The Eye of the World (Wheel of Time: Book 1) was published six months before I was born. For being thirty years old, it sure has aged well.
Why I liked it: Eye of the World is full of all of the fantasy tropes you hope for, no frills. The Chosen One; The Dark Lord; an epic, pseudo-European world with details spanning from huge to minuscule. It’s truly an homage to the genre’s origins.
Why else I liked it: Unlike the origins of the genres, Robert Jordan didn’t write his female characters as second class citizens in the world he created. And while the genre has come a long way since 1990 when Eye of the World was published, a lot has to be said for Jordan’s ability to write a diverse cast of characters.
Why I didn’t Like It: Two main reasons. 1) It was slow as hell in some places. 2) At times I felt the language was quite clunky. While this wasn’t a huge issue, there were many places where I had to re-read a few times figure out who was saying what to who and what the hell they were saying to begin with. It’s probably more of a me-problem.
Should you read it?
Hell yea. If you want to.