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Recently, I've been spending my evenings (when not planning and cutting out card sorts) reading a series of books I discovered whilst in high school. The series is written by David Eddings and his wife Leigh and comes in 3 parts; a series of 5 books known as The Belgariad, another series of 5 books known as The Mallorean and 3 prologues. And I plan to review every one! So let's start at the very beginning, the book I fell in love with: Pawn of Prophecy.
The story begins at a farm, in its kitchen, with a young boy named Garion and his beautiful Aunt Pol. We are given a feel for life at Faldor's farm, especially life in Aunt Pol's kitchen, and some odd visits from a friendly storyteller Garion names Mister Wolf - and a not-so friendly dark figure that always seems to be watching Garion. But Garion's quiet, hardworking life at the farm is suddenly thrown into turmoil when Mister Wolf arrives with news of a thief stealing something precious. Suddenly Garion, Aunt Pol and Mister Wolf, along with Durnik the Blacksmith are stealing away in the middle of the night to hunt down this mysterious thief. Along the way they are joined by Silk, a spy, and Barak, a giant bearded warrior, amongst others. Garion soon finds that the world outside Faldor's farm isn't quite what he expected, and he finds himself with people and doing things he never imagined - and always the mysterious shadow lurking in the background...
Pawn of Prophecy is set in a fantasy - and as you (or at least I) would expect from a decent fantasy novel, the book includes maps that help you visualize Garion's world - which helps you get your bearings with all the adventuring around the world! At the start of Pawn of Prophecy is an excerpt from a historical book; there are a lot of these and thou's but it does pay off to read it as not only does it allow you to feel there is a history to the story you are about to immerse yourself in, but it does give you some useful information for the book. I must be honest, I've read it so many times that I skip it, but for the full experience you definitely need to read it!
I find that, even now when I've read this book countless times, the beginning is quite slow. When a certain point is reached in the book, I am suddenly and irrevocably hooked until I finish the entire set (all thirteen!). There's nothing specific about when I get hooked, I couldn't even tell you when it happens, but when I cross that invisible barrier it better not be too late at night!
One thing I love about this book is its ability to make me giggle out loud, even though I've read it many times. The book is a fantasy adventure novel but does not fail to provide some light relief. There are some slightly adult themes, but they are so subtle that I feel it takes an adult to register what they mean. Team this with the book not being too grizzly and you have a book that's suitable for adults and younger readers.
Pawn of Prophecy is very much the beginning of a story. We get to know characters and begin to glean what mysterious events are occurring. But some things are tantalizingly left unexplained, as though you are in young Garion's shoes - which you pretty much are to be honest! The first instalment leaves you on a cliff-hanger, enticing you (well, me, but soon you!) to pick up the next instalment to get off that cliff! All I can say is I'm glad my family owned the full series!
I can definitely recommend this book to a fair few people: yes it is a fantasy adventure book, but there is humour, romance, intrigue (lots of intrigue) and danger to entertain the reader. Pawn of Prophecy is a perfect length to devour and not feel disappointed about the length - just disappointed that you somehow flew through it! So all I can advise is that you make sure you have the next book ready! And get reading...
Pawn of Prophecy is the first book in the fantasy epic 'The Belgariad' by David Eddings. Eddings is an American fantasy author and The Belgariad was his first major success. The popularity of these books established him as one of the great fantasy writers of modern times. He has a huge fan base and has sold many millions of books. Pawn of Prophecy came out back in 1982. The book was not an instant success but as word spread of the book it soon became a massive seller.
The book begins with a prologue giving details of how the world was created by the seven Gods. One of the Gods known as Aldur creates a powerful Orb known as the Orb of Aldur, however a rival God, Torak steals the Orb away but is unable to cope with it's power. Now Torak has lost the Orb and seeks to regain it to use it's power to enslave the world.
