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The Eye of the World (The Wheel of Time #1)

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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.
Mass Market Paperback, 814 pages
Published November 15th 1990 by Tor Books (first published January 15th 1990)
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ayca ermis Definitely read Eye of the World.Both of them are awesome,but personally I think Wheel of time series is just genius.
Zoe From what I can tell, the only category where WoT even remotely compares to ASOIAF is the world-building. I loved the scope of ASOIAF, and while WoT…moreFrom what I can tell, the only category where WoT even remotely compares to ASOIAF is the world-building. I loved the scope of ASOIAF, and while WoT seems to have that as well, I couldn't make it through WoT because of the 1) terrible character development and interactions and 2) Jordan's hackneyed idiosyncrasies (e.g. terrible metaphors and similes), which made the writing seem terrible to me. And I made it through at least four books, so it's not like I didn't try.

So in short, NO. I'd recommend some of Brandon Sanderson's series instead. Mistborn is a great world though again lacks some of the scope, or the Stormlight Archive is great so far.(less)
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J.G. Keely
Dec 01, 2007 J.G. Keely rated it did not like it
The first series that showed it was possible to rewrite Tolkien and make a mint was Shannara. After that the doors were flung wide open, and the next to take advantage was Robert Jordan. Of course, all authors take some inspiration from older works, as Virgil did to Homer, and Milton to Virgil--and as Tolkien himself drew on the Norse Eddas and Welsh myths.

But when Tolkien and Virgil set out to write their great works, they expanded and changed what came before, and made it their own with a uniq
May 09, 2012 j rated it liked it
Recommended to j by: Brian Halberg
Shelves: paternity-leave
Paternity leave reading for 3 a.m. crying jags. (Mine and hers.)


There, Brian. I read it. Are you happy?

My friend Brian has been telling me to read The Wheel of Time for years. It always went like this:

Brian: You should read The Wheel of Time. It's really good.
Me: I've heard that it gets really, really bad.
B: The first seven books are really outstanding.
M: Yeah, I'm not going to read seven books without an ending.
B: The first one is good but the second one is better.
M: Mmm. I don't know.
B: T
Jessica ❁ Far Dareis Mai ❁ Rabid Reads
1/25/16: One down, FOURTEEN to go. *cackles maniacally*

Oh, calm down. One book per month is totally doable. If you want in on the BB&B action, visit the group page (linked above) and request to join. The more the merrier!

Reviewed by: Rabid Reads

NOTICE: this reread is in preparation for finally biting the bullet and reading book 14. That means I HAVE NOT read book 14 yet. Please be mindful of this in the comments, both for me and for others who may or may not have progressed past this poin
"And the Shadow fell upon the land, and the world was riven stone from stone. The oceans fled, and the mountains were swallowed up, and the nations were scattered to the eight corners of the World. The moon was as blood, and the sun was as ashes. The seas boiled, and the living envied the dead. All was shattered, and all but memory lost, and one memory above all others, of him who brought the Shadow and the Breaking of the World. And him they named Dragon.

And it came to pass in those days, as it
David "proud Gleeman in Branwen's adventuring party"
Book One of my epic buddy read of the Wheel of Time series with Branwen Sedai, one of the nicest people of OUR time! :D

From the Eye of the World, you can see just how much danger the world is really in!

(That's not in the book, I just made that up myself. Don't worry, Robert Jordan's writing isn't nearly as cheesy as mine!)

Life in the village of Emond's Field had always been peaceful. Sure, the people sometimes argued, as families do from time to time. But ultimately, the village was a tight-kni
Khanh (the Grinch)
Sep 03, 2015 Khanh (the Grinch) rated it it was ok
Recommended to Khanh (the Grinch) by: Navessa
2 stars for the benefit of the doubt, because I DNFed this shit at page 10. This is my new record.

