While watching "Dragon Dynasty" (2006) on the SyFy Channel, I realized how much I miss David Eddings.
I always enjoyed racially and ethnically diverse epic fantasy, and the "Belgariad" was all that and more. That series changed my life! How much did it make an impact? The same as what other fantasy writers say about Tolkien.
Eddings even wrote some titles with his wife. When Leigh Eddings (wife) died, he died shortly after.
I'll always feel a debt to an author that I know I could never pay back.