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The Eye Of The World: Limited Edition: Wheel of Time Book 1 (The Wheel of Time) [Hardcover]

Robert Jordan
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Book Description

3 Nov 2011 The Wheel of Time
Life in Emond's Field has been pretty boring for Rand Al'Thor and his friends until a strange young woman arrives in their village. Moraine is an Aes Sedai, a magician with the ability to wield the One Power, and she brings warnings of a terrible evil awakening in the world. That very night, the village is attacked by bloodthirsty Trollocs - a fearsome tribe of beast-men thought to be no more than myth. As Emond's Field burns, Moraine and her warrior-guardian help Rand and his companions to escape. But it is only the beginning of their troubles. For Moraine believes Rand Al'Thor is the Dragon Reborn, and that he is fated to unite the world against the rising darkness and lead the fight against a being so powerful and evil it is known simply as the Dark One.

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  • Hardcover: 688 pages
  • Publisher: Orbit (3 Nov 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0356501523
  • ISBN-13: 978-0356501529
  • Product Dimensions: 17.2 x 6.2 x 24.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (315 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 418,202 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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The Eye of the World and its sequels in Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time series show the extent to which one can go with a traditional fantasy framework, with added gusto. Stock elements are abound: a reluctant hero--in fact five humble village folk--plucked from wholesome obscurity to fight dark powers; an eternal evil enemy who can be defeated but not destroyed, until the end of the world, which is fast approaching; a mysterious sisterhood with vast powers and who love to manipulate thrones and kingdoms from the shadows (think of the Bene Gesserit of the Dune series); a ferocious battle-hardened warrior race (echoes of the Fremen of Dune, or the Haruchai of the Thomas Covenant novels).

Jordan didn't become a bestselling author merely by mixing up traditional ingredients; a master storyteller, he ingeniously gives unusual twists to these conventional fantasy elements. He also excels in the descriptive and narrative skills needed to create a detailed and coherent imaginary world. The many lands he portrays are vast in scope and contain amazingly varied countries and peoples, while retaining the inner coherence needed to make them satisfying places for a fantasy fan to roam around in. However, Jordan's writing never attains the subtlety or sophistication of, say, George RR Martin and there are some annoying stylistic tics: he seems unable to introduce a female character without commenting on her neckline and thereafter has them forever smoothing their dresses.

To his publisher's credit, Jordan's books are fortunate among fantasy novels in not having covers that look like an explosion of a teenager's bedroom. The absence of such lurid artwork is, perhaps, part of their appeal. --David Pickering --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.

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On very rare occasions, very talented storytellers create worlds that are beyond fantasy; worlds that become realities. Robert Jordan has - MORGAN LLYWELYN Epic in every sense THE TIMES [With} The Wheel of Time, Jordan has come to dominate the world Tolkien began to reveal THE NEW YORK TIMES The Eye of the World and its sequels in Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time series show the extent to which one can go with a traditional fantasy framework, with added gusto. Stock elements are abound: a reluctant hero--in fact five humble village folk--plucke To his publisher's credit, Jordan's books are fortunate among fantasy novels in not having covers that look like an explosion of a teenager's bedroom. The absence of such lurid artwork is, perhaps, part of their appeal.'

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I wasn't disappointed... 9 Jun 2013
By S. Cole
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
Over the years, I've had many online discussions regarding my favourite books, and almost every time Robert Jordan's 'Wheel of Time' series has been mentioned by someone as their all-time favourite, or as a must-read series. Being a fan of fantasy and sci-fi fiction, I've always meant to get round to reading it at some point, but there always seems to have been other books higher up my to-read list.

Finally, I found myself in a situation where I'd read every book I owned, and was halfway through my last book - time to open Amazon and browse through my Wish List. The Eye of the World has been sitting in there for a while, and was a great price, so I decided to take the plunge into a new epic series - and I'm glad that I did.

The story is a classic among fantasy novels - poor farmer's son is destined to save the world, and a powerful magician drags him and a couple of friends on an epic journey. It worked well in Lord of the Rings, and in Terry Brookes' Shannara series, and although this gives the story a familiar feel, it is done in a way that keeps the reader enthralled from the start, right through to the last page. By the time I was a third of the way through book 1, I had already ordered books 2 and 3, and the 'prequel'.

