Pawn of Prophecy by David EddingsPawn of Prophecy by David Eddings

Pawn of Prophecy

byDavid Eddings

Mass Market Paperback | January 13, 1986

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"Eddings' BELGARIAD is exactly the kind of fantasy I like. It has magic, adventure, humor, mystery, and a certain delightful human insight."
Piers Anthony
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...?

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David Eddings is a writer and educator. He was born in 1931 in Spokane, Washington. Eddings attended Reed College in Portland and earned a B.A. in 1954. In 1961, he earned his M.A. from the University of Washington, writing part of a novel as his Master's thesis. After serving in the U.S. Army in Germany, Eddings began working as a gro...

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Title:Pawn of ProphecyFormat:Mass Market PaperbackDimensions:272 pages, 6.85 × 4.2 × 0.73 inPublished:January 13, 1986Publisher:Random House Publishing Group

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing fantasy This series is what got me interested in fantasy novels as a genre and it holds up to the test of time. An absolute classic series great for all ages.
Date published: 2017-07-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from classic this book is a classic. it stands next to lord of the rings as a pillar of the fantasy genre. the beginning of a great story.
Date published: 2017-04-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great fantasy A great adventure fantasy, I wish I would have read the book when I was younger, I think I would have appreciated the point of view of the main character more then. Overall however, a great read and I will be investigating the rest of the series further.
Date published: 2017-03-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beginning of a long love for Fantasy! This is the first fantasy book I ever read and I could not put it down. I fell in love with the characters immediately and just did not want to stop reading! Then I get to the end and....what....it isn't over....there is another book...!? Had to have it right away! That's how much I enjoyed this book...and the entire series! If you want a great start to trying the Fantasy Genre this is it.
Date published: 2017-03-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great! Great start to an amazing series. I should warn you however that you should not start this book if you are not up for reading an entire series because you wont want to stop reading until you are finished them all. I was really pulled into the story.
Date published: 2017-01-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love this book! I read this series as a teenager, and once every other year or so, I read it again, out of sheer nostalgia. This book is well written, and I love that the female and male character are equally active and powerful in their own way. No damsel in distress in those books!
Date published: 2016-12-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful Start to a Fantastic Series Pawn of Prophecy is the first book in Edding's epic fantasy series The Belgariad. I first read this book years ago and totally fell in love with it. Now, I have had the great privilege of sharing this story with my son. Although I read and re-read this book many times as a kid, this is the first time reading it as an adult and while yes, the book is definitely written for a YA audience, it still held the magic that hooked me all those years ago. My son and I are looking forward to reading the second book in the series very soon. The story itself centers around a boy named Garion, who doesn't seem particularly extraordinary in any way. He has doubts, fears, and dreams just like any other boy his age. Orphaned as a baby, he is being raised by his Aunt Pol on a farm in the heart of Sendaria. Of course since this is a start of a great adventure, you know that his peaceful, ordinary life is about to end. Soon Garion finds himself and his Aunt swept up in a tide of events that leads them on a journey across many lands where they find themselves caught in the middle of a sinister plot to overthrow the king of a nearby kingdom. Eddings does a very good job slowly building the fantastic, imaginative world that Garion finds himself in, surrounding him with characters who seem just as normal and real as he does but each one unique and intriguing in their own way. Packed with adventure and fun sarcastic wit, Pawn of Prophecy will keep you hooked to the very end and, since it's a series, the mystery behind who Garion really is will make you want to pick up the next book to find out more. Luckily for you, the series is complete. So you won't have to wait long to get to the next installment. 2010-064
