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  • Author: David Eddings
  • Publish Date: 2002-08-27
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    Reviews/Comments On The Belgariad


    18 out of 19 people found this review helpful
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    By: Anonymous
    2013-01-07 11:41:48

    This series would rank in the top five if the criteria was the "most important" series in fantasty. Incredibly easy to read, it introduces all of the fantasy tropes in bite-sized chunks that are easy to swallow. The Belgariad is to fantasy what Star Wars is to Sci-Fi. Shallow, action-packed and fun. Eddings boils down the archetypical fantasy characters into caricatures. The role of each character is easy to see. This is not a failure of Eddings' writing style, it is the strength. Character development does not get in the way of story telling. And for all the criticisms of the Belgariad, nobody seriously says it isn't a good tale. If you still cheer when Luke Skywalker blows up the Deathstar, you would enjoy this series.

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    By: Anonymous
    2015-01-28 11:24:31

    Totally agree with your observations. I read this when in high school in the early 1980s and it was my first real fantasy series after the Lord of the Rings. It was so much easier to read and grasp than Tolkien's work. And yes it was full of fantasy tropes (which I knew nothing about back then) and hardly anyone good dies and the bad guys get what they deserve but that's what made me love the series. I recently re-read it and found it quite light and enjoyable reading compared to other fantasy authors.

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    By: Anonymous
    2014-03-15 11:36:52

    I was given the Belgariad years ago by my grandmother since that time I have reread the books countless times not to mention the rest of my family, the book takes you to a place you never knew existed its written so well that you literally can't put it down in fear that something could happen.to this day I still recommend it to everyone, it is my favourite series ( I have read a lot of fantasy books and other genres)

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    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful
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    By: Skip
    2014-10-27 12:07:34

    This was one of the first of many fantasy series that I have read, and is still one of my favorites.

    Yep, it's the traditional farmboy with the magic sword battles evil and triumphs, but I see nothing wrong with that.

    Would recommend the series to anyone, but particularly younger readers.

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    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful
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    By: Anonymous
    2015-03-03 07:40:17

    I loved this series and still reread it fairly regularly. I found the character development to be among the best I've read (and I read a lot), so much so that if there was nothing but dialogue, I would still be able to ascertain who was saying what. It is formulaic, but then again so are countless other books. I loved the storytelling and liked that you could tell the different races were derived from real races throughout time (Chereks - Vikings; Algaria - Mongols; Tolnedra - Romans, etc).

    I recommend this series to a lot of people. Like I've said, I've reread this numerous times, but I have yet to reread LoTR...

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    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful
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    By: Anonymous
    2015-04-21 07:22:55

    This is a fun and easy read... I loved it.

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    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful
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    By: Anonymous
    2015-05-30 02:46:40

    Ok this is ridiculous. First, yes fantasy has come a long way in the last 30 years since Pawn of Prophecy was released in I believe 1982. But seriously, you have to take into consideration that Fantasy was still really new at the time. And while you might look at the cliches and roll your eyes, I found his characters to be well done.

    Belgarath became the first wizard/adviser to have quite a few bad habits. Polgara was bad tempered and fierce and Silk was sardonic and yet you could see his strengths and weaknesses plain as day.

    I also felt the real plot beneath the supposed plot was actually quite outstanding.

    I read these in the mid-nineties and loved them, and while I can freely admit that I have read many better books since, but that this is considered among the worst written and most overrated is laughable.

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    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful
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    By: Anonymous
    2015-08-07 07:26:46

    You do realise you only mention the Belgariad, right?

    You state "Don’t bother with the rest of his books unless you really fall in love with the two first series mentioned above."
    But only mention one.

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    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful
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    By: Nate
    2015-08-26 08:16:27

    I made it through Pawn of Prophecy only through sheer determination: it was painfully bad.

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    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful
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    By: WillMc
    2015-09-17 08:57:46

    I don't know if I'd call Eddings a hack. He's one of the first authors I read when I got into fantasy. The worst thing that Eddings and his wife, who was later revealed as his co-author, were guilty was writing the same book at least twenty times Belgariad up to Redemption of Althalus. Same characters, plot, archetypes, magic, etc. Their heroes and villains were also pathetically stupid or immature. They did build an interesting mythology, since I did enjoyed the story behind the Belgariad/Mallorean pantheon of deities.

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    By: Anonymous
    2016-12-18 09:09:39

    I read the Belgariad when I was young and loved it but it was very likely the first fantasy I read.

    I revisited it recently and was disappointed. It simply was not very good. So I have to agree with this one.

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