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From the Two Rivers (Eye of the World) Paperback – Jan 2002

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  • Paperback: 361 pages
  • Publisher: Starscape Books (Jan. 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0765341840
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765341846
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 2.6 x 19.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,493,889 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Robert Jordan was born in 1948 in Charleston. He was a graduate of the Citadel, the Military College of South Carolina, with a degree in physics, and served two tours in Vietnam. His hobbies include hunting, fishing, sailing, poker, chess, pool and pipe collecting. He died in September 2007.

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An American Library Association "Best Books for Young Adults" A VOYA "Best Books for Young Adults" For Rand al'Thor and his pals, life in the sleepy village of Emond's Field has been pretty dull. Until the appearance on festival night of Moiraine, a mysterious woman who claims to be an Aes Sdeai--a magician who can wield the One Power. Soon after, the village is attacked by Trollocs--a savage tribe of half-men half-beasts. Rand's father is nearly killed. But for Rand, the news gets worse. It was not the village the Trollocs were after, Moiraine tells him. It was you, Rand. Rand and his friends are forced to flee. But his escape will bring him face to face with the Dark One...the most powerful force of evil in the universe.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By J. Chippindale TOP 500 REVIEWER on 11 Jan. 2008
Format: Paperback
Robert Jordan was born in 1948 in Charleston, South Carolina, in a house built in 1797. He was a graduate of The Citadel, the Military College of South Carolina, with a degree in physics. He served two tours in Vietnam with the U.S. Army; among his decorations are the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Bronze Star with "V", and two Vietnamese Crosses of Gallantry. It was the report of his sad death, aged 58 on September 16, 2007 that caused me to look back through his books and in particular the tremendous Wheel of Time series

This is the first book in an adventure that covers thousands of pages, more probably than even the author envisaged. Robert Jordan's series just grew and grew. I loved all of the books and this first one is like the cream on top of the cake, it makes you want more and more. The books themselves are large volumes, several hundred pages each and there are almost a dozen of them, so you can understand the enormity of the task the author had set himself.

Some of the previous reviews reflect the differing tastes of readers. Some say that this epic series went on too long, others loved it and cried for more. I think I was somewhere in between. To me they were what I would call mood books. By that I mean I would read anything up to half a book and then maybe leave it for a while and read something else. Not something I would normally do with a book but with the Wheel of Time books, the plot always seemed to stay fresh in the mind and the thread could be picked up again several days later, or even longer.

