Sparhawk, the Pandion Knight and Queen's Champion, returns from a long spell of exile to find his native land overrun with evil and intrigue, and his young queen grievously ill. Indeed, Ehlana lies magically entombed within a block of crystal, doomed to die unless a cure can be found within a year.
But as Sparhawk and his allies - who include Sephrenia, the ageless sorceress, and Flute, the strange and powerful girl-child - seek to save Ehlana and the land, they discover that the evil is even greater and more pervasive than they had feared.
Read this almost 30 years ago …
I was in middle school when I read this in paperback back in early nineties. I’ve reward it twice since then … an old friend. I very much enjoy the fast pace of the story and the sequence of events. David Eddings is especially gifted in advancing the story and building character depth through the dialogue of the characters. And it’s a solid plot … with an engaging magic system. I especially enjoy how he portrays myriad religious traditions and the role of Gods.
Please Just Let it End
I truly hate to be critical of anyone that can write or narrate books, but DANG, the Belgariad series this is not. I have only gotten through the first four hours and I would just about pay $21.95 to stop the madness. Cameron Beierle seems to have run for cover when asked to narrate this one - however, just to be fair, perhaps I am not used to Greg Abby and the reading seems one dimensional because of the material. It isn't a bad book per se, however it is very disappointing after having listened to the Belgariad and Malorean Series.
Good story BAD narration!!!
Just like another review, I finished the Belgariad and Malorean and wanted to jump right back in the world of David Eddings. After the first half hour I could take no more, the story was good however the narration was horrible!!! With the Belgariad and Malorean Cameron Beierle pulled you into the world of David Eddings, I could identify all the characters by Cameron's wonderfull voice/accents and emotion, with Greg I find it hard to follow the story and I find my self drifting off not paying attention. A man needs to know his limitations.