The Eye of the World - Wheel of Time 1 Book Summary and Study Guide

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Rand al'Thor is swept up into a war with the Dark One when his home of Edmond's Field is attacked and he must choose between the life he knows or saving mankind. Rand al'Thor, son of a local farmer, dreams of the world outside of his small town of Edmond's Field. Wishing for adventure and more than just a simple life, he tends to find himself day dreaming of when he can leave his small town and venture into the world. Yet Rand feels bound by duty and knows he simply can't leave as it would hurt his father, plus he has grown up in the outside world of The Two Rivers, how could he possibly abandon all he knew?
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While traveling from the country to Edmond's Field in time for the annual celebration of ushering in a new spring, Rand feels himself being watched on the road. When he turns back he spots a cloaked figure, who disappears into the mist. Disturbed, Rand tells his father who assures him it is the forest playing tricks on him.

In Edmond's Field, Rand meets up with his two best friends, Perrin Aybara and Mat Cauthon, Perrin being a carpenter's apprentice and Mat an all-around prankster and troublemaker. The two of them make trouble for Nynaeve al'Meara the town healer who is already under fire for being too young and inexperienced. Nynaeve's friend Egwene al'Vere, sets her sights on Rand with the hopes he will dance with her at the night's festivities.
The night of the festival, a gleeman named Thom arrives, a special treat as gleeman collect stories of the land and are known for the magic tricks, he is followed by an Aes Sedai named Moraine, a woman who can channel magic, and her Warder and bodyguard Lan. Moraine seems intrigued by Rand though refuses to say why.

Later in the evening, Edmond's Field is attacked by the forces of darkness including the beastmen known as Trollocs and the Myrddaal, the cloaked figure Rand had seen before. Rand, Mat, Perrin, Egwene, Thom along with Moraine and Lan escape the town and into the woods, taking refuge in the trees and moving by night in order to escape their pursuers. Nynaeve eventually catches up with them, claiming that no way would she let the boys run off alone without supervision, much to their dismay.

When the group is attacked again they hide in the abandoned and haunted city of Shadar Logoth, a place not even the forces of darkness will enter do the evil that resides among the ruins. The group flees and in the process are separated. Rand, Mat and Thom flee to the river and take a boat to the city of Whitebridge. The moment they arrive, they are attacked by another Myrddraal who is after Rand. Thom holds off the creature, allowing for Mat and Rand to escape and is killed in the process.

Rand and Mat make their way to the capital city of Caemlyn. While there, Rand meets an Ogier creature named Loial. Commotion in the town square draws their attention and they sneak through the city to see the captured False Dragon. The prophecy of the land was that a man known as the Dragon would rise from the common folk and take power to defeat the Dark One and the forces that were slowly taking over the land. Since then, many men claiming to be the Dragon were cropping up over the land. Such men were executed.

As the trio sneak through the city, Rand makes his way into the palace gardens where he meets the heir to the throne Elaine and her two brothers Gawyn and Galad. He is captured and taken before the Queen and her Aes Sedai advisor, Elaida. Elaida warns the queen that Rand is a dangerous man and would be the key to her undoing but the Queen lets him go in a sign of mercy.

While Rand deals with royal issues, Egwene and Perrin make their way to Caemlyn after being separated. Along the way, they meet a drifter named Elyas who has the ability to talk to wolves. Elyas senses in Perrin that he has the same ability. On their journey, the three are captured by the White Cloaks, a group of religious fanatics. When Perrin witnesses their captors kill a wolf, he kills them resulting in him being sentenced to death. Thankfully, the trio are rescued by Nynaeve, Moraine and Lan in the nick of time.

