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The Eye Of The World: Book 1 of the Wheel of Time (Now a major TV series) Kindle Edition
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Now a major TV series on Prime Video
Prepare to turn the Wheel of Time - discover the first novel in one of the most influential and popular fantasy epics ever published.
When their village is attacked by terrifying creatures, Rand al'Thor and his friends are forced to flee for their lives. An ancient evil is stirring, and its servants are scouring the land for the Dragon Reborn - the prophesised hero who can deliver the world from darkness.
In this Age of myth and legend, the Wheel of Time turns. What was, what may be, and what is, may yet fall under the Shadow.
ONE OF TIME MAGAZINE'S TOP 100 FANTASY BOOKS OF ALL TIME
'Epic in every sense' - Sunday Times
'With the Wheel of Time, Jordan has come to dominate the world that Tolkien began to reveal' New York Times
'[The] huge ambitious Wheel of Time series helped redefine the genre' George R. R. Martin
'A fantasy phenomenon' SFX
The Wheel of Time series:
Book 1: The Eye of the World
Book 2: The Great Hunt
Book 3: The Dragon Reborn
Book 4: The Shadow Rising
Book 5: The Fires of Heaven
Book 6: Lord of Chaos
Book 7: A Crown of Swords
Book 8: The Path of Daggers
Book 9: Winter's Heart
Book 10: Crossroads of Twilight
Book 11: Knife of Dreams
Book 12: The Gathering Storm
Book 13: Towers of Midnight
Book 14: A Memory of Light
Prequel: New Spring
Look out for the companion book: The World of Robert Jordan's The Wheel of Time
About the Author
Robert Jordan was born in 1948 in Charleston, South Carolina. He taught himself to read when he was four with the incidental aid of a twelve-years-older brother, and was tackling Mark Twain and Jules Verne by five. He is a graduate of The Citadel, the Military College of South Carolina, with a degree in physics. He served two tours in Vietnam with the U.S. Army; among his decorations are the Distinguished Flying Cross with bronze oak leaf cluster, the Bronze Star with "V" and bronze oak leaf cluster, and two Vietnamese Gallantry Crosses with palm. A history buff, he has also written dance and theater criticism and enjoyed the outdoor sports of hunting, fishing, and sailing, and the indoor sports of poker, chess, pool, and pipe collecting.
Robert Jordan began writing in 1977 and went on to write The Wheel of Time(R), one of the most important and best selling series in the history of fantasy publishing with over 14 million copies sold in North America, and countless more sold abroad.
Robert Jordan died on September 16, 2007, after a courageous battle with the rare blood disease amyloidosis.
"The Eye of the World is the best of its genre." - The Ottawa Citizen
"A splendid tale of heroic fantasy, vast in scope, colorful in detail, and convincing in its presentation of human character and personality." - L. Sprague de Camp
"This richly detailed fantasy presents fully realized, complex adventure. Recommended."- Library Journal
"This one is as solid as a steel blade and glowing with the true magic. Robert Jordan deserves congratulations." - Fred Saberhagen
"One hell of a story. [It] kept me up past my bedtime for three nights running-- and it's been a long time since a novel's done that." - Baird Searles, Asimov's Science Fiction
"A future collector's item. Jordan has brought out a completely new allegory in a fantasy concept that goes even beyond this massive story, working with an artist's eye and the sense of responsibility of a serious historian." - Gordon R. Dickson
"Classic oppositions are brought into play: initiates versus innocents, good versus evil, the spiritual power of women versus that of men. The travelers themselves are full of subtleties and shadows--ordinary villagers who, thrust into cosmic conflict, are unable to abandon their simple human desires and fears.
"This intricate allegorical fantasy recalls the works of Tolkien because of its intensity and warmth." - Publisher's Weekly
"Robert Jordan has come to dominate the world Tolkien began to reveal." - The New York Times
"This has magic and pacing and detail and human involvement, with a certain subtlety of a presentation and a grand central vision. Robert Jordan... is a lot of writer!" - Piers Anthony
"An exciting story; the reader is drawn in early and kept there until the last page. There is adventure and mystery and dark things that move in the night-- a combination of Robin Hood and Stephen King that is hard to resist... Jordan makes the reader care about these characters as though they were old friends; so much so that the reader will put down the book regretting the wait for the next title in the series." - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
"A classic fantasy tale of the struggle between light and darkness, good and evil, death and life. Goodness, life, and light are always in retreat, always about to be defeated, but never quite! Don't miss it!" - Andrew M. Greeley
"Certainly a title I want to add to my permanent collection, and I shall be eagerly awaiting the sequel, which is promised at the end." - Andre Norton--This text refers to the mass_market edition.
- ASIN : B002VBV1HC
- Publisher : Orbit; 1st edition (27 October 2009)
- Language : English
- File size : 4093 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 753 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 278 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Stronger than expected relationships between same sex characters (no, not sexual ones) were a surprise. Whole chapters of tension were an added boon to the story's depth. Even at book's end, after the most stunningly epic fight ever penned, questions still remain over the future of several characters so despite the satisfying conclusion to book one, it is ridiculous to suggest not to go on with the story.
I have four copies of this amazing book, three physical and one kindle. Its the best $120 ever spent and on a work of fiction and i cant wait to start reading book two.
It started very strong, especially on re-read, including the prologue and introductory chapters.
Afterwards, it felt like the pace slowed down so much and I got lost in the descriptions of locations and characters sometimes, but it could just be, again, that it was a whole new world for me and there was much to know before getting started on the series. Several chapters will drag, then there's brief action, before slowing down again, and that happens all the way through the middle. I think this will be less of an issue in re-reads when you look for hints and foreshadowing.
The last third/quarter, momentum really picks up and I found it much easier to read (and that pace continues into the great hunt). It's significantly better than the TV series in most regards (which I watched after finishing the book, luckily).
Long story short, can recommend the book but if you already have a hard copy, I wouldn't buy this until you can be sure that you're getting something properly edited
Still, there's enough in it to give the second book a shot. With 14 books to the series, there's got to be more to it than I'm seeing in the first one.
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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.
I managed to get to Chapter Nine before I realised that I was reading a poor imitation of Lord of the Rings which I first read in the 1960's . Couldn't read on from that point. I heard Amazon is making a series of this for Prime so I thought I'd get a head start but not looking forward to the show now. The good thing was that on reading the reviews from another disappointed reviewer they pointed me to Robin Hobbs 'Farseer' series which I've read and would thoroughly recommend !!!!