The Eye of the World: Book One of 'The Wheel of Time' by Robert JordanThe Eye of the World: Book One of 'The Wheel of Time' by Robert Jordan

The Eye of the World: Book One of 'The Wheel of Time'

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Since its debut in 1990, The Wheel of Time® by Robert Jordan has captivated millions of readers around the globe with its scope, originality, and compelling characters.

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.

When The Two Rivers is attacked by Trollocs-a savage tribe of half-men, half-beasts- five villagers flee that night into a world they barely imagined, with new dangers waiting in the shadows and in the light.

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#6 Lord of Chaos
#7 A Crown of Swords
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#9 Winter's Heart
#10 Crossroads of Twilight
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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 ...
Title:The Eye of the World: Book One of 'The Wheel of Time'Format:Audio Book (CD)Product dimensions:5.77 × 5.38 × 2.71 inShipping dimensions:5.77 × 5.38 × 2.71 inPublished:April 20, 2004Publisher:Macmillan AudioLanguage:English

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Transports you to another place This series was recommended to me years ago. I am in the processes of rereading this series as its been picked up to become a new TV series. I wasn't hard for me to become hooked. There is great character development. A story unfolds in front of you, strength and weaknesses are revealed, friendships and love are tested. You will want to keep reading about this night after night.
Date published: 2018-10-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Just a gem. Fantasy female readers can appreciate Cant stress enough how refreshing tis novel is. A very different take on female roles. Every time i re-read tis book i notice something new and fresh. definitely a great fantasy series for women/girls
Date published: 2018-08-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great start to a magical adventure and mesmerizing journey If you loved Lord of the Rings get ready for an even bigger story. This book has "The Fellowship of the Ring" feel but still has its own grand adventure. The author doesn't hesitate to get the action started and reals you in with magic, prophecies, murderous dark creatures and epic heroism both on male and female sides. I was amazed on how I was able to connect with many of the characters and enjoyed the authors ability to keep me hooked in. If you want a challenge and have the time to enter a long and amazing journey I would highly recommend this novel.
Date published: 2018-06-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best series ever! Read it as a teen and again as an adult. So good both times. Can't wait to share it with my kids when they get a bit older.
Date published: 2018-05-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good start to the series Great start to the Wheel of Time series. I only gave it a 4 star because it is a little bit sexist, but still a very good book.
Date published: 2018-02-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I loved this series I've read this whole series about 10 times. The characters are so developed and the story line makes it hard to put these books down
Date published: 2018-02-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good series for a few books Fair warning: this series really loses steam around book 6 or 7 but the start of the series is excellent. The story is layered, detailed and exciting. Had to stop reading as I was struggling to make it through the later books but I loved these.
Date published: 2018-01-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A bit derivative, but the series will pick up! I think that Jordan was trying to anchor his story in the familiar. Because of this, Eye of the World feels *very* familiar. It's so much Tolkien, plus your stock standard fantasy Chosen One story. The characters themselves are still very much "types". Also, I think that Jordan hadn't really figured out where he wanted to go with the story when he wrote this one, so there are elements (like the portal stones) that will disappear as the series goes on without any explanation. Still, while the series is rather long-winded and pretentiously over-complex, and while it has so much cringe with relation to race and gender, and while there are whole books where Jordan seems to have just forgotten that plots need to go somewhere, I still love it. While it's a rather substantial time investment, I would recommend this series to any committed fantasy fan.
Date published: 2018-01-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! I was recommended this series by a friend and absolutely loved it. Definitely got Lord of the Rings vibes!
Date published: 2017-12-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved This Book. I read this book a few times. It is a long read. I end up reading a few in the series and then I give up. A few years later, I try again and read on. I really like all the characters in the book and how the main character goes through a mountain of emotional turmoil finding out who he is. A great adventure series. I will make it through it someday!
Date published: 2017-10-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wheel of Time Great hardcover edition of the Wheel of Time
Date published: 2017-08-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wheel of Time Great series of fantasy novels!
