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PDF ☆ BOOK The Eye of the World FREE ✓ ROBERT JORDAN ☆ The Wheel of Time turns and Ages come and pass What was what will be and what is may yet fall under the Shadow Let the Dragon ride again on the winds of timeShadow Let the Dragon ride again on the winds of tim And the Shadow fell upon the land and the world was riven stone from stone The oceans fled and the mountains were swallowed up and the nations were scattered to the eight corners of the World The moon was as blood and the sun was as ashes The seas boiled and the living envied the dead All was shattered and all but memory lost and one memory above all others of him who brought the Shadow and the Breaking of the World And him they named Dragon And it came to pass in those days as it had come before and would come again that the Dark lay heavy on the land and weighed down the hearts of men and the green things failed and hope died And men cried out to the Creator saying O Light of the Heavens Light of the World let the Promised One be born of the mountain according to the prophecies as he was in ages past and will be in ages to come Let the Prince of the Morning sing to the land that green things will grow and the valleys give forth lambs Let the arm of the Lord of the Dawn shelter us from the Dark and the great sword of justice defend us Let the Dragon ride again on the winds of timeI have read a lot of books throughout my mere twenty years of life Some deeply fascinating others not so much And every once in a while I am able to lay my eyes on something truly extraordinary One of those is definitely The Eye of the World by Robert JordanThis is not a book turning fantasy literature on its head or even providing the genre with major changes When reading it I was uite easily able to find strong similarities with lots of previous works of fantasy and science fiction including The Lord of the Rings Dune and Shannara It is not among the most innovative books I have read It is not among the most exciting books I have read It is however a stunning work of pure uality which deserves to be read by all fantasy enthusiasts out thereI do not intend to write in great lengths about the story and the characters in this review and I feel that I have already mentioned what needs to be mentioned Most of you have already read this book Those who have not should really take the time and effort to do so It is absolutely worth itWhen I had read books in the series it had grown and in my estimate Even at that early stage this was definitely one of my favourite fantasy series ever And definitely the best example of fantasy worldbuilding since Tolkien At that point I was starting to wonder whether I actually considered it better than even my beloved A Song of Ice and Fire but only time would tell thereAfter two years of reading the longest I have ever spent on one single story I have reached the end And because of my never ending obsession with favourites I can finally make the official statement Wheel of Time is my favourite fantasy series of all time That still means it is surpassed by Tolkien's works which do not make up a series but this is just about the highest praise I can giveIt has its boring parts just as it has its brilliant parts It has endless descriptions of brain tugging and Jordan's ridiculously annoying battle of the sexes It has the worst protagonists I have ever met in fictional literature And so much But I don't careBecause it also has the most magnificent setting you could possibly imagine It has brilliant characters wondrous and fantastic places and deep and thrilling backstories wherever you turn Not to even mention Robert Jordan's astounding writingThe best part about Wheel of Time is that it gives me a feeling only one book has been able to give me before One It should be needless to name that one but this is definitely high praise coming from meSo treat this series like an exuisite wine Save it for the perfect occasion and then savour every drop It can be a challenge to get through but it is definitely worth itThis is in my eyes fantasy as it should be written 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 comes againNote Review updated and expanded 332016 Wheel of Time reviews#1 The Eye of the World #2 The Great Hunt #3 The Dragon Reborn #4 The Shadow Rising #5 The Fires of Heaven #6 Lord of Chaos #7 A Crown of Swords #8 The Path of Daggers #9 Winter's Heart #10 Crossroads of Twilight #11 Knife of Dreams #12 The Gathering Storm #13 Towers of Midnight #14 A Memory of Light

Robert Jordan ↠ The Eye of the World BOOK

Was what will be and what is may yet fall under the Robert Jordan copied Tolkien but I just don’t care What I mean is that his writing shouldn’t be judged on this single fact Yes Jordan has borrowed aspects of Tolkien’s middle earth; yes he has blatantly reworked many aspects but he has also infused it with a few of his own original ideas The result is a fantasy universe that resembles Tolkien’s and in some ways transcends it Not completely original but completely brilliant I found that Jordan’s world wasn’t as obvious as Tolkien’s It is not a blatant light verses dark mission There are characters that are evidently pure but there are also those whose motives are not entirely clear Well at least not in the beginning Don’t get me wrong I do of course prefer Tolkien’s writings; however some of the characters in the Wheel of Time are complex and are not entirely obvious in their convictions at the start of the series For example the Gleeman has a very minor part at the start of the book but towards the middle we realise that there is much depth to him He no doubt has a part that will be revealed in later books The same is true of Lan and Moraine because their intentions are veiled at the beginning “She’s not for you nor you for her; at least not in the way you both want”Indeed Moraine and Lan take the boys away from the village Rand Mat and Perrin are forced to go along with them for their own safety They do not know who this mysterious figure is or the inner working of her stoic guard Lan Their so called saviour is an Aes Sedai which are a group that are renowned for doing thing for their own secret motives Their actions may appear benevolent though often