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

4.15 of 5 stars 4.15  ·  rating details  ·  138,375 ratings  ·  5,077 reviews
The Wheel of Times 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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ebook, 751 pages
Published September 15th 2000 by Tor Books (first published January 1st 1990)
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Keely
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...more
Joel
May 09, 2012 Joel rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Joel by: Brian Halberg
Shelves: paternity-leave
Paternity leave reading for 3 a.m. crying jags. (Mine and hers.)

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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...more
Megan Baxter
When I used to work at a bookstore, my coworkers (and future husband) and I used to joke that Robert Jordan hated trees. Those poor shelves, groaning under the weight of such immensely long books. It'd have to be a damned good story to justify that much prose.

Note: The rest of this review has been withdrawn due to the recent changes in Goodreads policy and enforcement. You can read why I came to this decision here.

In the meantime, you can read the entire review at Smorgasbook
Alex Telander
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
Mika
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...more
Jonathan

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...more
Eric
Jul 12, 2007 Eric rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition 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
Allison
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
Rabindranauth
As anyone that loves to read can say, there are books you hate, books you think are okay, books you liked, books you absolutely loved. And then. There are books that make you walk that thin, sinuous line between fanboy/girl-dom, and becoming a raving lunatic of fanatical proportions. Eye of the World is DEFINITELY in that last category for me.

READ IT.
'ro Maina
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 (http://www.strangehorizons.com/) 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...more
Trevor
Jun 28, 2007 Trevor rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: fantasy fans who haven't read Tolkien
I really liked this book when i read it, but at that time i had never read anything by J.R.R. Tolkien, except for the first half of The Hobbit, which i have read four times now and for whatever reason never finished. I guess i just didn't like it all that much. So i had planned to spend the next year or two reading the entirity of The Wheel of Time, and this seemed like a strong start. Then Book 4 (The Shadow Rising) sucked and i stopped, and read Lord of the Rings, and now i just view this as a...more
Ryan
When it comes to cliche expressions, my favorite may be "life's a journey, not a destination." To be honest, I'm a pretty goal-oriented person, but expressions like "life's a journey" remind me to "seize the day" in a way that "take time to smell the roses" or "getting things done" doesn't.

Journeys and destinations are a big part of the fantasy reader's experience. In my humble opinion, the weaker fantasies draw us towards a destination and the better ones allow us to revel in the moment. I thin...more
Jon
May 12, 2009 Jon rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: anyone with lots of patience and a deep love of epic fantasy
Hard to believe I purchased this book 18 years ago in a grocery store. Back then, since I didn't have such a wonderful website to help me find the next great novel to read, I followed cover artists. If a book had cover art by Michael Whelan or Darrell K. Sweet, and was in the fantasy genre, I would scan the synopsis and usually purchase it. And so starts the love/hate relationship I now have with the Wheel of Time series.

When I first started reading this novel, I had no idea that 18 years later...more
Doc Opp
You can't really be an epic fantasy fan if you haven't read Robert Jordan. He's part of the "literary canon" of the genre. And for good reason - his first few books in the "wheel of time" series are very well written. He has a lot of nice twists on the standard fantasy archetypes, and the main characters are believable and memorable.

His world has a tremendous amount of detail. And as the series goes on, he adds more plot lines to chronicle what's going on in different parts of the world. This c...more
Zarakoda
After rereading this book for a third time, I have decided that this review needs a drastic makeover. So here we go. Time to trim the overgrown, shaggy hair on this beast, get it a new wardrobe, and maybe add a touch of mascara for subtle aesthetics. (My original review I kept at the end).

I first picked up the Wheel of Time in the seventh grade when I did not even know what I was reading. Literally. This copy had no cover, and it was only the first half of The Eye of the World (why someone would...more
Mike (the Paladin)
I have held off reviewing these books as I know some people love the series as is. I love the first 6 volumes of the Wheel of Time. From volume 7 on the existing books should (in my opinion) be turned over to a good editor for they'd make one good novel...not 5. ***(Update 2013) There are now 14 volumes in the series. I still believe that the last EIGHT books in the hands of a competent editor could make 2 to 3 good novels. Take away all the repetition and simply superfluous material and you hav...more
Evgeny
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...more
Kat  Hooper
ORIGINALLY POSTED AT Fantasy Literature.

Years ago I read the Wheel of Time series up through book 10. Now it's late 2008, Robert Jordan has passed on, and we're expecting the last Wheel of Time book, A Memory of Light in about one year. Brandon Sanderson will be writing it with the help of notes and taped messages left by Jordan, and in consultation with Harriet, Jordan's widow and confidante.

