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

The Eye of the World: Book One of 'The Wheel of Time' (Wheel of Time) (utgåvan 1990)

av Robert Jordan

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In the Third Age, an age of prophecy when the world and time themselves hang in the balance, the Dark One, imprisoned by the Creator, is stirring in Shayol Ghul.
Titel:The Eye of the World: Book One of 'The Wheel of Time' (Wheel of Time)
Författare:Robert Jordan
Info:Tor Books (1990), Paperback, 688 pages
Samlingar:Ditt bibliotek
Taggar:fantasy, series, Wheel of Time, #1


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4 Star book with some 5 star moments. ( )
  Notfub | Jan 12, 2021 |
There is a lot to like about this book. I'm trying to get more into epic/high fantasy and of course The Wheel of Time series is one of the first always recommended. It's not a perfect book, but WOW! I loved it so much more than I thought I would. I've always been intimidated by long epic sagas of fantasy (and 14 books is quite a commitment) and a lot of worldbuilding always puts me off; this book might have, at least temporarily cured me of my hatred of intricate worldbuilding.

What I liked:

-The worldbuilding is organic and not overwhelming. As somebody who doesn't like a lot of worldbuilding, I loved that none of the magic stuff or made-up history got in the way of the characters or story, and I didn't HAVE to understand it all right away to enjoy the story. The story starts out very cozy in the small village of Two Rivers, as the people prepare for a Beltine festival. The MC Rand is concerned with everyday stuff, like whether Egwene will dance with him at the festival. I felt like I got a nice sense of the characters and the setting before any magic or Trollocs showed up. I REALLY loved how ground and not obtrusive the world was. I never felt lost or like I'd been thrown into some alien world I didn't know anything about. The worldbuilding is highly detailed, and that becomes clearer the further you get into the book. But still, with all of that detail and meticulous world-crafting, the story still invites you in. The tone is welcoming. As a newbie to epic/high fantasy, I LOVED it.

-The main character. Rand al'Thor is awesome, and what I mean by that is, he's awesome because he isn't really awesome. He's not good at much. He's not good at talking to women. He's not really skilled at anything except being a farmer/sheepherder. He isn't after glory or fame. All he really wants is to marry Egwene and remain a farmer in Two Rivers. He's a mediocre guy after a mediocre life. I liked that he wasn't too cool for school. He's a regular guy. He's humble and unassuming, and up until the very end of the book, he doesn't even participate that much in the adventure. Aside from his little side adventure with Thom and Mat (and then just Mat) most of the time, the Warder and the Aes Sedai save his butt and do the heavy lifting in their quest to beat the Dark One. I think his voice and lack of skill, and really everything about him, just reminded me of Harry Potter, and like any millenial, I love Harry Potter.

-the magic system. The fact that only women can touch the True Power was interesting. Not only that, but they appear to have a matriarchal government. There is a queen, and when Rand meets the royal family, there is talk of the princess becoming the future queen, while her older brother becomes one of her guards. Female power is HUGE in this book. If it had been written by a female author, I'd say it's almost misandrist, but the fact that it was written by a male author, along with a twist at the end that I won't spoil for you; I'll view it instead as an interesting gender dynamic in a fantastical world. I'm not reading modern identity politics into it quite yet. Not sure where I'll stand by the end of the series.

-The writing style. Could Jordan cut a ton from this novel? Sure. But the way it's written crafts an experience. If you want to be constantly entertained, if you want a page turner, this isn't really it. But if you want to feel as if you are in the book with the characters, going through all the monotony of traveling from one village to another, hunting for hedges to sleep in and bartering for rooms in inns, this is the book. The pacing is slow at times. It gets boring. Think of it this way, sometimes adventures get boring. This book is immersive and wonderful because of the writing style. I loved Jordan's style so much more than I expected.

-The Black Wind. Holy hell the part with the Black Wind and the voices was amazing. "So nice to plait the strips" Gah! Gave me some major creeps and I loved it. It's like a violent poem. It was gorgeously horrifying.

What I didn't like:

-I read 650 pages and still have no idea why Egwene and Rand are in love. Rand never says or thinks anything about Egwene other than she's pretty or she's mad. And we know that Egwene HAS other qualities. This is especially apparent when Egwene and Perrin go off on their little side adventure and we see Egwene through Perrin's POV. Egwene is stubborn, proud, ambitious, and many other things. But we don't get a whole lot of this in Rand's POV, and when we do, there isn't any admiration in regards to these qualities. If anything, Egwene's ambition annoys Rand, because he doesn't want her to leave Two Rivers or become an Aes Sedai.

I love a good romance subplot. Scratch that. I love a good romance. This romance SUCKED. I couldn't for the life of me figure out why Egwene and Rand want to be together. It hardly seems like they like each other.

In addition to Rand never thinking much about Egwene other than 'she's pretty' or 'she's mad' Egwene was always annoyed at Rand, often for petty reasons. Like are the two of them even friends? It doesn't seem like it.

-The romance between the two side characters that came out of freaking nowhere. I won't ruin it. But when she proposed marriage to him, I'm just sitting here like, 'Have these two even spoken to each other before this? If they did, it was so unremarkable that I actually don't remember it. Now, why are THEY in love? Why is anybody in this story in love?!'

Like, I want to feel the angst and longing and love WITH the characters. I couldn't with this book. None of the romance of this book gave me any feels. I should get some feels with a romance subplot, or at least have some idea of WHY the characters are in love. I tried and really couldn't figure it out.