Apart from Terry Goodkind's Sword of Truth (another epic fantasy) and of course Terry Pratchett's offerings, fantasy is not the first thing I would pull off the bookshelf, but these books seem to break all boundaries and I remember them and the author very fondly. Robert Jordan R.I.P.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 10 Oct. 2003
Format: Paperback
Rand and his friends- Perrin, Mat, Egwene and the Gleeman Thom leave the two rivers to hide from Trollocs sent by the dark one to hunt the young boys. The story tells of their journey from the two rivers through shadar logoth and the road to the capital city of Caemlyn all the while chased by the dark ones minions who want nothing more than to kill the boys. We see how the group are split up from the aes sedai Moirane and her warder Lan who were guarding and protecting them on there journey. The story is a great read for people who want to start the wheel of time series but dont want to get stuck into the eye of the world until they know they like it. A good buy for anyone who is interested in fantasy; an absorbing series to get involved in.
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98 of 107 people found the following review helpful
Comparisons 2 May 2002
By Seth B - Published on
Format: Paperback
The Wheel of Time series has been compared to the earlier works of J.R.R. Tolkien (writings that would later become the Silmarillion and The Books of Lost Tales, as well as The Lays of Beleriand and the other books that Chris has "scraped" together). Robert Jordan's works have also been compared to an "adult Harry Potter."
Now, it's natural to make comparisons between different fantasy series, and I support the spirit behind most of them, but many people that make this comparison miss many key factors in the Wheel of Time series that would attract people that didn't like The Lord of the Rings or Harry Potter, and that would also drive away some that did. I'm going to analyze these factors here.
(1) The political environment in the Wheel of Time is the most fully developed I've seen in fantasy, ever. There are twenty-odd countries in his world, all of which have expanded to their full power potential. Jordan uses political subversion and intrigues in his novels, where it's impossible to do as much with the three Wizard Schools of Rowling or Tolkien's 4 nations: Gondor, Mordor, Harad, and Rhun.
(2) Jordan writes much more in depth than any of the other authors. Where Tolkien skims over the journey south from Rivendell to Moria, saying that it was "some 40 days," Jordan follows Rand and Mat through the most dull portions of their journey to Caemlyn, and Elayne and Nynaeve through the sometimes tedious politicking at Salidar. He paints a real world, with lulls and periods of excitement that make you truly believe in the ta'veren.
(3) The hopelessness that Rand faces is far beyond that which Frodo or Harry faces. Let's analyze Frodo Baggins, Hobbit of the Shire, first. He's a simple creature, taking an item of extreme power into the realm of a lesser god, in order to destroy it. The Maia Sauron opposes him, the Maia Olorin (Gandalf) moves with him much of the way. Harry's a human... facing a human. Oh jeez, I don't know if he can handle it (that's not to say there's no hint of hopelessness, but, as a children's novel, Harry Potter is much simpler and much less dark than the other two). Rand, on the other hand, is facing the single greatest force in the world, the Father of Lies, Master of the Grave. Even with the Choedan Kal at his disposal, a ter'angreal that could lay waste to a continent in a single stroke... and his own massive strength as the Dragon Reborn... he still doesn't have more than a hope of defeating this irresistable force.
Now, there's other differences, but I'm sure as you read, that you'll pick them up. Where the Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter seem intended for the more casual fantasy readers, the Wheel of Time bears no competition for it's depth and sheer beauty of storytelling. It's at times obvious how much Jordan planned the future of his world (I'd get into Min's foretellings, and how well Jordan uses foreshadowing in EotW to tell us about future books, even up to Winters Heart, but that's for a different essay), far beyond what Tolkien or Rowling did. That's not to say either of the latter authors is poor, but Tolkien was a linguist before storyteller, and Rowling is telling a story to children.
Here's the final verdict. For the most part, if you consider Harry Potter of The Lord of the Rings complex to the limit of your desire for complexity, certainly do not get involved in this book. The first book is nearly addictive, but as the series rolls on, it becomes wearing for anyone who is not absolutely enamoured of deep storytelling and prose that tells a story that's true to life.
The Wheel of Time's complexity is what should draw you. The purpose of fantasy is to escape into it's grasp, and picture yourself as part of the world, or as one of the characters. You are so intimately linked to Mat, Rand, Egwene, Perrin, Faile, Moiraine, Lan, Aviendha, Elayne.... that this is possible beyond what is in other fantasy novels.
Read the Wheel of Time if you have a lot of Time to roll away in solitude.
41 of 43 people found the following review helpful
Same Incredible story, new art, new Material 28 Dec. 2001
By Jason Denzel - Published on
Format: Paperback
This is a new edition of "THE EYE OF THE WORLD" by Robert Jordan. This is NOT a new book, so don't expect it to be. What it is though, is a way to introduce younger readers to one of the most popular and well-written Fantasy series' of our time.
This edition is only half of the original edition (but it's still a good couple hundred pages!). There are illustrations throughout the books, and even a new chapter not found in the original.
Some people may complain about various things, but the bottom line is that this is the same incredible saga. It's the same moving tale of young people discovering a larger world, and of a boy learning he is fated to both save and destroy the world.
The Wheel of Time is a saga that has captivated millions. At times it is controversial, and sometimes even a bit slow. But for the most part: nothing is like it.
Try this book. If you don't like it: oh well. If you do'll want them all.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
WOW!!! 30 Jan. 2003
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Paperback
After reading through the reviews I picked up this book. I was confused as to which book was the actual beginning of this series. Now I realize that From the Two Rivers and To the Blight are two halves of the book the Eye of the World with some illustrations to interest younger readers. I'm not in the age group this was marketed for but I really liked some of the illustrations, not that there are many, especially the Trollocs, Myrddraal, Thom Merrilin, and Loial the Ogier (part 2). I read this book, as well as part 2, and can't wait to read the next one. There are similarities to the Lord of the Rings but so are a lot of books. This one done better than a lot of the others. There is the noble quest to save the world from the Dark One with countless evil beings after them. Young, innocent characters who wish to see the world beyond Emond's Field. They are sought out by Moiraine, an Aes Sedai, and the Warder Lan just in time to help their village from being destroyed by Trollocs and Fades. Rand, Mat, and Perrin are joined by Egwene and later Nynaeve to follow Moiranine and Lan to help fight the Dark One. They do not realize the important part they play in the weaving of the Pattern of the Wheel of Time or why they, simple sheepherders, were chosen. Each in turn learn what their strengths are and how they fit into the larger picture. Wide-eyed, action-packed journeys to unknown places all the while being hunted by Fades, Darkfriends, and haunted by nightmares from the Dark One. Legends becoming reality. I was pleased that there are strong female characters in these books. If this sounds like something you would enjoy then pick up this book and To the Blight OR the Eye of the World you won't be able to put it down and it's just the beginning.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
"Ravens" isn't what it should be... 7 Nov. 2002
By Darcie D. Ramp - Published on
Format: Paperback
Although I love the Wheel of Time and its author, I can't be quite as loyal to the Starscape packaging of The Eye of the World. If younger readers want illustrations, give them more than just one every other chapter. Younger readers are also daunted by the size of the books, and I don't think changing the type size and trim helped much. Splitting the book into a trilogy would be consistant with Lord of the Rings and Star Wars while slimming the volumes considerably.
Including a new prologue was a great way to get old fans to buy this new version, but "Ravens" is not as well-written as the rest of the series and it's out of place at the beginning of this book. Placing it before the prologue completely damages the prologue's purpose and any impact it may have had. Part of the genius of having the prologue first is that it introduces the story in a way that readeres will not understand until they have become emersed farther into Jordan's world, and it HAS to come first or it is even more confusing.
I feel that "Ravens" has a place in the Wheel of Time, but that place is in a collection of prequel/sequel material that Jordan writes after he's done with the series. The collection would be a perfect place for "A New Spring," too. How about the story of Cadsuane's test for the shawl? Or Lews Therin's birth in the Age of Legends? Or maybe something about Elayne's twins?
17 of 21 people found the following review helpful
Older WoT Readers/Fanatics Beware. 14 Mar. 2002
By grey_elf - Published on
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This is not a new book containing revalations about life in The Two Rivers. It is a reprint of the first half of "Eye of the World" Being an RJ WoT fanatic, I buy everything remotely related to the series and I bought "From the Two Rivers." However I will pass on any future split-up versions of books that I already have. The so-called new proglogue was at best a "yawn" and the art work, which might have been the book's single redeeming factor, was, at no fault of the artist, absolutely abysmal. It was, at best, blurred and hardly worth a second glance.
Buyers who buy this book to get their child interested in WoT had better beware also. I say this because unless your child is a glutton for excruciating detail (which I am) they will not read past the first few pages.
On an ending note, this version of Eye of the World was published by Starscape (a Tom Doherty Associates, LLC publisher)and not by TOR. I was not overly impressed by their product.
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