Crossroads of Twilight: Book Ten of 'The Wheel of Time'

Version: Unabridged
Author: Robert Jordan
Narrator: Michael Kramer , Kate Reading
Genres: Fantasy
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
Published In: January 2003
# of Units: 21 CDs
Length: 26 hours
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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.

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.

In Andor, Elayne Trakland fights for the Lion Throne that is hers by right, but enemies and Darkfriends surround her, plotting her destruction. If she fails, Andor may fall to the Shadow, and the Dragon Reborn with it.

Rand al'Thor, the Dragon Reborn himself, has cleansed the Dark One's taint from the male half of the True Source, and everything has changed. Yet nothing has, for only men who can channel believe that saidin is clean again, and a man who can channel is still hated and feared-even one prophesied to save the world. Now, Rand must gamble again, with himself at stake, and he cannot be sure which of his allies are really enemies.

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Reviews (15)


Written by Jonathan P. on June 15th, 2020

  • Book Rating: 1/5

Narrators: Amazing job, again. Can't say enough about the two who narrate these books. The audiobook itself was also much better with clear chapter breaks with the tracks. Book: Everything that could be said of this installment has already been stated ad nauseam in my reviews of the past several books. It is nearly 700 pages (in paperback) of needless minutiae and no plot advancement. It ends in yet another cliff hanger, literally not picking up until the final 10 pages, and that represents the sum total of the real important information in the entire book. This book is nothing but filler. I hope this trend ends with Knife of Dreams.


Written by Robert K. on June 26th, 2018

  • Book Rating: 3/5

I agree with most of the opinions that here is way to many characters and way to much filler in most of these books if I haven't got so far into them I would quit listening but heard the author that finished the series does a better job. Wizards first rule series was much better.

Written by Ryan B on March 27th, 2018

  • Book Rating: 5/5

great book

Written by Michael B on May 20th, 2017

  • Book Rating: 3/5

Love the story and by this time anyone will work their way through this novel and the next however I have to say it idoes not stand alone. It is simply a continuation of the story with a greater affinity towards character development which makes you question your former negative opinions of key characters in the previous novels.

Written by craig specht on February 25th, 2017

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I don't know why anyone in their right mind would give this book a one star. This book was really good. I would say it is one of the better books. It wasn't as slow as as some made it out to be. Of course there were some parts but that has to be expected. The narrators were great. One commented that Cramer sounded monotone like he was tired. I disagree with that. He did an excellent job as,well as Kate Reading. Great series, great book. Don't take my word for, check it out for yourself.

Written by Stuart Tait on February 11th, 2017

  • Book Rating: 1/5

"Cross Roads of Twilight" was the ABSOLUTE WORST book in this series so far! Almost devoid of action and filled with stupid detail of what the women are wearing and just useless dialog fluff. The major thing was the cleaning of Sidene, which you would think deserved a chapter or 4 on how the Ashamen and maybe even the male Forsaken reacted to it, not to mention how Rand felt, but NOTHING! It's mostly about very boring Aisedi (sp?) banter, which was useless. I'm starting to think that he took a break and had his wife write this one, not that I'm a misogynist, far from it, but it's just filled with feminine blather about what the female characters are wearing and hardly any good action sequences. He stated that in past books, he had his wife check the entire manuscript. I really hope that "Knife of Dreams" is better. From the below reviews about Michaels narrating, I think that he was trying to offset Kate's feminine detail with a more masculine "just the facts" approach, not that I agree with it. In "Knife of Dreams", it seems he's coming to life a bit more, which is good. Skip this book and you won't be lost at all, just read a quick synopsis and save yourself a lot of time, some money and a lot of frustration!


Written by Anthony Johnston on November 11th, 2016

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I love this series. Amazing!

