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Eye of the World Read Along Part 1

Eye of the World Read Along

 

Welcome to first part of The Eye of the World read along! This week is hosted over at Dab of Darkness and I’m just playing along with Nrlymrtl’s awesome questions :D. If you’d like to join in, feel free, and the banner above links to the main post for the read along. And remember that because this is a read along post, there will be spoilers for up to Chapter 7.

1) The prologue is a pretty bleak and dark place. Then we enter Two Rivers and meet the young folk, mostly farmers. Do you think these two very different scenes show the bookends of the spectrum we can expect for the book?

It seems likely, though I hope most of the book is more on the Two Rivers end! The prologue gave a good idea of the intensity of the “bigger things” that are going on in the world, but there is only so much of that that a girl can take, haha. I much preferred the peek into the lives of Rand and his friends and the start of the adventures in Two Rivers, though it’s getting pretty dark there too….

2) Overall are you enjoying the level of description and the portent telling (the crow, the black-robed man on horseback, etc.)?

Yes! The description makes Eye of the World feel a bit Tolkien-esque, but hasn’t been too over the top ;-). I am, however, a big fan of portents. I love guessing what they might mean and trying to intuit whether they are good or bad. I find it adds another layer of richness to a story and Eye of the World is living up to my expectations on that front already :D.

3) What do you think the story is for Rand and Egwene up to this point?

Haha, oh those two are so cute. I’m guessing they were childhood sweethearts, but when Rand started getting nervous around girls, he stopped being as obvious in his affection for Egwene, which has obviously caused some confusion between the two. Some of Egwene’s references to how he hasn’t been paying attention to her lately make me suspect that they have a history that just never got fully played out, and Rand obviously doesn’t know what to do about his feelings, poor guy!

4) The story takes a most serious turn once the trollocs attack the al’Thor farmstead. It also raises plenty of questions about Tam’s past. Care to guess on what some of that past is?

Oo, such a good question! I was hoping you’d ask something like this ;-). He must have been a soldier of some kind, since he was in battle in order to come across another soldier. I suspect that he has also traveled and adventured much more than he even told Rand. While I think Rand guessed his father had traveled some, (since wasn’t his mother an outsider?) I would be surprised if Tam had told Rand everything about what sounds like a very exciting past.

5) Chapter 7 leaves us with many questions, like Rand has many questions: Why trollocs? What was his father going on about in his fever? Who are Moraine and Lan and why are they really in Two Rivers? Will Tam survive? Which of these (or other) questions are you most anxious to see answered in the coming chapters?

I’m worried that the Trollocs and the man in black are in Two Rivers for Rand, like his birth was somehow connected to all the bigger things going on. It seems like the main force of Trollocs came through the town on their way to the farm, as if they were looking for Rand or Tam…. So I’m definitely wondering what is going on with the trollocs and the man in black (though it seems likely he is the same man in black from the prologue?) and how Moraine and Lan are connected. My other biggest question is can we trust Moraine? She seems really nice so far, but all the stories say otherwise… and it seems like it will be really important in the future!

I’m so excited to keep reading and to see what everyone else thinks :D What do you think of the start of Eye of the World? If you’re not doing the read along with us, have you read Eye of the World already?

Anya from On Starships and Dragonwings-A

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Comments

  1. Great answers! As I say in mine, the description gets more over-the-top as he goes along, but I actually think his descriptions (especially of clothing) are unique to him in that he uses them to denote class. It can become tiresome, but overall I don’t mind it. You’ll have to see what you think. :D

    • That should be interesting, I might skim parts of it if I’m too sleepy, but as long as it has a purpose, it should be all right ;-) Thanks so much for joining us in the read along, it’s going to be awesome :D

  2. I am also very curious about Lan and Moraine. They obviously have a history (separate and perhaps together). In fact, that is one of the things I am enjoying about this book so far – everyone has a backstory and we see glimpses of that.

    I am also noticing the Tolkienesque feel to some parts of the book. When I read this book almost 2 decades ago, I remember that leaving a big impression on me. This read along is good for me because I truly remember little of the book – hehe!

    • Yes, Lan is super over protective, so they must have a fair amount of history together, but I’m very excited to find out more about them! I just gotta know if they are bad or not xD But that is definitely an awesome part, deep characters that all have their own backstories. It really brings the book to life!

  3. I really want to start this series some time.. god I need to set aside some time for THAT.

  4. You are right: the Prologue works well to make us realize that we are about to embark upon an epic journey, not just some quaint story about farm boys. In a way I think it is kind of a warning about the rest of the series, “This is going to be really dark: you have been warned!”

    There is a very Tolkien-like feel, though that was true of quite a few of the epic fantasies written at about that time. I am thinking of Terry Brooks’ Shannara Series and The Memory, Sorrow and Thorn Series by Tad Williams that I read at about the same time, back in my youth! :) I don’t think the choice of the black riders helped here, because we all automatically think of the Nazgul, but the plot quickly becomes very different, even if the writing style continues to be somewhat similar to good old J.R.R.

    I like your skepticism about Moiraine, and the fact that she has been traveling incognito doesn’t make her look all that trustworthy. However, the stories about the Aes Sedai would make it very difficult for her to travel openly, so it is understandable that she did not declare what she was straightaway. There is a similarity to how Gandalf is viewed by many people: we know that he is the ultimate good guy, but that is not how he is seen everywhere, even in The Shire, and the same is true of Aragorn and the Rangers. Rest assured: Moiraine and Lan are the Gandalf and Aragon of our story. However, this does not mean that she will let sentiment get in the way of what needs to be done, just as Gandalf knows that he must send Frodo into Mordor.

    • Yeah, that’s a great point! Without the prologue you might wonder about the epicness of this story (totally a word >.>) but now there is no doubt, haha.

      I’m looking forward to her clearing things up, she seems pretty awesome and we need a kick-butt magic woman in this story, but there is a lot of prejudice that she is going to have to overcome in order for people to trust her it seems…. I’m so excited :D

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