First Impression Friday: “The Eye of the World” by Robert Jordan

Welcome back to First Impression Fridays, the day of the week where I set aside a small bit of time to talk about the book I am currently reading for the first time, started by Story of Storeys.

This week, we’re going to jump head-first into The Eye of the World, the first book in Robert Jordan’s massive fantasy series, The Wheel of Time. I’ve been told to start this one for several months now, and finally decided that I would take the time this summer to do so.

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.

The Eye of the World (The Wheel of Time, #1)So all I originally had to go on was this: the darkness is coming back and three farm hands are roped into it. That’s all my boyfriend would tell me. I thought maybe the back of the book would be helpful, but nope. In fact, none of his copies have a blurb on the back, just the same thing over and over. Sigh.

Anyway. I found it very hard to get into the book in the opening pages. In fact, one of my coworkers saw me reading it at lunch and mentioned that he gave up about 40 minutes or so into the audio version because it couldn’t hold his interest. And I will admit, I struggled through those opening pages hard. But once the Trollocs (think the Orcs of this world) show up at Rand’s farm, it starts to pick up steam. And so far, that steam hasn’t stopped.

I see this book held up (usually alongside Tolkien’s works) as the Pinnacle of Fantasy ™ so I’m looking forward to seeing what this series holds for me. I’m interested, I’m intrigued, and I’m hoping for at least a four-star read out of this.

Have you read any of the Wheel of Time books? Do your copies have summaries on the back? Let me know in the comments!

And as always, keep reading.

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