The Eye of the World

The Eye of the World

Book - 2020 | Second hardcover edition, 30th anniversary edition.
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A special hardcover edition of The Eye of the World, the first novel in Robert Jordan's #1 New York Times bestselling epic fantasy series, celebrating the 30th anniversary of The Wheel of Time. 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. When The Two Rivers is attacked by Trollocs--a savage tribe of half-men, half-beasts--five villagers flee that night into a world they barely imagined, with new dangers waiting in the shadows and in the light.
Publisher: New York : Tor Fantasy, 2020.
Edition: Second hardcover edition, 30th anniversary edition.
Copyright Date: ©1990
ISBN: 9781250754738
Characteristics: 778 pages : illustrations, maps (some colour) ; 24 cm.

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filipelenfers
Aug 09, 2020

Excellent book for fans of the fantasy genre, sometimes the author spend a lot in describing scenes making things a little boring for people not used with this type of writing.
This book is a must-read if you like titles like Lord of the Rings and A Song of Ice and Fire.

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RedWingsGuy
Apr 03, 2020

In the spirit of the Lord of the Rings, this fantasy book follows a group of young people as they are forced to flee from their village and begin to learn about their unique gifts and strengths. You get to know and feel for the characters through this story, and the action is fast-paced. Once you start this book it is hard to put it down, and if you like it, there are lots more in the series!

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evanbrow
Mar 02, 2020

Interesting characters, a rich backstory, and pages and pages of detailed description are a recipe for success in this first novel of a 14-book epic fantasy series. The magic is interesting and the lore is deep and well-grounded in how the world now feels and behaves. You can sense a lot of actions happening "off-screen," which I love about a good fantasy book. I always want to have a sense that the protagonists exist in a fluid, ever-changing world. While I do not intend to bang through all 14 novels in the series, I am sure I will get through it in time.

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mellis5
Feb 25, 2020

A slow start gives way to a thrilling journey that only sets the stage for the wonders to come. Glance too quickly and all you'll see is Tolkien, but stick around for some of the highest highs in the genre.

YLPLTEENBOOKBLOG Aug 12, 2019

Eye of The World is Robert Jordan’s first book in the series- if you are not counting the fact that a prequel book was written after this one. The book is written in the eyes of a young shepard Lad named Rand Al’ Thor. When the approaching Bel Tine, a celebration of spring in Rand’s village, is ruined Rand and his friends are forced to flee under the guidance of a witch named Moiraine and legendary Warder, named Lan. In close pursuit are Trollocs, fiends with the bodies of both man and animals, and dark friends, people who have forsaken their souls for Shaitan’s blessing. The Wheel of Time series itself is a great read and this is the book to get the ball rolling. With Robert Jordan’s work reminiscing of Tolkien, adventure readers can rejoice at this epic tale and flight of the protagonists. And with revolving perspective of a dozen different character readers will gain insight on just about any person they would like. Moreover the building suspense and the subtle clues that hint to a greatness with Rand make the ending to the first book all the more satisfying. Rating 5/5 @Ezekiel_Hannegan of the Yorba Linda Public Library Teen Book Bloggers

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justjenn001
Dec 10, 2018

This is the first fantasy novel I read as a young adult, and it spurred my passion for reading and writing. I own every book in the series, and have read this one at least a dozen times. It is by far one of the books I would recommend to anyone who loves epic fantasy. The world is rich, the characters are vivid, and the writing is magical. I can't think of a better first book of a series, and every book that followed continued to explore the lives of the characters and the rich details of their world. Read it, read them all, and then read it again!

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MingyuanWang
May 21, 2018

very good book! I loved the storyline and the characters

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Chinderixx
Mar 05, 2018

The Eye of the World is a good book!
I think one of the main reasons that I liked this book was because it was just one big adventure story that always left me interested in finding out what happened next. The characters were hilarious and likable, and there also wasn't any weird or unnecessary parts that its prequel, New Spring, was full of. This book would probably be enjoyable for any fan of fantasy stories, but I think that this would be especially good for a Lord of The Rings fan. I found a lot of similarities between this novel and The Fellowship of the Ring, and if you're into that series or even the movies, it's fun to come across all these similarities. (I also think that the Inheritance Cycle was at least partly inspired by this book, or maybe the whole series, but maybe not). The glossary in the back of this book was helpful as the characters sometimes talk about places and people as if the reader already knows who, what, or where they're talking about. The ending might be a little confusing at first, but it makes sense once you either reread it or look up a summary.
Because this book is long, it does require motivation and dedication. But I'd encourage people to finish it because I think it's definitely worth reading.

