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The Eye of the World

by Robert Jordan

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Series: The Wheel of Time (1)

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In the Second Age, the Dragon subdued the Dark One and his disciples in a mystical prison. The Third Age has begun and the Dragon is gone, but reborn in a boy who doesn't yet know his supreme calling. Time is precious, for the prison decays and the Dark One will soon work his evil. Only the boy can stop him. From his prison, the Dark One wills his warriors to destroy the boy's village. But Moiraine, a servant of the Dragon, comes with her Protector. They fight off the warriors and whisk the boy away. He's destined for Tar-Valon, the island city of the Aes Sedai, where he'll discover his power. Can the Dark One stop his journey?… (more)
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A solid adventure story. I enjoyed the development of the characters throughout the story. It started off strong, but I was starting to lose interest towards the end, as I found the conclusion a bit hard to follow. I might continue the series later, but won’t regret it if I don’t. ( )
  teepland | Sep 23, 2022 |
The first and one of the best of the Jordan Wheel of Time saga. The usual story of young people who have to grow into their roles and learn their way around the world, while fighting a world-wide evil conspiracy - or two. This series is a bit unusual due to the cyclical nature of the 'wheel', the concept that this battle has been repeated before. Its also very, very large in scope, with many characters. The amount of detail is amazing, the world is interesting, the conflicts are compelling and the characters are well done. Lots to like about this book. ( )
  Karlstar | Sep 16, 2022 |
O olho do mundo começa a construir um épico de fantasia evitando dois lugares consagrados - o de uma escrita descritivista erudita, epitomizada pelo Tolkien do Sr. dos Anéis, e o de uma narrativa poética como a dos Contos de Terramar, de Le Guin. É portanto, algo mais direto, focado na história, com um mundo enorme e intrincado, mas que deve no fundo servir a um âmbito narrativo menos pretensioso em termos literários, embora gigantesco em extensão narrativa. A história que precede o primeiro volume, escrita posteriormente, New Spring, consegue um bom equilíbrio nesse sentido, mas talvez porque este seja ainda o primeiro, Jordan não é capaz de dar profundidade aos personagens, que são inclusive, bem menos desenvolvidos do que os da adaptação em série de TV recente, um tanto livre quanto ao que e como aproveitar, em relação ao livro. Não é ruim, mas é muito longo, e soa como uma campanha de D&D, mesmo que o tema dos gêneros masculino e feminino e o sistema de magia traga um interesse maior que isso. Como são 14 livros, a pergunta que fazemos ao final, narrativamente um pouco confuso é se a qualidade de caracterização dos personagens melhora. Espero que sim. ( )
  henrique_iwao | Aug 30, 2022 |
Starting out this book was kinda slow for me, but I feel like most fantasy of this caliber is due to world building. I enjoyed this book a lot overall. I loved Person and Ever he a lot and want more about them and to see their POV more. There were a few writing things at the beginning that were annoying but they stopped after a few chapters. The end was very quick and kind of abrupt but I definitely want to read more! This book does feel very Tolkien-esk but I have read that once you get further in there series that it morphs more into its own and I am excited to see more of the world building from Jordan. ( )
  KatarinaRogers | Aug 20, 2022 |
Eh, it was ok. Not feeling inspired to read the rest of the series. ( )
  Hamptot71 | Jul 18, 2022 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Jordan, Robertprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Canty, ThomasCartographersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Ciocci, ValeriaTranslatorsecondary 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
Sweet, Darrell K.Cover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Weber, SamCover artistsecondary 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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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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In the Second Age, the Dragon subdued the Dark One and his disciples in a mystical prison. The Third Age has begun and the Dragon is gone, but reborn in a boy who doesn't yet know his supreme calling. Time is precious, for the prison decays and the Dark One will soon work his evil. Only the boy can stop him. From his prison, the Dark One wills his warriors to destroy the boy's village. But Moiraine, a servant of the Dragon, comes with her Protector. They fight off the warriors and whisk the boy away. He's destined for Tar-Valon, the island city of the Aes Sedai, where he'll discover his power. Can the Dark One stop his journey?

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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.
When The Two Rivers is attacked by Trollocs--a savage tribe of half-men, half-beasts-- five villagers flee that night into a world they barely imagined, with new dangers waiting in the shadows and in the light.
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The Fade on his horse /
The trollocs crash winternight /
Ba'alzamon‎'s eyes (davidwil)

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