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Editorial Reviews. From Library Journal. The peaceful villagers of Emond's Field pay little heed Book 1 of 14 in The Wheel Of Time (14 Book Series). Editorial Reviews. From Library Journal. The peaceful villagers of Emond's Field pay little heed bernasungueta.ml: The Eye of the World: Book One of 'The Wheel of Time' (Wheel of Time Other 1) eBook: Robert Jordan: site Store. —VarietyThe Wheel of Time®New Spring: The Novel#1 The Eye of the World#2 The Great Hunt#3 The Dragon Reborn#4 The Shadow.
If you can only read one, I would read the one that has been completed. Or go read Mistborn! Man, Sanderson knows how to finish a series. I'm after something to fill that gap until WOW arrives. Nanksy I would recommend both. Jordan is very wordy but on a level that will improve your vocabulary and your mental faculties. For those who say it is …more I would recommend both. For those who say it is Tolkein derivative, I am puzzled.
Did you read past the first book? Jordan builds a world that is very complex and will strain your ability to keep multiple plots and characters in mind. It takes patience to get through the entire series as many new story lines and characters get introduced in each succeeding book. Overall it is worth it to finish the series. It is a series that leaves you guessing and not always liking the way events unfold. The biggest problem I have is that it takes so long for the next book to come out.
I am completely out of patience for the 6th. If you don't like waiting pick another series. See all 50 questions about The Eye of the World…. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Rating details. More filters. Sort order. May 13, J. Keely rated it did not like it Shelves: The first series that showed it was possible to do an uninspired rewrite of Tolkien and make a mint was Shannara. After that the doors were flung wide, and the next to profit off the scheme was was Robert Jordan.
Of course, I'm not suggesting it's bad to take inspiration from older authors--all authors do this, as Virgil did from Homer, and Milton from Virgil, and Byron from Milton. But when a skil The first series that showed it was possible to do an uninspired rewrite of Tolkien and make a mint was Shannara.
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But when a skilled author takes inspiration, they expand and change what came before, combining many influences to produce their own unique voice and vision.
Jordan didn't have the knowledge of language, history, or culture to truly copy Tolkien's style, nor was he able to add a unique spin. The Eye of The World is a more accessible version of Tolkien, but Tolkien is already a simplified version of the Norse Sagas, meaning that Jordan felt a need to dumb-down the accessible, which doesn't leave his book with much personality.
Howard Jordan even wrote and published some of his own Conan stories. However, unlike other authors of rollicking adventure Fantasy, like Leiber or Charles Saunders , Jordan kept Tolkien's plodding length. It is difficult to comprehend how an author could take such a simple, familiar story and stretch it out over so many pages. Stop me if you've heard this one before. Like a lot of modern fantasy, the plot and characters are nothing new. If you've seen Star Wars, then you know it by heart.
Every fantasy fan has read this same story again and again from countless authors--some, apparently on purpose. Of course, when this old story is told well, with slick pacing and vivid characters, we can forgive the cliches, or even enjoy them freshly, recognizing their universal appeal.
But when an author is simply trotting out an old, tired story and doing nothing to make it shine anew, then the only appeal it can lay claim to is bland nostalgia.
There's no reason for this sort of repetition: There are countless different influences out there, long before Tolkien or Howard ever touched pen to paper many of which can be found in the link at the end of this review , so it's disappointing to see authors continually rehashing the same tedious cliches completely unchanged half a century later.
Jordan's long-winded style can't even boast the wealth of meticulous details with which Tolkien filled his pages often to the detriment of his story. It's clear that Jordan's trying to build a one of those massively detailed worlds so prevalent in pop fantasy, but it's not an interesting, original world--it's just another generic, pseudo-Medieval Europe without any of the genuinely interesting bits that made that time period unique.
It's just modern characters with modern psychology swinging around magic swords in a Disneyland version of history. It might not be so bad if the lengthy asides were actually interesting, in and of themselves. If each little piece was amusing in its own right, we might forgive. If they gave us some odd bit of defamiliarization that caused us to look at our own, modern world in a new way, that would be something.
Instead, we get dry, lengthy explanations of extraneous facts that we had no reason to be curious about in the first place. Some readers have pointed out that these facts show up in later books of the series, which is probably true, but then, what are they doing in this book?
If Mary doesn't appear until book three, it is not useful or interesting to stop in the middle of book one and tell us she has blonde hair. Facts should not be evenly distributed throughout a series, they should be placed in close proximity to scenes that relate to them. That way they make sense to the reader and we have a reason to care about them.
