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The Wheel of Time turns and Ages come and pass What was what will be and what is may yet fall under the Shadow Let the Dragon ride again on the winds of timeThe Wheel of Time turns and Ages come and go leaving memories that become legend Legend fades to myth and even myth is long forgotten when the Age that gave it birth returns again In the Third Age an Age of Prophecy the World and Time themselves hang in the balance What was what will be and what is may yet fall under the ShadowWhen The Two Rivers is attacked by Trollocs a savage tribe of half men half beasts five villagers flee that night into a world they barely imagined with new dangers waiting in the shadows and in the light


10 thoughts on “The Eye of the World

  1. says:

    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 Tolkien himself drew on the Norse Eddas Welsh myths English fairy tales and Blake's myth makingBut when a skilled author takes inspiration they expand and change what came before combining many influences to produce their own uniue 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 uniue spinThe Eye of The World is a 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 personalityJordan also takes influence from the Sword Sorcery tradition particularly RE 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 pagesThe hero is an orphan who looks different he gets his father's magic sword he goes on a uest with an old wily mentor gets attacked by evil dark skinned mongoloids from the mysterious East meets the princess by accident becomes embroiled in an ancient prophecy discovers a magic 'force' which controls fate and the plot c c 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 nostalgiaThere's no reason for this sort of repetition a new book should be than just fanfic of an older financially successful book 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 laterJordan'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 uniue It's just modern characters with modern psychology swinging around magic swords in a Disneyland version of historyIt 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 placeSome 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 puzzleIf 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 digressionsBut 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 proportionsIn Tolkien the first hundred pages takes place in uaint 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 illusionSome of Jordan's fans have pointed to the 'Wheel of Time' aspect as his uniue 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 ER Eddison was doing in the 1920s 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 beforeAlso like most fantasy authors Jordan seems to have a problem writing female characters They are either whiny and snotty or emasculating ice ueens 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 interesting or fleshed out even if they do get a flattering depictionI'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 hangupsAnd 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 ISo 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 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 preproductionUPDATE one might point to the endless repetition in modern literature as a sure sign that there is no God no grand plan and no purpose to the universe A benevolent power would surely spare us the pain of such unending mediocrityHowever 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 only to perish on the cusp 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 wigsMy Fantasy Book Suggestions


  2. says:

    Paternity leave reading for 3 am crying jags Mine and hers There Brian 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 Brian You should read The Wheel of Time It's really goodMe I've heard that it gets really really bad B The first seven books are really outstandingM Yeah I'm not going to read seven books without an endingB The first one is good but the second one is betterM Mmm I don't knowB The first one stands alone really well Retrospective commentary NO IT DOESN'TM OK lemee borrow itSeveral months passM Here is your book backB Oh you read it?M NoI 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 The main villain is called The Dark One WTF trollocs?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 RR 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 trackSo 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 uarter somewhere and I've always had a thing for the goofy cover art So I picked it up at 2 am and read the prologue And it was pretty much what I expected what with the stupid names and bad dialogue But it was also kind of fun 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 150 pages were going to be in the tradition of Hobbiton Chapter One Concerning Ensuring Joel Will Never Read Past the First Section of This Book horrifically boring So I almost put it back downThen 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 30 hour production in roughly 15 That sounded about right the auditory euivalent of skimming except I actually got really good at listening that uickly; you just kind of have to get in the zoneAnd it was exactly as I'd been led to believe clumsy repetitious prose a few times I had to make sure the audio track wasn't repeating as the same dialogue and phrasing was repeated over and over Meandering pacing and haphazard plotting nothing happens nothing happens SOMETHING HAPPENS same thing happens five times nothing happens rushed climax cliffhanger Bland heroes though in their defense they are stupid teenagers Blatant Tolkien rip offery OH MY GOD THE DAGGER IS OBVIOUSLY CURSED YOU IDIOTS 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 650 even though it's the freaking titleBut Um 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 momentumSo here's where the real test comes Do I read the second book? No I do notDo 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? that way lies madness and deathMaybe if Josh has an extra Audible credit


  3. says:

