This is NOT a review of the Wheel of Time books. I suppose you can call it a reaction blog... For it is a collection of my live reactions and thoughts to reading the Wheel of Times series for the first time.
The thoughts were originally shared on Twitter and have now been collected here for everyone's convenience. These are my full reactions from the first Wheel of Times book, with some post-read writerly thoughts at the very end.
To gain better understanding of what this is all about, please refer to this blog.
Spoilers for Wheel of Time book 1: The Eye of the World ahead!
For Your Information: I have avoided ALL spoilers and am going in completely fresh. I have not even read the blurb on the back.
All I know is this:
1. There’s a cool magical woman
2. Some books in the middle drag - just get through them
3. It’ll be an epic journey!
I have waited patiently for the right moment. This is that moment. Help me on my journey as I set out on an epic adventure to - finally - read this series for the first time!
I’m with the people on this one. “Let the Dragon ride again on the winds of time.”
Can I just say - this has the exact epic tone I expected it would have! May that hold true throughout!
Years ago, when the series was not yet done, I picked up “The EYE of the WORLD” and began to read...
I did not get very far. It was a busy era and I did not feel like I had the time to indulge and fully enjoy the series, as it deserved, so I put it down...
But now I’m there, on that very page, again, the farthest away from home I’ve ever been..!
Let the journey begin, for real, now.
I’m pretty sure I knew exactly how Wit Congar's wife was going to look, long before the description came...!
Mat, my lad, voicing my inner thoughts. *fist bump*
And yes, Mat shall now consequently be called Mat my lad until the end of days... or until he earns a new nickname.
Side note - I like Mat already so.... something awful is going to happen to him, right....?
Rand is okay too, but I think he will be fine. He is there to stick around... I think.
By the way, I’m loving that the chapter header images change!
Please tell me that‘s a trend that continues through the series!
So, before launching into chapter 2, I had a brief look at the table of contents to see for how long I can expect to feel safe... I‘ve learnt about the Peddler, the Gleeman and Winternight, but after that... oh Dragon I’m worried..!
Mat is going to be asking this same question of every single person he ever meets, isn’t he...?
May the gods bless him.... May the Light shine on him.... though I don’t think it will...
A raven?? Just one? *suspicious look* but there were two pictured in the header image...
About Morraine’s ring... It looks like the Wheel of Time logo on the front cover. The wheel with the serpent. So that means...
She can spin the wheel of time, can’t she?
Uhh I want to see that!
...whatever it means to spin the wheel of time.
Also, Moiraine talks in the same epic tone as the narrator, and I love it!
She’s gotta be from the fourth age, right? Or earlier?
This is me assuming that the prologue happens before the rest of the story, when really it could be after...
Matt my lad - something tells me this is a very wise decision!
I wouldn't use it either.
Or... alternatively: It was going to be the last one...
I’m thinking that things are not going to go that smoothly!
Oh Rand.... I think you’ll be forced to re-examine that statement very soon....
Why is it only the young lads of Two River who see this black-coated rider? Three of them now....
Let’s see how many more the Gleeman chapter can conjure forth.
Also, with his height, and especially his grey eyes, how has Rand not yet reached the conclusion that there’s something more to his existence than a simple lad from Two Rivers....? I know is mother is an outlander (ha!), but still...
I already like Thom Merrilin the Gleeman!
Moiraine really doesn’t like being called Lady!
And can we please have more of her? And find out what the real price will be of the silver coins she handed the lads...??
Yes, as I said earlier, it's weird that only the young lads can see the man. And two more young lads now..... something bad is coming.
Please don’t let them get eaten, or worse...
Are you sure about this Rand...?
Because let me tell you, I do not have much faith in that statement....
In these crazy times, here is a very relevant quote from Tam:
“Just this, lad. People don’t always think or behave the way you might believe they would.”
Oh no.... something tells me locking the doors is not going to be nearly enough!
Oh no oh no oh no, it’s worse!!
Much worse! Make it stop! shoo shoo, go away, Trollocs!
And here I fall into the trap I always fall into.
Have a terrible character. Have them do terrible things, but give them a cute voice or speech pattern and make them refer to themselves in third person, and I’ll adore them in an instant....
I’ve reached page 80 - chapter 6, and things have just stated going awfully wrong, Trollocs and all!
I thought I was going to be safe until the next chapter....
I was wrong... I was terribly wrong.
There is no Light here.
Just one more chapter before bedtime....!
Oh Rand. So you can dream of adventures, but for your sweetheart, Egwene, to dream of maybe going to the next town to pursue what she’s good at, that’s where you set the limit....?
