m crying jags Mine and hers There, Brian I read it Are you happy My friend Brian has been telling me to read The Wheel of Time for years It always went like this Brian You should read The Wheel of Time It s really good.
Me I ve heard that it gets really, really bad B The first seven books are really outstanding.
M Yeah, I m not going to read seven books without an ending.
B The first one is good but the second one is better.
M Mmm I don t know.
B The first one stands alone really wellRetrospective commentary NO IT DOESN T M OK, lemee borrow it.
Several months pass M Here is your book back.
B Oh, you read it M No.
I really thought I was never, ever going to start this series Everything I read about it screamed at me to run away Tolkien pastiche Incredibly long Characters with stupid names Lots of world building The main villain is called The Dark One WTF, trollocs I have nothing against multi volume, word bloated epic fantasy Not really Well, kind of, but I am willing to give it the benefit of the doubt George R.
R Martin, that one Brandon Sanderson book I liked But even the people who like The Wheel of Time also seem to apologize for doing so or outright resent it for what it became in the draggy middle So why do I want to start reading it If someone told me a show about a mysterious island was really entertaining and interesting for a while there, but then totally peed the ending down its leg, and really, that s a PRETTY BIG DEAL for a mystery show, even one that is purportedly focused on a bunch of unlikeable assholes characters first, would I immediately run home and start watching that show on Netflix streaming No, because I m the idiot who watched it all along, assuming I wasn t wasting my time I think I am getting off track.
So, I wasn t going to read this But then I was off work for a few weeks on paternity leave, and my daughter was waking up five times a night, and I was unable to sleep even though, at that point, I didn t really have much to offer that she was interested in, and I had a copy of The Eye of the World that I absorbed for a quarter somewhere, and I ve always had a thing for the goofy cover art So I picked it up at 2 a.
m and read the prologue And it was pretty much what I expected, what with the stupid names and bad dialogue But it was also kind of fun Of course, I also knew based on reading a bunch of reviews and blogs about this book series I never planned to read that the next 150 pages were going to be, in the tradition of Hobbiton Chapter One Concerning Ensuring Joel Will Never read Past the First Section of This Book horrifically boring So I almost put it back down.
Then I remembered that my brother had the book in his Audible account, and that my phone lets you listen to books at double speed, meaning I d get through the 30 hour production in roughly 15 That sounded about right the auditory equivalent of skimming except I actually got really good at listening that quickly you just kind of have to get in the zone.
And it was exactly as I d been led to believe clumsy, repetitious prose a few times I had to make sure the audio track wasn t repeating as the same dialogue and phrasing was repeated over and over Meandering pacing and haphazard plotting nothing happens nothing happens SOMETHING HAPPENS same thing happens five times nothing happens rushed climax cliffhanger Bland heroes though in their defense, they are stupid teenagers Blatant Tolkien rip offery OH MY GOD THE DAGGER IS OBVIOUSLY CURSED YOU IDIOTS And my favorite, the pauses for self indulgent infodumps the best one comes in one of the last chapters and throws in so many weird names and covers so much time I have absolutely no idea what happened and why it mattered enough to put the climax on hold The unsatisfying ending the last chapters are rushed, drop in a few villains out of the blue only to defeat them a few pages later via a magical object that isn t mentioned until page 650 even though it s the freaking title.
But Um I kind of liked it The world is pretty interesting I like the way Robert Jordan sketches out the history even some of the infodumps are fun I like his magic system, and the powerful women who are feared and respected for tapping into it I don t strictly care about the hero s journey at its core, but the weight the epicness of it all Once the big, lumbering thing gets moving, it really has momentum.
So here s where the real test comes Do I read the second book No, I do not.
Do I listen to the second book at chipmunk speed I really kind of want to But doing that will only make me want to read book three, and, like poor Rand al Thor accidentally touching the tainted power of saidin dammit, Brian, see what you did , that way lies madness and death.
Maybe if Josh has an extra Audible credit.
Re read with some wonderful friends over at Fantasy Buddy Reads and it s still 5 stars MY BLOG Melissa Martin s Reading ListThat was an amazing little journey I m going to give it my all to make this a good enough review, but I kinda doubt it because this book is too great for my measly little words WELCOME TO THE WORLD KNOWN AS THE WHEEL OF TIMESince I m not good at explaining certain things, I m so glad the author put a glossary in the back of the book so I can sound all smart when I tell you what things are BOOK GLOSSARY DESCRIPTION OF WHEEL OF TIME Time is a wheel with seven spokes, each spoke of an age As the Wheel turns, the Ages come and go, leaving memories that fade in legend, then to myth, and are forgotten by the time that Age comes again The Pattern of an Age is slightly different each time an Age comes, and each time it is subject to greater change, but each time it is the same Age.
