Oh shoot! Definitely my favorite author. I've re-purchased his consolidated set of the Belgariad & Mallorean. I've just finised the Elenium for the second time around and I'm half-way through the Tamuli. I definitely love all of his characters and I think it's awesome how he develops each culture & country and then effectively describes how they interact with each other, ie. the Algars vs. the Murgos, etc. There are points where I feel like he's repeating the same thing, like the same joke about Silk being shifty over and over again. But, if I were to write a 300 page book and multiply that by 10 more - I'd probably do the same thing. Anyhow, this is sad to hear (even though I'm a month late). Thanks for posting this Rainswept.