The Eye of the World by Robert Jordan

“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.

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”

The Eye of the World, perhaps one of the most epic fantasy novels ever written. Robert Jordan creates a world where his characters come to life, and you alone are immediately immersed into this new fantasy world.

As is every traditional fantasy novel, the characters are split into the ‘goodies’, ‘baddies’ and evildoers that wish to conquer the world. The novel begins with three village boys from Two Rivers who find out they are destined to defeat evil. Henceforth, they set out on a heroic quest. Does this sound familiar?

The Eye of the World has always been compared with The Lord of the Rings. Robert Jordan has even stated himself that he wanted to bring a familiar essence from Lord of the Rings to his novels. When reading the novel, there are quite a few similarities between the two; especially in the early chapters. The Two Rivers can, without doubt, can be compared to the Shire. Moiraine (the Aes Sedai) verses Gandalf the Grey. I will not judge which novel is better. Both novels are clearly epic and deserve their own amounts of fame. All I can say is that J.R.R. Tolkien certainly inspired a lot of writers.

“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 time.” Prologue

Without doubt, The Eye of the World is the start of a classic epic tale between good and evil. It is an excellent start from Jordan. It definitely sways you on, to read the rest of The Wheel of Time series. The Eye of the World is undeniably one my favourite fantasy novels. If you are looking to read a novel series, I would definitely recommend The Eye of the World by Robert Jordan.

“The Wheel weaves as the Wheel wills. No eye can see the Pattern until it is woven.”
Moiraine

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