Date published: 2017-08-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from good read slow start but things get interesting by the end
Date published: 2017-06-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Fantasy Starter Series This is the book that brought me down the path of great works of Fantasy. I will be forever grateful for Robert Jordan's works. Great read.
Date published: 2017-02-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A great beginning to a special series This is the first book of an expansive epic rivalling Tolkien's Lord of the Rings. The first book is very Tolkien-esque in nature, introducing your typical farmboy with a destiny trope, but quickly evolves into it's own unique world. It's filled with wonderful characters and incredible world-building. If you're looking to get completely sucked into another world, look no further.
Date published: 2017-01-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of my favs This book is one of my favourite fantasy books I have ever read.
Date published: 2017-01-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good book, lots more though It's a good book, but read if you are willing to commit to this long series
Date published: 2016-12-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An superb start to an Epic Series Definitely one of the best books in the series and does a great job of foreshadowing so many events to come - and there are a LOT of them if you plan on finishing the whole series. If you are planning on reading the entire series, be aware that while action scenes and later, larger battles are in plenty of evidence, they are not the focus of the series so if you are looking for all action this isn't the series for you. Jordan spends a lot of time developing characters, relationships and building the whole world including a lot of the history of it that it isn't all light powder-puff reading that you pick up whenever if you want to get the most out of it. If that's the type of reader you are, you'll likely find the later books still enjoyable but that they require a bit of discipline to stick through the 'slow' parts.
Date published: 2016-12-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An superb start to an Epic Series Definitely one of the best books in the series and does a great job of foreshadowing so many events to come - and there are a LOT of them if you plan on finishing the whole series. If you are planning on reading the entire series, be aware that while action scenes and later, larger battles are in plenty of evidence, they are not the focus of the series so if you are looking for all action this isn't the series for you. Jordan spends a lot of time developing characters, relationships and building the whole world including a lot of the history of it that it isn't all light powder-puff reading that you pick up whenever if you want to get the most out of it. If that's the type of reader you are, you'll likely find the later books still enjoyable but that they require a bit of discipline to stick through the 'slow' parts.
Date published: 2016-12-27
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Great book, small size I love this series and already had this in paperback. Little did I realize that this "hardcover" is the size of a paperback. If you want the full-sized book, this is not it.
Date published: 2016-12-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent book Probably one of my favourite series in this genre. It was the book that truly brought me to this author and I have enjoyed this series immensely.
Date published: 2016-12-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from It was a beginning The wheel of time is my favorite series of all time, and it all starts with The Eye of the World. Originally, I loved this book to death. I thought it was genius: the world is ultra-realistic, the characters are easy to love (or hate), the events were thrilling, and TROLLOCS. But after finishing the series with A Memory of Light, I realized how perfect this book is. It's a masterpiece - there's foreshadowing in this book for all subsequent books in the series and the writing and world building is just flawless! I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys fantasy, or just reading in general: I would add this to my must-read-before-you-die list (if I ever made one). Beware though, the book can move slow at times, and if you want to tackle the series, it gets REAL slow. It's all worth it though. Rand, Matt, Perrin, Egwene and Nynaeve embark on their first journey on The Eye of the World; get yourself ready for 14 more books of braid-tugging!
Date published: 2016-11-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great sword-and-sorcery fantasy A great read because: 1) Nearly 700 thin, single-spaced pages, and I almost never got bored reading this 2) Chock full of references to mythologies of various cultures 3) Elemental magic 4) This is pretty much the definition of an adventure story 5) Extraordinary world-building Star taken away for confusing ending.
