Velhojen taistelu (The Belgariad, #3)
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Velhojen taistelu (The Belgariad #3)

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Velhojen taistelu on kolmas osa Belgarionin tarua, mahtavaa seikkailufantasiaa, joka alkoi Kiven vartijassa ja jatkui edelleen Ennustusten ajassa.

Velhojen taistelu kertoo nuoren Garion-pojan ja hänen merkillisten matkakumppaneidensa uusista seikkailuista heidän jäljittäessään, ikivanhaa ennustusta toteuttaen, pyhää Aldurin kiveä, joka on anastettu oikeilta omistajiltaan. J...more
Paperback, 438 pages
Published 2007 by Karisto (first published June 1983)
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Sarah
Oct 03, 2007 Sarah rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: a comfort read: predictable, but entertaining
Shelves: fantasy, fiction
Somewhere in the middle of book three is when I start to wonder: does anyone out there actually read a standard heroic journey myth with most of their attention on the main character? After all, one knows exactly what's in store for Garion. It's hardly a spoiler if I tell you he's going to tromp in and out of every kingdom on the continent before heading off to fight the final battle.

No, it's not the hero who's the key player in the heroic journey. The real action's off on the sidelines, where y...more
Stephen
3.5 stars. Another good installment in the Belgariad. The plot continues to move forward at a nice clip without much slowing.

One final note: I listened to the audiobook narrated by Cameron Beierle and he did an excellent job with the series.
Dan
The Belgariad has been beloved by me since I was a kid, but having read many more books of as many genres and authors since then, I've realized that Mr. Eddings authorship leaves much to be desired. I still love the story, characters, mythology, and magic, but there are a number of glaring problems. Mr. Eddings omits tactical and practical details. If it really takes Garion and friends weeks and months to travel around, then why don't Polgara and Belgarath use the time to teach Garion about sorc...more
Hannah
If possible, even better than the first two books in the series. Things are speeding up, now that Garion's gotten past the initial shock and denial, and it's fascinating as the party of travellers grow to include some more crucial (and extremely fun) new characters. The only downside is Ce'Nedra, who is an absolute pain, but even she can be charming when she wishes to be. It's exciting to watch as Garion begins to realize his talent and potential.
Stephen
3.5 stars. Another good installment in the Belgariad. The plot continues to move forward at a nice clip without much slowing.

One final note: I listened to the audiobook narrated by Cameron Beierle and he did an excellent job with the series.
Kirsty (Amethyst Bookwyrm)
This and my other reviews can be found at http://amethystbookwyrm.blogspot.co.uk/

With the Orb now in Cthol Murgos, the group go to the Vale of Aldur so that Garion can learn more about sorcery from Belgarath and Pol and to talk to Aldur. However, the group has to still retrieve the Orb which will mean travelling into enemy territory. With people both leaving and joining the travellers, they may not all survive and if they do they will not be the same. With the prophecies starting to come true wi...more
C.E. Murphy
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I had forgotten there were scenes and sections in MAGICIAN'S GAMBIT that were entirely from Ce'Nedra's point of view. I knew there were in CASTLE OF WIZARDRY, but I had no recollection of it in MG.

This endears the book(s) to me as an adult even more than as a teen. I was not one of those female readers who as a child felt left out because all the stories were about boys and I wasn't a boy so therefore couldn't relate. Yes, well, there wasn't a magical passageway in my closet that led to Narnia,...more
Nicolo Yu
If there is one thing that I like about David Eddings’ fantasy work, its his ability to add humor to the mix. It is almost his signature, and none of his characters personify that more than the quick wit and dry humor of the weasel faced Drasnian spy and thief, and occasional businessman Silk. He is probably the most important non-lead character and has the most interactions with the three leads of the Belgariad so far. He gets the best lines and his sarcastic wit gets under the skin of Belgarat...more
James
Jul 07, 2009 James rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People struggling to get through The Belgariad
This was the weakest of the Belgariad books so far. Most of the book seemed like a rambling Dungeons and Dragons game filled with random encounters and new, made-up monsters described on the spot and forgotten about just as quickly. There was a smattering of character development, the introduction of a few new party members, and a short but satisfying showdown.

I'm not really sure why the book was titled Magician's Gambit. There wasn't much of a gambit at all. Perhaps David Eddings should have n...more
Jak
Endings was my first foray into High Fantasy which would probably explain why none of the clichés riled me. I’ve now read plenty of stories about nameless orphans etc who turn out to be the missing bloodline to the throne who then go on to battle unimaginable (except that of many a fantasy writer) evil to save the world.

