The Eye of the World: Book One of 'The Wheel of Time'

The Eye of the World: Book One of 'The Wheel of Time'

by Robert Jordan


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ISBN-13: 9780312850098
Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates
Publication date: 01/15/1990
Series: Wheel of Time Series
Pages: 688
Sales rank: 116,479
Product dimensions: 6.33(w) x 9.61(h) x 2.14(d)
Age Range: 12 - 18 Years

About the Author

Robert Jordan was born in 1948 in Charleston, South Carolina. He taught himself to read when he was four with the incidental aid of a twelve-years-older brother, and was tackling Mark Twain and Jules Verne by five. He is a graduate of The Citadel, the Military College of South Carolina, with a degree in physics. He served two tours in Vietnam with the U.S. Army; among his decorations are the Distinguished Flying Cross with bronze oak leaf cluster, the Bronze Star with "V" and bronze oak leaf cluster, and two Vietnamese Gallantry Crosses with palm. A history buff, he has also written dance and theater criticism and enjoyed the outdoor sports of hunting, fishing, and sailing, and the indoor sports of poker, chess, pool, and pipe collecting.

Robert Jordan began writing in 1977 and went on to write The Wheel of Time®, one of the most important and best selling series in the history of fantasy publishing with over 14 million copies sold in North America, and countless more sold abroad.

Robert Jordan died on September 16, 2007, after a courageous battle with the rare blood disease amyloidosis.

Date of Birth:

October 17, 1948

Date of Death:

September 16, 2007

Place of Birth:

Charleston, South Carolina

Place of Death:

