Pawn of Prophecy is by David Eddings. The first book in The Belgariad series. Long ago the evil god Torak stole a powerful orb and brought the world to the brink of destruction. The sorcerer Belgarath recaptured the Orb and as long as it remains with the line of Riva the world is safe. At least that's what the stories say, but young Garion doesn't believe in stories. His world is turned upside down when a traveling storyteller arrives and convinces his Aunt Pol to help him track down a missing object. Garion quickly discovers that no one in his life is who he has believed them to be, including himself. A fast-paced, action packed fantasy, fantasy lovers everywhere will enjoy.
Ratings: 8th grade - 8 out of 10 - AC (some mature thematic content).