Review of Pawn of Prophecy by David Eddings

There is a little history with David and Leigh Eddings’ books, and me. In 2010, I thought to myself, when is David’s next book coming out? So, I did what every good fantasy reader does nowadays, stalk the internet for any crumbs. What happens that day, sadden me beyond belief. David died one year ago and his wife three. Where were the articles, where was the public outcry on social media? Not saying that there was none but when a celebrity dies, like the great Joker quote says ‘Everyone loses their minds’. A world renown best seller, and not a peep. I miss your creative spirit, David and Leigh.

Back to the review.

Reading another one of Eddings books, Rivan Codex it explained how he created and pitch his novels and world. The Pawn of Prophecy is a throwback to King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table but written in a way that is fresh and new. It the first third, you have an inkling that the main character Garion has something special about him, and over the course of the book and series you find out what. One thing that I like but I now skip over each time I pick up the book is the Prologue, Edding wrote a history lesson in this, and in each of his books, he does the same thing. But once you have read them, all ten books and three sequels you really don’t need that insight as you have a genuine understanding what the book is about.

One thing that I like but I now skip over each time I pick up the book is the Prologue, Edding wrote a history lesson in this, and in each of his books, he does the same thing. But once you have read them, all ten books and three sequels you really don’t need that insight as you have a genuine understanding what the book is about.

One thing I notice is the strength of his female characters. Being a male author, you can overlook that you women in the story need to be more three dimensional. Not just eye candy or a damsel in distress. Each is fully fleshed out like they are human and not just thought as a token female character. This has a lot to do with his wife Leigh giving input, as in future stories they both are the credited authors.

This is a fantastic book to start with when you want to be exposed to the fantasy landscape. It gives you the wonder and fantastical stories but doesn’t overwhelm you. Highly recommended, unless you have read it. How awesome is this book?

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