From the first print run, were sewn and bound in boards with dust jacket; the remainder were perfect bound in wraps. Due to a larger than expected interest in the hardbound issue, an additional from the first print run, which had been perfect bound, were bound in boards and issued with dust jacket. The second issue hardback differs in the fact that it is perfect bound not sewn , and due to trimming of the paperback, the end papers are slightly smaller about 3mm than the text pages.
The cover, text pages, and the dust jacket are identical. Soft cover. Condition: Fine. Darryl Sweet dj art, Matthew C Nielsen interiors illustrator. Advanced reading copy paperback in pictorial wraps. Different cover art than the trade editions uncredited, but still appears to be Darryl Sweet. Signed on the title page by Robert Jordan. Includes letter from Tom Doherty dated November Also a review letter dated February 21, The spine in not cracked indicating it has never been read. Seller: Bookwhiz Published: Condition: Fine. Septembro - Januaro Edition: ISBN: Eye of the World Robert Jordan Ships with Tracking Number!
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Bright, shiny, clean, square, tight, and unmarked. Flat, uncreased spine. No store stamp, owner's name or bookplate. Pages are fresh and crisp, obviously never read. A preliminary page reads: "The Eye of the World Advance Reading Copy Not For Sale. Interestingly, this ARC has cover art that differs from the published first edition.
While Moiraine is really the more powerful of the two, Lan is still the more intimidating one. Lan rarely feels the need to threaten anyone, as one look into his eyes tells people you're more likely to survive a 20, foot drop sans parachute than a fight with him! Lan is so confident he never feels the need to prove himself to anyone, and as a result he never loses his cool.
In fact, he manages to be even cooler than Sean Connery and Samuel L. Jackson combined! But not Jimi Hendrix Perrin - "Leaders in stories never had to put up with this sort of thing. Physically stronger than the other two, but also kinder in nature, Perrin is very likable. Awkward, but likeable. In these types of novels, the characters usually have to get used to the idea of killing their enemies right away, but what makes Perrin stand out is that he NEVER gets used to it. Facing so many dangerous foes, in order to survive, Perrin may have to fight, but he doesn't have to like it!
Egwene - "No one tells us how to be men. We just are. While the boys of Emond's Field are running for their lives, and Nynaeve is pursuing them to try to protect them, Egwene says she's tagging along because she wants adventure. You would think after her village was ransacked the night before, the ol' adventure meter would have been full already!
Of course, it's entirely possible Egwene was really just going with them because she was concerned about the boys, but that theory is somewhat weakened by the fact that she can't go 5 seconds without hurling an insult at one of them! Still, her wit and feisty nature made me like her even in the moments when she was hard to like. Loial - "A mob chased me all the way across the city. I'm afraid I was beginning to get a little upset" Since I said I would talk about these characters in the order in which I liked them, the fact that Loial appears second-to-last may seem like a swipe at him, but really it's a testament as to how great the other characters are!
Giving new meaning to the phrase "gentle giant", Loial is a Ogier basically an ogre who would much rather have a book in his hand than a weapon. Really, the only reason Loial doesn't make quite as much of an impression in the story as the others is because he is introduced much later in the book than everyone else. Mat - "So you're having trouble with a couple of farmboys. Maybe you Darkfriends aren't as dangerous as I've always heard. In Mat's case, I wanted him to come to life just so I could murder him! The only character I couldn't stand, Mat manages to exude 10 times the foolishness of Rand yet 0 times the charm.
He's obnoxious and grating. The scariest part is, I get the feeling Mat was supposed to be the comic relief character, despite the fact that he rarely does anything funny. Mat is to comedy what Arnold Schwarzenegger is In fairness to Mat, I'm currently reading Book Three in the series, and he does show a good amount of character growth by then While I loved this book, I will say that it's not for everyone. The world-building is a little clunky at times, as Jordan has a tendency to make mentions of characters and places long before they actually appear in the story.
In some ways, this makes the later books more rewarding, as things that were left a mystery in book one make much more sense later on. Also, there are long gaps in the action sometimes, so anyone looking for a fast-paced adventure may be frustrated with this one. However, if you're looking for a rich world to explore filled with compelling characters and Mat , then it's time for you to journey to the Eye of the World!