Date published: 2016-01-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Amazing! This book had all the right aspects of a fantasy novel to draw me in. It had lots of characters being introduced, which made some of the aspects of the story confusing, but got the ball rolling for what is to be expected in the rest of the series. This book and series has been reviewed to death, but one of the things that really caught my attention (and made me go some nights without sleeping) was that The Dark One could enter into your mind and know what you were thinking/feeling while you were sleeping. That's messed up. I don't like that. But it was good, it made the reader question what teeters on the edge of reality and a dream, which is extremely important in a long fantasy series with magic. I liked the explanation of magic and I liked the descriptions that Rand gave while using magic. I almost felt like I was channeling the One Power while the characters were using it because of how rich the descriptions were. The world itself had a good, solid foundation that will only be expanded upon as the novels continue and the characters travel. My biggest concern was that the females were all written relatively the same: short tempered and bullied men into getting their own way. I did think the villain, The Dark One, was kind of tacky and underwhelming. I do hope there is more to him and his powers that are shown in the rest of the series. And I hope they expand upon why people are following him, other than the fact that he is the Dark One. Because that isn't enough of an explanation for me, especially since this text is so rich with explanations to the point that there is almost too much information being given at once. I do hope there is more character development throughout the rest of the series. But for a book that was written before I was even a thought inside my parent's brains, I really enjoyed it. Overall: 4/5 stars. I am really excited to see where this series will go and how Rand will handle being the Dragon Reborn.
Date published: 2015-08-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Robert Jordan WOT series Like many others, I started reading Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time series. I read books 1 to 6 and although I enjoyed the world Jordan had created, his long-winded descriptions of absolutely everything prevented me from picking up book 7. A friend suggested to me that I try the cd versions so I looked online and that's when I found Mike Perschon's review. Mike's review helped me put the series into the right perspective and influenced me to buy book 1 on cd. I must say that his review was spot on. Listening to the book with chapters as "episodes" is a fabulous idea and works quite well. I can't wait to buy the other cds. Thanks for the very helpful review, Mike! I hope everyone who considers reading Jordan, first reads your review.
Date published: 2009-05-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from astounding Jordan's characters live in a world so similar to Tolkien's that it is hard to believe but his writing style is undeniably his own. The similarities between his characters and that of The Lord of The Rings are very close; such as Perrin and Pippin, Lan (the king in exile) and Aragorn ( the king in denial ), Padain fain (insidious villain) and Gollum. does anyone else see the similarities? if so, please reply.
Date published: 2008-11-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from How to Read "The Wheel of Time" series In 1990, I picked up a book by a writer named Robert Jordan, who was mainly known among fans of fantasy for the Conan novels he penned, which were among my favorites at the time. I bought it without a moment's hesitation and loved it. The Eye of the World followed the classic formula high fantasy had been treading since Tolkien wrote of hobbits leaving the Shire with Nazgul in pursuit. Getting to the end of the book and realizing it was the first in the series was icing on the cake of a thrilling, fast paced fantasy read. I couldn't wait for what I assumed would be the conclusion, the third book in the series. After all, nearly all high fantasy before the 90's were trilogies. Alas, Book 3 did not wrap up the story, and in a pre-Internet world, I had no way of knowing that Jordan intended for 12 books. By the time book 6 came out, I was tired of waiting for closure. So I got stuck at book seven for several years. Last year, I began listening to Book 7, sure that I'd be using it to augment my actual reading of the book. I'm not sure I've picked up a Jordan novel since. But I am about to begin Book 11. And I'm looking forward to the posthumous collaboration of Jordan with Brandon Sanderson. So, to all those who have given up on Jordan, and wished they hadn't, or to those who are thinking about starting but have heard too many negative reviews, here's how I recommend reading Robert Jordan's "Wheel of Time" series. 