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3.0 out of 5 stars Seems harsh to give it only 3 stars but..., 7 Aug 2008
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This review is from: The Eye Of The World: Book 1 of the Wheel of Time (Mass Market Paperback)
I've got mixed opinions about this book.

It's well written, got good characters, good plot / story and has obviously been well thought out. I enjoyed reading the majority of it and would recommend it to any fan of the genre. It's one of the better books i've read of this type for a while. In fact when I was getting near to the end of the book I was worried i'd finish it and want more so went out and bought the second book in the series (which I haven't read yet).
One of the things I like most is that when you read it, you feel like there's a real history behind the story. You can imagine other books telling of events before this as there are many references to times past and legends of old. You always get a taste of what was that leaves you wanting more.

So why only the 3 stars?

Well for a start it has taken a bit too much from Lord of the Rings. Many books of this type will have something similar to ogres, orcs, trolls, elves, wizards, etc, which I actually usually like. But this takes it further than that. The completely out of the way village where our heroes start out from, the "wizard" (for lack of a better word) who visits, the fact that they suddenly have to leave, the dark riders chasing said farmers, the dark one employing all manner of beasts as spies to track them, the race to reach the ferry to cross the river to mention a few.

Secondly there are several times when you end up skimming pages. Whilst its nice to have a good description of the surroundings, it does at times seem to go on a bit too much to the point of breaking up the story. This is probably more of a personal thing as i'm sure some readers will like it, but for me it did seem to bring the book down a bit.

Thirdly the action / fight scenes are not the best i've read. Don't get me wrong on this, the idea behind them, the setting and the build up is always great and if you can fill in the blanks you'll be loving it. But they always seem to be over too quickly or seem to jump ahead of themselves. There is just something missing.

Despite all this I still would have given this book 4 maybe even 5 stars, but then comes the ending.

Don't worry, I won't ruin it for anyone by saying what happens. It's just that after such a long but enjoyable build up, after everything that gets thrown in, all the twists and turns, it just seems like the writer got fed up of writing, abandoned the imaginative thought and crammed everything into 2 pages. After enjoying so much of the book, i'm now not sure if i want to read the second.

To be honest it is a good book. Just don't be suprised if your left wanting more for all the wrong reasons by the end of it.
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Initial post: 16 Oct 2011 02:21:25 BDT
Last edited by the author on 16 Oct 2011 02:21:47 BDT
W. Davis says:
Agreed mostly. I've heard a few people compare this to Lord of the Rings, but to be fair most fantasy novels I've seen reviews for have in some way or another been referred to Lord of the Rings. Try to forget LotR and just enjoy this book in its own right, as its very own story, and you'll enjoy it a lot more. Keep making comparisons and you will not. A good book is still a good book no matter how similar it may be to a different good book.

Your third point about the action scenes is a good one. Since reading some Joe Abercrombie books (http://www.amazon.co.uk/Blade-Itself-Book-First-Gollancz/dp/0575079797/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1318728045&sr=8-1) that book for me pretty much sets THE benchmark for writing battle/fight scenes and since then I've compared all book fight scenes to that, and none have come close...
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