But, I finished The Eye of the World last night (being Saturday, because I'm writing this on Sunday), and I'm very upset today. Not because the book was bad, but because I don't have the second one and I'm going NUTS RIGHT NOW.*
Every waking minute of spare time I've had over the last three days has been dedicated to reading this book. It kills me to put it down. I'm completely fan-girl-obsessed with Lan, too. So much for reading those other books in the queue, eh? I have a feeling I'll be spending my entire spring/summer cranking through this series, and then sit on Brandon Sanderson's doorstep for the last book with everybody else.
The Wheel of Time is like heroin. Sweet, addictive heroin. Now I have to buy WoT T-shirts or my life will never be fulfilled.
Anyway, onto the book. Robert Jordan writes AMAZING characters. I absolutely adore his protagonist, Rand, and I have yet to actually hate anyone (Mat was pushing it, but he had reasons. Which you all probably know already because I think everyone in the world has read this book but me).
The plot of this book? Travelling. Traveling from a small town to a bigger city. That's it. But it's amazing. Our farming, Aes Sedai, and Warder friends have run-in after run-in with darkfriends along the way, and Jordan even humored me by sprinkling on some romantic tension here and there. The magic isn't entirely explained, but I'm all right with that. All three of our viewpoint characters don't really get it, either.
Jordan's writing is exquisite (even if he breaks viewpoint now and then). I never got bored with this book, though in the more intense scenes I did skip a paragraph or two to get to the meat.
Definitely five out of five stars on this one! Onto The Great Hunt!
*I have since obtained the second book and am mentally satiated.