The Eye of the World by Robert Jordan
Since its debut in 1990, The Wheel of Time® by Robert Jordan has captivated millions of readers around the globe with its scope, originality, and compelling characters.
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 the Shadow.
When The Two Rivers is attacked by Trollocs—a savage tribe of half-men, half-beasts— five villagers flee that night into a world they barely imagined, with new dangers waiting in the shadows and in the light.
Review by Tom Fallwell
The Eye of the World is all but a classic in many reader’s minds. It is an outstanding story that introduces the reader to the world that Robert Jordan builds with each book of the series. The writing is superb. The story is awesome, and it deserves a 4 and a half star rating, in my opinion.
That said, however, there was one thing that tended to dampen my read of this book. At times, especially in the beginning, and in other places throughout the book, Jordan waxes very poetic in his details and descriptions. While it is certain many readers like that, I, for one, found it slowing down the pace far too much for me. Jordan had a detailed vision of what he wanted to portray, and he detailed it. While I, personally, prefer to visualize things using my own imagination. Perhaps that is the writer in me, I’m not sure, and I certainly am not slamming Jordan’s work. It is exceptional.
At any rate, The Eye of the World is a great read, though a long one, and any fantasy fan would certainly enjoy the tale.
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(R), 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.