A Crown of Swords picks up right after the incident at Dumai Well's in Lord of Chaos. Rand is safe again(relatively) and the world continues to move toward the inevitable. Jordan was able to pick it up a bit from the last book. He still enjoys describing the infinitesimal, but that doesn't hold back the story this time. There's plenty of action, or plot thickening. In most epics, you need to have some action to break up the world building and character development. In A Crown of Sword we follow three major story lines with a couple smaller ones thrown in there. They do take prominence and they do keep the flow pretty natural.
I'm finding it a little tough to write a lot about Robert Jordan's series since there are so many books. I'll be saying a lot of the same things for each novel. I'll just leave it at this:
"If you don't know everything, you must go on with what you do know."
Rating: 7.7 out of 10 caffeinated beverages. It's better than book six, but not as good as the first couple.