That's the difference between foreshadowing and a word search puzzle. If an author has to stop the story every few paragraphs to explain what's going on, then his writing is simply not working.
The world should be revealed to us through characters, through their interactions, through small details of verisimilitude that are lovely or interesting on their own, and through scenes designed specifically to illustrate a point without losing focus and falling into lengthy digressions.
But Jordan's characters are dull and shallow, his dialogue bland, and his plot though it possesses many parts lacks twists or turns. We are given an unending parade of new characters and lengthy asides, which masterfully suck all the drive, purpose, and life from an otherwise simplistic story.
At half this length, the book would have been merely another two-star fantasy rehash. At a third the length, it might have started to show some pep--but Jordan had to stretch out his all-to-familiar story to doorstop proportions. In Tolkien, the first hundred pages takes place in quaint Hobbiton. This prelude prepares us for the rest of the book, allowing us to understand the strange world and characters and setting a mood.
When the action takes us away, we find we have formed a certain attachment to the bucolic charm of Hobbiton sickly-sweet as it may be. Finally, when we do depart, the world we meet is much grander in comparison. In Eye of the World , you spend the first hundred and fifty pages in a drab farming community, so that when the characters finally leave, it will seem like something is happening.
This is only an illusion. Some of Jordan's fans have pointed to the 'Wheel of Time' aspect as his unique contribution to the genre--mixing Eastern philosophy and the idea of eternal recurrence in with his mock-feudal world, but it's the same thing that E. Eddison was doing in the s , and which Michael Moorcock has been exploring and expanding on since the sixties.
As such, I don't see it as some new twist that Jordan has added to fantasy, but as another bland rehash of an interesting idea some other author had decades before. Also, like most fantasy authors, Jordan seems to have a problem writing female characters. They are either whiny and snotty, or emasculating ice queens. They all speak in the exact same voice--and the joke in the writing community is that anyone who has met his wife know exactly where every one of his female characters comes from.
I couldn't count on both hands the fantasy authors who seem to think 'strong woman' means 'insufferable, unapologetic shrew'. Then again, it isn't as if his male characters aren't any more interesting or fleshed-out, even if they do get a more flattering depiction. I've also been led to understand that later on in the series, we get a magical band of lipstick lesbians who 'go straight' when they grow up and meet 'real men', like our heroes , plus a bunch of sex-fetish weirdness about punishment by naked public spanking.
But I suppose that if Jordan resembles other genre writers in terms of plot, length, setting, and character, he might as well go all the way and throw in some of his own unprocessed sexual hangups. And as the series goes on, the many problems with pacing, plotting, and unfocused asides only grow worse. If Jordan can't keep everything straight in his opening book, how will he possibly deal when the story starts branching out as stories inevitably do?
It is hardly surprising that such a tenuous grasp will inevitably slip away--as it has for so many other authors in pop fantasy, from Martin to Goodkind , who start off intending to write a trilogy and end up with ten books, each of which takes five years to write, and none of which even manage to finish the plot started in book I.
So, take the plot of Star Wars, add the long-windedness of Tolkien, the piecemeal structure of Howard, the cosmology of Moorcock, add in a pinch of awkward sexual hangups, and you have yet another crap pop fantasy, ready to sell a million copies to folks who want nothing more than to read the same story over and over as written by a succession of chubby, bearded, awkward dudes. I'm sure a violent, breast-baring miniseries is already in preproduction. A benevolent power would surely spare us the pain of such unending mediocrity.
However, if there were some deity, and he had a sense of humor, then he would allow the uncreative authors to publish, to gain fame, win awards, and rake in the cash, until their series piled self-indulgently to the length of a minor encyclopedia. Then our clownish deity would let the author announce that he is finally approaching The End for real this time! Since this is precisely what happened to Jordan, I will have to keep an eye out for other signs of this humorous demiurge, possibly in the form of leper-curing banana peels and hagiographic fright wigs.
My Fantasy Book Suggestions View all comments. Nov 22, unknown rated it liked it Recommended to unknown by: Brian Halberg. Paternity leave reading for 3 a. Mine and hers.
I read it. Are you happy? My friend Brian has been telling me to read The Wheel of Time for years. It always went like this: You should read The Wheel of Time. It's really good. I've heard that it gets really, really bad. The first seven books are really outstanding. Yeah, I'm not going to read seven books without an ending.
The first one is good but the second one is better. I don't know. T Paternity leave reading for 3 a. The first one stands alone really well! OK, lemee borrow it. Here is your book back. Oh, you read it? I really thought I was never, ever going to start this series. Everything I read about it screamed at me to run away. Tolkien pastiche. Incredibly long. Characters with stupid names.
