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David Eddings (1931–2009)

Author of Pawn of Prophecy

92 Works 113,947 Members 867 Reviews 316 Favorited

About the Author

David Eddings was born on July 7, 1931 in Spokane, Washington. He received a B.A. in English from Reed College in Portland in 1954 and a M.A. in Middle English from the University of Washington in 1961. After serving in the U.S. Army for two years, he worked as a grocery clerk, as a sales clerk for show more the Boeing Company, and as an English teacher in a business college and a teachers' college. During his lifetime, he wrote more than 25 books, many of them with his wife Leigh Eddings. His first novel, High Hunt, was published in 1973. His other works include the Belgariad series, the Mallorean series, the Elenium series, and the Dreamers series. He died on June 2, 2009 at the age of 77. (Bowker Author Biography) show less
Disambiguation Notice:

Leigh Eddings is David's wife and not the same person. Please do not combine David with Leigh, or with the various combinations of their names.

(ger) Leigh Eddings ist Davids Ehefrau und nicht die selbe Person. David und Leigh bitte nicht miteinander oder den verschiedenen Verbindungen ihrer Namen kombinieren.


Works by David Eddings

Pawn of Prophecy (1982) 8,042 copies, 135 reviews
Queen of Sorcery (1982) 6,520 copies, 63 reviews
Magician's Gambit (1983) 6,339 copies, 60 reviews
Enchanters' End Game (1984) 6,277 copies, 66 reviews
Castle of Wizardry (1984) 6,258 copies, 63 reviews
Guardians of the West (1987) 5,658 copies, 36 reviews
King of the Murgos (1988) 5,350 copies, 30 reviews
Demon Lord of Karanda (1988) 5,286 copies, 26 reviews
Sorceress of Darshiva (1989) 5,180 copies, 27 reviews
The Seeress of Kell (1991) — Author — 5,124 copies, 29 reviews
Belgarath the Sorcerer (1995) 4,909 copies, 28 reviews
The Diamond Throne (1989) 4,542 copies, 32 reviews
Polgara the Sorceress (1997) — Author — 4,379 copies, 23 reviews
The Ruby Knight (1990) 4,218 copies, 22 reviews
The Sapphire Rose (1991) 4,056 copies, 24 reviews
Domes of Fire (1992) 3,667 copies, 17 reviews
The Redemption of Althalus (2000) 3,210 copies, 34 reviews
The Hidden City (1994) 3,186 copies, 10 reviews
The Shining Ones (1993) 3,027 copies, 9 reviews
The Belgariad, Volume One (1982) 2,474 copies, 23 reviews
The Elder Gods (2004) 2,427 copies, 20 reviews
The Belgariad, Volume Two (1984) 1,831 copies, 7 reviews
The Treasured One (2004) 1,590 copies, 10 reviews
Crystal Gorge (2005) 1,261 copies, 8 reviews
The Younger Gods (2006) 1,044 copies, 11 reviews
The Malloreon, Volume One (2005) 998 copies, 7 reviews
The Malloreon, Volume Two (2005) 887 copies, 5 reviews
The Elenium (1993) 694 copies, 5 reviews
Regina's Song (2002) 631 copies, 13 reviews
The Tamuli (1992) 512 copies, 4 reviews
The Losers (1992) 499 copies, 4 reviews
The Belgariad (1984) 441 copies, 4 reviews
High Hunt (1973) 242 copies
The Losers / High Hunt: Two Complete Novels (1994) 128 copies, 3 reviews
The Malloreon - Set of all 5 (1987) 114 copies
Polgara the Sorceress Part 1 (1997) 111 copies
Polgara the Sorceress Part 2 (1997) 103 copies
The Redemption of Althalus Part 2 (2000) 80 copies, 1 review
The Redemption of Althalus Part 1 (2000) 80 copies, 2 reviews
Il ciclo di Belgariad (2011) 14 copies
The Dreamers Complete Set (2003) 11 copies, 1 review
Den sorte rytter (2004) 3 copies
Den gamle troldmand (2002) 2 copies
The Circle 1 copy
Ildkuplernes by (1996) 1 copy
Seernes by (2005) 1 copy
Magic's Pawn 1 copy
River's End 1 copy
Dm̆onernes hersker (2004) 1 copy
Malloreas kejser (2004) 1 copy


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Common Knowledge

Canonical name
Eddings, David
Legal name
Eddings, David Carroll
Date of death
Spokane, Washington, USA
Place of death
Carson City, Nevada, USA
Cause of death
Places of residence
Spokane, Washington, USA
Carson City, Nevada, USA
Denver, Colorado, USA
Seattle, Washington, USA (Puget Sound area)
South Dakota Prison Service
Reed College (BA)
University of Washington (MA)
Everett Junior College (majored in speech, drama and English)
grocery clerk
English teacher
buyer/sales clerk
fantasy writer
Eddings, Leigh (wife)
United States Army (1954-1956)
Short biography
David Carroll Eddings (July 7, 1931 – June 2, 2009 was an American fantasy writer. With his wife Leigh, he authored several best-selling epic fantasy novel series, including The Belgariad (1982–84), The Malloreon (1987–91), The Elenium (1989–91), The Tamuli (1992–94), and The Dreamers (2003–06).