1. Understand that Jordan loves detail. He describes clothing in so much detail, that if "Wheel of Time" ever gets optioned for film or television, the costume designers will be able to go for a lot of coffee breaks. He is fond of giving elaborately detailed descriptions of every character, even minor ones. 2. The repetition of previously established plot elements in subsequent books is for people traveling on planes who pick up book 5 in the airport. It allows them to enter the world enough to get through the read. It's a device publishing companies use with bestselling series like this to ensure that the series remain a bestseller. While I have never started any series mid-way through, some people apparently do, and these passages are for them. 3. Jordan likes to weave intricate plots with a cast of characters so large it necessitates a glossary at the end of each book. Many of the books are entirely character based, and so seem to have "no action" taking place. This is because many readers want someone to storm a tower, engage in a climactic battle, or throw a ring into a fiery pit. Jordan is too busy marrying characters or introducing a new plot thread to bother with such things. And while he may not talk about a character for one book, he almost always returns to them. 4. I started thinking about "Wheel of Time" as a television series. It's long enough to sustain several seasons, and the cast is basically the OC meets LOTR. We watch TV one episode at a time. I began to view the chapters in each book as "episodes" of "Wheel of Time" as a television series, and each book as a "season." I don't like every episode of "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" and there are some seasons I like better than others. Some of my favorite episodes are in my least favorite seasons. But I love the characters, and I want to see what happens to them. I love the characters in Wheel of Time. I want to see what happens to them. So I keep "tuning in." 5. I got over the reasons I quit. Simply put, they were my reasons. I had expectations of Jordan he never intended to fulfill. I expected him to wrap it up in a trilogy. He didn't. I expected him to snap Rand out of his sullen funk. He didn't. I expected him to stop telling me about the embroidery on coats or dresses. He didn't. I expected him to bring a certain major character back from the dead. He didn't. And finally, I expected him to finish before he passed away. And he didn't. It was that last one that really galvanized me. When I heard he had terminal cancer (many years after it was a reality), it got me thinking about the legacy the man would leave on this earth. An epic bestselling fantasy series. And I realized that, to quote Elvis and Sinatra, he'd done it his way. I might not like some of the choices Jordan made, but I love the world he created and the people walking through it. And I want to know how they fare in the end. So that's my journey to Book 11 of "Wheel of Time" and I share it because I want new readers to know what to expect, but also to let go of those expectations, and know that the journey is worth taking. Especially if you want to be there when the final novel is released next year. Me? I'll be starting book 1 again this fall and listening to all the previous "Seasons" of "Wheel of Time," one per month, in anticipation of the final installment. The Wheel of Time turns...and I'll be "turning pages" with it.
Date published: 2008-06-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Hooked from the Start If you enjoyed Lord of the Rings and Star Wars then this book is for you. Robert Jordan provides great character background & development combined with excitement & adventure. You instantly become attached to the characters and find yourself either loving or hating them. A great story about growth, exploration, adventure, magic and more. A fantasy reader's delight. This is the first book of a twelve book series (thirteen if you count the prequel) and it will have you hooked from the start.
Date published: 2008-02-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Engaging It's long, yes. There are some slow parts, yes. But mainly it's a great series with endearing characters in an engaging story. I highly recommend it to anyone looking for a worthy investment for their time and imagination.
Date published: 2007-11-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great First Novel The novel itself is excellent. The characters are all well introduced, without giving too much away. The situation they are begins to become clear, as are the obstacles they face. Most importantly the wonderful world and its rich background are slowly hinted at. This novel is very approachable and contains a great hook to keep you reading. The only reason for the four leafs is that it is overshadowed by most other books in the Wheel of Time series.
Date published: 2006-07-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Jordan is a Fantasy God His Epic series is one of the best ever read. I eagerly await each new installment. The fact that anyone could not love and appreciate this series astounds me. It has everything a great fantasy epic needs, love, heartache, loss, fighting, war and of course magic. This story weaves it's way through the books and into your hearts. To listen to those who tell you not to read this book is to take some bad advice this book is an essential part to a Fantasy lovers library.
Date published: 2006-07-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Wheel of Time Series This is a highly addictive series! It is magical, mythical, action packed and a tad bit of romance. There are a few slumps here and there but Robert Jordan always picks it up. Well worth the journey!! You will not want the series to end!
Date published: 2006-06-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Best Ever! This is by far the best fantasy novel I have ever read! Jordan has captured my imagination like none other and pulled me into his compelling world of Trollocs, Aes Sedai, and the One Power. I read this novel from beginng to end without any stops except to eat (which I only did grudgingly). A book nobody should be without in their collection!
Date published: 2006-03-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AbSoLuTeLy AmAzInG! An amazing book! I love this series. It's so awesome, intriguing and it makes you so captivated! I love this book!
