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From the Two Rivers: The Eye of the World, Part 1 (Das Rad der Zeit #1)

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An American Library Association “Best Books for Young Adults”

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For Rand al’Thor and his pals, life in the sleepy village of Emond’s Field has been pretty dull. Until the appearance on festival night of Moiraine, a mysterious woman who claims to be an Aes Sdeai—a magician who can wield the One Power. Soon after, the village is attacked by T
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Evgeny
This book is exactly the first half of the first novel of the Wheel of Time series: The Eye of the World except with additional prolog; considering this fact I will only comment on the said prolog.

It is short - around 22 pages. The main idea can be expressed in just one sentence: Egwene carries water during village sheep shearing. She is only 9 year old here which means the future ta'veren boys are all 10 year old and Nynaeve is around 17 - she is an apprentice to the old Village Wisdom. While n
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Sharon
T started this thinking it might assuage my Game of Thrones series withdrawals since I have read all five of Martin's books. Are they both mamy-volumed epics set in what could easily be medieval times with knights and lords and ladies and common folk? Are they both awaiting the arrival of some kind of "savior" for their respective worlds who will restore history in some way? Are they both written by men who are masters at world building? Yes!! And I look forward to reading the entire Wheel of Ti ...more
Hacedores Desierto
Después de cerca de seis meses leyéndolo (sí, me ha costado un tanto leérmelo) os traigo la reseña de uno de los clásicos modernos de la literatura fantástica.
Dado el tiempo que he tardado, y la cantidad de libros que han pasado entre medias, uno pensaría que probablemente se me haya olvidado el inicio de la novela. Pues no. Una de las cosas que tiene esta saga es que, aunque suceden muchísimas cosas en un periodo muy corto de tiempo, se te graban en la memoria. En parte por lo bien definida qu
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Josh
I'm dropping this a star because of the new prologue. This is obviously an attempt by the publisher to appeal to younger adult audiences. The problem is, it really doesn't do the rest of the novel justice. The existing prologue was excellent, and you really couldn't beat it. This prologue slows the story down a lot, and doesn't add anything relevant. It has to many characters to remember. Furthermore, the series was already pretty friendly to young adults. This added prologue of the main charact ...more
Amanda
(Jag läste den här boken på svenska - Farornas väg)

känslan av att påbörja en ny fantasy-resa är oslagbar. de första sidorna, de första kapitlen, innan saker och ting börjar hända och man inte vet riktigt vad man ska förvänta sig (förutom något storslaget) är motsägelsefullt nog väldigt spännande. när saker och ting sen väl kickar igång svävar jag på moln och vill ta med mig boken överallt och aldrig lämna pojkarna från emondswall. två grejer ogillade jag dock med boken. dels rands och egwenes re
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Elser
No ha sido del todo lo que me esperaba –creía que sería una lectura un poco más ligera–, y aunque este es un libro bastante introductorio, y aunque aún me hago un pcoo de lío entre los distintos personajes, el mundo que crea el autor me ha encantado, y me meuro de ganas por seguir adentrándome en él.
Julia
I was always intimidated by the size and number of books in this series... but they halved the first one! And now I'm hooked. *sigh*. And I'm already attached to all of the characters, despite the fact that I'm sure some of them, if not all, will die from horrible prophecy-related injuries.
Kevrum Rummage
Sep 04, 2011 Kevrum Rummage is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
I couldn't finish this book. I got halfway through and was bored then I discovered that there were 12 more books in the series and the last one was written by the author.
Teresa Dragonfire
Me ha gustado el libro y estoy decidida a seguir con la saga, pero aún así no le he encontrado nada muy destacable que le haga mejor que otros muchos libros de fantasía.
Veronica Morfi
Rating: 5/5

Review of the full Book #1: here
Silika
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Liz L
The Eye of the World series is an old series for young adult, but it has had nothing but high acclaims. I have been strongly urged to read this series by one of my best friends and I'm glad she did.

One thing that always daunts me with books like these are the old tiny fonts. They hurt my eyes, especially when there's a lot. And there is A LOT. However, I didn't let that sway me. It took me a long time to finish this book because it just didn't hook me right away. The beginning wasn't up to the
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Cayla
I'm beginning to really see the need for half stars here on Goodreads. This book (or half of a book, actually) is more of a 3.5/3.75 star.

I'm been struggling to decide whether or not to read this series for several weeks. I really hate leaving books unfinished for anything besides content issues and so I knew that if I started "Eye of the World", I'd probably read it all the way through, whether I liked it or not - and over 800 pages is a lot to read if you don't like a book. So this half-book
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Michelle Lees
I'm still torn by how much I enjoyed this. I wasn't too sure what to expect other than 'it's awesome!' and 'you have to read it!' from friends who were/are obsessed with this series. Surprisingly I went in with little expectation and to be honest I wasn't overly thrilled with the first few chapters which were a bit dreary (of course it's all being laid out so you can't expect too much)but for some reason I couldn't put it down. I found myself wanting to know what would happen to the characters, ...more
Nicolas
I'm not sure what I expected it to be like, but it wasn't this. I've never really read fantasy before, but this had me hooked from page one. I find the plot and characters to be very unique. I'm also impressed with his storytelling. He really draws you in to the point where you HAVE to know what's going to happen next. It's very unpredictable, which really appeals to the mystery buff in me. As for this edition, I appreciate the option of having the book presented in a smaller, more manageable fo ...more
Jenna St Hilaire
I've enjoyed this. Robert Jordan breaks almost every known rule of proper writing and still tells a fascinating, engaging story. What's up with his naming scheme that appears to be a merging of Arabic and Welsh? Who cares? I'm loving it.

