by David Eddings

4.33 avg rating
Book 3 of 27 in the Beginner Fantasy Books
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Millions of readers have discovered the magic of David Eddings’ New York Times bestselling series The Belgariad. Now the first three books in this monumental epic appear in a single volume. Here, long-time fans can rediscover the wonder—and the uninitiated can embark upon a thrilling new journey of fantasy and adventure.

It all begins with the theft of the Orb that for so long protected the West from an evil god. As long as the Orb was at Riva, the prophecy went, its people would be safe from this corrupting power. Garion, a simple farm boy, is familiar with the legend of the Orb, but skeptical in matters of magic. Until, through a twist of fate, he learns not only that the story of the Orb is true, but that he must set out on a quest of unparalleled magic and danger to help recover it. For Garion is a child of destiny, and fate itself is leading him far from his home, sweeping him irrevocably toward a distant tower—and a cataclysmic confrontation with a master of the darkest magic.

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Anonymous | 2012-10-01 01:32:21
A bit on the boring side in my opinion.
Anonymous | 2014-07-09 07:02:05
Loved it for years!!! Read it as a youth and have read it many time sinces
FanBoy | 2014-07-09 07:04:00
Loved it for years!!! Read it as a youth and have read it many time since. I find J. R. R. Tolkien and George R.R. Martin boring as sin.
Anonymous | 2016-07-22 05:28:02
First off, this is a very old series, and if it seems cliched to newer readers, it's because (a) fantasy stories have become a lot more complex since its time, and (b) it IS unabashedly cliched. It's still one of the most magical, enjoyable fantasy series out there, however. This is a traditional epic from a time when heroes were heroes, fantasy stories were about derring-do and innocent love, and the good guys always won. Here are characters you will really know and care about by the end of the tale. I have read each book in this series (and its sequel) more than ten times from cover to cover because each reading is like a visit with beloved old friends.
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