Date published: 2005-07-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from the best set of books ever i think robert jordan is the best author ever even better than tolkien from the first chapter of the eye of the world i have been in love with the book and i cant wait till the next one comes out like the staff at my local chapters said the better the book the longer it takes so take as long as you need jordan cause i know ill be waiting
Date published: 2005-05-05
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Sadly, a WASTE of time. This was one of those series where I really hoped for something to happen but never did. I read the first four books hoping they would get better but they just became more dull than the last. I have a hard time believing why so many others think this is a good series. It's the worst collection I have ever read. There's no action. No twists. No intrigue. Just a lot of walking and talking about nonsense. I really regret reading these books. Hopefully some of you will heed this warning and buy something else like R.R. Williams, Goodkind, OR John Marco. This series should be called The Waste of Time instead.
Date published: 2004-05-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantasy Reader Jordan is now my favourite author. This all started when i went to my cottage and didn't have anything to read so when i got home i made it a goal of mine to get a book so I picked The Eye Of The World. It was an amazing choice. This is by far the best fantasy book that I have ever read.
Date published: 2003-12-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Book.... A Must Read 4 Tolkien Fans I was introduced to The Wheel of Time series by a friend. I'm a BIG fan of The Lord of The Rings and she told me that if I liked LOTR, I would definitely like this.... so I read it and...... IT WAS FABULOUS!!!! It had a Tolkien-ish familiarity about it..... all the creatures, magic, and a quest not to be rid of something but to find something... the main characters set out to find their true identity's, and what they discover will give you a craving to read the next book in the series, The Great Hunt . An excellent beginning, action packed, and as soon as I finished this, I was lucky enough that my friend had given me The Great Hunt for my birthday so I got to keep reading. Excellent books.... If you're a fan of The Lord of The Rings Trilogy, you will love this book... I'm about 1/4 into The Great Hunt and it's great so far.
Date published: 2003-08-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Jordan is Brilliant! This series is amazing, I have only read the first three books and I am hooked. Jordan weaves a plot of intricate design riddled with characters that you care about, he makes you beleive you are apart of the story. The most precise and realistic detail define what the characters feel, smell, see etc. Jordan has no doubt set himself apart of fantasy-epic novelists on this one.
Date published: 2003-07-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great start the the greatest series ever the is a good start to the best book series ever(in my eyes it is even better then tolken) this book is great period... and rest of the series is just as good so read it!!!
Date published: 2003-07-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A great Start to a Great Series When i first read this book, it was in the divided version (from the two Rivers, To the blight). When i read the first book, i didn't realize there was a second half, and i was upset, because it was a great book. The way he introduced his characters was very interesting, as well as the way he hid different things about characters who weren't exactly who they seemed. Jordan, in my opinion, wrote a great start to this wonderful series, and i can't wait for the next books in the series to come out.
Date published: 2003-05-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Good Start This book is an excellent start to the Wheel of Time series. It is a good start to a very long journey involving five friends from the same town, only if they knew what they were in for... I suggest anyone and everyone to read this series.
Date published: 2003-05-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Eye of the world The first book of Jordan's literay materpiece is just that, a masterpiece. Jordan's vivid descriptions bring his world to life in a way that few writers can. As a brilliant series, Eye Of The World is an introduction that, unlike most, allows the reader to become so involved in the novel that it is difficult not finish it in a few days. It should be pointed out however that it is not an easy book to read, Jordan is very descriptive, but to the cost of writing a book that may not be something to pick up on sleepless nights. Jordan's work is inspiring and masterful, he again has mastered a new world and began a series that will remain in the hearts of it's readers for years.
Date published: 2003-02-03
Rated 3 out of 5 by from dont read this book Do not start this series because the saga never ends!!There are ten voluminous books in the series so far with no end in sight.This book has slow parts and quicker paced parts, but it could probably have been written in half the amount of pages.Besides that, the story was pretty good,well detailed and interesting characters, although it takes Jordan a long time to get to the point.
Date published: 2003-01-27
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Don't bother with this book Having just finished George R. R. Martin's Song of Fire and Ice trilogy (which I loved and restored my taste for Fantasy) I decided to pick up the Eye of the World. I now remember why I abandoned the genre so long ago. This book is just boring to read. The characters are one-dimensional and unsympathetic. The plot is hackneyed. I forced myself through it, and though it did perk my interest toward the end, I just didn't like it.
