I enjoyed this book thoroughly and found it very easy reading. David Eddings gives just the right amount of attention to description and action to keep things moving along at a good pace. It is a fantasy-adventure with all of the right elements - strange lands and people, magic and mischief. It's a good, relaxing read.
A very fun, witty, and adventurous read. I first read it in sixth grade and felt very grown up, reading an "adult" author rather than stuff from the school library. Now, fifteen years later, the book seems a little juvenile or simple in places, but I still like it and plan to re-read the rest of the series.
The Belgariad remains one of my favorite fantasy works. It is classic fantasy at its very best. If you enjoy exciting adventure, interesting and diverse characters, and an imaginative story, I can't think of a better series to start with. Certainly deserving of the title, Magnum Opus.
This is the beginning of the Belgariad series. It introduces the main characters including a young boy who will be central to the story. Have patience as you learn about the people and the story. Everything is wrapped in secrecy but the characters become familiar friends. Once you are wrapped up in the story of the Gods and learn about the storyteller, Polgara and the magic surrounding them...you will be hooked. One of my FAVORITE series!
Long ago, the evil God Torak sought domanion 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.