The Eye Of The World [Paperback]
- Little, Brown Book Group
- Publication Date:
- 12 December 1991
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As soon as you open this book, the influences of Tolkien and various other mythologies and fantasy works immediately jump off the pages. Rand and his friends have to run from Emond's Field in an attempt to keep the evil away from their home and fulfill a destiny unknown to them. Similar to Frodo and Sam? I think so, except I found all of the characters combined to be only 1/1000th as annoying as Frodo (and I loved the Lord of the Rings!). On top of this, Artur Paendrag Tanreal does sound rather similar to Arthur Pendragon, one of many names the mythical King Arthur is known by.All these similarities made me wonder if the book was going to be a sorry rip-off of other fantasy novels already read, but then again, with such a huge following and a whopping 12 books in the series, I thought this was unlikely. Fortunately, I was proven right as I burrowed deeper and deeper into the book. I was completely hooked and abandoned most other pursuits after work just to bury myself in the adventures of Rand al'Thor.I finished the book only 5 minutes ago and I'm looking forward to starting the next one already, and I will continue reading the series because I want to know what happens...even if this takes a further 11 books! I'm just going to keep reading with an open mind, as others have suggested, rather than dreading the "downturn" that so many lament in the later books of this series.
When Edmond's Field is attacked by Trollocs, it seems that they were after three young men in particular. These sheltered young men must then leave their city (with an ever-growing party) because the Dark One wants them. Moiraine, an Aes Sedai, and her Warder, Lan, are determined to keep the boys from the Dark One's grasp by heading to Tar Valon. Only the journey to Tar Valon is a perilous one during which the party faces many dangers and begins to learn more about themselves...I'm new to the Wheel of Time series. I've been aware of WoT for a while now, but until Brandon Sanderson was chosen as the author who would continue after the unfortunate death of Robert Jordan, I wasn't convinced enough to pick it up. Hey, the series is quite a commitment at 800+ pages per installment. How does one start talking about a behemoth like EYE OF THE WORLD? I mean, the task is truly daunting. The plot goes so far, the number of characters, and the are so many nuances in the book... But I'll try to the best of my abilities.Characters are always a large portion of my enjoyment of a novel. For me, well-rendered characters can make a worthwhile while badly developed ones can be torture. This can realy be a difficult part of the epic fantasy novel, because the casts are often large and the character arcs span many books. However, when done well, it's amazing because one has so much time to get to know the characters. I'm not entirely sure where I stand with WoT's characters altogether. Here's how I feel so far, though. My favorites ended up being: Perrin, Lan, and Nynaeve. Perrin because he's so much more solid in my mind than Rand or Mat (both I'll discuss later) and I loved the connection he has with the wolves. Is it nerdy to be so easily won over by that sort of device? But when he began to more and more resemble the wolves... Well, I was probably overly thrilled. Lan was slower to grow on me, but I like his steady, quiet honor. And Nynaeve I couldn't help but loving for her stubborn, walled-off sense of honor and duty... The characters that did less for me were Rand and Mat. In fact, Mat spent much of the book annoying the living hell out of me. I'm hoping this is a trait he grows out of in the (very near) future... Rand only irked me in that his personality was so incredibly subdued. This may be because most of the book is told through a very limited third person perspective based on him, or it could be that he's just a slow-to-develop character. Either way, I'm hoping to see more distinctiveness from him in THE GREAT HUNT.As for the plot, it's epic. Of course it is! I thought I might have a problem with the slow pace, but was very surprised to find that I really enjoyed the novel and wanted to continue to see what would happen. I wasn't absolutely glued to the page, but I was definitely very interested throughout the entire novel. Even if the pacing can be described as a bit slow, the weaving plot is delicious. I couldn't help but think of Tokien's The Lord of the Rings series as I read. The elements are similar: a party of good guys on a journey while they are being stalked by evil. Although it might be heretical to say, I didn't enjoy Tolkien's telling as much as EYE OF THE WORLD. Classic or no, I felt like Jordan's world was more welcoming and the characters had more potential for growth. I won't extrapolate too much further, for fear of igniting a Tolkien-inspired war, but the series definitely begs comparison.I'll wrap up my impressions with other random things I liked. I liked the discussion of the "Pattern". This tickles my philosopher side and makes me wonder about free will versus fate and how it'll all play out in the series... Also, am I the only one who (SLIGHT SPOILER) did not see the Lan/Nynaeve romance coming at all? In fact, I had vaguely had Lan paired up with Moraine in my mind until Nynaeve talks to him so directly in that beautiful scene in chapter 48... Then again, perhaps I was just being dense not to see it? The last point I'll bring up is the role of women in EYE OF THE WORLD. Right now I'm a bit torn with Moiraine, Egwene, and Nynaeve. Each are powerful in their own way (Moiraine most obviously, but definitely Nynaeve in will--Egwene could go either way), but they all have incredibly weak/immature moments. Sometimes Nynaeve's stubbornness seems to border silly petulance. Egwene can be a bit hypocritical in what she forces/allows the men to do... I don't know. I really want to see the women stand up alongside the men in the series, but I think I may have to just satisfy myself with what we've got so far...Anyway, I'll truly enjoy finding out in THE GREAT HUNT after I take a little breather away from Jordan's world.
This is one of my top ten favorite books. While some of the later books in this series started to drag a little, this one pulls you in immediately and keeps you all the way to the end.
I remember reading this book back in college when it was originally released. I remember staying up all night to finish this book. This book series is the best fantasy series of the 90s. The Eye of the World is a great book. begins the Wheel of time series and sets Rand Al' Thor and his friends on their Path. The Wheel of Time series is one of my all time favorite series I was sad when Robert Jordan passed away. The series is being finished by Brandon Sanderson, Mr Jordan will be missed, but his Wheel of Time saga will be completed.
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