Book Review of The Eye of the World.It has been a long time since I last read a Wheel of Time book, but this re-read of the first book soon reminded me why I’m addicted to the series despite some of my grievances.
Each book starts off slowly with me wishing that Robert Jordan would get on with the story and spare me some of the details in the telling. However before I know it, I find myself immersed in the world of the Wheel of Time and not wanting to stop reading. Hooked by the numerous twists and turns of the story as well as being amazed that I’m able to keep up despite the large number of characters.
And this re-read is even better since with the benefit of “foresight”, I’m able to understand the significance of those “pesky” little details more. First off, there’s the realization that Jordan actually left plenty of clues sprinkled throughout The Eye of the World to indicate who the Dark One is really after. Of course I completely missed it the first time I read the book but now it seems pretty obvious to me. Then, there’s the groundwork he lays for the subsequent books. None of which I would have realized prior to reading those books. Sometimes it almost felt as if I was reading the story the first time round.
I’m definitely looking forward to see what I missed in the next books of the series.
My conclusions :
- Would I re-read the book ? Definitely.
- Would I want to read the next book in the series ? Yes.
- Would I want to own my personal copy if I didn’t already own it ? Yes.
- Who would I recommend this too? All fantasy readers.
- For those looking to read the book, would I recommend buying or borrowing the book? Buy it. The series is a keeper.