This reads a little easier than Tolkien for me so far, probably because the female characters are more complex and interesting (apologies, Professor Tolkien, sir--I do love your books). The pacing could definitely have been tightened up and the sudden influx of P
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Danielle
I loved this series when it started. Loved it up to book 3, suffered through it to book 5, and gave up. There was a lot of potential that wasn't followed through - isn't that downright hilarious, since I think I recently saw another book in the series published, 10 or more years later? I started laughing. Robert Jordan managed to filled a *lot* of space with a lot of words that got you barely anywhere in any given book, and still didn't manage to see much of the potential he had with some of the ...more
Jeraviz
Tenía muchas ganas de empezar a leer La Rueda del Tiempo y tal vez esas ganas han hecho que me haya decepcionado.
Mientras leía no hacía más que recordar pasajes de El Señor de los Anillos hasta que me di cuenta que Desde Dos Ríos tiene todos los elementos que posee la obra de Tolkien. No me refiero a la mitología ni a los personajes, que son lo mejor del libro y de una profundidad que apetece seguir leyendo para conocer más del mundo en que se basa La Rueda del Tiempo. Me refiero a nivel de des
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Lorinda
The village of Two Rivers is a quiet little farming community.Nothing extraordinary ever happens there.But all that is about to change with the coming of tree strangers to the village inn on the eve of the annual Bel Tine festival. Rand and his friends, Mat and Perrin are soon to embark on an unexpected journey. Along with the strangers, a warder, an Aes Sedai, a gleeman and a village girl named Egwene they leave their village to seek safe haven in the legendary city of the Aes Sedai, Tar Valon. ...more
Nik
Sep 16, 2008 Nik rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone who likes fantasy
If you like the Lord Of The Rings books then you will like this book. The main characters are Rand, Mat, Perrin, and Egeywen who are sheep hearders in the Two Rivers Valley. Also there is an Aes-Sedai, a Warder, and a story teller names Thom. The Aes-Sedai and Warder are taking Rand, Mat, Perrin, And Egeywen to the Aes-Sedai capital of Tar-Valon, but the Dark One has a strange interest in the boys. Their journey will be a long one filled with adventure and danger around every corner. Will they m ...more
Kathryn Houghton
So Wheel of Time is my favorite series, and I decided that, in 2014, I will read a minimum of a chapter a day as I slowly make my way back through the series. I loaned Eye of the World to a friend, though, so I'm having to read it split into two parts like this.

I'm also reading a poem a day, but that's a different issue altogether.
Lachlan
I found this very hard to get into and it is a very challenging read. There is a good plot but it is hidden behind confusing writing styles.
Lonnie Smith
The added prologue and illustrations make for a fresh re-read of an old favorite. This book was definitely one of the reasons I was able to get several friends addicted to this series over the years. This edition is meant for younger readers, splitting the first book in two, making the font larger, and adding a handful of illustrations.
Torben
A good start into the series, that was fun to read. The start has some lengths, but once they get moving, they keep a good pace. The characters are well described, even though there is more then one cliché in it. The way wizardry works in the world is interesting as well, distinguishing between male and female wizards based on what they can easily do. Watching Moraine work her magic was fun indeed.

One should mention as well that even though Robert Jordan obviously took one inspiration or another
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tuukka
i was once warned not to read the first book from "wheel of time". i should've listened to that warning -> now i'm completely addicted to this neverending series. it's worse than caffeine :)

being addictive or not, i still think that robert jordan is a genius in his very own world. how can a man write two pages about how to iron silk when the book should be about the battle between good and the evil? that's a sign of true genius.

i really enjoy reading these books and at this point having read
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Daniel
Dec 08, 2011 Daniel rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Daniel by: Audible
I was listening to this audio book, because it was a promotion at audible. The first main chapter of the whole The Wheel of Time story.

Unfortunately the German speaker has no talent in making the different characters distinguishable. All of them are "speaking" with with the same pitch of his voice. Moreover the story throws in many names, that are very hard to remember. Even until the end of this chapter after about 16 hours, it was hard to me to distinguish between all the main characters.

The s
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Alba
Me ha gustado, pero es muy introductorio y los nombres de los personajes son bastante feos.
Conor
One down, quite a few to go.

I don't think this was such a bad book; better than I remembered it.
It's slow in parts, but easy to skim over the tedious details.

Jordan uses some fantastic imagery, and I actually found myself sympathising and being interested in the characters.
Rand's a bit generic at the moment for a lead, but he might develop in future. Moiraine and Lan are particularly interesting, and the rest are coming along too.

Not sure if I'll make it through the whole series, but this is a
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Dottie
Simply put, I loved this series. I can read this over and over, which I have while awaiting for the ending Battle. Yes, it reminds you of the World Tolkien created in Lord of the Rings; but, you become involved with new characters and travel with them on their journey!

I liked all the books; except, books 5 and 6 were on the slow/boring side. Don't know exactly why; but, they did not keep me entranced enough so there were times they were layed down for a few days before I would pick them up again
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Robert Jordan was the pen name of James Oliver Rigney, Jr., under which he was best known as the author of the bestselling The Wheel of Time fantasy series. He also wrote under the names Reagan O'Neal and Jackson O'Reilly.

Jordan was born in Charleston, South Carolina. He served two tours in Vietnam (from 1968 to
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