Even so, Rand is growing on me. He is a solid lad.
And he reads books! Solid lad for sure.
The poor lad is also getting answers about the secret of his birth before knowing to ask any questions.
Considering where I left off, I think the title to this chapter “Out Of the Woods” is going to prove to be quite literal with Rand physically being out of the woods...
Cause I don’t think his father is easily going to be healed...
Damn, I knew it. Now even the Wisdom won’t help.
Maybe... if you bring him to Moiraine though! I swear she has some magic in her, and I’m really dying to see more of her, so please, Rand!
Boy. Why would the mayor know how to help?
Oh but wait - the mayor owns the inn, yes?
Oh yes, good thinking Rand, take your father there! Go see Moiraine!
Oh yes! I knew it! Finally more Moiraine!
But oh Rand.... if this works, and maybe even if it doesn’t, the price is going to be steep.More than you can pay with the silver coin she gave you.
Moiraine is an Aes Sedai, and from this description, I'm wondering: are all Aes Sedai female, then?
And what exactly does that term mean? Are they trained in something specific? Why does Rand think them all evil? All questions that shall be answered, I trust.
A very strange thing happened.
I got what I wanted. I got more Moiraine. We got closer to her, but her speech dropped its epic tone.
And the closer I get to Moiraine, the more I instead find myself intrigued by Lan.
Mayhaps this will change in upcoming chapters and I’ll be more drawn to Moiraine again, as I initially was. It’s almost like she lost some of her mythic status for me when I got closer to her as a reader.
Oh oh and Mat my lad is apparently still alive! But I’ll trust it when I see it.
I’m excited about them all heading out of Two Rivers.
I live in a tiny village, and I only spent 8 chapters in Two Rivers, but even for my tastes it was starting to get a bit cramped in there.
I have seen the map at the front. I know there's a whole world out there to explore.
I wonder what the Dark One could possibly fear so much from 3 young lads born within a few weeks of each other.... unwashed armpits? Stinky breath?
What is the mysterious weakness of this mysterious figure?
I’m thinking... It’s either going to be some oracle stuff. A powerful magician or Seer made a premonition about the end of the dark one.
The moon infringed upon the second star to the right...? So the one to defeat you is in that village born in one of these weeks...? So, either way: Oracle stuff.
Wait a second.... unless...
Is Rand the son of the Dark One...?
Clearly Rand’s existence threatens the Dark One.... but the Halfling wants to talk to him, not to kill. Maybe it’s a classic villain move, thinking he can sway Rand with some “I am your father” talk.
Cause that always works.
I am genuinely intrigued.
What’s going on? Why were the Trollocs sent in like that? To what end?
I suppose there is only one way to find out: let the reading continue!
Uh uh! I’ve seen this chapter header image before! That was the chapter about the Peddler. I still can’t figure out what it’s supposed to look like.
A horn? A shell? Long eyelashes in a tear drop? Time will tell.
It’s time to spin the wheel *cough* turn the page.
So... chapter 9 started with a 7 page dream sequence.... that one was rough for me, not going to lie. I trust it’ll be important by the end and I’ll see that white tower, but 7 pages felt like an awful long time.
But then we got visual confirmation that Mat my lad is alive! And he is an archer...? I’m an archer so I like that. Especially because I was a little (ed: very) sad that Rand’s bow was broken beyond repair...
Mat being an archer might work against him when it comes to my favour though.... I know too much about archery and I get annoyed when characters have magical good skills without practicing.
So, stakes are high Mat my lad. Don’t disappoint me.
I am also SO relieved that Tam woke up before they had to leave! Yes! Let Rand get that proper talk and goodbye!
Because, while he might comeback, some day, eventually, he will be different by then.
That’s what adventures do to us.
Yes!! Finally a character in a book says it!!
Every time I read in a book that someone wants the exact account, exactly as it was told of them, I go: I wouldn’t be able to deliver that.... and that is why I could never be a fictional character.
As soon as Mat told Rand that there were “strangers” in town, we all knew this was how it was going to end...
Not exactly a poster-worthy ad for people to move to thee countryside.
I swear it’s nice out here though.
“WE’LL BURN YOU OUT!”
Oh and Moiraine regained the epic tone to her speech. So right now I’m on the fence about what to think about her, but she is on the up again.
I’m at chapter 10, 136 pages in and so far I’ve only had Rand and the Dragon as point of view characters. I expect that to change sometime soon. Maybe not for a while but b