[ Read Online The Belgariad: Part One - Pawn of Prophecy / Queen of Sorcery / Magician's Gambit Æ m-m-horror PDF ] by David Eddings ¿ 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 reader, but also to them as characters within their limited perceptions a cheap and easy device not worthy of Eddings talents in other respects, even though he does a better job of grounding it rationally than most who take this easy out Still, I wasn t ready to throw this compendium down until I was three quarters done 2 and 1 3 books, roughly , so I finished it Eddings has a strong eye for interesting detail and much of these novels is well written, despite their overall insufficiencies Too, the interplay between mythology and real time is intriguing.
Bottom line, they are financially motivated, hack work at its best which is higher praise than it sounds like If you are new to fantasy or need a diverting beach read, by all means check it out of the library Don t buy it though you won t ever reread it like you might Hobbs or Martin for their characters or Bishop or Zelazny for their unique worlds.
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 different and new things.
The story is your typical quest Garion, a young farm boy, is basically dragged out of his safe and familiar environment one night by his Aunt Pol and an old storyteller, Mr Wolf, for to him unknown purposes As their journey progresses and companions join their small group, Garion slowly starts to learn about the reason for their quest and eventually finds out that he has a part to play in it, too.
The books are written in a third person narrative, but they are almost completely told from Garion s point of view what Garion does not know, the reader also does not know with the exception of the respective prologues of each separate book in this series, which serve to give the reader background information about the world and the history thereof The world building is amazing, in my opinion very detailed, making it easy for the reader to imagine the world in his head, but it is not described so extensively that it becomes tiresome.
The characters are, despite sometimes following certain stereotypes both with regard to races, such as all Arends are stupid and all Tolnedrans are obsessed with money , and in the sense of familiar seeming character types being included, such as the characters of the strong knight, the spoilt princess, the wise sorcerer, etc , well developed and generally likable Some parts are very funny I laughed out loud than once whilst reading this book, even for the fourth time whilst others keep you on the edge of your seat or even manage to evoke some emotional response.
All in all, I think these books are amazing and I would recommend them to every fan of fantasy and or adventure stories.
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 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 Eddings when a line comes up something like this Garion instantly knew that the city had been designed by a woman Men think in straight lines and women in circles I actually just had to close my eyes and shake my head a few times at that one.
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 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 for a good meat pie I want to make it clear that I enjoyed the Belgariad and the Mallorean I just don t really know if I would recommend them to anyone I know right now Disclaimer all quotes in this review may be highly inaccurate 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 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 author actually recycles the plot from this series as a plot device This cop out has been adopted by such notables as George Lucas in episodes 1 3 even dialogue and to a lesser degree by Terry Brooks Ok, personal style is personal style I get it, but I also can tell when when I m being resold the same old crap I quote Keanu Reeves comment to Carrie Ann Moss while filming the Matrix series You re doggin it Even still I ve read this five book series 3 4 times.
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 Eddings has done for me in his books I know that early in my reading of this series I compared it to The Lord of the Rings series but after finishing it I have come to a new conculusion while some of it is in fact similer and I am sure that David Eddings like all other authors was influenced slightly by Tolkien s work but Eddings is vastly difforent where Tolkien spent most of his time developing his world Eddings dedicated his stories to developing his characters and he sure did The characters in his novels are much human much relatable than some of Tolkein s seemingly invulnerable characters they have truly human flaws weaknesses and fears the characters in LOTR tend to not have much in the way of thoes normal realatable human characteristics This is one of the main things that drew me to his story David Eddings also manages to have many very strong very prominent female characters throughout his series this was one of the things that LOTR lacked than any other it simply has almost no female characters and while this may work for some types of fiction it doesn t for fantasy For what is fantasy with out some romance and love Just a silly children s fairy tale I must make it perfectly clear that I am not calling LOTR one such story the work that Tolkien put into is simply astonishing but it is lacking in some major areas But it s okay because it worked for him and I did enjoy the books I found I liked David Eddings work than Tolkien s also because its just a fantastic story in and of itself while some parts may drag a bit and some werent givin as much time a we thought they deserved but this is true of all works of righting the author does there best to satasfy all of their readers and David Eddings lives up to that satisfaction I will not be stoping after these two series I fully intend to read every book that David Eddings and his wife have written and I am sure that I will be much happier for it I strongly recomend David Eddings work to all lovers of fantasy this series of his was able to keep me going for almost two weeks and I am sure that you all will be able to get at least some enjoyment out of them as well.
This series has been recommended to me 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 couldn t tell you were the characters reactions What made this book a four star one was as with most books of this formula the supporting cast I just loved the characters who surround our hero, though I m fairly lukewarm on the hero himself.
This was a fun read and, of course, is much lighthearted thanmost the epic fantasy that s out there now a days, or at least 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.
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 about what they are doing or why, which gets tiresome You would think that, by the forty eleventh time the Prophesied Savior Of The Whole Universe is nearly killed because his wise mentors gave him a necklace and said, Here, put this on, it s a family tradition to wear one instead of You must wear this magical medallion at all times and never ever take it off even to bathe or else the forces of evil will CONTROL YOUR MIND, it might clue them in that perhaps a thorough explanation of what is going on might be in order But no Apparently not There are two books in the series, contained in the next omnibus, which I do plan on reading If only to see if it is ever explained why our hero, who is destined to do battle with the Ultimate Evil, and whose upbringing was strictly under the control of his wise mentors, was never taught seemingly basic stuff likehow to read And how to fight with a sword Or any other weapon, really Perhaps the next volumes will explain why our hero was raised in such a way as to make him seemingly incompetent to walk to the next village and buy a spool of thread on his own, much less fight an ultimate battle for the fate of the world.
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 Long Protected The West From An Evil God As Long As The Orb Was At Riva, The Prophecy Went, Its People Would Be Safe From This Corrupting Power Garion, A Simple Farm Boy, Is Familiar With The Legend Of The Orb, But Skeptical In Matters Of Magic Until, Through A Twist Of Fate, He Learns Not Only That The Story Of The Orb Is True, But That He Must Set Out On A Quest Of Unparalleled Magic And Danger To Help Recover It For Garion Is A Child Of Destiny, And Fate Itself Is Leading Him Far From His Home, Sweeping Him Irrevocably Toward A Distant Tower And A Cataclysmic Confrontation With A Master Of The Darkest Magic