Of course, the entire series is huge, but I am now halfway through the second book, and don't plan to stop until I've read all 15 books. If you like Tolkein or Brookes, then you'll love this!
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70 of 77 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Oh no, another addiction.... 24 Mar 2001
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Wow. I read this book six months ago and can still tell you exactly what happened, but I won't, because I want everybody to read the books. The wheel of time is surely THE MOST addictive series of books ever. I read Eye of the World in five days and went straight out to buy the next one, and straight out to buy the one after that, and so on. Yes, it's a little slow to start, but the minute Winternight gets going you can't stop. Ever.
Sub-plots galore, love and hate relationships, twists and subtle hints as to what the horrifying ending is all make this book possibly the beginning of the best series I will ever read. People say the later books are more boring and too long, but THIS IS NOT TRUE. Robert Jordan has an amazing talent for story-telling, and I recommend him to everybody.
I must also say that his characters are perfectly developed so that you know precisely who they are and what they would feel and think. By book 9 you will know and love our main characters, and don't start book 1 without thinking you won't finish, because you will be hooked. Enjoy, everybody, you will not find better.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Compelling Stuff 13 Mar 2007
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This book has provoked such a diverse range of responses from the fantasy genre fanbase, I thought I would add my comments to the fray! Of course, this genre does attract people of all ages and backgrounds so it is perhaps not surprising that the reviews for this novel range from awful to sublime. As an old fan of Tolkien, Salvatore, Hobbs and (early) Eddings amongst others I was mildly impressed with the first of this seemingly ever expanding series. It is true that some of the English is somewhat dubious but less so than other American authors (Conn Iggulden et al) and is sometimes actually fairly amusing. (Granted, this is perhaps not a good thing where it's unintentional.) The descriptive narrative is excessive upon occassion, although I personally find this to be a positive attribute of the author; which does not get in the way of the plot and sets the scene well. Ah yes; the 'plot'. It is simplistic but not unimaginative and well paced for a novel of this size. In summary, there are several elements of this book that could be improved upon but I kept coming back to it and every time I picked it up I looked forward to reading the next few chapters. In fact, I read it in less than a week - Recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This is a review of the whole series not just the first book as I believe that when you start a series like this you have to finish it.
The plot on the grand scheme of things is enjoyable and kept me interested in the series for the majority of it. That is until you hit book 7 in which the plot just slows down to a snails pace and characters start to get annoying. There are no surprises in the series effectively as robert jordan effectively provides a behind the scenes of the dark side chapter whenever anything major happens, or the prophecies predict it. The character development to me was largely disappointing with not a single character maintaining my interest for the whole series especially the two rivers people. Rand and Egwene started well but turned into unemotional wrecks where it seemed all their personality was sucked out of them. While Mat and Nynaeve I disliked initially as one Robert Jordan had as a control maniac with repeated tropes, while the other does the most stupidest things possible that I just felt that they were doing it to advance the plot and for future actions to make more sense. However to me both turned into enjoyable characters by the end of the book.

The love connections between characters is awful in itself as by the fourth book you pretty much can guess what is going to happen in the area of love.

There is also a lack of danger that other books create. Robert Jordan just seems to refuse to kill of any of the side characters let alone the major characters. This is especially true for the forsaken (the villians) which keep returning under different names that it becomes impossible to keep track of whose dead whose alive and whose been re-born.
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5.0 out of 5 stars superb
A thrilling tale well worth a read for any fantasy reader I couldn't put it down . I'm looking forward to the next book
Published 7 days ago by Whitkt
5.0 out of 5 stars taking a while to get into but really good once you get to know the...
Having read this I am now on the second book in the series. A bit in the way of Game of Thrones, taking a while to get into but really good once you get to know the characters... Read more
Published 18 days ago by jilliz
4.0 out of 5 stars Good old fashioned "Quest"cheese
Good, enjoyable " farm boy is the chosen on a quest to destroy the dark lord" fantasy. A well worn genre since the advent of lord of the rings. Read more
Published 19 days ago by j n n richardson
5.0 out of 5 stars EPIC & Absorbing - The Wheel of Time: Vols 1 to 14
These opinions are based on the epic series as a whole, rather than ‘Eye of the World’, as once you start the journey you will have to see it through to the end! Read more
Published 22 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars A definite MUST read for all Fantasy Lovers out there!!
This is an amazing series of books and is an absolute credit to the fantasy genre. If you are a fan of J.R.R. Read more
Published 25 days ago by Claire Barney
5.0 out of 5 stars Boom shaka-laka!
Lords of the rings on steroids! BOOM!
Published 27 days ago by Santiago Domínguez
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
as described and on time
Published 28 days ago by stavros stavropoulos
5.0 out of 5 stars Engaging, very good read
The book is based on two main factions, Light and Dark fighting over the years. The battle never really ends as the wheel of time continues to turn and events are repeated and key... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Travon
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Great book well paced.
Published 1 month ago by Virdell
5.0 out of 5 stars glad I found the series, good book
Very good book, Robert Jordan has created a wonderful world and knows how to captivate the audience. I would recommend this book to all fantasy book fans.
Published 1 month ago by Darren Clark
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