I, David Green, absolutely loved this book! It's going right on my favorites shelf, which is named "David Green's favorites" , because my name is, in fact, David Green! I can't wait to read the rest of the series which has already been uploaded to David Green's that's me Kindle! View all 50 comments. Sep 23, Mika rated it did not like it. Let me preface this by saying very clearly that I mean no offense to The Wheel of Time fans. Just my humble opinion.
Simply put: I hate this book. Somewhat passionately. But I carried on. I hope he dies a gruesome and painful death, leaving the entire Wheel of Time world to decay and be overrun by the forces of evil. He had a few spots of luck, and happened to be traveling with people significantly more talented than he. Mat is almost without a doubt the most idiotic character I have ever had to read about. I hate Mat about as much as I hate this book. His sole purpose as a main character is to screw things up for everyone else while being absolutely necessary to the Quest or Mission or whatever.
Gosh I hate him. Ok, there were some ok parts. The whole book was just such a patchwork collection of ideas and myths and fantasy cliches, like the author had a hat full of slips of paper with possible elements he could use and randomly pulled them out. To be fair, it appears he put quite a bit of thought into connecting everything once it was out, but seriously - Gypsies and yin-yang in the same story?
Oh yeah, and then there are obvious copies of Orcs and Ringwraiths, which the author intended to be similar. Not creative! Do not give him credit for that! I think Robert Jordan is a lousy writer. Undeservedly so, I think. View all 38 comments. As the beginning of an epic quest not unlike that of Tolkien, I found it a bit long-winded. No, what the book lacked is that sense of excitement I usually feel while reading a great fantasy novel.
I believe this is due to poor pacing decisions rather than any issues with the plot. It was just too slow-moving with too many senseless encounters. Overall, I respect this author a great deal, as I believe he has done wonders for the fantasy genre by inspiring new authors every day. There are just too many out there that I enjoyed more. Via Book Reviews by Niki Hawkes at www. You know, that thing. Someone either asks you about it, or you sit down to try and write a review for one of the installments, and all you say or type is dying animal noises. Kinda like this: "Navessa, what did you think of this book?
Do I need to call someone? I've actually made that noise at people. In public. I don't think this can technically be called a brain fart, because that only applies for when you're drawing a blank. We need a new term. How about brain constipation? Brain Constipation: when you have so much to say that you can't get anything out. Yeah, I think I like that. Okay, so here's me trying to type past my desire to hit caps lock and slap at the keyboard like some sort of hysterical sea lion. This series, without a doubt, is nothing short of a masterpiece.
This is by far the most richly imagined world I have ever come across in literature. And the way it all unfolds is so organic that you don't even realize you just read twenty pages of world building, because it happens mostly through conversations, because you learn about this world as the main characters do. They hail from a tiny town as far away from civilization as you can get. When the book begins, they know next to nothing about the outside world other than rumors.
Everything changes for them one spring evening, and before they know it, they're brought face to face with creatures that they thought only existed in stories used to frighten children into behaving. This book follows the same pattern that most of the books in this series do. It's told mostly through the perspectives of our main characters, half of whom are male, and half of whom are female.
Throughout this series you learn about the unique cultures and peoples of each country the MCs travel through, their customs, their politics, and their everyday lives. I know that seems pretty daunting, but Jordan adds the perfect amount of action and intrigue to every single chapter, balancing out the world building so that it never feels like you're reading an info-dump. Quite a feat when you take into account that the books in this series are all over pages long. In short, this series is nothing more than a masterpiece. A staggering one. It actually makes me feel a little bad about myself.
Because my imagination is a small, sad thing compared to what Jordan's was. Blog Facebook Twitter Instagram Pinterest View all 22 comments. Shelves: take-that-ye-of-little-faith , my-friends-corrupted-my-soul , br , fantasy , kindle , i-must-be-mad , go-me , cool-kick-ass-chicks-harem , 1st-in-series , How short do you think my review is going to be? So sue me. I can't win with you people, can I? Moving on. Let's see, what should we start with? What do you want to hear about first? The good news, or the bad? Oh, you're the annoying type of people who always sees the glass half full and want to hear about the Good News first, are you?
Okay, let's start with the Bad News then view spoiler [yeah yeah yeah, I know you love me as much as I do you hide spoiler ]. Bye now. Hahaha, I'm so funny I kill my little self sometimes. Oh come on, smile a little , will you? Oh please do try to pay attention once in a while seriously need to lighten up.
