Pawn of Prophecy Mass Market Paperback – Jan 13 1986
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"A classic coming-of-age epic" -- Christopher Paolini --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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There is a television commercial for potato chips that challenges "Bet you can't eat just one." A similar challenge could easily be made for the books that are part of the Belgariad series: "Bet you can't read just one." When I read Pawn of Prophecy, I couldn't stop and continued right on through the other four books of the Belgariad. I was then quite sad that I finished the series. It felt like saying good-bye to a bunch of great friends...and after all we had been through together that was hard.
--Tim Kochuba, General Manager
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This is just the start of a great series of five books known as 'the Belgariad', later followed by another five in 'the Malloreon'. The story is the classic fight between the Evil which seeks to rule the world, and the Good which wants to save it, but what really makes the book so great is the characters. They are all very distinct from each other, with their own personality and desires. Eddings manages to keep them all separate, so that they are not mixed together in a faceless group. Instead they each have their part to play in the quest to save the world.
I have read the entire series at least 20 times by now, and it remains my favorite fantasy. It is lighter than 'The Wheel of Time' series by Robert Jordan, which makes it suitable for younger readers as well, but it is great for anyone from around 12 to 112. I think many, like me, read this series as their first fantasy, and it is a great start to get interested in the world of magic and swordfights. By now Harry Potter is probably a more common start, but this series is still required reading for fantasy lovers.
Now some readers choose to complain that this series is not realistic enough. First of all, the name of this genre is Fantasy, not reality. Look it up. The author is much freer to do things with mythical creatures, magic, prophecies, et cetera, while remaining "in bounds." The author who chooses to minimize such things and focus on politics and other "realistic things" isn't as original as he thinks he is. He is either medieval, or shouldn't be trying to write under the fantasy title. Enough of that.
Should you choose to have an open mind, this book contains a lot of humor, despair, mystery, and some rather strange, but humorous romances. It is a great coming-of-age story and is not in the least bit confusing. The characters are all clearly defined, and many of them play off of each other very well. Anyway, this can be one of the best series you will ever read if you allow yourself to enjoy it. Whether you do or not is up to you.
After re-reading Jordan's WOT and reading for the first time Goodkind's SOT, I have to say that if you are die-hard fans of either book, you might not like Eddings. The Eddings' (D and L let's give credit where its due) books are fun; there aren't many grueling plot twists, you don't get the sadistic touch of either RJ or TG, and you don't see much of the evil minds of the malevolent characters. The protagonists are all a pretty happy group and you have a hard time believing that anyone is going to be hurt or killed, much less brutally raped or tortured like SOT and WOT.
The key is, if you're looking for something heavy, slow, dark, with detailed descriptions of every rivulet in a dead tree branch, don't read Eddings. It would be like craving bread pudding and getting whip cream. If you ARE looking for fun, light-hearted, fast moving fantasy with lots of laughs, then buy this book.
I'd advise folks to be careful of people who are really abusive of these books, because after reading their comments I think most of them are bitter RJ and TG readers. Much of what they say is true, but unless you are in the mood to slog through 10000 pages of misery, you won't care if some of the jokes a little corny!
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Been reading this since '93 or so and its still amazing! Heartwarming, touching, and fantastic with rich and interesting characters.Published 11 months ago by Jake
Fantastic read! I love the pace, the character development and the style used. To me a book that is overabundant with description leads me to 'fast forward' through paragraphs, i... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Stephane
My all time favorite book series. This is definitely not the best book of the series but it leads into an amazing story.Published 14 months ago by Jeff S Libbey
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I first got involved with this series when we were camping a couple of years ago. The main office at ourcampground had a small library where we could pick up books to read then... Read morePublished 23 months ago by Diane Schwendeman
Let's face it. David Eddings' storyline sucks. Period. There are so many plot holes and contradictions, I can think of a dozen off the top of my head. But does it matter? Read morePublished on Nov. 7 2004 by Eriond
A Must Read for any fantasy or non-fantasy fan. The book moves along fantastically. It is not overly detailed, and therefor moves along at a great pace. Read morePublished on May 29 2004