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Review: Eye of the World

WoT01_TheEyeOfTheWorldTitle: The Eye of the World
Series: Wheel of Time (#1)
Author: Robert Jordan
Release Date: November 15, 1990
Pages: 657 pages

First Line: “The palace still shook occasionally as the earth rumbled in memory, groaned as if it would deny what had happened.”

“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.” – from goodreads.com

My thoughts: My husband has been bugging to start this series forever, but I was hesitant because of the commitment. The books are big, and there are.. like… FOURTEEN of them! But I finally decided to just go ahead and dive in. I’m not sure how fast I’ll get through the series, because I have a lot of YA books to keep up with, but I will try to get to each book before I forget everything that happened in the previous one. Wouldn’t want to have to start over after all! Anyway, I did like this book, especially now that I feel like I can appreciate fantasy more than I used to be able to. I do so love maps. 🙂 I did have a hard time finding love for many of the characters though. Nynaeve annoyed me, but my husband was quick to point out that apparently not many people do like her. I’m not really sure why, but she’s just kind of crabby. I also didn’t like Mat, but I was informed that he gets much cooler as the series goes on. To be fair, I mostly didn’t like him because of something that wasn’t entirely under his control. I felt almost nothing for any of the other characters until near the end of this book. then I started liking Rand more, and Moiraine, and especially Perrin for some reason. I was disappointed when they all got separated, but I suppose that’s to be expected occasionally. I do like the magical elements (especially as women are empowered and men go CA-RAZY when they try to gain power). It’s kind of hard to write a review for something so complicated, so I’m really just writing about the elements/characters that struck me I guess. So after finishing this one, yes, I will definitely continue with the series. I think it will only get better from here really. Oh, and I sincerely hope Thom comes back eventually and is not dead!

My Ratings:
Writing: 4/5
Characters: 3/5
Subject: 4/5
Originality: 4/5
Kept me interested: 3/5
Overall rating: 4/5

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