Date published: 2002-12-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredible!!! This fantasy is rich with detail on every little aspect of this enormous world Jordon has created. He is expanding on the world tolkien only began. This book is a great start to an amazing series. I recommend it to anybody who enjoys a good fantasy as long as they understand they may not be able to put it down!
Date published: 2002-11-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Enriched with a good plot!!! When I first finished reading the Lord of the Rings trilogy, I thought nothing could surpass its plot and beauty. That was true, for a couple of years, till I saw my friend reading the Eye of the World. I asked him what it was and he told me that it was an amazing fantasy story. After those words, I bought a boxed set of the first three books (since I don't mind reading at all). When I first finished the Eye of the World, I put it down and said to myself: 'so there is a series that surpasses Lord of the Rings.' Anyways, I'm not gonna go into too much detail, though I say this, these books are highly recommended.
Date published: 2002-11-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Simply Amazing I started reading this series when book 3 came out and I've been enthralled with the series since. I LOVE the series, Anyone interested in this style of writing I STRONGLY recommend reading them. I've read the series 5 times!! With the 10th novel coming in January I think it's time to refesh by reading them again. An incredibly entertaining series. *Strongly suggested reading* Enjoy!!
Date published: 2002-09-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Fantasy Book Ever I loved this book. I'm a very picky person when it comes to reading and if the book's just no good than it gets put back on the shelf. I've only read the first one in the series but plan on reading the next books a.s.a.p. I highly recommend this book to any one who enjoys a good fantasy as much as I do.
Date published: 2002-08-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Definitely worth reading This book has something for all ages! I first read it in grade 7, and I couldn't put it down. Now I'm in grade 11 and the book is still great! I'm just upset that Robert Jordan can't get these books out faster!!
Date published: 2001-12-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Keep reading This book is for those people who have read annd enjoyied other novel like this. The story line is very good. This is one book you won't want to put down.
Date published: 2001-05-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The best ever! Eye of the world is one of the best books i have read. It is as if you are in the novel. The description is so vivid. Jordan ranks first on my favorite list. I recomend this book to anyone who enjoys fantasy and a long indepth book. Also checkout the other books in the series.
Date published: 2001-02-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from WOW! Robert Jordan is a literary genius. He uses his unique style to compel you the moment you start the book. I'd have to say it's his absolute best and one of the best book in in class!!
Date published: 2001-01-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Eye of the word I have read all 9 books in this trilogy, it's worth reading again and again (which i have done twice not including book 9). Reading the eye of the world has helped me through many hospital trips. I made the mistake of lending out books 1-4 not because i don't want people reading them, the person who had them moved away. When's book 10 coming?
Date published: 2001-01-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Buyer Beware!!!!! This book is great. The series is great. But let me warn you, don't buy this book unless you are willing to commit time, money and sanity. Because once you have read the first book, you will have to read the next, and the next, and the next... The series is at 9 books already, and there doesn't appear to be any end in sight. Rumour has the series going to 12, but who knows. But remember this, no matter how long the series goes, you will be consistently entertained and enthralled. Just know what you're getting yourself into.
Date published: 2000-11-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from spellbound there is only one thing that can be said about robert jordan and the eye of the world; and that is when does the next volume come out?! i love reading this series.
Date published: 2000-09-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Wheel is Still Turning The Eye of the World is, by far, one of the best fantasy books I have ever read. Robert Jordan creates a world of places and characters that seem like they actually exist. The Eye is just the first book in a set(so far) of 8. The newest book will be out in November. The World of the Dragon is both exciting and beautiful, and makes for an interesting and incredible read. The characters are all realistic and interesting. My favorite is Nynaeve because she has my temper. The Wheel of Time series is ideal for both fantasy beginners, and seasoned veterans. You will fall in love With Robert Jordan's world, and be as anxious as I am for the next edition.
Date published: 2000-09-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Eye Of the World This has been one of the best Fantsy I have ever read, I could hardly put it down, the Author is dscriptive but leaves lots t the imagination, it is a world brougt to life in vivid detail, I was sad to have to put it down at the end and now have all but the ninth book of the wheel of time series.
