A- for "The Eye of the World" is a well-earned grade. The pacing of this book is brisk and you hardly notice as the pages fly by, only partly because they are on the run from (practically) the beginning to the end of this novel.
I do have to warn readers that I was unable to even finish the second novel of this series, and note that other reviewers have pointed out that the pacing of later novels in this series becomes glacial, at best. If you want to absolutely read something in the same vein as the lord of the rings, this is a good choice. I MUCH prefer GRRM and his grittier, more realistic (assuming you accept the premise of the world the characters live in) setting.
If you don't want grittiness, I'd still recommend Rothfuss's series over the Wheel of Time. I enjoyed this book, but you've been warned about what you're getting into. Still, there are an enormous amount of people who absolutely love these books, so by no means take my word to heart if you are interested in reading this series. Read the first book, try the second, and maybe even the third, to see for yourself. Best of luck!