Reason for Reading:
- This was a Christmas present to me from my newest brother-in-law.
Summary from GoodReads
It all begins with the theft of the Orb that for so long protected the West from an evil god. As long as the Orb was at Riva, the prophecy went, its people would be safe from this corrupting power. Garion, a simple farm boy, is familiar with the legend of the Orb, but skeptical in matters of magic. Until, through a twist of fate, he learns not only that the story of the Orb is true, but that he must set out on a quest of unparalleled magic and danger to help recover it. For Garion is a child of destiny, and fate itself is leading him far from his home, sweeping him irrevocably toward a distant tower—and a cataclysmic confrontation with a master of the darkest magic.
Pawn of Prophecy:
I love a good fantasy romp.
My brother-in-law has been after me to experience David Eddings’ works and presented me with the first three books in The Belgariad series for Christmas last year. I was thrilled and apprehensive because, you see, I have this problem when it comes to fantasy – I get completely and totally sucked in.
That’s not a bad thing, it’s just fantasy has this ability to make me forget to eat, sleep, drink … basically forget everything but reading. I walk around the house with my nose in the book, I fall asleep from utter exhaustion and wake up with the book on top of my face, begging to be read – forget the shower and coffee!
So I have to confess, there are times when I pick up a fantasy series and I hope that it will be gentle with me and provide me with opportunities to just put it down. In that regard, Pawn of Prophecy let me down.
This book had everything I loved. The legends of old gods, the young boy, the sorceress, the ancient prophet, the giants, the imps, the ordinary folk and the spies. It combined light, quick wit and humor with an enormous quest and kept me completely hooked every step of the way.
Now I understand why my brother-in-law pressed these books on me – and now that I’ve finished with the review of the first, I’m headed back to dive into the second.
Queen of Sorcery:
I’m always a little apprehensive when approaching the middle book of a trilogy. The questions in my mind are usually: How will people I’ve come to love in the first book be treated? Will the main character (especially since he’s a child in this case) grow annoying and hard to relate to? Who else will be introduced? How will the story move toward a conclusion in the third book?
David Eddings did a fantastic job with putting me at ease regarding each and every one of those questions. New villains were introduced, and they are colorful and amazing. Old enemies were put to rest, moving the story forward in a way that was unexpected and fantastic. And new friends were brought into the mix – in this case a young, 15 year old girl who had me roaring with laughter.
Although Garion whined and wallowed a bit, it was comforting to see David Eddings address that head on, and in the process provide his readers with hope that it will change. If anything – it reminded me that Garion is still just a boy (as evidenced by a rather hilarious scene regarding learning to shave).
Great story movement, fantastic characters, a huge amount of fantastic world building – this series is living up to every good thing I’ve been told about it.
This is the first book of Edding’s Belgariad series that has earned less than a 5 star rating from me. Don’t get me wrong – I’m still enjoying the world, the setting, the progression .. but the addition of some characters (Relg is just weird, folks)and the darkness of the world as the progression is happening really made it easier for me to put the book down and do other things less important, like play Bejeweled.
That said, let me talk about what I did like in the book – I enjoyed finally seeing Garion start to come into his own. I enjoyed the humor – laughed out loud in several places, and I enjoyed seeing the budding relationship happening between Garion and Ce’Nedra (who is one of my favorites).
But now let me talk about some other favorites of mine:
1. Durnik. I love the common, peasant, strong but tenderhearted character. You know – the ones that don’t need special powers or abilities to show they are special? That’s what Durnik is. Add in the conflict with his emotions for a certain beautiful lady and you have a well-rounded, incredibly likeable man.
2. Mandorallen. I have a feeling this is not a popular character to like – but honestly, his coping method with fear won me over. I adore this character for all his high-brow speech and noble theatrics. As much as I love Durnik for his simplicity, Mandorallen provides me with the perfect compliment in character. Some of my favorite scenes involve this knight, and I cannot wait to see how he will change in the upcoming books.
I read the first three books of the Belgariad in a single volume and it took me less than 24 hours to do so. That’s how engrossing this story is. If you are a fantasy lover and, like me, have not read these books in the past I urge you to give them a shot. There is something in there for everyone.
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