Look, I'm sorry. This is another one of those Lord-of-the-Rings moment where I appreciate the effort, but this is not for me. Within the short amount that I read, I had names and random bits of history thrown at me and maybe it's because it's this early in the morning, but I nearly fell asleep and I honestly can't recall anything that I've read. I have a feeling I'd have a better time reading a text
Sep 23, 2008 Mika rated it did not like it
Let me preface this by saying very clearly that I mean no offense to The Wheel of Time fans. It’s just my opinion, yes? Just my humble opinion.

So. Simply put: I hate this book. Somewhat passionately. The Romgi will attest to the fact that while I was reading I would mutter to myself about how ridiculous the plot was or how much I hated dragging myself through all 800+ pages. But I carried on.

The main character, Rand, was so uninteresting that I honestly didn’t care what happened to him, nor do I
Feb 15, 2016 Navessa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, fantasy


You know that thing that happens with your favorite series? You know, that thing. Someone either asks you about it, or you sit down to try and write a review for one of the installments, and all you say or type is dying animal noises. Kinda like this:

"Navessa, what did you think of this book?"
"Um...are you okay?"
"Are you having some sort of fit right now? Do I need to call someone?"
Bookworm Sean
Feb 13, 2016 Bookworm Sean rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, 5-star-reads
Robert Jordan copied Tolkien but, I just don’t care. What I mean is that his writing shouldn’t be judged on this single fact. Yes, Jordan has borrowed aspects of Tolkien’s middle earth; yes, he has blatantly reworked many aspects, but he has also infused it with a few of his own original ideas. The result is a fantasy universe that resembles Tolkien’s and, in some ways, transcends it.

Not completely original, but completely brilliant


I found that Jordan’s world wasn’t as obvious as Tolkien’s. I
✘✘ Sarah ✘✘ (former Nefarious Breeder of Murderous Crustaceans)
BR with the BBB gang starting January 1, 2016.

Friendly warning: this book is looooonnng. How short do you think my review is going to be? That's right, time to do the "get a snack, grab a drink, we're going to be here for a while" thing

Friendly warning #2 (view spoiler): I seem to have recently contracted Acute Acronymitis Syndrome (AAS). So prepare for a Painful Onslaught of Acronyms (POA)

Actual rating: 3.5 stars

Yeah Yeah yeah, I know, I
It's really difficult for me to write an unbiased review of this because there's a fair bit of nostalgia involved for me. I began reading The Wheel of Time in 1995, and it was the first fantasy series that I really fell in love with. It captured my heart and held my imagination for a long, long time. I re-read the series over the years as new books were released up until Robert Jordan died - it was too heartbreaking that he wasn't able to finish it himself and I've waited until the series is fin ...more
Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
Final review, first posted at

The massive length, not only of The Eye of the World itself but the entire epic WHEEL OF TIME fantasy series, along with some differences in critical opinion regarding the literary worth of this series, has always daunted me. But I thought I owed it to myself to read at least this first book and judge for myself, so when the Buddies, Books and Baubles group here at Goodreads decided to buddy read the series, I was happy to seize the opportu
Melissa Martin
Jan 15, 2016 Melissa Martin rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own, fantasy-all
MY BLOG: Melissa Martin's Reading List

That was an amazing little journey. I'm going to give it my all to make this a good enough review, but I kinda doubt it because this book is too great for my measly little words :-)




Since I'm not good at explaining certain things, I'm so glad the author put a glossary in the back of the book so I can sound all smart when I tell you what things are!


Time is a wheel with se
Alex Telander
Sep 16, 2010 Alex Telander rated it it was ok
THE WHEEL OF TIME SERIES BY ROBERT JORDAN: I tried. I gave it over two years of my life and I still couldn't keep going till the end. Of course, the real end will probably be book fifteen or twenty or, heaven forbid, twenty-five and up. I'm talking about Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time series. Currently there are eleven books in the series, the latest, Knife of Dream, came out last October. The first book, Eye of the World, started out really well and I felt like I'd discovered a great new epic fa ...more
Robin (Bridge Four)
2016 is The Year of the Wheel for me, I'm reading a book a month in this series. Yes I know that will take me into 2017 but I don't care. Brandon Sanderson was influenced by Robert Jordan and finished out the series for him so it must be good.

