Tuesday, September 29, 2009

David Eddings: Pawn of Prophecy

Since David Eddings passed away recently I've been meaning to pick up some of his more popular works to find out exactly what he was all about. His Belgariad series is one of his more well known and Pawn of Prophecy is the first book in that series. I am so glad I decided to read this one and I'm looking forward to continuing the series.

The story is simple and the plot fits into the standard hero's journey, but it's this simplicity that I liked so much. The characters are likable and the antagonists are mysterious. I guess this hero story is so popular because it is such a good one. People, me included, love to read this plot line. We love to like a character and see how this new friend of ours overcomes challenges and saves the world. It works even after all these years.

I'll be going back to the library this week to get the next Belgariad book Queen of Sorcery.

So many people I know have read these books and learned to love fantasy because of them. Your thoughts?


The Bald Monkey said...

The Belgariad was the first fantasy series I ever read. It is what got me hooked and still resides in my mind as one of the best that I have read. The second half of the story, The Mallorean, isn't quite as good as the first half, but definitely worth the read despite that. I also enjoyed Eddings' other pair of trilogies he put out back in the day, The Elenium and The Tamuli.

(Don't waste your time on his final series The Dreamers. It is absolutely awful.)

David Zincke said...

One of my favorites. I've loved this one ever since I was a kid.