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The Eye of the World: Book One of The Wheel of Time (Wheel of Time (1)) Paperback – May 8, 2012
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Praise for Robert Jordan and The Wheel of Time®
“His huge, ambitious Wheel of Time series helped redefine the genre.” ―George R. R. Martin, author of A Game of Thrones
“Anyone who’s writing epic of secondary world fantasy knows Robert Jordan isn’t just a part of the landscape, he’s a monolith within the landscape.” ―Patrick Rothfuss, author of the Kingkiller Chronicle series
“The Eye of the World was a turning point in my life. I read, I enjoyed. (Then continued on to write my larger fantasy novels.)” ―Robin Hobb, author of the award-winning Realm of the Elderlings series
“Robert Jordan's work has been a formative influence and an inspiration for a generation of fantasy writers.” ―Brent Weeks, New York Times bestselling author of The Way of Shadows
“Jordan’s writing is so amazing! The characterization, the attention to detail!” ―Clint McElroy, co-creator of the #1 podcast The Adventure Zone
“[Robert Jordan's] impact on the place of fantasy in the culture is colossal... He brought innumerable readers to fantasy. He became the New York Times bestseller list face of fantasy.” ―Guy Gavriel Kay, author of A Brightness Long Ago
“Robert Jordan was a giant of fiction whose words helped a whole generation of fantasy writers, including myself, find our true voices. I thanked him then, but I didn’t thank him enough.” ―Peter V. Brett, internationally bestselling author of The Demon Cycle series
“I don’t know anybody who’s been as formative in crafting me as a writer as [Robert Jordan], and for that I will be forever grateful.” ―Tochi Onyebuchi, author of Riot Baby and War Girls
“I’ve mostly never been involved in any particular fandom, the one exception of course was The Wheel of Time.” ―Marie Brennan, author of the Memoirs of Lady Trent series
“I owe Robert Jordan so much. Without him, modern fantasy would be bereft of the expansive, deep worlds and the giant casts which I love so dearly. It's not often I can look at another author and say: that person paved my way. But such is exactly the case with Jordan.” ―Jenn Lyons, author of The Ruin of Kings
“You can't talk about epic fantasy without acknowledging the titanic influence Robert Jordan has had on the genre.” ―Jason Denzel, author of Mystic and founder of Dragonmount.com
“Jordan has come to dominate the world Tolkien began to reveal.” ―The New York Times
“The Wheel of Time [is] rapidly becoming the definitive American fantasy saga. It is a fantasy tale seldom equaled and still less often surpassed in English.” ―Chicago Sun-Times
“Hard to put down for even a moment. A fittingly epic conclusion to a fantasy series that many consider one of the best of all time.” ―San Francisco Book Review
“The most ambitious American fantasy saga [may] also be the finest. Rich in detail and his plot is rich in incident. Impressive work, and highly recommended.” ―Booklist
“Recalls the work of Tolkien.” ―Publishers Weekly
“This richly detailed fantasy presents fully realized, complex adventure. Recommended.” ―Library Journal
“Jordan has come to dominate the world that Tolkien began to reveal.” ―The New York Times
“Jordan is able to take ... familiar elements and make them his own, in a powerful novel of wide and complex scope. Open religious and political conflicts add a gritty realism, while the cities and courts provide plenty of drama and splendor. Women have a stronger role than in Tolkien.... Each character in this large cast remains distinct.... Their adventures are varied, and exciting.... The Eye of the World stands alone as a fantasy epic.” ―Locus
“Robert Jordan has created a fantasy world as tangible and credible as history. He has a fine eye for detail and a vivid sense of drama.” ―Morgan Llewelyn
“Robert Jordan's The Eye of the World proves that there's still plenty of life in the ancient tradition of epic fantasy. Jordan has a powerful vision of good and evil-- but what strikes me as most pleasurable about The Eye of the World is all the fascinating people moving through a rich and interesting world.” ―Orson Scott Card
“Jordan's world is rich in detail and his plot is rich in incident. Impressive work, and highly recommended.” ―ALA Booklist
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Got a book to pass the time while I wait for power to return to Puerto Rico.
This is the first book I ever read for pleasure. (No, i don't mean this is literally the first time I've read for pleasure.) I've read the entire 14 book series and 1 encyclopedia. I've read this book three times, going on fourth. The first in the series. It's like The Hobbit but much more adult and dark. I think the writing is better too. (I'm not really a Tolkien fan too much. Good story. Bad writing. #shotsfired)
Funny story: I never intended to read this book. I wanted money from my great grandma Deeder (Great Deeder we called her). For a toy or something, I forget. But she didn't want to give it to me. So me binge a sly kid I thought, "ok, an educational gift the: a book." And I'd return it later for the cash and buy whatever I wanted.
So I went into Barnes and Noble and picked a book up totally at random, checking only that the price was about the amount of cash I had wanted. She paid for the book. I went home and it sat on a shelf for months.
Later on, I got really sick and stayed home from school. I decided to read it because I had nothing else to do and was on the toilet a lot. When I picked it up, the cover was literally was covered in thick dust. Disgusting. I cleaned it up and started reading.
