Title: Pawn of Prophecy
Author: David Eddings
Publisher: Del Rey
Number of Pages: 304 pages
Genre: epic fantasy
Long ago, the Storyteller claimed, in this first book of THE BELGARIAD, the evil god Torak 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 Garion did not believe in such stories. 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…?
To start off, I devoured this book in a day and then the rest of the series in a week. That may not seem like a feat, but I was twelve years old when I read this series.
I loved this book, despite some of the obvious cliches that come with an epic fantasy. There is a prophecy (from the name, that seems like a redundant statement) and it is pretty obvious that the good guys are gonna win. There is a group of companions, each with a very specific task to complete. This was my first taste of epic fantasy, so back then I thought this book was super original, but then I read LOTR and played D&D and realized that the book was basically a mixture of the two with a little bit of bad 80’s epic fantasy movies in the mix; that’s not a bad thing, mind you. It simply means that my beloved story is not as original as I thought it was.
For the most part, the character were static and only changed if it was needed to further the prophecy (SPOILER!! SPOILER!!ie. Garion goes from a quiet farm boy to a confident wizard). I still really enjoyed the characters, well at least most of them. Certain characters were annoying, but they usually didn’t last very long. My favourite character is a thief named Silk because he is a little, sarcastic ass whom you should watch your back around because he is not afraid of killing you. He is the reason that I always play thief/ assassin in D&D or RPG games.
In short, this book is really good… if you are a young adult. It is full of cliches and corny lines and everything else you would find in a young adult novel.
4/5 because of nostalgia