Here is an eeny meeny map that shows the lands our travelers cross in the book The story starts out with Rand and his father Tam traveling to the village to sell some things When they get back home they are attacked by Trollocs and Rand s father is injured very badly Rand manages to get Tam back to the village to try to find a healer backtrack When Rand went to down he was hanging out with his friends Mat and Perrin and all three of them had been seeing this dark figure on a horse that no one else sees Also a woman named Moiraine and man named Lan had shown up, oh and a gleeman named Thom There a whole bunch of stuff going on with this but I can t get into it Anyway, back to the attack, when Rand gets back to the village the town healer, Nynaeve says she can t help him and he is just going to die.
BUT Moiraine helps him and he will live Moiraine is my favorite character and she s an Aes Sedai, which is going to refer to glossary again Aes Sedai Wielders of the One Power Since the Time of Madness, all surviving Aes Sedai are women Widely distrusted and feared, even hated, they are blamed by many for the Breaking of the World, and are generally thought to meddle in the affairs of nations At the same time, few rulers will be without an Aes Sedai advisor, even in lands where the existence of such a connection must be kept secret.
Don t let that fool you because in this book Moiraine is bad to the bone with her powers but she s a good person so they can suck it She is traveling with Lan and he is a Warder, I love him too Another glossary definition below Warder A warrior bonded to an Aes Sedai The bonding is a thing of the One Power, and by it he gains such gifts as quick healing, the ability to go long periods without food, water, or rest, and the ability to sense the taint of the Dark One at a distance So long as a Warder lives, the Aes Sedai to whom he is bonded knows he is alive no matter how far away he is, and when he dies she will know the moment and manner of his death.
There is a little to it than that but you the idea So, Moiraine and Lan know that the boys are being targeted by the Dark One who is sending the Trollocs and the Myrddraal who controls the Trollocs after them to bring them to him It s a whole big thing that starts this journey Moiraine and Lan decide they need to try to get the boys to a safe haven which will take a long time to get to and will be dangerous So they get Rand, Matt, Perrin to go on this journey and a friend of the boys named Egwene decides she wants to go and so does the Gleeman, Thom So they all get the hell out of there at night before the Trollocs show back up At some point they all get split up and we get to read about their different adventures, oh and Nynaeve shows up to go with them My favorite is about Perrin and Egwene because they run into a character named Elyas and he talks to wolves and is friends with wolves, they help each other out and I love it Although, one part made me want to hunk smash someone, but I digress.
This whole world is written so beautifully, I felt like I was there, mostly the parts when they were in the woods or traveling at night, I could picture every little thing the author said down to a T I probably would have missed these wonderful books if it wasn t for friends on Goodreads, I m so glad I get to find books like this and many others because there are so many different kinds of worlds out there to find, hidden out there for us to grasp and love The funny thing is, my best friend has had these books forever and never told me I tore him a new one let me tell you Not really LoL I would like to think anyone that loves fantasy books would love these books Now that being said, I have only read the first one so I don t know how the next 13 are going to be, I can only hope they are as good as this one This book has a whole world of things going on, towns, different kinds of people, adventures, quests people are going on, it s just so much fun and there are some deaths You could get lost in this book while traveling with each character I also loved that the author gave all of the horses names and they weren t just random things in the book Bela being my favorite of course and you will know why when you read the book If your waiting to read this book, just go ahead and take the chance and try it out 3.
5 5 starsHere it is, I m riding the winds of time Wheeeeeeeeeee Another massive fantasy series to finish, a new epic adventure to undertake Like many modern fantasy readers, the last three books finished by Brandon Sanderson played a huge motivational drive in my attempt to start and finish The Wheel of Time I honestly find this series to be even intimidating than Malazan Book of the Fallen due to the sheer number of word counts in it To give a bit of information on how intimidating this series is, the last two massive series I began and finished last year was The Realm of Elderlings 4.
1 million words by Robin Hobb and Malazan Book of the Fallen 3.
3 million words by Steven Erikson the entirety of The Wheel of Time consists of 4.
4 million words That s how gigantic this series is If it weren t because Sanderson is one of my top favorite authors of all time and the fact that I ve completely run out of his adult fantasy books to read, I probably wouldn t have started this series at all That being said, no matter what the initial reason is, I m really glad that I ve taken the important first step towards conquering The Wheel of Time.
