The Belgariad

Fiction Flashback: The Belgariad

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The Belgariad

by David Eddings

David Eddings breaks every writing rule possible.  He uses a ton of Adverbs!  Exclamation points!  He tells you what his characters are thinking with no subtlety.

So why does this book remain one of my favorite fantasy series ever?  It has so much heart.  Eddings dominates character-driven writing and he creates a cast of characters that are so over-the-top likeable that you can’t help but be swept away by his series.

 

The Belgariad

What’s it about?

It all begins with the theft of the Orb that for so long protected the West from an evil god. As long as the Orb was at Riva, the prophecy went, its people would be safe from this corrupting power. Garion, a simple farm boy, is familiar with the legend of the Orb, but skeptical in matters of magic. Until, through a twist of fate, he learns not only that the story of the Orb is true, but that he must set out on a quest of unparalleled magic and danger to help recover it. For Garion is a child of destiny, and fate itself is leading him far from his home, sweeping him irrevocably toward a distant tower—and a cataclysmic confrontation with a master of the darkest magic.

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