Reading with some friends at Buddies Books and Baubles and Sanctum of Fantasy.

Great intro into a series. RTC
Oct 18, 2013 Evgeny rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, favorites
It was early 1993. I picked up a free sample of this book at our university book store and promptly forgot about it (finals). I dug it up later and read it. The free sample ended just as things started to get interesting, so I went to a library and borrowed a full book. Little did I suspect of what I stumble into.

The most developed world of any fantasy books (OK, except Tolkien's Middle Earth). The most complex plot of any fantasy - bar none. A very long journey. This is a beginning of this jou

A 5 star series, 4 stars for this work

“The Wheel of Time turns, and Ages come and pass, leaving memories that become legend. Legend fades to myth, and even myth is long forgotten when the Age that gave it birth comes again. In one Age, called the Third Age by some, an Age yet to come, and Age long past, a wind rose in the Mountains of Mist. The wind was not the beginning, there are neither Beginnings nor endings to the turning of The Wheel of Time. But it was a beginning.”

This is probably in con
Feb 29, 2016 Kaora rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As the Wheel of Time turns places wear many names. Men wear many names, many faces. Different faces, but always the same man. Yet no one knows the Great Pattern the Wheel weaves, or even the Pattern of an Age. We can only watch, and study, and hope.

Despite this book reminding me quite a bit of Lord of the Rings (Mount Dhoom anyone?) I did enjoy it quite a bit. I tried to avoid comparing it to Tolkien because really there is no author that can stand near him, and I feel that was the source of my
Jul 12, 2007 Eric rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: fantasy fans
Jordan's Wheel of Time series were the best fantasy books I had ever read*, the best pure stories. I wanted to live in the world he created. His descriptions of simple village life and interaction are so rich and wonderful, not to mention his treatment of city life, magic, technology, politics, romance, history, mystery, comedy, food, the battle of the sexes, military life and tactics, cultures and on and on. Just wonderful. I couldn't wait to get home from work and slip into that world. It was ...more
The size of this book intimidated me for a long time, since I am usually not in the mood to read something this big. But after my experience with my beloved "A Song Of Ice And Fire" series, I decided to give this famous series a chance, prepared myself for a challenge and I dived.

And it WAS a challenge! A challenge that started at page one! The first 100 pages felt like a very long introduction to me that dragged at places and bored me. But thanks to my past experiences, I didn’t give up. Fans o
Jan 25, 2016 Gavin rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
I'm not sure what to say about The Eye of the World. I first read it way back in 1998 and enjoyed it well enough. I'm pretty happy to be able to say that, unlike a lot of old favourites, this story has stood the test of time. I think I might even have enjoyed this 2016 reread of Eye of the World more than I enjoyed my original read.

In many ways this is a very traditional epic fantasy of good vs evil and farmboys that are destined to grow into great heroes and save the world. The saving grace fo
'ro Maina
Jul 14, 2008 'ro Maina rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this entire series (as far as I've read into it, at any rate). But then I read the essay "Quality in Epic Fantasy by Alec Austin in Strange Horizons magazine ( and I found out why I was so drawn into it...and then I was just kinda sad....

Here is an excerpt (emphasis mine):

I will refer to the two easiest means of extending a fantasy series beyond its natural lifespan as the Jordan method and the Eddings method, though neither method is exclusive to
Feb 11, 2016 Choko rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
*** 5 ***

A buddy read with my questing buddies from BB&B and loving every second of it!!!

