Pawn of Prophecy (Book 1 of The Belgariad) by David Eddings

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Here starts the epic journey that will change one boys life…forever.

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…

This series will pull you in from the first page, and will not let you go until you have completed the entire series.

David and Leigh Eddings are Master story tellers, that have created a world and characters that will make you laugh, cry and leave you breathless and craving for more.

This is my ‘Go To’ fantasy series for the past 30 odd years, and I must have read them all completely from start to finish at least a dozen or more times.  And each time I find something that I have either missed or something that makes me think, ‘Mmmm…I never thought of it in that way before’.

5 Stars *****

 

 

Oh, Whistle, and I’ll Come to You, My Lad by M. R. James

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Narrated by David Suchet.

The story tells the tale of an introverted academic who happens upon a strange whistle while exploring a cemetery on the East Anglian coast. When blown, the whistle unleashes a supernatural force that terrorizes its discoverer.

This is one of his classic tales and excellently read by David Suchet.

The main character in this tale is a bit of a pompous know-it-all, who is by the end of the tale taken down a peg or two.

I’m not into horror, but I don’t mind ghost stories now and again.  I have listened to several of the M. R. James stories in both audio and live narration/performance…I have to admit that his tales do give you goose bumps.

Enjoyable and well worth listening to.  I have listened to this story several times.

4 Stars****