What did I just say about paying attention? Oops, am I slightly digressing here? I knew I'd forgotten to put whisky in my coffee this morning. Strange things start happening when I don't get my fix. Okay, so where were we? We have booze cookies : I'm pretty sure you're going to sue me again but I don't care. Oh, what am I saying?! I must have put too much whisky in my coffee lost my mind entirely, this has absolutely nothing to do with LOTR.
Understand what I mean? Good, I'm glad I cleared that up for you. And I really hate it when bloodshed is disappointing. Where is Glenn Cook when you need him? Yes, I am aware that this sucks. But it cannot be avoided. So help me God. Pretty please. Anyway, what bothered me to no end is this: view spoiler [ Lan and Nynaeve. Nynaeve and Lan.
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So these two are in few scenes together. Throughout the book, they don't exchange more than a few sentences. And yet, all of a sudden in chapter 48, BOOM! They're talking marriage. Okay then. That makes perfect sense. What a treacherous, devious thing to do, Mr Jordan. Okay, so some people seem to think there is a definite spark between Lan and Nynaeve. I personally think there is a "I'm thinking of going to the store to buy a box of matches and then see if I can manage to scratch one in order to get a potentially tiny spark" thing going.
This "woo hoo, let's get married! But I guess it's all a question of perspective , right? I'm annoying like that. We are done with the Bad News. So you can just go ahead and pretend you didn't read any of this. Your glass is still half full! Don't you love it when I pull my magic wand out of my hat? This has nothing to do with anything. So what? This is nothing but an affectationate expression. A term of near-endearment, if you will. More or less. So much so that I originally thought they were 15 year olds. I'm too lazy to go and hunt for one.
Okay, so Mat is such a whining, complaining crybaby I wanted to murder him with my bare hands most of the time. But I like Rand. Yeah, Rand is pretty cool. And I'm a total Perrin fangirl. I think not. This book really makes me reconsider my sexual preferences. I started having doubts with The Lady , but now the self-questioning is real.
What if I've been wrong all these years? Please try to pay attention once in a while, would you? Yeah, Lan is pretty hot and mysterious. Then we have Elyas also know as Mr arh-woooooooooooooooooooo Man. And no we don't have Thom because I don't like him. So sue me again. And we don't have Aram either because he's so fishy every page he was in stank.
And that's it. Now you understand why I'm reconsidering my mating choices. Yeah, me too. Don't worry though, we're almost there. Well this is nothing like it. Think I'd still be here if it was? Good thinking. No, this is nothing like LLL. Of course there are descriptions, but they don't try to murder you at every turn of the page. And they actually serve a purpose.
And add something to the story. Off your high horse!!
But you know what is really cool about this book? The stories some of the characters tell. Moraine's tale about Manetheren? Raen talking about The Way of the Leaf? Loial telling Rand about his people? These tales within the tale add so much to the story. I could read them over and over again. They take you to another world, another dimension. It's like living in an alternate universe. Or something. And I think that's enough whisky for now. What do you mean, "now what? Don't you have anything better to do with your lives? I took me longer to write this review than to read the book.
Don't I deserve a break? My whisky blood level is decreasing vertiginously here. I need a pit stop. What was that? I'm free to go? I feel so special right now. Lucky you. View all 57 comments. Legend fades to myth and even myth is long forgotten when the Age that gave it birth returns again. When I have became a huge fan of Brandon Sanderson. My cousin is a huge fan of Brandon Sanderson too. He told me that Brandon Sanderson ha "The Wheel of Time turns, and Ages come and pass, leaving memories that become legend.
He hasn't reading it yet but he wants to read it. When I have researched about 'The Wheel of Time' series, I have found out that there are lots of books in the series fifteen books in 'The Wheel of Time' series! I find it curious. I have asked him whether 'The Wheel of Time' is worth reading.
He told me definitely, if I love Sanderson's books then I told him oh man! I love Sanderson's books. I have decided to read 'The Wheel of Time' series. It is mind blowing. AlhamdulIllah, I love this book so much. I will definitely carry on reading this series. It is an unusual epic fantasy book. I have never read this kind of epic fantasy book before.
