Review: The Eye of the World by Robert Jordan


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Title: The Eye of the World (Wheel of Time #1)

Author: Robert Jordan

Publisher: Tor Books

Published: January 15, 1990

Pages: 814

Format: Our library- husband’s original paperback copy!


My last review of the year!! I had to get it in before 2022 started.. starting fresh next year!

“The wheel of time 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, an age of prophecy the world and time themselves hang in the balance. What was, what will be, and what is, may yet fall under shadow.”

3.75 stars rounded up to 4

I cannot tell you how long my husband has been trying to get me to read this series. I guess, I just had to wait for the hype and the show. lol, I’m really glad to have jumped into this world. My husband and I buddy read this one and that was a lot of fun too.

I always have the hardest time with high fantasy book and their reviews. There’s so much to say but you can’t because of spoilers and I keep my reviews spoiler-free. Was this the best fantasy I’ve ever read? No, but it was an interesting and enjoyable read. There’s a lot of world-building in beginning, which makes it for a very slow read. I think it took me about 1/3 of the way through to really get into it. I did start watching the show along with it and that really helped. Although, they took some major liberties with the storyline, but not getting into that here.

The best thing about this book is the characters. They are all so different but written so well. Not to mention, the female protagonists are brilliant. It’s hard for me to pick a true favorite because they are all on these different paths but on the same journey. If I had to pick one, it would definitely be Perrin. He really just weaves his way into the story with some interesting changes. You are unsure he has much to offer at first but then he becomes a character with a lot more depth than first perceived. I did find myself rather annoyed at times with the immaturity of Mat. I do get that they are from nowhere and are way over their heads but he made some really dumb choices. Rand is the more level-headed at times but really likes to live in denial. Everything revolves around these three and figuring out who is the dragon reborn. Not going to lie, it’s quite obvious from the very beginning. I do have to mention Egwene (a favorite), Nynaeve (my least favorite), Moiraine, and Lan. They are all on this journey too and equally important. We have several more characters that are introduced and I’m hoping to see them in future books.

As I mentioned before, this is a slow read. It’s quite lengthy too, which I don’t think it needed to be. The world-building was really good. It took me a minute to distinguish all the different elements but it’s well done. I have seen many people complain that there are many similarities to Lord of the Rings. I do agree but it wasn’t a huge issue for me.

Overall, this was an enjoyable read and I do plan on continuing. I really can’t wait to see what happens to these characters. There are also many characters I want to learn more about! Like I mentioned before, it’s not the best fantasy I’ve read but it was a decent beginning.

“Anything can be a weapon, if the man or woman who holds it has the nerve and will to make it so.”

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