Common Review: I think the 2 large volumes would read better than the individual books, as this book ends abruptly. Read this if you have the books on your TBR and care about reading one of the staples of fantasy but if that doesn’t matter to you there are better similar books. This prophesied farm-boy type book starts a lot like other books. Most of these type of fantasy series don’t become unique until after the first book or so, so I’ll keep reading.
Garion is a teenager around 15 years old and he goes on an adventure with some powerful adults to get back that which was stolen. It’s a pretty straight-forward book as far as the plot goes. These characters go from town to town in search of information dealing with the missing magic stone that was stolen. Eddings adds a ton of world building in an info-dump heavy type of way that will see the reader actually using the map and honestly, ignoring most of it. I started to enjoy this book when the side characters came into play. Garion is a terribly annoying protagonist but his traveling friends like Silk, Barak, Pol, Mr. Wolf, and Durnik were at times a lot of fun to read about. My favorite character, no surprises here, being Silk, a smooth-talking merchant that is the comedic effect in the story.
There is nothing super exciting about this book. I was actually surprised at there being such a small amount of fighting. I’m reading it because it has been on my TBR forever and as a person that reads fantasy, I feel like I should. I think that it’ll get more interesting as the series goes on. This first book had a lot of setup but I think what has been being setup has a good chance of doing some interesting things. It was just an O.K. read.
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2 – Characters
2 – World Building
2 – Writing Style
1 – Heart & Mind Aspect