Lots of "world-building. I have nothing against multi-volume, word-bloated epic fantasy. Not really. Well, kind of, but I am willing to give it the benefit of the doubt: George R.
Martin, that one Brandon Sanderson book I liked. But even the people who like The Wheel of Time also seem to apologize for doing so or outright resent it for what it became in the draggy middle. So why do I want to start reading it? If someone told me a show about a mysterious island was really entertaining and interesting for a while there, but then totally peed the ending down its leg, and really, that's a PRETTY BIG DEAL for a mystery show , even one that is purportedly focused on a bunch of unlikeable assholes characters first, would I immediately run home and start watching that show on Netflix streaming?
No, because I'm the idiot who watched it all along, assuming I wasn't wasting my time. I think I am getting off track. So, I wasn't going to read this.
But then I was off work for a few weeks on paternity leave, and my daughter was waking up five times a night, and I was unable to sleep even though, at that point, I didn't really have much to offer that she was interested in, and I had a copy of The Eye of the World that I absorbed for a quarter somewhere, and I've always had a thing for the goofy cover art. So I picked it up at 2 a. And it was pretty much what I expected, what with the stupid names and bad dialogue.
But it was also kind of Of course, I also knew based on reading a bunch of reviews and blogs about this book series I never planned to read that the next pages were going to be, in the tradition of Hobbiton Chapter One: So I almost put it back down. Then I remembered that my brother had the book in his Audible account, and that my phone lets you listen to books at double speed, meaning I'd get through the hour production in roughly That sounded about right -- the auditory equivalent of skimming except I actually got really good at listening that quickly; you just kind of have to get in the zone.
And it was exactly as I'd been led to believe: Bland heroes though in their defense, they are stupid teenagers. And my favorite, the pauses for self-indulgent infodumps the "best" one comes in one of the last chapters and throws in so many weird names and covers so much time I have absolutely no idea what happened and why it mattered enough to put the climax on hold.
The unsatisfying ending the last chapters are rushed, drop in a few villains out of the blue only to defeat them a few pages later via a magical object that isn't mentioned until page even though it's the freaking title. I kind of liked it.
The world is pretty interesting. I like the way Robert Jordan sketches out the history even some of the infodumps are fun! I like his magic system, and the powerful women who are feared and respected for tapping into it. I don't strictly care about the hero's journey at its core, but the weight -- the epicness -- of it all Once the big, lumbering thing gets moving, it really has momentum. So here's where the real test comes.
Do I read the second book? No, I do not. Do I listen to the second book at chipmunk speed? I really kind of want to. But doing that will only make me want to read book three, and, like poor Rand al'Thor accidentally touching the tainted power of saidin dammit, Brian, see what you did?
Maybe if Josh has an extra Audible credit.
View all 56 comments. Another massive fantasy series to finish, a new epic adventure to undertake. Like many modern fantasy readers, the last three books finished by Brandon Sanderson played a huge motivational drive in my attempt to start and finish The Wheel of Time. I honestly find this series to be even more intimidating than Malazan Book of the Fallen due to the sheer number of word counts in it.
To give a bit of information on how intimidating t 3. To give a bit of information on how intimidating this series is, the last two massive series I began and finished last year was The Realm of Elderlings 4. A tale of good versus evil is something I never get tired of, and The Eye of the World sets out to lay a lot of groundwork for an epic tale of light versus darkness. Men wear many names, many faces.
Different faces, but always the same man. We can only watch, and study, and hope. Not a lot of modern epic fantasy goes to the length that Jordan did when it comes to being descriptive—and sometimes repetitive—about his world-building; it can be quite an overkill. Because of all this, the pacing did suffer, especially in the middle section of the book where the story progression follows a repetitive story progression and characters making stupid remarks and actions.
Excluding Moiraine and Lan, the main characters from The Two Rivers are young and secluded people who live in their village all the time; like Frodo and Sam who never left the shire. This is a foundational book, almost everything about it felt, understandably, like an introductory guide to the world of this series.
World-building takes priority; I truly loved every moment of reading the lore and history regarding this world. Just from the first book alone, we can already judge that Jordan knows his world inside out. By adapting some of our real-world religions, language, histories, and deities, Jordan was able to create a world full of extraordinary lore. Take your time and be prepared for a long, and hopefully, satisfying journey. Will I be able to do that?
How rewarding will it all be? The wheel weaves as the wheel wills… You can order the book from: Re-read with some wonderful friends over at Fantasy Buddy Reads and it's still 5 stars! Melissa Martin's Reading List That was an amazing little journey.
