|Submitted by Nick Francis |
(Apr 05, 2004)
I wish there was a tenth star, because this book is one of the most addictive I have ever read. I find the way that even when nothing exciting is happening in the stary, I am still enthralled by its wide range of language techiques, personal style and completely original ideas.
The battle of Thull Mardu where the kingdoms of the west, under the command of Ce'Nedra, lay siege to the walled city of Thull Mardu in order to distract them (the Thulls and other Angaraks) so that king Anheg's fleet can pass is extremely well written and, in my opinion, has no flaws what-so-ever. The characters are all perfectly developed, from the main character Garion (or Belgarion) right down to incidental characters such as Grinneg (Barak's cousin), Droblek (the Drasnian ambassader to Nyissa), Issus (the Nyissan asassin) and Y'diss (the arrogant eunuch at Salmissra's palace). The only flaw is its mind-consuming addictivity.
David Eddings is truly one of the best modern-fantasy writers of all time.