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Wheel of Time 1: The Eye of the World

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!

Let's begin.

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!

Confession time:

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.