...and reading. And four hours later I stopped. I remember it was four hours because I was shocked that it was 5PM and dinner and I was a little hungry. I couldn't put it down. I loved it.
And the lessons it taught me and it's new ways of thinking molded who I became as a person. "Death is lighter than a feather, duty heavier than a mountain," became my motto for how to soldier and lead. And so many others. I loved the characters. I literally cried for them in moments of pain or death. Even minor characters are people you know. And I laughed out loud at jokes. Got excited in moments of lust or chase. Even felt genuine fear.
Robert Jordan (James Oliver Rigney, Jr.) was an amazing man too. A taste for the fine old things. Pipes. Hats. Chess. History. He was also a military school guy (like me) at Virginia Military Institute (VMI). And part of the reason I went to military college (NMMI) myself and why I excelled in JROTC in high school. Even into my Regular Army career as Combat Medic (68W) and how I approached medicine and bedside manner (thanks Yellow Ajah and the Band of the Red Hand). Not just his example, but the examples of his characters that inspired me to lead and to be uncompromising in my self discipline, especially honor.
Tragically Jordan died before he finished the books and the last three (or four) were written by his chosen successor Brandon Sanderson (who I had never heard of). And in fact Sanderson was surprised that Jordan wanted him to be his ghost writer. What a huge responsibility to finish the story that fans had been reading literally for more than a decade. I eagerly awaited each new book and when I first started reading there were only four or five, I think.
I convinced my brother to read it too and he also became addicted. We would talk about the different theories and ask questions. It was exciting!
Sanderson did an incredible job. I could not even tell that the writer's voice had changed. He used very detailed notes and talks with Jordan's wife, Harriet (for whom the first book is dedicated). Fans are waiting for the movies to be made. But that's been passed around for years to different studios and directors. It can't be done cheaply or wrong (like the Wizard's First Rule tv series for instance that sucked but the books were amazing by Terry Goodkind). Better no film than a bad one.
Anyway, I got it again to pass the time. It's fun to revisit it from a more adult mindset and with the full knowledge of the 14 novel series. Things I overlooked or seemed unimportant now jump off the page. That sly devil, I think. He knew all along! And there are still unsolved mysteries that are debatable and interesting fan theories and even beautiful fan art.
I could not more strongly recommend this book and the entire Wheel of Time series. I'm not being hysterical when I say it made me who I am. I feel like Jordan and his characters were some of my most important mentors. I perhaps never would have learned to love reading without this book.
Any other Jordan fans out there? Tell me about your story.
I think many people who complain about this series miss the point entirely. You'll notice the majority of the complaints stem from those who find the books too long winded, too slow, taking too long to get to the point, and focused on too much minutia in detail.
To those complaints I say: That's the point.
This series isn't about getting to the climax as fast as possible. These aren't plane ride or beach day books. This is a series for fantasy fans who want the minutia. For those who revel in being able to visualize every single detail of the world. These are for people who want to escape their mundane worlds for some time and live in another, more fantastical world.
If that's what you're looking for in a fantasy series then that is what Wheel of Time offers in droves.
To those who say that this series is just generic fantasy, you're right. But, man, it's wrapped in a brilliant packaging. I would say this is the generic fantasy trope (chosen one destined to defeat big bad) done the best it could possibly be done. It's a beautifully realized world in every way.
I think people are really hard on this series. It does what it sets out to do and does it brilliantly.
This review is for people debating whether or not to do a second read through. My answer is 100% yes!!! As complex a world as Robert Jordans Wheel of Time series is, knowing some of the main story opens up many details you missed the first time you read it.
I had high expectations for this series. Been seeing them on library shelves, book store shelves and all the times the series gets recommended by some book service or other. Wheel of Time has been around for years and based on the selling price per book must be in high demand but not for me which one supposes puts me in a rather small minority.
For $1.99 a book (Kindle) they might be worth it - might - but not for the price the series is selling for on Amazon.
I can be bored for free.
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But as the story progressed I realized that Jordan was shamelessly ripping off LOTR: the characters (does a lost King pledged to fight evil, who fights with near super-human skill using a big old sword of destiny, while a beautiful woman pines over him in a forbidden but totally chivalrous romance sound familiar at all???), the baddies (Myrddraal = Nazgul; Trollocks = Orcs), the completely unambiguous fight between good and evil... it completely spoilt any immersion in the storyline.
On my second point: I was expecting some really interesting subverting of tropes in a story which meshed a familiar fantasy setting with female authority (realm ruled by Queens, magic dominated by all-female Aes Sedai). What I actually got were some of the most tired, unoriginal female stereotypes I've seen. Nearly all the women, who are supposed to be competent, spend all their time blushing, gasping, crying, making tea, seductively dancing, and mooning after male characters. Oh and they are all beautiful of course, because that's an interesting character trait?
Tldr: lazily written, lazily sexist. Read literally any other fantasy series.