The group travel to Caemlyn and reunite with Rand and Mat. In their time apart, Mat has become paranoid and violent. Fearful for him, Rand confides in Moraine and it is revealed Mat has been corrupted since he stole a dagger from the ruins of Shadar Logoth. With the corruption spreading, Mat is at risk of death with his only chance of being healed in the city of Tar Valon. Moraine notices Loial is troubled and pulls him aside where he reveals to Moiraine that there is a threat coming to the Eye of the World. The Eye of the World is a pool of magic known as saidin and completely pure and protected from the Dark One. It also contains one of the seven seals to the Dark One's prison.

Moiraine knows they must reach the Eye of the World, so Loial takes them through hidden passage ways into the vast wasteland known as the Blight. They reach The Eye and are confronted by one of the Dark One's minions known as the Forsaken Aginor. After a struggle, Rand defeats the forsaken and taps into the power of saidin and defeats an entire army of creatures. Once he realizes what he has done, Rand is horrified as men are condemned and forbidden to channel magic.

Back in Tar Valon, Mat is healed and Moiraine ponders to herself, revealing that Rand is actually the Dragon Reborn and will lead them into a new age.
Best part of story, including ending: I loved how it takes ordinary people and puts them in extraordinary circumstances. It is such an epic tale it sweeps you up and refuses to let you go.

Best scene in story: I loved the scene where Rand channels the one power (magic) and realizes he has the ability but also is horrified because it is forbidden for men to do so.

Opinion about the main character: Rand can be slightly sensitive at times and whiny, so it can come off as annoying at times.

The review of this Book prepared by Jason Macumber a Level 4 Yellow-Headed Blackbird scholar

Rand, Mat and Perrin are young men from a small village whose lives are turned upside down by the arrival of the shadows forces and are forced to flee with an Aei Sedai named Moiraine, her warder Lan a gleeman named Thom ,and the apprentice wisdom of the village. They are constantly on the run from the shadows forces as they try to save the world
The review of this Book prepared by Daniel Thompson

AHH!!! This series (Wheel of Time, by Robert Jordan) is the best!!! The plot/s are amazing!!!! Go buy yourself a copy of the first book and I promise you, you will not regret it!
The review of this Book prepared by Adia al'Mar

First book of an 8 book series. Unkown boy becomes the world's only chance at life. Basic good against evil struggle.
The review of this Book prepared by Aven

Young farmer Rand al'Thor and his friends Matrim and Perrin are forced to leave their backwater homes in the Two Rivers to accompany a mysterious Aes Sedai on a quest to find the fabled Eye of the World. Harried the whole way by human and monstrous adversaries they make their way slowly to the horrid Blight where they are greeted by a pair of the legendarily evil Forsaken and Rand discovers that he is the prophesied messaih, the Dragon Reborn in this first novel of Robert Jordan's masterful series, The Wheel of Time
The review of this Book prepared by Eric Saunders

The book involves the journey of three youths and their companions to the Eye of the World for an unknown purpose. Along the way we are given bits of information regarding the importance of their travels and the destiny of the party. Book One of the Wheel of Time series, it's a great introduction to the main characters of the series with plenty of action.
The review of this Book prepared by Michael Monahan

In the Eye of the World, book one of the Wheel of Time, three boys find out they wanted buy dark forces. With the help of a mysterious woman and her Warder, the boys try to figure out why they are death marked, and how to stay alive!!!
The review of this Book prepared by Nancy Fabian

Rand al'Thor, Matrim Cauthon, and Perrin Aybara leave their simple country village when evil Trollocs attack. They travel across the world to the far reaches of the Great Blight where they strike a blow to Shai'tan, the Dark One.
The review of this Book prepared by Bromly Falco

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Descript. of chases or violence 30%planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 10%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 30%Descript. of society, phenomena (tech), places 30% Tone of book    -   suspenseful (sophisticated fear) FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?    -   fantasy world/fantasy past Coming of age    -   Yes Youngster becomes    -   a powerful magician Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   farmer Age:    -   20's-30's If magical mental powers:    -   fire/lightning/weather cntrl


Terrain    -   Mountains    -   Forests Takes place on Earth?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment Sex in book?    -   Yes How much dialogue?    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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