Picture The Eye of the World by David Grove The Eye of the World is the first book in Robert Jordan s highly acclaimed series, The Wheel of Time The story begins with our main character, Rand al Thor and his friends escaping their home after a group of Trollocs attacked their home I can t recall whether I ve mentioned this before, but I actually don t mind The Chosen One trope Let s get this straight immediately, this is a very tropey start to a massive series it s a foundational book that seems to borrow a lot of elements from Tolkien and our real world religions and mythologies Although I do understand the reasons why a lot of readers dislike and even hate an epic fantasy that starts with a farm boy growing up to become the hero that eventually fight the dark lord to save the world, I tend to find this kind of premise as long that they re well executed to be comfortable and enjoyable to read A tale of good versus evil is something I never get tired of, and The Eye of the World sets out to lay a lot of groundwork for an epic tale of light versus darknessAs the Wheel of Time turns, places wear many names Men wear many names, many faces Different faces, but always the same man Yet no one knows the Great Pattern the Wheel weaves, or even the Pattern of an Age We can only watch, and study, and hopeIt is an odd feeling reading this series for the first time in 2019 I enjoyed reading this book but if I were to read this, let s say, a decade ago I probably would ve loved it even Robert Jordan s writing is well known for being extremely detailed in his world building each locale, houses, and places were described intricately Not a lot of modern epic fantasy goes to the length that Jordan did when it comes to being descriptive and sometimes repetitive about his world building it can be quite an overkill Because of all this, the pacing did suffer, especially in the middle section of the book where the story progression follows a repetitive story progression and characters making stupid remarks and actions I m usually very receptive to characters continuously making stupid decisions and characters thoughts, but I found the characters behavior here to be understandable Excluding Moiraine and Lan, the main characters from The Two Rivers are young and secluded people who live in their village all the time like Frodo and Sam who never left the shire The things that happened to Rand and his friends were sudden and dangerous, I feel like their actions were warranted and definitely better than I would ve reacted.
This is a foundational book, almost everything about it felt, understandably, like an introductory guide to the world of this series World building takes priority I truly loved every moment of reading the lore and history regarding this world Just from the first book alone, we can already judge that Jordan knows his world inside out By adapting some of our real world religions, language, histories, and deities, Jordan was able to create a world full of extraordinary lore The reincarnation concept surrounding The Dragon Reborn and Shai tan, The Breaking of the World and how it affects the current society and stigma, and many I simply enjoyed reading them allThe fact that the price must be paid is proof it is worth payingAnd that s exactly it, time, money, and investment will be the biggest price we ll have to pay in order to finish this series Although the prologue starts immensely strong and I enjoyed despite the pacing issue most of the journey, I became fully engrossed only after I reached the 70% section Revelations start being unraveled, the setup for the super detailed world building starts paying off immensely, and most importantly, I m finally acquainted with the characters and understand their personality upon reaching this section You can t rush through this series, I m a binge reader and just from my experience of reading this first installment, I already know that I have to pace myself going through it I can t binge this series the way I did The Realm of the Elderlings and Malazan Book of the Fallen Take your time and be prepared for a long, and hopefully, satisfying journey The Eye of the World may not be the most original start to an epic fantasy series, but it signaled a beginning for an incredibly grand adventure one that I m glad to partake and hopefully finish Will I be able to do that How rewarding will it all beThe wheel weaves as the wheel willsYou can order the book from Book Depository Free shipping You can find this and the rest of my reviews at Novel Notions Reviewed by Rabid ReadsNOTICE this reread is in preparation for finally biting the bullet and reading book 14 That means I HAVE NOT read book 14 yet Please be mindful of this in the comments, both for me and for others who may or may not have progressed past this point in the series Thank you.
It s hard for me to review this book, and only this book, objectively, b c 1 WoT is my favorite high fantasy series Ever.
2 I ve read the first eight books seven or eight times, maybe whispers I honestly don t know how many times I ve read them DON T JUDGE.
The first time, I was nineteen Ish I read all of the available books, back to back, schoolwork be damned Then I read them again YES, really And I loved them even the second time I thrive on detail, you see And Robert Jordan was a master of details I caught so many previously missed foreshadowings, clevernesses, nuances, etc that had flown right over my head the first time It was spectacular Like when Thom, Mat, and Rand jumped aboard Bayle Domon s ship, and Thom spun a tale for the captain, explaining how they happened to come upon his ship with Trollocs nasty man beast things on their heels Now it just so happened that he had earlier learned the location of Aridhol from a map given him many years ago by a dying friend in Illian whose life he had once saved.
B c didn t know it at the time, but Domon is an wait for it Illianer tips hat The whole series is FULL of things like that.
