I have read no other book (save my own) more than this masterpiece. Eye of the World starts this fantastic series: rich in character, strong in prose and one of the most original fantasy works of our time. As with the cornerstone of any series, Eye of the World sets the groundwork for a vision Jordan must’ve clearly established before the Wheel of Time began its endless cycle. Nothing could replace Tolkien, but Mr Jordan does sit on the shelf right next to him.
My only gripes are minor and wouldn’t take from the five star rating. For the sake of dramatic tension, some of the characters fail to reveal their flaws to those closest to them. (Well, ‘some’ is an understatement. Nearly all Jordan’s characters are secretive.) This lack of insight into basic human nature is, perhaps, Jordan’s only shortcoming. If nothing else, our dearest friends are close to us because in them we find reassurance to cover our self doubt, strength to bolster our weakness and hope to shine past our darkest flaws.
Rest in peace, Fantasy Master. Could I rate you with more than five stars, I would.