RIP David Eddings

The Belgariad was one of the first fantasy series I read and I still read it every so often. It doesn’t break much new ground in the genre but the characters jump off the page (Silk FTW) and by the end of the five books they feel like family. The Mallorean wasn’t quite as good, but familiar, like spending time with old friends after not seeing them in a a while. Here’s his wiki entry for those who haven’t read him.

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  1. I just finished reading them a couple of years ago. I agree with you that they certainly didn’t break any new ground, but they were a good escapist read. Not the best fantasy ever, but fun nonetheless. It’s a shame he’s gone.

    PS – Silk was a great character …

  2. I began the Malloreon series when I was too young to really absorb/appreciate them and lost interest because they were far above my reading level. I liked them enough to name the family pet Ce’Nedra though (“Ned” for short) 🙂

    I’ll have to give Eddings another go one of these days.

  3. Eddings is (was?) no great shakes on plot, but his characterisation is second to very few. Just for that I find his books great. Now I need to dig them out and read them again…

  4. His plots are incredibly forgettable – I must’ve read the Belgariad about eight hundred times in high school, but if you handed me any book from the series and asked me to describe what happened in it, I couldn’t tell you.

    Also he wrote the same five book series three times.

    But the plot was all just a moving background for the incredibly fun and well-rounded characters.

  5. I read the the Elenium and Tamuli series when they first came out. Completely absorbed them for the brain candy they were. A few years ago I hit up a used book store and rebought the books from both series and reread them again. I was really surprised how heavy the implied feminism was. At least it was my take on it. Good read and a sad loss.

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