Robert Jordan was a great author. I can see that Jordan has copied it from Tolkien but I don't mind because Jordan has his own original idea of storyline. I have noticed that Brandon Sanderson and George R. Martin have used the name for the character from Robert Jordan's ideas the names of his characters.
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George R. Wit and Bran names are in this book. The worldbuilding is stupendous!
Robert Jordan has done very well. This book has drawn me. I am addicted 'The Wheel of Time' series. This book does remind me of 'The Lord of the Rings'. I have pointed out that Jordan has copIed some aspects from Tolkien: Jordan has included The Black Rider which originally idea from Tolkien, Tolkien has used the phrase 'Hobbit' refer to the small group of people whereas Jordan has used 'Darkfriend' also I feel both universes: 'Middle-earth' and 'The Wheel of Time' are reminiscent someway.
View all 8 comments. But I thought I owed it to myself to read at least this first book and judge for myself, so when the Buddies, Books and Baubles group here at Goodreads decided to buddy read the series, I was happy to 3. But I thought I owed it to myself to read at least this first book and judge for myself, so when the Buddies, Books and Baubles group here at Goodreads decided to buddy read the series, I was happy to seize the opportunity. In the end, this book was both more and less than I had anticipated. Other characters join their journey along the way, as they travel to a destination that they hope will protect them from the evil that seeks to capture their souls and, ultimately to the mysterious Eye of the World itself, to shore up the forces that imprison this evil.
Tolkien are fairly obvious: the group of unsophisticated young men, from a small, isolated community, join a quest and undertake a long journey, continuously battling against a powerful malevolent force and pursued by its evil minions. The company is split apart during the journey. Both Rand and Mat read younger than the or year-old men they are supposed to be.
The most interesting of the trio was Perrin, who initially seems slow-witted but then develops some unexpected depth, particularly when he meets Elyas, a man accompanied by a wolf with which he telepathically communicates. Elyas claims that Perrin also has the ability to mindspeak with wolves. Perrin is resistant to the idea but here, as so often is the case, resistance against your destiny is futile. The Eye of the World did become more absorbing and interesting as I got deeper into the tale, when some intriguing new characters were introduced and the narrative took some unexpected turns.
View all 13 comments. Jul 31, Evgeny rated it it was amazing Shelves: fantasy , favorites. It was early I picked up a free sample of this book at our university book store and promptly forgot about it finals. I dug it up later and read it. The free sample ended just as things started to get interesting, so I went to a library and borrowed a full book. Little did I suspect of what I stumble into. The most complex plot of any fantasy - bar none. A very long journey. This is a beginning of this jou It was early This is a beginning of this journey not THE beginning, according to prolog.
Whoever reads this review and finds the beginning of this book to be too slow - stick with it until the party splits; I will not give you details to avoid spoilers, but this is where the pacing of plot really picks up. BTW, for people who have not read the books: I envy you, as if you do, you will embark on a wonderful journey. View all 20 comments. Mar 27, Merphy Napier rated it really liked it Shelves: adult , fantasy. View 1 comment. It's really difficult for me to write an unbiased review of this because there's a fair bit of nostalgia involved for me.
I began reading The Wheel of Time in , and it was the first fantasy series that I really fell in love with. It captured my heart and held my imagination for a long, long time. I re-read the series over the years as new books were released up until Robert Jordan died - it was too heartbreaking that he wasn't able to finish it himself and I've waited until the series is fin It's really difficult for me to write an unbiased review of this because there's a fair bit of nostalgia involved for me.
I re-read the series over the years as new books were released up until Robert Jordan died - it was too heartbreaking that he wasn't able to finish it himself and I've waited until the series is finished and the mourning period is over to read it again. Even on my 7th time through this page tome I know, I'm crazy , it had the power to grab me again. There is so much action, so much danger, and I love the feel it has of a world and history much larger than what we are introduced to here even though we already get a lot! Even knowing exactly where it was going, I still wasn't bored.
This has everything you could possibly want in a classic, epic fantasy: humble beginnings; reluctant self-discovery; prophecies; creepy, dark, evil enemies of various types; good guys with unknown motivations; a unique magic system; swords and fighting men and women ; memories and relics of old things; cities; remote places; survival on the run; a vast world with many glimpses of what is to come I could go on and on. This, to me, is Fantasy at its best.