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cojosei
Dec 20, 2017

I dont think i can finish this novel. The world the author created is quite intresting and i was really looking forward to this series but the more i read the more certain i am that i cant handle a thousand pages, or however long this book is, let alone other books about the main character.

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Rinehart_0
Jul 12, 2017

A fantastic first book the one of the greatest series I have ever read. It is a book that will stick with you for years after you finish reading it.

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Chinderixx
Mar 05, 2018

MAT: "But the war-"
THOM: "In wars, boy, fools kill other fools for foolish causes. That's enough for anyone to know."

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Chinderixx
Mar 05, 2018

"I'd better go, now. My father will be wondering if I fell into a hole." -Rand

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Chinderixx
Mar 05, 2018

RAND: "Blood and ashes, I just climbed up on the wall for a look at the false Dragon. I didn't do anything wrong."
MAT: "That's what I always say."

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Chinderixx
Mar 05, 2018

"One thing we can do. We can try. What seems like chance is often the pattern. Three threads have come together here, each giving a warning: the Eye. It cannot be chance; it is the pattern. You three did not choose; you were choose by the pattern. And you are here, where the danger is known. You can step aside, and perhaps doom the world. Running, hiding, will not save you from the weaving of the pattern. Or you can try. You can go to the Eye of The World, three ta'veren, three centerpoints of the web, placed where the danger lies. Let the Pattern be woven around you there, and you may save the world from the Shadow. The choice is yours. I cannot make you go." -Moiraine

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Chinderixx
Mar 05, 2018

SUMMARY FROM WIKIPEDIA:
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 (the undead-like officer commanding the Trollocs) intent on capturing Rand, Mat, and Perrin. To save their village from further attacks, Rand, Mat, Perrin, and Egwene flee the village, accompanied by the Aes Sedai Moiraine Damodred, her Warder Al'Lan Mandragoran, and gleeman Thom Merrilin, and later joined by Wisdom Nynaeve al'Meara. Pursued by increasing numbers of Trollocs and Myrddraal, the travellers take refuge in the abandoned city of Shadar Logoth, where Mat is infected by the malevolent Mashadar. While escaping the city the travelers are separated; Rand, Mat, and Thom travel by boat to Whitebridge, where Thom is lost allowing Rand and Mat to escape a Myrddraal. In Caemlyn, Rand befriends an Ogier named Loial. Trying to catch a glimpse of the recently captured False Dragon, Rand befriends Elayne Trakand, heir apparent to the throne of Andor, and her brothers Gawyn Trakand and Galad Damodred. Rand is then taken before Queen Morgase and her Aes Sedai advisor, Elaida; and released without charge, in spite of Elaida's grave pronouncements regarding Rand.
Egwene and Perrin are guided separately to Caemlyn by Elyas Machera, a man who can communicate telepathically with wolves and who claims that Perrin can do the same. The three run afoul of the Children of the Light, whereof Perrin kills two for the death of a wolf at their hands, and is sentenced to death. Moiraine, Lan, and Nynaeve rescue Egwene and Perrin, and all are reunited with Rand and Mat. Thereafter Moiraine determines that Mat must travel to Tar Valon, the Aes Sedai's center of power, to overcome the influence of Shadar Logoth.
Loial warns Moiraine of a threat to the Eye of the World, a pool of Saidin untouched by the Dark One's influence, which is confirmed by vivid and disturbing dreams Mat, Rand, and Perrin have had. The Eye of the World is protected by Someshta (the Green Man) and contains one of the seven seals on the Dark One's prison, the Dragon banner of Lews Therin Telamon, and the Horn of Valere. At the civilized world's border, the group enters the Blight (the polluted region under the Dark One's control) to protect the Eye. After a pursuit they meet the Green Man and he reveals the Eye. The group is then confronted by the Forsaken Aginor and Balthamel. As battle ensues, Balthamel and the Green Man slay each other. Soon after, Rand defeats Aginor and uses the Eye to decimate the Trolloc army and defeat Ba'alzamon. As a result, Moiraine concludes that Rand is the Dragon Reborn, but her opinion and all other details of the final battle are kept from all the male members of the group except Lan.

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Zentjo10
Mar 02, 2010

Swept from his home in the Two Rivers, Rand al'Thor finds himself drawn into an age-old conflict that has occured thousands of time in the past - a continuous cycle of battle between the Dark One and the people of the world. Rand will soon discover that the mysterious woman and her protector are more than they seem - and that he is more than he seems.

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