I'm going to give it my all to make this a good enough review, but I kinda doubt it because this book is too great for my measly little words: As the Wheel turns, the Ages come and go, leaving memories that fade in legend, then to myth, and are forgotten by the time that Age comes again.
The Pattern of an Age is slightly different each time an Age comes, and each time it is subject to greater change, but each time it is the same Age. Here is an eeny meeny map that shows the lands our travelers cross in the book.
The story starts out with Rand and his father Tam traveling to the village to sell some things. When they get back home they are attacked by Trollocs and Rand's father is injured very badly. Rand manages to get Tam back to the village to try to find a healer. Also a woman named Moiraine and man named Lan had shown up, oh and a gleeman named Thom.
There a whole bunch of stuff going on with this but I can't get into it. Anyway, back to the attack, when Rand gets back to the village the town healer, Nynaeve says she can't help him and he is just going to die.. Moiraine helps him and he will live. Moiraine is my favorite character and she's an Aes Sedai, which is going to refer to glossary again Aes Sedai: Wielders of the One Power.
Since the Time of Madness, all surviving Aes Sedai are women. Widely distrusted and feared, even hated, they are blamed by many for the Breaking of the World, and are generally thought to meddle in the affairs of nations. At the same time, few rulers will be without an Aes Sedai advisor, even in lands where the existence of such a connection must be kept secret. Don't let that fool you because in this book Moiraine is bad to the bone with her powers but she's a good person so they can suck it!
She is traveling with Lan and he is a Warder, I love him too: A warrior bonded to an Aes Sedai. The bonding is a thing of the One Power, and by it he gains such gifts as quick healing, the ability to go long periods without food, water, or rest, and the ability to sense the taint of the Dark One at a distance. So long as a Warder lives, the Aes Sedai to whom he is bonded knows he is alive no matter how far away he is, and when he dies she will know the moment and manner of his death.
There is a little more to it than that but you the idea. So, Moiraine and Lan know that the boys are being targeted by the Dark One who is sending the Trollocs and the Myrddraal who controls the Trollocs after them to bring them to him. It's a whole big thing that starts this journey. Moiraine and Lan decide they need to try to get the boys to a safe haven which will take a long time to get to and will be dangerous.
So they get Rand, Matt, Perrin to go on this journey and a friend of the boys named Egwene decides she wants to go and so does the Gleeman, Thom. So they all get the hell out of there at night before the Trollocs show back up!
At some point they all get split up and we get to read about their different adventures, oh and Nynaeve shows up to go with them. My favorite is about Perrin and Egwene because they run into a character named Elyas and he talks to wolves and is friends with wolves, they help each other out and I love it. Although, one part made me want to hunk smash someone, but I digress This whole world is written so beautifully, I felt like I was there, mostly the parts when they were in the woods or traveling at night, I could picture every little thing the author said down to a T.
I probably would have missed these wonderful books if it wasn't for friends on Goodreads, I'm so glad I get to find more books like this and many others because there are so many different kinds of worlds out there to find, hidden out there for us to grasp and love. The funny thing is, my best friend has had these books forever and never told me! I tore him a new one let me tell you. LoL I would like to think anyone that loves fantasy books would love these books.
Now that being said, I have only read the first one so I don't know how the next 13 are going to be, I can only hope they are as good as this one. This book has a whole world of things going on, towns, different kinds of people, adventures, quests people are going on, it's just so much fun and there are some deaths You could get lost in this book while traveling with each character. I also loved that the author gave all of the horses names and they weren't just random things in the book. Bela being my favorite of course and you will know why when you read the book.
If your waiting to read this book, just go ahead and take the chance and try it out! View all 48 comments. Reviewed by: Please be mindful of this in the comments, both for me and for others who may or may not have progressed past this point in the series.
Thank you. WoT is my favorite high fantasy series. The first time, I was nineteen. I read all of the available books, back-to-back, schoolwork be damned. Then I read them again. YES, really. And I loved them even more the second time. I thrive on detail, you see. And Robert Jordan was a master of details. I caught so many previously missed foreshadowings, clevernesses, nuances, etc. It was spectacular.
Like when Thom, Mat, and Rand jumped aboard Bayle Domon's ship, and Thom spun a tale for the captain, explaining how they happened to come upon his ship with Trollocs nasty man-beast things on their heels: Now it just so happened that he had earlier learned the location of Aridhol from a map given him many years ago by a dying friend in Illian whose life he had once saved.
They live in Emond's Field, where they have small village concerns and small village lives. But when the previously mentioned Trollocs: Jordan does an excellent job of keeping you guessing: Is it really just the one, or is it all of them?
