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by David Eddings

Download Pawn of Prophecy (Belgariad, Book 1) ePub
  • ISBN 0345418883
  • ISBN13 978-0345418883
  • Language English
  • Author David Eddings
  • Publisher Del Rey (June 23, 1997)
  • Pages 262
  • Formats doc mbr lrf lrf
  • Category Fantasy
  • Subcategory Fantasy
  • Size ePub 1620 kb
  • Size Fb2 1502 kb
  • Rating: 4.4
  • Votes: 126

"Eddings' BELGARIAD is exactly the kind of fantasy I like. It has magic, adventure, humor, mystery, and a certain delightful human insight."Piers AnthonyLong 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...?From the Paperback edition.

Talk about Pawn of Prophecy (Belgariad, Book 1)

I was never much for fantasy, growing up. But I have always had a fondness for stories that depict relatable, contemporary-feeling characters in unusual circumstances. "Pawn of Prophecy," and the entire Belgariad series, had that feel for me. Even though the setting is distinctly fantasy and otherworldly, the characters feel contemporary and alive to me.

This book also has the ability to make me feel nostalgic, despite its setting. Garion, the protagonist, starts as a young boy, and his relationship with his Aunt Pol is essentially the relationship most young boys have with the women who raise them—whether that be mothers or grandmothers or aunts. I re-read this book every now and then just to revisit that warm and golden part of my own boyhood, and all the adventure that seemed to lurk around my home and my neighborhood growing up. Not to mention all the trouble I managed to get into.

This book is the first in a 5-part series—though you could actually call it a 10-part series, since the Belgariad's sequel series the Mallorean ties in so smoothly. I recommend it to anyone who loves a good story with a dramatic hero's journey. You will not be disappointed. This is Lord of the Rings for people who want more direct language and a more pure character arc.
I'm so happy Amazon finally has this available on kindle! I first read this series about 30 years ago. It's one of those rare stories you take out and read at least once a year. A truly unique story, with incredibly detailed world and history building. I love all of the main characters. Yes...every single one. This is a classic that is just as enjoyable today as it was 30 years ago. Eddings had a delightful writing style. The book is laugh out loud funny in parts, grand and majestic in others. The dialog is always fast, the story really has no weak points to critique. I can't recommend it enough. Now Amazon...please release the Mallorean, Belgarath the Sorcerer and Polgara the Sorceress by this author on kindle and you will have a very, very happy customer.
I cannot tell you how many times I have read this book. Eddings can flesh out a character like many cannot. I love that Aunt Pol has such a strong place in these books. Like Garion what would you do if everything you thought was true with your life turned out to be mostly wrong? A beginning of a grand adventure..
I read this book when it was first published in 1982. The Belgariad and The Mallorean are my favorite fantasy series of all time. I usually read through them once a year. It never gets old. The characters are so well developed that you feel like you know them personally. There are many laugh out loud moments in these books. I absolutely love the world David and Leigh Eddings created in these books!
I first encountered The Belgariad during my senior year of high school. Without giving away my age in specifics, let me just say that was a very long time ago. I was hooked a few chapters into the first book, and I happily remain so today. Typically, I read through the entire Belgariad and Mallorean series every few years. To each his or her own of course, but personally I adore Eddings' writing style, and his ability to create believable, multi-dimensional characters is beyond outstanding. I heartily give a full five stars to these magnificent books.

Unfortunately, I need to revoke a few of those stars for the Kindle version. I'm not sure who's in charge of editing and proofreading these things, but for heaven's sake someone has to do a better job. I encountered numerous typos in both Pawn of Prophecy and Queen of Sorcery. To be fair, I haven't yet got into Magician's Gambit so I cannot speak for that book. One particularly glaring example is the mistaken use of the word "throe" in place of what most likely should have been "thy." The problem is, it doesn't just show up once; it happens numerous times in both Pawn and Queen. Obviously someone majorly messed up a "find and replace" function during the editing process. Another error that happens more than once (although not nearly as much as the "throe" debacle) is the number 1 being tacked onto the character Durnik's name. So what should be "Durnik" is instead "Durnik1". Okay, maybe it's just me but I actually laughed at that one because I couldn't help but imagine Durnik having a Yahoo screen name or some such.

In the end, the typos aren't nearly enough to ruin the experience of being able to bring these books along with you in one convenient, easy to read format. But it definitely is something I hope the publisher takes care of soon.

Lastly, I certainly hope the final two books of the series are eventually added to Kindle. It would really be annoying to have to switch out to my old paperbacks after being able to take the first of these old classics in on my shiny new Paperwhite.
Pawn of Prophecy Book 1 of The Belgariad along with the successive books in the series are in my all time favorite series. I have read these many times over the year and will read them many more in the years to come. I've been requesting them for my kindle over and over again. Someone has finally managed to provide this one and I bought it as soon as I found it.

David Eddings told a wonderful story of friendship, family and a quest to save the world. He populates the story with wonderful characters that have made me laugh and cry and wish they were my friends and family.

If you love a good fantasy quest story, I urge you to buy this quickly then perhaps they will hurry up and make the others available to us.
I have read this series every few years since it was published. I consider it the very best medieval romance series ever created. I also regularly buy the first book in the series and give it away to friends to spark their interest. I have not the words to relate how epic the Belgariad and subsequent Mallorean series of books is. Mr. and Mrs Eddings represent the finest fantasy authors I have had the pleasure of reading.