After this dark start to the book the real story begins. We are introduced to the main character whose name is Garion. Garion has been brought up on a simple farm and we learn a little about his life so far. Garion is surrounded by what he assumes are normal people, his Aunt Pol seems like a lovable nurse, his friend the story teller seems to be a simple man. However one day the story teller whisks Garion away on a quest to find some strange object. At this point Garion has no idea how important he is or how significant this quest will become. The events that follow will shape Garion's life forever and also many other peoples.
This book is a real classic. It's one of the first fantasy books I ever read and it got me hooked. Eddings has a wonderful way of drawing the reader into the story and getting them involved. The way he introduces the characters and then develops them is first class. This book really makes the reader feel like he is embarking and a long adventure and it has a real epic feel about it.
Eddings' use of language is really well done in this book. He has an excellent way of setting the scene and drawing the reader into the story. You can really visualise what is going on and you feel like you are there with the main characters seeing what they see and feeling what they feel.
This has to be one of my all time favourite books and it really set the series up very well. For me this is the best book in the series of five and although the others are very good they never quite hit the heights of this first one. If you are into your fantasy books and have never read this one then I strongly recommend you go out and get yourself a copy of this as soon as possible!
The works of David Eddings were my first introduction to the world of fantasy (outside of Harry Potter), and straight away, I was hooked. I first read these books aged eleven, and while I think they are not suitable for a younger audience than eleven, anything upwards of that is a good time to start reading them.
Pawn of Prophecy is Eddings' first book - It is the start of a five-part series called The Belgariad about a fictional world that is on the brink of war. The world of this book has been created by seven gods, one of whom (Torak) has unfortunately turned a little bit evil, and Pawn of Prophecy tells the story of how a young boy called Garion is dragged into this war, and The Belgariad develops to show the unique role Garion has in his world - but I won't give too much away. (There is also another series about this world and these characters, The Mallorean, and two stand-alone books about two of the main characters, Polgara the Sorceress and Belgarath the Sorcerer - all well worth a read!)
These books are addictive - filled with wit and humour, but also seriousness at the appropriate moments, they are difficult to put down. The plot is exciting and very well thought out, and the characters and their relationships vividly painted. While they satisfied by eleven-year-old self thoroughly, they now seem a little bit short whenever I go to read them again, but Eddings still crammed a lot of excellent writing into a short space.
The world Eddings has created is well thought out - he includes a map at the start of every section, and an ancient legend from this world at the start of each book.
All in all, a fantastic read. Five stars!
Pawn of Prophecy is the first novel in the Belgariad written by David Eddings.
David Eddings was a fantasy writer who passed away last year, he lived in Seattle, Washington. His most famous works are the two five book fantasy epics, the Belgariad and the Mallorean. Both series are classic fantasy fare with battling wizards, gods, good and evil. He also wrote two trilogies about a pandion knight called Sparhawk which imitate the Belgariad books and towards the end of his life wrote some less successful novels. He started to openly acknowledge his wife as a co-author on some of the later novels.
The Pawn of Prophecy
The pawn of prophecy is as I said the first novel in the Belgariad, which eventually turns into a five novel series. It was also Eddings first foray into fantasy writing. The novel is in some ways classic fantasy fare, starting with a young boy growing up not in a castle as normal but a large farm. He is being brought up by an Aunt Pol and is called Garion, he is intelligent, blond and stubborn. The novel begins as a first person perspective when Garion hits about 4 years old, we are introduced to his Aunt, the farm, the farms smith called Durnick, his friends and a mysterious travelling storyteller who appears every now and again.
The novel moves slowly at first introducing all the main characters and through them the history of the world as viewed by a farmstead in a stable country called Sendoria. Sendoria was once part of Tolnedra and can be thought of as similar to a pre-industrial Britain.
Flanking Sendaria are the bigger nations of the Alorn peninsular, the forests of the Arends, the imperial empire of the Tolnedrans. They all encompass "the west" with the mysterious lands of the East called Murgo, Ulgo and Mallorea. The west and east have been at war for generations but at the time of the novels beginning the fighting is sporadic rather than outright conflict.
The lands of the west are controlled by three gods who picked one race of men when the world was young, the nations of the east all pay homage to one god, this god Torak is evil and twisted.