Date published: 2010-03-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Nostalgia . . . A review of David and Leigh Eddings Pawn of Prophecy Chapters-Indigo's promotion of The Watchmen got me thinking about old reads. This series by David Eddings, The Belgariad . . . and the series after it, The Malloreon, were my absolute favourite books as a teenager. I picked up the first novel while camping and waited a year for the next novel to appear. I checked bookstores religiously. I would re-read the series from the start each time a new book came out. After a steadu stream of ten came Belgarath and Polgara. I think I've read PAWN twelve or thirteen times. Reflecting back on the daze of my youth I should admit there isn't much character development , and maybe that's the appeal. Everyone is predicatable and things don't run too deep. But, what a great cast of adventurers. . . such a contrast from my reading interests today . . . So, in any event, if you happen to be interested in trashy fantasy novels, these are some of the best. The recommendations are other fantasy/sci-fi favourites.
Date published: 2008-08-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow... Wow! The first book of a series of many. I absolotley hated books tell the age of 11. Then my mum finally convinced me to read Pawn of Profecy. I read all the books including the mallorean, the Elenium, Tumli, Reademption of Althalus, Belgerath the Sorcer, Polgara the Sorceriss, High Hunt. Or in short, all the books David Eddings has writen. I would recemend this book to anyone! David Eddings is by far my favorite author. The Dreamers has been great so far, and im waiting for the Third. Please realise it soon. A great fan Colin. ps, your wrighting has inspired me to wright my own book, which im 250 pages into!
Date published: 2005-06-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absloutely Excellent This book is an excellent book for anybody over 10 or people just starting to read fantasy. This is an excellent book by an excellent author who wrote an excellent series!
Date published: 2005-06-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from the book that grabbed my attention Sorry i am not that good at these sorts of things. But i must say that The Pawn of Prophecy is good introductry to the series of The Belgariads. i have read these series now about 3 times now. And everytime i have read them i find myself wrapped in a world full of adventure, comedy, sorcery, and battles. i love reading this book and the other books which follow. and do believe that this would be another blockbuster movie. If they chose so to make it into a movie
Date published: 2005-01-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from PAwn of Prophecy i realy enjoyed this book. The beggining is quite slow but after the first couple of chapters it is excellent. The whole series of THE BELGARIAD was great. I would recommend this series to any age group. This series is so great i would compare it to the HARRY POTTER series. I really enjoyed it!
Date published: 2001-02-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent read An absolutely fantastic book. I wasn't much of a reader till I started reading this series from Eddings. If you like a good, quick plot, with a few laughs, then this is the series for you.
Date published: 2001-02-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Pawn of Prophecy One word. Excellent. It is so good, I couldn't stop reading! As good as Harry Potter (the best series I've ever read)Eddings shows a boy of the Sendarian race, that lives with his aunt Polgara, travel through kingdoms to retrive the Orb of Aldur. He meets up with some very descriptive characters and learns about his sorcery background. It is the first in a two part series, the Belgariad and the Malloreon, each with five books in them plus three extras that come after. Eddings and his wife Leigh worked on the above three together. Eddings also wrote The Elenium and The Tamuli, three books on each of them making a series with new characters. High Hunt, and The Losers are books not in any series. Read the Pawn of Prophecy and be dazzled by excellence.
Date published: 2001-02-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The first book in a phenomenal series... I was never one to read fantasy, until friends introduced me to David Eddings and the Belgariad/Mallorean series...thankyouthankyouthankyou! A wonderfully crafted tale of a hero, a quest and an unforgettable cast of characters that help him along the way, including the wonderful Eternal and Beloved Belgarath and his equally Beloved daughter Polgara...a must read!
