Long ago, the Storyteller claimed, in this first book of THE BELGARIAD, the evil god Torak drove men and Gods to war. But Belgarath the Sorcerer led men to reclaim the Orb that protected men of the West. So long as it lay at Riva, the prophecy went, men would be safe.
But Garion did not believe in such stories. Brought up on a quiet farm by his Aunt Pol, how could he know that the Apostate planned to wake dread Torak, or that he would be led on a quest of unparalleled magic and danger by those he loved–but did not know…?
Welcome to my first book review. Later on I hope to find or create a book review plugin to provide a much better format but until then it’s a bit of a trial review system so expect changes in the formats! It’s not the first time I’ve read this book. According to my goodreads history, I last read it back in 2012. I knew I had read the series, and remembered enjoying them, but the finer plot details I couldn’t remember.
The book starts with an almost biblical prologue, explaining the history around a certain object. You can tell almost from the start what is going to occur, especially if you’ve read as many fantasy novels as I have. There’s an almost typical storyline appearing of a precious object that needs protecting from said bad person, object gets stolen.
We follow the adventure from the viewpoint of Garion, a teenage boy when the adventure takes hold, who knows less about the situation than we do. Instead of being in the centre of the adventure, the person who rallies everyone else, it seems more as if he is being dragged along as there is no where safe to leave him.
Questions arise as we follow Garion and his companions on their journey, but most are pleasantly answered by the end of the story. I wouldn’t say there’s too much in the form of plot twists but, by the end of the book, there were definitely one or two questions I still had and I wanted to carry onto the next book straight away to get them answered.
I would recommend this book to any one who enjoys a fairly typical fantasy-style book. There’s not been much on the magic side of it so far, but it’s definitely present though only time will tell how much of a “magic rule” system in place.