The Wheel of Time turns, and Ages come and pass, leaving memories that become legend. Legend fades to myth and even myth is long forgotten when the Age that gave it birth returns again.
What was, what will be, and what is, may yet fall under Shadow.
The Eye of the World is the first in an epic fantasy series by fantasy writer Robert Jordan. Spanning fourteen books, The Wheel of Time series follows a group of men and women from a country town as they become the future of the world. The pattern (the way in which the world weaves and changes) has brought them all together, bestowing upon them skills that will help, or hinder them, in defeating the Dark One whose goal is to shroud the world in shadow. In the Eye of the World, we meet these characters for the first time and begin to understand the seriousness of the situation regarding the Dark One, as well as what skills each character possesses.
The Eye of the World was a re-read for me. I first read this series a good eight or so years ago and, though I did thoroughly enjoy the series, I believe that – at that age – I didn’t take in as much as I did this time around. The Wheel of Time series is definitely not for the faint of heart; with its fourteen books all around 700-1000 pages long and filled with a vast array of characters both good and evil, the Wheel of Time is a series that will take up much of your time.
Over the course of my re-read I got to know the characters all over again and fell in love with them more than I did before. I understood the characters better and noticed things I never noticed before, and remembered scenes that I had forgotten before. The series is definitely not for someone who cannot stand characters walking for long periods of time within the book, as you can go whole chapters where the characters are walking between villages and towns – though still with some sort of conflict or issue following them the whole way.
The Eye of the World really sets up the series, introducing you to the magic system, the differences between good/evil, men/women in this world. All of the characters rub off the other whether it be in a good or bad way, though they all begin to understand that one cannot go on without the rest and that, no matter what separates them, they will always make their way back to each other. It is definitely a long-winded read and I found myself questioning my sanity so many times at deciding to re-read such an epic tome. However, Robert Jordan is a brilliant writer bringing to life creatures you had never seen before, introducing a magic system that has its faults, and perfectly embodying each character in the writing – you can’t help but have your favourites!