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Pawn of Prophecy - David Eddings
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Pawn of Prophecy - David Eddings
Advantages: Excellent story, characters
Disadvantages: Get hooked!
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...
Summary: Just can't put it down