A Great Read for Fans of Epic Fantasy
While The Wheel of Time Series as a whole definitely has its flaws, with several books having frustratingly little plot progression, the first books in series are still very compelling and captivating reads. When originally published in 1990, there was little in the fantasy genre that compared with it in sheer scope and scale, and Eye of the World, (along with Tad Williams' Memory, Sorrow and Thorn Trilogy before it) greatly redefined the Epic Fantasy genre,. The series paved the way for other massive Epic Fantasy Series, like Robin Hobb's original Farseer Trilogy, GRRM's Song of Ice and Fire, Steven Erikson's Malazan Series, Rothfuss' Kingkiller Chronicle and Sanderson's Way of Kings. In that sense, Eye of the World is very much a landmark in the genre.
It's also a fantastic read in it's own right. It well-written, has very well-developed, (mostly) likable characters, with strong male and female protagonists. In this first book, the plot also moves quickly, often in unpredictable ways. The world Jordan builds is broad in scope and has a rich history, with a gradual introduction to it throughout the book. He also creates a well-defined magic system something rarely seen in fantasy novels before it. Even 25+ years later it's still one of the best epic fantasy novels written in the last 50 years, and well worth a read for any true fan of fantasy.Read full review
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