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From Innocence to Reality through Tragedy... and then to Hope.

  • Jul 3, 2010

I was browsing through a shop that sold previously-owned books when a slim paperback entitled: "From The Two Rivers" by Robert Jordan caught my eye.  Perfect!  A short  but hopefully entertaining read.  

The joke was on me.  Little did I know that it was just part one of "The Eye of the World" by the same author, and after finishing it...  you guessed it.  Like Claudia from Anne Rice's Interview with the Vampire, I said to myself: "I WANT SOME MORE!"

And more I got when I bought "The Eye of the World"

This book was a delight for me to read.  Like a little fish from a small pond who is suddenly taken out and thrust into a bigger, more complex and violent rapids, the protagonist (well at least one of them, but he is indeed the main character from which the whole series revolves around) , a simple village sheepherder named Rand al'Thor is suddenly wrenched from his comfort zone and idealistic daydreaming into a world of wonders, political intrigues, and dangerous adventuring.

I loved how Jordan seems to spin a tale from within a tale and then goes off in tangents to weave one unfinished tapestry that in a way satisfied me but did not fill me, leaving me with an unhealthy (or healthy, you be the judge) craving for more.

He introduces one character after another, then adds mysterious ones from seemingly out of nowhere, blends them into a series of events that takes them from one place to another... and there you go!  You are left sitting up straight in the middle of the night wondering why you haven't slept yet.

You will enjoy reading of Rand and his friends, how their characters think and interact with each other.  I particularly liked the struggle between Rand's amazement about himself (and his potential with what he and his friends can do) and his reluctance to be the hero whose destiny dictates the destiny of the people around him.

If you are looking for a book that you won't be able to put down and don't mind being kept in suspense for hours wondering what's going to happen next (though you'll be kept in suspense far, far longer than that believe me), then pick this book and enjoy yourself.

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review by . April 17, 2013
Upon finishing Gorge RR Martins "A Song of Ice and Fire" a friend recommended that I read one of the all-time classics of the fantasy genera, The Wheel of Time. Upon reading up on the series, and looking up the reviews for the first book, I was very much intrigued. By all accounts it seemed to take what were obviously omissions in the world Tolkien created and create a world that focused on these topics (such as industry, farming, technology, etc) to a much greater degree. However, upon …
review by . July 01, 2010
   Brilliant book and a bloody good beginning to my favorite series: The Wheel of Time.  Robert Jordan, like a lone fly fisherman, slowly lures you in knowing the day's light is long and hunger builds as time passes.  The fly, being a single character, pulls at you until you surrender to Jordan's power.  You are released to find another fly.  So different, yet so enticing, and again, you give in, and again, you are released.  The point is, Jordan gives …
Quick Tip by . July 05, 2010
The Eye of the World is a begging of one of the greatest reading experiences you will ever have. Don't let the cover fool you, this is the definition of a must read.
Quick Tip by . July 03, 2010
This was such a great book. It can seem like a lot with all the plot and characters, but it is such a wonderful story that it doesn't matter, and it always draws you in to find out what happens next.
Quick Tip by . July 02, 2010
So, the writing can struggling. There is a lot of detail and description, and too many characters. But that's the beauty. His world is so rich, to complex, and yet its a great plot and he threats every character as a real person- he can keep them alive. Stay with it- it's worth it.
Quick Tip by . June 26, 2010
Too bad Jordan never lived to finish this series
Quick Tip by . June 16, 2010
there was a point in my life when i was "into" fantasy works... then i read this book and was like, OH WAIT: this is rubbish and a waste of my time. it's not even fun! boo, hiss, i shall never understand you wheel of timers.
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ISBN-10: 0812511816
ISBN-13: 978-0812511819
Author: Robert Jordan
Genre: Science Fiction & Fantasy
Publisher: Tor Fantasy
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