There's not just a country or two, a city or two. There are several countries, cultures, peoples, and races that are each vividly described so that it feels like an entire world. You can get completely absorbed in it if you want to. It is so well-developed as the books progress that I almost believe I've been there.
I love the feeling of being in this world, and 14 books gives me that long to soak it in. Another thing I've always enjoyed about The Wheel of Time is that it has both male and female lead characters, and really great supporting ones as well. The female characters can be annoyingly bossy at times, but they are also often sympathetic depending on whose point of view you're reading at the time.
The women are strong, just as strong as the men, and I especially love following Egwene's story in the future out of those we meet in the first volume. I love the variety of characters, and I can never decide whose point of view I like best. Many people are afraid to start the series because it's so long. I can see how that would be intimidating, and I'm glad I started when there were only 6 books.
I believe it ended up so long mainly because the story has more than the usual one or two protagonists. With that many characters, and more to come, 14 books is what it took to play out all their paths in sufficient depth although I will agree that some of the later books could have been less detailed.
I really don't mind the length, though. I love this world. I love to have plenty of time to live in it. I don't claim that it's perfect, but I do believe it's worth some effort. Now that my memory is stirring, I can't wait to relive the rest of it again. View all 23 comments. Dec 31, Robin Bridge Four rated it really liked it Shelves: awesome-audio , fantastic-fantasy , super-sidekicks , witches-warlocks-and-magic , stars , chick-i-want-to-hang-out-with.
Yes I know that will take me into but I don't care. Brandon Sanderson was influenced by Robert Jordan and finished out the series for him so it must be good. Great intro into a series.
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View all 9 comments. I was so scared to start this series for two reasons 1 of course, 14 tomes are scary! This is such a huge series and reading people grouch about is not a good sign since reading 7 tomes is huge task. First thing first, Eye of the World takes its inspirations from Middle-Earth is plain to see.
Right from the start I was so scared to start this series for two reasons 1 of course, 14 tomes are scary! Right from the start I could see the similarities and I was disappointed too. But there were parts where it stand out and put a foundation for coming books. Rand, Matt, and Perrin saw a cloaked man and the very night their whole village was attacked by trollocs. Lucky for them as one of the Aes Sadai was in the village with a warder and the destruction was not very huge.
Aes Sadai said times are changing and has an intuition that these three lads will be in the thick of the things. Thus begins the journey that has become legendary now and one of most talked about adventures in the fantasy world. It is a huge book and as most tomes tend to plod at times this one too suffers the same fate. Middle chapters were too slow and story became stagnant. It became hard for me to keep track of everyone after a time, especially when it was clear that not all of them would play any significant role in the end.
But I liked the world, the magic system, the main characters, and the story has a lot of potential which I am excited to explore further. A very decent first book in a long series. I will be reading second book soon. Hope it will be more original and less a copy of Middle Earth. Also i would like to thank Iniya who joined me for this tome and will be there with me on this long journey of our own.
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May 12, Ivan rated it did not like it Shelves: fantasy. Obviously that didn't end well. My initial rating was 3 stars than 2 after editing and now 1 since that is what DNF-ed books get. There is interesting worldbuilding here and potentially good heroic tale but I just can't look past so many annoying characters and this time around was even worse because I knew they become even more annoying. Jordan couldn't write non-obnoxious female character even if his life depend on in it. I would cheer for all of them to die horribly but main villain and his subjects are generic, tasteless evil so I couldn't be properly on his side either.
My opinion additionally deteriorated because since first time I read this book and now I read over hundred fantasy book and vast majority where better. After all this you might think I walked into this one with prejudice, knowing that I will hate it but it's not the case. I like heroic fantasy when done properly and I love long epics and some of my favorite people on GR love this series so I wanted to love it but and I kind of feel bad for hating it with a passion.
Dec 16, Dan Schwent rated it did not like it Shelves: fantasy. I'm going to go out on a limb here and say that this book was the one that put me off fantasy for years afterwards. Part of me was slightly interested in how the whole thing was going to end but it was over-ruled by the knowledge of nine books at the time after this one that I was going to have to push through. The story itself is such a fantasy cliche. Kid finds out he's the chosen one, has to defeat the big bad. I liked that story the first couple of times I read it.
The characters are unlik I'm going to go out on a limb here and say that this book was the one that put me off fantasy for years afterwards. The characters are unlikeable and I sure didn't want to spend more volumes reading about them. View all 15 comments. Despite the few surprises everything that the characters experienced and happened were like they were following a map.
