Publication Order of The Belgariad Books
|Pawn of Prophecy||(1982)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|Queen of Sorcery||(1982)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|Magician's Gambit||(1983)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|Castle of Wizardry||(1984)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|Enchanter's End Game||(1984)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
Publication Order of The Malloreon Books
|Guardians of the West||(1987)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|King of the Murgos||(1988)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|Demon Lord of Karanda||(1988)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|Sorceress of Darshiva||(1989)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|The Seeress of Kell||(1991)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
Publication Order of Other Belgariad/Malloreon Books
|Belgarath the Sorcerer||(1995)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|Polgara the Sorceress||(1997)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|The Rivan Codex||(1998)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
Publication Order of The Elenium Books
|The Diamond Throne||(1989)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|The Ruby Knight||(1990)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|The Sapphire Rose||(1991)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
Publication Order of The Tamuli Books
|Domes of Fire||(1992)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|The Shining Ones||(1993)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|The Hidden City||(1994)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
Publication Order of The Dreamers Books
|The Elder Gods||(2003)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|The Treasured Ones||(2004)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|Crystal Gorge||(2005)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|The Younger Gods||(2006)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
Publication Order of Standalone Novels
|High Hunt||(1973)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|The Losers||(1992)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|Regina's Song||(2000)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|The Redemption of Althalus||(2000)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
David Eddings was an American born author best known for his epic fantasy novels. Eddings was born in city of Spokane, state of Washington, on the 7th of July, in 1931. As a son of George Wayne and Theone Eddings, he was raised in Snohomish, a city near Puget Sound, north from Seattle.
During 1950, until 1952, David Eddings attended the Everett Junior College. Eddings later enrolled at Reed College in Portland, where he received in 1954 a Bachelor of Arts degree. Before he continued his education path, had a break and served in the United States Army for two years, from 1954 till 1956. Five years later, in 1961, at the University of Washington, Eddings received a Master of Arts.
Even thou it was believed that David Eddings actually wanted to be an actor, his first jobs had nothing to do with arts of writing. Eddings made for his living as purchaser for the Boening Company, grocery clerk and college lecturer of English literacy.
When he was 31 years old, on the 27th October 1932, David Eddings married Judith Leigh Schall, and they remained married over 45 years, until her death on 28th February 2007, after series of strokes. Eddings wife had a great influence and participation on his work, from the very beginning. Leigh Eddings also appeared as a co-author on the few publications, like Belgarath the Sorcerer, or Polgara the Sorceress novel. She had strong believes that multi authorships are not a good choice, and that is why her name didn’t appear more often beside her husband’s name on book covers of novels that they wrote together. It’s a known fact, and Eddings himself stated so, that Leigh Eddings contributed to his novels thru developing female characters within.
Eddings first never published book originates from the time before he conscripted into a United States Army. He actually began writing a novel that was initially meant as his BA thesis. Years later, while living in Denver, during 1973, a novel called High Hunt was Eddings first published book.
His fantasy orientation came after he saw for the first time copy of J.R.Tolkin’s Lord of the Ring trilogy. It was the time when Eddings realized the value of this genre and encouraged himself to try writing fantasy books.
The Belgariad series is marked as his first epic fantasy series, and it achieved a worldwide success at the time. Serial contains five volumes: Pawn of Prophecy, Queen of Sorcery, Magician’s Gambit, Castle of Wizardry and Enchanter’s End Game. They were written between years of 1982 and 1984, and every each one of the book title is composed of a fantasy term combined with a chess term.
Series are building a story of adventures of Garion, orphaned boy that grew on a farm, and who found himself in a quest to fulfill the prophecy to restore the balance of the endangered world. Garion’s adventures are followed by his two companions – his Aunt Pol and mysterious Mister Wolf.
David Eddings continued this saga story even after he published the last book of the Belgariad series. He continued by writing another five volume sequel series that he named The Malloreon. This new sequel, that also contained five books as previous, was published during period of time between 1988 and 1992. Action was placed in the world as The Belgariad series and once again, focused on orphan Garion, Aunt Pol and Mister Wolf. Series books Guardian of the West, King of Murgos, Demon Lord of Karanda, Sorceress of Darshiva and The Seeress of Kell were once again a great success for Eddings.
This series follow the adventures of Polgara and Belgarath, and other warriors. Moreover, soon, he penned a set of follow-up books on these two epic fantasy series, continuing their adventures.
Eddings also wrote another series of books, that were based on a Knight called Sparhawk, named The Eleniu and the Tamuli trilogy that is set in an entirely different world from The Belgariad series. Sparhawk is a Pandion Knight and Champion of Queen Ehlana, who he marries, just to have a child called Danae, who actually is a child goddess in human form, called Aphrael.
His fifth and final fantasy series entitled The Dreamers revolves around epic war between Elder gods and another entity called Vlagh.
All of this follow-up series were also very popular and excepted by public, which contributed to the fact that David Eddings became one of the most influential fantasy authors of his time. But, his writing was followed by great criticism.
Although millions of readers enjoyed his books, Edding was more criticized that any other author in his field. The main reason for the criticism was his formulaic approach to each book that he wrote. Precisely, while he was working as English literature teacher, David Eddings created a ten point guide for his students on how to write a fantasy novel, a formula that he kept on using in every novel. These are the fields that every fantasy novelist should be developed in the book, according to Eddings: 1. A theological arena; 2. A quest; 3. A magical element; 4. A hero; 5. A resident wizard; 6. A heroine; 7. A villain; 8. A group of companions; 9. A group of ladies attached to the companions; 10. Kings, Queens and Emperors to rule.
This approach to his writing sometimes, expert finds, made these novels full of stereotyping, but Eddings himself was never concerned about the criticism, and moreover, once he stated that he doesn’t thake orders from readers.
In year of 2000, David Eddings diverted his interest from fantasy saga writing, and wrote with his wife a stand-alone fantasy called The Redemption of Althaulus; and one contemporary thriller titled Regina’s Song.
On January 26th 2007 it was reported that Eddings burned his office that was placed next to his house. In this accident he lost most of original manuscripts of his novels. Later it was stated that he tried to flush with water the fuel tank of his Excalibur sport car, when he lit a paper and threw it into the puddle in order to test was it still flammable.
His beloved wife died a month later.
Eddings stayed in Carson City, in state of Nevada and died two years later, on June 2nd, of natural causes. Soon his brother Dennis confirmed that Eddings wrote a manuscript before his death, that was unlike any other of his works.Book Series In Order » Authors » David Eddings