there is a hidden reason behind them So it is not entirely clear in the beginning if the boys are being rescued used or a little of both Their rescuers are shunned hated and feared by most people; thus the reader is left to decide whether to judge them on their actions or their reputation A story of growth and perfect fantasy Rand is the dragon reborn; he is essentially the chosen one of this fantasy universe The three boys are unsure which of them is being hunted by the minions of the Dark One but it is clear to the reader and to Rand himself that it is in fact Rand the enemy is after In spite of this each of the boys overcomes a massive personal obstacle Mat is almost lost forever when he takes a dagger of extraordinary evil Perrin conuers his fear and discovers the kin of his soul the wolf Rand begins to accept his destiny and realise that it is completely unavoidable and definitive it has happened before and will happen again “You cannot escape so easily Dragon It is not done between us It will not be done until the end of time”The characters have come a long way in this novel and I do look forward to seeing how far this series will take them Rand is just becoming a man but his youth is very much on the surface I don’t think he is uite ready yet The world is a dangerous place; it is full of warring factions and evil doers; it is full of thieves and backstabbers; it is full of mysterious and blood thirsty creatures that have their own dark desires It is a world full of strange magic that is just waiting to be harnessed For me it is everything I want in high fantasy An inspiration This book is not rich in originality; it is not a pioneer for its genre but what it is is a highly entertaining adventure This may be another story of evil trying to conuer all; it may be a story we have seen many times before and since but it is still incredibly exciting to read The plot is incredibly immersive and is just a pleasure to read I don’t care if this isn’t completely original because I enjoyed it regardless So I’ve spoken a lot about the comparisons with Tolkien but Jordan’s work has also clearly inspired other writers They have used element of his magic system and some of his fantasy ideas Is their writing bad because of this? No it’s not It just means that they took an idea that was good and reworked it for themselves; it means that they like Jordan were amongst the first to reuse an idea before it became too overworked and boring lucky for them really and lucky for us because we get to read great high fantasy than once I enjoyed this book a lot and I promise in my review for the rest of the series not to mention the name Tolkien I just had to get that mighty obstacle out of the way This book reminds why fantasy fiction is and will always remain my favourite genre The Wheel of Time1 Eye of the World An unoriginal five stars 2 The Great Hunt A reluctant three stars3 The Dragon Reborn A well developed four stars4 The Shadow Rising A strong four stars5 The Fires of Heaven A slow two stars “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 comes again In one Age called the Third Age by some an Age yet to come an Age long past a wind rose in the Mountains of Mist The wind was not the beginning There are neither beginnings nor endings to the turning of the Wheel of Time But it was a beginning”

MOBI ê The Eye of the World ↠ Robert Jordan

The Eye of the WorldThe Wheel of Time turns and Ages come and pass What The first series that showed it was possible to do an uninspired rewrite of Tolkien and make a mint was Shannara After that the doors were flung wide and the next to profit off the scheme was was Robert Jordan Of course I'm not suggesting it's bad to take inspiration from older authors all authors do this as Virgil did from Homer and Milton from Virgil and Byron from Milton Tolkien himself drew on the Norse Eddas Welsh myths English fairy tales and Blake's myth makingBut when a skilled author takes inspiration they expand and change what came before combining many influences to produce their own uniue voice and vision Jordan didn't have the knowledge of language history or culture to truly copy Tolkien's style nor was he able to add a uniue spinThe Eye of The World is a accessible version of Tolkien but Tolkien is already a simplified version of the Norse Sagas meaning that Jordan felt a need to dumb down the accessible which doesn't leave his book with much personalityJordan also takes influence from the Sword Sorcery tradition particularly RE Howard Jordan even wrote and published some of his own Conan stories However unlike other authors of rollicking adventure Fantasy like Leiber or Charles Saunders Jordan kept Tolkien's plodding length It is difficult to comprehend how an author could take such a simple familiar story and stretch it out over so many pagesThe hero is an orphan who looks different he gets his father's magic sword he goes on a uest with an old wily mentor gets attacked by evil dark skinned mongoloids from the mysterious East meets the princess by accident becomes embroiled in an ancient prophecy discovers a magic 'force' which controls fate and the plot c c Stop me if you've heard this one before Like a lot of modern fantasy the plot and characters are nothing new If you've seen Star Wars then you know it by heart Every fantasy fan has read this same story again and again from countless authors some apparently on purpose Of course when this old story is told well with slick pacing and vivid characters we can forgive the cliches or even enjoy them freshly recognizing their universal appeal But when an author is simply trotting out an old tired story and doing nothing to make it shine anew then the only appeal it can lay claim to is bland nostalgiaThere's no reason for this sort of repetition a new book should be than just fanfic of an older financially successful book There are countless different influences out there long before Tolkien or Howard ever touched pen to paper many of which can be found in the link at the end of this review so it's disappointing to see authors continually rehashing the same tedious cliches completely unchanged half a century laterJordan's long winded style can't even boast the wealth of meticulous details with which Tolkien filled his