It was way to easy, I would have liked more hindrances and complications. The book is way too slow with tons of internal monologue which I despise. With the negative out of the wa 3. With the negative out of the way, this book is a good book. I like the characters so much even annoying Mat, but I can't decide between Rand and Perrin who is my favourite. The religion, culture and history of the world is original, even the magic system that has a weird streak to it. World building and Writing The world building is okay, it wasn't astounding neither bad it was just in the middle.
But it isn't confusing, you'll still know what the author is portraying which is good. The writing is explicit, I like the story progression just which it was longer. It was an unsettling thought. All women are Aes Sedai. Characters Rand al'thor which from all indications is the chosen one, he fancies himself a farm boy.
Rand is a lovable character he is neither whinny nor arrogant. He is brave, kind and courageous, I hope that doesn't change. Perrin is a great character, he is extremely tall and muscular which makes people think him dumb which is so sad. Perrin is also brave and selfless. I love his relationship with Egwene when they were alone. Can't wait for more of him. Burn you, I thought farm youngsters had endurance. Work all day and dance all night. Sleep all day and sleep all night, looks like to me.
Move your bloody feet! She is powerful and very confident not to mention beautiful, nothing shakes her resolve. Mat is the most annoying character in this book, I want to throttle him half the time. Egwene is another cool female character in this book, don't know what to make of her yet. Lan is an immovable mountain, his sword skills will blow your mind.
Finally Nynaeve is a Wisdom, a healer, mid wife etc who is integral in the story. Plot A thousand or so years ago there was a prophecy that someone will save the world but will break the world in the process. That person has lived before so will just be reborn. Will definitely continue with the series. View 2 comments. Nov 02, Alex Telander rated it it was ok Shelves: books-read-in I gave it over two years of my life and I still couldn't keep going till the end. Of course, the real end will probably be book fifteen or twenty or, heaven forbid, twenty-five and up.
I'm talking about Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time series. Currently there are eleven books in the series, the latest, Knife of Dream, came out last October. The first book, Eye of the World, started out really well and I felt like I'd discovered a great new epic fantasy series similar to that of Lord of the Rings. The first book proved this and I thought it was great; I was also very excited at the notion of there being so many books in the series, with the story still incomplete.
The second book, The Great Hunt, while not as mind-mashingly great as the first book, was still a great read, as was the third, The Dragon Reborn, where we find out that the main character is the guy prophesied to save the world, essentially. Eight books from th ere and the big showdown still hasn't come, while Jordan has continued to drag out into the hundreds and thousands of pages scenes, descriptions, and characters bickering at each other about the same thing while repetitively employing their annoying habits, to the point where I feel like I'm reading a children's nursery rhyme.
Then there's the whole deal with the main character, Rand, having his undeniable love for three of the women characters, which he is okay with, and which they are okay with, apparently, and are quite willing to share him amongst themselves. I may have kept sloughing through the series better if there'd been a lot less purple prose and books four to ten had been condensed into say books four to six, which would've made more sense and made the stories move along better. Around book five I began spotting the routine the books go through: a few hundred pages of sitting around talking, explaining and regurgitating what's happened in the past books, bitching at each other; then about four hundred pages of people painstakingly crawling from a starting point to a destination and bear in mind that these people can "travel" through vortexes real fast , and then the last hundred pages is a big action scene.
Jordan and his wordiness, so I employed a slow speed-reading method which got me through them a lot faster. In about three days I reached the end of book nine and decided I'd had it and it just wasn't worth any more of my time. At this point I'd been able to summarize each book into three or four sentences, and I'd decided that if I can do that, maybe it's just not worth it and I should put my reading time to something more important that I'd enjoy reading more. So here I am Mr. Jordan, signing off on your series that held so much promise and crashed and burned like a planet falling into a sun.
Oh, and you know what, I'm not the only one who thinks this way. There are other people I know who've given up earlier than me, and others who've not even bothered to start because they know it's going to end bad. On the plus side, I get to sell all my Robert Jordan books and make money off him! If you liked this review, and would like to read more, go to BookBanter. View all 25 comments.
