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I noticed that most of the reviewers give this a nostalgic loved this when I was young rating And they re right to do so This is the perfect series of books for a young reader clever enough to hold its own, exciting without being too graphic, and the youth don t notice just how bad the prose is.
I mean, it s hilariously bad It s not that the Eddings machine can t write for beans it s that the writing does all the hackneyed nasty cliched things that you re supposed to get out of your system sometime shortly after high school For an effective drinking game, swig every time Eddings writes a Tom Swifty I can t swallow this peach, Garion choked Or just sip it happens on every page so you ll drink your share either way On rereading, though, two things struck me other than the bad prose The first volume in the five book Belgariad series, which I ll happily admit to reading and then rereading throughout my mid teens Farm boy Garion enjoys a peaceful childhood in the care of his loving and occasionally stern Aunt Pol until the arrival of assassins sees them both on the run and Garion increasingly aware that he s muchimportant than he could have imagined This is where the classic chosen one fantasy template gets going in earnest and it s rarely been done better The scale and detail of Eddings world is often staggering and the interplay between the characters a frequent delight Some elements will seem overly familiar to modern fantasy readers, from the prolonged info dump in the prologue to the boy with a great destiny central protagonist It should be remembered, however, A Magnificent Epic Set Against A History Of Seven Thousand Years Of The Struggles Of Gods And Kings And Men Of Strange Lands And Events Of Fate And A Prophecy That Must Be Fulfilled THE BELGARIADLong Ago, So The Storyteller Claimed, The Evil God Torak Sought Dominion And 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 SafeBut That Was Only A Story, And Garion Did Not Believe In Magic Dooms, Even Though The Dark Man Without A Shadow Had Haunted Him For Years 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 For A While His Dreams Of Innocence Were Safe, Untroubled By Knowledge Of His Strange Heritage For A Little While THUS BEGINS BOOK ONE OF THE BELGARIAD And there we go after posponing and postponing I ve finally kicked off the last of the old great fantasy series on my long term fantasy reading quest Pawn of Prophecy is everything everyone makes it out to be That is, it is a book which at first seems like a derivative, annoying teenage farmboy fantasy with very few redeeming qualities For those who stick with it, however, it contains so muchBy the end of the book, I just wantedimmediately.
After a painstakingly slow beginning, the book picks up pace, and by the end, it becomes a real page turner Most of the characters are significantlyenjoyable than their equivalents in many similar fantasy series, and while I understand that some people are annoyed that they re seemingly invincible and face few real challenges to their progress, I found it somewhat refreshing to not have to read through the kind of se 3.
A lovely story, very similar to Grandma s bedtime stories.
Classical Fantasy in its finest Brought back some of my childhood and the first Sparks of Love for the genre Yes, I am sure my feelings are tainted by nostalgia, but if I had kids, I would definitely be reading this to them, just as my dad used to read it to me Yeah, totally worth it Okay, I see all the glowing reviews and all the 4 and 5 star ratings sigh Here I go again While I don t actually dislike this book I m pretty far from liking it either Mostly I struggled to stay awake and keep my mind on it It starts out slow meanders around trying to find a plot in the midst of it s standard epic fantasy stereotypes and finishes telling me I should get the next book Not for now, thanks The book wants very badly to be a standout epic I mentioned elsewhere that it felt as though the book kept yelling LOOK AT ME I M AN EPIC FANTASY The novel begins by introing us to the deities of the book s mythology, telling us about the evil one of them and the mythic event that set things in motion view spoiler I do wonder why the deities made the powerful gem I thought I m too old I thought this wouldn t be challenging enough I thought I d be bored.
Instead, I was deeply engrossed in this book, couldn t put it down Didn t want to put it down.
This book is like sipping hot chocolate wrapped in a blanket while it snows outside It s familiar, comforting, and it s fun.
Of course, it s neither deep nor complex, but it resulted in a wonderful, heartwarming Saturday afternoon, and I can t wait to continue the series.
Eddings has really created a beloved series of books that can be recommended to young and old alike It is not deep or etremely thought provoking, it s just an enjoyable combination of adventure, humor, and fun Garion, a naive farm boy, finds out that he is not ordinary at all As he discovers his powers, he grows to adulthood through the ten books that comprise the Belgariad and the Mallorean Critics might find some elements a bit formulaic, but few can deny that it is a fun series to read For me, it was my first introduction to fantasy after Tolkien, and it was very refreshing It was written in the 1980 s when there wasn t much new stuff around We had Anne McCaffrey and her dragons, and Terry Brooks came along I guess there was Ursula LeGuin and CS Lewis as well to fall back on, but Eddings really put together a compelling story with memorable dialogue that my wife and I f originally reviewed at Bookwraiths Reviews There is nothing I hatethan trying to review one of my all time favorite books from my teenage years We all know the reason the book just never lives up to your memories of its perfection A fact which if we are honest with ourselves is inevitable, because we personally have changed too much, the world has changed too much, and our tastes have changed too much since the initial reading This is true to a certain extent with David Edding s Pawn of Prophecy.
Back when I picked up this first novel of The Belgariad in 1984, I was a 13 year old or a 14 year old I can t remember which any just getting over an addiction to Dungeon Dragons and trying to transition away from my pre teen persona into my young adult one I had also just recently made the life altering discovery of J.
R Tolkien, whose books made me fall in love with fantasy and