Tuesday, April 6, 2010

The Belgariad: Volume One by David Eddings

Having just taken a look at the first three novels of David Eddings’ classic series, The Belgariad, it is time to look at the first omnibus as a whole. The Belgariad: Volume One contains the first three novels, which have their reviews linked to here:

Pawn of Prophecy

Queen of Sorcery

Magician’s Gambit

It also has a new foreword by David Eddings, which explores part of his reasoning behind writing The Belgariad, and how he feels about it. It is very short, but a nice addition.

Taken as a whole, The Belgariad: Volume One is one of those rare omnibuses that is far more than the sum of its parts. It is very hard to try to find fault. Little bumps are smoothed out, and the epic quest of Garion and his companions takes on a large-scale view that sweeps together. I would go so far as to say that one should read them all in a chunk like this, as it lets the series reach its true potential and sweep you along.

For fans of fantasy, especially classic tales of quests, destiny, adventure, and love, this is a must. Go out and get a copy.


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