I have decided not to write reviews for the individual books of this series - this is a conscious decision, which i took in order to spare my fellow readers from never-ending fangirling and incessant praises for this reviewers favorite series ever. So, be warned, my rating of this series is strictly subjective and no arguments, however sound and valid, would ever change my mind about it!

Thanks to my
Jan 01, 2014 Brandi rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, male-lead
No time for a review- second book to read; here are some feels!



Jan 21, 2016 Alexa rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, 2016
This was solid fantasy; even if there wasn't really anything new.

We have the chosen one

Who reluctantly embarks on the journey,

with a company of nine eight, comprised of a magic user (who’s not a bearded guy! Hurray!) and a warrior with a past (the reveal here was painfully obvious considering what we’re comparing it to) and several of his hometown friends.

And whose ultimate destiny is to fight the evil one.

Sounds familiar? Of course it does. It follows Campell’s theory of the journey of
Dan Schwent
Dec 16, 2008 Dan Schwent rated it did not like it
Shelves: fantasy
I'm going to go out on a limb here and say that this book was the one that put me off fantasy for years afterwards. Part of me was slightly interested in how the whole thing was going to end but it was over-ruled by the knowledge of nine books (at the time) after this one that I was going to have to push through. The story itself is such a fantasy cliche. Kid finds out he's the chosen one, has to defeat the big bad. I liked that story the first couple of times I read it. The characters are unlik ...more
2.5 to 3.0 stars. I was incredibly UNDERWHELMED by this epic fantasy novel. The writing wasn't bad and there were some decent fantasy elements, but it just came across as so familiar and standard that I was never pulled into the tale. I was actually tempted to go 2 stars on this one. However, there was some nice world-building and a few pretty cool scenes (in an otherwise over long book) so I ended up closer to 3 stars than 2. Overall, not horrible, but there is MUCH better fantasy out there (Jo ...more
Executive Summary: This is the book that really kindled my love for epic fantasy. I was worried that after reading hundreds of fantasy novels, and getting tired of the chosen one trope this book might not hold up to my memory of it. I was happy to find that I had nothing to worry about as I enjoyed it just as much on a reread as I did the first time.

Audiobook: One of my main reasons for doing a reread was the chance to do the audio version. Michael Kramer and Kate Reading were already among my f
Eon ♒Windrunner♒ & part-time Warder ☯
The Wheel of Time turns, and Ages come and pass, leaving memories that become legend. Legend fades to myth, and even myth is long forgotten when the Age that gave it birth comes again. In one Age, called the Third Age by some, an Age yet to come, an Age long past, a wind rose in the Mountains of Mist. The wind was not the beginning. There are neither beginnings nor endings to the turning of the Wheel of Time. But it was a beginning.

And so we are ushered into the magnificent world that Robert J
Nov 20, 2015 Angela rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Angela by: Navessa
For a very, very long time this series has intimidated the hell out of me. I first started hearing about it sometime in the late 1990s. At that time there were seven or eight books out (less than the fourteen that finalized the series), but I was scared as hell because they are DOORSTOPPERS, and there was NO END in sight. I worried that the series would never end. I worried that it'd suck and I'd be stuck reading thousands of pages of books that I hated (this was back in my MUST FINISH EVERYTHIN ...more
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Librarian Note: There is more than one author in the Goodreads database with this name.

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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Other Books in the Series

The Wheel of Time (1 - 10 of 19 books)
  • The Great Hunt (Wheel of Time, #2)
  • The Dragon Reborn (Wheel of Time, #3)
  • The Shadow Rising (Wheel of Time, #4)
  • The Fires of Heaven (Wheel of Time, #5)
  • Lord of Chaos (Wheel of Time, #6)
  • A Crown of Swords (Wheel of Time, #7)
  • The Path of Daggers (Wheel of Time, #8)
  • Winter's Heart (Wheel of Time, #9)
  • Crossroads of Twilight (Wheel of Time, #10)
  • Knife of Dreams (Wheel of Time, #11)

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