Date published: 2001-01-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Magnificent Tale of Wonder and Intrigue Pawn of Prophecy begins on a peaceful farm where the boy Garion is spending his childhood, growing up under his beautiful aunt Pol, the head cook there at the farm. Whether trying to sneak around under the feet of the kitchen helpers or chatting with goodman Durnik, the smith, Garion is enjoying this peaceful life immensly. That is until suddenly his aunt Pol and a mysterious storyteller steal off into the night taking with them Durnik and the boy, in pursuit of something of great importance, which Garion does not even know of. He soon finds his peaceful childhood on the farm slipping away and becoming more and more dangerous as he battles his emotions and feelings as well as trying to evade his enemy, the shadowless rider that always seems to pop up whenever something bad seems to happen. So begins his quest to find the Orb of Aldur and recover it in a world of kings, sorcerers and gods. This is by far the best book I have ever read. I would definitely recommend this and all other David Eddings books to EVERYONE. Magnificent!
Date published: 2000-09-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The King-Pawn of Prophecy The Beginning of the story of the Godslayer, Garion, and of his realization that he is not leading a normal life with normal relatives. A story relating the coming of age of a great hero in Eddings' world of two Purposes, the Child of Light, The Child of Dark, and many Events. I reccomend this to anyone, but reading Belgarath the Sorcerer and Polgara the Sorceress will help you to understand this intriguing and amazing world created by David Eddings. THIS IS A GREAT READ! This is the first in a series of five called the Belgariad, which is followed by the five books of the Mallorean, all by David Eddings. Here is a list of all the books in the series, in order. Belgarath the Sorcerer Polgara the Sorceress THE BELGARIAD series Pawn of Prophecy Queen of Sorcery Magician's Gambit Castle of Wizardry Enchanters' End Game THE MALLOREAN series Guardians of the West King of the Murgo's Demon Lord of Karanda Sorceress of Darshiva The Seeress of Kell
Date published: 2000-08-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Pawn of Prophecy The novel Pawn of Prophecy, the first in the Belgariad, has all the attributes that make a great novel great. Colourful characters, engaging plot twists and a richly woven world make this book one of the best I have ever read. The main character, Garion, is extremely likable as soon as you read the first page and it only gets better. His mysterious past along with his surely thrilling future guarantees an exciting read. As the novel progresses and you learn more about Garion's world and it's peoples you will just love it all the more. I recommend this book to any fantasy fan, and it is a must read (along with the other four books of the Belgariad and the five books of the accompanying set, the Mallorean) for anyone who admires David Eddings' works.
Date published: 2000-08-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Belgariad This series is incredible. Not only do you get to visit a new world with wonderful descriptives, but the wit and humour make the series come alive. I love Fantasy novels, and I love to laugh. Eddings manages both in this series. We're not talking slapstick here, we're talking sarcasm.....I love it.
Date published: 2000-07-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Book This book was one of the BEST books I have ever read!( and I've read ALOT) It has everything I want in a fantasy book: great descriptions, wonderful characters and fabulous imagination! After I read this book I went around to every library and bookstore in my area to find the next 4.
Date published: 1999-12-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Up next to Tolkien's Throne! Pawn of Prophecy and the other books of the Belgariad are stunning books...I first bought Pawn of Prophecy and DESPERATELY seeked out the others and read them...This is truely a captivating and amazing book!
Date published: 1999-12-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Magnificent The Pawn of Prophecy is an exellent book for anyone who like fantasy. Eddings shows great skill in writing one of the greatest epic fantasy series EVER.
Date published: 1999-01-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Pawn of Prophecy This review is actually for the 5 books that make up the Belgarath. The lands and characters David Eddings create are stunning and very exciting. Once I got into the first book, I couldn't stop until I had read all five of the books. The story is great and the characters play off of each other throughout the books. I loved this series and I'm sure most fantasy novel readers will.
Date published: 1998-10-23