Personally I absolutely loved the Belgariad series of books and found them to be enthralling and exciting. In particular I loved the characters and thought them to be some of th...more
H
Once more I feel the need to ask, "Is Garion an idiot? How can he possibly have no clue about who he is and what his mission will be?" I mean, for goodness' sake. That's my only real complaint, though. Also, since Eddings doesn't really do emotions at all, I got kind of irritated with Ce'Nedra and her random outbursts of crying or whatever, because I was like, why the heck are you crying? But they're fun, fun books to read, and I really like the characters. I feel like Eddings did a good job in...more
***Dave Hill
Our Travelogue of Eddingsworld Continues ...

Yes, when each part of the book requires a new map that's centered on a new country that feels like a patch in a patchwork quilt, there's something a little wrong with the worldbuilding.

That said, the story proceeds apace, with the annoying addition of regular PoV's from annoying Princess Ce'Nedra. Garion's still callow and sincere and troubled and dense as a doorpost in so many ways. The various iconic heroes (literally iconic, as they all hold tarot-...more
Suzanne the Mighty (Under the Covers Book blog)
Colour me lazy but I decided not to do a review for Queen of Sorcery ahisnd thought I would combine the two in this revihw, I think the main reason is, is that this series more then most feels like one big book that has been split up in to five managable segments, I find after a while I am hazy over one book ends and another begins, so I figured that the midway point would be a good place to stop and reflect.

The adventure mounts as you continue on the series and as Garion learns more about quest...more
Kat
When I first started the series, I found myself wondering why I was reading it. I'm so glad I decided to continue reading the series. I think the books are a great length for fantasy as they aren't nearly as daunting in size as some *cough* The Eye of the World *cough* A Game of Thrones *cough* While those books and series are all wonderful, they're long and I know that's off-putting to a lot of people who want to read but don't really want to read long things (if that makes sense).

The series i...more
Gabriel C.
Have I talked at all about what they are about? It's a tedious, obvious prophecy slowly winding its way toward completion. An intolerable boy, who, surprise, surprise, doesn't understand girls, or humans, or anything, a bunch of princes and stuff, lots of noblesse oblige, good and evil, pomp and circumstance, all of the wise characters are total assholes, all the good guys are obsessed with murder and stealing but it's okay because it's only bad guys that they do it to, human concern lasts only...more
Kerry
May 01, 2009 Kerry marked it as dnf  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2009, audiobooks
I’ve nothing bad to say about this book; I just didn’t feel like continuing. The narrator has been annoying me ever since I started listening to Pawn of Prophecy and once Ce’Nedra stayed at Prolgu and I had to listen to Relg ranting at Garion, rather than Ce’Nedra and Garion squabbling, I found I’d simply had enough. It was all travel, the occasional fight and more travel, and it was getting rather boring. I know the story picks up, and if I continued I’m sure I would have started enjoying it ag...more
Patrick
Ho hum. They travel lots of places, have adventures, meet lots of people. Some are more interesting than others, but all individuals and races have one strong, defining characteristic that will be repeated every time they are mentioned: rat-faced, fanatic, bear like, etc. The worst is the girl they meet whose "lush" beauty is seriously mentioned over a dozen times. That word just seems an annoying euphemism for sexy.

Anyway, the ending was dumb too. The bad magician guy got so scared that he did...more
Michelle
I read the Bellgraid and the Malloreon about 10 years ago now, so my memory isn't up to a synopsis of the series or anything, but I did highly enjoy them then, they still grace my shelves now, and I hope to reread them in the near future.

These books are great for the reader that enjoys fantasy series reading (so if you prefer a one off, try something else). They develop an amazing story and history that kept me engaged. The two series are intimately related/connected. The world is more of a high...more
Abigail
This book actually felt much more climactic than previous books in the series. Granted it's probably because the characters finally reach their initial quest goal and will be able to move the prophecy along in the next book. The character background tantalizers are more and more frequent, especially regarding Garion, and I find it slightly irksome because, that is all there are right now, hook after hook with absolutely no new information, just more confusion. Would it have killed Eddings to may...more
Roxanne Hsu Feldman
Since this is the middle book of the 5 book series, it reads like one... things are happening and gearing toward the end but the journey is definitely arduous. I didn't feel so compelled to finish the volume but wasn't bored either. There were plenty of cool magic going on: meeting with the Gods, Garion's ability to bring the colt from the dead back to life, Relg's rock tunneling ability, etc. are all entertaining to read about. Wish that I can continue with the rest of the series but have to st...more
Harold Ogle
Magician's Gambit is to the Belgariad as The Two Towers is to The Lord of the Rings: the mostly-forgettable middle piece in which a lot happens but very little makes an impression.

