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"The Eye of the World is the best of its genre."--The Ottawa Citizen
"A powerful novel of wide and complex scope."--Locus
"This looks very like the next major fantasy epic. It has magic and pacing and detail and human involvement, with a certain subtlety of presentation and a grand central vision. Robert Jordan...is a lot of writer!"--Andre Norton
“Adventure and mystery and dark things that move in the night—a combination of Robin Hood and Stephen King that is hard to resist. Furthermore, Jordan makes the reader put down the book regretting the wait for the next title in
the series.”—Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
“The Wheel of Time is a fantasy tale seldom equaled and still less often surpassed in English.” —Chicago Sun-Times
"Read by Kate Reading and Michael Kramer, who breathe life into this epic tale." —Patriot News
- ASIN : B002VBV1R2
- Publisher : Tor Books (November 11, 2009)
- Publication date : November 11, 2009
- Language : English
- File size : 4424 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 658 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,075 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Names of places and people can be confusing for those not used to fantasy writing, but the author conveniently provides a pronunciation guide at the end of the novel that can easily be referenced (although the presence of such a thing is telling in-and-of itself).
This series as a whole has everything one could wish for from high fantasy: action, magic, politics, history, relationships, character growth, triumph, betrayal, hope, tragedy, comedy. Not as dark as A Song of Ice and Fire (Game of Thrones), not as light as Narnia, not as magical as Harry Potter, not as political as Malazan, and not as historical as Lord of the Rings. However, what this series accomplishes is a blend of all of these in a masterful work of art that is unrivaled in balance across themes.
RIP Robert Jordan, may your work be preserved from the turning of the wheel to delight future generations, time without end.
This is an extremely well-paced book. The reader can take a pretty good guess what is going to happen during its plot, and yet it doesn't totally fall to predictability. And even the things that I did see coming were still fun. While the first book plods along a bit at the beginning, this one moves naturally and flows through its builds and its releases. We already know most all of the characters (including a couple I did not expect to see again), and so we are able to just sit back and take in the story. I mentioned it above but I really feel like the series is starting to form its own identity with this installment. The world is opened up in new and interesting ways (Portal Stones/Mirrors of the Wheel immediately come to mind, as do the Seanchan and their exotic culture), and Jordan's skill as a writer is apparent in several powerful, trippy scenes. Jordan is not shying away from the freedom that a story based on cycles and cycles, years and years of time and events gives him. And the nature of the One Power (as we discover more about it alongside the characters) gives way to some very cool scenes.
I believe the hook is in me now. And having just ended the second installment I am eager to see where the story goes next. On to The Dragon Reborn.
Death is lighter than a feather, duty heavier than a mountain.
Let the Dragon ride again on the winds of time.
Rand is a very frustrating protagonist to read. He seems to actively work against the progression of the plot. He displays a stubborn hesitance to proceed with truly important endeavors while sometimes showing brash impassivity in leaping to do things that are totally foolish and counter-productive.
It's not just Rand either. many of the major characters in this series seem to act in irrational and frustrating ways. Communication is particularly lacking between the main protagonists. Often the failure to relay important information proves costly and there are times when the main characters make inexplicable errors in judgement at the worst possible times. There is also this irrational blaming of Aes Sedai for pretty much everything that all of the main characters seem to cling to no matter what happens. In my opinion, too much of the drama comes from that and it does frustrate the reader.
All that aside, this book is, at times, a tour de force! There are epic battles, terrifying enemies, dark prophecies and legendary relics. It is a book that really hits you with everything and, despite a couple of points where it struggles for pace, it was definitely an enjoyable read.
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With the first book I understood the complaints about the Tolkien comparisons. However, I think this book opened up the world so much more expansive than the first. As I reach each book I think this trend will continue. The Seanchan and the Mirrors of the wheel was amazing. I wont go into anymore detail because its kind of spoilers, but this book starts to become brave with more complex ideas. Absolutely loved it! Cant wait for The Dragon Reborn!
There are two notable things about this book. The first is the introduction of Tar Valon and Aes Sedai society. Unfortunately, nothing much happens here. Most of the narrative is devoted to how the culture operates and the customs and rituals they perform. This portion is probably the weakest part of the book. Doubly so because even the character moments aren't that interesting, and sometimes I even cringe at them (Egwene, Min and Elayne excitedly exclaiming, 'Let's be friends!' to each other just smacks of something out of My Little Pony). However, once they get whisked off to Toman Head, things get interesting. There they meet the other notable thing: The Seanchan. Aside from the forces of Darkness, this is the main enemy for most of the series and they are very well portrayed. And what they've done to women who can channel is a very novel, if horrific, idea.
But it is the ending that is the best. After plodding along at little faster than a snail, the last six to seven chapters pass by in a blur and I found it impossible to stop reading. It is an epic and exciting finale with so much happening.
All in all, this is a very good book, possibly better than its predecessor. Unfortunately, it suffers from a slow pace and a little clunky writing now and then, but it is nothing I can't get past.