Pawn of Prophecy

Pawn of Prophecy

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"Eddings's Belgariad is exactly the kind of fantasy I like. It has magic, adventure, humor, mystery, and a certain delightful human insight."--Piers Anthony

Long 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 safe.

But 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 the first book of The Belgariad, a magnificent epic of immense scope, 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!
Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, 1982
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780345335517
0345335511
Characteristics: [2] p., 308 p. : map ; 18 cm

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mammothhawk229e
Mar 08, 2017

Comfort book.
Heartened that people online wanted series to be given Hollywood network treatment.
Good luck on locking actors to long term contract!

SaraLovesBooks Sep 13, 2016

I re-read this book every year, along with the rest of the series, the sequel series, and the two prequels. This book was the first adult epic fantasy novel I ever read. It started it all. I loved the tone of the characters, and the world Eddings created. I also loved how he purposely broke as many tropes in epic fantasy as he could, in a humorous and entertaining fashion. I highly recommend this book and the subsequent series to others.

The only caution I would say is that the first book does take its time in telling the story. If you prefer instant action or stories that go at a break-neck pace, you may want to give this one a miss.

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Venley
Sep 28, 2015

This was the first Fantasy Series that I really got into. I went through the whole series twice reading and now once on audio in the last twenty years. I'll probrably end up reading it agian.

Radharc Apr 13, 2015

Easily one of the best fantasy series ever conceived. While the main concept of this saga isn't new, the characters are refreshingly likable and believable.

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booksworthreading
Jun 19, 2013

This book has it all: amazing and realistic characters, magic, politics, and a slightly dumb lovable character. The characters are really what take this story beyond the cliché template (which is still there, by the way) and actually transports you into a world that has been masterfully done, and has a political aspect as well. This book could be read by older kids and not have them think it was boring or crossed a line. I enjoyed this book enormously and would recommend it to fantasy lovers of all ages.

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LauralLibrarian
Apr 02, 2013

Magic, mystery, humor and great character development.

chrissyz Feb 20, 2013

This is awesome

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Bluestar_CK
Feb 20, 2012

Great series of books

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obscured
Aug 10, 2010

Great book! A tale of magic and growing up. Lots of adventure and sarcasm.

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JediMooCow
Jul 12, 2010

Possibly the perfect intorduction to fantasy reading. The story is simple (farm-boy to hero) and the characters pretty standard, but it's written well, and the magic system is one of the better designed ones out there. Probably the best work of this prolific author.

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booksworthreading
Jun 19, 2013

Garion, a young farm boy, is suddenly taken from his idyllic life and thrust into a world of adventure chasing after a mysterious object that somehow seems to be linked to the silvery mark on his hand. Surrounded by his diverse companions and his aunt who is not all that she seems to be, Garion has no idea what he is getting into.

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booksworthreading
Jun 19, 2013

"History`s very tolerant, Anheg," Wolf said. "You don`t have to try and impress her. She`ll forget most of what we say anyway."

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