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Chapter OneThe first thing the boy Garion remembered was the kitchen at Faldor’s farm. For all the rest of his life he had a special warm feeling for kitchens and those peculiar sounds and smells that seemed somehow to combine into a bustling seriousness that had to do with love and food and comfort and security and, above all, home. No matter how high Garion rose in life, he never forgot that all his memories began in that kitchen.The kitchen at Faldor’s farm was a large, low-beamed room filled with ovens and kettles and great spits that turned slowly in cavernlike arched fireplaces. There were long, heavy worktables where bread was kneaded into loaves and chickens were cut up and carrots and celery were diced with quick, crisp rocking movements of long, curved knives. When Garion was very small, he played under those tables and soon learned to keep his fingers and toes out from un- der the feet of the kitchen helpers who worked around them. And sometimes in the late afternoon when he grew tired, he would lie in a corner and stare into one of the flickering fires that gleamed and reflected back from the hundred polished pots and knives and long-handled spoons that hung from pegs along the whitewashed walls and, all bemused, he would drift off into sleep in perfect peace and harmony with all the world around him.The center of the kitchen and everything that happened there was Aunt Pol. She seemed somehow to be able to be everywhere at once. The finishing touch that plumped a goose in its roasting pan or deftly shaped a rising loaf or garnished a smoking ham fresh from the oven was always hers. Though there were several others who worked in the kitchen, no loaf, stew, soup, roast, or vegetable ever went out of it that had not been touched at least once by Aunt Pol. She knew by smell, taste, or some higher instinct what each dish required, and she seasoned them all by pinch or trace or a negligent-seeming shake from earthenware spice pots. It was as if there was a kind of magic about her, a knowledge and power beyond that of ordinary people. And yet, even at her busiest, she always knew precisely where Garion was. In the very midst of crimping a pie crust or decorating a special cake or stitching up a freshly stuffed chicken she could, without looking, reach out a leg and hook him back out from under the feet of others with heel or ankle.As he grew a bit older, it even became a game. Garion would watch until she seemed far too busy to notice him, and then, laughing, he would run on his sturdy little legs toward a door. But she would always catch him. And he would laugh and throw his arms around her neck and kiss her and then go back to watching for his next chance to run away again.He was quite convinced in those early years that his Aunt Pol was quite the most important and beautiful woman in the world. For one thing, she was taller than the other women on Faldor’s farm—very nearly as tall as a man—and her face was always serious—even stern—except with him, of course. Her hair was long and very dark—almost black—all but one lock just above her left brow which was white as new snow. At night when she tucked him into the little bed close beside her own in their private room above the kitchen, he would reach out and touch that white lock; she would smile at him and touch his face with a soft hand. Then he would sleep, content in the knowledge that she was there, watching over him.Faldor’s farm lay very nearly in the center of Sendaria, a misty kingdom bordered on the west by the Sea of the Winds and on the east by the Gulf of Cherek. Like all farmhouses in that particular time and place, Faldor’s farmstead was not one building or two, but rather was a solidly constructed complex of sheds and barns and hen roosts and dovecotes all facing inward upon a central yard with a stout gate at the front. Along the second story gallery were the rooms, some spacious, some quite tiny, in which lived the farmhands who tilled and planted and weeded the extensive fields beyond the walls. Faldor himself lived in quarters in the square tower above the central dining hall where his workers assembled three times a day—sometimes four during harvest time—to feast on the bounty of Aunt Pol’s kitchen.All in all, it was quite a happy and harmonious place. Farmer Faldor was a good master. He was a tall, serious man with a long nose and an even longer jaw. Though he seldom laughed or even smiled, he was kindly to those who worked for him and seemed more intent on maintaining them all in health and well-being than extracting the last possible ounce of sweat from them. In many ways he was more like a father than a master to the sixty-odd people who lived on his freeholding. He ate with them—which was unusual, since many farmers in the district sought to hold themselves aloof from their workers—and his presence at the head of the central table in the dining hall exerted a restraining influence on some of the younger ones who tended sometimes to be boisterous. Farmer Fal- dor was a devout man, and he invariably invoked with simple eloquence the blessing of the Gods before each meal. The people of his farm, knowing this, filed with some decorum into the dining hall before each meal and sat in the semblance at least of piety before attacking the heaping platters and bowls of food that Aunt Pol and her helpers had placed before them.Because of Faldor’s good heart—and the magic