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The Eye of the World: Book One of the Wheel of Time: 1 Mass Market Paperback – 28 September 2021
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The Eye of the World, the first novel in Robert Jordan's #1 New York Times bestselling epic fantasy series, The Wheel of Time(R), follows Moiraine Damodred as she arrives in Emond's Field on a quest to find the one prophesized to stand against The Dark One.
The 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 returns again. What was, what will be, and what is, may yet fall under the Shadow.
When a vicious band of half-men, half beasts invade the Two Rivers seeking their master's enemy, Moiraine persuades Rand al'Thor and his friends to leave their home and enter a larger unimaginable world filled with dangers waiting in the shadows and in the light.
Since its debut in 1990, The Wheel of Time(R) has captivated millions of readers around the globe with its scope, originality, and compelling characters. The last six books in series were all instant #1 New York Times bestsellers, and The Eye of the World was named one of America's best-loved novels by PBS's The Great American Read.
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#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
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#12 The Gathering Storm
#13 Towers of Midnight
#14 A Memory of Light
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Praise for Robert Jordan and The Wheel of Time(R)
"His huge, ambitious Wheel of Time series helped redefine the genre." --George R. R. Martin, author of A Game of Thrones
"Anyone who's writing epic or secondary world fantasy knows Robert Jordan isn't just a part of the landscape, he's a monolith within the landscape." --Patrick Rothfuss, author of the Kingkiller Chronicle series
"The Eye of the World was a turning point in my life. I read, I enjoyed. (Then continued on to write my larger fantasy novels.)" --Robin Hobb, author of the award-winning Realm of the Elderlings series
"Robert Jordan's work has been a formative influence and an inspiration for a generation of fantasy writers." --Brent Weeks, New York Times bestselling author of The Way of Shadows
"Jordan's writing is so amazing! The characterization, the attention to detail!" --Clint McElroy, co-creator of the #1 podcast The Adventure Zone
"[Robert Jordan's] impact on the place of fantasy in the culture is colossal... He brought innumerable readers to fantasy. He became the New York Times bestseller list face of fantasy." --Guy Gavriel Kay, author of A Brightness Long Ago
"Robert Jordan was a giant of fiction whose words helped a whole generation of fantasy writers, including myself, find our true voices. I thanked him then, but I didn't thank him enough." --Peter V. Brett, internationally bestselling author of The Demon Cycle series
"I don't know anybody who's been as formative in crafting me as a writer as [Robert Jordan], and for that I will be forever grateful." --Tochi Onyebuchi, author of Riot Baby and War Girls
"I've mostly never been involved in any particular fandom, the one exception of course was The Wheel of Time." --Marie Brennan, author of the Memoirs of Lady Trent series
"I owe Robert Jordan so much. Without him, modern fantasy would be bereft of the expansive, deep worlds and the giant casts which I love so dearly. It's not often I can look at another author and say: that person paved my way. But such is exactly the case with Jordan." --Jenn Lyons, author of The Ruin of Kings
"You can't talk about epic fantasy without acknowledging the titanic influence Robert Jordan has had on the genre." --Jason Denzel, author of Mystic and founder of Dragonmount.com
"Jordan has come to dominate the world Tolkien began to reveal." --The New York Times
"The Wheel of Time [is] rapidly becoming the definitive American fantasy saga. It is a fantasy tale seldom equaled and still less often surpassed in English." --Chicago Sun-Times
"Hard to put down for even a moment. A fittingly epic conclusion to a fantasy series that many consider one of the best of all time." --San Francisco Book Review
"The most ambitious American fantasy saga [may] also be the finest. Rich in detail and his plot is rich in incident. Impressive work, and highly recommended." --Booklist
"Recalls the work of Tolkien." --Publishers Weekly
"This richly detailed fantasy presents fully realized, complex adventure. Recommended." --Library Journal
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- Publisher : Tor Books (28 September 2021)
- Language : English
- Mass Market Paperback : 864 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1250832373
- ISBN-13 : 978-1250832375
- Reading age : 12 - 17 years
- Dimensions : 10.85 x 4.43 x 18.8 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 389,978 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Reviewed in Australia on 8 December 2021
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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 !!!!