BOOK 1 OF THE BELGARIAD, the worldwide bestselling fantasy series by one of the godfathers of the tradition. Discover the epic stories that inspired generations of fantasy writers - from Raymond Feist's The Riftwar Cycle to George R. R. Martin's A Game of Thrones. A battle is coming...And in that battle shall be decided the fate of the world ...
BOOK 1 OF THE BELGARIAD, the worldwide bestselling fantasy series by one of the godfathers of the tradition. Discover the epic stories that inspired generations of fantasy writers - from Raymond Feist's The Riftwar Cycle to George R. R. Martin's A Game of Thrones. A battle is coming...And in that battle shall be decided the fate of the world Myths tell of the ancient wars of Gods and men, and a powerful object - the Orb - that ended the bloodshed. As long as it was held by the line of Riva, it would assure the peace. But a dark force has stolen the Orb, and the prophecies tell of war. Young farm boy Garion knows nothing of myth or fate. But then the mysterious Old Storyteller visits his aunt, and they embark on a sudden journey. Pursued by evil forces, with only a small band of companions they can trust, Garion begins to doubt all he thought he knew...
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David Eddings is a wonderful fantasy author! He's very skillfull of weaving together politics, magic, rich characters and magic. He also injects a wonderful sense of humor in his characters that's just a delight to read as they interact with each other.
Pawn of Prophecy is the first book in a series that is split up into two different arcs, with five books in each arc. For those who are active readers of the fantasy subject, this is nothing. For new readers ten books might be a bit daunting. But it's well worth it and the pace of the novels move very smoothly with very little lulls.
Fun to read, with political intrigues that are complicated but doesn't set the reader's head spinning trying to figure out just what is exactly going on. The characters are wonderful and you really find yourself falling in love with each and every one of them as you follow them on their journey to protect their home.
Feb 27, 2008
This was one of the first fantasy stories I ever read and what an introduction it was! I read this whole series of books (ten in all- five in the Belgariad set and five in the Mallorean series) over a three month period while commuting to work by train and I missed my station more than once as a result of this utterly engrossing and enchanting series. The characters are vivid, the story is effortlessly gripping and the cliffhanger endings that draw each book to a close are impossible to endure for even a millisecond.
Garion, Polgara and Garath are all introduced here for the first time and very soon they'll become entrenched in your imagination and as the quest they embark upon gains pace and we learn ever stranger and ever more fateful details about our young hero Garion...it only becomes harder not to love these characters, especially after ten books travelling along beside them through good times, bad times and truly horrific times. Although since reading this series I've read far superior novels in the genre, the Eddings husband & wife partnership still can't be beaten in many ways. So while I may be tempted to remove a star, because I've since read better, I recall vividly how much I enjoyed these books and I realise how ungrateful that would be.
Upon finishing 'Seeress of Kell' (book five in the Mallorean) I'm not ashamed to admit that I shed a tear at having to leave the side of each and every one of these wonderfully drawn characters. I guarantee you that once you pick up 'Pawn of Prophecy' (the first book in the Belgariad) in a surprisingly short space of time you'll be putting down 'Seeress of Kell' and thinking back to how it all began on the farm where Garion knew nothing of what he would become, nothing of the secrets he would uncover and nothing of his future, or what it held for him, his companions and especially not for the entire world that would be forever changed as a result...
Nov 16, 2007
THAR IT BLOWS
I borrowed the first five books of the Belgarid series and gave up several weeks of 2007 reading it. The story itself is slightly reminiscent of Lord of the Rings (heck, most fantasy since Tolkien has tried to live up to that piece of work). The gang (a fellowship, if you will) travel across several strange lands to obtain a powerful orb and defeat the dark Lord Torak. Déjà vu? The characters were a mixed bunch that got equally mixed reviews from me. Eddings created mostly stereotypical characters (like the young orphan boy with a wizard/prince future, the wise old man wizard, the cunning thief, the kindhearted local farmer, ect). Two saving graces that I really liked were Aunt Pol and Silk. Still, Eddings is conventional and old fashioned to the point of being sexist and that is what turned me off at the end. Interesting note: Edding?s wife helped him write both series and he didn?t think enough of her to include her name with his on the book?s jacket. If you're a must-read-everything-with-wizards fantasy buff, go nuts. If not, spend your time reading quality fantasy fiction.
Sep 6, 2007
Very enjoyable read.
A captivating book that absorbs the reader and makes it hard to put down. The author is very descriptive and the story is enjoyable. David Eddings is an excellent author and I enjoyed all of the books in the Belgariad series.
Jul 24, 2007
My all time favorite seiries
I have reread this series over five times the past twenty years. The characters suck you in and keep you reading. The unexpected plus is the humor found in the story. I recommend this series to all my relatives, my wife read it as a favor to me and then I had to go buy her the rest of the series. If you like Magic and fantasy this is the book for you.
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