As I rarely discard a book, it should thus come as no surprise that I have overflowing shelves of novels I’ve once read, enjoyed, savoured and then swore up-and-down-back-and-forth that I was going to re-read someday. Alas, it is someday. I’m spending whole of 2016 revisiting my book collection, digging back into books I read once, but that I haven’t read (or listened to) in at least four years. So, we’re about to find out what was worth reading… twice.
Apparently The Eye of the World by Robert Jordan is a much longer book than I remembered.
I realized that I started (re)reading this book almost a month ago, and while I’ve been a little scattered in my book-time lately, it has been a loooooong haul so far. And I’m only half way through the novel. Sadly, the chapters are just a bit too long for the train. I’ve been finding that I can’t quite get through a full (average) chapter during the distance it takes from hop on to hop off, so I’ve probably been a little reluctant to start reading each trip on a few of those days knowing that would be the case.
Other than that, I am enjoying it. The story is rich an quite nuanced, and having read a few of the sequels in this series (there are 13 more books!) I can now see that this book is very much an opening story with a wagon-load of character setup being moved into place as the smaller story gallops from start to end to set off a much bigger myth in the process.
The story is typical hero’s journey type stuff: three boys from the sticks are suddenly being hunted by the dark, evil powers that they have, until then, only considered stories and tall tales. Their only hope arrives in the form of a feared & misunderstood but powerful magic-wielding lady, who whisks them off on a grand chase across the big wide world pursuing the truth of their fate and fleeing an untimely death at the hands of the evil chasing them. Twists of luck and random encounters set the stage for a grand showdown which…
Well… I haven’t read that far yet. And hopefully it doesn’t take me another month to finish this one.