pages often to the detriment of his story It's clear that Jordan's trying to build a one of those massively detailed worlds so prevalent in pop fantasy but it's not an interesting original world it's just another generic pseudo Medieval Europe without any of the genuinely interesting bits that made that time period uniue It's just modern characters with modern psychology swinging around magic swords in a Disneyland version of historyIt might not be so bad if the lengthy asides were actually interesting in and of themselves If each little piece was amusing in its own right we might forgive If they gave us some odd bit of defamiliarization that caused us to look at our own modern world in a new way that would be something Instead we get dry lengthy explanations of extraneous facts that we had no reason to be curious about in the first placeSome readers have pointed out that these facts show up in later books of the series which is probably true but then what are they doing in this book? If Mary doesn't appear until book three it is not useful or interesting to stop in the middle of book one and tell us she has blonde hair Facts should not be evenly distributed throughout a series they should be placed in close proximity to scenes that relate to them That way they make sense to the reader and we have a reason to care about them That's the difference between foreshadowing and a word search puzzleIf an author has to stop the story every few paragraphs to explain what's going on then his writing is simply not working The world should be revealed to us through characters through their interactions through small details of verisimilitude that are lovely or interesting on their own and through scenes designed specifically to illustrate a point without losing focus and falling into lengthy digressionsBut Jordan's characters are dull and shallow his dialogue bland and his plot though it possesses many parts lacks twists or turns We are given an unending parade of new characters and lengthy asides which masterfully suck all the drive purpose and life from an otherwise simplistic story At half this length the book would have been merely another two star fantasy rehash At a third the length it might have started to show some pep but Jordan had to stretch out his all to familiar story to doorstop proportionsIn Tolkien the first hundred pages takes place in uaint Hobbiton This prelude prepares us for the rest of the book allowing us to understand the strange world and characters and setting a mood When the action takes us away we find we have formed a certain attachment to the bucolic charm of Hobbiton sickly sweet as it may be Finally when we do depart the world we meet is much grander in comparison In Eye of the World you spend the first hundred and fifty pages in a drab farming community so that when the characters finally leave it will seem like something is happening This is only an illusionSome of Jordan's fans have pointed to the 'Wheel of Time' aspect as his uniue contribution to the genre mixing Eastern philosophy and the idea of eternal recurrence in with his mock feudal world but it's the same thing that ER Eddison was doing in the 1920s and which Michael Moorcock has been exploring and expanding on since the sixties As such I don't see it as some new twist that Jordan has added to fantasy but as another bland rehash of an interesting idea some other author had decades beforeAlso like most fantasy authors Jordan seems to have a problem writing female characters They are either whiny and snotty or emasculating ice ueens They all speak in the exact same voice and the joke in the writing community is that anyone who has met his wife know exactly where every one of his female characters comes from I couldn't count on both hands the fantasy authors who seem to think 'strong woman' means 'insufferable unapologetic shrew' Then again it isn't as if his male characters aren't any interesting or fleshed out even if they do get a flattering depictionI've also been led to understand that later on in the series we get a magical band of lipstick lesbians who 'go straight' when they grow up and meet 'real men' like our heroes plus a bunch of sex fetish weirdness about punishment by naked public spanking But I suppose that if Jordan resembles other genre writers in terms of plot length setting and character he might as well go all the way and throw in some of his own unprocessed sexual hangupsAnd as the series goes on the many problems with pacing plotting and unfocused asides only grow worse If Jordan can't keep everything straight in his opening book how will he possibly deal when the story starts branching out as stories inevitably do? It is hardly surprising that such a tenuous grasp will inevitably slip away as it has for so many other authors in pop fantasy from Martin to Goodkind who start off intending to write a trilogy and end up with ten books each of which takes five years to write and none of which even manage to finish the plot started in book ISo take the plot of Star Wars add the long windedness of Tolkien the piecemeal structure of Howard the cosmology of Moorcock add in a pinch of awkward sexual hangups and you have yet another crap pop fantasy ready to sell a million copies to folks who want nothing than to read the same story over and over as written by a succession of chubby bearded awkward dudes I'm sure a violent breast baring miniseries is already in preproductionUPDATE one might point to the endless repetition in modern literature as a sure sign that there is no God no grand plan and no purpose to the universe A benevolent power would surely spare us the pain of such unending mediocrityHowever if there were some deity and he had a sense of humor then he would allow the uncreative authors to publish to gain fame win awards and rake in the cash until their series piled self indulgently to the length of a minor encyclopedia Then our clownish deity would let the author announce that he is finally approaching The End for real this time only to perish on the cusp Since this is precisely what happened to Jordan I will have to keep an eye out for other signs of this humorous demiurge possibly in the form of leper curing banana peels and hagiographic fright wigsMy Fantasy Book Suggestions