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The Eye of the World [Kindle Edition]

Robert Jordan
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Book Description

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 returns again.

But one truth remains, and what mortal men forget, the Aes Sedai do not . . .

What was, what will be, and what is, may yet fall under the shadow.

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The peaceful villagers of Emond's Field pay little heed to rumors of war in the western lands until a savage attack by troll-like minions of the Dark One forces three young men to confront a destiny which has its origins in the time known as The Breaking of the World. This richly detailed fantasy presents a fully realized, complex adventure which will appeal to fans of classic quests. Recommended.
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc.


On very rare occasions, very talented storytellers create worlds that are beyond fantasy; worlds that become realities. Robert Jordan has - MORGAN LLYWELYN Epic in every sense THE TIMES [With} The Wheel of Time, Jordan has come to dominate the world Tolkien began to reveal THE NEW YORK TIMES The Eye of the World and its sequels in Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time series show the extent to which one can go with a traditional fantasy framework, with added gusto. Stock elements are abound: a reluctant hero--in fact five humble village folk--plucke To his publisher's credit, Jordan's books are fortunate among fantasy novels in not having covers that look like an explosion of a teenager's bedroom. The absence of such lurid artwork is, perhaps, part of their appeal.'

Product Details

  • File Size: 2195 KB
  • Print Length: 753 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0312850093
  • Publisher: Orbit (October 27, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002VBV1HC
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #35,643 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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209 of 219 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars How to Read the "Wheel of Time" series June 4, 2008
Format:Mass Market Paperback
In 1990, I picked up a book by a writer named Robert Jordan, who was mainly known among fans of fantasy for the Conan novels he penned, which were among my favorites at the time. I bought it without a moment's hesitation and loved it. The Eye of the World followed the classic formula high fantasy had been treading since Tolkien wrote of hobbits leaving the Shire with Nazgul in pursuit.
Getting to the end of the book and realizing it was the first in the series was icing on the cake of a thrilling, fast paced fantasy read. I couldn't wait for what I assumed would be the conclusion, the third book in the series. After all, nearly all high fantasy before the 90's were trilogies.
Alas, Book 3 did not wrap up the story, and in a pre-Internet world, I had no way of knowing that Jordan intended for 12 books. By the time book 6 came out, I was tired of waiting for closure.
So I got stuck at book seven for several years. Last year, I began listening to Book 7, sure that I'd be using it to augment my actual reading of the book. I'm not sure I've picked up a Jordan novel since. But I am about to begin Book 11. And I'm looking forward to the posthumous collaboration of Jordan with Brandon Sanderson. So, to all those who have given up on Jordan, and wished they hadn't, or to those who are thinking about starting but have heard too many negative reviews, here's how I recommend reading Robert Jordan's "Wheel of Time" series.
1. Understand that Jordan loves detail. He describes clothing in so much detail, that if "Wheel of Time" ever gets optioned for film or television, the costume designers will be able to go for a lot of coffee breaks. He is fond of giving elaborately detailed descriptions of every character, even minor ones.
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412 of 440 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Tremendous Start, But Beware November 8, 2002
Format:Mass Market Paperback
The Wheel of Time is probably the best-known and most widely read fantasy series other than The Lord of the Rings.
When this book was published in 1988 or 1989, it created a sensation -- a tremendous first volume that had the usual good-evil battle and tons of action but also was filled with magic, history, politics, sociology, cultural background and realistic characters. When I re-read the first five books, I was amazed at the details of history and politics that Jordan provided in his world. Jordan also has numerous protagonists, not just one or two primary ones like many other fantasy writers.
Moreover, Eye of the World features strong men and, through their magical abilities and powerful personalities, stronger women. Jordan has been rightly lauded for the prominent and powerful roles he created for the female characters.
The Great Hunt, The Dragon Reborn, The Shadow Rising and The Fires of Heaven followed and created a tremendous series such that The New York Times noted that Jordan had come to dominate the genre that Tolkien made famous.
In Eye of the World, the writing is smooth, the various characters and their motivations work well, and there's action aplenty. The sense of innocence and mystery that correspond to the heroes' relative lack of knowledge of their surroundings and the world at large is palpable and realistic.
