The Eye of the World
By ROBERT JORDAN.
Not far away from a small village named Emondsvall, Rand and his father Tam are on their way home from a days working. He thinks he sees a hooded figure on a horse, with a cloak, which does not move by the wind.
Soon Rand finds himself on an adventure with a life or death outcome. Together with some of his friends, and Aes Sedai and her Keeper, Rand has to stay alive because he might be the only one who can stop the Dark One and save the world from destruction. The road is long and dangerous, with the Dark One's men waiting at each corner.
A thrilling tale, through an epic adventure.
Robert Jordan writes long. To appreciate his writing you have to be a patient reader and give yourself time to come into the story, as well as the characters, of the book. Jordan's strong side in his writing is, in my opinion, his development of the characters in the story. It takes time to develop a certain personality. Robert Jordan understands this.
It is the traditional fantasy; the endless fight between the Good and the Evil. The Light and the Darkness. At the same time Robert Jordan has managed creating a fantasy world, in no way similar to the traditional fantasy. It's a paradox.
Jordan's world contains neither elves nor dwarves. There are no ugly trolls nor mean hungry orks. At the same time Jordan's fantasy world is more realistic in opposite to the traditional in the meaning that Jordan really shows that in the real world there is seldom good or bad, but more often mixed. The good is not always as good as you think, neither is the bad as bad as one might believe. Take for example the Sons of Light, who believe they fight for the good side, but judging from the people's opinion it could be discussed.
However, Robert Jordan is a great narrator with a skill of fascinating the reader. I read it and I was trapped.