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The Eye of the World

(The Wheel of Time #1)

4.19  ·  Rating details ·  483,484 ratings  ·  19,960 reviews
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 returns again. What was, what will be, and what is, may yet fall under the Shadow.

Moiraine Damodred arrives in Emond’s Field on a quest to find the one prophesized to stand against The Dark One, a malicio
Paperback, 750 pages
Published May 8th 2012 by Tor Books (first published January 15th 1990)
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Rebekah Both are the first book in a long series, set in a richly developed fantasy world. Both will require commitment to read. If you read A Song of Ice and…moreBoth are the first book in a long series, set in a richly developed fantasy world. Both will require commitment to read. If you read A Song of Ice and Fire, you will throw your books across the room when your favorite characters are killed off. You will turn away in disgust at rape, child murder, incest, and mutilation. If you read Wheel of Time, you will slog through long chapters of unnecessary detail. Both original authors have not been able to finish their epic series, but Robert Jordan died and Brandon Sanderson finished it for him! If you can only read one, I would read the one that has been completed. Or go read Mistborn! Man, Sanderson knows how to finish a series. (less)
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 s…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
May 13, 2007 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The first series that showed it was possible to do an uninspired rewrite of Tolkien and make a mint was Shannara. After that the doors were flung wide, and the next to profit off the scheme was was Robert Jordan. Of course, I'm not suggesting it's bad to take inspiration from older authors--all authors do this, as Virgil did from Homer, and Milton from Virgil, and Byron from Milton. Tolkien himself drew on the Norse Eddas, Welsh myths, English fairy tales, and Blake's myth-making.

But when a skil
Nov 22, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Emily (Books with Emily Fox)
(4.5) Here I am, a bit to my surprise...

I've been trying to read a lot of "older classic Adult Fantasy" books and it's been hit and miss.
I'm tired of being hit with description of boobs and nipples every time a female character is introduced and this was (sadly) refreshingly not like that. The bar is loooow.

The characters are likeable, the word building is intriguing, the magic system is interesting... It does contain some classic tropes like the farmer boy/chosen one but it didn't bother me and
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
Holy hell! The movie trailer gave me chills! YES QUEEN!!

10/20/20 - I got the anniversary hardback edition and it’s so beautiful 😫 and the map and the little ribbon!

5 Stars Damn It 😘

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 no
Apr 08, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5/5 stars

Here it is, I’m riding the winds of time! Wheeeeeeeeeee!

Another massive fantasy series to finish, a new epic adventure to undertake. Like many modern fantasy readers, the last three books finished by Brandon Sanderson played a huge motivational drive in my attempt to start and finish The Wheel of Time. I honestly find this series to be even more intimidating than Malazan Book of the Fallen due to the sheer number of word counts in it. To give a bit of information on how intimidating t
Jessica ❁ ➳ Silverbow ➳ ❁
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 point in the series. Thank you.

It's hard for me to review this book, and only this book, objectively, b/c:

1. WoT is my favorite high fantasy series. Ever.
2. I've read the first eight books seven or eight times, maybe more (*whispers
Sean Barrs
Jul 21, 2014 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
The Wheel Weaves as the Wheel Wibble Wobbles...or something like that.
Ok, so in terms of a great fantasy, I think this has all the right components. I can see why this is such a beloved series.
For me personally, though? This was far too long and far too, not boring per se, but there was never a point where I couldn't put this book down.
Even the battle at the very end. Like, they were right in the middle with all the light and fire and screaming -I pushed pause and went to grab a burrito without
Mario the lone bookwolf
The ultimate worldbuilding wheel written and continued by two of the biggest fantasy prodigies

Rands´thousands of pages long story begins grim and dark
Not much time to get an immortal positive high elve fantasy kick, because desperation sets in before hope has a chance. But at least it´s a great option and possibility to take a longer, sometimes death, undeath, or just necromantic (I differentiate between just primitive being a zombie and sophisticated zombifying), walk and meet the not just ste
Sep 23, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Khanh, first of her name, mother of bunnies
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
"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
Ahmad Sharabiani
The Eye of the World (Wheel of Time, #1), Robert Jordan

The Eye of the World is a fantasy novel by American writer Robert Jordan, the first book of The Wheel of Time series. It was published by Tor Books and released on January 16, 1990.

