Eye of the World by Robert Jordan(255 ratings)
|Title||Eye of the World|
|Series||Wheel of Time, The|
|Submitted by Gordon |
I really wanted to love this book and the series. The thought of a huge undiscovered fantsay epic, in the Lord of the Rings mold had me excited. Unfortunately, it didn\'t live up to my expectations. Firstly, I don\'t mind finding inspiration in Tolkien (who wouldn\'t) but large amounts of characters, themes and storylines are ripped right out of LotR and plonked down in Eye of the World, with very slight changes and different names. Fair enough though, if you loved LotR and wanted the same again. But there just isn\'t the same charm or imagination anywhere through the EotW. I found I couldn\'t care less about any of the characters. Large sections of the story are so boring I found myself just willing him to move on to the next stage. \'The Ways\' was a sinister and intruiging concept but apart from that there were no \'set piece\' type bits which I found particularly memorable or interesting. Fantasy books rely heavily on the world the author can create around the story and I found the WoT world to be strangely bland, empty and cold. I really had an issue with the \"magic\" element as well. I\'m not a huge fan of magic in fantasy novels but it\'s overused here and just seems to be a bit deus ex machina, to get the characters out of a fix or decide who wins a battle or fight in a seemingly arbitrary and annoying way. Whilst Jordan\'s clearly a good writer, the plot was pretty child-like in a kind of \'and then they went there, and then they did this, and then they went somewhere else\' way. If you\'re looking for a bland, LotR substitue, I\'m sure you could do worse than give this series a try. If you want a fantasy series that\'s a bit more grown up, a bit more \'realistic, and doesn\'t just decide everything by magic, do yourself and absolutely massive favour, if you haven\'t already, and work your way through A Song of Ice and Fire.
|Submitted by firstname.lastname@example.org |
To be honest, when I first picked up this book I was expecting a Lord of the Ring's rip-off. Which didn't bother me all that much, because I wanted another fantasy book that I could love reading and virtually be a part of. I found that in this book. Yes, with every fantasy book post-LOTR you are going to find similarities as Tolkien created the high-fantasy genre, but Jordan take's that, and really make's it his own. If anyone has read the Eragon series, there you will find a direct rip-off of LOTR.
|Submitted by Jason S. |
Eye of the World, written by James Oliver Rigney, Jr.—also known as Robert Jordan—is the first of roughly 14 books known collectively as the Wheel of Time series. Wheel of Time is a modern high fantasy saga; and it is quite possibly one of the most epic and extraordinary works of its kind in literary history. The quality of the Wheel of Time series as a whole is certainly comparable to (if it does not surpass) J.R.R. Tolkien’s more popular epic, The Lord of the Rings. It has attracted millions of fans and few real enemies. In fact, it is an extraordinary novel. I would give it an eight out of ten or so, and this is a stretch for a fan attempting to be subjective. The plot is extensive and intricate enough to attract anyone looking for an escape from reality. Having said that, the story itself is not without a few shortcomings. Some of the plot elements could be regarded as outright cliché, and The Lord of the Rings was clearly its predecessor in some respects.