- Series: Wheel of Time (Book 1)
- Hardcover: 688 pages
- Publisher: Tor Books; 1st edition (January 15, 1990)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0312850093
- ISBN-13: 978-0312850098
- Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 0.1 x 0.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (3,073 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #57,134 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Eye of the World (The Wheel of Time, Book 1) Hardcover – January 15, 1990
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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.
“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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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.
*you will most likely loose track of time, so make sure you don't open the books if you have something planned for the day.
*you will most likely be anti social until your done reading.
But it's worth it! Enjoy!
In a way, much of the story takes place in several mini-journeys. Two to seven or eight of the characters (in differing combinations) will come together, become separated, find each other...etc. All the while they are having their own adventures. My favorite was Perrin and Egwene after becoming separated from the rest of the group. It is, in my opinion, the most interesting "mini-journey", particularly because of a man they meet and an ability Perrin learns he has.
I spent alot of time in the D&D fantasy world of the forgotten realms until I got bored and was looking for something more. It no longer had the same taste of adventure to me. I had a desire for depth and story. I found exactly what I was looking for in The Eye of the World. Though it does have the same flair as LOTR its a completely different world and story. Treat yourself to this first book and enjoy it for what it is an amazing fantasy adventure.