    355 starsHere it is I’m riding the winds of time WheeeeeeeeeeeAnother 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 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 this series is the last two massive series I began and finished last year was The Realm of Elderlings 41 million words by Robin Hobb and Malazan Book of the Fallen 33 million words by Steven Erikson; the entirety of The Wheel of Time consists of 44 million words That’s how gigantic this series is If it weren’t because Sanderson is one of my top favorite authors of all time and the fact that I’ve completely run out of his adult fantasy books to read I probably wouldn’t have started this series at all That being said no matter what the initial reason is I’m really glad that I’ve taken the important first step towards conuering The Wheel of TimePicture The Eye of the World by David Grove The Eye of the World is the first book in Robert Jordan’s highly acclaimed series The Wheel of Time The story begins with our main character Rand al’Thor and his friends escaping their home after a group of Trollocs attacked their home I can’t recall whether I’ve mentioned this before but I actually don’t mind The Chosen One trope Let’s get this straight immediately this is a very tropey start to a massive series; it’s a foundational book that seems to borrow a lot of elements from Tolkien and our real world religions and mythologies Although I do understand the reasons why a lot of readers dislike and even hate an epic fantasy that starts with a farm boy growing up to become the hero that eventually fight the dark lord to save the world I tend to find this kind of premise—as long that they’re well executed—to be comfortable and enjoyable to read 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 “As the Wheel of Time turns places wear many names Men wear many names many faces Different faces but always the same man Yet no one knows the Great Pattern the Wheel weaves or even the Pattern of an Age We can only watch and study and hope” It is an odd feeling reading this series for the first time in 2019 I enjoyed reading this book but if I were to read this let’s say a decade ago I probably would’ve loved it even Robert Jordan’s writing is well known for being extremely detailed in his world building; each locale houses and places were described intricately 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 uite 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 I’m usually very receptive to characters continuously making stupid decisions and characters’ thoughts but I found the characters’ behavior here to be understandable 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 The things that happened to Rand and his friends were sudden and dangerous I feel like their actions were warranted and definitely better than I would’ve reactedThis 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 The reincarnation concept surrounding The Dragon Reborn and Shai’tan The Breaking of the World and how it affects the current society and stigma and many ; I simply enjoyed reading them all “The fact that the price must be paid is proof it is worth paying” And that’s exactly it time money and investment will be the biggest price we’ll have to pay in order to finish this series Although the prologue starts immensely strong and I enjoyed—despite the pacing issue—most of the journey I became fully engrossed only after I reached the 70% section Revelations start being unraveled the setup for the super detailed world building starts paying off immensely and most importantly I’m finally acuainted with the characters and understand their personality upon reaching this section You can’t rush through this series I’m a binge reader and just from my experience of reading this first installment I already know that I have to pace myself going through it; I can’t binge this series the way I did The Realm of the Elderlings and Malazan Book of the Fallen Take your time and be prepared for a long and hopefully satisfying journey The Eye of the World may not be the most original start to an epic fantasy series but it signaled a beginning for an incredibly grand adventure; one that I’m glad to partake and hopefully finish 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 Book Depository Free shipping You can find this and the rest of my reviews at Novel Notions


  4. says:

