Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Book Review: The Eye Of The World (Wheel Of Time Book 1)

The Wheel Of Time turns and Ages come and go, leaving memories that become legend.Legend fades to myth and even myth is long forgotten when the Age that gave it birth returns again.

In the Third Age, an Age of Prophecy, the World and Time themselves hang in the balance.

But one truth yet remains, and what mortal men forget, the Aes Sedai do not...

What was, what will be, and what is, may yet fall under the Shadow.

Eye Of The World ( Wheel of Time #1) by Robert Jordan

UK:Published by Orbit, new edition ( 12 Dec 1991), 814 pages
US:Published by Tor Fantasy, 1 edition (15 Nov 1990), 832 pages
Also there is a limited hardback edition published by Orbit ( 3 Nov 2011),688 pages

Hello to all of you who read our blog and Happy New Year!This is my first post after a long long time.My name is George (probably you know me as Filios, that's how all here call me) and i will try through my posts to share things with you and give you new ideas about books, movies and blah blah blah blah... ok enough with that.On to the review.

Well this is it.The first book of the Wheel Of Time series or simple WOT.To be honest until last year i didn't know about the series.Until one of my favorite bands Blind Guardian released their album At The Edge Of Time in which there was a song called Wheel Of Time and guess what... the song was inspired by the book series.It is an EPIC, fast song, with good lyrics and some great Eastern melodies.Well i was motivated by the song to buy the first book and start the series!And here i am currently reading the book 7, The Crown Of Swords.Now lets talk about the book.

The book starts with a prologue called Dragonmount.In my opinion is one of the best prologues i have ever read, but there is a detail, not negative though.You can't understand it.It's purpose is to introduce you to the events that started everything you are about to read.By book 3 or even book 2 you will understand it perfectly (and then you will understand how brilliant this prologue is) and it plays a key role in the next books.It is the best beginning of a great book and a stunning and brutal scene which also introduce us to a great talent that Jordan has for which i will talk later.

So first chapter and the book transfers us to a little and peaceful village called Emond's Field and we meet with it's inhabitants.Particularly we will meet our 3 young heroes Rand al'Thor, Perrin Aybara and Matrim Cauthon.The village is about to be attacked by some huge and savage monsters called Trollocs and the adventure begins!

The book is fast paced almost breathtaking i can say and it hooks you from the beginning!Jordan is a great and talented writter and you can see it from many things!The world he is building is as real as our world with many details and a great history which is building slowly in all of his books and you will get to learn a lot of things about it in this book.Also he gives detailed descriptions about the clothing of the characters,how the eat how they behave,about the places they visit, you get so many details that you can form the pictures exactly in your mind which is something great!Many maybe would find this annoying but personally i like it.Of course we have a lot of character growth.We get to see how the characters thinking,how they change through the book and how that is affecting them and their adventures.You gonna like some and hate others,and empathize with them.The best thing about them is that they are so real, their emotions,their thoughts,everything about them.Last but not least is the foreshadowing that Jordan does!It's impossible to figure out what is gonna happen in the next chapters or at the end of the book

One of the talents which Jordan has and mentioned it earlier is that in the book you start knowing nothing, and you are hearing about places,events,characters,races of people, or stories that you know nothing about them in the beginning and slowly as the book progresses learn about them.In my opinion this is a great thing for a writer to do.It totally hooks you, making you want to go to the next page,to read more.

Of course maybe the best thing about the book is it's ending!Slowly the book through it's events is building to a great climax which leaves you wanting more,answering some questions you had but also leaves you with new questions, more than before.

To summarize The Eye Of The World is a brilliant start to a great fantasy series which introduce you to a battle between Evil and Good,between the Shadow and the Light.I didn't want to give you details about it because i don't want to spoil it for you and it is not the meaning of this review to tell you the story of the series or of the book!It is a MUST read for everyone who loves the fantasy genre.


  1. Did you came here to shadow us with your awesome book reviews?:p I'm kidding...

    Great review, and you actually for first time you made my understand more and even think about starting those series. Haha!

  2. 1st of all, you should NOT sign as George Filios...its Filios..PERIOD!!!
    2nd, you just had one post, so lets just consider this a first post not "after a long time".

    Ok kidding aside, its a nice review man! But, you have to watch the comas. Some of your sentences were long and needed a coma.

    Now you almost got me curious about the series

  3. Hey!! I call you George....And I said, I'm gonna buy the series, you didn't have to post in the blog to pursuade me....

  4. I love this book. I finished up the third book in the series recently. I can't wait to read the rest.

  5. @Yiota hahaha that is really nice!another one who's gonna start WOT!!:D

    @Johnny well i think that i added a fair amount of comas, but i think i should have added a few more, so i would have that in mind for the future!

    @Nina Busted!The post was made especially for you to be tempted by it to start the series!!:P

    @Kathy oh yeah The Dragon Reborn was an amazing book!I think the best of it was the fact that you see all events by the point of view of the other characters of the book and not from Rand's.Also you can see how people are affecting by Rand's presence!

  6. Just read the Temple Wars Novel on Ganesha! The story is well told through a parallel protagonist Tarun who helps Ganesha retrieve his objects from the spirit world. It's a page-turner that will have you wanting more. You guys should check it out! Temple Wars


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