Unfortunately, starting with Lord of Chaos (book 6), Jordan's creation became unwieldy. Instead of concentrating on following the themes and story-threads of books 1-5 (which combined are more than 3500 pages, hardcover), he created new storylines, bogged down the narrative and halted the pace of the epic.
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121 of 136 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An original, fantasy epic December 18, 1999
By Beowulf
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This book was recommended to me by the manager of a brick and mortar store nearby. I have read a great deal of science fiction/fantasy, and after a while, it all starts to feel the same. You know what I mean: how many times can we revisit Tolkein-esque charcaters like elves, dwarves, and orcs? I was very pleased to discover an entirely new world.
Robert Jordan has created a landscape of magnificent proportions. Accents, legends, superstitions, politics...His amazing attention to detail allowed me to become fully immersed in the story. Even more surprising is that the quality of his writing is maintained throughout the book's length of 782 pages. I couldn't put this novel down, with the result that I finished it well inside of a week.
This is the first book of a series, and the reviews for some of the later books aren't as glowing. However, I feel that this book is a great read, and can stand on its own. It is not uncommon for series to degrade over time -- take a look at "Wishsong of Shannara"by Terry Brooks, "The One Tree" by Stephen R. Donaldson, or "The Sorceress of Darshiva" by David Eddings. All three of these books fail to live up to the quality of others in their respective series, but that doesn't mean you should avoid the series altogether.
"Eye of the World" provides us with an epic that is also refreshingly new. Robert Jordan presents us with a world that is the most richly colorful since Tolkein. If you're a fan of fantasy, then don't miss reading this book.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Plagiarized from Kay? It seems so.
The books in the series are truly weak. No character creation, no development. Not even much originality. Read more
Published 2 days ago by Admiral
5.0 out of 5 stars one of the best books from one of the best series EVER
one of the best books from one of the best series EVER! wish it would get it's due like the hobbit/lotr did.
Published 3 days ago by Paul Napier
3.0 out of 5 stars Fair
Kind of a LOTR styled fantasy adventure with interesting characters but predictable outcomes.
Published 3 days ago by Jerry
5.0 out of 5 stars a classic
Great story of good vs evil. I've read the entire series at least 3 times and eye of the world is still one of my faves.
Published 3 days ago by Sean McBride
5.0 out of 5 stars A great story that kept me turning pages late at night
Very well written book. A great story that kept me turning pages late at night. Hard to put down.
Published 4 days ago by Alex Martinez
5.0 out of 5 stars This book is absolutely fantastic the story is a very enjoyable read
This book is absolutely fantastic the story is a very enjoyable read, the plot twists and the characters are very well written with real depth, by the end of the book I found... Read more
Published 5 days ago by Anthony Ellmers
2.0 out of 5 stars This was beyond boring and impossible to get into
This was beyond boring and impossible to get into. After what I'd heard about the series I was really disappointed.
Published 6 days ago by JenesisX
4.0 out of 5 stars <3 WOT
Love this series. This book is a little slow going, but stick with it the result is very rewarding.
Published 8 days ago by Sarah Bredthauer
5.0 out of 5 stars It's like the Stockhausen of Anime - questionable and non existent
buk gud, book make me feel like real adventure man, real adventure make me feel good make me feel good good buk
Published 9 days ago by Alex Austin
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read for fantasy lovers.
I loved this book. As soon as I finished, I bought book 2. I wish they would make this into a show on Netflix or something.
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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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Tolkien vs Jordon vs Martin
Wow, no explanation, just a condescending statement.

I have read all the works of WoT and found the books that people complain about (6 - 10) are riddled with payed off promises from the early books and story arcs pointiong towards future payoffs. If you could not find those then too bad for... Read More
Jul 18, 2011 by Pastor Temple |  See all 31 posts
Welcome to the Eye of the World forum
Hi, umm... I was told there'd be cake here.
(long pause)
Is there cake? Anywhere?
Sep 19, 2009 by Poisoned Blade |  See all 3 posts
Robert Jordan's The Eye of the World
If you go to the official wheel of time fansite it talks about the release schedule for the ebooks. They're going to release each book of the wheel of time series in ebook format one novel per month. I am unsure if the newest book will be available in ebook format on its... Read More
Oct 26, 2009 by kem |  See all 12 posts
Audible Version
I'm currently listening to the Audible version, and as long as I use the Kindle app on my Android phone to listen to it, it has no problem doing Immersion Reading or Whispersync. When I initially tried with the Audible app, it would only sync one way. The Audible app would update to my last... Read More
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