Plot advancement Jordan, you need it!,
This review is from: Crossroads of Twilight (The Wheel of Time, Book 10) (Hardcover)
I have been reading this series for years, and it was once upon a time my favourite. However this has changed due to a few things, mainly I've found better authors (Steven Erikson, George R.R. Martin, Robin Hobb), and I'm sick of waiting for the next one only to be disappointed.
I thought there was a pick up with Winter's Heart. I really did. There was acutal movement with the chracters, and Rand did something I'd been specualting about for ages, cleansing the source. However has other reviewers have pointed out, this book is mainly about what everyone else was doing whilst this was taking place. I simply cannot work out how Jordan doesn't pick up the pace. I mean his earlier books had it, it was from about book 5 that things slowed down. And many other authors write big novels and manage to do it. So why can't he?? He is milking it out a bit, and I for one am heartily sick of it. It is never going to end.
Having complained like this, there were some good points making it worth 3 stars. I actually enjoyed reading most of it, even if I felt this should have been melded to Book 9. Some of it was very entertaining. I enjoyed Mat being back on the scene, his interaction with Tuon was good. I also found myself quite enjoying Egwene scene's which normally I don't. Perrin's were better, but more Rand was needed. I missed the Forsaken. I would have liked a headcount to see who survived the cleansing. Messana's scene was good, added some menace to the series.
If you are a fan you will find this enjoyable to read, but finish it feeling bitter. Jordan's writing has improved, this is not as bad as the Path of Daggers. However if you think many plots will be resolved, don't. Nothing really happens, decisions are made yes, but with the way things are nothing will happen for at least 2 or 3 books. Get it for a nice read, but just understand that the final book is years and years and years away