Crossroads of Twilight - Robert Jordan - New
Book 10 of The Wheel of Time
Perrin Aybara continues trying to rescue his wife Faile Bashere, kidnapped by the Shaido Aiel, even resorting to torturing prisoners for information. In addition, Perrin is approached with the suggestion of alliance with the Seanchan, at least on a temporary basis, to defeat the Shaido. Mat Cauthon continues trying to escape Seanchan-controlled territory while courting Tuon, the Daughter of the Nine Moons, the woman whom he has kidnapped and who, it has been prophesied, will become his wife. Mat discovers that Tuon, as a potential sul'dam, can be taught to channel the One Power.
Elayne Trakand continues trying to solidify her hold on the Lion Throne of Andor. Rand al'Thor, the Dragon Reborn, rests after the ordeal of cleansing the One Power. He sends Davram Bashere, Logain Ablar, and Loial to negotiate a truce with the Seanchan. They return at the end of the book to tell him that the Seanchan have accepted the truce, but demand the presence of the Dragon Reborn. Egwene leads the rebel Aes Sedai in maintaining the siege of Tar Valon. At the end of the book, she is kidnapped by agents of the White Tower.
A wind rises in the Rhannon Hills and blows northwest across the harbor of Ebou Dar and the mouth of the River Eldar. After leaving the Tarasin Palace, Mat arrives at the city gate with Egeanin, Bayle Domon, Vanin, Blaeric, Fen and Selucia.1 The others with him include three sul'dam and damane. Tuon is hidden in a bundle across his saddle. Egeanin's cloak bears an eagle with spread black-and-white wings.3 A sul'dam and damane with the guards check the party for marath'damane, but Mat's foxhead medallion does not go cold. He can feel the dice spinning. As the guards talk to Egeanin, alarm bells sound in the city. The Windfinders jumped the gun. The guards hurriedly urge them through the gate and the dice stop.4 A fierce battle ensues in the city. Many Seanchan ships are destroyed by the Windfinders and hundreds of Sea Folk are killed or captured and later hung.
Six days later, Mat's party is hiding with a show6 camped near the Great North Road north of the Circuit of Heaven.7 Mat is with Noal at the River Eldar. He is catching fish to make a stew he had in Shara. Mat is trying to count Seanchan ships left in the harbor. He recalls a naval battle between Fergansea and Moreina. Egeanin shows up; she is angry that they left the camp. She is going by the name Leilwin.8 Mat asks her again if Suroth will torture the escaped damane who were recaptured. She replies that they are property of the Empress and too valuable to harm. Her own damane, Serrisa, cost her a fortune. She is still in Cantorin. The three of them head back to the camp. Mat is sure there are arrest warrants for him for tying up Tylin and for Egeanin for stealing damane, but all is quiet about Tuon's disappearance. Egeanin says it is a cover up. As they cross the Great North Road they note lots of emigrants heading north and merchants heading south. A troop of soldiers heads north. Their banner is a stylized anchor or arrowhead crossed by an arrow and a lightning bolt. Egeanin says they are ship's archers. They hurry across the road and head back to camp.
About the Author Robert Jordan
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. Robert Jordan was born in Charleston, South Carolina. Robert Jordan 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. Robert Jordan described himself as a "High Church" Episcopalian and received communion more than once a week. Robert Jordan 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).
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