Originally Posted by sirbruce
In honor of the passing of David Eddings it seems like The Belgariad series should be where I begin...
It seems like a good choice.
Eddings copped a little bit of flack for plagiarising himself after the follow-on series, The Malloreon
. Regardless of any validity there might be in the criticism, I remember thoroughly enjoying The Belgariad
. I hope you do too.
(An aside: I too was a little put off at first by the "real world kids get transported into a magical world"
element of Fionavar
, but memory serves me with the opinion that I quickly got past that and into a story I enjoyed. Of course, with all the options suggested by others that you might prefer, I wouldn't give too much value to this opinion o' mine.