This series of books, the Belgariad (Pawn of Prophecy, Queen of Sorcery, Magician's Gambit, Castle of Wizardry, Enchanters' End Game, and Belgarath the Sorcerer*) has the distinction of being the most reread books by me, coming in with in a whopping 47 total rereads over perhaps 10-15 years.

The main characters are so, ... well, good. It's a simple Good vs. Evil, or as Belgarath said, "That's a tough one. I prefer Us Vs. Them, it removes all the chafe and gets right down to business," story. The characters are simple (in a good way) yet dynamic and very likable. You actually care about them.

On the technical writing aspect, this is the first series of books where dialog between the characters seemed natural and smooth. You even laughed at their "inside jokes".

I'm terribly excited about my eight year old getting to the reading ability where he can enjoy these fabulous tales.

This series ranks in my top 5 of all time.