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Pawn Of Prophecy: Book One Of The Belgariad (The Belgariad (TW))
Pawn Of Prophecy: Book One Of The Belgariad (The Belgariad (TW))
by David Eddings
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Want to get into fantasy? Start here!, 25 Dec 2006
I think the first thing worth noting with the Belgariad is that is a clear, no nonsence, carbon-copy of the Hobbit, Star Wars and all the usual cuplrits etc. You've got Frodo/Luke/Garion being led by the wise old Gandalf/Obi/Belgarath. Even the villain is identical to Lord of the Rings.

However, I would say this. Who gives a flying **** as the series is quite simply one of the best you'll ever read and so much more accessible to a modern audience than the works of Tolkien. I read this going on over ten years ago now, before I even knew about Hobbits so I was just blown away by the scope of Eddings work. Admittedly, after discovering Tolkien, I was a bit disappointed by Eddings lack of originality but I look at it from another perspective.

I know many people who want to like Tokien but just can't get into his style. If you look at the Belgariad and Mallorean as a writer trying to create a modern-day version of this classic tale, making it easier to read for people who might otherwise be alienated away from the genre.

All in all, this is a perfect start for someone getting into fantasy before moving on to more substantial works by the likes of Feist and god himself, George R R Martin.


A Feast for Crows (A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 4)
A Feast for Crows (A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 4)
by George R. R. Martin
Edition: Hardcover

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It'll grow on you!!, 25 Dec 2005
I'll be honest and say, intially, I was a little let down by this book, especially after the unbelievable standard by the previous novels in the series. A lot of chapters failed to offer much and added little to the main plots. Even though the final 150 pages-or-so pick up the pace, the book felt much slower than its predecessors .
However, after realising where the book fits into the rest of the series, there are plusses to it. Personally, I think my expectations were too high after a Storm of Swords which was possibly one of best books I've ever read. There was always going to be an aftermath of the huge events from that book, and that is exactly what Feast for Crows is. It's obvious that events are moving in a new direction so Martin therefore has to lay down new foundations for the storylines to come. What is evident, whilst the pace is slow, is that the **** is going to hit the fan in the sixth and seventh book as all arcs converge.
In many ways, this book will probably serve as a filler to link the first half of the series to the second.


The Art of George R.R. Martin's a Song of Ice and Fire: 1
The Art of George R.R. Martin's a Song of Ice and Fire: 1
by George R R Martin
Edition: Hardcover

27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent addition to ASOIAF series, 25 Dec 2005
From start to finish, this book is simply an essential part of any Martin fan's collection.
The quality of the pictures, Winterfell eg, are amazing and help bring the events on page to life. Showing the lineage of the Targaeryn line also helped put a lot of events in order.
I was initially sceptical about this book, thinking it was just an easy way for someone to get some money out of the series but I heartily recommend it to all fans.


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