Date published: 2000-08-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very Good But Missing Something I thoroughly enjoyed this book, but fantasy authors just can't seem to keep the same story line for the story. That is the one negative about this book. Other than that I would recommend this to anyone.
Date published: 2000-07-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Phenominal!! If you are an avid fantasy reader you will love this book. Be warned though, if you start reading this book make sure you have the next one in the series! I went through the first eight books of the series in no time and cannot wait for next one!
Date published: 2000-07-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Oh How Sweet It Is Great book for grade 9 level readers and up. I first read it when I was in grade 9 and I loved it. Now I am 22 and it's still great.
Date published: 2000-06-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good, but... I really enjoyed reading this and it is definitely worth is. But, having read The Lord of the Rings recently, I can see where Mr Jordan got a few of his ideas. Many parts of the novel are wonderfully orignal, but there are one or two points which are too familar from other books. Read it anyways, though, it's good.
Date published: 2000-06-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic Eye of the World will bring you into a fantasy world unseen in modern fantasy. Jordan is a master at bringing the reader into his rich world and captivating you with the story line. There is alot of confusion in the first book as Jordan has such a vivd view of his world, sometimes things are overwhelming and hard to follow. Stick it out, the Wheel of Time series is definately worth it.
Date published: 2000-06-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Eye of the World My favourite Fantasy series. A very good book for people who enjoy a rich assortment of characters and a world full of magic. This novel is by far the best fantasy novel out there.
Date published: 2000-06-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from great if you can get through it jordan writes so well but i found it was hard to get through the first book,"the eye of the world", was so much to it,,,took long time to get into,,,must be willing to give it your all till the end,,,the end will keep you on to the next and the next
Date published: 2000-05-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I entered the eye and loved it The eye of the world is the start to a great series. Robert Jordan has created and mastered a world of fantasy and imagination and few can do this as well as him. Read this book or the Dark One will get you.
Date published: 2000-05-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Eye Of The World Delightful! Since the moment I picked up this book I couldn't stop reading! So I kept on through all 9 books he has out in this series. In my opinion the know world is divided into two catogories those who have read WOT (Wheel Of Time series) and those who have yet to read it.
Date published: 2000-04-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from eye of the world great book, overall it was a book that i could not put down, Rand being a great character with all these great descriptions i felt he was an old friend. Now the one thing i did not like was the end, it was too stuffy and slow but the rest of it sure makes up for it.
Date published: 2000-04-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A must read book! I just finished reading this book and I have to say that it was one of best books that I have ever read. Robert Jordan descibes everything in the book so clearly, that it is as if you are in the book with them, going thru all their loses and victories right beside them. This book is a must-read novel and I think that anyone who enjoys reading fantasy novels should read this one. I can't wait to read the rest of the series!
Date published: 2000-02-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This is a wonderful Book! Hi, Robert Jordan is a wonderful author. This book I think is the best of the series. It draws you in! But, Jordan needs to know about his characters. The women exspecially, They are all the same. And not popular, as I have read other reviews. But I do like the book dispite that. It is just a good read, And of course a very long sereis, which, people say gets boring on the way. I have yet to see. Try this, and you will have to read the rest no matter how boring!
Date published: 1999-12-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A must It does'nt matters if you don't have time to read this book, since you must and will. But, don't expect to stop reading until you reach the end. You won't be able anyway, you would'nt be human otherwise :)
Date published: 1999-11-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Next Tolkien Jordan will definately be the next fantasy legend, the second tolkien. His realistic worlds make his novels a must.
Date published: 1999-10-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Eye of the World This is the beginning of an amazing series. Fantasy books are the only kind that I read and this series proves to be one of the best. I've read the entire series and I couldn't stop in between. A fantasy reader's must.
Date published: 1999-09-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely the best... Robert Jordan has the most amazing ability to create real, individual characters and settings. As you read this first book, you will be so enthralled that you won't be able to pick up the next title and find out what is next.
Date published: 1999-08-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A realistic world to get into! This whole series is a stay-up-until-three-in-the-morning-reading-it epic. Jordan has made a world that is so detailed, you could nearly walk into it. The plot holds surprises and odd twists, the characters draw you in, and who says the bad guy doesn't have a chance to win...? Robert Jordan's world is charging towards a climax, and I'm going to be there to read it!
