The Eye of the World

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The Eye of the World (abbreviated as tEotW or EotW by fans) is the first book of The Wheel of Time (WoT) fantasy series written by American author Robert Jordan. It was published by Tor Books and released on January 15, 1990. The unabridged audio book is read by Michael Kramer and Kate Reading. Upon first publication, The Eye of the World consisted of one prologue and 53 chapters, with an additional prologue authored upon re-release.

On January 2, 2002, The Eye of the World was re-released as two separate books aimed at a young adult literature market, with larger text and a handful of illustrations. These were From the Two Rivers and To the Blight. The former included an additional prologue entitled "Ravens", focusing on Egwene al'Vere. The American Library Association put The Eye of the World on its 2003 list of Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults.[1]

There is a film adaptation tentatively scheduled for release in 2011.[2]


Plot summary

The Eye of the World revolves around the lives of a group of young people from Emond's Field in The Two Rivers district - Rand al'Thor, Matrim (Mat) Cauthon, Perrin Aybara, Egwene al'Vere and Nynaeve al'Meara.

Emond's Field is unexpectedly attacked by Dark forces - bestial Trollocs and a Myrddraal who seem to specifically target Rand, Mat and Perrin. Hoping to save their village from further attacks, the young men and Egwene flee the village accompanied by an Aes Sedai named Moiraine Damodred, her Warder Al'Lan Mandragoran and a Gleeman Thom Merrilin. They are later joined by a Peddler Padan Fain and Nynaeve al'Meara, the Wisdom of Emond's Field.

Pursued by ever-increasing number of Trollocs and Myrddraal, the travellers are forced to take refuge in the abandoned city of Shadar Logoth, a place even the dark forces are reluctant to enter because of the evil Mashadar that resides there. While escaping the city the travelers are separated.

Rand, Mat and Thom make their way by boat to Whitebridge where Merrilin is injured while allowing Rand and Mat to escape a Myrddraal. In Caemlyn Rand befriends an Ogier named Loial. While exploring the city and trying to catch a glimpse of the recently captured False Dragon, Rand falls into the palace gardens. Once there he meets Elayne Trakand, heir apparent to the throne of Andor and her brothers Gawyn and Galad Damodred. Rand is taken before Queen Morgase and her Aes Sedai advisor, Elaida who foretells that Rand is dangerous. Queen Morgase, however, decides to let Rand go free.

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