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Starscape, a new imprint, launches a list of science fiction and fantasy titles aimed at readers aged 10 and up, adapted from acclaimed adult titles (see details in Children's Books, Jan. 21). Among them are Robert Jordan's From the Two Rivers and To the Blight, adapted into two volumes from his adult title The Eye of the World: The Wheel of Time, Book 1. Kid-friendly additions include a new prologue, larger print, a glossary and a smattering of illustrations.
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“Jordan has come to dominate the world that Tolkien began to reveal.” —The New York Times

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“The definitive American fantasy saga.” —Chicago Sun-Times

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 - 18 years
  • Grade Level: 5 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 810L (What's this?)
  • Series: Wheel of Time (Starscape) (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Starscape; 1st edition (January 7, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0765341840
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765341846
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 1 x 7.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,108,504 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Robert Jordan was born in 1948 in Charleston, South Carolina. He taught himself to read when he was four with the incidental aid of a twelve-years-older brother and was tackling Mark Twain and Jules Verne by five. He is a graduate of The Citadel, the Military College of South Carolina, with a degree in physics. He served two tours in Vietnam with the U.S. Army; among his decorations are the Distinguished Flying Cross with bronze oak leaf cluster, the Bronze Star with "V" and bronze oak leaf cluster, and two Vietnamese Gallantry Crosses with palm. A history buff, he has also written dance and theater criticism and enjoyed the outdoor sports of hunting, fishing, and sailing, and the indoor sports of poker, chess, pool, and pipe collecting.

Robert Jordan began writing in 1977 and went on to write The Wheel of Time(R), one of the most important and best selling series in the history of fantasy publishing with over 14 million copies sold in North America, and countless more sold abroad.

Robert Jordan died on September 16, 2007, after a courageous battle with the rare blood disease amyloidosis.

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96 of 105 people found the following review helpful By Seth B on May 2, 2002
Format: Paperback
The Wheel of Time series has been compared to the earlier works of J.R.R. Tolkien (writings that would later become the Silmarillion and The Books of Lost Tales, as well as The Lays of Beleriand and the other books that Chris has "scraped" together). Robert Jordan's works have also been compared to an "adult Harry Potter."
Now, it's natural to make comparisons between different fantasy series, and I support the spirit behind most of them, but many people that make this comparison miss many key factors in the Wheel of Time series that would attract people that didn't like The Lord of the Rings or Harry Potter, and that would also drive away some that did. I'm going to analyze these factors here.
(1) The political environment in the Wheel of Time is the most fully developed I've seen in fantasy, ever. There are twenty-odd countries in his world, all of which have expanded to their full power potential. Jordan uses political subversion and intrigues in his novels, where it's impossible to do as much with the three Wizard Schools of Rowling or Tolkien's 4 nations: Gondor, Mordor, Harad, and Rhun.
(2) Jordan writes much more in depth than any of the other authors. Where Tolkien skims over the journey south from Rivendell to Moria, saying that it was "some 40 days," Jordan follows Rand and Mat through the most dull portions of their journey to Caemlyn, and Elayne and Nynaeve through the sometimes tedious politicking at Salidar. He paints a real world, with lulls and periods of excitement that make you truly believe in the ta'veren.
(3) The hopelessness that Rand faces is far beyond that which Frodo or Harry faces. Let's analyze Frodo Baggins, Hobbit of the Shire, first. He's a simple creature, taking an item of extreme power into the realm of a lesser god, in order to destroy it.
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41 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Jason Denzel on December 27, 2001
Format: Paperback
This is a new edition of "THE EYE OF THE WORLD" by Robert Jordan. This is NOT a new book, so don't expect it to be. What it is though, is a way to introduce younger readers to one of the most popular and well-written Fantasy series' of our time.
This edition is only half of the original edition (but it's still a good couple hundred pages!). There are illustrations throughout the books, and even a new chapter not found in the original.
Some people may complain about various things, but the bottom line is that this is the same incredible saga. It's the same moving tale of young people discovering a larger world, and of a boy learning he is fated to both save and destroy the world.
The Wheel of Time is a saga that has captivated millions. At times it is controversial, and sometimes even a bit slow. But for the most part: nothing is like it.
Try this book. If you don't like it: oh well. If you do'll want them all.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 30, 2003
Format: Paperback
After reading through the reviews I picked up this book. I was confused as to which book was the actual beginning of this series. Now I realize that From the Two Rivers and To the Blight are two halves of the book the Eye of the World with some illustrations to interest younger readers. I'm not in the age group this was marketed for but I really liked some of the illustrations, not that there are many, especially the Trollocs, Myrddraal, Thom Merrilin, and Loial the Ogier (part 2). I read this book, as well as part 2, and can't wait to read the next one. There are similarities to the Lord of the Rings but so are a lot of books. This one done better than a lot of the others. There is the noble quest to save the world from the Dark One with countless evil beings after them. Young, innocent characters who wish to see the world beyond Emond's Field. They are sought out by Moiraine, an Aes Sedai, and the Warder Lan just in time to help their village from being destroyed by Trollocs and Fades. Rand, Mat, and Perrin are joined by Egwene and later Nynaeve to follow Moiranine and Lan to help fight the Dark One. They do not realize the important part they play in the weaving of the Pattern of the Wheel of Time or why they, simple sheepherders, were chosen. Each in turn learn what their strengths are and how they fit into the larger picture. Wide-eyed, action-packed journeys to unknown places all the while being hunted by Fades, Darkfriends, and haunted by nightmares from the Dark One. Legends becoming reality. I was pleased that there are strong female characters in these books. If this sounds like something you would enjoy then pick up this book and To the Blight OR the Eye of the World you won't be able to put it down and it's just the beginning.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Darcie D. Ramp on November 6, 2002
Format: Paperback
Although I love the Wheel of Time and its author, I can't be quite as loyal to the Starscape packaging of The Eye of the World. If younger readers want illustrations, give them more than just one every other chapter. Younger readers are also daunted by the size of the books, and I don't think changing the type size and trim helped much. Splitting the book into a trilogy would be consistant with Lord of the Rings and Star Wars while slimming the volumes considerably.
Including a new prologue was a great way to get old fans to buy this new version, but "Ravens" is not as well-written as the rest of the series and it's out of place at the beginning of this book. Placing it before the prologue completely damages the prologue's purpose and any impact it may have had. Part of the genius of having the prologue first is that it introduces the story in a way that readeres will not understand until they have become emersed farther into Jordan's world, and it HAS to come first or it is even more confusing.
I feel that "Ravens" has a place in the Wheel of Time, but that place is in a collection of prequel/sequel material that Jordan writes after he's done with the series. The collection would be a perfect place for "A New Spring," too. How about the story of Cadsuane's test for the shawl? Or Lews Therin's birth in the Age of Legends? Or maybe something about Elayne's twins?
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