If it is all of them, are they all equally important, or do the degrees vary? And one thing we do know is that Rand, Perrin, and Mat are ta'veren , and as such they unwittingly pull others into their quest: Among many others.
Each and every one of them vital in their own way. Also vital are the multitudes of seemingly random observations and commentary that in reality are the foundations of awesomeness to come. It's truly incredible. And despite having read The Eye of the World so many times that I practically have it memorized, I have yet to grow immune to the very real and heartbreaking struggles that many of the characters face.
Whether it's Rand's terrible journey from his farm in the Westwood to Emond's Field, dragging his injured father to safety, Loial's treesong to preserve a small part of his Treebrother's sanctuary in the Blight, or Nynaeve's yearning for a man bound to a never-ending battle that he cannot win. I still feel it. And if you are unaffected by Moiraine's tale of the long fallen Manetheren: First in a trickle, then a river, then a flood, men went, not to safety, but to join the army fighting for their land.
Shepherds with bows, and farmers with pitchforks, and woodsmen with axes. Women went, too, shouldering what weapons they could find and marching side by side with their men. No one made that journey who did not know they would never return. But it was their land. It had been their fathers', and it would be their children's, and they went to pay the price for it. Not a step of ground was given up until it was soaked with blood. As daunting as this series may be and I will never deny that it is daunting.
It's just a prologue. And if you don't feel the need to see what happens next, then hey. ALSO, no one is holding a gun to your head. Take your time. Enjoy it. Or don't. But my recommendation is that you do. These are the books that spawned my love of reading fantastical things as a adult. My other reviews for this series: Tell about his daughter Salya walking among the stars. Perhaps even older. But I have all stories, mind you now, of Ages that were and will be. Ages when men ruled the heavens and the stars, and Ages when man roamed as brother to the animals.
Ages of wonder, and Ages of horror. Ages ended by fire raining from the skies, and Ages doomed by snow and ice covering land and sea. I have all stories, and I will tell all stories. Tales of Mosk the Giant, with his Lance of fire that could reach around the world, and his wars with Elsbet, the Queen of All. His voice was almost a chant, and he turned slowly as he spoke, as if surveying the onlookers to gauge his effect.
I will tell of the Time of Madness, when Aes Sedai shattered the world; of the Trolloc Wars, when men battled Trollocs for rule of the earth; of the War of the Hundred Years, when men battled men and the nations of our day were wrought. I will tell the adventures of men and women, rich and poor, great and small, proud and humble. The Siege of the Pillars of the Sky. Tam's "fever talk. Life and beauty swirl in the midst of death. That one has always symbolized the whole of it to me, too.
Poetry out of Lan? The man was an onion. Lord of the Seven Towers. Mile by mile the corruption of the Blight became more apparent. Leaves covered the trees in ever greater profusion, but stained and spotted with yellow and black, with livid red streaks like blood poisoning. Every leaf and creeper seemed bloated, ready to burst at a touch. Flowers hung on trees and weeds in a parody of spring, sickly pale and pulpy, waxen things that appeared to be rotting while Rand watched.
When he breathed through his nose, the sweet stench of decay, heavy and thick, sickened him; when he tried breathing through his mouth, he almost gagged. The air tasted like a mouthful of spoiled meat.
Like Ishamael, we walk the world again, and soon the rest of us will come. I whispered again, and the High King sent his armies across the Aryth Ocean, across the World Sea, and sealed two dooms.
The doom of his dream of one land and one people, and a doom yet to come. Master Andra has seven ruined towers around his head, and a babe in a cradle holding a sword , and. The strongest things I see about the big, curly-haired fellow are a wolf, and a broken crown, and trees flowering all around him.
And the other one—a red eagle, an eye on a balance scale, a dagger with a ruby, a horn, and a laughing face. There are other things, but you see what I mean. You and I will meet again. Malkier stuff. No idea about the broken crown, unless he's going to be the king of Manetheren, and trees flowering. Which is entirely possible , dagger is dagger from Shadar Logoth, horn is Horn of Valere, and laughing face. Callandor , Crown of Swords from Illian? I believe in tradition, I do, but look what it got us last time.
Luc dead in the Blight before he was ever anointed First Prince of the Sword, and Tigraine vanished —run off or dead—when it came time for her to take the throne. There was a man came to Stedding Shangtai a little time back. This was not unusual in itself, at the time, since a great many refugees had come to the Spine of the World fleeing what you humans call the Aiel War.
A little time back; twenty years, near enough. A few months. One night he left without a word to anyone, simply sneaked away when the moon was down. Before he left, he told a curious tale which he said he meant to carry to Tar Valon.
