Fantasy Novel Review: The Eye Of The World
The Eye Of The World (abbreviated: TEOTW) isn’t just another epic or high fantasy novel. Instead, The Eye Of The World becomes one of the most remarkable novels of the 19th century, mainly because it is among the first-generation novels by the author.
Anyways, the prologue of The Eye Of The World is focused around the Age of Legends, which happens three millennia before the first chapter of the novel begins.
Dragonmount also becomes a central element in this novel, after all, the dragon is the being that creates the place. Apart from Dragonmount, we also know Emonds Field village in the Two Rivers region as the village where the main characters mostly stay in.
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Being one of the novels published in the early 1990s, I would say that The Eye Of The World contains lots of fantasy elements that stay at their purest. In other words, we can find fantasy settings and terminologies that we don’t typically find in today’s fantasy novels.
Part 1: Meet The Characters Of The Eye Of The World
Rand author, the MC of The Eye Of The World, used to live on a Westwood farm near Emonds Field village with his farmer families. Rands’s’s mother died when he was five years old. Later on, in The Eye Of The World, Rand finds out that his biological parent is a dragon. So, that thing explains why Rands’s’s channeling powers are on par with the One Power.
The Supporting Characters
There are at least two male and female supporting characters in The Eye Of The World.
The two male supports are Rands’s best friends who are also powerful taverns: Matrim Cauthon and Perrin Aybara. Meanwhile, Egwene alVere and Nynaeve alMara are two women from the Two Rivers who become the main supporting characters. Even though their characteristics contrast with each other, both of them love Rand.
Part 2: Story Of The Eye Of The World
The prologue about the Dragonmount history starts with the stories in The Eye Of The World novel. More precisely, the stories in the prologue happen three millennia before the first chapter that involves the MC. It is through reading the prologue that we know the suicide that the Dragon commits, which results in a place called Dragonmount.
As we continue to turn the pages in The Eye Of The World novel, we know that the Dragon tribes hold special places for Rand author, the MC of The Eye Of The World. It is because he has believed the whole time that his parents are the farmers, while one of his biological parents is the dragon.
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Rand himself is not alone in his heroic journey in The Eye Of The World. He is with his two male friends who are also fellow powerful taverns: Matrim Cauthon and Perrin Aybara, along with five other channelers who accompany him through the cities and dungeons while encountering dangerous creatures in the novel.
Part 3: Meet The Author Of The Eye Of The World
The U.S.-born author, Robert Jordan, is the name behind the success of The Eye Of The World. It is the first book of Robert Jordans more than 14 books in The Wheel Of Time series. The first printed edition of this novel was published in 1990, and in 2002, this Robert Jordan-made novel was re-released into two different novels.
It is since the release of the two different novels in 2002 that the reputation of The Eye Of The World novel booms once again. As a result, the American Library Association puts this novel into the list of one of the most popular Young Adult novels in 2003. Many readers even think that this novel bears striking resemblance to Tolkien’s Lord Of The Rings.
In total, The Eye Of The World has 55 chapters: One prologue, 53 chapters, and one epilogue that was released much later on. Robert Jordan may have passed away in 2007, however, it doesn’t mean that people can no longer enjoy his works. Now, this book is still available through many platforms and we can even chime in the discussion panels.
Part 4: Alternative to The Eye Of The World
When I read The Eye Of The World, I get the impression that the primary element is a rather classical one in 1990s fantasy novels, which is light versus darkness, good versus evil, and the like. The MC is the good guy in action, while Shaitan and other dark forces are the villains.
I check with Dreame’s platform and find Sword Of The Gods III: Agents Of Ki as a decent alternative to the late Robert Jordans The Eye Of The World. Even though Dreames Sword Of The Gods III: Agents Of Ki is not a religious-based novel, this novel also has similar dark force villains like Shaitan.
Summary of Sword Of The Gods III: Agents Of Ki:
Like The Eye Of The World, Dreames Sword Of The Gods III: Agents Of Ki is full of light versus darkness battle scenes. Mikhail, the Angelic soldier, and the entire Angelic forces in this novel are the light’s representatives. Meanwhile, the Evil One and the dark soldiers, are the representatives of the dark side.
The major conflict in Sword Of The Gods III: Agents Of Ki starts when Ninsianna, Mikhail’s wife, is captured by the Evil One and his minions. There, Ninsianna should choose to be loyal to her fallen husband or to turn other beings into other minions of the Evil One.
Apart from the light versus darkness battle scenes, we will also encounter other 1990s classic fantasy elements in Dreames Sword Of The Gods III: Agents Of Ki. For instance, Ki is like a channeling ability in The Eye Of The World.Read Sword Of The Gods III: Agents Of Ki Now