Belgariad 1: Pawn of Prophecy

Belgariad 1: Pawn of Prophecy

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Long ago, the evil God Torak fought a war to obtain an object of immense power - the Orb of Aldur. But Torak was defeated and the Orb reclaimed by Belgarath the sorcerer. Garion, a young farm lad, loves the story when he first hears it from the old storyteller. But it has nothing to do with him. Or does it? For the stories also tell of a prophecy that must be fulfilled - a destiny handed down through the generations. And Torak is stirring again . . .show more

Product details

  • 12-17
  • Paperback | 352 pages
  • 126 x 194 x 26mm | 240.4g
  • Random House Children's Publishers UK
  • Corgi Childrens
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Revised ed.
  • Fantasy maps
  • 0552554766
  • 9780552554763
  • 30,743

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Selected as a 2003 Popular Paperback for Young Adults by the Young Adult Library Services Association "Long ago, so the storyteller claimed, the evil God Torak sought dominion over all and drove the world to war. Now the one talisman keeping this sinister force from seizing power has been disturbed--and no one will be safe. . . . Raised on a quiet farm by his Aunt Pol, Garion spends his days lounging in his aunt's warm kitchen and playing in the surrounding fields with his friends. He has never believed in magic, despite the presence of a cloaked, shadowless stranger who has haunted him from a distance for years. But one afternoon, the wise storyteller Wolf appears and urges Garion and his aunt to leave the farm that very night. Without understanding why, Garion is whisked away from the only home he has ever known--and thrown into dark and unfamiliar lands. Thus begins an extraordinary quest to stop a reawakened evil from devouring all that is good. It is a journey that will lead Garion to discover his heritage and his future. For the magic that once seemed impossible to Garion is now his destiny. "The first exciting adventure in David Eddings's The Belgariad Pawn of Prophecy is the newest addition to the Del Rey Imagine program, which offers the best in fantasy and science fiction for readers twelve and up.show more

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"A classic coming-of-age epic . . . The Belgariad will always have a place of honor on my bookshelves" -- Christopher Paolini "Fun, exciting, intriguing fantasy in which the characters are as important as the quest and magical elements . . . immerse yourself and enjoy!" -- Darren Shan "Fabulous" -- Anne McCaffreyshow more

About David Eddings

David Eddings (1931-2009) published his first novel, High Hunt, in 1973, before turning to the field of fantasy with the Belgariad, soon followed by the Malloreon. Born in Spokane, Washington, and raised in the Puget Sound area north of Seattle, he received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Reed College in Portland, Oregon, in 1954, and a master of arts degree from the University of Washington in 1961. He served in the US Army, worked as a buyer for the Boeing Company, and was both a grocery clerk and a college English teacher. He lived in Nevada until his death, at the age of 77.show more

Review Text

"A classic coming-of-age epic . . . The Belgariad will always have a place of honor on my bookshelves"show more

Back cover copy

An ancient prophecy - and a maimed God . . . Long ago, the evil God Torak fought a war to obtain an object of immense power - the Orb of Aldur.But Torak was defeated and the Orb reclaimed by Belgarath the sorcerer. Garion, a young farm lad, loves the story when he first hears it from the old storyteller. But it has nothing to do with him. Or does it?For the stories also tell of a prophecy that must be fulfilled - a destiny handed down through the generations. And Torak is stirring again . . . PAWN OF PROPHECY is the first book in a magnificent fantasy epic set against a history of seven thousand years of struggles between Gods and Kings and men. 'Fun, exciting, intriguing fantasy . . . immerse yourself and enjoy!' Darren Shan 0 552 554766 978 0 552 554763www.kidsatrandomhouse.co.ukshow more

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