WHILE THE DARK GOD SLEPT
Long ago, so the Storyteller claimed, the evil God Torak sought dominion and 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 that was only a story, and Garion did not believe in magic dooms, even though the dark man without a shadow had haunted him for years. 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? For a while, his dreams of innocence were safe, untroubled by knowledge of his strange heritage. For a little while...
Thus begins the first book of The Belgariad, a magnificent epic of immense scope, set against a history of seven thousand years, of the struggles of Gods and Kings and men – of strange lands and events – of fate and a prophecy that must be fulfilled!
David Eddings (1931–2009) was an American author. Eddings' first books were general fiction and sold moderately. He later switched to writing epic fantasy novels and achieved best-selling status. David Eddings' wife, Leigh Eddings (1937–2007), is uncredited as co-author on many of his early books, but he later acknowledged that she contributed to them all.
Born in Spokane, Washington, and raised in the Puget Sound area north of Seattle, he received his bachelor of arts degree from Reed College in Portland, Oregon, in 1954, and a master of arts degree from the University of Washington in 1961. He served in the United States Army, worked as a buyer for the Boeing Company, and was also a grocery clerk and a college English teacher.
Written by Seregil of Rhiminee (2007-10-08)
Pawn of Prophecy is the book that made Eddings a household name. In my opinion Pawn of Prophecy is readable, but it's not excellent. What really annoys me is that this book series has the usual "a boy becomes a hero" story line, which has been used too many times. Although this book isn't excellent, it's an enjoyable fantasy story for young and a bit older readers.
Written by Ruin (2013-07-08)
I love this series for the simple fact that this is the first fantasy I ever read. Pawn was a gift from my sister on my 11th birthday. 22 years later and I'm still an huge fan of the genre. I still re-read this series every few years and it still transports me to that world. Great reccomendation for younger readers or someone that's looking for an easy introduction to the genre