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The Belgariad, Vol. 1: Pawn of Prophecy / Queen of Sorcery / Magician's Gambit

(The Belgariad #1-3)

4.28  ·  Rating details ·  14,404 ratings  ·  395 reviews
Millions of readers have discovered the magic of David Eddings' New York Times bestselling series The Belgariad. Now the first three books in this monumental epic appear in a single volume. Here, long-time fans can rediscover the wonder--and the uninitiated can embark upon a thrilling new journey of fantasy and adventure.

It all begins with the theft of the Orb that for so
Paperback, 644 pages
Published August 27th 2002 by Del Rey Books (first published 1982)
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Christopher Paolini
My grandfather on my father’s side bought me The Ruby Knight —the second book in The Elenium trilogy, by David Eddings—when I was nine or ten. It was the first modern fantasy I had ever read, and I remember being utterly captivated by Mr. Eddings’ story of knights and magic and monsters, and thinking, “I like this!”

I liked it so much, in fact, that I raced to our local library and, over the course of several months, devoured every novel Mr. Eddings had published. I even went so far as to purcha
Aug 24, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
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
Mar 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
Queen of Sorcery is definitely still my favorite. There's so much humor in this series. The characters are ridiculous and funny.

One good thing about reading this volume as a whole is that Pawn of Prophecy is a tad bit light on substance, and Queen of Sorcery is high on humor, but by the time you get into Magician's Gambit you're actually getting much more into the darker aspects of the series. It's no longer light-hearted. There are still plenty of laughs, though.

But, oh god. I wanted to kill E
Jun 29, 2007 rated it liked it
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
Maddy Lanslots
May 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favourites, own
This is the fourth time I'm reading the Belgariad series by Eddings and I will never stop loving it. The worst thing that could be said about these books is that they are a tad predictable, the characters somewhat stereotypical, and that it is rather "light" for a fantasy series; but I think that is why I enjoy it so much. It makes these books suitable for a wide range of ages. I first read it when I was in my early/middle teens and I noticed that I read it differently each time, noticing differ ...more
Mar 14, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 07, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy-sci-fi
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
Shira Karp
Dec 31, 2007 rated it really liked it
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
Greg (adds 2 TBR list daily) Hersom
This was a fun read and, of course, is much more lighthearted thanmost the epic fantasy that's out there now-a-days, or at least more than what I read. It fit the mood I was in when I started it and is definitely a product of its time.
For me it was a little too much to read these books an an omnibus format, cause by the middle of the Magician's Gambit, I was way ready to be done with it. So I'm not sure I'll ever get back to the remaining books in this series or not.
Aug 09, 2009 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy, fiction
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
Feb 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Aug 27, 2012 rated it it was ok
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
Dec 29, 2007 rated it really liked it
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.
Ian Hardee
Mar 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-fantasy
*there are some extremely minor spoilers as to when certain things are revealed to the main character in the books in this review, these things are, however, are revealed in the prologue, so EXTREMELY minor*

I'm enjoying this book immensely. I'm not even done with it, and yet I'm here to let you know that. I've just finished book two, and I felt the need to come and write this.

I was conflicted on starting this because the reviews are so disparate. So I wanted to write a review to sort some thing
Berry Muhl
Dec 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I'll offer the same review for both volumes of this book. I didn't read the individual novels as they were published; my first encounter with Eddings took place via the collected series.

Short version: a funny, scary, adventurous, deep story, told well.

Long version: if you've only read a few fantasy series, as I have, it's hard to pigeonhole this. It's not as horrific as Terry Goodkind's novels, but still much more graphic than Tolkien's. I find myself comparing it to the LOTR trilogy, and coming
Summer Meyers
Aug 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
These were my favorite books growing up. And by favorite I mean I read these more times than Harry Potter-- I know, you're shocked right?
There are plenty of things wrong with this series, that if I had read them as an adult I would probably have ripped it to pieces. But after years of not reading it and finally picking it up again, it gave me a warm fuzzy feeling of being young, in my own bed with a cat and not having any real responsibilities. I loved reading about my beloved characters again-
Aug 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Oct 08, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dropped, epic-fantasy
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
Feb 22, 2011 rated it did not like it
Shelves: fantasy
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.
Johnny Feng
Sep 27, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: advisorybooks
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.
Sep 20, 2007 rated it liked it
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.
Jun 06, 2007 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
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.
Morgan Beldyk
Sep 24, 2014 rated it liked it
I really want to like this book. It was very pleasant to read. The author is good at description without getting bogged down in it, and the plot moves quickly without being confusing. The book, however, is extremely flawed and highly unoriginal. If you're looking for a unique take on the "Ordinary Farm Boy is the Chosen One to Save the World" story, you'll have to look elsewhere, because this follows the template completely unironically.

The characters were likable, but somewhat flat. Everyone ha
Paul Lunger
Aug 23, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Matthew Cirilli
Jun 04, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Jul 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
Aug 22, 2012 rated it it was ok
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
Aug 15, 2011 rated it it was ok
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.
Mar 11, 2010 rated it liked it
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.
Jessie  (Ageless Pages Reviews)
So at least one of those three stars is pure nostalgia. This series is simple, predictable in that it dutifully follows expected tropes and cliches, and doesn't do a whole lot of anything new. Still, it was one of the first fantasy series I ever read as a kid, and I can't deny my fondness for it and some of the characters (Silk is bae) to this day.
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David Eddings was an American author who wrote several best-selling series of epic fantasy novels. David Eddings' wife, Leigh Eddings, was an uncredited co-author on many of his early books, but he had later 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 achie

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The Belgariad (5 books)
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