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?
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