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Pawn Of Prophecy School & Library Binding – Jul 1 1990

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Product Details

  • School & Library Binding: 262 pages
  • Publisher: Turtle Back Books; Bound for Schools & Libraries ed. edition (July 1 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0808587226
  • ISBN-13: 978-0808587224
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 2.5 x 17.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 181 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 313 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #617,990 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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 --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.

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The book follows Garion as he grows up on a farm in the kingdom of Sendaria, where his Aunt Pol manages the kitchen. The first few chapters cover his life up to the age of around 14, which is when the main story begins. At that time he is just a normal farmboy, and knows little of the world. Even a trip to the closest village is an adventure. But suddenly he has to follow his Aunt as she and Wolf, the storyteller, leave on a quest to find something which has been stolen. As the story progresses, he begins to suspect that his Aunt and Wolf may be different from what he has known them to be his whole life.
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.
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The Belgariad and The Malloreon have been my lifelong friends. Since reading them for the first time over a decade ago to reading them for the 10th time this summer, I find that the wit and the wonderful realtionships between the characters are still as strong. Not to mention the strong, female characters which are lacking in many other fantasy series. Anyone who enjoyed the recent Harry Potter series would do well do read these. As in introduction into fantasy, they are tops. Several laughs out loud are guaranteed. I suggest reading them aloud with someone you love since the dialogue flows better if spoken.
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This book is a really good starter to the series. While many people complain about all the unanswered questions, I'm glad that they are left that way. This creates the excitement to read the next books. Also, I really love how each character has their own personality and history. This book only gets four stars though because there were many repetitive lines, and once in a while, the book would get dull for a chapter or two. However, Pawn of Prophecy is a great book altogether.
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Need to funnel some fun into your life? Then I really recommend Pawn of Prophecy and the rest of its series. I've read other reviews and they say that Eddings has a childish sense of writing. I Disagree, in fact, your imagination makes it childish.
1) You have an amazing imagination, (if I say, `I'm here in my room, writing a review on this book' and you can picture it in your head) This book was made for you.
2) The characters feel like they are real, it is easy to relate yourself to them. You can even think of them as your second family.
3) You love fantasy novels, but you don't like to much detail, like, (*coughlordoftheringscough*) then once again this book was made for you. There are rarely any boring parts, Eddings goes straight for the action.
I give Pawn of Prophecy a 5 star because it was my first real fantasy novel (after I read Lord of the Rings) and it was just that much better.
Bad Points:
1) If you're looking forward to reading the french translation... Beware! It is a mockery of Eddings talent.
2) Don't get too disappointed if you find it repetitive, because the fifth book I would give a 3 star because it just got boring.
Overall, just grab the damn book and start reading. If you don't like it, read no more and think, 'NoeFox40 is just a stupid french guy who doesn't know what he's talking about'
Hehe :) Enjoy!!
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I'm re-reading this series as I wait for the latest George R R Martin book to come out. I first read this book 20 years ago-before I read any Tolkien (I know, I know). I really enjoy the banter between the characters, as well as the descriptions of the lay of the land and the different cultures. The story is about a young boy Garion growing up at a farm. One day, he and his aunt, with the help of an old storyteller, must leave on a dangerous mission. I don't want to give too much away because part of the fun is that you discover things the same time as Garion does in the book.
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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