Sunday, November 22, 2009

The Eye of the World by Robert Jordan

Title: The Eye of the World (Wheel of Time Series)
Author: Robert Jordan
Reviewer: Karen
Genre: Fantasy
Rating: Love
Alerts/Warnings: Violence
Premise: In the Third Age, an age of prophecy when the world and time themselves hang in the balance, the Dark One, imprisoned by the Creator, is stirring in Shayol Ghul. (King County Library System)
Opinions: My husband introduced me to the Wheel of Time series as soon as we were married as we took turns reading allowed to each other. There is so much to discuss about this book and its series that is daunting to try and sum it up into one or two paragraphs. The books may at first seem daunting, but once you become immersed in their world, it is hard to not want to know more. I was fascinated by Robert Jordan's world and characters - especially his strong female characters such as Moiraine the Aes Sedai who seeks out Rand al'Thor and his friends to determine if one of them might be the Dragon Reborn. I also enjoyed Egwene, the innkeeper's daughter, and Nynaeve, the village Wisdom, and how each characters' journey intertwines one with another. The magic that is learned over the series, both for bad and good, is intriguing and Robert Jordan's descriptions of his Trollocs, Myrddrall, the Forsaken, as well as many others who serve the Dark One, keep the balance of good and evil constantly tugging at one another, keeping the reader wanting more.

I'm impressed at how Mr. Jordan was able to keep all of his characters and locations straight. Even though Mr. Jordan past away a few years ago, his work is being carried out by Brandon Sanderson, who was specifically chosen by Mr. Jordan's wife, Harriet. Book twelve of this series was just released this fall and the final two novels of the series will be released each fall for the next two years.

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