This is a great book, just as you would expect from the pen of Robert Jordan. It tells the tale of how two of the characters that play such a vital ro..Show More »le in subsequent adventures first met. Although an excellent and compelling read, I would say that it is not necessary to read this book before embarking on the rest of the series. Rather, it is a book to read for interest: it does not add anything to the overall story line of the series. In fact, I would read this book after reading book 1 and not before.
5 well deserved stars from me for this book - part one of the Wheel of Time series.
After listening to the preview a few times I very ne..Show More »arly didn't bother to buy this book. I thought the narrators voice would grate on my nerves and stop me from enjoying the book.
I was attracted by the length of the story, thinking that over 29 hours of 'read' time would keep me occupied for quite some time. Also the number of books available in the series on Audible means I'll not be short of a book to read for quite some time!
I was quickly absorbed by the story and forgot the narrators American accent, although it was a bit of a 'jolt' when a female narrator cut in part way through the book! (Although she only reads a few chapters here and there before the male narrator returns)
The 29 hours passed too quickly and I'm eager to 'read' the second book in the series.
The Eye Of The World reminds me of the Lord of the Rings in lots of ways, strange names, battles, good against evil, a quest, all well told, well described and very enjoyable.
A very good read which I'll probably return to in the fullness of time.
The Great Hunt takes up the reigns where the Eye Of The World leaves off, absorbing me into it's story and once again leaving me eager for more..Show More »!
A story in it's own right, you could probably jump into this book without reading the first - but what a waste that would be!
Think 'Lord of the Rings' and you'll have an idea of the sort of book this is. Full of rich detail, complex, interesting, and exciting. The plot seems to twist and turn and unlike other books I've read the ending isn't transparent from the start.
This is the shortest of the volumes so far, but has a very fast pace, unlike some of the later books. It is a journey, and building upon existing char..Show More »acters, while beginning to introduce a few more side characters, including Aes Sedai, and some new major characters too. Culminating in one of the best battles in the series (until Book 11 - Knife of Dreams, chapter 18), as the Dragon tries to seize the Stone of Tear, and we are introduced to the People of the Dragon - the awesome Aiel from the baked, arid wastes beyond the Dragon Wall. The battle of wills and of the one power shakes the STone to it's core as the Dragon attempts to put Forsaken in their places - well until the mistress of the night intervenes... well, you have to listen to find out now, don't you! Best series ever!!
So Rand has taken Callandor. Forsaken are falling, and Lanfear has staked a claim on Lews Therin in his sheppard costume of this age. In book 3 we wer..Show More »e introduced to Aiel, and suddenly they are a key component to Rand's victory at Tear and at what cost? Rand must find answers, and although Tear outlaws channeling and anything to do with channelling, oddly it is their store of angreal that provides answers (albeit cryptic for now), and Mat Cauthon starts to come into his own here too.
Had book 1's journey been written with such focus and intent as this book, it would easily have been five stars and a brilliant novel in its own right. The story is clearly, firmly lodged in Jordan's mind and one can't help but imagine him over a computer or typewriter furiously churning out this brilliant continuation as it develops in his mind.
This book answers such questions as Who is Rand? What do the Aiel have to do with anything? Who are the forsaken, really? What roles do Mat and Perrin play in Rand's journey? And on Kate Redding's side, Nynaeve al'Meara, Elaine Trakand, and Egwene al'Vere really start to develop as they head to Tanchico opening up the world to the reader from the Aiel waste in the east right across to the west, in search of the black sisters that Siuan Sanche set them to hunt.
Just for the history presented in this book alone as exposition makes it 5 stars! Brilliant in every way, and the beginning of the development of Mat as a battle leader is handled beautifully!
I have read all the Wheel of Time novels before (more than once), but with the last book on its way, it was time to update myself on the story. This ..Show More »was made so much easier by plugging into audible. My family found it quite annoying as I spent so much time listening, but not to them.
I loved the double narration which divided the story into its male and female halves. And Robert Jordan's story, which I have been following since 1996, is an absolute winner. Love it!
I love the wheel of time series - love something BIG I can really lose myself in - and I love the readers too BUT!
(It's a big BUT that need..Show More »s it's own paragraph!). WHy oh Why oh Why can Kate and Michael not AGREE on how they will pronounce people's names and then STICK to it?!!! I can just about live with Kate's "Mwahrain" as opposed to Michael's "Mohrain" but what I don't like is when Kate spends 5 books saying "MogaDEEN" and then suddenly switches to "MogIDION" now in book 6 making me start and feel irritated every time. I can just imagine Kate going "Mogadeen, Mogidion, whatever!" but really Kate, when you've been given such a big contract you really could pay more attention to detail. Not only could, I would go so far as to say, must. Let's hope my words sink in.
Although many new and exciting developments happen in this book, the key progression of the story takes place in Ebou Dar as Nynaeve al'Meara and Elai..Show More »ne Trakand search for the bowl of the winds, a new Ter'angreal that should help change weather (see book 8 to find out if it succeeds!).
The introduction of Cadsuane also adds to Rand's disgruntlement, and gives much stock into the history of Aes-Sedai, though the discovery of women who can channel in Ebou Dar also lends weight to Aes-Sedai history.