    Reviewed by Rabid ReadsNOTICE this reread is in preparation for finally biting the bullet and reading book 14 That means I HAVE NOT read book 14 yet 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 youIt's hard for me to review this book and only this book objectively bc1 WoT is my favorite high fantasy series Ever2 I've read the first eight books seven or eight times maybe whispers I honestly don't know how many times I've read them DON'T JUDGEThe first time I was nineteen Ish 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 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 that had flown right over my head the first time 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 Bc didn't know it at the time but Domon is an wait for it Illianer tips hatThe whole series is FULL of things like thatRand al'Thor Mat Cauthon and Perrin Aybara are three young men on the cusp of adulthood They live in Emond's Field where they have small village concerns and small village livesBut when the previously mentioned Trollocs attack their village it forces them to accept that such creatures of the Dark One are not mere stories made up to scare children And when the two strangers who arrived just prior to the attack turn out to be an Aes Sedai wielder of the One Power and her Warder warriorprotector the manboys learn that a small village life is not in the cards for them HA and are forced to leave their homes to protect their families from the Great Lord of the Dark's minions who won't stop until all three are in their master's graspJordan does an excellent job of keeping you guessing which manboy is the Dark One after and why? Is it really just the one or is it all of them? If it is all of them are they all eually important or do the degrees vary? WHAT DOES IT ALL MEAN?Bc this is not a simple story And one thing we do know is that Rand Perrin and Mat are ta'veren and as such they unwittingly pull others into their uest a so much than a simple gleeman whose past regrets dictate his future actions a young Ogier whose curiosity and wanderlust led him to leave his peaceful stedding home to see the things he's spent his life reading about Rand's sweetheart who refuses to be left behind and longs to become an Aes Sedai herself and the village Wisdom who feels compelled to both protect the young people from Aes Sedai machinations and also to break through the Warder's walls Among many others Each and every one of them vital in their own wayAlso vital are the multitudes of seemingly random observations and commentary that in reality are the foundations of awesomeness to come THESE BOOKS layers and layers and still layers It's truly incredibleAnd 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 rubs fist over heart DeeplyAnd if you are unaffected by Moiraine's tale of the long fallen Manetheren But some did not flee 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 then you have only a black shriveled thing in your chest cavity SO As daunting as this series may be and I will never deny that it is daunting if you are a lover of fantasy and you haven't read Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time you are doing yourself a major disservice The Eye of the World has the best prologue I've ever read IN MY LIFE so I challenge you to read it It's just a prologue And if you don't feel the need to see what happens next then hey all you're out is the 15 minutes it took you to read it ALSO no one is holding a gun to your head There's no law that says once you start you can't stop until THE END Take your time Enjoy it Or don't Whatever But my recommendation is that you do These are the books that spawned my love of reading fantastical things as a adultMy other reviews for this series The Great Hunt Wheel of Time #2 by Robert Jordan The Dragon Reborn Wheel of Time #3 by Robert Jordan The Shadow Rising Wheel of Time #4 by Robert Jordan The Fires of Heaven Wheel of Time #5 by Robert Jordan Lord of Chaos Wheel of Time #6 by Robert Jordan A Crown of Swords Wheel of Time #7 by Robert Jordan The Path of Daggers Wheel of Time #8 by Robert Jordan Winter's Heart Wheel of Time #9 by Robert Jordan Crossroads of Twilight Wheel of Time #10 by Robert Jordan New Spring Wheel of Time #0 by Robert Jordan Highlightsview spoiler1 EPIC prologue from Age of Legends2 List of Gleeman's Tales bc always trying to figure out who Mat and Perrin were the entire Aptarigine Cycle Tales of Artur Paendrag Tanreall Artur Hawkwing Artur the High King who once ruled all the lands from the Aiel Waste to the Aryth Ocean and even beyond Wondrous stories of strange people and strange lands of the Green Man of Warders and Trollocs of Ogier and Aiel The Thousand Tales of Anla the Wise Counselor ‘Jaem the Giant Slayer’ How Susa Tamed Jain Farstrider ‘Mara and the Three Foolish Kings'“Tell us about Lenn” Egwene called “How he flew to the moon in the belly of an eagle made of fire Tell about his daughter Salya walking among the stars”“Old stories those” Thom Merrilin said and abruptly he was juggling three colored balls with each hand “Stories from the Age before the Age of Legends some say 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 ueen of All Tales of Materese the Healer Mother of the Wondrous Ind” The balls now danced between Thom’s hands in two intertwining circles 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 you of the end of the Age of Legends of the Dragon and his attempt to free the Dark One into the world of men 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 ‘How Goodwife Karil Cured Her Husband of Snoring’ King Darith and the Fall of the House of— ”3 Tam's fever talk wails4 MANETHEREN5 “The rose petal floats on water” Lan recited softly “The kingfisher flashes above the pond Life and beauty swirl in the midst of death” “Yes” Agelmar said “Yes That one has always symbolized the whole of it to me too” The two men bowed their heads to one anotherPoetry out of Lan? The man was an onion 6 Lord of the Seven Towers7 BEST SETTING DESCRIPTION EVER Mile by mile the corruption of the Blight became 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 The horses’ hooves made a soft suishing as rotten ripe things broke open under them hide spoiler