The Elders said he was as sound in his mind as in his body, but that was what he said.
The Eye of the World
What I have wanted to ask is, can the Dark One do such a thing? Kill time itself? And the Eye of the World?
Can he blind the eye of the Great Serpent? What does it mean? Green Man: Do the old times truly walk again then? Has the Wheel turned so far? Do the People of the Dragon return to the first Covenant? But you wear a sword. That is neither now nor then.
Only, how did he tell his father that the man who had apparently vanished into air wore a cloak the wind did not touch? There are a LOT of turning points in this series. Probably thousands. But this one. Others muttered in support. The dead fell like autumn leaves. It's pretty; I like it. Perrin nodded. We thought about seeing Maradon first. But the capital city would be the first place our fathers would look.
There was part of a fish—I think it was a fish—as big as this boat, once. Manetherendrelle means "waters of the mountain home," after all. Rand, my mother thinks Tar Valon is the next thing to Shayol Ghul. It was not very convincing. Thom grimaced.
May the Stone stand till I am dust. View all 84 comments. It is not a blatant light verses dark mission. There are characters that are evidently pure, but there are also those whose motives are not entirely clear. Well, at least not in the beginning. For example the Gleeman has a very minor part at the start of the book, but towards the middle we realise that there is much more depth to him. He no doubt has a part that will be revealed in later books.
The same is true of Lan and Moraine because their intentions are veiled at the beginning. Rand, Mat and Perrin are forced to go along with them for their own safety. They do not know who this mysterious figure is or the inner working of her stoic guard Lan. Their so called saviour is an Aes Sedai, which are a group that are renowned for doing thing for their own secret motives.
Their actions may appear benevolent, though often there is a hidden reason behind them. So, it is not entirely clear, in the beginning, if the boys are being rescued, used or a little of both. Their rescuers are shunned, hated and feared by most people; thus, the reader is left to decide whether to judge them on their actions or their reputation. A story of growth and perfect fantasy Rand is the dragon reborn; he is essentially the chosen one of this fantasy universe.
The three boys are unsure which of them is being hunted by the minions of the Dark One, but it is clear to the reader, and to Rand himself that it is, in fact, Rand the enemy is after.
In spite of this, each of the boys overcomes a massive personal obstacle. Mat is almost lost forever when he takes a dagger of extraordinary evil. Perrin conquers his fear and discovers the kin of his soul: Rand begins to accept his destiny and realise that it is completely unavoidable and definitive: It is not done between us. It will not be done until the end of time. Rand is just becoming a man, but his youth is very much on the surface. The world is a dangerous place; it is full of warring factions and evil doers; it is full of thieves and backstabbers; it is full of mysterious, and blood thirsty, creatures that have their own dark desires.
It is a world full of strange magic that is just waiting to be harnessed.
For me, it is everything I want in high fantasy. An inspiration This book is not rich in originality; it is not a pioneer for its genre, but what it is, is a highly entertaining adventure. This may be another story of evil trying to conquer all; it may be a story we have seen many times before, and since, but it is still incredibly exciting to read. The plot is incredibly immersive and is just a pleasure to read. They have used element of his magic system and some of his fantasy ideas.
Is their writing bad because of this? It just means that they took an idea that was good and reworked it for themselves; it means that they, like Jordan, were amongst the first to reuse an idea before it became too overworked and boring, lucky for them really, and lucky for us because we get to read great high fantasy more than once. I enjoyed this book a lot, and I promise in my review for the rest of the series not to mention the name Tolkien. I just had to get that mighty obstacle out of the way.
This book reminds why fantasy fiction is, and will always remain, my favourite genre. Eye of the World- An unoriginal five stars 2. The Great Hunt- A reluctant three stars 3. The Dragon Reborn- A well-developed four stars 4.
The Shadow Rising- A strong four stars 5. Legend fades to myth, and even myth is long forgotten when the Age that gave it birth comes again. The wind was not the beginning. There are neither beginnings nor endings to the turning of the Wheel of Time. But it was a beginning. View all 28 comments. Dec 18, Markus rated it it was amazing Shelves: The oceans fled, and the mountains were swallowed up, and the nations were scattered to the eight corners of the World.
The moon was as blood, and the sun was as ashes. The seas boiled, and the living envied the dead. All was shattered, and all but memory lost, and one memory above all others, of him who brought the Shadow and the Breaking of the World. And him they named Dragon.
