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The Eye of the World (The Wheel of Time, Book 1) (original 1990; edition 1990)

by Robert Jordan

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Title:The Eye of the World (The Wheel of Time, Book 1)
Authors:Robert Jordan
Info:Tor Fantasy (1990), Edition: 1, Mass Market Paperback, 832 pages
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The Eye of the World by Robert Jordan (1990)

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    The Curse of the Mistwraith by Janny Wurts (sandstone78)
    sandstone78: Epic fantasy with plenty of twisty prophecies and depth to speculate on, for those who enjoyed that in the Wheel of Time series.
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    sandstone78: Epic fantasy that breaks out of the Tolkien mold more than the Wheel of Time, but retains the large cast, the mythic overtones, and the vast worldbuilding.
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    LaPhenix: Another messiah story drawing inspiration from similar sources.
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"My favourite "traditional" fantasy. Excellent "village boy discovers he has hidden powers that can break the world. He is trained, hunted and helped by an awesome array of characters and humanoids. Hard hitting action and "magic" subtly handled. Massive scope" ( )
  garethmottram | Oct 27, 2015 |
After I finished listening to all 42 hours of Patrick Rothfuss's second epic fantasy book, Wise Man's Fear, I was in the mood for another long fantasy listen, so this classic by Robert Jordan fit the bill, even though its 30 hours is short by comparison!

I had listened to the first chapter a while back and had a hard time paying attention to the "big fantasy" stuff going on, but once the story settled onto the main band of misfit characters, I was hooked. I particularly enjoyed the way Jordan characterized the horses, as it's clear he (or someone he knew) understood horse personalities.

I know I now have many more long listens ahead of me, but I'll probably space them out by a few months each. This is definitely straight up classic fantasy, which is a nice change of pace from the urban fantasy I tend to read more often. ( )
  PerpetualRevision | Oct 25, 2015 |
"Review soon." ( )
  AdemilsonM | Sep 2, 2015 |
I liked the book, maybe because it was the first fantasy epic I ever read. It is absorbing and manages to cut you off reality while reading it. I've read it in different places and under different weather conditions,everything from heavy snow to burning sun, and all I can recall is the urge to browse further to the next page.
The language is full of descriptions of characters, landscape, cities and objects, but I missed the quality of a classical epic novel which strikes to the core of the things with fewer sentences. It was also puzzling that some maxims were repeated several times, f.ex , one that I remember :"The world is full of fools who can't stay where they belong" (or something similar). It sounded like the author had forgotten this one was already mentioned before.
Even though the book revolves primarily around characters, we know little about their true nature( the most unambiguous of them is surely Nynaeve) at the end of the book, always considering its length. Maybe because the goal of this saga is to follow their journey whose aim is as much the defeat of the evil and the salvation of the Light, as the discovery of who they are, what they are capable of and of the war between light and shadow, certainty and the unknown which is played in them? ( )
  eperleka | Aug 4, 2015 |
I haven't come up with anything specific about how to use this particular book in the classroom, except to get students (and adults) 'into' fantasy. This was the book that got me hooked - and I never looked back. For me, it's all about introducing this book and this genre to a student who loves to read (it's long, so it's not a book for struggling readers) and is looking for not only an adventure, but a challenge. ( )
  kkaspy | Jul 23, 2015 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Jordan, Robertprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Canty, ThomasCartographersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Grove, DavidCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kramer, MichaelNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Mitchell, EllisaCartographersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Nielsen, Matthew C.Illustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Reading, KateNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Russo, CarolCover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Staffilano, Gaetano LuigiTranslatorsecondary 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)
To Harriet
Heart of my heart,
Light of my life,
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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 /
Ba'alzamon‎'s eyes (davidwil)

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.

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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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