Publisher: Harper Collins Publisher
Synopsis: Belgarath tells the story of what happened before events of Pawn of Prophecy.
My Thoughts: As I’ve said in my previous posts on this series I find it difficult to review books that I have such an intimate relationship with. I’ve grown up with these books, they are old friends. But I shall try non the less.
What I like about this book is that the author speaks to the reader as if you really are an old friend. There is a feel about the book that Belgarath really is telling the story to someone he knows, and someone who was there for the events which follow the events in this book, and if you’ve read the other books in the series (which really you must in order to get anything out of this book) you are an old friend.
The “I must know what happened” part of me also really enjoyed getting the beginning of the story, as well as a little bit of how the characters live “now” through the start and end of the books.
This book, like the others in the series, does deal with the fight between good and evil, or as Belgarath prefers: them and us. But I can’t help but feel that to some extent it is much more superficial in its treatment of these aspects than some of the other books in the series, and certainly less so than the book that follows this one. It feels much more like a high school history survey book than a book that delves into the nitty gritty.
Even as a fan of the book I do have to admit that there are some parts of the book that drag and drag and drag. Which is probably why it took me two months to read the book. As I know what happens I didn’t have the compulsion to read the book that I do with other books.