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The Belgariad, Vol. 1: Pawn of Prophecy, Queen of Sorcery, Magician's Gambit (The Belgariad #1-3)

4.24 of 5 stars 4.24  ·  rating details  ·  10,166 ratings  ·  305 reviews
Sci Fi Book Club Omnibus edition.
Includes: Pawn of Prophecy, Queen of Sorcery, Magician's Gambit
759 pages
Published by Nelson Doubleday, Inc. (first published 1982)
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Maybe more like a 2.75 on the ratings scale. Competent but predictable fantasy. The author created the world before he created the story, and it shows. The setting is very thoroughly imagined and meticulously crafted; the story, less so. The characters are all familiar fantasy archetypes, though not bad examples of those archetypes, for the most part. The pacing is exceedingly slow, and the action depends a great deal on the people in the story not telling each other basic, necessary information...more
Jun 29, 2007 Katy rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: young teens
Get ready for the overuse of the word "sardonic" and characters who absolutely have to have the last word ("oh, really?" "yes, indeed!" "I thought you might feel that way." "I was born feeling this way.") I have to be loyal to a fellow Reedie, but Eddings takes the easy way out too often, merely stating situations when he could take more pains to show them ("The young boy took her hand with a mournful look in his eyes showing profound love, tinged with hope and fear and a midafternoon's hunger f...more
This Fantasy series is entertaining. Some of the dialogue is witty and sharp. Clearly there's ideas lifted from Tolkein - it's hard to find fantasy that can't be traced back to Tolkein. However, there's more character driven plots than JRR which makes for a fun read.
With some tweaking this could actually be adapted to film. Sometimes the characters bleed into one another. Unless you extremely like the writing and characters I strongly suggest skipping the Mallorean, the next five books. The auth...more
Shira Karp
Dec 31, 2007 Shira Karp rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fantasy genre fans
This series has been recommended to me more times than I can count. I finally got around to reading it and I gotta say... not sure what all the fuss is about. I mean, it was good, but it wasn't any better in my opinion than any of those other series out there that tell the same tale- good vs. evil, magic vs. non-magic, follow the prophecy road... you get the idea. This book fits the formula to a T. I could tell you everything that was going to happen in this series by the second chapter. What I...more
My favorite fantasy series and I have read them multiple times. It moves along quickly, but has the right amount of detail so that you can picture all of the characters involved.
The flippant dialogue is at first charming, then predictable, and ultimately mind-numbing and/or entirely inappropriate given the situation. The plot is an interminable travelogue of new places and characters, only briefly developed, in service to Eddings' fleshing out the maps he drew before writing this series (see Eddings' Preface in this volume). Worse, the plot is furthered in no small way simply by characters not telling each other what is obviously important information (not just to the r...more
This is my review for both David Eddings series Belgariad and The Malloreon I know it is a little long but bear with me please. As a warning there will be spoilers.

The Belgariad and The Malloreon series has truly struck a cord whith me in a way that no series has been able to do since The Sword of Truth series and before that The Harry Potter series. Both of the authors of those series had a special power to take what they had written and bring it alive withing the pages. This is what David Eddi...more
This book is like an adventure.... With out the horrible uncomfortableness. It is the same type of book as LOTR, not as well written but still, which is *fan fare* an adventure in a book!!! I love this type of genre, and this was my first 100+ page book in this genre. How can I forget my first time? I digress, i digress, i love this book dearly and all of it's characters close to may heart. The written is splendid, though some beg to differ, the hero was believable and had faults, the enemy was...more
Dec 29, 2007 Tony rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fantasy Readers
I'm going to make this the proxy review for the entire series of Eddings' work within this universe. I read this around 10 times when I was a teenager, and it's definitely my favorite fantasy series ever (although I don't read many). The characters are memorable, even if they all tend to speak with the same sarcatic, dry tone. The plot is addictive, even if repetitive. The prose is servicable. Recommended to teenagers, and readers of fantasy.
Johnny Feng
David Eddings begins each book with a piece of history pretaining to the land. We focus on the journey of a young boy by the name of Garion as he is forced to flee his home along with his aunt Pol and travel on a long journey to retrieve a stolen object of great importance. As they journey across multiple countries in pursuit of the object, we see Garion develop his latent powers and we end the third book with the return to where everything began.
Average fantasy with a few flourishes. Reading it now, it reads almost like an adaptation of a Japanese Fantasy RPG where the minute you see a map, you know the characters will have to go to every named point on it, and once they have, the series is over. It's pleasantly written, and the writing style moves pretty briskly. Fun fantasy fluff that goes on a bit too long.
Forget Robert Jordan. David Eddings is the one who knows how to write compelling fantasy- with humor, with love, and with great characters.

