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From the Two Rivers: The Eye of the World, Part 1

(The Wheel of Time #1 pt. 1/2)

4.27  ·  Rating details ·  15,816 ratings  ·  142 reviews
An American Library Association “Best Books for Young Adults”

A VOYA “Best Books for Young Adults”

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
Paperback, 416 pages
Published January 7th 2002 by Starscape (first published 1990)
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Oct 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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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
Feb 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Jenna St Hilaire
Jan 09, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
May 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Too much world-building, less enchanting in doing so than Tolkien (whom the author tried to emulate). The only line I liked in the entire book was "Him they called the dragon." That was a great end to the chapter, but the characters are flat and uninteresting.
Jun 08, 2007 rated it really liked it
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
Oct 17, 2010 is currently reading it
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.
May 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
If Tolkien is the god of fantasy writing, then Robert Jordan is the king. Robert Jordan was the author of the very influential Wheel of Time series, and prior to his passing in 2007, was a prolific writer whose mark on fantasy can still be seen to this day. He was an exquisite world builder whose ability to write relatable and realistic character driven stories was like no other through charming dialogue and unique. It all started with The Eye of the World, the first book in the Wheel of Time s ...more
Veronica Morfi
Mar 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Rating: 5/5

Review of the full Book #1: here
Chromium Kitty
Sep 03, 2019 rated it liked it
I actually am not sure what exactly I feel about this book. It was originally published in 1990, and so it's nearly 30 years old at the time of this review. Given that, I try not to be too hard on books like this, because 30 years really is a long time, however short it felt to me living through it. At any rate, I was torn between a 2 or a 3 star rating on this.

My version seems to be a new format for this book. Apparently the original work was cut into 2 books, from my understanding, which acco
Mar 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction-fantasy
It took me about 5 chapters to really get into this book, but once I did I couldn't put it down. Jordan writes in a manner that completely draws you into another world. Initially I wasn't sure if it was dystopian in the sense that it was written as if this is many years after the 'end' of our current world but as I got further in the book there were no references to our current time and it is more of an ulterior fantasy world instead which I liked even better. The only thing I didn't like is tha ...more
Berkeley Andrus
Jan 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book. It has a lot of the elements that I loved from The Lord of the Rings and The Kingkiller Chronicles, albeit not quite as refined. Jordan creates an immersive experience with well-thought out places, characters, and magic, and sets the scene on a world that I'm excited to spend another dozen(ish) books in. The plot was gripping, with multiple perspectives adding weight to the events that take place. Would definitely recommend.
Don Kyo
Nov 16, 2018 rated it did not like it
Absolute dogshit dribble. The most BORING fantasy I have ever read. TWENTY PAGES dedicated to a little girl carrying around a damn bucket of water, and she's not even the main character. I cannot begin to understand why people like this type of writing, let alone read several novels full of it.
Edward Farnham
Jan 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is the first of a 13? book fantasy series that is incredible in its scope and size. The final books had to be finished by another author, Brandon Sanderson, with the outlines drawn by Jordan. An amazing achievenment, it has spawned whole worlds of fandom.
Eric Fritz
Nov 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Tor did a fantastic re-release of this in a small hardcover format, perfect for carrying around. This remains the introduction to one of my favorite fantasy series of all time, but it also has noticeable issues(weird male-female interaction, constant braid tugging and arm folding, etc).
Kavi Mazumdar
Feb 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Robert Jordan has created a very well fleshed out world. The fantasy is well written, magic is treated with maturity and our characters behave like people, not as plot devices. I am a sucker for plots revolving around fantasy, chosen ones, darklords and epic adventure. This fits the bill perfectly!
Jul 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
great book
Emma Yoloswag
This series shows up in my recommendations all the time and I recently found some of them in my father's bookshelf (I didn't even know he'd ever read fantasy?) so time to give it a try I guess
Oct 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
The book is boring at first, but as you read more, it gets better. Really long read though.
Julia Walker
May 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
A good start to a wonderful journey
McNeil Inksmudge
Jul 08, 2018 rated it liked it
Interesting blend of eastern culture in a western fantasy, but I couldn’t marry them well enough in my reading of it. I wish I liked this better than I did.
Mar 21, 2017 rated it liked it
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Aug 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
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The character development of some characters really made this book.
Feb 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wheel of Time was my first taste of a true epic high-fantasy story. What a story it is. It is one that I read with a thirst when there were just three books in the series. As the series expanded, I eagerly re-read each book starting from the beginning of the series each time because the story is so complex and convoluted. With each re-read, I felt like a new secret was revealed. I was one of them on that journey, a part of the the characters' growth and overall development. I grew as they did an ...more
Jun 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
New content! So cool
Mar 09, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
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
Sep 07, 2011 rated it liked it
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Lyndsay L
Feb 27, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Jul 25, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Aug 10, 2016 rated it liked it
Overall, this book was good. Not great, but good. My two largest complaints are:

1. The story is honestly... lackluster. It's slow when it doesn't need to be, and fast when I needed more details to form a sufficient image of what the author was trying to convey. I found myself falling asleep because nothing significant had happened in the last 50 pages that I had read.

2. The names are difficult to pronounce and even harder to remember. If you want to add characters/creatures/etc to a book, the f
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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

Other books in the series

The Wheel of Time (1 - 10 of 14 books)
  • The Eye of the World (The Wheel of Time, #1)
  • The Great Hunt (The Wheel of Time, #2)
  • The Dragon Reborn (The Wheel of Time, #3)
  • The Shadow Rising (The Wheel of Time, #4)
  • The Fires of Heaven (The 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)