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The Eye of the World (The Wheel of Time, Book 1) Mass Market Paperback – November 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. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
“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.
My rating: <a href="https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/835072974">4 of 5 stars</a>
This series is your typical fantasy series where in you can identify the good from bad and does not have shades of grey like your typical GRRM or SE books.But what I found interesting in these books is that the world Jordan has created is really rich where in you have different cities with different races governing them.Also the magic system in the series is interesting where in you have Saidar and Saidin, where saidar can be yielded by women and Saidin can be yielded by men although it is tainted due to the touch of dark one.
The book starts with one of the most important character in the series called <strong>Rand</strong> who is on his way to Edmond's field to deliver some cider with his father and you are gradually introduced to other characters like <strong>Mat</strong>,<strong>Perrin</strong>,<strong>Nyaneve</strong>,<strong>Egwene</strong>,<strong>Morairine</strong> and <strong>Lan</strong> these are the all the central characters of this book.Although the start of the book is slow it starts picking up pace after the trolloc attack.Now don't ask what is a trolloc you got to read the book to know it.Also you will be familiar with the characters <strong>Maorairine</strong> and <strong>Lan</strong> if you have read the book new spring which is actually the first book in the series.
What i found interesting in this book is their journey through a city called as shadar logoth and afterwards rand's and mat's journey through the country side where in they keep on dodging dark friends, also the book ends with a bang where in you have one of the central characters doing a thing which has not been in thousands of year.The journey of Perrin with Egwene through forests is also one of the most intriguing part of the book.All in all it is a good fantasy book.
The negative aspects about the book is you have typical men and women characters where women hate men for doing stupid things and vice a versa.Other than that i did not find any annoying aspects about this book.
<a href="https://www.goodreads.com/review/list/21982745-sumant-natkar">View all my reviews</a>
I think you will discover that you start to develop an invested interest in the various characters as the plot expands and tend to favor one or another. So far, I do not particularly like Mat and the Wisdom which goes to show you how one gets seduce by the story. It’s were a tangible experience. I cannot tell the number of times when various exclamations are voiced out loud by this reader, much to the chagrin of startled family members and other surrounding crowds.
If you like the genre, try it, you will not be disappointed.
In later parts to the series Jordan's writing improves, and once the reader is accustomed to the world less explanation is needed outside of the introductory chapter. I'm having a great time in his novels.