Rand al Thor, Mat Cauthon, and Perrin Aybara are three young men on the cusp of adulthood They live in Emond s Field, where they have small village concerns and small village lives.
But when the previously mentioned Trollocs attack their village, it forces them to accept that such creatures of the Dark One are not mere stories made up to scare children And when the two strangers who arrived just prior to the attack turn out to be an Aes Sedai wielder of the One Power and her Warder warrior protector , the manboys learn that a small village life is not in the cards for them HA and are forced to leave their homes to protect their families from the Great Lord of the Dark s minions, who won t stop until all three are in their master s grasp.
Jordan does an excellent job of keeping you guessing which manboy is the Dark One after and why Is it really just the one, or is it all of them If it is all of them, are they all equally important, or do the degrees vary WHAT DOES IT ALL MEAN B c this is not a simple story And one thing we do know is that Rand, Perrin, and Mat are ta veren, and as such they unwittingly pull others into their quest a so much than a simple gleeman whose past regrets dictate his future actions, a young Ogier whose curiosity and wanderlust led him to leave his peaceful stedding home to see the things he s spent his life reading about, Rand s sweetheart who refuses to be left behind and longs to become an Aes Sedai herself, and the village Wisdom who feels compelled to both protect the young people from Aes Sedai machinations and also to break through the Warder s walls Among many others Each and every one of them vital in their own way.
Also vital are the multitudes of seemingly random observations and commentary that in reality are the foundations of awesomeness to come THESE books layers and layers and still layers It s truly incredible.
And despite having read The Eye of the World so many times that I practically have it memorized, I have yet to grow immune to the very real and heartbreaking struggles that many of the characters face Whether it s Rand s terrible journey from his farm in the Westwood to Emond s Field, dragging his injured father to safety, Loial s treesong to preserve a small part of his Treebrother s sanctuary in the Blight, or Nynaeve s yearning for a man bound to a never ending battle that he cannot win I still feel it rubs fist over heart Deeply.
And if you are unaffected by Moiraine s tale of the long fallen ManetherenBut some did not flee First in a trickle, then a river, then a flood, men went, not to safety, but to join the army fighting for their land Shepherds with bows, and farmers with pitchforks, and woodsmen with axes Women went, too, shouldering what weapons they could find and marching side by side with their men No one made that journey who did not know they would never return But it was their land It had been their fathers , and it would be their children s, and they went to pay the price for it Not a step of ground was given up until it was soaked with bloodthen you have only a black, shriveled thing in your chest cavity SO As daunting as this series may be and I will never deny that it is daunting if you are a lover of fantasy, and you haven t read Robert Jordan s Wheel of Time, you are doing yourself a major disservice The Eye of the World has the best prologue I ve ever read IN MY LIFE, so I challenge you to read it It s just a prologue And if you don t feel the need to see what happens next, then hey all you re out is the 15 minutes it took you to read it ALSO, no one is holding a gun to your head There s no law that says once you start, you can t stop until THE END Take your time Enjoy it Or don t Whatever But my recommendation is that you do These are the books that spawned my love of reading fantastical things as a adult.
My other reviews for this series The Great Hunt Wheel of Time, 2 by Robert Jordan The Dragon Reborn Wheel of Time, 3 by Robert Jordan The Shadow Rising Wheel of Time, 4 by Robert Jordan The Fires of Heaven Wheel of Time, 5 by Robert Jordan Lord of Chaos Wheel of Time, 6 by Robert Jordan A Crown of Swords Wheel of Time, 7 by Robert Jordan The Path of Daggers Wheel of Time, 8 by Robert Jordan Winter s Heart Wheel of Time, 9 by Robert Jordan Crossroads of Twilight Wheel of Time, 10 by Robert Jordan New Spring Wheel of Time, 0 by Robert Jordan Highlights view spoiler 1 EPIC prologue from Age of Legends.