Not a lot of tension. Even during action scenes, I was never super stressed out for the characters. It never felt like they were in a huge amount of danger. I mean, they had a Warder and an Aes Sedai on their side, and everytime something happened they got out of it in the nick of time. The worst that ever happened was the group being split up after being chased by that deadly fog and the Trollocs at the same time.

Overall, this is a cozy fantasy with interesting characters you can root for. It's basically a novelized D&D campaign/almost 700-page fap to Tolkien, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. Jordan takes Tolkien's legacy and makes it palatable to a modern audience. The magic is interesting, the world is complex and nuanced, and you are going to LOVE the twist on the Chosen One trope. I hate the Chosen One trope and I was so here for it.

I'm order book two tonight. Maybe I'll even hit the Wheel of Time convention in April. There's something about this book that really grabbed me and I think I'll be seeing it through to the end :) ( )
  Jyvur_Entropy | Jan 11, 2021 |
Read to the family, listened to some of the audio book, missed a bit and had it summarized for me. Pretty good world building, at times pretty derivative of Tolkien. ( )
  dllh | Jan 6, 2021 |
In a quiet back water village strange things are stirring. It has been a hard winter, harder than any can recall, and spring is long overdue. What news there is from the world at large is dark and troublesome. Wars, winter, and a false Dragon. But the people of the Two Rivers are hardy folk, stubborn some say, they will continue on as they always have. Wars shouldn’t trouble them.

But on Winternight all that is going to change.

It is pretty much impossible for my to give an objective review of The eye of the world. I first read it so many years ago when I was in second year in school, and since then I have reread it innumerable times. I think on my first reading there were another 3 books already published, it may have been only two, but I remember many many trips to Broderick’s book shop in Sligo who had promised that the next book would be in stock next week. Oh sorry, next week. No next week. But once I had caught up with Jordan’s output I had to reread, usually I’d do the whole series when a new book was due. And as the first in the series tEotW got more rereads than the later ones. Plus it was my introduction to Randland and all the goodness therein. So I’m giving it ten stars. If I came to it fresh today I’m not sure I would, but a book is more than just a story, it is every memory it brings with it too.

But if you are thinking of starting to read The Wheel of Time series, now that the final book is due in just a few short months, what should you expect? Well, if you’ve read The Lord of the Rings you will certainly spot many echoes. Some have called it a LotR knock-off, but I don’t agree with that at all, there are similar elements in this book. Three young innocents abroad, venturing into a danger much older and darker than they ever could have thought possible. With magic and evil creatures, Trollocs here in place of orcs, and evil black riders sniffing you out. But they are allusions rather than a copy. In WOT women actually feature quite heavily. As well as the three boys; Rand, Mat, and Perrin, two young women also leave the Two Rivers. And the whole party is led by a woman rather than a man.

In Randland you see it is women and not men who wield the One Power, or magic. The male half(Saidin) was tainted by the Dark One thousands of years ago. Any man who can wield saidin is doomed to go mad and die. Which means that there is a huge imbalance of power, gender-wise, in Randland as a whole. For many, the Aes Sadai, the women who can use saidar are distrusted and regarded as witches. In many countries they are are banned completly. In others they are welcomed. But in most they are tolerated but distrusted.

Many many people dislike the portrayal of women in The Wheel of Time series. I’m not going to comment on that yet, because I’m only talking about tEotW today, and I think that both men and women are treated quite fairly in this book. Yes, the main character is a male and so we get his opinion on most things and sometimes he does dismiss half the population with a “women!” but that is a character response, not necessarily the author’s opinion. And both men and women here act like people. Some good, some bad.

I could write loads more on WOT but I think this is enough for the moment. If you’ve enjoyed epic fantasy before and like to read long books then give this one a try. If you don’t like it you don’t have to read any further, if you do, well, you’ve loads more books to come! ( )
1 rösta Fence | Jan 5, 2021 |
Oh man. I picked up this series in 2002 or 2003 and blazed through all the books published to date, which I think was Crossroads of Twilight. At this point, I can't believe I made it that far in the series. I remember thinking that the first book was all right, but even after book three I started getting WoT fatigue. And now, looking back, I really have no desire to reread in order to finish off the series, because there is no way I could jump back in with book 11 and have any idea what is going on. ( )
  resoundingjoy | Jan 1, 2021 |
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And the shadow fell upon the Land, and the World was riven stone from stone. The oceans fled, and the mountains were swallowed up, and the nations were scattered to the eight corners of the World. The moon was as blood, and the sun was as ashes. The seas boiled, and the living envied the dead. All was shattered, and all but memory lost, and one memory above all others, of him who brought the Shadow and the Breaking of the World. And him they named Dragon.

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And it came to pass in those days, as it had come before and would come again, that the Dark lay heavy on the land and weighed down the hearts of men, and the green things failed, and hope died. And men cried out to the Creator, saying, O Light of the Heavens, Light of the World, let the Promised One be born of the mountain, according to the prophecies, as he was in ages past and will be in ages to come. Let the Prince of the Morning sing to the land that green things will grow and the valleys give forth lambs. Let the arm of the Lord of the Dawn shelter us from the Dark, and the great sword of justice defend us. Let the Dragon ride again on the winds of time.
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The palace still shook occasionally as the earth rumbled in memory, groaned as if it would deny what had happened. (Prologue)
The Wheel of Time turns, and Ages come and pass, leaving memories that become legend. Legend fades to myth, and even myth is long forgotten when the Age that gave it birth comes again. In one Age, called the Third Age by some, an Age yet to come, an Age long past, a wind rose in the Mountains of the Mist. The wind was not the beginning. There are neither beginning nor endings to turning of the Wheel of Time. But it was a beginning. (Chapter One)
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