I guess it is about time that I write my Pawn of Prophecy book review, taken that I did a short video review and recommendation on youtube (as you can see because I'm sharing a video of it right here in this post so you can check it out if you want). Have you perhaps read this one? Did you like it? Do you read fantasy? What is your opinion about this genre? Do you have any favourites written in this genre?
Pawn of Prophecy is the first fantasy novel in The Belgariad series written by David Eddings. ( The Belgariad is a fantasy epic consisting of five books). According to some sources, his wife had a significant part in writing it and could even be called a co-author. I didn’t know about that when I was reading the book, nor did I notice that there could be any co-authorship involved but having found about it, I do find that piece of information to be a pretty interesting one and that’s why I’m sharing it. If you happen to know something about it, please leave a comment.
How did I like Pawn of Prophecy? Was it a fun book to read? What is my experience of reading it? Well, I must say I enjoyed reading it. Yes, it is surely a fun book to read. The language isn’t incredibly intricate and beautiful as that of Tolkien but the writing isn’t bad either. The characters are not as developed as those of Martin, but they’re likeable and one cares enough about them to be captivated by the plot, which isn’t bad as plots go ( at least as this novel goes, I can’t speak for others int he series). I think that the battle between the good and the bad is introduced nicely in the prologue and from there it develops in a way that seems quite natural. I would have to say that the conflict between good and evil and all that is portrayed well enough, but not in a way it will make it linger in your soul, which is good if you’re looking for something between a light read and a profound one.
I read Pawn of Prophecy some time ago and I still have to reread it. I read the Prologue and the first chapter anew when I decided to share this review. My opinion about this book hasn’t changed, it falls into category of books that I liked but that failed to move me on some deeper level, be it intellectual, artistic or emotional one. I’m aware that I can’t judge the series based on only one novel, but I can say that I understand why it is a popular one. I would place it somewhere between a light and a serious read. It isn’t banal, but it isn’t terribly deep either. That’s the way I approached it and on that basis I liked it. I don’t see the point in making comparisons with other works in fantasy genre that I consider to be masterpieces or to those (and they happen to be the same ones) that I have a special emotional connection to.
Was there anything about it that I didn’t like? Yes, there was. The only thing that really annoyed me was the fact that the protagonist, our young Garion, seemed oddly naïve at times…and I have to add that at times he seemed even kind of slow- witted. Perhaps all this changes in latter novels, but personally I would find him more credible if I could have seen a spark of intelligence. Not that I expected him to be brilliant from the start because I know he grows up on a farm and all that, but shouldn’t he as ‘the chosen one’ demonstrate his ‘power’ at least in potential. I mean he was raised by more or less (spoiler!!!!!) immortal sorceress i.e. his amazing aunt Pol (my favourite character btw). I think that despite being raised to believe he is a simple farm boy, he should have been (in a want of a better world) a bit more intelligent or at least he should seem so. That’s the only negative thing I have to say about this novel.
My final thoughts?
I think this is a great introduction to fantasy for kids and young adults. Moreover, I think it is a good choice for fantasy lovers as it is a really enjoyable and fun read. However, if you have never read fantasy and plan to read just one book, perhaps this is not the novel for you. It might set you off the wrong track and make you think that there is not that much to fantasy. It is not the most significant thing even written in the genre, that’s how I would put it. That being said, there is no reason why you shouldn’t enjoy it as an adult. If you’re willing to take it for what it is (and that is not exactly a masterpiece), I’m sure you can enjoy it.