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

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

4.28  ·  Rating details ·  17,361 ratings  ·  166 reviews
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
Paperback, 416 pages
Published January 7th 2002 by Starscape (first published 1990)
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Oct 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
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
The Wheel of Time: The Eye of the World Part 1

This book was


I had so many hopes that I would like this book and I was so scared that I wouldn’t but dang, did I love it!
It’s heavily inspired by Tolkien/LoTR and there’s no way denying that. I can also see how Brandon Sanderson is influenced by Robert Jordan.

I loved the pace - it’s slow slow but there’s so much richness in the way Robert Jordan writes these characters and the world. I’m so excited for the next books!

Besides that I want to wait unti
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
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. ...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. ...more
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. ...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
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
Indigo Crow
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
Frank Vasquez
Sep 24, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fun and fast-paced thrill ride, if lacking in style and containing characters that mostly read as if they won’t depart from their D&D sheets until they’ve tried to DM a couple of times themselves. I attempted the first Wheel of Time novel a few years back, and thought then that the negatives outweighed the positives: hamfisted dialogue scenes, plotting that gives more illusion of world building than actual world-building would render, and a cliché story drenched in the potential for anything to ...more
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. ...more
Dec 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
I would call this an interesting foray into epic fantasy.

Tolkein influences are abound in this work, but at the same time there is much that seems to be original to this work: magic as a source from which springs many methods of interaction, many eastern philosophy elements that caused genuine curiosity in the ideas that the setting's conceits spring from, and the culture! So much culture! So much of the main characters is from their view of the world.

If I do have to say there is one small drawb
Dec 25, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you look past all the similarities to Lord of the Rings, it’s a good book (Spoiler Alert): Fellowship, Check! Four friends, from a small out-of-the-way place going on an adventure, Check! Ranger (Warder), Check! Wizard (Aes Sedai), Check! Army of creatures crafted for war (Trollocks), Check! Dangerous place, abandoned long ago, where the wizard fears to go and where the party eventually gets separated, Check!
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).
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.
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!
Annie J
Dec 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was amazing. I really didn't expect to love it as much as I did. The only thing that bothered me was that it was written in a way that was kinda hard to read. But it's an adult book so it doesn't really matter that much. ...more
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.
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.
Julia Walker
May 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
A good start to a wonderful journey
Jul 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
great book
Apr 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
I always love these books. I don't know why I had this copy. I guess I picked it up somewhere because of the new prologue. Now I have to finish 'book 1' by switching to the real book 1. ...more
Jun 14, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Off to a great start! I enjoy the direct parallels to the Tolkien model. Jordan gives it a more modern and commercial spin.
Mar 21, 2017 rated it liked it
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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
Aug 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audio-book
The character development of some characters really made this book.
Jun 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
New content! So cool
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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 (The Wheel of Time, #6)
  • A Crown of Swords (The Wheel of Time, #7)
  • The Path of Daggers (The Wheel of Time, #8)
  • Winter's Heart (The Wheel of Time, #9)
  • Crossroads of Twilight (The Wheel of Time, #10)

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