Magician’s Gambit by David Eddings (The Belgariad, #3) – 5 Star Review!

download (2)Story Rating: *****
Cover Rating: C

In this book, we get much further inside Ce’Nedra’s head. She’s a feisty, spoiled little thing with a heart of gold and her BIG flaws make her a highly realistic character, despite her powerful status. It’s also a testament to Polgara (my favorite character ever, of course) that she can keep the little imp in line – but then, everyone always listens to “Aunt Pol.”

Belgareth is crankier than ever, Garion is undergoing big changes, and are side cast (who prove to have their own moments taking center stage) are all slowly fleshing out at an appropriate time without overwhelming the reader. The action ramps up in this third installment, so you can’t put the book down and MUST *immediately* pick up the fourth.

The cover is okay. It gives a fairly accurate depiction of what the reader might imagine the pages contain, and is moderately eye-catching. (Note: The cover reviewed is for the mass market paperback edition I own. There are numerous other cover designs available on numerous other formats.)

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Queen of Sorcery by David Eddings (The Belgariad, #2) – 5 Star Review!

download (1)Story Rating: *****
Cover Rating: B

In this second installment of The Belgariad, Garion really starts to undergo some big changes and some of the hints in the first book about him start unveiling themselves. The cast of primary characters (the hero’s adventuring party) are fleshed out even more. I’m big on character development (particularly in my fantasy novels) and Queen of Sorcery does not disappoint. Also, Ce’Nedra? Love that feisty little thing.

The book is action-packed. From the very first chapter to the very last, something important is going on. Sometimes the conflicts are internal, while many of them are external. It keeps you reading, guessing what is coming  next.

The cover is moderately eye-catching and gives a fairly accurate description of what to expect from the story. (Note: The cover rated is the mass market paperback version that I own. There are several other cover options for this book.)

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Pawn of Prophecy by David Eddings (The Belgariad, #1) – 5 Star Review!

download.jpgStory Rating: *****
Cover Rating: B

I’m going to be totally honest and state this is the first volume in my absolute favorite fantasy series. I have read this series at least a dozen times, and it never grows old. Eddings has created a cast of extraordinary characters who have literally become some of my very best friends.

Polgara, of course, is one of my favorites. She’s a kick-butt woman who can take care of herself while still maintaining a feminine side that men (like Dirk) can’t help but love. Belgareth? Grumpy old dude with a heart of gold. And Silk? He was my very first book boyfriend – seriously, in love with him and would pull him right out of the pages if I could. Garion is a likable main character that is so realistic I feel that I could hang out with him for a while and have no idea there was anything special about him.

This first volume in The Belgariad series lays a lot of foundation work between the big action scenes. It also does a lot of character building, which is something I love in my fantasy series.

The cover is good, gives an accurate description, and moderately draws the eye’s attention. (Note: the cover I have/am grading is the mass market paperback cover. There are numerous covers and formats available for this book.)

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