And it came to pass in those days, as it "And the Shadow fell upon the land, and the world was riven stone from stone. And it came to pass in those days, as it had come before and would come again, that the Dark lay heavy on the land and weighed down the hearts of men, and the green things failed, and hope died. And men cried out to the Creator, saying, O Light of the Heavens, Light of the World, let the Promised One be born of the mountain, according to the prophecies, as he was in ages past and will be in ages to come.
Let the Prince of the Morning sing to the land that green things will grow and the valleys give forth lambs.
Let the arm of the Lord of the Dawn shelter us from the Dark, and the great sword of justice defend us. Let the Dragon ride again on the winds of time. Some deeply fascinating, others not so much. And every once in a while I am able to lay my eyes on something truly extraordinary. This is not a book turning fantasy literature on its head, or even providing the genre with major changes. When reading it, I was quite easily able to find strong similarities with lots of previous works of fantasy and science fiction, including The Lord of the Rings , Dune and Shannara.
It is not among the most innovative books I have read. It is not among the most exciting books I have read. It is, however, a stunning work of pure quality which deserves to be read by all fantasy enthusiasts out there. I do not intend to write in great lengths about the story and the characters in this review, and I feel that I have already mentioned what needs to be mentioned. Most of you have already read this book. Those who have not, should really take the time and effort to do so.
It is absolutely worth it. When I had read more books in the series, it had grown more and more in my estimate.
Even at that early stage, this was definitely one of my favourite fantasy series ever. And definitely the best example of fantasy worldbuilding since Tolkien. At that point I was starting to wonder whether I actually considered it better than even my beloved A Song of Ice and Fire , but only time would tell there.
After two years of reading, the longest I have ever spent on one single story, I have reached the end. And because of my never-ending obsession with favourites, I can finally make the official statement: Wheel of Time is my favourite fantasy series of all time.
That still means it is surpassed by Tolkien's works, which do not make up a series, but this is just about the highest praise I can give. It has its boring parts just as it has its brilliant parts. It has endless descriptions of brain-tugging and Jordan's ridiculously annoying battle of the sexes.
It has the worst protagonists I have ever met in fictional literature. And so much more. But I don't care. Because it also has the most magnificent setting you could possibly imagine. It has brilliant characters, wondrous and fantastic places, and deep and thrilling backstories wherever you turn. Not to even mention Robert Jordan's astounding writing. The best part about Wheel of Time is that it gives me a feeling only one book has been able to give me before. It should be needless to name that one, but this is definitely high praise coming from me.
So treat this series like an exquisite wine. Save it for the perfect occasion, and then savour every drop. It can be a challenge to get through, but it is definitely worth it. This is in my eyes fantasy as it should be written. View all 69 comments. Jan 10, Khanh, first of her name, mother of bunnies rated it it was ok Recommended to Khanh, first of her name, mother of bunnies by: This is my new record.
Look, I'm sorry. This is another one of those Lord-of-the-Rings moment where I appreciate the effort, but this is not for me. Within the short amount that I read, I had names and random bits of history thrown at me and maybe it's because it's this early in the morning, but I nearly fell asleep and I honestly can't recall anything that I've read.
I have a feeling I'd have a better time reading a text 2 stars for the benefit of the doubt, because I DNFed this shit at page I have a feeling I'd have a better time reading a textbook. View all 83 comments. Nov 24, David - proud Gleeman in Branwen's adventuring party rated it it was amazing Shelves: D From the Eye of the World, you can see just how much danger the world is really in!
That's not in the book, I just made that up myself. Don't worry, Robert Jordan's writing isn't nearly as cheesy as mine! Life in the village of Emond's Field had always been peaceful. Sure, the people sometimes argued, as families do from time to time.
But ultimately, the village was a tight-knit community, and people rarely left, since they had everything they needed at home. It was a quiet life, but a fruitful one. One where people felt safe enough to leave their doors open to everyone, secure in the knowledge that the greatest evil in the world, the one most people only refer to as the Dark One rather than daring to even speak its name, was safely locked up and could no longer hurt them.
That all changed the night the invaders came into town. Vicious misshapen creatures and supernatural fiends from people's worst nightmares. And their presence means something even more terrifying. The seals on the Dark One's prison are not as secure as they thought.
A great evil is spreading throughout the land, whispering in people's ears and poisoning and corrupting anyone who chooses to listen. Now, a group of youngsters from the village find themselves chased from their safe home. They've traded their quiet lives for a daring adventure, one worthy of the greatest storybooks And as they find themselves entwined in the ultimate war of light verses darkness, there is one burning question that haunts them throughout I'm actually writing this review long after reading the book, and truth be told, I still haven't been able to wrap my head completely around it!
