The Eye of the World
Life has been pretty boring for Rand Al'Thor and his friends until a strange young woman arrives. Moraine is a magician with the ability to wield the One Power, and she brings warnings of a terrible evil. That very night, the village is attacked by bloodthirsty Trollocs. As Emond's Field burns, Moraine and her warrior-guardian help Rand and his companions to escape. But it is only the beginning of their troubles.
Reviewed on 13th May 2009
I've read this, the first book in a series of 15 (maybe...!), under pressure. I'm not normally a fan of tolkien-esque fantasy - in fact, I rather quickly gave up on Lord of the Rings on the basis that it was awful. I would have given it 1 star if I was rating it for this website!
However this novel wasn't as bad. Yes, it was fairly slow in places, and sometimes it was hard to see where things were going. There were a couple of things that popped up halfway that I wondered why they couldn't have been told it earlier.
The storyline is complete by the end of the novel, however there are clearly a number of places to go later on, and a number of unresolved plotlines to follow up on. The characters are all very different people, each with their own skills, quirks and personalities, although some seem (so far) to be unnecessary to the storyline.
Overall, I'm not convinced that it deserves the raving that I've been surrounded by, but I suspect I will read the second book.