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Pawn Of Prophecy: Book One Of The Belgariad (The Belgariad (TW)) [Paperback]

David Eddings
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18 Nov 1983 The Belgariad (TW) (Book 1)

A magnificent epic set against a history of seven thousand years of the struggles of Gods and Kings and men - of strange lands and events - of fate and a prophecy that must be fulfilled!


Long ago, so the Storyteller claimed, the evil God Torak sought dominion and 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 that was only a story, and Garion did not believe in magic dooms, even though the dark man without a shadow had haunted him for years.

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?

For a while his dreams of innocence were safe, untroubled by knowledge of his strange heritage. For a little while...


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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Corgi; New Ed edition (18 Nov 1983)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0552148075
  • ISBN-13: 978-0552148078
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (178 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 382,824 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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David Eddings (1931-2009) published his first novel, High Hunt, in 1973, before turning to the field of fantasy with the Belgariad, soon followed by the Malloreon. Born in Spokane, Washington, and raised in the Puget Sound area north of Seattle, he received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Reed College in Portland, Oregon, in 1954, and a master of arts degree from the University of Washington in 1961. He served in the US Army, worked as a buyer for the Boeing Company, and was both a grocery clerk and a college English teacher. He lived in Nevada until his death, at the age of 77.

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"A classic coming-of-age epic . . . The Belgariad will always have a place of honor on my bookshelves" (Christopher Paolini)

"Fun, exciting, intriguing fantasy in which the characters are as important as the quest and magical elements . . . immerse yourself and enjoy!" (Darren Shan)

"Fabulous" (Anne McCaffrey) --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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The first book of the Belgariad.

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37 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic! 15 Nov 2001
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I read these books for the first time when I was about 15 years old. I am still convinced they were the cause of bad results in my school exams. I have just finished reading the Harry Potter series of books and they pale into insignificance when compared with the exploits and Adventures of Garion, Pol and Belgarath!
The plot is decipherable and you know what is going to happen at the end of the fifth book, by the time you reach half way through the first but I couldn't put them down!! They are the only set of books that, 16 years after I first read them ,I can read again and again!! I highly recommend these books for anyone of any age who enjoys the Harry Potter books!
If you like these and want to find out more about the characters, then read "Polgara the Sorceress" and "Belgarath the Sorcerer" these are prequels to the Belgariad and give you an insight into the lives of these two fantastic characters!
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91 of 93 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Eat your heart out Tolkein 21 April 2008
This book forms part of a terrific series beginning with `Belgareth the Sorcerer'. I don't read much of this genre (fantasy) but like The Hobbit/ Lord of the Rings this will appeal to a large audience.

Following Belgareth the Sorcerer there are two series of 5 books, `The Belgariad' and `The Mallorean' and it is advisable to read them in order, and if you can read `Belgareth' first (although you could save it and read it afterwards like a prequel).

I raced through the series. The Eddings' (the books were written by a couple) create a Tolkein-esque world with our hero Belgareth learning powers known as `the will and the word' through centuries of study under a benevolent God (the gods that created this world still live on it in physical form). This study elevates him to the status of a sorcerer and elongates his life span - he becomes a legend and a force for good in the world. However, another disciple of his benevolent master rebels and steals the holy `Orb' stone, following a more sinister God. In the later series the Gods have left the planet in fear that their battle will destroy the world but their peoples continue to war - following the Prophecies left to them by the Gods. The two series follow the course of events as Belgareth leads the hunt for the traitor and the stone. It's very cleverly written and characters and events reappear as we become familiar with the history of this fictional world through the course of the books.

Really good fun and a definite recommendation if you want a light hearted escape that will keep you reading late into the night.

This is the order of the books:

The Belgariad
1. Pawn of Prophecy
2. Queen of Sorcery
3. Magician's Gambit
4. Castle of Wizardry
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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful
The story starts with a simple scullery boy, named Garion growing up on Faldors Farm in the farming country of Sendaria. You encounter characters like, his aunt Pol, the storyteller Mister Wolf and Durnik the smith. you learn of the history of the lands, through the story teller and the writings of history at the beginning of the book.
But Garions small country life is rudely interrupted when the story teller arrives with grave news and soon Garions life is turned upside down as you learn about the true identity of Garion's Aunt Pol and the old story teller and the truth of garions grave heritage is finally revealed.
Allong the way you meet a great many characcters such as Barak, the Cherek warrior or Silk, the theif and spy of Drasnia. David Eddings writes as though he knows the characters as if were his best friends and by the end I promise you that you will know each characters life history as if it was your own.
These books are addictive, once you have picked one up, BEWARE for you will not put it down until you have read the set.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolute Masterpiece 26 Jan 2008
I was first introduced to this book by my father when I was eight years old. He handed me a dog-eared and yellow-paged paperback, with a watercolour illustration of three characters, a sword and a valley on the cover. He had read them during his years at police training school and I was soon to be bewitched by them as well.
I took Pawn of Prophecy with me on holiday to Spain, and read it in three hours on the way home. Everything about it entranced me. The characters, the setting, the incredible way in which Eddings weaves his story using beautiful language, it was all mesmerising for an eight year old girl with a mammoth imagination. But you don't need an immense imagination to read it. I believe anyone could pick up this book and be fully immersed in it by chapter four. My father had a copy of Queen of Sorcery and I devoured that straight away, and it wasn't long before I owned a full set of the Belgariad and the Mallorean. I read the series' every year, like some people I know read the Lord of the Rings every year.
The story, the first in two series that span ten books, follows farm boy Garion, his Aunt Pol and their blacksmith friend Durnik, along with the mysterious storyteller Mister Wolf through a world alive in sorcery, swords and evil gods. Garion has grown up on Faldor's farm, a practical place where his Aunt Pol holds sway over the kitchens. He couldn't be happier in this home, until one Eristide festival he hears the story of how the world came to be and becomes wrapped in a conspiracy of hidden identities, an ancient prophecy and his true destiny. Over the course of the five books of the Belgariad, Garion will be faced with questions over his past and his future. Is Aunt Pol the woman he thinks she is? And who exactly is the grizzled Mister Wolf?
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5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant
Brilliant book. I love the whole set.
Published 10 days ago by carl nearyu
4.0 out of 5 stars spot on
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Published 22 days ago by gwilmo
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Mr Wolf, the storyteller, says that according to the prophecy, the Evil god Torak seeks domination over the world, but the world remains safe as long as the Orb of Aldur is in... Read more
Published 24 days ago by Amethyst Bookwyrm
4.0 out of 5 stars Good for a start
Good for the first book in the series doesn't get into the meat of the action but you know it will soon get going
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I LOVE IT. See Enchanters' End Game for full review
Published 29 days ago by Mrs. S. Cronin
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing !!
Amazing quality book, wonderful read and very realistic. Should be made a film ! Was really impressed with how life-like the characters are, and the story flows.
Published 1 month ago by JJGraham
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
Brilliant book, leaves you wanting more. Had me hooked and excited for this fantasy adventure from the start, can't wait to get onto the next one!
Published 1 month ago by Jodie Flett
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This book was a great read. From page one I was engrossed in the world David Eddings has created within the Belgariad Books. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Richard Storey
5.0 out of 5 stars Another trip back in time
Another trip back in time to when I had more hair and less wrinkles. I loved these books and read them over and over. Read more
Published 2 months ago by D
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Fantastic fantasy at it's finest! Awaiting to complete the series, Pawn of Prophecy sets up the story excellently and I can't wait to see what is in store for Garion and his... Read more
Published 3 months ago by @CGeggie
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