It is without doubt one of the most disappointing books I have ever read. Others have criticised it for stealing so many ideas from Tolkien, that it most certainly does, as well as Arthurian tales. But that is not my problem with it...it is simply not good story telling. For the first third of the book I thought it was very slow in developing it's main characters; I was wrong, as they never do develop but remain one dimensional throughout. What more do we know of Perrin, Mat's or Egwene's personalities or thoughts by the end of the book than we knew at the beginning? Nothing!
However far and away its biggest fault is that it is so very, very dull and boring. The writing is turgid and soporofic. Did it ever make my heart beat faster, delight or amaze me...sadly no. I stuck with it till the end and ended it liking none of the so-called characters one jot. Shall I read more of these books, Lord no, one was way way too many. Save your money and your time, you will miss nothing. Go and read some Hobbs instead.
Its the first part of a 14 book long series, if you are a lover of fantasy novels and you want to sink your teeth into something worth while than look no further than The Wheel of Time: The Eye of the World.
This is – to my mind – the best fantasy book ever written, and one of the very few series/fantasy worlds that can be favourably compared to Tolkien’s Middle Earth. How often have you seen on the back of a new fantasy book – ‘just as good as “Lord of the Rings’” – and it isn’t (ever). But this book is! And in many ways, it is even better.
Amazon, with Sony, is bringing out a TV version of WOT soon. It has the potential to blow Game of Thrones out of the water. Please, Please, read this book BEFORE it appears on your screens. Many of the main characters and ideas for the series are seen first in Book 1. So, this will set you up for the whole series. And if they get it wrong (c.f. the disastrous “The Legend of the Seeker” supposedly based on Terry Goodkind’s books), at least you will know how amazing it could have been.
I recommend this book to EVERYONE who loves reading. There is fast-paced adventure, new worlds and cultures to experience, good and evil, a bit of romance, search for one’s origins and for one’s destiny, growing up, growing old … EVERYTHING worth writing about.
The characters are well built and compelling, the pacing is great, the world walks a brilliant line between being intriguing but not ludicrous.
Jordan does a superb job of making sure that none of the protagonists or antagonists are so good or evil they become 2-dimensional, everyone has a developed character and set of motivations.
I was put off for years by the length of the series. Turns out, I can read a book in a week if its the right book, and this is.
In the grand tradition of Lord of the Rings the book is about the struggle between overtly good characters (Rand, Mat and Perrin - one of which yields enormous untapped power, plus Egwene and Nynaeve) and overtly evil characters and beings with (from the reader's perspective) no grey areas in between, Light vs. Dark. Although many of the characters are deeply untrustworthy of the group called the Aes Sedai who wield the power in Robert Jordan's world. The plot is essentially making the main set of characters move from point A to point B with several important detours and running away from the evil halfmen and darkfriends.
The main characters slowly reveal traits which may or may not manifest themselves later in the series.
The book starts slowly and doesn't really get going until the 2nd half when it really picks up speed and becomes unputdownable (if that's a word!).
A couple of nitpicks: There are a lot of similarities to Lord of the Rings, for instance there is a mountain range called the 'Mountains of Mist' and another called 'Mountains of Dhoom'. Really? Could the author come up with something more original?!
And a lot of the other place names and character names seem to have been chosen seemingly using a random generic fantasy name generator. I laughed out loud when a name of a horse was called 'Mandarb'. Places called Sheinar and Kandor could live anywhere from the Elder Scrolls to Westeros and anywhere in between.
Some of the characters are lacking personalities, for instance the Warder, Lan, and the Aes Sedai Moiraine who seem to have encyclopedic knowledge of all that surrounds them and are deadly serious throughout.
All minor complaints really. The world is well described, the plot is excellent, and once finished you immediately want to pick up the next in the series, something that I will surely do!
The story is engaging, and I was left wanting more when I had finished. In my opinion that made this a good read and I'll be starting the next one when I've finished writing this.
Is this book as good as Game of thrones? No. Is this book as good as Magician? No. Is this a good book? YES! It is well worth reading and ticks all the fantasy fans boxes. I'm glad I didn't let the bad reviews put me off.
I am struggling to keep with it. It really has not hooked me yet.
I am now on page fifty three, third chapter , at the very least twenty names have been mentioned, this is not including the various worlds, cities, towns, villages, streams , rivers, et al . This wouldn't be bad in itself if the names of all were not so alien to me.
e.g Tar Valon , Nynaeve , Cenn Buie, Brandelwyn Al'Vere, Bel Tine .
These are a selection or names from a page some characters one a type of annual event another a village or stream or something .
I am patiently waiting for the author to tell me something of the characters so I can form a bond or at the very least picture them in my minds eye.
I could easily put this book down and never pick it up again , but I won't, I shall persevere and hopefully come back add
lots of stars and buy the rest of the series
Looking forward to the rest of their travels. A good time to start reading the books, before the tv series starts.
Yes, it is influenced by LOTR but that isnt a bad thing. If I never listened to Blink 182 I never would of found my way to Nirvana.
This improves on LOTR in my opinion. The pace is good throughout.
I have found this a very interesting and easy read. I leave each reading session and continue thinking about the storyline and the plot.
I'm in this series for the long haul and I am interested to see where it goes and watch the characters grow.