The Belgariad was his first series, and it shows, but still a wonderful read, and the sequel series is even better.
Paul Lunger
The first book in "The Belgariad" series begins the tale of Garion a boy raised in the kingdom of Saldaria by his Aunt Pol who is protecting him from a past he may not want to know of. Eddings spins a tale across both this kingdom & Cherek as we learn piece-by-piece the details of our characters lives as he introduces us to a world of magic & mystery. Throughout it as characters are slowly introduced the story keeps moving at a pace that is easy enough for the reader to enjoy & also...more
This seems like the beginning of a truly epic fantasy series. I'm tempted to give it 5 stars, but I think that I might need to keep reading the series to see if it really ends up deserving that. The book is a classic fantasy story with a LOT borrowed from Tolkien. I guess that isn't really a bad thing since most fantasy is rooted in him, but some of it is a bit too obvious.

Regardless, Eddings does an awesome job with character development and world building. He gives a very straightforward myth...more
I read the first three books in succession. All I can say is, what a refreshing story. Eddings does an excellent job of carrying the story. Every time I put the book down I couldn't wait until the next time I picked it up. The story involves the typical fantasy characters such as sorcerers, elves, dwarves and the like, but it also includes some rare ones that I've not seen in any stories I've read. Many involve names of made up creatures I cannot remember, but Dryads are one set of creatures tha...more
I did not finish this book. My thoughts when beginning the novel were: "Oh, look, a story about a young orphan boy living on a farm with a mysterious lineage, who encounters an old storyteller and leaves with him to go off on an adventure!"

Did you mean:

- Eragon
- Star Wars
- Wheel of Time
- Every frickin high fantasy story ever

While I know that the hero's monomyth is compelling, I've seen it enough now that I'm bored with it. It is well written, but far too deeply involved in literary tropes to...more
A 4 for premise and a 2 for execution. Upshot: the author draws an interesting world with some well-thought characters and convincing political dynamics in this page-turner. Downsides: these people are basically invincible and can easily handle any big bad with any power that comes their way...which left me wondering why it's so hard to retrieve the magic thingamajig. If there's no real danger in the journey, then what's the point of the 700 pages (just for volume 1)?

All in all, I finished this...more
Like The Redemption of Althalus, this book does some things well and some things poorly. The plot is cliché, the characters are interesting, the writing seems childish, and the world the story takes place in is very well done. Like The Redemption of Althalus, I think this book would be more appreciated by someone younger than me. This book also comes as three separate books and if you choose to go that route, be warned that the first book has very little plot and all it really does is set the st...more
Nick Hall
This first volume of the Belgariad is a decently engaging story, but not one I would recommend to others. The story is practically built of cliches, from the Secret King to the Gruff But Wise Wizard, right down to the villain who says "We're very much alike. Under different circumstances, we might even have been friends." There's also some fairly distasteful racist undercurrents. In the end, there is the obligatory fleeing from the villain's lair which collapses into ruin as soon as he is defeat...more
I don't think I've read anything so formulaic in years... David Eddings doesn't add a single new element to the fantasy genre, and his characters are cardboard cutouts that sometimes act very oddly for the sake of the plot (like when Garrion, a supposedly naive 14 year old farmboy, has a "dry voice" in his head that sometimes makes him miraculously smart in key plot situations). Also, if another character says something "blandly" to another character again, I will shoot myself. I gave this book...more
Brilliant. High fantasy at its best. I'm definitely going to finish this series, and probably The Mallorean too. The world was incredibly well-developed. The one thing I didn't particularly like was the main character. I found him annoying at first, but he did improve as the series progressed. It was also a little confusing; not only is there is massive cast of characters, but many of them have multiple names which are used interchangeably. Still, that was a small problem that didn't detract fro...more
This is one of my favorite fantasy series that has been printed. With the complexity and fascinating social and magical structure as most lengthy high fantasy series without the tediousness of lengthy political interactions (at least for me, I find really lengthy politics in my fantasy sort of....hard to muddle through sometimes).