One God decided not to take a race of men and chose to live alone, this god Aldur accepted only a handful of disciples and went to live in solitude. He also found a mysterious orb which had enormous power, he looked deep into the jewel and saw the universe. The god Torak, brother of Aldur smote down Aldur and took the orb beginning a war between the east and west. They retrieved the orb and placed it in the hands of a king of a nation of the Alorns, it stayed for many centuries before the kings family was wiped out- except one.
The story slows winds forward but events many leagues away changes Garions life forever, he is ripped away from his farm and travelling with this strange storyteller who he discovers is called Belgarath and even more astonishingly is the father of his Aunt Pol he is sent on a perilous mission because the orb has been restolen.
Thats the premise of the novel, and of course its very much a starter book, here we are introduced to Garion first as the very young boy, then a pre-teen before when the book really gets going he's around 14. Aunt Pol is the classic fairy godmother, all icy persona, beautiful and scary very much playing the straight man to her father Belgarath as the comedy outlet. Who Belgarath and Polgara are is answered in later books, of course they are far more than their meer roles in this novel. Along the way we meet a dissident prince whose also a thief, businessman and con man, and a huge beserker who has a habit of changing into a bear.
We stay very much in classic fantasy land, the world is firmly locked in that late medieval world which most fantasy is set, just pre-gunpowder with knights, battles, castles, wizards, etc. Interestingly in these novels there are no other races and very few magical beasts, indeed they only appear very sporadically and have little impact on the story. Magic is specialised rather than endemic and some nations refuse to belief that is exists but we do have plenty of almost Greek like use of battles between the Gods and battles between Gods and man. Garion can be viewed as a type of Jason, who gathers a team to achieve a mission.
This is the first novel and sets the scene in it we are transported to a fantasy world where gods rage, nations battle and bigger questions are being answered than simply a fight in a battlefield or a pair of wizards colliding. Eddings has a wonderfully fluid writing style, he has a skill of introducing characters with only a few words or sentences, he moves the story along at a decent pace when needed but stops when the book requires it. The pawn is one of the better fantasy novels and the reader just knows that the books in the series are only going to get better rather than weaker.
The pawn and the larger Belgariad is perhaps the best fantasy series written in the last twenty years or so, it doesn't quite hit the heights of the greats like Lord of the Rings or the Gormenghast trilogy but is a very very good second.
Pawn of Prophecy was written by David Eddings and is part of a three book series. I feel like the author has a similar stile of writing as Terry pratchett although he does not get too technical when explaining how things work.
I must admit its only really till i go to the middle of the story that I began to understand what was happening.the first few chapters go into detail of how there world was created by the seven guards Audor,Torek and five other quards what gets confusing is when he goes into describing which cities the gods are control of and history of many wars that have gone on in the past.
Garion one of the characters in the book is very inquisitive and is always asking how things work and it is because of that he is able to learn more about how life works.\
Garion is adopted at an early age by aunt pol aka polgara a sorceress who is a daughter of a famous sorcer named Belgarath aka Mr wolf.
Mr wolf also has some other friends Silk,Barack. The best way to describe what he looks like would be if you were to look at character from harry potter who takes harry to hogwarts.I can't remember his name.
Garion has no clue of his past which is kind of sad. Aunt Pol tries to prevent him from learning about his past by sending him to do chores on the farm. But curiosity always gets the better of Garion and he usually finds some way to ease drop.
Another great character from the book is silk who is actually a prince but spends most of his time doing non royalty things like being a merchant. merchants have there own secret code which they use with there hands. In one case he uses it not knowing the person who he is talking about knows the code.its not t serious all he is doing is calling the person an old idiot.
Overall have enjoyed the book though I do not understand why garion is left in the dark about everything except to hide the whole plot of the story.
I am looking forward to next two books in the series
Book 2 Queen of Sorcery
Book 3 Magician's Gambit
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By the age of six years old I was quite adapt at reading books on my own, having progressed from Noddy to Famous Five books I was always to be found under the table with the table cloth pulled down to hide me so I could read in peace.