Date published: 1999-08-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Tolkien and Better This is the first book in one of the best Fantasy series written to date. A must read. The series only grows and grows into a world of complex story lines and personality developments. If you liked Eddings you will love Jordan.
Date published: 1999-07-06
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Nothing That Hasn't Been Done Better I'm a fan of good old heroic fantasy, but frankly a lot of it is just garbage, and "Eye of the World" is no exception. I couldn't get more than half way through this tired regurgitation of fantasy cliches. Most heroic fiction borrows from mythology to some extent, but there's nothing here that isn't clearly stolen from some other source. All the stupid, unpronounceable names and maps and references to King Arthur...haven't we all had enough of this kind of thing? And Jordan's style is a little like watching paint dry. There's nothing poetic about his choice of words, no clever turns of phrase. And he's incredibly inefficient...if you can't tell a decent story in 500 words or less, you need to sharpen up your prose a little, I think. Don't get sucked into this black hole of a series. If you want classic-style epic fantasy read "Lord of the Rings" again, instead. Or "The Once and Future King". Or Stephen King's "The Gunslinger". Or, heck, just watch "Star Wars" again.
Date published: 1999-05-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Slanter If you like fantasy, you'll love this book. If you hate fantasy, well, you'll still love it. Sometimes when you read a fantasy book you have a hard time letting go of the real world, and delving into the one the author created. With Robert Jordan, it's no problem at all. The thing i liked best about the book was the uniqueness of the world he created. In many fantasy novels (Dragonlance pops into mind), the characters are your standard elf, wizard and dwarf, but here, there are no limitations, and the result is a truly different and wholly entertaining novel.
Date published: 1999-04-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from If you like Tolkien... I can remember reading the Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings when I was a little kid. That was a great series. Eye of the World is the beginning of it's equal, in my eyes. I've plowed through the first four books and I can't stop reading. This series has puts everything in vivid detail very much like in the Lord of the Rings. Well that's all I have to say. If you liked Tolkien, and you don't know what else you'd like to read now... try your hand at Eye of the World, I think you'll enjoy it.
Date published: 1999-03-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Great one The first book in one of the best on going fantasy series available. If you've ever been interested in fantasy, or Robert Jordan this is a great place to start! You won't be disappointed.
Date published: 1999-01-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow I've never read a fantasy novel before. Fantastic. The book even includes a glossary of terms used as well as maps, easing you into a complex world with believable characters. Can't wait to pick up book 2 of the Wheel of Time!
Date published: 1999-01-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Eye of the World In lieu of the release of the eighth book in this series, I decided to re-read the first seven again. Only one word comes to mind when describing this series - epic. Not only in length and breadth, but for the wealth of unique societies that give this series incomparable depth. Even the second time around, I am still gripped by the story of three young farm boys forced into greatness for the sake of everything that is, or ever will be. Fans of J.R.R. Tolkein, Terry Goodkind and David Eddings take notice.
Date published: 1998-12-12

Editorial Reviews

"Jordan has come to dominate the world Tolkien began to reveal....The battle scenes have the breathless urgency of firsthand experience....The evil laced into the forces of good, the dangers latent in any promised salvation, the sense of unavoidable onslaught of unpredictable events bear the marks of American national experience during the last three decades." -The New York Times"Adventure and mystery and dark things that move in the night-a combination of Robin Hood and Stephen King that is hard to resist. Furthermore, Jordan makes the reader put down the book regretting the wait for the next title in the series." -Milwaukee Journal Sentinel"The Wheel of Time is a fantasy tale seldom equaled and still less often surpassed in English." -Chicago Sun-Times"Read by Kate Reading and Michael Kramer, who breathe life into this epic tale." -Patriot News"Michael Kramer sets this first book of a classic series on strong ground, with Kate Reading contributing to the narration. The characters spring to life as they face the challenges and torments that the wheel of life has drawn them into. These veteran narrators keep the plot moving and the narration fresh." -AudioFile