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    Re read with some wonderful friends over at Fantasy Buddy Reads and it's still 5 starsMY BLOG Melissa Martin's Reading ListThat 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 WELCOME TO THE WORLD KNOWN AS THE WHEEL OF TIMESince I'm not good at explaining certain things I'm so glad the author put a glossary in the back of the book so I can sound all smart when I tell you what things are BOOK GLOSSARY DESCRIPTION OF WHEEL OF TIME Time is a wheel with seven spokes each spoke of an age 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 AgeHere 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 backtrack When Rand went to down he was hanging out with his friends Mat and Perrin and all three of them had been seeing this dark figure on a horse that no one else sees 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 dieBUT 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 secretDon'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 Another glossary definition below ↓ Warder A warrior bonded to an Aes Sedai The bonding is a thing of the One Power and by it he gains such gifts as uick 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 deathThere is a little 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 digressThis 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 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 Not really 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 uests 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


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    Robert Jordan copied Tolkien but I just don’t care What I mean is that his writing shouldn’t be judged on this single fact Yes Jordan has borrowed aspects of Tolkien’s middle earth; yes he has blatantly reworked many aspects but he has also infused it with a few of his own original ideas The result is a fantasy universe that resembles Tolkien’s and in some ways transcends it Not completely original but completely brilliant I found that Jordan’s world wasn’t as obvious as Tolkien’s 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 Don’t get me wrong I do of course prefer Tolkien’s writings; however some of the characters in the Wheel of Time are complex and are not entirely obvious in their convictions at the start of the series 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 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 “She’s not for you nor you for her; at least not in the way you both want”Indeed Moraine and Lan take the boys away from the village 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 conuers his fear and discovers the kin of his soul the wolf Rand begins to accept his destiny and realise that it is completely unavoidable and definitive it has happened before and will happen again “You cannot escape so easily Dragon It is not done between us It will not be done until the end of time”The characters have come a long way in this novel and I do look forward to seeing how far this series will take them Rand is just becoming a man but his youth is very much on the surface I don’t think he is uite ready yet 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 conuer 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 I don’t care if this isn’t completely original because I enjoyed it regardless So I’ve spoken a lot about the comparisons with Tolkien but Jordan’s work has also clearly inspired other writers They have used element of his magic system and some of his fantasy ideas Is their writing bad because of this? No it’s not 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 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 The Wheel of Time1 Eye of the World An unoriginal five stars 2 The Great Hunt A reluctant three stars3 The Dragon Reborn A well developed four stars4 The Shadow Rising A strong four stars5 The Fires of Heaven A slow two stars “The Wheel of Time turns and Ages come and pass leaving memories that become legend Legend fades to myth and even myth is long forgotten when the Age that gave it birth comes again In one Age called the Third Age by some an Age yet to come an Age long past a wind rose in the Mountains of Mist 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”


  7. says:

    And the Shadow fell upon the land and the world was riven stone from stone 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 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 timeI have read a lot of books throughout my mere twenty years of life Some deeply fascinating others not so much And every once in a while I am able to lay my eyes on something truly extraordinary One of those is definitely The Eye of the World by Robert JordanThis is not a book turning fantasy literature on its head or even providing the genre with major changes When reading it I was uite 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 uality which deserves to be read by all fantasy enthusiasts out thereI 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 itWhen I had read books in the series it had grown and 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 thereAfter 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 giveIt 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 But I don't careBecause 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 writingThe best part about Wheel of Time is that it gives me a feeling only one book has been able to give me before One It should be needless to name that one but this is definitely high praise coming from meSo treat this series like an exuisite 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 itThis is in my eyes fantasy as it should be written The Wheel of Time turns and Ages come and pass leaving memories that become legend Legend fades to myth and even myth is long forgotten when the Age that gave it birth comes againNote Review updated and expanded 332016 Wheel of Time reviews#1 The Eye of the World #2 The Great Hunt #3 The Dragon Reborn #4 The Shadow Rising #5 The Fires of Heaven #6 Lord of Chaos #7 A Crown of Swords #8 The Path of Daggers #9 Winter's Heart #10 Crossroads of Twilight #11 Knife of Dreams #12 The Gathering Storm #13 Towers of Midnight #14 A Memory of Light