Then one Christmas someone bought me Alice in Wonder Land and Through the Looking Glass this was my first introduction to fantasy books and led on to me reading fantasy and sci-fi books, from The Lord of the Rings, Weaveworld, Michael Moorcock, and many others youll never find me without a book on the go.
Then two weeks ago I went to the boot sale and bought the five books which make up the story of The Belgariad, written by David Eddings. These cost me one pound for the set of five books as the person selling them was packing up and leaving at the end of the boot sale. I thought I had got a good deal, which turns out to be an understatement as I have never re4ad any David Eddings before and after reading a couple of pages of the first book, I was hooked. I will now start my reviews about each book I read, I havent had much practise at writing book reviews so Im hoping Ill get the hang of it as I go along.
The first book is called:-
Pawn of Prophecy
This is book one and is a paperback printed by Corgi the price on the back cover says UK £2.99 so Im not sure how old this copy is but Im sure youll have to pay a bit more if your buying this from a book shop like Waterstones. A book usually retails from about £5.99 upwards depending on where you shop, like I said I paid £1 for the set of five so I consider myself lucky to have found them so cheap.
It was first published in 1983 by Corgi and was reprinted in 1987 and 1988 so Im sure youd find a copy if you really wanted to. Ebay and Amazon are also a good place for buying books.
David Eddings was born in Spokane, Washington in 1931, he served in the army and had various jobs from grocer to teaching at college.
His first book was called High Hunt and was an adventure story but thankful for me and a lot other of his fans, he turned his hand to fantasy.
The story begins with a brief history of the war of the gods, this is written as the prologue and to be in tune with the background of the fantasy adventure you should read it.
In short it tells of the beginning of the world when seven gods lived in harmony with the races of man. Each god had its own group of people around him and cherished his followers, but one of the gods had no people and lived alone away from mankind and the other gods.
One day a vagrant child sought him out and became his disciple, he was called Belgarath and he learned the secret of will and the word to become a great sorcerer. In the following years others joined this brotherhood and time didnt touch them.
One of the gods, Aldur made a stone turn into a living soul and this stone was called the orb. The orb held great power and when one of the other gods Torak heard of the orb he had to have it. Having stolen the orb the other races went to war to get it back but Torak used the orb to split the sea and earth which separated the races of man. Then the second time Torak tried to use the orb to split the earth the orb began to glow and burst flame to his left hand, this spread down and up his left side of his body and he had to jump in the sea to quench the fire and from that day he couldnt touch the orb.
Toraks people built a great tower where he could hide and locked the orb in an iron cage and the centuries rolled by.
Belgarath the sorcerer was then called upon to get the orb back and travelled to the tower with Cherek the Alorns king. When they got to the tower and it was time to take the orb Belgarath said he could not touch it as it had to be touched by someone pure. Riva Iron grip opened the cask and took the orb and from that day only the son of Riva and their son down the generations were to protect the orb.
The prologue then goes on to tell of the forging of the sword which holds the orb and the child born to Belgarath who is named Polgara, they knew no time and kept their Virgil throughout the centuries, waiting for Torak to rise and try to regain the orb.
The story then begins with a boy called Garion who lives with his aunt Pol in Faldurs farm, he is a carefree lad and his aunt works in the kitchen producing the most succulent meals for all the farm workers. As the story unfolds the boy Garion beings to show signs of sorcery and has constant visions of a man watching him astride a horse. His aunt when questioned by Garion always seems to put the answers off and puts him to work on chores, however the day comes when Murgo who is searching for the legendary Polgara and the boy calls at the farm on pretence of doing some business and hurriedly Garion and Aunt Pol have to leave with a Mr Wolf, who so far as Garion knows is and old story teller who travels around from place to place, they take the blacksmith Dunirk with them and set off on the road.