2 List of Gleeman s Tales b c always trying to figure out who Mat and Perrin werethe entire Aptarigine Cycle Tales of Artur Paendrag Tanreall, Artur Hawkwing, Artur the High King, who once ruled all the lands from the Aiel Waste to the Aryth Ocean, and even beyond Wondrous stories of strange people and strange lands, of the Green Man, of Warders and Trollocs, of Ogier and Aiel The Thousand Tales of Anla, the Wise Counselor Jaem the Giant Slayer How Susa Tamed Jain Farstrider Mara and the Three Foolish Kings Tell us about Lenn, Egwene called How he flew to the moon in the belly of an eagle made of fire Tell about his daughter Salya walking among the stars Old stories, those, Thom Merrilin said, and abruptly he was juggling three colored balls with each hand Stories from the Age before the Age of Legends, some say Perhaps even older But I have all stories, mind you now, of Ages that were and will be Ages when men ruled the heavens and the stars, and Ages when man roamed as brother to the animals Ages of wonder, and Ages of horror Ages ended by fire raining from the skies, and Ages doomed by snow and ice covering land and sea I have all stories, and I will tell all stories Tales of Mosk the Giant, with his Lance of fire that could reach around the world, and his wars with Elsbet, the Queen of All Tales of Materese the Healer, Mother of the Wondrous Ind The balls now danced between Thom s hands in two intertwining circles His voice was almost a chant, and he turned slowly as he spoke, as if surveying the onlookers to gauge his effect I will tell you of the end of the Age of Legends, of the Dragon, and his attempt to free the Dark One into the world of men I will tell of the Time of Madness, when Aes Sedai shattered the world of the Trolloc Wars, when men battled Trollocs for rule of the earth of the War of the Hundred Years, when men battled men and the nations of our day were wrought I will tell the adventures of men and women, rich and poor, great and small, proud and humble The Siege of the Pillars of the Sky How Goodwife Karil Cured Her Husband of Snoring King Darith and the Fall of the House of 3 Tam s fever talk wails 4 MANETHEREN.
5The rose petal floats on water, Lan recited softly The kingfisher flashes above the pond Life and beauty swirl in the midst of death Yes, Agelmar said Yes That one has always symbolized the whole of it to me, too The two men bowed their heads to one another.
Poetry out of Lan The man was an onion 6 Lord of the Seven Towers.
7 BEST SETTING DESCRIPTION EVER Mile by mile the corruption of the Blight became apparent Leaves covered the trees in ever greater profusion, but stained and spotted with yellow and black, with livid red streaks like blood poisoning Every leaf and creeper seemed bloated, ready to burst at a touch Flowers hung on trees and weeds in a parody of spring, sickly pale and pulpy, waxen things that appeared to be rotting while Rand watched When he breathed through his nose, the sweet stench of decay, heavy and thick, sickened him when he tried breathing through his mouth, he almost gagged The air tasted like a mouthful of spoiled meat The horses hooves made a soft squishing as rotten ripe things broke open under them.
And it came to pass in those days, as it had come before and would come again, that the Dark lay heavy on the land and weighed down the hearts of men, and the green things failed, and hope died And men cried out to the Creator, saying, O Light of the Heavens, Light of the World, let the Promised One be born of the mountain, according to the prophecies, as he was in ages past and will be in ages to come Let the Prince of the Morning sing to the land that green things will grow and the valleys give forth lambs Let the arm of the Lord of the Dawn shelter us from the Dark, and the great sword of justice defend us Let the Dragon ride again on the winds of time I have read a lot of books throughout my mere twenty years of life Some deeply fascinating, others not so much And every once in a while I am able to lay my eyes on something truly extraordinary One of those is definitely The Eye of the World by Robert Jordan.
This is not a book turning fantasy literature on its head, or even providing the genre with major changes When reading it, I was quite easily able to find strong similarities with lots of previous works of fantasy and science fiction, including The Lord of the Rings, Dune and Shannara It is not among the most innovative books I have read It is not among the most exciting books I have read It is, however, a stunning work of pure quality which deserves to be read by all fantasy enthusiasts out there.
I do not intend to write in great lengths about the story and the characters in this review, and I feel that I have already mentioned what needs to be mentioned Most of you have already read this book Those who have not, should really take the time and effort to do so It is absolutely worth it.
When I had read books in the series, it had grown and in my estimate Even at that early stage, this was definitely one of my favourite fantasy series ever And definitely the best example of fantasy worldbuilding since Tolkien At that point I was starting to wonder whether I actually considered it better than even my beloved A Song of Ice and Fire, but only time would tell there.
After two years of reading, the longest I have ever spent on one single story, I have reached the end And because of my never ending obsession with favourites, I can finally make the official statement Wheel of Time is my favourite fantasy series of all time That still means it is surpassed by Tolkien s works, which do not make up a series, but this is just about the highest praise I can give.
It has its boring parts just as it has its brilliant parts It has endless descriptions of brain tugging and Jordan s ridiculously annoying battle of the sexes It has the worst protagonists I have ever met in fictional literature And so much But I don t care.
Because it also has the most magnificent setting you could possibly imagine It has brilliant characters, wondrous and fantastic places, and deep and thrilling backstories wherever you turn Not to even mention Robert Jordan s astounding writing.