When I read it the first time, I really enjoyed WOT until it bogged down in the middle of the series. In...more
Yasiru (Don't register a new account at all- grievances concerning censorship are now censored!)
I've long intended to consolidate all the arguments for and defences of this series I've been obliged to give over the last few years since I came across it into a proper and complete review, but it seems that I'm not up to the task at the moment.

However, somewhat recently I had occasion to reiterate many of the points in favour of the series and this first entry in particular that I've offered over the course of my acquaintance with it in response to Keely's review. (I believe my responses begi...more
Jack Rudra
Jul 08, 2007 Jack Rudra rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: fantasy skeptics
This is the first in the longest but not necessarily greatest fantasy epics of all time.

Robert Jordan embarks on a journey with a handful of farmers that will span over 10,000 pages and raise his pitchfork handling characters to the heights of kings.

This book is a fun, exiting, and wonderfully entertaining adventure that leaves you hungry for more. I must warn any reader who picks up this book that Robert Jordan has been diagnosed with a fatal illness and has one book to go before he finishes th...more
Brett
This is the best book I have read in a long time. One of the main appeals in this book is that it satisfies our longing to be more than we are. That idea parallels Tolkien’s idea of insignificant hobbits performing deeds that shake the foundations of the earth. Although Jordan openly admitted to a little Tolkien emulation, similarities to the Lord of the Rings in no way detract from the grandeur of The Eye of the World. In the basketball world it is difficult to talk about Kobe Bryant without al...more
Stephen
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
Brandi
No time for a review- second book to read; here are some feels!

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Alex Ristea
Good ol' Fantasy, at its best!

If this would have been published today, it would be cast off as derivative, unoriginal, or full of tropes.

*shrug*

I kinda liked that. I read Fantasy because I enjoy it. Not every single book needs to be genre-shattering. Sometimes I do enjoy the whole farmer boy leaves village in search of a grand adventure.

Course, it helps that Robert Jordan does it very, very well. The writing quality impressed me, and I'm eager to continue the series and see how the world-buildin...more
Dan Schwent
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
Nathan
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Oh boy here we go. For two years I have been saying I was going to start reading The Wheel of Time, see the series that it seems everyone else in the entire world has read. I knew it would be difficult, after all I am no doubt jaded by reading so much other fantasy before it; I will be seeing clichés throughout. I also in no way, shape, or form can say that I am going into this reading with as a blank slate; for a series I had read not one word of I know an amazing amount abou...more
Seak (Bryce L.)
This was a reread on audiobook and it was like seeing old friends again. It was definitely a great time to start a reread what with the final volume coming out next year (and Sanderson keeps his promises). I couldn't believe how much I missed this amazingly thought-out world, I really felt like I was along for the journey and that's one of the most amazing things Jordan does.

Yes, things get a bit off toward the middle/end of this series, but I still argue that the quality is the same even thoug...more
Matt Brady
There is neither beginning nor end with a reread of The Wheel of Time.

It’s been a long time since I first read Eye of the World, and I don’t think I’ve ever reread the entire Wheel of Time series in order. So instead of doing a “proper” review, I’m just going to jot down random things and approach it from the point-of-view of someone who has read most of the series already, but whose memory of certain things is somewhat hazy. Hella spoilers ahead most likely (he said, as if anybody reads these t...more
Apatt
One of the most popular fantasy series of all time and I have never read it. Well, at least I can claim to have read the first volume now. This book was written before the advent of "grim dark" gritty fantasy by George R.R. Martin, Joe Abercrombie etc., so even the foulest villain never do any effing and blinding, they don't torture people with knives, cut off any limbs, or break wind. They do some torturing by magic but that does not quite have the same stomach churning effect. So The Eye of th...more
Eh?Eh!
oh, mr. jordan, how far you have fallen.

the first 3 books of this series are intricate, fascinating, and full of breath-taking tableaus. what happened? from the 4th book onward the quality went downhill. i gave up around book 8 or 9. i think he's on book 12 now...he's seriously milking this tale for all it's worth.

from the framework of a neverending cycle (the "wheel"), we follow the small group of men and women who have roles in the current struggle against the big bad guy. traveling through di...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...more
More about Robert Jordan...
The Great Hunt (Wheel of Time, #2) The Dragon Reborn (Wheel of Time, #3) The Shadow Rising (Wheel of Time, #4) The Gathering Storm (Wheel of Time, #12) Towers of Midnight (Wheel of Time #13)

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