Pawn Of Prophecy School & Library Binding – Jul 1 1990
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"A classic coming-of-age epic" -- Christopher Paolini --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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 --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.
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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.
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.
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!!
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.
Most recent customer reviews
Been reading this since '93 or so and its still amazing! Heartwarming, touching, and fantastic with rich and interesting characters.Published 17 months ago by Jake
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My all time favorite book series. This is definitely not the best book of the series but it leads into an amazing story.Published 20 months ago by Jeff S Libbey
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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