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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, 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.

"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

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This is the first book in the epic Wheel of Time series.

Synopsis:

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.

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®, 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.

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knewman511, October 30, 2013 (view all comments by knewman511)
As I have read Tolkien before, I knew that getting into these kind of series can be hard; even after watching the movies. But the way the Jordan writes takes you right into the stories. His small details seem to create a literary world that you can see as well.
The complexity of the world, the histories he writes for the world is just all consuming. He provides an index in the back just in case you think "Who the hell is that" OR "What are they referring to???"
I could hardly put this book down and am so excited to read the rest of the series. And then while reading the series, being introduced to a new author and diving into his writing.
Great, easy read and just perfect for fall/winter days to cuddle up by the fire with.
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nrlymrtl, February 21, 2013 (view all comments by nrlymrtl)
I read this book back in college when I was 18/19. I had forgotten nearly all of it in between then and now, roughly 1.5 decades. In order for me to review this honestly, I have to get the Tolkien aspect out in the open. I do remember feeling a bit cheated the first time around at how much Jordan took from Tolkien. Tolkien himself borrowed heavily from European myths and hence, much of the fantasy genre has borrowed from him in a typical trickle down effect. Still, the similarities between The Eye of the World and The Lord of the Rings are some of the closest I have found in the fantasy genre. With that acknowledgement, I still found myself getting attached to the main characters and wrapped up in their quest. And yes, grimacing a little every time some character mimicked an Ent line, or an altercation resembled hobbits vs. nazghul, or there was smoking of the leaf.

So all that aside, Rand, Mat, Perrin, and Egwene are all very real, young, and in way over their heads. Moiraine and Lan are mysteries that only unravel a little by the end of the book. Nynaeve, the Wisdom of Two Rivers, was one of my favorite characters �" she tracks, rides, heals, and grumbles. I am capable of one of these skills, and I will let you guess which one. The world building was detailed and happened bit by bit, growing as the Two Rivers folks ventured further and further from their home. There were moments of humor or reflection mixed in with the action, making the pacing quite good for a lengthy first book to a lengthy series. Most of the tale is told through Rand’s eyes, which was adequate, but I often found myself wishing for more points of view, especially wanting to hear the inner thoughts of Moiraine.
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Darkewatters, January 30, 2013 (view all comments by Darkewatters)
Even if there weren't already millions of books in the world, new ones seem to get get published almost before I have time to read the titles, and my "to read" list has become a novel on it's own. For this reason, I usually tend to steer clear of series. That was, of course, until I opened this gem. I have not read such intricate fantasy since the LOTR Trilogy, and because there are 12 other books to explore after this one, I will not be surprised if my dear hobbits and wizards are replaced with Aes Sedai and Trollocs. This is one of those books that you dread finishing because you don't want to admit to yourself that it is just a story. You find it seeping in to you dreams at night and lying in the back of your mind during all waking hours. Thrilling, beautiful, and unshakably addicting. Treat yourself.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780812511819
Author:
Jordan, Robert
Publisher:
Tor Books
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Science fiction
Subject:
Fantasy
Subject:
Fantasy - General
Subject:
Fantasy fiction
Subject:
Fantasy - Series
Subject:
Fantasy - Epic
Subject:
Rand al'Thor (Fictitious character)
Subject:
Science Fiction and Fantasy-Fantasy-Epic
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st Mass Market ed.
Edition Description:
Mass market paperback
Series:
Wheel of Time
Series Volume:
No. 1 of 14
Publication Date:
19901131
Binding:
MASS MARKET
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Includes black-and-white illustrations
Pages:
832
Dimensions:
6.75 x 4.19 in

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