David Eddings - General comments
I happened to come across the author while picking up a battered, library copy of Belgarath the Sorcerer. In truth, I was very confused for the first chapter, because it was talking about events that I hadn't read about yet. After struggling throught the first chapter, I found my heart's content.
I travelled through the world of Belgarath, and in a way it made me feel like I was Belgarath himself. The character became real to me. I finished the book with a great sense of satisfaction.
A couple weeks later, I came face to face with The Belgariad, Volumes 1 & 2. After that, I tried to read every book by Eddings that I could put my hands on.
The main strength of David Eddings is not his plot, nor the world in which the story takes place, but the characters. He makes the characters come alive so well that you can start to get to know their headspace (Garion and Ce'Nedra in particular).
For anyone out there, I would suggest reading the Belgariad. If wit, magic and utter genius annoys you, go read something else.
Submitted by Donna Goodwin
One of my favorite authors. If you like witty bantor and characters you grow to love, the Belgariad and the Mallorean and the subsequent Belgarath the Sorceror and Polgara the Sorceress are for you. These books follow a group of friends and relatives througgh years of adventures, joys, and saddness. The other series are decent enough but pale in comparison. Like any other author, Eddings is strong and wonderful in the prime of his life and has weakened with age. Don't get me wrong, David Eddings at his worst can write rings around any other Fantasy author. This is a must reread, jewel of an author.
Submitted by Thomas
I have read most of david and leigh eddings's books except Losers, High Hunt, The treasured one, Belgareth the Sorcerer and Polgara the Sorceress. I have loved his books and found them as and or possibly more captivating than LOTR and the Hobbit. However as much as i enjoyed it i was dissapointed by the elder gods as people have said it immates his 4 other series. It also i found had a lot of similaraties to LOTR such as a place much like mordor and the diminions which sound like orcs.
But i have loved David Eddings and find his books great. He is No.1 on my list followed by J.R.R. Tolkien than Dan Brown.
Submitted by Zephra
Belgariad, Mallorean, Elenium, TamuliI admit it; the only reason I stated reading the Belgariad was because all my friends were. Last year all of my friends were reading the series one day, so I had to see what they were so excited about. I picked it up and in 2 pages I was hooked. The reason these books are so incredible is Eddings' versitility, I think. He is great at the formal, deep style he uses for prologues and important moments, but he is also good at maintaining a sense of humor. The thing I never liked about LOTR was how serious it was; I didn't think they could all be so serious all the time or they'd go nuts. Eddings develops his characters very well and gives them personalities, motivations, and emotions beyond the typical fantasy stereotypes. His books have a real depth beyond what you see in a lot of stories. The plot is typical, but he gives it something special; twists and new developments that make it so it isn't boring or predictable at all. I love him, and all fans of high fantasy probably will too. One of my friends said these were the only books he had ever read and liked in his life. SO WOW!