As the time goes on in the story it is revealed to Garion that his aunt isnt who he thought she was and Mr wolf as he calls him is the legendary Belgarath and that aunt Pol is his daughter, the great Polgara. As more people join their group the adventure unfolds in an intricate way, the boy Garion trying to find out things and still being put to work to stop him asking questions and the others seeming to know more than him. He makes friends easily with the group and learns secret languages, how to barter and other useful bits of knowledge along the way. Going into the story would just spoilt it for you so youll have to get your own book.
I have never read any David Edding before and from the first two pages of reading I was hooked, the storyline is easy to pick up and you are then held captive by the way you know more about Garion than he does himself. This makes you want to read on as you want to find out how he finds out hes the chosen one and how he learns and his power of sorcery.
It isnt a slow to start storyline which some books are and if like me you get bored easily if the storyline isnt interesting and put the book down never to read, then this one will catch your attention early on in the first couple of pages.
I am now into my third book after reading this one and the next in the saga and find it hard to put down, I read every night and each book in the saga is captivating. If you love a good fantasy book and have never read this one, then Id recommend you find a copy I am thrilled with mine.
This book is the literary equivalent of cocaine. As soon as you get past the opening section, you enter one of the most interesting and emotionally challenging universes ever created in a fantasy novel. Pawn of Prophecy is the first book in the "Belgariad", a series spanning 5 novels which is then continued in the "Mallorean". Although Eddings wrote another couple of series, the Belgariad is easily the best. The story revolves around garion and his companions, who are following a shadowy thief who has stolen an object of importance. Garion's companions include Belgarath the Sourcerer, Garion's aunt Pol (the daughter of Belgarath), a sneak-thief named Silk and a viking-like warrior called Barak. The characters are incredibly vivid, and many of their conversations are very funny. Silk in particular is excellent, as his character is one of quick wit and friendly banter. I would advise anyone to read this excellent book, as you have been missing out on one of the greatest literary masterpieces of the (previous) centuary. And to anyone who is an established fan of fantasy, where have you been?
Pawn of Prophecy is the first in a series of fantasy novels, the Belgariad . It is set against a lavish historical backdrop of Gods, prophecies and races that is indeed an achievement in itself. Our main character is the most unsuspecting Garion. Garion is a young boy who lives the comfortable and typical Sendarian life in the heart of Sendaria at Faldor’s farm with his Aunt Pol. Suddenly his life is turned upside down as he begins to ask the question, who is he? His Aunt Pol has always been rather dismissive when he began to ask question about his parents, coupled with the strange birthmark on his hand and the mysterious cloaked figure who seems to haunt his dreams David Eddings builds up an elaborate set of circumstances that only just begin to fit together in this first book. Garion even begins to question the identity of Aunt Pol as the the ancient, magical Lady Polgara... The characters are superb, the book boasts a rich variety of both likeable and despisable personalities. The journey takes Garion and co. through many landscapes which are described effectively. I enjoyed this book very much and immediately had to purchase the second in the series ‘Queen of Sorcery’. The Belgariad has exciting plot and characters which together with its exceptional readability and limited drawn-out descriptions which sometimes plague this sort of book make it a worthwile read for any fan of the genre, or newcomers for that fact.
This is the first Eddings book - the begining of the Belgariad. It introduces some of the main characters that appear in the Belgariad and the Mallorean series of books and is an ideal book to introduce you both to Eddings and Fantasy novels as a whole.It deals with Garion, a ordinary farm boy who is suddenly taken on a dangerous journey filled with sorcery and adventure by his "Aunt" and other companions. He gradually over the series of 5 books comes to relise his destiny. So far normal fantasy fare - however what distinguishes Eddings from many other fanatasy writers is the excellent writing, the characterisation and the numerous humerous moments (though it never decends into slapstick. My advice to anyone who has not read any Eddings is to get this book out of the library - if you like it, buy the whole series. I often re-read my books - things that seemed unimportant on the first reading can be noticed second time around, the characters bare several re-readings and favourite passages can be relished when re-visited. One bit of advice to new readers - skip the prologue. In my opinion it gives too much of the plot away and detracts rather than adds to the book - go back to the prologues when you have read a couple of the books.