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Pawn of Prophecy (Belgariad) Mass Market Paperback – January 13, 1986
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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
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"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...?
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The one drawback is that it takes about 100 pages before things really gets going and that could be a challenge for younger readers.
This starts off giving a little bit of background of the history of this world. The main character is a boy who grew up on a farm and finds himself going on an epic journey that he doesn't quite understand. The people he thought he knew are not the people he believe them to be. Everybody seems to be more than they are, even the main character. But that's a story for another book :-)
The author created a interesting world and more interesting characters. The characters do not really change throughout this book, but we find out more about them enough to where it feels like there is growth. Overall a good book and I would read again.
The good news is that this, and the books that follow, are very good. In fact I had read all five about 15 years ago. I wish I had kept them. For those already familiar with fantasy the plot is rather predicable. But the chacters are engaging and the dialog crisp. The plot is not so complex as to to require too much concentration for a "fun" read but not so simple as to be boring. For those not familiar with fantasy fiction this is a very good series to start with. As a matter of fact I think it is the series that I started with. The faux medieval world created by Eddings, while not as complex as those found in in other fantasy novels, is none the less timeless. I truely enjoyed rereading the first three again. Imagine my disappointment to find that the last two were no to be found.