Friday, November 9, 2012

Wheel of Time Reread: The Eye of the World Part 6.

Eye of the World: chapters 49 - 53

Chapter 49: The Dark One Stirs
  • Rand feels Moiraine channeling
    • "Rand scrubbed his fingers through his hair, already more damp with sweat than with the water he had splashed in his face. He was sure there was something in the silent exchange that he should understand, but that feather-light brush across his mind vanished before he could grasp it."
  • The trees are alive.
  • Mat is awesome with his bow and his speaking the Old Tongue.
  • Rand is reaching for the One Power but he can't hold onto the void long enough to grab it.
    • "Seeking the flame and the void, he railed at himself. Fool! You frightened, cowardly fool! You can't stay here, and you can't go back. Are you going to leave Egwene to face it alone? The void eluded him, forming, then shivering into a thousand points of light, re-forming and shattering again, each point burning into his bones until he quivered with the pain and thought he must burst open. Light help me, I can't go on. Light help me!"
  • When the Green Man calls Perrin "Wolfbrother" wouldn't you think that he'd realize that this wolf thing isn't so bad.
    • Also after all this shouldn't Mat and Rand at least get what's going on with him?
  • Modero daghain pas duente cuebiyar!...roughly "Death holds no fear for my heart" or "My hear fears no death."
  • Firsts:
    • The Green Man
      • "A figure stepped out of the foilage, a man-shape as much bigger than Loial as the Ogier was bigger than Rand. A man-shape of woven vines and leaves, green and growing. His hair was grass, flowing to his shoulders; his eyes, huge hazelnuts; his fingernails, acorns. Green leaves made his tunic and trousers; seamless bark, his boots. Butterflies swirled around him, lighting on his fingers, his shoulders, his face. Only one thing spoiled the verdant perfection. A deep fissure ran up his cheek and temple across the top of his head, and in that the vines were brown and withered."
        • What happened to his face?
  • Favorite Lines:
    • "Strange clothes you wear, Child of the Dragon. Has the Wheel turned so far? Do the People of the Dragon return to the First Covenant? But you wear a sword. That is neither now nor then."
      • Child of the Dragon. People of the Dragon. You'd think this would have been a big hint that the Aiel are the People of the Dragon and that Rand is the Dragon Reborn.
    • "Knowing they would die, they charged me to guard it against the need to come. It was not what I was made for, but all was breaking apart, and they were alone and I was all they had. It was not what I was made for, but I have kept the faith...I have kept the faith, until it was needed. And now it ends."-The Green Man
Chapter 50: Meetings at the Eye
  • The Eye of the World is full of saidin, the male half of the True Source. But no Aes Sedai can use it--only a man. 
  • The Forsaken are loose!
    • "We were bound...Some of us are bound no longer. The seas weaken, Aes Sedai. Like Ishamael, we walk the world again, and soon the rest of us will come. I was too close to this world in my captivity, I and Bathamel, too close to the grinding of the Wheel, but soon the Great Lord of the Dark will be free, and give us new flesh, and the world will be ours once more. You will have no Lews Therin Kinslayer, this time. No Lord of the Morning to save you. We know the one we seek now, and there is no more need for the rest of you."
  • The Green Man kills one of the Bathamel by making things grow in him tearing/bursting him apart, but he dies doing this. He causes an acorn to grow into a huge oak tree burying him underneath it, and making a bed for Nynaeve who was flung among his roots.
  • Favorite Lines:
    • "I have found you at last."
      • It gives me chills every time I read it!
    • "Lan's sword spring from its scabbard too fast for Rand's eye to follow. Yet the Warder hesitated, eyes flickering to Moiraine, to Nynaeve. The two women stood well apart; to put himself between either of them and the Forsaken would put him further from the other."
      • Dun, dun duuunnn! Life is full of hard choices even though Lan was a jerk he loves Nynaeve but duty keeps him at Moiraine's side.
Chapter 51: Against the Shadow
  • Rand uses the One Power
