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The Eye of the World (original 1990; edition 1992)

by Robert Jordan

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Title:The Eye of the World
Authors:Robert Jordan
Info:Orbit (1992), Paperback
Collections:Your library
Rating:****
Tags:Fantasy, Wheel of Time

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The Eye of the World by Robert Jordan (1990)

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I didn't read books at all until I read this. From page one I was hooked. Neill Rank leant me the book and encouraged me to try reading something longer than a menu.
That day changed me. Now, 17 years later, I read lots of books, and I write one or two also.

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  peterjameswest | Nov 21, 2014 |
Eye of the World opens with a whole slew of firsts. Strangers come to the village of Two Rivers for the first time in five years. The entire town is on edge because the youth of the community are the only ones who get the feeling they are being watched. They are also the only ones to catch glimpses of an ominous figure on a black horse. Soon after, a pedlar and a gleeman both come to town with news of a war raging across a nearby land. Suddenly, their peaceful little village is ravaged by these half human, half animal creature looking for three young farmers. They are the chosen ones so of course, in order to protect their community they must leave. What follows is a journey through many different kinds of hell. Spoiler alert: they all survive every single ordeal. In the end, some fare better than others but Jordan definitely leaves the door open for his 13 subsequent sequels.
In the end, I enjoyed Eye of the World. You know how I can tell? I was thinking about the characters the next day and when I saw a fairy house in Cathedral Woods with at least six different rat skulls, I shivered. ( )
  SeriousGrace | Oct 14, 2014 |
The first book in the Wheel of Time series, this book is pure magic. An incredible start to an epic journey that lasts decades. I grew up with these characters; they were my best friends for so long. ( )
  storeyonastory | Oct 12, 2014 |
Robert Jordan's the Eye Of the World is a great start to a long series. I will warn you if you do not enjoy reading epics than do not even attempt to read this book. If you read only this book you obviously will be disappointed because the characters are not fully developed and the story itself is not fully developed. Jordan wants the gradual develop characters and the situation in a somewhat more realistic way. Think about it if you met people you were told your whole life to not trust but had to go with these people anyways would you tell them everything about yourself? Um no. You would hide parts of your personality. We start to get a sense of the characters but I know it will take time for the characters to develop more. I look forward to reading the rest of the books! ( )
  Jashrekn | Sep 24, 2014 |
I read this book a long time ago. I read up to book five or six, I can't remember which and I just let it drop. I do plan on doing a re-read, but I am placing this book in my 'reading-but-set-aside-for-a-bit' shelf.
  autumnturner76 | Sep 22, 2014 |
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Canty, ThomasIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Grove, DavidCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kramer, MichaelNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Mitchell, EllisaIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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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.

(from Aleth nin Taerin alta Camora,
The Breaking of the World.

Author unknown, the Fourth Age)
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.
(from Charal Drianaan te Calamon,
The Cycle of the Dragon.

Author unknown, the Fourth Age)
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To Harriet
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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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Колелото на времето се върти и вековете идват и си отиват, оставяйки спомени, които се превръщат в легенди. Легендите заглъхват в мит и дори митът отдавна е забравен, когато породилият го век се върне отново. В Третия век, Века на Пророчеството, на косъм висят самият Свят и самото Време. Онова, което е било, което ще бъде и което е, може да падне под властта на Сянката.
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The Fade on his horse /
The trollocs crash winternight /
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0812511816, Mass Market Paperback)

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.

(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:19:34 -0400)

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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.

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