Nov 12, Justin rated it really liked it. Well, ladies and gentlemen, gleemen and Aes Sedai, Darkfriends and Wisdom, boy did this book hit me at the right time. I was bumbling around town like I always do. I was in this weird time in my life just wandering around thinking about books and what I should read next. I was parading down the cold streets with a warm beverage, wearing a sweater, considering my options, sipping my latte, letting the heat warm my bones and the caffeine electrify my brain. I had a lot of demands for whatever book Well, ladies and gentlemen, gleemen and Aes Sedai, Darkfriends and Wisdom, boy did this book hit me at the right time.
I had a lot of demands for whatever book I would read next. I was like a rock star passing off my rider to a sold out venue. Well, Robert Jordan delivered for me. At the top of my list was some kind of epic fantasy book that was kind of like Lord of the Rings but different. He does borrow a lot from Tolkien, but he also has a lot more story to tell and my guess is his story is going to veer off into many other directions. Next up on my list was a story with lots of inns and innkeepers. I loved every time they reached s new destination and the story unfolded more and more.
I wanted inns and innkeepers, and I got a daggum plethora of them. Those were the only two requirements, really. I would love to rate this book five stars. I really had a blast reading and following Rand and his crew on their wild adventures. I loved meeting new people and learning more about the history and setting of the story.
My only complaint is that there are a ton of people! I have so much to learn! I had to stop and remind myself who people were sometimes, and I still have a lot of questions. If you love fantasy books and books with innkeepers, boy do I have the book for you! If you like Lord of the Rings, boy so I have a carbon copy of that story to give to you! I just hope there are even more inns and innkeepers in the next book. View all 10 comments. Mar 12, Holden Johnson rated it really liked it Shelves: wheel-of-time , epic-fantasy.
An old school fantasy feel. Lots of intense descriptions on every small detail that normally my brain just tries to ignore and piece together itself. Tons and tons of traveling. No campfire is left to the imagination 4. Enough epicness to prove that it is truly one of the greats. Readin 4. Reading the Eye of the World, I have realized that I have grown out of many of the less modern fantasy themes and styles of writing.
With books nowadays that are fast paced and give more power to the imagination to fill in the blanks, I was not used to having every detail perfectly described for me. Did I like it? Yes and No. Sometimes it was a bit of a challenge to absorb all of that information and read at a reasonable pace.
I loved that if I wanted, however, I could know for sure what something in the world looked like or felt like. I also realized, that I will never grow out of the spirit of these books. Sure the writing style may not be my absolute favorite these days, but I will never hate the work for that. I will never dislike a classic book like this for explaining the songs being sung, or the meals being eaten. Simply because it's something that is fantasy at it's very core.
It reminds me somewhat of a tabletop RPG, where the scene is painted for you in such a way. I enjoy it! It's almost like taking a nice stroll through the world at a liesurely pace, rather than being pushed straight into the action, though both are great and both have their own place. Is this method of writing slowly changing? More and more I find books paced faster, with almost movie-like scenes. As someone with limited time on my hands, faster books are easier and more accessible.
I feel like it's almost a compliment when an author let's your imagination and mind follow the story and fill in the details. But there is a special place in my heart, and I'm sure most fantasy fans can agree with me, for a classic good verse evil tale where you know what you're getting yourself into.
The Eye of the World was definitely that. The story was not entirely what I expected, although it did have the classic and typical fantasy tropes. You can definitely see similarities to Tolkien works, especially with the evil forces in this world. The magic system is definitely unique, having both male and female sources to draw from, one tainted and forbidden while the other has its place in government and is a normal part of the world.
There were about pages of traveling , running , going from inn to inn, that I felt could have been shortened dramatically, but looking back, I actually didn't mind the light reading portions. The characters were probably my favorite part of this book. I find myself caring for several of them, and intrigued by the others. I think Lan is awesome and can't wait to find out more about his past. I wasn't sure about Rand at the beginning and still am not too overly fond of characters who are so afraid of their power and fight it at every turn, but I don't think he was excessively whiney like some that I've read.
My least favorite was probably Mat, though I can foresee him becoming important. Moirraine had an aura about her that was both mysterious and comforting to the party. It honestly almost felt like a classic RPG, "gather people along your way" companionship. The book wasn't jaw dropping, but I have to take it for what it is: The first book in a fourteen book series. As a single book rating, It deserves 4. The feeling that the end it gives me is definitely excitement into reading the rest of the series. I predict I will enjoy them more than this one.