  8. says:

    2 stars for the benefit of the doubt because I DNFed this shit at page 10 This is my new recordLook 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 textbook


  9. says:

    With the show coming I guess I don't have any excuses any and I need to put up my copy soon


  10. says:

    Book One of my epic buddy read of the Wheel of Time world with Branwen Sedai one of the nicest people of OUR world D From the Eye of the World you can see just how much danger the world is really inThat'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 uiet 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 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 listenNow a group of youngsters from the village find themselves chased from their safe home They've traded their uiet lives for a daring adventure one worthy of the greatest storybooksbut only if they survive long enough to tell it And as they find themselves entwined in the ultimate war of light verses darkness there is one burning uestion that haunts them throughoutIs one of them destined to be the person to save the worldor to destroy it?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 preferenceMoiraine 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 myselfMoiraine is part of a society of magic wielders called the Aes Sedai Later books get 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 themand they may be right in doing so 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 Gandalfright up until the point where Moiraine promised the boys she would murder them if it was the only way to keep the Dark One from claiming them That's when I realized Moiraine is really like Gandalf if Gandalf's contingency plan was to throw Frodo into volcano along with the Ring if he had to Of course if anyone earned the right to throw Frodo into the fire it was SamNynaeve Perrin talking about Nynaeve You think a little thing like a sunken ferry could stop her?Known as The Wisdom of Emond's Field Nynaeve mostly acted as a healer and a mediator during her time there 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 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 However when a group of Two Rivers villagers leave with Moiraine Nynaeve travels many miles and face many dangers just to bring them back 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 insteadRand A fine day for going unnoticed I might as well carry a signMost of the book is told through Rand's POV and it was through him that I felt Jordan pulled off his best writing trick Rand is very different from most fantasy novel heroes Whereas most fantasy protagonists tend to be swashbuckling Rand manages to beuh whatever the exact opposite of swashbuckling is Unswashbuckling??? If he's running across a 100 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? Rand will be there right behind him 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 himwhich makes it even harder to watch when he manages to blunder into a life threatening situation for the 1000th time that chapterLan Anything can be a weapon if the man or woman who holds it has the nerve and will to make it soJimi HendrixSean ConnerySamuel L Jacksonsome people were just born to be cool This is NOT one of those peopleStrong and stoic Lan makes an impression as soon as he arrives with Moiraine While Moiraine is really the powerful of the two Lan is still the intimidating one What's even impressive is that Lan manages to be bad ass not in what he says but in what he DOESN'T say Lan rarely feels the need to threaten anyone as one look into his eyes tells people you're likely to survive a 20000 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 Hendrixeven in a fantasy novel someone being cooler than Hendrix is just too far fetchedPerrin Leaders in stories never had to put up with this sort of thingOf the three Emond's Field boys that travel with Moiraine Perrin is the most compassionate 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 itEgwene No one tells us how to be men We just areThat is probably why you make such a bad job of itEgwene managed to charm me even though she really has the weakest motivation in the story 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 likeLoial A mob chased me all the way across the city I'm afraid I was beginning to get a little upsetSince 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 uite as much of an impression in the story as the others is because he is introduced much later in the book than everyone elseMat So you're having trouble with a couple of farmboys Maybe you Darkfriends aren't as dangerous as I've always heardSometimes you wish book characters could come to life because they're so awesome 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 isto comedyIn fairness to Mat I'm currently reading Book Three in the series and he does show a good amount of character growth by thenbut that doesn't change the fact that all throughout this book while Mat was being chased by the Dark One I found myself rooting for the Dark OneWhile 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 rewarding as things that were left a mystery in book one make much 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 PS Here was my original review I wrote it right after a few GoodReads users got busted for plagiarism and I addressed it in my usual subtle wayI 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 KindleLet's see you copypaste THAT review thieves ;