The best part about Wheel of Time is that it gives me a feeling only one book has been able to give me before One It should be needless to name that one, but this is definitely high praise coming from me.
So treat this series like an exquisite wine Save it for the perfect occasion, and then savour every drop It can be a challenge to get through, but it is definitely worth it.
This is in my eyes fantasy as it should be writtenThe 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 comes againNote Review updated and expanded 3 3 2016 Wheel of Time reviews 1 The Eye of the World 2 The Great Hunt 3 The Dragon Reborn 4 The Shadow Rising 5 The Fires of Heaven 6 Lord of Chaos 7 A Crown of Swords 8 The Path of Daggers 9 Winter s Heart 10 Crossroads of Twilight 11 Knife of Dreams 12 The Gathering Storm 13 Towers of Midnight 14 A Memory of Light Robert Jordan copied Tolkien but, I just don t care What I mean is that his writing shouldn t be judged on this single fact Yes, Jordan has borrowed aspects of Tolkien s middle earth yes, he has blatantly reworked many aspects, but he has also infused it with a few of his own original ideas The result is a fantasy universe that resembles Tolkien s and, in some ways, transcends it Not completely original, but completely brilliant I found that Jordan s world wasn t as obvious as Tolkien s It is not a blatant light verses dark mission There are characters that are evidently pure, but there are also those whose motives are not entirely clear Well, at least not in the beginning Don t get me wrong I do, of course, prefer Tolkien s writings however, some of the characters in the Wheel of Time are complex and are not entirely obvious in their convictions at the start of the series For example the Gleeman has a very minor part at the start of the book, but towards the middle we realise that there is much depth to him He no doubt has a part that will be revealed in later books The same is true of Lan and Moraine because their intentions are veiled at the beginningShe s not for you, nor you for her at least, not in the way you both want Indeed, Moraine and Lan take the boys away from the village Rand, Mat and Perrin are forced to go along with them for their own safety They do not know who this mysterious figure is or the inner working of her stoic guard Lan Their so called saviour is an Aes Sedai, which are a group that are renowned for doing thing for their own secret motives Their actions may appear benevolent, though often there is a hidden reason behind them So, it is not entirely clear, in the beginning, if the boys are being rescued, used or a little of both Their rescuers are shunned, hated and feared by most people thus, the reader is left to decide whether to judge them on their actions or their reputation A story of growth and perfect fantasy Rand is the dragon reborn he is essentially the chosen one of this fantasy universe The three boys are unsure which of them is being hunted by the minions of the Dark One, but it is clear to the reader, and to Rand himself that it is, in fact, Rand the enemy is after In spite of this, each of the boys overcomes a massive personal obstacle Mat is almost lost forever when he takes a dagger of extraordinary evil Perrin conquers his fear and discovers the kin of his soul the wolf Rand begins to accept his destiny and realise that it is completely unavoidable and definitive it has happened before and will happen againYou cannot escape so easily, Dragon It is not done between us It will not be done until the end of time The characters have come a long way in this novel, and I do look forward to seeing how far this series will take them Rand is just becoming a man, but his youth is very much on the surface I don t think he is quite ready yet The world is a dangerous place it is full of warring factions and evil doers it is full of thieves and backstabbers it is full of mysterious, and blood thirsty, creatures that have their own dark desires It is a world full of strange magic that is just waiting to be harnessed For me, it is everything I want in high fantasy An inspiration This book is not rich in originality it is not a pioneer for its genre, but what it is, is a highly entertaining adventure This may be another story of evil trying to conquer all it may be a story we have seen many times before, and since, but it is still incredibly exciting to read The plot is incredibly immersive and is just a pleasure to read I don t care if this isn t completely original because I enjoyed it regardless So I ve spoken a lot about the comparisons with Tolkien, but Jordan s work has also clearly inspired other writers They have used element of his magic system and some of his fantasy ideas Is their writing bad because of this No, it s not It just means that they took an idea that was good and reworked it for themselves it means that they, like Jordan, were amongst the first to reuse an idea before it became too overworked and boring, lucky for them really, and lucky for us because we get to read great high fantasy than once I enjoyed this book a lot, and I promise in my review for the rest of the series not to mention the name Tolkien I just had to get that mighty obstacle out of the way This book reminds why fantasy fiction is, and will always remain, my favourite genre The Wheel of Time1 Eye of the World An unoriginal five stars 2 The Great Hunt A reluctant three stars3 The Dragon Reborn A well developed four stars4 The Shadow Rising A strong four stars5 The Fires of Heaven A slow two starsThe 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 comes again In one Age, called the Third Age by some, an Age yet to come, an Age long past, a wind rose in the Mountains of Mist The wind was not the beginning There are neither beginnings nor endings to the turning of the Wheel of Time But it was a beginning The Wheel Of Time Turns And Ages Come And Go, Leaving Memories That Become Legend Legend Fades To Myth, And Even Myth Is Long Forgotten When The Age That Gave It Birth Returns Again In The Third Age, An Age Of Prophecy, The World And Time Themselves Hang In The Balance What Was, What Will Be, And What Is, May Yet Fall Under The Shadow 2 stars for the benefit of the doubt, because I DNFed this shit at page 10 This is my new record.
