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1982. Pawn of Prophecy. Book One of The Belgariad
1982. Queen of Sorcery. Book Two of The Belgariad
1983. Magician's Gambit. Book Three of The Belgariad
1984. Castle of Wizardry. Book Four of the Belgariad

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Eddings, David 'Pawn of Prophecy', published in April 1982, as the U.S. paperback first edition, 259pp, ISBN 0345296370. Condition: good with some mild foxing to the internal pages and
1978, New English Library, hbk
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  • Pawn of Prophecy [top]
    Book One of the Belgariad
    First published in 1982 in the United States by Del Rey in paperback, 259pp, ISBN 0345296370. Stated "First Edition: April 1982". Library of Congress Catalog Card Number: 81-68656. Cover art by Laurence Schwinger

Storyline:  Long ago, so the Storyteller claimed, the evil God Torak sought dominion and 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 that was only a story, and Garion did not believe in magic dooms, even though the dark man without a shadow had haunted him for years.
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?
For a while, his dreams of innocence were safe, untroubled by knowledge of his strange heritage. For a little while...
Thus begins the first book of the Belgariad, a magnificent epic of immense scope set against a history of seven thousand years of the struggles of Gods and Kings and men - of strange lands and events - of fate and a prophecy that must be fulfilled!

Eddings, David. 'Queen of Sorcery: Book Two of the Belgariad', published in 1984 in Great Britain in paperback by Corgi Books, 327pp, ISBN 055212348x. Condition: Good, well looked-after with some foxing to the inner pages and a touch of creasing to the top of the front cover. Price: £3.00, not including post and packing
1984, Corgi Books, pbk
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Storyline: Legends told of how the evil God Torak had coveted the power of the Orb of Aldur, until defeated in a final battle. But prophecy spoke of a time when he would awake and again seek dominance over all the world. Now the Orb had been stolen by a priest of Torak, and that time was at hand.
The master sorcerer Belgarath and his daughter Polgara the arch-sorceress were on the trail of the Orb, seeking to regain it before the final disaster. And with them went Garion, a simple farm boy only months before, but now in the focus of the struggle. He had never believed in sorcery and wanted no part of it. Yet with every league they travelled, the power grew in him, forcing him to acts of wizardry he could not accept

Eddings, David. 'Magician's Gambit', published in 1984 in Great Britain in paperback by Corgi Books, 305pp, ISBN 055212382X. Condition: good, with a little creasing to the top of the front cover and some light foxing to the internal pages. Price: £3.00, not including post and packing
1984, Corgi Books, pbk
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  • Magician's Gambit [top]
    Book Three of the Belgariad
    First published in 1983 in the United States
    First published in 1984 in Great Britain in paperback by Corgi Books, 305pp, ISBN 055212382x

Storyline: Ce'Nedra, Imperial Princess of Tolnedra, was confused. Everyone knew that the tales of the Orb that protected the West from the evil God Torak were just silly legends. But here she was, forced to join a serious and dangerous quest to recover that stolen Orb. No-one believed in sorcery. Yet Garion's aunt and grandfather seemed to be the fabled sorcerers Polgara and Belgarath, who would have to be thousands of years old. Even young Garion was learning to do things that could only be sorcery.
Garion! He was nothing but a farm boy, totally unsuitable for an Imperial Princess. Then why did she have such an urge to teach him, to brush back his tangled hair, and to comfort him?
Now he was going to a strange tower in the centre of all he believed evil, to face some horrible, powerful magician. And she wouldn't be there to watch over him. He might be killed! She'd never see him again...

Eddings, David. 'Castle of Wizardry', published in 1984 in Great Britain by Corgi Books, in paperback, 374pp, ISBN 0552124354. Condition: good, well looked-after, with some slight foxing to the internal pages. Price: £3.00, not including post and packing
1984, Corgi Books pbk
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  • Castle of Wizardry [top]
    Book Four of the Belgariad
    First published in 1984 in the United States
    First published in 1984 in Great Britain in paperback by Corgi Books, 374pp, ISBN 0552124354

Storyline: It had all begun with the theft of the Orb that had so long protected the West from the evil God Torak. Before that, Garion had ben a simple farm boy. Afterward, he discovered that his aunt was really the Sorceress Polgara and his grandfather was Belgarath, the Eternal Man. Then, on the long quest to recover the Orb, Garion found to his dismay that he, too, was a sorcerer.

Now, at last, the Orb was regained and the quest was nearing its end. Of course, the questors still had to escape from this crumbling enemy fortress and flee across a desert filled with Murgo soldiers searching for them, while Grolim Hierarchs strove to destroy them with dark magic. Then, somehow, they must manage to be in Riva with the Orb by Erastide.

After that, however, Garion was sure that his part in these great events would be finished. But the Prophecy still held future surprises for Garion - and for the little princess Ce'Nedra!

 

 



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