Pawn of Prophecy Mass Market Paperback – Jan 13 1986
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From the Publisher
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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"Eddings' BELGARIAD is exactly the kind of fantasy I like. It has magic, adventure, humor, mystery, and a certain delightful human insight."
Long ago, the Storyteller claimed, in this first book of THE BELGARIAD, the evil god Torak drove men and Gods to war. But Belgarath the Sorcerer led men to reclaim the Orb that protected men of the West. So long as it lay at Riva, the prophecy went, men would be safe.
But Garion did not believe in such stories. Brought up on a quiet farm by his Aunt Pol, how could he know that the Apostate planned to wake dread Torak, or that he would be led on a quest of unparalleled magic and danger by those he loved--but did not know...?
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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.
I will say that the tone of the book is unlike most fantasy novels. These characters are pretty sarcastic and confident of themselves, unlike most of the other series that I have read (Tad Williams, George R R Martin, Robert Jordan, Tolkien, Donaldson, etc.). It makes the book (and the series) a bit lighthearted and humorous at times. If you haven't read it yet, I would highly recommend not only the book, but also the entire series.
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I've been a fan for many years of David and his wife. I"m happy to see that they are going digital so I can carry them where ever I go.Published 1 day ago by Denis Carnochan
Been reading this since '93 or so and its still amazing! Heartwarming, touching, and fantastic with rich and interesting characters.Published 20 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 22 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 23 months ago by Jeff S Libbey
Great fantasy that sets up the beginning of Garion's quest to find out his true identity. The war between Gods that is played in the world with the lives of Men is set up well in... Read morePublished on Aug. 12 2014 by Jenifer Mohammed, Author of Resurrecting Cybele
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 on March 20 2014 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