Reviewing the Pages: The Eye of the World

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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.

The Eye of the World is a very long, yet very crucial beginning to the gargantuan series that is The Wheel of Time. The world-building in this book is exceptional, with a lot of the basics of the world laid out, at least as far as our traveling companions need to know at the time.

The read is slow going at first, with the first 100 pages or so dragging through the mud, but once the action starts to pick up, the story goes along with it. The characters each have their own quirks, and sometimes they work together, and sometimes they drive the reader crazy (Nynaeve for one).

The last 100 pages is what start to weave where the series is going to go; and helps guide us into the second book. I’ll be picking up the second book in the future, just not right now. This is a very long, and dense read that lovers of high fantasy will enjoy

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Oh my goodness folks, this read is long.   I would sit down for my forty-five minutes, and while I felt that I had made some progress with this book in terms of story, then I’d update my progress on Goodreads, and go “that was only 8 percent?!”  Needless to say, this is something that you really should invest the time to read and absorb.

The characters do have their little quirks, though I think I kinda finally understand why Nynaeve doesn’t much care for Moiraine.  Partially because the woman is much more powerful than her, which makes her jealous, but also because of the attraction that she has for Lan, Moiraine’s Warder.  That part doesn’t get flushed out towards the end, and except for a few mentions, it’s pretty much dropped for the true climax of the story.

And what a climax does this novel have.  All throughout, Rand keeps having to battle back these dreams of the Dark One; being taunted each and every time.  Later on, the dreams start to get more and more personal.   Rand, who constantly has a voice talking back to him, has something going on.  Only towards the very end, when they enter the grove that houses the Eye of the World, do we get that big hint.  A hint that I won’t spoil here, for those of you that are reading this review and actually want to read this book.

However, there is a question.  In the grove, the Green Man addresses two of the three young men from Two Rivers.  What about Mat? Mat, who has been fighting darkness and corruption throughout most of the tale, gets no recognition.  Is there something there that I missed, or does Mat not play a big part in the later tale to come?

There are so many more questions than answers in this first of thirteen installments, but that is to be expected of a tale that spans tens of thousands of pages.  If you are into high fantasy, I highly suggest reading this book, and possibly even the series.  I know that in time, I’ll be picking up the second book to continue the adventure of Rand, Lan, Moiraine, Mat, Perrin, Egwene and Nynaeve.

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