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To The Blight: Part Two of The Eye of the World: To the Blight Pt.2 (Wheel of Time) Paperback – 6 Mar 2003

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  • Paperback: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Atom; paperback / softback edition (6 Mar. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1904233198
  • ISBN-13: 978-1904233190
  • Product Dimensions: 12.6 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 925,635 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.')

#NAME? ('On very rare occasions, very talented storytellers create worlds that are beyond fantasy; worlds that become realities. Robert Jordan has')

Morgan Llywelyn

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The concluding episode to book one of the Sunday Times No. 1 bestselling series The Wheel of Time, available for the first time in a YA edition. Action, adventure and excitement all the way in what is quite simply the greatest fantasy epic ever.

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I've been reading this series for about 20 years now, and I am hoping it will end soon-the stories have improved again (for 3 or 4 books the story line wasn't as good as in the beginning or now).
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5 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 18 Jun. 2004
i had never even heard of Robert Jordan when i picked up this book and after i read the first book i couldn't stop i have read every one of the wheel of time books and i'm eagerly awaiting the next one, it's such a compelling story and it totally overtook me, i couldn't put the books down, the characters are easy to identify with at the begining because they are just children who only know life in a small village and throughout the books you watch them grow into strong adults who are going to change there world forever. AMAZING STORY!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Great fantasy 22 May 2007
By Z. Colon - Published on
I'm only on book 4 and I hear the series starts to drag after book 5 but so far I have really enjoyed it. I read the first 3 books non-stop in a row but the 4th one has already required that I take a couple of book breaks in between. It's not that I'm bored but some things are beginning to drag just a little. Also the Chapters spent on certain characters are many and the people I'm interested in are not mentioned for over a hundred pages. Still it's a great fantasy and my imagination goes wild with these books.

Spoiler!!!: I'm a big Nynaeve/Lan fan and I loved the way their romance is going and the difference in their backgrounds. I love how Nynaeve loves Lan from the beginning but you don't really know what he is thinking. All you see are his expressions and action along with what he says of course. I like that. Unfortunately, in 4 books I can count their interactions in one hand. Actually, it was almost 2 books before they meet up again. It was very difficult waiting but then you don't get any private scenes with them like their moonlight walks, what did they talk about? Did they share their first kiss there or was it when he came into her room angry. Did he initiate the kiss or her? Were they intimate? (a love scene for them would have been fantastic!!!)

Anyhoo, I love the series and will continue for now....
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
The Start of One of the Greatest Fantasy Epics of All Time 22 Nov. 2007
By J. Chippindale - Published on
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.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Great! 12 Mar. 2007
A Kid's Review - Published on
This was a well written and highly entertaining read. The characters are complex and believable. They have much of the same flaws that real people in the real world do and are not like some of your cliche, way too perfect fantasy characters. I felt that I could see some of myself in most of them, some more than others.

Some people complain about this series being too long and drawn out. While the series is very long, with 11 published books and 12th due to come out sometime in 2008, but I feel that Robert Jordan needed to make it that long in order to get the right amount of detail and explanations in. It is a complex series and therefore cannot be completed in a trilogy or something of the like.

There are some parts that are slow going, but hey what book doesn't have a few slow parts? That is nearly unavoidable. But for the most part, they kept me on the edge of my seat the whole time. It took me just over 2 months, despite the length of the books, to finish the whole series because I was so into them.

In conclusion, Robert Jordan is a wonderful writer, and I recommend the Wheel of Time series to anyone who is a fantasy fan.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
An Epic Fantasy 20 Sept. 2007
By Grade Six - Published on
Robert Jordan's The Eye of the World, part of the Wheel of Time series, is an epic fantasy. He creates a Tolkien-ish world, full of strange creatures. Rand, a simple farm boy from an out-of-the-way village believes most of those creatures to be travelers' tales, until about 100 of them attack his village. With the help of Lady Moiraine and her companion Lan, they defeat the minotaur-like Trollocs, and their leader, and evil Myrddraal. Rand and his two friends are forced to flee the village, with Trollocs hunting them down on the orders of the Dark One. Moiraine reveals herself as an Aes Sedai, with strange and powerful magical abilities. She uses her amazing magic to get them away from the Trollocs, while Lan helps with his own fighting powers. He is her Warder, one of many mythical fighters sworn to protect a certain Aes Sedai. They journey through a land full of perils, to discover why the Dark One is after Rand and his friends.

This book has filled me with delight, as it is so well described. I might as well have been there, pushing my way through the crowded streets of Caemlyn, or riding as fast as I could to get away from the Trollocs. I am already reading the prequel, then I'll move on to the 9+ books that follow The Eye of the World. If you enjoyed Tolkien, or any other typical fantasy book, you will like this one. The traditional band of good guys, pursued by the servants of some evil guy, combined with some of the best wording and use of magic I have ever read, really makes this book hard to put down. I find myself reading late into the night, even when I am drop-dead exhausted, just because I want to know what happens next. This is a must-read for readers who enjoy fantasy.

Ava W.
Grade 6
Ms. Kawatachi
4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
So-So 25 Jun. 2007
By D. McRae - Published on
After reading all the reviews on the book, I expected to read something to spectacular. Especially, when a review says Jordan took over the world Tolkien has come to create. BULLCHIPS!

I believe this book deserves two and a half stars. The characters are my biggest problem. When the party got separated, and Rand and Mat were together I simply wanted to throw the book against the wall. I don't get it. Mat seems to be ready to reach for his dagger whenever some old farmer (doing them a favor, I might add) asks them question. But when Strom and Jak try to take the Shadar Logoth dagger and heron-marked sword, they allow themselves to be thrown into a dark room, and they are saved by a bolt of lightning?! Why wasn't Mat so quick to reach for the dagger then? Why would two armed young men-young or not-allow two unarmed men to strong arm them? Because they're big? Please. They've fought Trollocs for goodness-sakes

And after 600+ pages, I got kind of tired of Nnayeve being suspicious of the Aes Sedai. Moiraine has saved them from one threat to another. Get over it!

For the 800 pages I expected to really delve into the mind of the other characters, but that only seemed to happen on special occasions. Also, for all those pages I expected a little more action, or to at least be captivated.

Jordan's sense of architecture is my opinion. Every large city appeared to be comprised of the same structures, and felt primarily the same.

But I must say, there were some cool points. Like the coins given by Moiraine to keep track of them. As well as Elias and the wolves. But I had one problem with that section of the book. How did Perrin all of a sudden possess traits of a wolf? Overall, the book was descent. Far from trash, and a lot of time and hard work was put into it.

There is no need to say that I won't be reading the eleven other books Jordan has written.
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