Part Cherokee and born in Spokane, Washington, to George Wayne Eddings and Theone (Berge) Eddings, in 1931, Eddings grew up near Puget Sound in the City of Snohomish. After graduating from Snohomish High School in 1949, he worked for a year before majoring in speech, drama and English at junior college. Eddings displayed an early talent for drama and literature, winning a national oratorical contest, and performing the male lead in most of his drama productions. He graduated with a BA from Reed College in 1954. He wrote a novel for a thesis at Reed College before being drafted into the U.S. Army. (He had also previously served in the National Guard.) After being discharged in 1956, Eddings attended the graduate school of the University of Washington in Seattle for four years, graduating with an MA in 1961. Eddings then worked as a purchaser for Boeing, where he met his future wife. Through most of the 1960s, Eddings worked as a lecturer at Black Hills State College in South Dakota. In 1970, Eddings and his wife, Leigh, were jailed for one year for child abuse of their adopted son.
Disambiguation notice
Leigh Eddings is David's wife and not the same person. Please do not combine David with Leigh, or with the various combinations of their names.



The Belgariad Group Read for 2022 in 75 Books Challenge for 2022 (March 2023)


Easily the weakest of the Mallorean, most of this book is taken up with the affairs of state of the Rivan King And Friends, none of which are especially exciting but at least add some flavour to the world. This lack of interest causes the reader to notice other faults in Eddings' writing - that many of the characters are essentially the same, aside from some very broad-brush ethnic tendencies. Most of them share the same manner of speaking, the same linguistic characteristics, and the same sense of humour. One doesn't really notice this when the action is proceeding at pace, but during the slow bits it is oh so annoying. But! the macguffin has macguffined, the prophecy speaks again, and we're off on another quest that will be the same but different as the Belgariad, and this is A Good Thing. Looking forward to another go at Book 2 whenever I get around to it.… (more)
elahrairah | 35 other reviews | Jul 7, 2024 |
My initial thoughts- 'Rehashed, unnecessary but you know you hate to leave a universe.
joe.basile.5 | 27 other reviews | Jun 27, 2024 |
I really struggled with what rating I should give this book.

It definitely has some pluses - Once you actually get into the story, it moves along at a pretty good clip and is an enjoyable read. The protagonist's & his companions' humorous, dry wit is sprinkled throughout the book; e.g.: "'Watch your mouth, Talen,' Kurik snapped. 'I can't, Kurik. My nose gets in the way."

But then there are the minuses - 1. It seems like it takes forever to really get into the actual story. This isn't surprising given that the author has created a whole new fantasy world. You can't really enjoy the story until you have the places, the relationships, the ethnic groups and their proclivities clear in your mind. The book has maps scattered throughout. I'm a map person so I really enjoyed those, but, especially at beginning, I found myself flipping back and forth to get the locations in the books set in my mind. 2. Too many times, I thought I was reading something straight out of the Harry Potter or Star Wars universe. Oh, and there's the parts of the story taken from Tolkein or the Ring Cycle thrown in for good measure. Those ideas just didn't seem original. E.G.: Two of the characters spent some time discussing trolls, how one was taken down, and its very large club. The entire time I was reading that part I thought about the bathroom scene with the troll in Harry Potter. Towards the end of the book, there are a couple of scenes where a young sorceress allows the heroes to move about freely among the villains knights by what amounts to a Jedi mind trick,this time accomplished with a flute. There's even a statement made that sounds exactly like Yoda's "move along, these aren't the droids you're looking for." As I got into the book, every time I saw "Pandion knight" written, I couldn't help but think of the term "padawan." I don't mind the ideas being reused, but they should be masked much better. 3. The book is not complete. By that, I mean not one thread of the story is completed by the end of the book. Everything is left hanging and there could just as easily be another chapter continuing the story thread immediately after the last one. Think of the Harry Potter universe. You definitely wanted to know more after each book; yet each book was a complete story in & of itself. There's nothing complete about this one. 4. I have absolutely no idea why the book is called "The Diamond Throne." If anything, it should be called The Ruby Throne.

Bottom line, I'll eventually finish reading the trilogy, but certainyl won't jump into the next volume.
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blakelylaw | 31 other reviews | Jun 12, 2024 |
The Belgariad, #1-5:
non capisco perchè negli anni 80 andavano di moda i protagonisti tanto ottusi, moralisti e idioti da essere odiosi! pur non raggiungendo l'apice assoluto de "la ruota del tempo" anche qui i personaggi sono ficcati a forza in clichè mediocri; alla fine l'unico di cui mi interessava era Silk

The Belgariad, #5
mancanza di ritmo in crescendo, mancanza di un vero scontro finale, zero pathos
LLonaVahine | 65 other reviews | May 22, 2024 |



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Geoff Taylor Cover artist, Illustrator
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Ylva Spångberg Translator
Grazia Gatti Translator
Laurence Schwinger Cover artist, Gatefold Maps
Holly Johnson Illustrator, Maps (borders), Maps (border), Cover artist, Designer
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Keith Parkinson Cover artist
Hal Tenny Narrator
Edwin Herder Cover artist
John Barrow Narrator
Chris Barbieri Maps, Cartographer
Claudia Carlson Cartographer, Maps (other), Maps
Cesare Reggiani Cover artist
Gábor Novák Translator
Matt Stawicki Cover artist
Don Puckey Cover designer
Darrell K. Sweet Cover artist
Andreas Helweg Translator
Linda De Angelis Translator
David Stevenson Cover designer
Irmhild Hübner Translator
Ron Zinn Hand lettering, Handlettering
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Sandy Rabinowitz Illustrator
Ylva Spångberg Translator
Edwin Merder Cover artist
Ingrid Tóth Translator
Hubert Straßl Translator
Lore Straßl Translator
Roy Avers Narrator
J. P. Linton Narrator
Larry Schwinger Endpaper maps
Maria Duch Translator
Dons Reerink Translator
Dina Pearlman Narrator
John Jude Palencar Cover artist
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