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VOYA -Eddings is back again, with Belgarion, Belgarath, Polgara, et al., in tow. This time is different, though. Instead of the expected fantasy, this is a history book-actually, it is the background material that Eddings used to create the world presented in the Belgariad and Mallorean series. The prologue, a good chapter for aspiring writers, outlines the step-by-step process Eddings used to create his popular series. According to him, to write one should "get an education first . . . write a million or so words. Then burn them. Now you're almost ready to start."
The remainder of the book reads like a historian's account of the world Eddings created. It includes the holy books as well as a history of each of the societies peopling his world. Like any writer creating a new world, Eddings includes the mode of dress, class structure, monetary units, as well as customs and mores. This is an excellent study in how to create a believable society from the ground up. If you have the Belgariad or Mallorean (and hopefully both) series, this would be a good behind-the-scenes addition. If you do not have the series, this is not the place to start, but it makes a good how-to book for beginning writers.
VOYA Codes: 4Q 2P J S A/YA (Better than most, marred only by occasional lapses, For the YA reader with a special interest in the subject, Junior High-defined as grades 7 to 9, Senior High-defined as grades 10 to 12 and adults).