Book report

Matthew Hoy
By Matthew Hoy on January 12, 2003

I've finished reading the latest entry in Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time series, "Crossroads of Twilight."

Sorry to say it, but I'm disappointed.

I began reading Jordan's series back in college -- 1991 if I recall correctly -- and the guy can tell a story. I've also been impressed over the years at the depth of the world that he's created in his books. But the latest tome, while over 600 pages in length, doesn't really advance the plot. Not one event that could be construed as "major" occurs. You don't even get a glimpse of the series' main character Rand al'Thor until several hundred pages into the book (about 400 if I recall correctly).

If you read many of the customer reviews online, I'm not alone.

Jordan's an excellent writer, but I'm beginning to wonder if he isn't simply stretching an already incredibly long series out in an effort to line his pockets. As far as giving the reader information that is needed for future installments, there are probably no more than 10 chapters you really need to read.

It's probably too late for fans of the series, who've already bought and read the book. But if you're a less-devoted reader -- wait for the paperback.

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