Some hate him, others love him. I knew him. David Eddings with his wife Lynn (she was the one with the better imagination) recreated the coming of age fantasy genre. For a while, Belgareth was right there with Gandalf, and David inspired me to try my hand at turning a children's story I'd written for my toddler son into a full-fledged novel. Once completed, the monster was Robert Jordon size in thickness, almost 250,000 words crammed between the covers. After shopping it around, I was published and in a few months, my attempt at copying the master resulted in my book being the number one fantasy on the Barens and Noble ebook list for 6 weeks. Love him or hate him, I owe David a lot.