The news has broken that Fantasy author David Eddings, writer of The Belgariad epic fantasy series, passed away yesterday at age 77. He was not a varied writer, but, along with Terry Brooks, he was instrumental in popularizing fantasy within the shadow of J. R. R. Tolkien. His work was one of those that showed both writers and fans that fantasy independent
I have always held a soft spot in my heart for The Belgariad. It was not a deep work, but it was more complex than most people credit it as, and it remains compelling and highly readable.