They have become parodies of themselves which makes it even harder to read an already boring book.
The saddest part of all this is that I will buy book 11 and hope for the best. I still think Jordan is a good writer and for the most part I still enjoy reading his books. That makes it all the more aggravating when you've essentially just read 672 blank pages.