Look, I m sorry This is another one of those Lord of the Rings moment where I appreciate the effort, but this is not for me Within the short amount that I read, I had names and random bits of history thrown at me and maybe it s because it s this early in the morning, but I nearly fell asleep and I honestly can t recall anything that I ve read I have a feeling I d have a better time reading a textbook.
With the show coming I guess I don t have any excuses any and I need to put up my copy soon Book One of my epic buddy read of the Wheel of Time world with Branwen Sedai, one of the nicest people of OUR world D From The Eye of the World, you can see just how much danger the world is really inThat s not in the book, I just made that up myself Don t worry, Robert Jordan s writing isn t nearly as cheesy as mine Life in the village of Emond s Field had always been peaceful Sure, the people sometimes argued, as families do from time to time But ultimately, the village was a tight knit community, and people rarely left, since they had everything they needed at home It was a quiet life, but a fruitful one One where people felt safe enough to leave their doors open to everyone, secure in the knowledge that the greatest evil in the world, the one most people only refer to as the Dark One rather than daring to even speak its name, was safely locked up and could no longer hurt them That all changed the night the invaders came into town Vicious misshapen creatures and supernatural fiends from people s worst nightmares And their presence means something even terrifying The seals on the Dark One s prison are not as secure as they thought A great evil is spreading throughout the land, whispering in people s ears and poisoning and corrupting anyone who chooses to listen.
Now, a group of youngsters from the village find themselves chased from their safe home They ve traded their quiet lives for a daring adventure, one worthy of the greatest storybooksbut only if they survive long enough to tell it And as they find themselves entwined in the ultimate war of light verses darkness, there is one burning question that haunts them throughout Is one of them destined to be the person to save the worldor to destroy it I m actually writing this review long after reading the book, and truth be told, I still haven t been able to wrap my head completely around it Robert Jordan s world building is so vast and intricate, it takes time to be able to absorb it all His lush descriptions of the environment bring his words to like so effectively, you sometimes feel like you re living the book rather than reading it But I think the book s greatest strength is its main characters, who I ll be discussing in order of my own personal preference Moiraine Whatever the Dark One wants, I oppose, so hear this and know it true Before I let the Dark One have you, I will destroy you myself Moiraine is part of a society of magic wielders called the Aes Sedai Later books get into the various factions of the Sedai and the ideological differences between them all, but mostly what we re told about the Sedai in this volume is that many people fear themand they may be right in doing so Strong in mind, spirit and ability, Moiraine is a commanding yet charming presence from the moment she arrives at Emond s Field Her magical powers and sense of authority reminded me of Tolkien s Gandalfright up until the point where Moiraine promised the boys she would murder them if it was the only way to keep the Dark One from claiming them That s when I realized Moiraine is really like Gandalf if Gandalf s contingency plan was to throw Frodo into volcano along with the Ring if he had toOf course, if anyone earned the right to throw Frodo into the fire, it was Sam Nynaeve Perrin talking about Nynaeve You think a little thing like a sunken ferry could stop her Known as The Wisdom of Emond s Field, Nynaeve mostly acted as a healer and a mediator during her time there I ll be honest, at first I found Nynaeve a little abrasive Not only does her temper cause her to hurt people with her words, sometimes she even hits them with a large stick, and what first felt like tough love starts to feel like a WrestleMania eventFor the record, if Nynaeve was a pro wrestler, she s so tough she would win every match, no matter who was actually scripted to winHowever, when a group of Two Rivers villagers leave with Moiraine, Nynaeve travels many miles and face many dangers just to bring them back While the others are mostly motivated by self preservation, Nynaeve s main concern was to protect the people of her village How could I not admire Nynaeve after that She started out one of my least favorite characters and by the book s end had become one of my favorites instead Rand A fine day for going unnoticed I might as well carry a sign Most of the book is told through Rand s POV, and it was through him that I felt Jordan pulled off his best writing trick Rand is very different from most fantasy novel heroes Whereas most fantasy protagonists tend to be swashbuckling, Rand manages to beuh, whatever the exact opposite of swashbuckling isUnswashbucklingIf he s running across a 100 acre field that has only one rock in it, you can bet Rand will manage to trip over that rock If a stranger holding a warhammer asked Rand, Would you please follow me into this trap , Rand will be there right