The Eye of the World (1990), Robert Jordan. Paperback, 688 pages.
Summary: A young man and his companions flee their backwater town after discovering that a terrible and mysterious dark spirit seeks them with demonic minions. For a more detailed summary, click here.
Below them, just starting up the slope, marched Trollocs carrying poles tipped with great loops of rope or long hooks. Many Trollocs. The line stretched far to either side, the ends out of sight, but at its center, directly in front of Lan, a Fade rode.
The Myrddraal seemed to hesitate as the humans appeared atop the hill, but in the next instant it produced a sword with the black blade Rand remembered so queasily, and waved it over its head. The line of Trollocs scrambled forward.
Even before the Myrddraal moved, Lan's sword was in his hand. "Stay with me!" he cried, and Mandarb plunged down the slope toward the Trollocs. "For the Seven Towers!" he shouted.
Rand gulped and booted the gray forward; the whole group of them streamed after the Warder. He was surprised to find Tam's sword in his fist. Caught up by Lan's cry, he found his own. "Manetheren! Manetheren!"
Perrin took it up. "Manetheren! Manetheren!"
But Mat shouted, "Carai an Caldesar! Caraian Ellisande! Al Ellisand!"
Writing Quality: 4/10
Depth of Concept: 3/10
Rounded Characters: 5/10
Well-Developed World: 5/10
Page Turner: 6/10
Kept Me Thinking: 3/10
Overall Recommendation: 4/10