You can't ever give up. If you give up you might as well be dead. View all 16 comments. Shelves: personal-favourites , fantasy , fantasy-sci-fi-challenge , wheel-of-time , favourite-series , fantasy-challenge , popularity-contest. The wind was not the beginning, there are neither Beginnings nor endings to the turning of The Wheel of Time.
I don't re-read many books unless I really love them. But I am in the process of re-reading these. That said this book remains for me as a four star novel purely because it is in my view weaker and less original than the accompanying volumes. This book can be read on its own and I strongly encourage anyone interested in taking up the long series to give this first novel a go. Chances are if you like or love this you'll be interested in the others. If you only find it somewhat appealing I think you'll like the second book even more because from the second and third books the series really comes into its own.
So before I pump up the entire series I'll briefly tell you what this novel is about. In the usual fantasy manner we start out with a sheepherder whose life is interrupted by the arrival of strangers in his village. These strangers turn out to be a magical user and a master warrior. A peddler and a gleeman a bard also decide it would be great to arrive at the same time. And then a bunch of Trollocs led by a Myrddraal decide to arrive and reveal who the mysterious strangers truly are. Our main protagonist Rand al'Thor is given his father's sword and told that he is one of three men who was being hunted by the Dark One's minions.
As a result to protect his village he has to leave and this eventually all leads to he and his friends heading towards the Eye of the World. Compared to the later books this is average fantasy fare and hardly unique. But there are the subtle glimpses of how epic this series will become. For in my opinion there is no other fantasy series as epic as that of The Wheel of Time. It simply cannot be contained in its scope. Even after it was originally meant to be a trilogy it became six books and then ten. Now it will be fourteen books and has lived beyond the lifespan of its original author.
And yet the story has lost little of its overall consistency. It is a sprawling world that forms across thirteen books with hundreds upon hundreds of characters that enter the frame. Indeed if you want memory training why not try reading this sprawling and long series? The premise of the entire series is only hinted at in this first book.
That is that the world as our characters then know it has been created by the nameless Creator, a being of physical good, who bound the Dark One Shai'tan in a physical prison on this world, held captive by the turning of the metaphysical Wheel of Time. This Wheel is powered by the One Power. The One Power can be tapped by certain adepts called Aes Sedai and is divided into male and female halves called saidin and saidar.
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The Aes Sedia in the past released the Dark One partially and then rebound him but not before he tainted the male half of the power driving all male Aes Sedai insane. This destroyed the world and led to women holding the ability to channel. However prophecies exist which talk about the Dark One rising again and when he does the Dragon Reborn a kind of male saviour will confront and defeat the Dark One. The idea is suggested that because the Wheel keeps turning heroic characters are reborn or reincarnated and the Dark One keeps one being released and rebound in his prison and so it is the Dark One's aim to stop the Wheel of Time turning and have a kind of final Armageddon battle at last.
So that is where the entire story leads towards: a massive final reckoning with good and evil. Robert Jordan draws upon many other fantasy and mythology references and yet he creates something very unique ultimately. His overall vision is huge and massive and hopefully the conclusion is equally satisfying when at last the final and fourteenth book is released.
However to this date the other novels have been incredible and visionary. Not to mention that they introduced me to the works of Brandon Sanderson. Be as cynical about this series as you want there's very little that can convince me that this personally is one of the crowning pillars of epic fantasy that focuses on the conflict of good versus evil. And nothing beats this for scope in my mind.
I encourage anyone who is interested in reading this series to start here and see if you like it. If you don't I'd still encourage you to try the second book as that is where the unique elements start to emerge. The third book is better still and if you make it to book six you'll start to see how wonderful the overall story is I hope. There is also a prequel which may catch your eye called New Spring. However if you're not drawn in by book one or two I'd probably admit defeat and say that this is not your kind of book. Anyway it's my aim to re-read all the books by January so I can be up to date with the final book.
And hopefully I shall also be able to own the books in the future. View all 37 comments. Mar 14, Gavin rated it it was amazing Shelves: fantasy. I'm not sure what to say about The Eye of the World. I first read it way back in and enjoyed it well enough. I'm pretty happy to be able to say that, unlike a lot of old favourites, this story has stood the test of time.