The Eye of the World

The Eye of the World

Unknown - 1996 | Unabridged
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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.
Publisher: New York : Audio Renaissance, p1996, c1990
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9781593974329
Branch Call Number: JOR
Characteristics: 25 compact discs


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Sep 02, 2016

Overall disappointed.

Some of the slower moments in Fantasy novels should be the describings of the lore, or history of the world. Yet, Jordan doesn't much explain the lore. In some paragraphs he mentions multiple foreign magics or citys without ever explaining what they are. He does this throughout the book. Some spots of the novel dragged pretty bad. some of the travelling the characters had done was very repetitive and boring.

Most disturbing is that some of the scenarios were re-used. The was a spot when Mat and Rand were traveling from town to town where they did the same thing almost exactly twice. I thought the characters traveled back in time and re-lived the same scene, but the story never explained it. it's almost as if there were two chapter 45s or whatever chapter it was. Looks like it wasn't edited right or something.

Lots of missing pieces to the story that could have been filled. Like a missing character that you were sure would re-appear but never did.

The ending seemed rushed.

I don't have much good to say of the novel except, "It wasn't all bad". It was full of charismatic characters and climatic action/thriller scenes. The world seemed like a very cool place for exploring. I might continue the series someday but only if it really builds away from the faults.

Mar 18, 2011

This is the first book in the "Wheel of Time" series and it didn't dissapoint. I hadn't read any of this series yet which is surprising as I've read many other major fantasy series (otherland books by Tad Williams, the George RR Martin series, etc.). This is very traditional fantasy with lots of magic, evil creeping back into the world, etc., so certainly not groundbreaking. But Robert Jordan did a great job introducing the main characters and making you feel like you know them. Can't speak for the rest of the series, which is crazy long, but even as a stand alone piece of Fantasy it is fantastic. Perhaps my only criticism is that it starts a bit slow, but all epic fiction does.

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