of Aunt Pol’s deft fingers—the farm was known throughout the district as the finest place to live and work for twenty leagues in any direction. Whole evenings were spent in the tavern in the nearby village of Upper Gralt in minute descriptions of the near-miraculous meals served regularly in Faldor’s dining hall. Less fortunate men who worked at other farms were frequently seen, after several pots of ale, to weep openly at descriptions of one of Aunt Pol’s roasted geese, and the fame of Faldor’s farm spread wide throughout the district.The most important man on the farm, aside from Faldor, was Durnik the smith. As Garion grew older and was allowed to move out from under Aunt Pol’s watchful eye, he found his way inevitably to the smithy. The glowing iron that came from Durnik’s forge had an almost hypnotic attraction for him. Durnik was an ordinary-looking man with plain brown hair and a plain face, ruddy from the heat of his forge. He was neither tall nor short, nor was he thin or stout. He was sober and quiet, and like most men who follow his trade, he was enormously strong. He wore a rough leather jerkin and an apron of the same material. Both were spotted with burns from the sparks which flew from his forge. He also wore tight-fitting hose and soft leather boots as was the custom in that part of Sendaria. At first Durnik’s only words to Garion were warnings to keep his fingers away from the forge and the glowing metal which came from it. In time, however, he and the boy became friends, and he spoke more frequently.“Always finish what you set your hand to,” he would advise. “It’s bad for the iron if you set it aside and then take it back to the fire more than is needful.”“Why is that?” Garion would ask.Durnik would shrug. “It just is.”“Always do the very best job you can,” he said on another occasion as he put a last few finishing touches with a file on the metal parts of a wagon tongue he was repairing.“But that piece goes underneath,” Garion said. “No one will ever see it.”“But I know it’s there,” Durnik said, still smoothing the metal. “If it isn’t done as well as I can do it, I’ll be ashamed every time I see this wagon go by—and I’ll see the wagon every day.”And so it went. Without even intending to, Durnik instructed the small boy in those solid Sendarian virtues of work, thrift, sobriety, good manners, and practicality which formed the backbone of the society.At first Aunt Pol worried about Garion’s attraction to the smithy with its obvious dangers; but after watching from her kitchen door for a while, she realized that Durnik was almost as watchful of Garion’s safety as she was herself, and she became less concerned.“If the boy becomes pestersome, Goodman Durnik, send him away,” she told the smith on one occasion when she had brought a large copper kettle to the smithy to be patched, “or tell me, and I’ll keep him closer to the kitchen.”“He’s no bother, Mistress Pol,” Durnik said, smiling. “He’s a sensible boy and knows enough to keep out of the way.”“You’re too good-natured, friend Durnik,” Aunt Pol said. “The boy is full of questions. Answer one and a dozen more pour out.”“That’s the way of boys,” Durnik said, carefully pouring bubbling metal into the small clay ring he’d placed around the tiny hole in the bottom of the kettle. “I was questionsome myself when I was a boy. My father and old Barl, the smith who taught me, were patient enough to answer what they could. I’d repay them poorly if I didn’t have the same patience with Garion.”Garion, who was sitting nearby, had held his breath during this conversation. He knew that one wrong word on either side would have instantly banished him from the smithy. As Aunt Pol walked back across the hard-packed dirt of the yard toward her kitchen with the new-mended kettle, he noticed the way that Durnik watched her, and an idea began to form in his mind. It was a simple idea, and the beauty of it was that it provided something for everyone.“Aunt Pol,” he said that night, wincing as she washed one of his ears with a rough cloth.“Yes?” she said, turning her attention to his neck.“Why don’t you marry Durnik?”She stopped washing. “What?” she asked.“I think it would be an awfully good idea.”“Oh, do you?” Her voice had a slight edge to it, and Garion knew he was on dangerous ground.“He likes you,” he said defensively.“And I suppose you’ve already discussed this with him?”“No,” he said. “I thought I’d talk to you about it first.”“At least that was a good idea.”“I can tell him about it tomorrow morning, if you’d like.”His head was turned around quite firmly by one ear. Aunt Pol, Garion felt, found his ears far too convenient.“Don’t you so much as breathe one word of this nonsense to Durnik or anyone else,” she said, her dark eyes burning into his with a fire he had never seen there before.“It was only a thought,” he said quickly.“A very bad one. From now on leave thinking to grown-ups.” She was still holding his ear.“Anything you say,” he agreed hastily.Later that night, however, when they lay in their beds in the quiet darkness, he approached the problem obliquely.“Aunt Pol?”“Yes?”“Since you don’t want to marry Durnik, who do you want to marry?”“Garion,” she said.“Yes?”“Close your mouth and go to sleep.”“I think I’ve got a right to know,” he said in an injured tone.“Garion!”“All right. I’m going to sleep, but I don’t think you’re being very fair about all this.”From the Trade Paperback edition.

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