First Book: The Eye of the World

Free Sample: Chapter One

Back Blurb:

Strangers have come to the remote area of the Two Rivers; strangers the likes of which Rand, Mat and Perrin have never seen—a Lady named Moiraine like out of a gleeman’s tale, and her Warder, Lan, and then the gleeman to go with it. Fireworks, a gleeman and a Lady, all in time for Winternight Festival—not even the presence of a dark figure haunting the woods, a figure the wind does not seem to touch, can scare away their excitement.

But then the dark rider returns, bringing with him Trollocs—the monstrous soldiers of the Dark One, a blending of man and animal—and Winternight is torn apart in blood and fire. Only the work of the mysterious and powerful Aes Sedai, Moiraine, pushes back the Shadowspawn onslaught. Worse still, it becomes apparent that the Trolloc attack had a focus—Rand, Mat and Perrin. Not knowing why the Shadow seeks them, Moiraine warns them—they must leave, or the Shadow would return, and next time their village may not be so lucky.

Fleeing the Two Rivers with Shadowspawn hard on their heels, the boys have no choice but to trust Moiraine as they seek the safety of the White Tower in fabled Tar Valon, seat of the Aes Sedai’s power. Yet the Shadow is not to be denied, and soon worse than Trollocs dog their trail. When they learn that the Dark One means to blind the Eye of the World, to slay the Great Serpent and destroy the Wheel of Time itself they realise they cannot run any further. If the Dark One is to be stopped, if the Wheel and time is to be saved, then it must be them to do it. But what can three village boys hope to achieve against the single greatest evil humanity has ever encountered?

The Eye of the World marks the opening blows of humanities last, desperate fight with the god-like Dark One. If they fall, existence falls with them. Yet prophecy is dark, and hopes are slim. Will victory be any better than defeat?

Our Take:

If you want EPIC, stop reading and get book 1, The Eye of the World, right now.  This 14-book, +12,000 page monster with hundreds of named characters truly redefines the word. Reading each of these books as they were published must have been challenging to follow, but reading them in sequence helps keep all of the people, places, and concurrent plotlines very manageable.  The final stretch of books (co-authored by Brandon Sanderson) is very strong and leads to a satisfying conclusion penned directly by Jordan before his untimely death.  Jordan said he knew the very last scene of the series from the beginning, and from how well his world comes together you can believe it.