    • "Beside that shining cord, the Forsaken seemed almost not to exist The cord was all. It hummed. It sang. It called Rand's soul. One bright finer-strand lifted away, drifted, touched him, and he gasped. Light filled him, and heat that should have burned yet only warmed as if it took the chill of the grave from his bones."
    • He goes to Tarwin's Gap and pretty much destroys the Dark One's army--at least enough of it that the Borderlanders can defeat what remains.
  • The Blade of Light!
    • "The void boiled in his mind. His sword was in his hand. Not the heron-mark blade, but a blade of light, a blade of the Light. 
  • Did Rand talk to the Creator? Who was that voice? IT IS NOT HERE--What does that mean!?
  • Favorite Lines:
    • "When he looked at the mirror on the wall, his face was there as clear as if it was him. There is calm in the void."
    • "It makes no difference in the end. A long search, but ended now. You are here, and I know you."-Ba'alzamon
Chapter 52: Neither Beginning Nor End
  • Rand believes he killed the Dark One...but oh wait that means...
    • "As you wish. But he's dead, The Dark One's dead. I killed him. I burned him with..." The rest of memory flooded back then, leaving his mouth hanging open. The One Power. I wielded the One Power. No man can...He licked his lips that were suddenly dry. A gust of wind swirled fallen and falling leaves around them, but it was no colder than his heart."
  • Moiraine explains the first time he used the power.
    • "At Watch Hill, Bela had no need of me to cleanse her of tiredness; someone had already done it. Shoe could have outrun Mandarb, that night. I should have thought of who Bela carried. With Trollocs on our heels, a Draghkar overhear, and a Halfman the Light alone knew where, how you must have feared that Egwene would be left behind. You needed something more than you had ever needed anything before in your life, and you reached out to the one thing that could give it to you. Saidin."
  • The Horn of Valere is found!
    • "The flattend dube of gold and silver appeared to be solid, but the Aes Sedai's fingers felt across the intricate work, pressing, and with a sudden click a top flung back as if on springs. A curled, gold horn nestled within. Despite its gleam, it seemed plain beside the chest that held it. The only markings were a line of silver script inlaid around the mouth of the bell."
    • "Tia mi aven Moridin isainde vadin...The grave is no bar to my call."-Loial
  • The Dragon Banner
    • "A long, white banner spread out, lifting on the the air...The whole thing seemed of a piece, neither woven, nor dyed, nor painted. A figure like a serpent, scaled in scarlet and gold, ran the entire length, but it had scaled legs, and feet with five long, golden claws on each, and a great head with a golden mane and eyes like the sun The stirring of the banner made it seem to move, scales glittering like precious metals and gems, alive, and he almost thought he could hear it roar defiance."
    • "The banner of the Lord of the Morning when he led the forces of light against the Shadow. The banner of Lew Therin Telamon. The banner of the Dragon."-Moiraine
  • Favorite Lines:
    • "A tool made for a purpose is not demeaned by being used for that purpose...but a man who believes the Father of Lies demeans himself. You say you will not be used, and then you let the Dark One set your path like a hound sent after a rabbit by his master."-Moiraine
    • "We have done what we came here to do. From here you may live your life as the pattern weaves. Eat, then sleep, Rand al'Thor. Sleep, and dream of home."-Moiraine
Chapter 53: The Wheel Turns
  • Loial sings the Green Man's tree so that the Blight will not consume the Green Man's grave.
    • "You are a good man, Ogier."
      • "I will take that as a compliment, but I do not know what Elder Haman would say."-Lan and Loial.
  • Favorite Lines:
    • "I just want my father to be proud of me."-Rand
    • "Oh, I won't ever touch it again. Not if I have to cut my hand off, first."-Rand
      • Oh Rand you will touch it again and you will lose a hand.
    • "The Prophecies will be fulfilled...The Dragon is Reborn!"-Moiraine.

Robert Jordan's The Eye of the World is the beginning of an Epic Fantasy; one that keeps you wanting more! 

Next we start The Great Hunt!

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