“The Eye of the World” is the first book in Robert Jordan’s fantasy epic “The Wheel of Time.” It’s sometimes considered a modern take on Tolkien’s world, although I haven’t seen any dwarves or elves. I can see some parallels plot-wise, but I’d like to consider this book on its own merits. I don’t like comparing to other books.
This series came highly recommended to me by a friend who loves “The Wheel of Time.” I’d already had most of the series, though I hadn’t read any of it. Well, I finally started it, and I’d have to say my initial reaction wasn’t very favourable. I’ll get to that in a moment.
The story starts out with a prologue, which sets a bit of a background for the events that will happen in the book. It then moved forward to our main story, featuring a trio of sheepherders, tall and strong Rand, prankster Mat, and stocky Perrin. These three, as well as a few other characters meet a mysterious woman and man, and are swept into a long journey of self-discovery and a quest to save the world from an evil being. Sounds like a pretty typical fantasy epic storyline. It is a pretty standard story, but from what I’ve heard, the books after this are quite different.
It’s said in this book that time repeats itself. Ages come and go in a forward progression of time, but the events that happen are repeated many times, though by different people who are actually incarnations of people in previous ages. It’s an interesting concept, so I wasn’t exactly sure if each book would just repeat the same kind of story or not. As far as I know, that’s not the case. It’s a very, very long epic story involving the same characters. I’m interested to see how it progresses.
As I said before, my initial reaction wasn’t very favourable. The story progressed very slowly, and I found it somewhat difficult to get into it. The characters weren’t very engaging, and I just couldn’t get attached to any of them. I felt no sympathy for them. But they did grow on me over time. This is the kind of story that you just have to stick with to the end to be satisfied. In the last quarter of the book, relationships between characters were moving in interesting ways, and questions were finally being answered. There were a lot of mysteries presented earlier on in the book, and I was looking forward to seeing them resolved. However, by the end of the book, several mysteries were still unresolved. It ended with the main story concluded, but it also opened the way for a much bigger story to be told. It looks like it’ll be a very large epic story to come.
I felt like this book was a mediocre story most of the way, and I was thinking I’d have to give it a middle of the road 3 stars. But the final quarter of the book redeemed it. I’ll give it 4 out of 5 stars. It’s good if you’re patient, and I do recommend that you finish reading it.