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Pawn of Prophecy (Belgariad) Mass Market Paperback – January 13, 1986
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The sorcerers in question are Belgarath and his daughter Polgara. Both are fiercely determined and wield sarcasm even better than they do spells. Danger threatens and a priceless artifact is stolen. They take Garion on the road with them and the boy of 14 going on fifteen gets a whirlwind tour of his world as Belgarath and Polgara first chase the artifact and then confront the council of the Alorn kings. While this is hardly children's fiction it spends the time to visit Garion's all too human confusion and fears. His guardians are slow to explain things to him and like any adolescent of that age; Garion deeply resents being treated like a child and craves more attention than anyone has time to give him. But he copes, and we gradually will come to understand that he is more than just a frustrated whiner.
Eddings' strength is his talent for character building and sharp dialog. The basic plot isn't all that original, but the characters make everything come to life. You won't find extended paroxysms of ornate prose here.Read more ›
I bought it, thinking that when I just want some
cheap, easy reading book, I'd have something to read.
As I began it, I was very scepticle about the whole
thing. The writing, I must say, wasn't the best I'd
seen in my life, and the setting remained constantly
in the backround, never a key element of the book, and
not well described. So, in the beginning, I was
getting exactly what I expected. Then, about 50 pages
in, it suddenly became interesting. I got caught up in
the plot so fully that, when I didn't really feel like
reading, I found the book in my hands and I was
rushing through the pages.
The plot comes close to making up for the quality of the
writing. The plot is the perfect example of why I
started reading fantasy books in the first place. It
starts out with focussing on a young boy called
Garion, who lives on a very successful farm owned by a
man called Farmer Faldor. Garion was orphaned as a
child, so he remains in the care of his only known
relative Aunt Pol, the chief cook of the farm. One
day, an old, wandering storyteller shows up at
Faldor's Farm. It turns out that Aunt Pol and the old
man knew each other from long ago, and the old man
takes her and Garion along with him on some mysterious
quest which Garion is left in the dark about for most
of the book. They left, joining up with several
companions, then went off in search of an unknown
person who has stolen an unknown object of importance
which must be recovered at all costs....
Really, this wouldn't be held together by itself; the plot was helped out greatly by the characters. I think that the characters were simply amazing.Read more ›
I have seen several previous reviewers complain about the predictable storyline and lack of intricacy in the plot. And hey, I agree. These books are NOT written to be complex; they are written to be FUN. I have read the Belgariad and Mallorean more times than I can count, and they are both extremely enjoyable, and at times, touching. Eddings has a flair for writing dialogue that brings his characters to life. On the downside, those characters are mostly static, and rarely change - their personality types are set in stone, and their interactions are almost always the same. Occasionally, however, Eddings will surprise us and reveal a facet of a character's personality that we have not previously seen.
This particular book is actually a bit slow, and not really all that much Cool Stuff (TM) happens. In the second book and onwards, Eddings describes the magic and lands of his world, and I must say that they are both extremely interesting.
If you are looking for a deep, intricately woven plot that has turns within turns, I would suggest picking up Tad Williams' Memory, Sorrow and Thorn trilogy or George R. R. Martin's Song of Ice and Fire series. If, however, you are looking for a rollicking, fun adventure then I can wholeheartedly suggest the Belgariad, starting with Pawn of Prophecy.
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Written by one of my favourite Fantasy Authors.
A delightful story of Good against Evil
Just finished Pawn of Prophecy for the umpteenth time. This is one of my favourite series and I read it regularly. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Anne Broadribb
It surprises me that Eddings' novels are not more well-known and popular, as he is such an engaging and wonderful author. Read morePublished 1 month ago by BMallen
Very good series. My kids have been reading this series and the Mallorean over and over since they were in 3rd grade or so. Have replaced our paperback set several times. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Duane K. Boldt
When my very active son was in middle school and a reluctant (but capable) reader, I read this book out loud to him in an effort to bring him around to reading. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Liv'in Learn
There's a lot to like about 'Pawn of Prophecy' - it's jam-packed with hooks and is a real page-turner kind of fantasy, with lots of humour and secrets woven into the plot. Read morePublished 3 months ago by azquim
I keep waiting for these books to become a series of movies. I've already had to wait far too long.Published 4 months ago by Mark W. Altman
Read it as a young adult in paperback seems like 20 years ago or more, but wanted it as an e-book. Awesome book and series! Too bad the author is now dead...Published 5 months ago by Timerus
Definitely a great page turner. Very easy to read with an intriguing plot. Love the characters and who doesnt like sorcerers and kings? Read morePublished 5 months ago by blondie