Book Review: Pawn of Prophecy, by David Eddings

Even though some books haven’t been turned into movies, they may actually be very good books. David Eddings wrote books that never would be movies, yet those books have attracted readers ever since the 1970s with their comedy, romance, adventure, and magic.

Pawn of Prophecy is the first book that attracted those readers. In the book, the Orb of Aldur, a jewel created by a god that can do almost anything, is a key item. Torak, the evil god of the Agnaraks, would do anything do get that jewel, yet it would burn anyone except one pure of heart. However, Torak is dead, killed by the Rivan ruler, who was led by Belgarath the sorcerer and Polgara the sorceress. Yet prophecies still say that if the Orb was taken from Riva, then disaster may follow, which wasn’t much of a problem because even though the Rivan line has been dead for centuries, a substitute has been preserving the throne.

Garion has heard these legends ever since he was a boy. However, even though all the legends contained magic, he had never seen it, since Sendaria was the only place that had no central god, a kingdom with mixed cultures. Even so, he couldn’t expect much from it.

But when an old and fantastic storyteller comes back to Faldor’s Farm, Garion’s home, after five years of absence with news of something being stolen, Garion, his aunt Pol, and a couple of others have to embark on a journey across the western world, encountering monsters, kings, romance, adventure, magic and much more!

Yet even though Garion is fourteen, he doesn’t know what’s going on, and nobody, not even the voice inside his head with a mind of his own, would tell him what’s going on. For Garion’s destiny has brought himself into a conflict so deep that even if he returns to Faldor’s Farm, he would never be normal ever again. I would give this book the highest rating ever known. Eddings is famous for:

  •  his spectacular comedy
  • the fantastic/comical “why me?” statement, which is said by the main character a lot, the main woman character who’s very motherly
  • the realistic details
  • and the fact that he made the adventure scenes very intriguing.

In the end, I couldn’t relax and put the book down until I read the last the last page of the last book. Eddings really put his mind into his books,  and wanted to make sure that kids have fun reading. However, readers should note that the prologues are big spoilers, some people die, and there is quite a bit of romance.

I would recommend this book to fans of Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter, since it’s set in a medieval sort of world with the different kingdoms, with the fantasy elements of gods and sorcerers. The age appropriate group would be any teenager, and maybe a few preteens.

In conclusion, it’s safe to say that books that haven’t been turned into movies aren’t always bad, just different.

Megan V., 8th grade

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