The Eye of the World

The Eye of the World

Book - 1990
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Publisher: New York : T. Doherty Associates, 1990
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780812500486
0812500482
9780312850098
0312850093
Branch Call Number: FIC Jorda 3567
Characteristics: xiv, 670 p., [3] p. of plates :,maps ;,24 cm

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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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blueroo276
Apr 30, 2017

Slooooow! I'm guessing that most of this book was setting up for the story the author really wanted to write later in the series.

DBRL_KrisA Jan 22, 2017

As promised, this is a review of the first book in Jordan's "Wheel of Time" series. (I read the prequel, New Spring first, although it was written later.)
Moiraine Sedai and Lan Mandragoran have spent much time searching throughout the land for the child who will become the "Dragon". In the backwater Two Rivers area, they realize they have found him when the village is attacked by evil creatures. The creatures target three teen boys specifically - Rand, Mat, and Perrin; Moiraine and Lan take the boys away, hoping to take them to safety at Tar Valon. The Eye of the World follows the group's journey, as the boys realize each of them will play an important part in saving the land from The Evil One.
I mentioned in my review for New Spring that that book assumed a knowledge of certain terms used throughout the series; luckily, many of those terms are explained in greater detail in this volume. There are also a series of maps of different areas of the land in which the story takes place, and the ever-helpful glossary at the back of the book.
I really enjoyed this volume (even more than I liked the prequel), so I think I will continue reading the series for a while longer.

ChristchurchLib Jan 17, 2017

When the Trollocs -- half-human, half-beast -- attack the Two Rivers district in the county of Andor, a handful of survivors escape into the wilderness -- including shepherd boy Rand Al'Thor, craftsman Perrin Aybara, and their friend Matrim "Mat" Cauthon. Despite their humble origins, these young men are destined to battle an ancient and powerful evil. Rich in its allusions to world mythology and religion, this opening installment of The Wheel of Time series also boasts a sprawling cast of characters, in-depth world-building, and a highly intricate plot.

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seeker472
Dec 02, 2016

Enjoyed this one. Will continue the series.

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sat7
Sep 25, 2016

Obscure and disjointed at times. I enjoyed the work however ... .

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Apr 20, 2016

The Eye of the World (Robert Jordan) is the first book of the Wheel of Time series. It explores the adventures of Rand al’Thor, Mat Cauthon, and Perrin Aybara, three farm boys who never thought they’d leave their small hometown, but discover their own power after finding that the stories they dismissed as myths are all true, and the fate of the world rests on their shoulders.
Though this may sound like a cliche, I can guarantee it is anything but. The Eye of the World is one of the most complex books in one of the most complex series I’ve ever read, with deep, varied characters and creatures, complicated settings with traits unique to each one, and an intriguing, meticulously detailed storyline that will keep you thinking about it all the time. The intricacy is equivalent to (or possibly even surpassing) that of the Inheritance Cycle, and there’s always more to explore.
I would recommend this novel to anyone who’s craving an adventurous, phantasmagorical novel where they are guaranteed to never be bored. Happy Reading!
- @freckleface675 of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

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MicaelaMuldoon
Jan 08, 2016

A great read because:

1) Nearly 700 thin, single-spaced pages, and I almost never got bored reading this
2) Chock full of references to mythologies of various cultures
3) Elemental magic
4) This is pretty much the definition of an adventure story
5) Extraordinary world-building

Star taken away for confusing ending.

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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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