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.
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.
hidalit_aranda, August 4, 2012 (view all comments by hidalit_aranda)
You will be pulled into a world unlike your own full of laughter, sadness, and intrigue. Robert Jordan had almost magical way in which he wove the world in this series together that leaves you wanting to read one after another.
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