Robert Jordan's world-building is so vast and intricate, it takes time to be able to absorb it all. His lush descriptions of the environment bring his words to like so effectively, you sometimes feel like you're living the book rather than reading it.
But I think the book's greatest strength is its main characters, who I'll be discussing in order of my own personal preference: Moiraine - "Whatever the Dark One wants, I oppose, so hear this and know it true.
Before I let the Dark One have you, I will destroy you myself.
Later books get more into the various factions of the Sedai and the ideological differences between them all, but mostly what we're told about the Sedai in this volume is that many people fear them Strong in mind, spirit and ability, Moiraine is a commanding yet charming presence from the moment she arrives at Emond's Field.
Her magical powers and sense of authority reminded me of Tolkien's Gandalf That's when I realized Moiraine is really more like Gandalf if Gandalf's contingency plan was to throw Frodo into volcano along with the Ring if he had to! I'll be honest, at first I found Nynaeve a little abrasive. Not only does her temper cause her to hurt people with her words, sometimes she even hits them with a large stick, and what first felt like "tough love" starts to feel more like a WrestleMania event!
For the record, if Nynaeve was a pro wrestler, she's so tough she would win every match, no matter who was actually scripted to win! While the others are mostly motivated by self-preservation, Nynaeve's main concern was to protect the people of her village. How could I not admire Nynaeve after that? She started out one of my least favorite characters and by the book's end had become one of my favorites instead!
Rand - "A fine day for going unnoticed! I might as well carry a sign! Rand is very different from most fantasy novel heroes. Whereas most fantasy protagonists tend to be swashbuckling, Rand manages to be If he's running across a acre field that has only one rock in it, you can bet Rand will manage to trip over that rock! If a stranger holding a warhammer asked Rand, "Would you please follow me into this trap?
At times, Rand made me want to scream. But I also recognized that that was due to the brilliance of Robert Jordan's writing. Rand acts exactly like what he's supposed to be, a sheltered, innocent boy who is in way over his head. Add to that his affable personality, and it's impossible not to like him Lan - "Anything can be a weapon, if the man or woman who holds it has the nerve and will to make it so.
Sean Connery Samuel L. 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 page count for the hardback editions do not include glossary or appendix page counts. Jordan expanded this into the stand-alone novel New Spring that was published in January In the first book, The Eye of the World , was repackaged as two volumes with new illustrations for younger readers: From the Two Rivers ,  including an extra chapter Ravens before the existing prologue, and To the Blight  with an expanded glossary.
These were released in eBook format as promotional tools for the then-upcoming release. Jordan co-authored the book with Teresa Patterson. Jordan ruled the book broadly canonical but stated that it was written from the perspective of an historian within The Wheel of Time universe and was prone to errors of bias and guesswork. The book is an encapsulating glossary of the entire series. Development[ edit ] Writing and conception[ edit ] In the early s Robert Jordan wrote several Conan the Barbarian novels for Tor Books, including a novelization of the movie Conan the Destroyer.
These proved successful and in he proposed an idea for an epic fantasy series of three books to Tom Doherty, the head of Tor Books. Jordan began writing the novel that became The Eye of the World.
The series was originally centered on an older man who discovered relatively late in life that he was the 'chosen one' who had to save the world. However, Jordan deliberately decided to move closer to the tone and style of J. Tolkien 's The Fellowship of the Ring and made the characters younger and less experienced.
Sales then doubled with the publication of the second novel just eight months later generating more interest in the first book. Fans objected when he took some time off to expand a short story into a prequel novel called New Spring, so he decided to shelve his plans for additional prequels in favor of finishing off the last two volumes in the series.
He rejected criticisms of the later volumes of the series slowing down in pace in order to concentrate on minor secondary characters at the expense of the main characters from the opening volumes, but acknowledged that his structure for the tenth volume, Crossroads of Twilight where he showed a major scene from the prior book, Winter's Heart , from the perspective of the main characters that were not involved in the scene , had not worked out as he had planned.
According to Forbes , Jordan had intended for it to be the final book "even if it reaches 2, pages. The final book of the series uses Jordan's original title, A Memory of Light. The book was published on January 8, It was just too slow-moving with too many senseless encounters. Other Books by James Rigney Rigney was quite a fast writer, allegedly writing his first unpublished novel in 13 days, and in the early s he wrote several Conan novels and a novelization of the film Conan The Destroyer.
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. So you can just go ahead and pretend you didn't read any of this. I don't strictly care about the hero's journey at its core, but the weight -- the epicness -- of it all How rewarding will it all be?
Oh come on, smile a little , will you? The seals of Shayol Ghul are weak now, and the Dark One reaches out.