First Lines Friday – 10/02/2023
Good evening and welcome to today’s First Lines Friday post.
For today’s post, I deliberately didn’t christen the way in which I was going to choose the book I featured. I didn’t want my plan to backfire, such as it happened in my last First Lines Friday post. As it happens, I decided to keep it open this time.
I have decided to feature a book that I’m looking forward to re-visiting. This is actually a book I DNF’d in 2018. However, that wasn’t because of the book necessarily. I tried to read this book at a time when I was struggling with large epic fantasy tomes. I ended up persevering through a good portion of this one before I put it down. It was only supposed to be a temporary real before going back to it and picking up where I left off, but I left it too long. I did enjoy what I read. A friend of mine also loves this series, so I want to give it another go!
Can you guess today’s book from the introduction?
The palace still shook occasionally, as the Earth rumbled in memory, groaned as if it would deny what has happened. Bars of sunlight cast through rents in the walls made of motes of dust glitter where they yet hung in the air.
Scorch-marks marred the walls, the floors, the ceilings. Broad black smears crossed the blistered paints and gilt of once-bright murals, spot overlaying crumbling friezes of men and animals which seems to have attempted to walk before the madness grew quiet.
The dead lay everywhere, men and women and children, struck down in attempted flight by the lightnings that had flashed down every corridor, or seized by the fires that had stalked them, or sunken into stone of the palace, the stones that flowed and sought, almost alive, before stillness came again.
The Eye of the World – Robert Jordan
Genre: Epic Fantasy
Publisher: Tor Books
Publication Date: 15 Jan 1990
Goodreads – The Eye of the World
The Wheel of Time turns and Ages come and pass, leaving memories that become legend. Legend fades to myth, and even myth is long forgotten when the Age that gave it birth returns again. What was, what will be, and what is, may yet fall under the Shadow.
Moiraine Damodred arrives in Emond’s Field on a quest to find the one prophesized to stand against The Dark One, a malicious entity sowing the seeds of chaos and destruction. When a vicious band of half-men, half beasts invade the village seeking their master’s enemy, Moiraine persuades Rand al’Thor and his friends to leave their home and enter a larger unimaginable world filled with dangers waiting in the shadows and in the light.
I got through 63% of the first book of the wheel of time series in my initial read of 2018 before I set it aside. As I say in the introduction, I intended to go back to this book at a time that suited me better. However, I didn’t quite pan out as well and so as of today, I am still yet to go back to this book.
Naturally, I will have to go back to the beginning of this point. There has been too much time for me to be able to pick this up where I left off. I’m looking forward to going back to it though. At the moment, I am enjoying my longer fantasy reads.
My only reservation is that the writing style for these books is very descriptive with lots of long sentences. I have heard it compared to Tolkein, and I for one would agree with that. Perhaps you can see that for yourself in today’s first lines introduction? That may be my only challenge with picking up this book. I still want to give it a go though!
That is all from me in today’s First Lines Friday post. Have you read The Eye of the World, or any of the other books in The Wheel of Time series? Let me know in the comments!