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Dull, dull, dull.,
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This review is from: The Eye Of The World: Book 1 of the Wheel of Time (Mass Market Paperback)As a long-standing fan of fantasy with a collection of books dating back more decades than I care to remember, I had great hopes for this series of books given the rave reviews. I was, however, destined to be sorely disappointed. I struggled through the first four books in the forlorn hope that the story would develop some pace and actually grab my attention. It completely failed and I finally gave up part way through book five. I suppose Robert Jordan succeeded in so far as he managed to get me to part with hard earned cash, but that's not really the raison d'etre for writing a book (is it?).
The characters were completely one-dimensional and totally unsympathetic, the pace was lamentable and all of the plot devices have appeared in other, far better, books. There were a few sparks of originality but they were merely short lived glimmers of light in the otherwise pitch dark night of tedium. By way of contrast, consider David Edding's suberb Belgariad - that's the way to write a story!
Dull, slow and turgid; I couldn't wait to put it down. If you've nothing better to do on a rainy day, go outside and get wet.