Sunday, December 16, 2012
Eye of the World Read-Along, Part 1
Welcome to first part of The Eye of the World read along, put on by Anya of On Starships and Dragonwings and, this week, over at Dab of Darkness.
So I've decided to participate in the Wheel of Time Read-Along. This is my all-time favorite fantasy series! Seriously. The final book will be out in January, so I thought it'd be fun to read the first one again just prior to that. It's been years since I read the earlier books, and I'm looking forward to reading them again. :D
So, here goes: I totally love the beginning of book 1. Because this is an epic series, the characters change and grow A LOT throughout the course of the story. To go back and read their beginnings is fun, sweet, and even a little bit sad. I think Jordan is a master at the beginning of this story. He immediately gets us invested in these characters. They're all 1) likable, funny, human or 2) mysterious, intriguing, somewhat hot (totally thinking of Lan there).
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?
I think that's exactly what Jordan was doing. Obviously the story has to tie into the Prologue at some point. Otherwise what would be the point in having it? So there's these epic world events and then there are these farm kids from Hickville. The two worlds are going to have to collide at some point. (Ah, epic story-telling.) :D
Yes! The portents are one of the (many) things I love about this story. The description is great, too. Description is something I struggle with as a writer, so I love to try and emulate Jordan. I think some readers will find his description over-the-top as the story goes on. There's not tons of description in Emonds's Field because everything is relatively plain (earthy tones for the clothes, good stout wool, etc.) but just wait until we run into richer clothing--uh, people. :D
3) What do you think the story is for Rand and Egwene up to this point?
I think their the kind of people that grew up together, were always close, and as they reach maturity, the natural thing is for them to start dating. They're at a point when it's all kinds of awkward because they're both having feelings for one another but don't know what to do about it. It's the kind of thing where, if they could just get the first kiss out of the way, things would be a lot less awkward. Hmmm...
I'm not going to say much about this because I've read the series and know what Tam's past consists of. I will tell you that it's way awesome-sauce! I tried to get my mom to read this series years ago. She's not a huge reader and she's not big on fantasy either, so she never got through book 1. Just not enough interest. However, I remember her freaking out when the trollocs attacked. She was like, 'Geez! It was just a nice story about these farm kids and then these snarling monsters show up!' And I was like, 'I know!' :D
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?
What is everyone else--especially those reading it for the first time--thinking of it? Hope you're loving it. It only gets better! :D