Pawn of Prophecy: Juvenile

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fantasy book reviews science fiction book reviewsDavid Eddings Pawn of Prophecy book review Pawn of Prophecy by David Eddings

I read Pawn of Prophecy as an adult, a few years ago. I had heard great things about it, so I was disappointed after reading it. The plot is typical “orphan boy saves the world” fantasy, the description is weak, the dialogue is often silly (humor is a focus, and much of the dialogue is funny — but it’s not realistic). The pace is rapid, however, and I flew through the book in one day.

The Belgariad would be just right for a teenager (so I give it 3 stars), but not for an adult who’s looking for something deeper to savor.

~Kat Hooper


 

Here is Bill’s review of the entire BELGARIAD series:

David Eddings Pawn of Prophecy book reviewBack before David Eddings became a shampoo-rinse-repeat sort of author, churning out the same old storylines and character types, there was the original BELGARIAD series, which remains by far his best work.

The premise is an old stand-by — farmboy discovers he’s not who he thought he was and, along with a band of helpers, goes on a quest to stop the world’s destruction/domination by the evil one. But Eddings manages to breathe a lot of life into the archetypical plot. His characters are gradually revealed throughout the series to have hidden layers of complexity, his main character, Garion, grows throughout the series, the tone darkens and deepens as one goes on, the world tour is detailed and interesting, the plot quick moving, and there is a great deal of humor laced throughout, often in the form of great character banter.

THE BELGARIAD remains one of the better series to have come out, and in fact the formula worked so well that Eddings basically decided to use it again and again and again. Personally I found the repetition in later series grew too tiresome to tolerate, but none of that diluted the first joy that came with reading THE BELGARIAD. It’s not as strong in its depth or literary creation as some others, but sometimes fun is enough.

~Bill Capossere


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KAT HOOPER, who started this site in June 2007, earned a Ph.D. in neuroscience and psychology at Indiana University (Bloomington) and now teaches at the University of North Florida. When she reads fiction, she wants to encounter new ideas and lots of imagination. She wants to view the world in a different way. She wants to have her mind blown. She loves beautiful language and has no patience for dull prose, vapid romance, or cheesy dialogue. She prefers complex characterization, intriguing plots, and plenty of action. Favorite authors are Jack Vance, Robin Hobb, Kage Baker, William Gibson, Gene Wolfe, Richard Matheson, and C.S. Lewis.

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BILL CAPOSSERE, who’s been with us since June 2007, lives in Rochester NY, where he is an English adjunct by day and a writer by night. His essays and stories have appeared in Colorado Review, Rosebud, Alaska Quarterly, and other literary journals, along with a few anthologies, and been recognized in the “Notable Essays” section of Best American Essays. His children’s work has appeared in several magazines, while his plays have been given stage readings at GEVA Theatre and Bristol Valley Playhouse. When he’s not writing, reading, reviewing, or teaching, he can usually be found with his wife and son on the frisbee golf course or the ultimate frisbee field.

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4 comments

  1. Kevin S. /

    I’m about to start the last book in The Belgariad series and your 3-star rating and comments are right on target. I’ve enjoyed the series, but it clearly has its weaknesses. This would probably be a great series for a teenager who is being introduced to the fantasy genre.

  2. Kevin S. /

    Finished the series and it’s a solid 3-star series. I enjoyed all of the books but they drag for brief periods. The ending is very good.

  3. David Currie /

    I grew up hooked on Eddings and see his books as a guilty pleasure now but I still get a nostalgic thrill from reading something the ‘rat-faced man’ said and the fantasyland geography.

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