You know how, in the Song of Ice and Fire books, the prologues in which we see the Others' forces gathering are often the most compelling parts of the book? Well, it's the same here: as a prologue to Magician's Gambit, Eddings provides really interesting lore having to do with the god UL, the creation of the Earth, mon...more
Darin
Magician's Gambit continues Eddings' fantasy epic with much of what was seen in previous books. Belgariad and his companions continue to search for the Orb of Aldur by traveling from place to place and encountering a host of minor quarrels along the way. Belgariad himself struggles to reign in his abilities as a budding sorcerer and some of his companions deal with internal struggles as they see their true selves for the first time (for some characters, this started in Queen of Sorcery).

It is a...more
Susan
I am giving the review for the entire Belgariad as it is somewhat impossible to separate the different books from the story as a whole.

This, overall is a good set of quest, fantasy stories. I read and re-read them often when I was younger. As I move from place-to-place as an adult the series is one that I continue to take with me; it is a series that I still read here and there when I am looking for 'comfort food' books.

The books are what you would expect from a quest journey series - a young pr...more
Michael Murdoch

Ce'Nedra, Imperial Princess of Tolnedra, had joined a dangerous mission to recover the stolen Orb that supposedly protected the West from the evil God Torak. And somehow, she found herself feeling quite tender for Garion, the innocent farm boy, who would be forced into the strange tower in the center of all evil to retrieve the Orb by himself.

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Review

"Absorbing. Touches all the right Fantasy bases. Warring gods, political intrigues, supernatural creatures, and appealingly human magicians." --

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M.J.
"Magician's Gambit" is the third book (of five) in Edding's 'The Belgariad' series. Itsuccessfully develops the epic nature of his story arc and improves on the previous book.

Magician's Gambit manages to right many of the complaints that I had in its predecessor. The characters are still of a type, but are moving towards becoming more archetypes than stereotypes. Characters begin to struggle against opposition and have fears and problems that make them more vulnerable than the unconquerable band...more
Greg Strandberg
This fun series continues, and it moves right along nicely.

I like how the characters travel a lot and you see different areas of the continent(s). It's a great use of a fantasy map, and I think Eddings really got the idea for this whole story by making a map first.

It shows when these characters go to far-flung empires and have meetings and battles and adventures.

I really recommend this great series, which I read in about a month. It's just good fantasy all around.
Jesse Booth
Eddings sure knows how to get readers to read the next book in a series... this book ends on such a cliffhanger that I'm all prepped and ready to pick up book 4 without any break.

This book is quite a bit darker than the previous two, but that may be because of the location they had reached.

I also like the new addition to the group, Relg. He's pretty hilarious and keeps things entertaining.

All in all the series has been great. I'm looking forward to the next book!
Phleghm
One of the better points of the series is its tone. How light everything is, rosey, not tragic. It's like eating sweets. But eating sweets too much can give one a tooth ache - or simply make us tired of the sweet stuff. This is the feeling I have while reading this series. It might be because I read it too fast, a book a day really, but still. It does not grip me as it could, regardless of its awesome story, character development and beautiful writing.

Grace S.
This one lagged a little compared to the other two, but this was probably because I found Relg's character so annoying as to be exhausting. In addition, the scenes and dialogues meant to introduce us to Relg got a little repetitive. Yes, we get it. Sin and guilt, "don't touch me", keep him out of the sun. Are events on the road really so unremarkable that we don't have anything else worth reading about?

A few big plot chunks fell into place, though. (view spoiler)...more
Cecca
Prosegue la sotoria di Blgarath, Polgara, Garion & C. Ed il livello della narrazione è sempre elevato. Devo dire che è il primo libro nel quale le varie divinità appaiono, ma appaiono come se fossero esseri quasi normali. Anche i "super poteri" di Polgara e Belgarath sono rovinano la narrazione o la storia, come mi è capitato di vedere in altri libri. Non vedo l'ora di mettere le mani sul prossimo capitolo! :)
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David Eddings was an American author who has written several best-selling series of epic fantasy novels. David Eddings' wife, Leigh Eddings, is uncredited as co-author on many of his early books, but he has lately acknowledged that she contributed to them all.

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“What was that?" Belgarath asked, coming back around the corner.
"Brill," Silk replied blandly, pulling his Murgo robe back on.
"Again?" Belgarath demanded with exasperation. "What was he doing this time?"
"Trying to fly, last time I saw him." Silk smirked.
The old man looked puzzled.
"He wasn't doing it very well," Silk added.
Belgarath shrugged. "Maybe it'll come to him in time."
"He doesn't really have all that much time." Silk glanced out over the edge.
"From far below - terribly far below - there came a faint, muffled crash; then, after several seconds, another. "Does bouncing count?" Silk asked.
Belgarath made a wry face. "Not really."
"Then I'd say he didn't learn in time." Silk said blithely.”
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