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Pawn of Prophecy (The Belgariad, No 1) (original 1982; edition 1986)

by David Eddings

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Title:Pawn of Prophecy (The Belgariad, No 1)
Authors:David Eddings
Info:Del Rey (1986), Edition: later printing, Mass Market Paperback, 272 pages
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Pawn of Prophecy by David Eddings (1982)

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Voor mij is dit de eerste Eddings. Onbewust heb ik deze boeken altijd een beetje vermeden, maar omdat echte klassiekers zijn is dit een mooie aanleiding ze eens te lezen. Het is echte instap fantasy, en het is allemaal erg gezellig. Wel een aardig verhaal, maar het komt wat traag op gang. Goed dat ik dit toch eens gelezen heb. ( )
  Maaike15274 | Apr 17, 2014 |
The beginning essay of this story, but already we can see his wit and snappy dialog. ( )
  KirkLowery | Mar 4, 2014 |
I didn't know what ot expect of it, but it is a nice book to read. The story (a boy, a prophecy, faith, to be very short) is actually very well written, seeing this is only the first one (of 5 total), and more of an introduction with the main characters and the story of how it all began, so to speak. It has a little drama, humor and it was easy to read. ( )
  Farore | Feb 7, 2014 |
Pawn of Prophecy was entertaining high fantasy, but nothing special. It has all the necessary ingredients: gods who fought and split the world apart, sorcerers and magic, a magical orb that has been stolen, and a seemingly normal boy who will fulfill a prophecy (at least, it seems likely he will); and it tells a good story. I was mildly annoyed by the fact that through-out the entire book the main character, a teenage boy named Garion, is kept in the dark by the adults around him who all know more than he does. I kept thinking that we would finally learn more by the end of the book, but we didn't - you have to read the sequel for that. Other than that, I was engaged in the story enough to keep reading and probably to read the next in the series. ( )
  sbsolter | Feb 6, 2014 |
Pawn of Prophecy (1982) is the first act in a 5-book series (The Belgariad), and was clearly written to be such. It follows the earliest years of the boy Garion, who is watched over by unusual caretakers and has a mysterious destiny that nobody will tell him about.

The book includes neither combat nor romance. The reader is primarily kept in the dark (along with Garion), learning bits and pieces about the world and the strange circumstances in which the boy finds himself through Garion's persistent eavesdropping. While Garion apparently has a knack for spying (though perhaps much of his success comes about through luck), he has few other abilities or traits of any sort- he is neither physically proficient nor particularly intelligent. His guardians drive the action of the book.

Read on its own, "Pawn of Prophecy" feels strangely empty and incomplete. The rest of the books in the series will surely feature Garion coming into his powers, learning about his destiny, and performing heroic acts. But in this novel, we mostly see him being told to do chores and being shepherded around. There simply isn't much here.

I did not feel particularly motivated to continue with the series. Eddings' fanatsy world doesn't seem to be special in any way- it is in the typical Medieval European model, without non-human sentient species or monsters (though various fictitious races of humans are strongly stereotyped). The magic doesn't appear to follow rules or have a "system" - magic users simply produce the effects required by the plot at the right times. It feels like an early and not particularly skilled attempt at making a high fantasy epic. Writers like Patrick Rothfuss (The Kingkiller Chronicles) and George R. R. Martin (A Song of Ice and Fire) both manage to do more with character and setting in the epic fantasy genre.

The proper role for Eddings' book may be as an introduction to epic fantasy, suited for younger readers. I think that "Pawn of Prophecy" contains only content that would be perfectly appropriate for any child old enough to read the book on his/her own. ( )
  jrissman | Jan 27, 2014 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
David Eddingsprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Beierle, CameronNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Guarnieri, AnnaritaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Haarala, TarmoTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Schwinger,LaurenceCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Shapiro, ShellyCartographersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Spångberg, YlvaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Being a History of the War of the Gods and the Acts of Belgarath the Sorcerer
- adapted from The Book of Alorn

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For Theone, who told me stories but could not stay for mine - and for Arthur, who showed me the way to become a man - and who shows me still
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When the world was new, the seven Gods dwelt in harmony, and the races of man were as one people.
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The first thing the boy Garion remembered was the kitchen at Faldor's farm.
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"It's not good to leave things of value behind. They nag at the mind and distract one from the business at hand."
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"Eddings' 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, the Storyteller claimed, in this first book of THE BELGARIAD, the evil god Torak 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 Garion did not believe in such stories. 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...?

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Garion the farm boy did not believe in magic dooms, but then he did not know that soon he would be on a quest of unparalleled magic and danger when the dread evil God Torak was reawakened.

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