The Eye of the World revolves around protagonists Rand al'Thor, Matrim (Mat) Cauthon, Perrin Aybara, Egwene al'Vere, and Nynaeve al'Meara, after their residence of "Emond's Field" is unexpectedly attacked by Trollocs (the antagonist's soldiers) and a Myrddraal (t
Niki Hawkes - The Obsessive Bookseller
I would like to start out by saying: don’t let my conservative rating scare you off from this series. At least 75% of customers I talk to about fantasy rank this series in their top 3, if not their #1. I am definitely the minority here, as the book didn’t even make my top 20.

Don’t get me wrong, it’s still a classic that deserves its place as one of the all-time fantasy greats, it just happened to have some elements that I personally didn’t care for. As the beginning of an epic quest not unlike t
David - proud Gleeman in Branwen's adventuring party
Book One of my epic buddy read of the Wheel of Time world with Branwen Sedai, one of the nicest people of OUR world! :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
Mar 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, favorites

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?"
chan ☆
we did it joe (dbbc coming 12/5)
Oct 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, fantasy, 2019
If you like fantasy stories with lots of wandering around, have I got the book for you!

The Eye of the World has:


And, occasionally

-Stops in cities, castles, etc. for a few pages

Just kidding! But, really, I am not! 😊

I did enjoy this book, but the majority of it is discussion between characters while they are travelling long distances to both escape baddies and make their way to mystical places. While I don’t believe they actually make it anywhere they were
Jess Owens
Sep 11, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
3.5 stars. Review first posted at Fantasy Literature:

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 opportunit
Nov 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Second time through this thing, and I will actually continue this series this time around. Here’s my 2020 review:

Well, ladies and gentlemen, gleemen and Aes Sedai, Darkfriends and Wisdom, boy did this book hit me at the right time.

I was bumbling around town like I always do. I was in this weird time in my life just wandering around thinking about books and what I should read next. I was parading down the cold streets with a warm beverage, wearing a sweater, considering my options, sipping my la
✘✘ Sarah ✘✘ (former Nefarious Breeder of Murderous Crustaceans)
Epically Epic Buddy Read with the BBB gang

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 kn
The Wheel of Time, book 1: Is there anything left to say about this 1990 debut book of the The Wheel of Time series with its extremely detailed magical-fantasy-dark-ages-esque constructed reality? Well, I guess as you're reading this, there must be! With huge shadings of Tolkien the story begins in a remote-ish village situated far from the main cities and lands of this reality. It's where we meet most of our cast of either natives from rural community, or visitors seeking those self same native ...more
Mayim de Vries
Feb 07, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“Always men think it a new war, but it is just the same war discovered anew.”

This wheel, once it starts rolling, rolls at a sedate pace of continental drift. But - you want to know - is it just rolling or is it eye-rolling that I have in mind. Well, for most of the time it does roll smoothly.

[Just to warn you: this is going to be a long one. But if you plan to embark on a 14-book-long journey, a lengthy review should not be a problem, right? That’s what I keep telling myself.]


In Two River
Dan Schwent
Dec 16, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Aug 06, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wauw ,🤩 I realy enjoyed this quest with rand and the crew ,I love story's where they are traveling and having a old grand adventure , I read a lot that this is compared to j.r. tolkien but I don't mind that 🤷‍♀️, My only hope is that this serie better be worth it because it is massive but we will see , for now is this realy good if you love ' high' fantasy and great world building , 4 ⭐⭐⭐⭐ ...more
Feb 05, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Aptly titled. Wheel of Time, as in you will never get back the time it will take you to read this 14-book (11,000 ebook pages), milquetoast, filler-filled, rip off of TLOTR.

Bottom line, friends should not let friends read WOT.
May 12, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
DNF @50

3 years after I finished this book and a year after I DNF-ed the third one I decided to give this series another chance. Obviously that didn't end well. My initial rating was 3 stars than 2 after editing and now 1 since that is what DNF-ed books get.

There is interesting worldbuilding here and potentially good heroic tale but I just can't look past so many annoying characters and this time around was even worse because I knew they become even more annoying. Jordan couldn't write non-obnox
LIsa Noell "Rocking the Chutzpah!"
So, this is the book, actually the series that started me on my quest for fantasy.
Robert Jordan had just died. I was at the time sick. I was offered his series for free. "Just read them. If you like them, then come back and pay me $20.00."
Yep, I came back! Then I pestered Mr. Nice for years! I read, then re-read, then did it again. I never kept a notebook, "though I should have!" What I did was keep notes in the back of all of these books.
I lived, breathed and dreamed these books.
I've read th
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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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