This series has some of my favorite characters every written on page and I love going back and reading it again and again. The religious and social aspects are fascina...more
Astoundingly reliant on fantasy tropes. Ever read Jones' "Tough Guide To Fantasyland?"-- this often echoed that text, but without any of the parody. Everyone wears boots, eats stew, and the women are often caricatures. Nevertheless, it was entertaining. Just be very, very patient with the author. Overall, advised moreso if you are aching for a comfortably familiar, wending epic fantasy than if you were seeking something with a lot of substance.
This is a high-brow fantasy novel. Eddings has created a new world with its own complex history. I am not a fan of such fantasy because I often find trying to remember the history of a made up world to be really tedious. Trying to keep three thousand years of kings and drama straight was more than I wanted. I didn't even finish this novel. It cam highly recommended by one of my friends, but I couldn't get interested in any of the characters or the plot.
A.N. Vidrine
This is another book I really wanted to like. I enjoy high fantasy, even cliched high fantasy. But there was little to recommend in this one. Other authors and other series do everything in this one better. Maybe I would have liked this one had I read it before all the other fantasy I've read. I made a valiant attempt at finishing it, even going well beyond my normal 100 page limit (if it sucks after 100 pages, I don't waste any more time on it) in hopes that it would get better. But I just coul...more
I didn't love this series and am questioning whether or not I'll read the next three books. I want to know what happens, but I'm not sure how bad I want to know. The characters are likeable and the mystical happenings are intriguing, but it is taking them a long time to get where they are going and to do what they need to do. The Belgariad plot is similar to The Lord of the Rings, but not as enjoyable.
Fun fantasy read, where you know the good guys will win and no one important will die, it's just the "how" that you don't know. Fun characters, although they're a bit 2D. And I like it when the wolves are "good guys" which isn't always the case for fantasy books (like LOTR). Just an escape book.
Brad McKenna
In the grand tradition of Lord of the Rings (which, I’m sure was in the grand tradition of something else) comes this book. Well, this book is actually the first 3 books in the saga and I’m, actually glad I read them all at once because the first one is the worst one. That’s not to say it’s bad, but rather it’s underwhelming.
Garion is perhaps the least developed of all the characters. Mister Wolf is the irascible old wizard, Aunt Pol is Garion’s caretaker and a sorceress herself. True, they see...more
Alec Julien
I wanted to like this, but it's like the author was writing the book as a school assignment -- there's no joy in the prose, and it reads like a mere exercise in the genre. Good, evil, quest, hero coming of age, blah blah blah. Too bad. The characters have potential.
Daniel D.
Really good writing, but too slow for my taste. This book is as slow as The Wheel of Time, but the plot seems to be weaker.

About half way into the book and here the following is all that happens:

A young boy goes out into a journey with his aunt and some old storyteller/vagrant guy, both of which may be more then what they appear to be. They are both fleeing from some people and looking for something as well. They are also keeping some secret about the boy's true identity.

It is implied that the p...more
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David Eddings was an American author who has written several best-selling series of epic fantasy novels. David Eddings' wife, Leigh Eddings, is uncredited as co-author on many of his early books, but he has lately acknowledged that she contributed to them all.

David Eddings' first books (which were general fiction) sold moderately well. He later switched to writing epic fantasy, a field in which he...more
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