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This series will take up so much of your life to get through, but it is so worth it! I have been reading the Wheel of Time for the past few months practically non-stop and show no signs of slowing down, and this is the book that begins it all. My friend has been obsessed with the Wheel of Time series for a good few years and has been trying to get me to read the books practically since I met him! I finally relented and decided to give this book a go, and it was so worth it. The book starts off with what seems like a fairly generic, Lord of the Rings-y beginning. Our heroes live in a small farming village in the middle of nowhere when strangers turn up and all hell breaks loose. The book sees three farmers, a wisdom (a village healer) and her apprentice travelling from their simple roots through great kingdoms, haunted cities, and into deadly lands to counter the forces of the Dark One! All the while adding in sub-plots, twists and generally keeping the reader on the edge of their seats! Some words of warning though, at a massive 814 pages this book is time absorbing, and it is the first in what will be a series of 14! The series is so long that the original author writing the books has passed away before finishing it! Also, there are many odd names for things and the reader is really thrown in the deep end with terms and phrases, though this is more a minor annoyance and is quickly overcome once the reader has read enough to remember them all. To summarise I would definitely recommend this book for any fan of high-fantasy books, but it does not need to be limited to them if you have not read many (or any) fantasy books. Though it can be annoying at times due to its size and the odd words and phrases used, it is worth it, and it is an excellent start to an amazing book series.
Yes, this is where it all begins. The journey, the epic, the obsession. Be warned this reveiw may be biased as I have an addiction to the whole Wheel of Time (WoT) series. I first picked up the first installment of the WoT series 9 years ago. I was a student at university and madly in love with my friend. He was a massive WoT fan like some of our work colleagues and I always felt left out when they would spend hours talking about the characters and plotlines. It all sounded like gibberish to me and I was put off when told that the series was long and unfinished. Then I borrowed this book from him. My life has never been the same since. The Eye of the World is the first book that was released by Robert Jordan back in 1990. This book and the sequels have been on best seller lists, always had top reveiws and yet it still seems to be more of a cult read than a popular one. We've all heard of that one by that J.R.R. fellow but if you think that is good then this is undoubtably better. Set in the same kind of world as LOTR (perhaps the same universe or a different part of the same planet) Eye of the World introduces us to Rand, Matrim, Perrin, Egwene and Nynaeve. Five country type folk who raise sheep, heal using herbs and lead a normal life. Until two strangers walk into their village, the type of village that is so far out of the way that strangers don't just walk into on purpose. The ensuing antics will change their lives forever and they will never be the five country folk ever again. That is about the basics of it. After this book things become a lot more complicated, with more characters being introduced and a whole host of storylines happening at once. But this is where it all starts. If you like fantasy or you liked LOTR then pick this one up and give it a go. If you don't like it then no harm done but if you do then you are opening yourself up to a whole world of adventure, mystery, back stabbing and intrigue. As well as wars, love stories and villains.