Charleston, South Carolina


B.S. in physics, The Citadel, 1974

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The Eye of the World: Book One of 'The Wheel of Time' 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 90 reviews.
bryanohio More than 1 year ago
even if you do not read another book in the wheel of time series, the eye of the world is quite satisfying as a self contained masterpiece as well. that being said, read the whole series! you will not regret it. the sweeping scope, masterful writing style, and epic story are unrivaled. from the first paragraph you will find yourself drawn in, and the fleshed out characters will keep you hooked. robert jordan takes a genre that is often not taken seriously and gives it literary credibility. though he pays homage to his predecessors, like tolkien, in some of the imagery used, jordan not only makes the world of fantasy his own, but sets a new standard and quality at which it can be enjoyed. get it.
Mary6508 on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Book 1 of the Wheel of Time series introduces us to Rand, who seems to be an ordinary young man, and his friends Perrin and Mat. They live in a quiet village called Two Rivers, where not much ever happens. But during an annual celebration called Bel Tine some strange creatures show up and start trouble. Rand and his two friends find that they must leave the village, or even worse things will happen.We are also introduced to other characters: Egwene, who is kind of Rand's girlfriend, and Nynaeve, who is the village healer called The Wisdom. Both of the women have powers they never really knew they had, and they also hit the road. The book is packed with adventure, and keeps us interested in what will happen next. I already have Book 2 in the wings.I just can't figure out what the Prologue had to do with the story.
drbubbles on LibraryThing 8 months ago
The Fellowship of the Rings if you wrote the plot points on index cards and shuffled them, and used different names and races. Not bad for it, just that the parallels are glaring and ubiquitous.
maskedmallard on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Whatever greatness there is in Robert Jordan's The Eye of the World lies almost exclusively in its promise of momentous things to come, in how it establishes a world that is sufficiently expansive for one of the largest, longest-running fantasy series ever created.Don¿t get me wrong: standing alone it a pretty decent fantasy novel. Pretty decent, but not great. Not only are we already catching glimpses of the irritating ¿quirks¿ that carry through "The Wheel of Time" (overdrawn character descriptions covering minute costume details, characters doing infuriatingly stupid things), but there are moments where it seems as if Jordan hadn¿t quite yet figured out in this first installment how he was going to manage this epic tale. For example, two major weak points were 1) the ill-handled flashback in chapters 31-34 (made more convoluted by having another flashback within the flashback), and 2) the surreal and rather ambiguous climax (What was the Eye of the World for, again? Did Rand actually go to Tarwin¿s Gap, and if so, how? It didn¿t look like any mode of Traveling we see anywhere else in the series. Whose voice is it that Rand hears telling him ¿IT IS NOT HERE,¿ and what is that even supposed to mean? Did Ba¿alzamon really have Kari al¿Thor held prisoner? And did Rand really just kill the Dark One?).But these murky narrative waters are entirely navigable, and even the irritating quirks don¿t seem all that bothersome after all in the re-read, at least for me. The fact is that there is so much that Jordan does well in The Eye of the World. In just one book we have a large set of characters that have been firmly established, each already moving down his or her own separate path. We have a world that is already large, but as of yet barely explored, holding the promise of so much new ground to cover. At the same time, without feeling (for the most part) that we have been force-fed facts and information about that world, by the book¿s conclusion we have come to know enough of the One Power, of places and kingdoms and legends, to feel the gravity of Rand¿s realization that he is a male channeler, and, possibly, the Dragon Reborn. Even in a large novel this is a lot to accomplish; in spite of a vigorous program, though, Jordan somehow keeps ending up on his feet, even when he doesn¿t always stick the landing.In short, The Eye of the World, while not a perfect book by any means, hints at such tremendous possibilities for the future books that it is no wonder that millions have been drawn into "The Wheel of Time" series.
Karlstar on LibraryThing 10 months ago
The first and possibly best of the Jordan Wheel of Time saga. The usual story of young people who have to grow into their roles and learn their way around the world, while fighting a world-wide evil conspiracy - or two. This series is a bit unusual due to the cyclical nature of the 'wheel', the concept that this battle has been repeated before. Its also very, very large in scope, with many characters. The amount of detail is amazing.
readafew on LibraryThing 10 months ago
The begining of one of the largest epics ever, "The Wheel of Time". This is a great start to an incredible epic. Hopfully Jordan lives long enough to complete it. Jordan paints a great picture of a new world and he can make you see it and the peoples filling it. On the second start of the series I wondered at Jordan's forethought at the first book. I was amazed at how many later stories and charactors started as almost through-away charactors in this book, from the very first.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was amazing, what can i say? Some people have trouble getting into the series. The first time i read this book i found it good, but not fascinating. The second time i was enthralled. just give it a chance. get through this one and it all gets better from there. The cool thing is that throughout the first few books there are some cool references to lord of the rings, like a tavern named "the nine rings". This series is AWESOME.
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GrahamCDowns More than 1 year ago
You know, the problem with epic fantasy is that it's a huge time commitment. And this one was a huge commitment indeed, taking me over a month and a half to read. It was worth it, though. The characters are rich and vibrant, the descriptions are incredible, and the story is pretty good. I've read a few books which people have said are derivative of The Eye of the World, but I didn't believe them at the time. In this story, though, I see so many concepts which I've read before, which is a pity because I read them in books published well after this little gem. I'll definitely be reading the rest of the series, but maybe not any more this year!
Laine-librariancanreadtoo More than 1 year ago
Robert Jordan has brought us a new world, and a new era for us Sci-Fi geeks to be part of. The new series (well, new to me of course) The Wheel of Time has brought us the usual good versus evil battle that we loved in Lord of the Rigns and tons of action but is also fills our minds with magic, history, politics that we have never seen or heard of before, sociology, cultural background and realistic characters that could pop out of the page if they had a mind to.  A story that starts with a peaceful village with peaceful townsfolk ends with a mystic challenge that no one was ready for! A must read!!!
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ValentineCO More than 1 year ago
Great series!
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Tanzan More than 1 year ago
I absolutely love this entire series! Although the first two or three books do involve some tedious characterization, the action involved makes it well worth the effort to get through! I picked the first book up at the recommendation of a friend, and I couldn't stop reading the series until I finished every book!
evanavmiller More than 1 year ago
The descriptive writing of the world Jordan creates is very good, but it is hindered by a droning pace that tends to get repetitive. There's nothing wrong with a lengthy book, but The Eye of the World's length doesn't warrant it's length. Especially considering there's 10+ books in the series.
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JaMaMaMonkey More than 1 year ago
I first read this back in 1993 when I was 10 and was instantly in love with it. I just recently re-read it (realizing there are now 13 books in the series) and I still loved it. The characters are amazing and well written. They have a depth to them most other novels skip over. This definitely sets the bar for all other fantasy novels I read. A Must Read!
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