Title: The Eye of the World
Author: Robert Jordan
Series: The Wheel of Time #1
Narrators: Michael Kramer, Kate Reading
Length: 30 hours (753 pages)
Publisher: Tor Books; Books on Tape
Release Date: January 15, 1990
Source: paperback from personal collection; audiobook from library
Recommended for fans of: epic fantasy, Game of Thrones, Lord of the Rings
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. In the Third Age, an Age of Prophecy, the World and Time themselves hang in the balance. What was, what will be, and what is, may yet fall under the Shadow.
When The Two Rivers is attacked by Trollocs—a savage tribe of half-men, half-beasts— five villagers flee that night into a world they barely imagined, with new dangers waiting in the shadows and in the light.
As the first book in an epic 14-book fantasy series, this story is understandably a bit slow as it sets up the world, its history, characters, and magic system. This is a classic adventure tale of good versus evil. Even though the plot was slow-moving, it was easy to become engrossed in this story. The characters are very likable, and I enjoyed watching their growth.
I alternated between the paperback and audiobook to help me stay on pace for a buddy read. The narrators did a great job on the audiobook, but I had an easier time processing the story when I read versus listened to it. Going forward with the series, I expect to stick to a combination of audio and ebooks, but mostly audio since there are so many giant books.
This was worth the read, and I look forward to continuing this series and learning more about this world and its characters!