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Pawn Of Prophecy School & Library Binding – Jul 1 1990
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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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
From the Inside Flap
"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...? --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
Not as detailed/descriptive that JRR Tolkien or the Dragonlance series but it flows much easier. So much so, that I had to get the others the next day!
Give Garion a change...
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!!
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 18 months ago by Jake
My all time favorite book series. This is definitely not the best book of the series but it leads into an amazing story.Published 21 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
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
I really like the Eddings books. I've picked them up about 6 years ago and have read the entire series about once a year. Read morePublished on May 21 2004
I LOVED this series! Overall, the first book is ok, but the books that continue these series are awesome! David Eddings was referred to me and I said,"Hey, I'll try it. Read morePublished on May 18 2004