One time while I was working at Camp Barakel in my college years, I broke both my arms. I couldn’t do as much in the weeks afterwards (though I did continue to be the archery instructor that summer), so my girlfriend at the time brought me 5 books; Pawn Of Prophecy, Queen Of Sorcery, Magicians Gambit, Castle Of Wizardry, and Enchanters End Game. These 5 books make up a series called The Belgariad. I read them in 5 days, the first book being about 180 pages, the last being over 300.
In my opinion, they encompass all the great elements of Fantasy Fiction; multiple cultures, sorcery, sword fighting, sailing, humor, and adventure. It’s pretty light reading all things considered. If books were food, these would be potato chips. Not the finest in the world, but who doesn’t want to just sit and eat a whole bag once in a while?
I’m not going to say a whole lot about story other than it’s a diverse group of adventurers travelling the world on a quest. Is that not classic? If you’re not going to read it, you don’t care, but if you are going to read it, you’re in for a treat.
When I took the books back to my girlfriend, she had a bag with the next 5, The Mallorean. More on that later.