The Eye of the World by Robert Jordan

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11 Critic Reviews

The Eye of the World is not the best Wheel of Time book in my opinion, but it is the beginning of an epic journey. A journey that, despite all the criticism of Jordan’s later books, is still one of the biggest achievements in modern fantasy.
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Synopsis

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, and 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.



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About Robert Jordan

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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.
 
Published October 24, 2009 by Tor Books. 832 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction, Comics & Graphic Novels, Children's Books, Horror. Fiction
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All: 11 | Positive: 8 | Negative: 3

Examiner

Excellent
Reviewed by Angela Carter on Jul 19 2011

The Eye of the World hooked me from the beginning. It was everything I was looking for in a fantasy novel: interesting characters, adventure, mystery, unfulfilled prophecy, and exciting lands and cultures...The Eye of the World is not just introduction to yet another fantasy series; it is an exciting and enlightening read.

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Tor

Good
Reviewed by Leigh Butler on Sep 12 2011

It is not a deconstruction of fantasy or a post-modern commentary on fantasy, it’s just — fantasy, straight up, no chaser. With all the portent, intrigue, battles, prophecies, magic, fantastic creatures, heroes, villains...And that is why it is awesome....You should try it. It’s really good.

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Boomtron

Above average
Reviewed by Rob on Dec 24 2008

The Eye of the World is not the best Wheel of Time book in my opinion, but it is the beginning of an epic journey. A journey that, despite all the critism of Jordan’s later books, is still one of the biggest achievements in modern fantasy.

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Fantasy Book Review

Good
Reviewed by Floresiensis on Mar 01 2012

This series is regarded as the finest fantasy series ever by many of Jordan’s loyal fans and many years of a reader’s life can be lost within its pages...The Eye of the World is a multifaceted and exhilarating adventure from an accomplished writer; a fantasy book that grips slowly and refuses to let go.

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Inverarity is not a Scottish village

Below average
Reviewed by Inverarity on Jul 02 2014

The Eye of the World is honored for its sentimental value and because of the massive investment Wheel of Time fans put into reading this huge series, not because this book is truly great. It isn't. It's not terrible. But Robert Jordan was not a great writer and...the thought of reading fourteen more fills me with existential horror.

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SF Book Reviews

Excellent
Reviewed by Antony Jones on Nov 01 2009

The Wheel of time does have a bit of a slow start but it really is worth persevering with as after the first quarter of the book, the pace does pick up...On a final note, the book really builds at the end and really makes you want to pick up the second book straight away (The Great Hunt) which to me means a success.

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SF Reviews

Below average
Reviewed by Thomas M. Wagner on Sep 28 1997

Ultimately, what frustrated me about Eye was not that it was lousy by any stretch of the imagination. It was just that so much work had gone into producing a story so routine, so mundane, so...mediocre.

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Rated Reads

Excellent
Reviewed by Michael Price on Jan 26 2013

The Eye of the World fits squarely into the category of old-school epic fantasy. The good guys are good, the bad guys are bad, the world is huge...I strongly recommend this book and this series.

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Medieval Bookworm

Above average
Reviewed by Meghan on Mar 12 2011

It is a great story, and immediately absorbing, but it is not the world’s best written book. All of that said, of course, I could so easily see what pulled me and so many others into this story. I doubt this is the last time I’ll read this book.

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Val's Random Comments

Above average
Reviewed by Val on Jan 17 2010

The Eye of the World is not the best Wheel of Time book in my opinion, but it is the beginning of an epic journey. A journey that, despite all the criticism of Jordan’s later books, is still one of the biggest achievements in modern fantasy.

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The Wertzone

Above average
Reviewed by Adam Whitehead on Sep 14 2008

Rereading The Eye of the World after thirteen years is a fascinating experience. Both the good and the bad elements stand out a lot more than when I read it as an engrossed teenager...The Eye of the World (***½) remains a decent opening to a fascinating, if eventually rather troubled, saga.

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Jeff Dryer 13 Mar 2015

3 to 3.5 stars for this one. Not bad, not great, just decent. Don't see what all the love is for really. The first two hundred pages or so seemed fantastic, but then the quality dropped off if you ...

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