Crossroads of Twilight: Book Ten of \'The Wheel of Time\'

Written by Krista Buynak on June 17th, 2016

  • Book Rating: 5/5

*THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS* Let me start by saying I am not quite finished with this book yet. I listen to them at work and while I\'m driving, so I\'ll probably finish it today. I see a lot of people feel this is book is basically fluff, and I understand the feeling. We jump around so much that it feels like no one plot gets very far or accomplishes anything. I think the reason he did this is because Rand cleansing the source was such a big deal, and Jordan wanted to show how everyone across the world reacted to it. Honestly, I was looking forward to the reactions, but I never really got the ones I wanted. I wanted the Asha\'man to feel it and react, but we didn\'t really get much there. We had way more female characters freaking out over it when the Asha\'man should have been absolutely stunned and thrilled. Yet we basically get nothing from them. The only thing I\'ve found actually frustrating is right when a character has something important to say, Jordan will draw out the wait before you actually get to hear what is to be said. He\'ll talk about clothes, or the rank of soldiers down a line, or some other nonsense with the apparent attempt of creating suspense. It\'s just...silly. The last thing I have to say is regarding Kramer. I seriously feel like he\'s getting bored with the books. He read almost everything in the same flat/bored monotone no matter who was speaking or what they were speaking about. Kramer has never been a favorite of mine considering he can be talking about someone\'s grief or death in the same \"matter of fact\" tone and style as if he were talking about setting the table for dinner. It\'s a bit annoying. The accent he gives the Seanchan is also terrible. It makes me cringe. The narrators should get together and actually listen to one another. Kate is amazing as always. I just wish she\'d make up her mind about how she\'s going to pronounce certain names.

Crossroads of Twilight

Written by Dewey Stevens on April 8th, 2012

  • Book Rating: 2/5

This book has ME at a crossroads. Do I continue? Can I possibly stand any more of this interminable dragging along? This book is my least favorite of the series so far.

Crossroads of Twilight: Book 10 of the Wheel of Time

Written by Anonymous on January 10th, 2011

  • Book Rating: 1/5

This book was a total waste of time. I love the series, but each book seems to have less substance than the one before. Finally, in Book 9, something actually happened and I was looking forward to hearing this one. However, this book seems to be made up entirely of filler. Most of the book takes place at the same time as the events described in Book 9. At the end, there is only one minor advancement in one of the character's situations. If you just read Book 11 and skipped this one, I seriously doubt that you would miss anything of import.

Author Details

Author Details

Jordan, Robert

Robert Jordan was the pen name of James Oliver Rigney, Jr. (October 17, 1948 – September 16, 2007), under which he was best known as the author of the bestselling The Wheel of Time fantasy series. He also wrote under the names Reagan O'Neal and Jackson O'Reily. Jordan's works will be the subject of JordanCon, a three day genre convention scheduled for April 2009, in Atlanta, Georgia.

Jordan was born in Charleston, South Carolina. He served two tours in Vietnam (from 1968 to 1970) with the United States Army as a helicopter gunner. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross with bronze oak leaf cluster, the Bronze Star with "V" and bronze oak leaf cluster, and two Vietnamese Gallantry Crosses with palm. After returning from Vietnam he attended The Citadel where he received an undergraduate degree in physics. After graduating he was employed by the United States Navy as a nuclear engineer. He began writing in 1977. He was a history buff and enjoyed hunting, fishing, sailing, poker, chess, pool, and pipe collecting. He described himself as a "High Church" Episcopalian and received communion more than once a week. He lived in a house built in 1797 with his wife Harriet McDougal, who works as a book editor (currently with Tor Books; she was also Jordan's editor).

On March 23, 2006, Jordan disclosed in a statement that he had been diagnosed with cardiac amyloidosis, and that with treatment, his median life expectancy was four years, though he said he intended to beat the statistics. He later posted on his Dragonmount blog to encourage his fans not to worry about him and that he intended to have a long and fully creative life, working for another 30 years.

He began chemotherapy treatment at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota in early April 2006. Jordan was enrolled in a study using the drug Revlimid just approved for multiple myeloma but not yet tested on primary amyloidosis.

Jordan died at approximately 2:45 p.m. EDT on September 16, 2007.