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

Hardcover | January 15, 1990

byRobert Jordan

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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, and 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.

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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, and 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 Sha...

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...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:688 pages, 9.61 × 6.33 × 2.14 inPublished:January 15, 1990Publisher:Tom Doherty AssociatesLanguage:English

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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 First time reading this book While this is the first time i,ve read this book of this series i startd with book two i enjoyed it
Date published: 2015-07-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beginning of an Epic Fantasy Every epic tale begins with one sentence, and that sentence can be found in this particular tome. Written decades ago, 'The Eye of the World' is perhaps the most innocent and boys-in-the-wild-world type of narrative amongst all the books in this lengthy series. Fear not though, for the series has completed despite Robert Jordan's departure. But perhaps because he won't pen another book, I feel this first book that launched the great series deserves special attention. Rand's innocence of the world AND of the women (or lack of DEEP mistrust...though Two Rivers folk already had that division) is somewhat refreshing. And as if the book was written after the series was completed, there are many hints and foreshadows that get picked up in the later series. Simply said, that much thought had gone into creating the first book of 'The Wheel of Time' series. If world building is what you dig, you will be in for some wild and lengthy reading, which is always a good thing when tales are told as great as this one.
Date published: 2014-11-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great read Already started on book 2
Date published: 2014-08-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beginning of an epic journey The first time I ever read this book, I remember becoming lost in the names during the first chapters. The Eye of The World was worth working my way through those first few chapters to master, however. Now, I am old friends with this volume, and the story greets me like an old friend I have missed. I absolutely relish returning to this book, to remember again the story's heroes, as the were at the beginning of their adventure.
Date published: 2014-08-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The eye of the world Enjoy this book very much looking farward to the next one
Date published: 2014-06-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The eye of the world I enjoy this book very much looking forward to the next one
Date published: 2014-06-05
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not Worth the Hoopla I don't see what all of the hoopla is about. The characters seemed very one dimensional. The idea of reading all of the rest of these books seems exhausting.
Date published: 2014-03-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Not Worth the Hoopla Fantastic start to a series, thoroughly engaging
Date published: 2014-01-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Not Worth the Hoopla Simply amazing read. The depth of characters, the intrigue and the action makes this a great read. I have read the book several times it is so good!
Date published: 2013-10-05
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Wheel of Time 1 the Eye of the World Good story, good characters... Slow pace and a little repetative in its descriptiveness. Well worth a read and looking forward to Book 2
Date published: 2013-07-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The eye of the world Great read again!
Date published: 2013-05-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Eye of the World Great books, I am really excited to read them all again, and all together. In my opinion the characters and setting are on par with Tolkien, and the writing is captivating. A must read for any fantasy fans.
Date published: 2013-04-07
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

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"Jordan has come to dominate the world that Tolkien began to reveal." -The New York Times"Jordan is able to take ... familiar elements and make them his own, in a powerful novel of wide and complex scope. Open religious and political conflicts add a gritty realism, while the cities and courts provide plenty of drama and splendor. Women have a stronger role than in Tolkien.... Each character in this large cast remains distinct.... Their adventures are varied, and exciting.... The Eye of the World stands alone as a fantasy epic." -Locus"Robert Jordan has created a fantasy world as tangible and credible as history. He has a fine eye for detail and a vivid sense of drama." -Morgan Llewelyn"Robert Jordan's The Eye of the World proves that there's still plenty of life in the ancient tradition of epic fantasy. Jordan has a powerful vision of good and evil-- but what strikes me as most pleasurable about The Eye of the World is all the fascinating people moving through a rich and interesting world." -Orson Scott Card"Jordan's world is rich in detail and his plot is rich in incident. Impressive work, and highly recommended." -ALA Booklist