This book is full of excitement, like the others, but in many ways it is expositional, setting up things for the final swing through the remaining books to Tarmon Gai'Don. A fine step through the world of The Wheel of Time, and thoroughly gripping as with the others.
Lastly, Matt Cauthon again gets some great scenes, and really fleshes out as a character in this book, setting him and Perrin up for the rest of the books where they both become Rand's right and left hands.
From this book on, it gets even more exciting! But from book 11, Robert Jordan's final completed and published volume in the series, the Jordan-Sanderson team do a fine job tying it all together. Bring on Volume 12, Tor and Harriett! ;)
I haven't been driven to write a review of the series before this book, having read all of them up to book 12 years ago my memories of them were good,..Show More » but oh...this one was just hard work. I am sick of the 'bulging' eyes, and worst of all, 'gaping' expressions. I have committed to listening to all the books, mainly because it's a good tale, and I like the central characters, but there's another reason...this was Robert Jordan's life work and I was so upset that he died before it was completed, I found that poignant, however, were he still alive and writing, I would be sending him a Thesaurus, and an editor to cut out all the stuff that isn't gripping. So glad I've finished this book.
Am loving the series - despite starting to lose track of all the characters (there seem to be new ones added each novel) and becoming slightly bored ..Show More »with the use of the word "woolhead". Unfortunately this recording is not so good - there are numerous occassions where lines are repeated and although one accepts the odd error, there are just too many in this book. One wonders why in this digital age they can't simply edit it out? Audible?
The worst in the series so far. Little bits of excitement, but they are few and far between - and just too many random characters who I have no real ..Show More »intersest in...... The reviews say book 11 is better, so I will press on, but really this one was a waste of a credit.
From listening to the interview with Brandon Sanderson which is included with books 12-14 (assuming 14 as not out until April, I understand), it is ap..Show More »parent that before the Lengend Robert Jordan passed away, he had written much (as much as 2100+ pages) on the final installment of this wonderful saga. So how much does Brandon put into this? The fact that it is actually difficult to figure out is, in my mind, a testament to Sanderson's ability, and I believe he deserves accolade for his work here and with book 13 at least. If you are out there, Brandon, high-five!
This book really takes the saga to new levels, as Rand struggles with Lews Therin for posession of his body and mind. The shining, personal battle at the end of the book, marks the beginning of Tarmon Gai'don, and as we progress through book 13, the pace really picks up. Not to take away from this book, however, as the storylines meld and Perrin Aybara, Goldeneyes, Lord of the Two Rivers really pulls his character to new levels, reaching to lofty heights, as he must, to stand beside Rand at the last battle. Having read this book once (I read each before listening), and listened to 3 times now, I will listen once more before book 14 is released. If you were to only read 3 books in the series, I would say 11, 12 and 13 are the ones you should choose, though of course that's just nonsense as you need context! ;) Listen to them all! Brilliant with a capital B.
As a side note, I am reading George RR Martin on the side, and I am finding it very exciting, having already watched the first book in series format on TV, A Game of Thrones. Like finishing with a girlfriend or boyfriend who was like no other, and you compare everyone in the future to them... that is how I am with every book since Wheel of Time. Does Game of Thrones compare to this? Surely, in many ways, not least of which excellent POV handling. And Kate Redding and Michael Kramer as male or female POVs on the audio works better than any other audiobook!!
As I listened to this book, and look forward to reading thepages of the printed version, I am reminded of Elaida in her stately office high atop the W..Show More »hite Tower, overseeing her estranged developments. Lofty is the series of Wheel of Time, and this book is by far no disappointment. When I finally reached book 10 back in 2003 after my first reading of the series, I felt that my my world was less real, and like I was dreaming - only awake in Andor or one of the other kingdoms in WoT universe. I knew book 11 was coming, and couldn't wait. Then Mr. Jordon was taken from us with misfortune and my heart sank! How can we find out what will happen next? Who could spin this tale as masterfully as RJ? Well, you should know the answer to that if you're thinking on this book! I wouldn't recommend it read on it's own... you need to put it in context, though supposedly it should be okay stood on it's own.
Right, what's it about? The beginning is as many fo the other books, setting scenes and building threads to the unfoldings tory lines. Though I feel the prologue section was not as exciting as previous volumes in this series. The build up in the book towards Tai-mon Gaidon is fantastic, though, and the lead on from Egwene's new leadership in The now mended White Tower reads (or listens!) flawlessly. The build up of Perrin's leadership is also handled well, as he finally accepts his role of General elect, and come's face to face with past demons in corssing paths with the Whitecloaks. Mat's forray into the realm of Snakes and Fox's plays out well, and we finally get to find out what giving up half the light of the world to save the world means! Okay, I kinda guessed, but it was still very exciting! ;)
And as Rand becomes Lews Therrin, more and more, you read thinking why doesn't Tar-Mon Gaidon start already?!? But then you realise, it already has! And it is a battle that has raged since time began. I can't wait to see how Alludra's Dragons eat up trollocs on the front lines!!