David Eddings was probably the one of the first authors I've ever read and I was happy to find two of his series in ebook format at site. The Belgariad Series. David Eddings. Castle of Wizardry by David Eddings. Queen of Sorcery by David Eddings. Enchanters' End Game by David Eddings. Get this from a library! The Belgariad. [David Eddings; Shelly Shapiro].
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Results 1 - 20 of 46 Explore books by author, series, or genre today and receive FREE Shipping on Title: Belgarath the Sorcerer, Author: David Eddings, Leigh. Eddings, David - The Belgariad - Vol 1 - Pawn of Prophecy. Read more David Eddings The Belgariad I Pawn of Prophecy LIT eBook-bibliophile. Read more. Editorial Reviews. From Publishers Weekly. In this epic fantasy, depicting thousands of years of Belgarath the Sorcerer by [Eddings, David, Eddings, Leigh].
You couldn't make a hero's journey more Campbellian if you tried. Eddings was a struggling, middle-aged author of contemporary adventure when Pawn of Prophecy was published, and by his own admission, he undertook fantasy with a somewhat cynical motive: One day he saw how many printings Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings had gone through, and he figured there must be more commercial potential to the genre than he thought.
Accordingly, Pawn of Prophecy — and the four books that follow in The Belgariad, where Garion becomes Belgarion, a sorcerer and king tasked by fate to duel to the death with an evil god — ticks off every box that can make modern mainstream fantasy both beloved and formulaic. Like everyone from Luke Skywalker to Harry Potter, Garion is an orphan who must learn to master his own growing power.
The maimed god Torak is Garion's insidious nemesis, an archetype cut from the same cloth as Darth Vader and Voldemort. And where Luke had Obi-Wan and Harry had Dumbledore, Garion has Belgarath, a white-bearded and immortal sorcerer who also happens to be his grandfather, dozens of generations removed.
Eddings' lack of freshness isn't enough to dent the warmth and camaraderie between his characters, nor the gently biting banter that typifies his dialogue. Surprisingly, these worn out tropes didn't bother me when I tackled the Belgariad again as a jaded adult.
I found myself swept along in the author's obvious enthusiasm for his own creations, just as I had been decades ago. Other things, however, troubled me.
As a kid, I never noticed the obsolete gender roles Eddings assigned his characters. Aunt Pol — who also happens to be Polgara the Sorceress, the most feared and powerful woman in the world — spends an inordinate amount of page-time happily doing domestic chores.
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