Book 1 in the series
The Wheel of Time turns and Ages come and go, leaving memories that become legend. Legend fades to myth, and even myth is long forgotten when the Age that gave it birth returns again. In the Third Age, an Age of Prophecy, the World and Time themselves hang in the balance. What was, what will be, and what is, may yet fall under the Shadow.
When The Two Rivers is attacked by Trollocs—a savage tribe of half-men, half-beasts— five villagers flee that night into a world they barely imagined, with new dangers waiting in the shadows and in the light.
Blood and Ashes! I didn’t think it was possible for a book to be slower than The Fellowship of the Ring, but this one sure manages it. It would have taken me months to finish this (if I did at all) had I not listened to the audiobook. This is not something I would recommend for the casual reader. You’ve got to be really into, specifically, epic fantasy and world building if you want even a shot of making it through this book.
That being said, this is well written and I enjoyed it more than I thought I was going to. The characters and their relationships feel genuine and natural and I was pleasantly surprised to find that the women passed not only the Bechdel test, but the Mako Mori one as well.
I was also impressed with how this book managed to distinguish itself despite how deeply influenced it is by The Lord of the Rings. This world looks and sounds like Middle Earth, but the story is definitely unique and I will be reading at least the next book.