behind him At times, Rand made me want to scream But I also recognized that that was due to the brilliance of Robert Jordan s writing Rand acts exactly like what he s supposed to be, a sheltered, innocent boy who is in way over his head Add to that his affable personality, and it s impossible not to like himwhich makes it even harder to watch when he manages to blunder into a life threatening situation for the 1,000th time that chapter Lan Anything can be a weapon, if the man or woman who holds it has the nerve and will to make it so Jimi HendrixSean ConnerySamuel L Jacksonsome people were just born to be coolThis is NOT one of those people Strong and stoic, Lan makes an impression as soon as he arrives with Moiraine While Moiraine is really the powerful of the two, Lan is still the intimidating one What s even impressive is that Lan manages to be bad ass not in what he says, but in what he DOESN T say Lan rarely feels the need to threaten anyone, as one look into his eyes tells people you re likely to survive a 20,000 foot drop sans parachute than a fight with him Lan is so confident he never feels the need to prove himself to anyone, and as a result he never loses his cool In fact, he manages to be even cooler than Sean Connery and Samuel L Jackson combined But not Jimi Hendrixeven in a fantasy novel, someone being cooler than Hendrix is just too far fetched Perrin Leaders in stories never had to put up with this sort of thing Of the three Emond s Field boys that travel with Moiraine, Perrin is the most compassionate Physically stronger than the other two, but also kinder in nature, Perrin is very likable Awkward, but likeable In these types of novels, the characters usually have to get used to the idea of killing their enemies right away, but what makes Perrin stand out is that he NEVER gets used to it Facing so many dangerous foes, in order to survive, Perrin may have to fight, but he doesn t have to like it Egwene No one tells us how to be men We just are That is probably why you make such a bad job of it Egwene managed to charm me, even though she really has the weakest motivation in the story While the boys of Emond s Field are running for their lives, and Nynaeve is pursuing them to try to protect them, Egwene says she s tagging along because she wants adventureYou would think after her village was ransacked the night before, the ol adventure meter would have been full alreadyOf course, it s entirely possible Egwene was really just going with them because she was concerned about the boys, but that theory is somewhat weakened by the fact that she can t go 5 seconds without hurling an insult at one of them Still, her wit and feisty nature made me like her even in the moments when she was hard to like.
Loial A mob chased me all the way across the city I m afraid I was beginning to get a little upset Since I said I would talk about these characters in the order in which I liked them, the fact that Loial appears second to last may seem like a swipe at him, but really it s a testament as to how great the other characters are Giving new meaning to the phrase gentle giant , Loial is a Ogier basically an ogre who would much rather have a book in his hand than a weapon Really, the only reason Loial doesn t make quite as much of an impression in the story as the others is because he is introduced much later in the book than everyone else.
Mat So you re having trouble with a couple of farmboys Maybe you Darkfriends aren t as dangerous as I ve always heard Sometimes you wish book characters could come to life because they re so awesome In Mat s case, I wanted him to come to life just so I could murder him The only character I couldn t stand, Mat manages to exude 10 times the foolishness of Rand yet 0 times the charm He s obnoxious and grating The scariest part is, I get the feeling Mat was supposed to be the comic relief character, despite the fact that he rarely does anything funny Mat is to comedy what Arnold Schwarzenegger isto comedy In fairness to Mat, I m currently reading Book Three in the series, and he does show a good amount of character growth by thenbut that doesn t change the fact that all throughout this book, while Mat was being chased by the Dark One, I found myself rooting for the Dark One While I loved this book, I will say that it s not for everyone The world building is a little clunky at times, as Jordan has a tendency to make mentions of characters and places long before they actually appear in the story In some ways, this makes the later books rewarding, as things that were left a mystery in book one make much sense later on Also, there are long gaps in the action sometimes, so anyone looking for a fast paced adventure may be frustrated with this one However, if you re looking for a rich world to explore filled with compelling characters and Mat , then it s time for you to journey to The Eye of the World P.
S Here was my original review, I wrote it right after a few GoodReads users got busted for plagiarism, and I addressed it in my usual subtle wayI, David Green, absolutely loved this book It s going right on my favorites shelf, which is namedDavid Green s favorites , because my name is, in fact, David Green I can t wait to read the rest of the series which has already been uploaded to David Green sthat s meKindle Let s see you copy paste THAT, review thieves