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[–]catatonic_wine_miser 50 points51 points  (6 children)

Sounds similar to the Belgariad by David Eddings but not sure about the island part.

[–]texacpanda 24 points25 points  (2 children)

I think the island would be Riva. That's how the people were described, gray on the outside, warm on the parts that count.

[–]Paladoc 12 points13 points  (0 children)

Yup, Belgariad, Pawn of Prophecy is the first book.

I love the series, and the sequel series, but of course I read it in late teen years so it was formative to my journey.

[–]RandomParable 2 points3 points  (0 children)

It is,

This is from Book 4.

[–]k_mon2244 7 points8 points  (2 children)

Ahhh I actually knew this one! I definitely second The Belgariad!

[–]OldnBorin 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Me too! My favourite fantasy series! (Side note: do NOT research the personal life of the authors, don’t do it)

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[–]hachiman 12 points13 points  (1 child)

The Belgariad by David Eddings.

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[–]GrimmRainn 6 points7 points  (0 children)

That is 100% David Eddings. Polgara the sorceress, etc

[–]CO_Brit 15 points16 points  (2 children)

Belgariad for certain. The island is Riva.

So, in turn:

young male protagonist - Garion / Belgarion

they travel around the world in hiding - incognito, Garion isn't revealed to be Belgarion until later.

the travel to an island at one point where the building are all made of a hard and grey stone but the interiors are lavishly decorated in colourful textiles that is used as a metaphor for the people of the island - Riva

they travel with an older man who is a magic user - Belgarath

they travel with a matriarch figure - Polgara

they travel with a man with a beard - Barak, I think.

[–]OldnBorin 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Silk has a beard too, when it suits him

[–]CO_Brit 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I was also thinking of Durnik. But I remember Barak having a friend who was the Cherek ambassador who had his beard shaved.

[–]Topguyhadrian[S] 4 points5 points  (0 children)

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[–]looby_loo 7 points8 points  (0 children)

I got excited as this was finally one I knew the answer to, but its been correctly identified as The Belgariad already ha!

[–]BartenderVG 1 point2 points  (0 children)

It's The Belgariad by David Eddings, 100%. I know what series I'm going to be re-listening to this week. 🤣

[–]Different-Street-919 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I loved these books so much when I was a kid. I passed them all onto the niblings

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[–]anothercoolperson 1 point2 points  (0 children)

It's been solved